Sometimes finding the perfect wedding gift can be just as challenging as choosing the right outfit to wear on the Big Day. You want your gift idea to be original, but at the same time you need to be sure it’s something the happy couple will love.
Millennials are ditching traditional gift registries in favour of unique experiences. It’s easy to understand why – many couples have been living together for some time before tying the knot so are likely to have everything they need for their home already. Further, scientific evidence shows that the happiness of anticipating an experience and remembering it afterwards outweighs that offered by a physical gift.
Less is more, and doing – not having – is the latest trend in unique wedding gifts.
Tinggly curate hundreds of the most original and inspirational experiences around the world, and here they share some of their favourite wedding gift ideas from their collection…
A mouthwatering cookery class in Mexico
Couples with culinary flair and a taste for spicy food can discover how to prepare an authentic Mexican menu with a local chef. The great thing about cookery classes is that not only do you get to create and enjoy delicious traditional foods, but you can get a deeper understanding of the culture of the place you’re visiting. This fantastic gift experience in Mexico finishes with tropical cocktails on the beach.
Ideal for honeymooning couples wanting to get away from it all, you sleep in a solar-powered yurt, or gers, amid remote and breathtaking scenery. Trek through woods, take a horseback ride or just enjoy simple Nomadic hospitality, just remember to turn off your mobile phones.
A luxurious stay in an Ayurvedic spa resort in India
This rejuvenating spa experience blends health-giving waters with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Treatments, meditation and yoga are all available in an award-winning resort. You’ll emerge feeling incredible in body and spirit.
Most people, when they consider a honeymoon in Hawaii, picture themselves stretching out with a cocktail on a gorgeous palm-fringed beach, but for adventurous couples, this adrenaline-charged shark encounter will super-charge their honeymoon. Take a boat trip out into the open ocean and descend beneath the waves in a purpose-built cage for up-close and personal views with toothy Galapagos sharks.
One of the most memorable gift experiences any couple could hope to enjoy is walking side-by-side with lions, at this Gambian nature reserve. Other wildlife found here includes rhinoceroses, ostriches, zebras and giraffes, but the real thrill comes with a guided stroll alongside the Kings of the Jungle.
Many couples with travel blogs have partnered with Tinggly to explore the collection, and found their gift experiences to be both rewarding and memorable – Jonathan and Kach from Two Monkeys Travel Group spent a relaxing day at a prestigious spa resort in Costa Rica, while Justin plus Lauren chose to take a romantic gondola ride along the canals of Venice. Gemma and Craig from Two Scots Abroad tried thrilling sandboarding in Nicaragua.
Experiences are a great way for couples to spend time together whether on holiday or on honeymoon, tick items off their bucket lists and see the world in a different way. And they makes life a lot easier for anyone who struggles to find the best wedding gift.