When your close friends and members of the family get married it’s natural that you want to be the person who gives them the most thoughtful, personal wedding gift, but being unique and traditional can be tricky, hopefully some of the ideas below will help you search for and purchase the perfect gift for the happy couple. These days most people have been living together for a number of years prior to getting married, this makes the traditionally requested wedding gifts of toasters, kettles, towels, dinner services and other household items, and ever increasing redundant request. Most modern couples who have been co-habiting, already have everything they need and in some cases they may even have two of everything! Some couples may choose to upgrade their household items, and take the opportunity of creating a wedding registry at a local or national department store to ask for luxury and quality items they otherwise will not have bought. For those that do that it's easy for the guests to go down the list and select an item or items which fit inside their budget. However, for those couples who don’t opt for the registry and leave the gift selection to the guests it can be a difficult and stressful decision. When wracking you brain for a novel but personal gift that no-one else will have thought of or bought you need to think about the couple and their personalities, as well as what makes a good wedding gift. Some of the best wedding gifts are the ones that have the most meaning or value. One idea I like is that you may include a personal touch along with your gift in the form of embroidered pillows, or a special set of wine glasses that will have significant meaning for the couple. Embroidered, silkscreened and monogrammed items are always well received; engraved silver wedding gifts also make very nice trinkets and mementos to treasure. Perhaps if you'd like to make a bolder statement, make your choice of wedding gifts something truly impressive. If you know where the couple plan to spend their honeymoon and you’ve been there before, you can give them gift vouchers to a highly recommended restaurant or off to the spa for an afternoon of relaxation and delight, even on a hot air balloon ride! A camera or specially-nominated “honeymoon spending money” also make great wedding gifts. A classical approach is to invest in something that the bride to be and groom will be able to treasure for their lifetime. A bottle of scotch or a quality wine that they can be prompted to open on their 10th anniversary to celebrate their time together, is a classy and traditional idea.Cash is more frequently requested, often the couple will specify what they intend to spend the cash on….often renovation, landscape gardening and this is the one gift that newlyweds appreciate the most. Many couples attest to wanting to put money gifts towards buying a house or making a long-term investment. This is symbolic of the marriage itself, as an investment towards the future. Whatever gift you are going for, just be sure that the bride and groom will appreciate the effort you have gone to and thought you have given them whilst selecting your offering on their special day.