5 wedding gifts that seem like a good idea but can actually be disastrous

Bride wedding giftShutterstockTo semi-quote Don Draper, make your gift simple but significant.

Bridal registries are a godsend during wedding season — they take the guesswork out of choosing a gift.

But what if you’ve waited until the last-minute and all of the couple’s pre-selected gifts have been scooped up?

When going off the registry, there are a few things to steer clear of.

1. Any piece of art

Unless you have intimate knowledge of the couple’s taste in art (and home d├ęcor), step away from the wall hangings and conversation pieces. That butler dog statue is not your friend.

2. Bulky kitchen appliances

A simple rule is to avoid anything larger than a coffee-maker. So walk away from the industrial-size margarita machine, please. Most first homes are small, meaning there is no space (and no need) for counter-crowding appliances.

3. Quirky or funny-to-you gag gifts

Speaking of taking up space, just say no to eclectic gifts that serve no purpose; think funky lamps, knick-knacks, etc. And avoid all “joke gifts,” including anything baby- or sex-related. Self-help books of the “how to be the perfect spouse” genre are out of the question.

4. An empty picture frame

The only exception to this rule: if you have an amazing picture to put inside of the frame. Otherwise, this gift is highly generic and will likely end up being re-gifted. A digital frame, however, is something the bride and groom can put to use as soon as they return from their honeymoon.

5. Crystal or silver anything

Silver requires maintenance (read: frequent polishing), and crystal is heavy and takes up space. Not all couples want to decorate their new home with shiny objects.

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