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Wedding Gifts for a Daughter

What to give your daughter when you're giving her away

By Renee Winship

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Choosing the perfect gift for your daughter's big day is an important wedding tradition. Pick out something special that will be remembered for a long time, and you can do this without spending a lot. The thought and meaning behind the gift is what counts.

Luggage

A new set of luggage as a wedding gift is both useful and long lasting. This gift is best given in advance of the wedding reception, so your daughter can use it when packing for her honeymoon. If the budget is a concern, choose a few separate pieces that work best for your daughter's travel needs. A large, pull-along suitcase, a garment bag and a matching carry-on bag will take your daughter from the honeymoon to future business trips and vacations. Prepackaged sets can also be purchased. These five- to seven-piece sets usually contain a variety of suitcases, carry-on bags, garment bags and makeup cases. Most sets are large enough to work for the groom, too. The matched set will help them easily locate their luggage when flying and traveling together.

Jewelry

A special piece of jewelry can make a wonderful gift for your daughter's wedding day. The gift of jewelry can be new -- a hand-picked gift that represents her special day -- or it can be from your own personal collection. Choose an item your daughter has treasured as she's grown up. You could start a new tradition by passing the piece to your daughter as a family heirloom. This gift costs you nothing, yet has great value and makes a wonderful wedding gift. The jewelry can also be something already handed down from generation to generation. A special necklace or ring from a beloved grandmother is another piece of jewelry that will give your daughter something to remember long after her special day. A charm bracelet with a special charm to commemorate the wedding day will provide your daughter with a gift that you can add to during future special events.

Handmade Gifts

A gift made by hand, something made especially for your daughter, will create a memory that she will treasure through the years. Consider making a scrapbook, and fill it with photos from her childhood. You can create a memory book with photos and mementos of your daughter and her husband-to-be during their courtship and engagement. If you can sew, you can make a special set of potholders, an apron, placements and curtains in coordinating fabric to deck out her new kitchen or to spice up her present one. Gift cards to her favorite restaurants and stores will give her something to look forward to with her husband after the wedding. This is especially appreciated by the newlyweds when they are starting out with a tight budget.

Family Heirlooms

Aside from the aforementioned jewelry, there are other family treasures that your daughter is sure to love. A grandmother's vase or an antique sterling silver tray are sentimental items that a young couple will cherish a lifetime. Or perhaps there is family china that has been passed down through generations. A wedding is the perfect occasion to continue a family tradition or start a new one

About the Author

Paige Dooly is a freelance writer who has worked in the catering business.

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