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by Staff Writer
No matter what the age of the engaged, a wedding is cause for celebration. When true love happens later in life, the couple may already have their household in order; this gives guests shopping for wedding gifts the freedom to help the couple update what they already have or to branch out and treat the happy couple to something they would never buy for themselves. Read on for tips on buying thoughtful gifts for nontraditional couples.
Out with the old: Just because a couple already owns an appliance doesn't mean an upgrade wouldn't be appreciated. Kitchen appliances, such as coffeemakers, food processors, cookware and even blenders, get worn out after many years of use. Pay attention when one of your friends says,"We've been meaning to get a new . . ." for great wedding gift ideas.
All in the family: Today's love stories often involve the merging of two existing families. When choosing a wedding gift, consider the needs of a blended family. A new LCD HDTV or home theater system makes any family room more fun and provides hours of use for the entire family. An expanding family might need a roomier fridge or a sturdier washer and dryer to accommodate the increased load; pool resources with other guests to give a truly spectacular gift that will be used for years.
His and hers: What do you get the couple who has everything? Consider shopping for gifts that will help them integrate their hobbies and show you've taken notice of their favorite activities and talents. His and her camp chairs are perfect for a couple who loves the outdoors, and matching aprons are fun for the couple who loves to work together in the kitchen.
Couple's choice: When a couple repeatedly tells you they don't need anything specific, pay attention because chances are they mean it. Many couples have definite ideas of how they want to decorate and outfit their new home. They may favor certain trusted brand names or have a specific item in mind. Sometimes the best wedding present for an established couple is a gift certificate to a reputable online retailer so they can choose exactly what they want.