by Staff Writer
Whether you're the parent of the bride or the groom, you'll want the wedding gift you choose to reflect your love for your child and the happiness of the occasion. Some wedding gifts include a family heirloom, some gifts are meant to help the couple get settled in together. Either way, a gift from the heart is certainly the best choice for parents of the newlyweds.
For the house: For the couple who's just starting out, furniture can help them get set up in their new home together. They will typically have bought the necessities, like a bed and sofa, so look at some of the extras as a wedding gift. Find out what the couple needs, and maybe buy a bookshelf, coffee table or dining table. Most couples don't need to buy a dining set right away, but you may want to consider buying them one as a wedding gift they can enjoy for years, if not decades, to come.
For the dining room: Fine china, flatware or stemware is a traditional, yet timeless, wedding gift to give your children. While many families have sets of china they pass down from generation to generation, many brides will choose a china pattern for themselves. Choose a couple of table settings or a serving piece from the pattern. A full setting of formal flatware is an elegant gift to go along with the china, as is a set of wine glasses.
For the bed and bath: Bed and bath linens are a necessity, and therefore a popular wedding gift. Traditionally, however, a bride's mother gives her these items as part of her trousseau. Stick to tradition and give the happy couple a luxurious set of silk bedding or monogrammed towels. A large quilt is a beautiful gift and something the couple can use to decorate their bed or cuddle up in for movie night at home.
For the honeymoon: Send the happy couple off after the wedding by helping them pay for their vacation. You can pay for the flight, the hotel or something special for them to enjoy while they're there, like a couple's massage on the beach, scuba diving lessons or tickets to a local museum. Talk to your son or daughter and find out what local attractions are available at the honeymoon destination. It's the perfect way to get ideas for a wedding gift.
For the years: China isn't the only thing that's passed down from generation to generation. If you have a family heirloom, such as a quilt, set of dishes or even a piece of jewelry, consider passing it down to your own children on their wedding day. You can also give them a beautiful wedding keepsake, like an engraved plate or crystal vase, to keep as an heirloom to pass down to their own children.