3 Non-Registry Wedding Gift Ideas

Way better than buying another damn coffee machine.

By: Noah Lehava

We don’t know if it’s our gen's MO of living together before marriage—and subsequently racking up a house full of Vitamixes and china sets—that makes a registry feel stale. Or if the influx of destination weddings is maxing out our credit cards to the point where, although obligatory, purchasing something off of a catalogued list of department store home goods seems a little futile. Suffice it to say, registries take the real magic out of gift giving. So, in our attempt to bring back the *sparkle* of celebrating the union of our closest friends or family members on their most special day, we’re giving them “things” they’ll remember forever.


1. Fireworks

True story: a particular Cov editor secretly conspired with the wedding party (and planner) of her friend’s wedding to surprise the couple with a fireworks display. Because, everybody loves fireworks! And when it’s divvied up between 10+ people, it’s shockingly affordable.


2. Personal Chef

Even if we haven’t experienced it ourselves, what we’re fairly certain of from secondhand knowledge is that planning a wedding can be hellish. Once the festivities and honeymoon have come and gone, the absolute last thing a couple wants to do is cook a meal. So, get some fancy chef to do it for them!


3. Fine Art

How cool is this? For a insanely affordable monthly fee, galleries such as the AGO in Toronto will lend out fine art for personal display. Get the couple a year’s worth and let them curate their own at-home gallery. So adult.