How to Give an Amish Wedding Gift

Because Amish wedding gifts should be something practical and of use in the couple's first home, sticking to the basics should be a rule applied when trying to figure out how to give an Amish wedding gift. The Amish are a subgroup of the Mennonite church, which follows a practice of simple living, plain attire and a reluctance to adopt modern technology, although what is acceptable to gift to a couple varies from community to community.

Steps

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    Consider giving the Amish couple nonperishable food items such as noodles, oats, flour, rice, beans, oil or sugar. These make a great addition to the home by allowing the couple to stock the pantry with the items.
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    Think about gifting basic tools to the couple to use around their house or their farm. Help the young couple start a collection of tools of their own so that they do not have to borrow any from their parents.
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    Gift the Amish couple with cookware such as pots and pans to prepare the meals in their homes. Cast iron cookware is appropriate as are large pots, pans and baking containers since the young couple will most likely grow into a large family.
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    Go for sturdy yet simple dishware that can be used everyday. Think about going in with another person or a number of people to buy the couple a large set to accommodate their growing family. Also consider a quality set of knives along with a knife block.
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    Consider giving the couple the bedding, towels or linens that they will need in their home for themselves and for guests. Many Amish families choose a primitive, unsophisticated d├ęcor, so think along those lines when choosing housewares and go with plain white. Plain, undecorated pillows and/or blankets also make an appropriate gift.
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    Go in with a group of other wedding guests to purchase the couple a large appliance. This could include a gas refrigerator or possibly a gas stove.
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    Participate in or organize an Amish quilting bee to create the traditional double wedding ring design on a wedding quilt for the couple. This social gathering can not only be productive but fun and entertaining as well.
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    Think about gifting fabric or other supplies, such as yarn for knitting. Because Amish families make all of their own clothing, gifts such as plain colored cotton or wool make an appropriate gift.
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    Consider a larger gift, such as household furnishings, to gift to the couple. Because they will be starting a new home completely from scratch, items such as couches, chairs and dining room sets will need to be purchased at some point.

Tips

  • It is appropriate to bequeath the couple with their gift while they are on a visiting tour as part of their honeymoon, so there is no need to bring your gift with you to the actual wedding.


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