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I Want to Give a Really Special Gift But What Does That Mean IDK

What to buy? What to make? How much to spend? I just went to the most amazing wonderful incredible wedding and I want to show my love and appreciation with the most amazing wonderful thoughtful gift. But I don’t know what to do. I am not a registry person. I don’t want to go off their registry. Actually I don’t even think they have a registry because they’re that great (hippies). HELP ME. This is as far as I got:

LOGAN: i think i want to paint my friends a painting for their wedding gift
LOGAN: but
LOGAN: i don’t paint
LOGAN: is one thing
LOGAN: so i guess what i want to do is learn to paint
LOGAN: and then paint them a thing
LAUREN: oh you don’t have to know how to paint to paint really
LAUREN: just make something
LAUREN: what do you want to paint
LAUREN: do you know
LOGAN: i want to paint a picture of them getting married
LAUREN: HHA do it thats cute
LAUREN: do it
LAUREN: itll be so cute
LAUREN: and weird
LAUREN: like do them as dogs
LAUREN: getting married
LAUREN: a fun project = pick a breed that looks most like the bride and a breed that looks most like the groom
LAUREN: and then paint a pic of the dogs marrying
LOGAN: i’ve been searching for what i mean
LOGAN: but i can’t find it
LOGAN: the little drawings in the beginning and end of emma with gwyneth
LAUREN: we’re all searchng for something logan
LOGAN: do you know
LOGAN: have you seen the movie
LOGAN: do you know what im talking about
LOGAN: the little paintings in emma
LOGAN: i’ve been looking for hours
LOGAN: hours

POST SCRIPT: I never found those little paintings :(


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wearitcounts (#772)

logan, you can write. you’re a wonderful writer. write them something!

(also you can illustrate it.)

Kate (#1,408)

I tried to paint a picture of my friend getting married as a wedding present years ago and it was so horrible that when I showed my friend we laughed until we cried. I mean, I was showing her NOT as a wedding present but as a “I thought I might be able to do this and was clearly very wrong”…present.

Also: http://www.etsy.com/listing/59477886/our-wedding-day-11-x-14-matted.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

I genuinely struggle with this because I love to give people gifts that they will totally love but I NEVER know what those gifts should be. This is one of the great dramas of my life.

wearitcounts (#772)

@EvanDeSimone i am only ever good at gifts for non-occasions. like, i go to a store and see something i know my friend would really love, or i have something of my own that i’ve never used but i know someone who’d be really grateful for the re-gift. but finding a gift when you’re supposed to be giving a gift? impossible.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@wearitcounts yes! This exact thing! I am really good at finding gifts for no reason at all, but the minute there’s any sort of occasion I fold under pressure. I feel like we maybe lead parallel lives?

wearitcounts (#772)

@EvanDeSimone life twins, definitely.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@wearitcounts I am so sorry for all the many neuroses you are now subject to.

wearitcounts (#772)

@EvanDeSimone nah, pretty sure life twins means i already got ‘em.

birdlime (#1,567)

@wearitcounts When you find that perfect gift for someone, you will be tempted to immediately give it to that person. DO NOT DO THAT. Wait until the occasion (birthday, Christmas, etc.) and then, you know, give it to them.

wearitcounts (#772)

@birdlime i can’t help it!!! i get all excited and tell them i have a surprise for them and then they can’t wait very long and then it’s too late.

sockhopbop (#764)

wedding comic book???

I know exactly the pictures you mean from Emma and it’s kind of disappointing that the internet doesn’t have them.

Maybe if they had a nice reading at the wedding you could frame and illustrate a copy of it?

Hippies huh? Homebrew them some Kombucha?

@Michelle LeBlanc@twitter The reading idea is great! It’s specific to the wedding, but not so specific that they might feel weird about displaying it.

Megano! (#124)

Oh my God that idea is hilarious and if I were getting married I would want one.

Beans (#1,111)

Homemade gifts for major events are the best! Do you know how to sew? Sewing involves less of the actual art skills of painting/drawing but still manages to impress people, so I like it for gift-giving purposes. A quilt? Pillows?

It may not sound like a “really special” gift, but I got one of my friends an ice cream maker when he got married. Because his dream is to one day open a gourmet ice cream shop. And he and his lady love ice cream. Now they’re divorced, but he still uses it all the time! /weird story

Also, if you can’t paint or draw you could always decoupage!

lrodrigue (#1,315)

I think 1 great gift idea is to find out which kind of dog breed looks most like the bride and which kind of dog breed looks most like the groom and then paint a picture of those 2 dog breeds getting married

j-i-a (#746)

@lrodrigue DREAM GIFT

i hate this idea.

j-i-a (#746)

My go-to wedding gift is this: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/picnic-backpack


The last time I was home I was helping my mom sort through some stuff in the attic and she had three of these!

j-i-a (#746)

@Logan Sachon WHAT your mom is awesome

I made a present recently that is suitable for the not usually crafty:
Gel medium (used by painters, a jar costs about $8 and is way more than you’ll ever need) can transfer laser printed images to fabric. You paint the medium over the fabric, and while it’s wet put the printout printed-side down onto the medium. Let it dry overnight. When it’s completely dry, get the paper wet with a sponge and peel it off. The image will stay (although bits may come off, giving it sort of an “antiqued” look, which I like), but the paper all comes off.
I made my about-to-be-sister-in-law sachets out of muslin and printouts of their engagement photos ($8 for medium, $2 for color printouts, $1.50 for muslin, $12 for sachet stuffings).
Logan, for your idea, take a picture you have of them and photoshop it to make it look like a wedding picture. Maybe use one of those filters to make it look like a painting. Then print it out and transfer it to white fabric, which you can then staple to a canvas. Boom, wedding painting without actual painting skills.

LOGAN: http://www.flickr.com/photos/halfwrittensong/sets/72157631624270608/

(screen capture + netflix on my computer). hope that helps!

darklingplain (#938)

@Claire Henry@twitter Ha I just spent five minutes doing the exact same thing and then saw that you had already, in a much more thorough way. Well, here’s mine anyway, Logan: http://www.flickr.com/photos/87745748@N08/

@Claire Henry@twitter YOU’RE THE BEST!!!!!

@darklingplain YOU”RE ALSO THE BEST!!!!

cmcm (#267)

Are you any good at photography? Maybe take a nice picture and frame that instead?

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