It’s nearly wedding season, and if you have a friend or family member who’s tying the knot, it’s easy to get lost in wedding registries and home stores looking for the perfect gift.
If you’re clueless about what to buy, and you don't want to be limited to the wedding registry, MainStreet thinks you should at least rule out a few things first, to avoid flubbing your well-wishes to the newlyweds.
Chances are you know one half of the couple better than the other. When picking out a wedding gift, however, you’ll want to choose something both husband and wife can enjoy together. After all, if you don’t, you could unintentionally contribute to some early marital strife.
Some of these may be good gift ideas on their own for one person on a birthday or holiday, but these items aren’t likely to be a hit among many newlyweds.
Unless both halves of this marrying couple like to play video games, getting a Nintendo Wii, Microsoft (Stock Quote: MSFT) Xbox or other video game system as a wedding gift could cause an early rift in your friends’ marital life, even if you genuinely intend it as a gift that can bring the couple closer together.
What’s more, if one of them is already an avid gamer and isn’t already overweight, hours on end of playing video games could lead to more than a few extra pounds, which may not be be too popular with his or her better half.