Gregory Krum, the director of retail at the Shop at Cooper-Hewitt, the National Design Museum, shops for his job. When looking for a wedding present, he suggests gift-givers consider who the people getting married are, and where they are in their lives. You might be saying, “Duh,” but this is what he means: “If they are young and just starting out I give very useful things,” he said. “But if the couple is more established I can be more esoteric with the present.” Gregory recommends buying a gift that has a deeper meaning. This is easier said than done.
One of his suggestions is to purchase something that the couple will interact with every day, such as an Italian espresso machine by Pavoni. Personally, these seem a little pricey, but I guess if the couple was really into espresso, I might buy one from Williams-Sonoma. Then they would think of me every day as they prepared their morning drink. Actually, if anything, they’d probably think/say: “Someone gave this to us as a wedding present, but I just can’t remember who. Oh, well. Would you like one shot of espresso or two?” Some of Gregory’s other ideas seemed more doable and thoughtful. [NY Times]