If you’re one of the many Aussies who live together before tying the knot you’re probably already stocked up with all the everyday essentials, such as furniture, linen and utensils. So why not make your wedding registry reflect your cool couple personality with some unconventional and dare we say it hipster gifts?
Of course you don’t want your guests forking out an arm and a leg for your wedding presents but with a quick search online you’ll soon discover plenty of websites that offer everything from vintage apparel to personalised trinkets at an affordable price.
So if you don’t want yet another toaster, try these 10 personal and wallet-friendly gifts to put on your wedding registry:
1. Mr & Mrs chalkboard
A sentimental gift with a vintage touch is a custom chalkboard with your names and wedding date handwritten on it. If chalkboards aren’t your thing you can opt for Mr and Mrs sweatshirts, pillowcases, wedding ring dishes or even a stubby holder.
Cost: $31.49 (custom chalkboard), etsy.com/au
2. Vintage-y pocket watch
If you’re a true hipster bride and groom you shouldn’t be without your own his and her pocket watch. The elegant and stylish gift is a true nod to the 19th century and is a must for any cool couple’s wedding registry.
Cost: $61.61 (hers) $51.92 (his) etsy.com/au
3. Steampunk coffee mill
Forget modern coffee pods, the true way to get your morning caffeine hit is with a manual coffee grinder, that produces delicious grounded coffee to get you started for the day.
Cost: $75.19 (French coffee grinder), etsy.com/au
4. Beer brewing kit
For the boozy couple nothing can surpass a cold beverage or two, especially a batch of home brewed goodness. With a beer brewing kit you can DIY by mixing the malt, hops, yeast & water at home to create quality beverages that are far cheaper than store-bought beer.
Cost: $95, store.coopers.com.au
5. Briefcase styled USB turntable recorder
A wedding gift doesn’t get cooler than this - it’s simply amazeballs. With the briefcase styled USB turntable recorder you’ll get the benefits of listening to a vinyl record, as well as the ability to digitally record your groovy tunes with USB technology.
Cost: $89, pccasegear.com
6. Retro wall art
Dress up your home by adding a retro artwork print to your wedding registry. It could be anything from Andy Warhol’s colourful Marilyn Monroe print to a totes vintage radio print.
Cost: $70 (Marilyn Monroe 1967 framed art print), AllPosters.com.au
7. Vertical garden planter for walls
Inner city newlyweds can bring nature indoors with a garden planter that can be hung from interior walls, just like on the TV show the Block.
Cost: $38.90, ebay.com.au
8. Plant a tree
For the bride and groom that has everything, help the environment and reduce your footprint by putting a native tree donation for Australia’s rural landscape on your wedding registry list.
Cost: $75 (20 trees planted), carbonneutral.com.au
9. Honeymoon activities
The digital age of weddings is truly here. If all you really want is an epic vacay, you can get your guests to pay for activities (snorkelling, boat cruises, spa treatments) for your Honeymoon with Australian websites like travelregistry.com.au.
Cost: $50 (2x massages in Thailand), travelregistry.com.au.
10. Bucket list experiences
And for when you come back from your Honeymoon, adrenaline seeking couples can enjoy a gift of skydiving, hot air ballooning, helicopter flying or V8 racing...the list is endless.
Cost: $88 per person (helicopter flight), redballoon.com.au
What cool and unconventional gifts are you going to put on your bridal registry?