Weird wedding gifts
Cups and bugs, a concrete dog and a rather expensive rhino
Sure you could gift some monogrammed bath towels, a sterling goblet or a George Foreman Mean Lean Fat Free Grilling Machine. But we both know the bride and groom are going to get three of each anyway. To make a real impression at your next wedding, step outside the box and try giving something novel, unique or just plain weird.
A few humble suggestions: A $28,000 mixed-media resin rhino for their den; a cement greyhound for their garden; a cayman skull or a harlequin beetle for their…whatever; a hand-woven wire fruit basket or some imported French coffee cups for their kitchen.
Want something more conventionally Wine Country? Give them a year of wine.
Down, stay, good boy
The cast concrete greyhound is about four feet long, weighs a lot, and can be a permanent pet.
$995, from Artefact at Cornerstone Gardens.
They’ll love serving it in these gorgeous French ceramic cups, made in Paris.
$110 each at Chateau Sonoma.
Right to the point
No animals were harmed in the making of this lifesize, one-of-a-kind resin rhino by L.A. artist Damien Stafford. Perfect for the groom’s den.
$28,000 at Zipper, located at Cornerstone Gardens.
Your portrait in clay
Cynthia Hipkiss makes ceramic sculptures for every occasion, including weddings.
By commission, from $150.
Examples at Hipkiss Gallery.
The harlequin beetle wears a tapestry on its back and is guaranteed to fascinate old and young.
$275 at Zipper.
Fruit is good
It took someone in Thailand a week to make this hand-woven, wire fruit basket.
$395 at Zipper.
Have a heart, or three
For the garden or the kitchen or wherever the spirit moves them. Cave-fired terra cotta from Vietnam, at Potter-Green & Co, the only source in the country.
$29 to $58. Located at Cornerstone Gardens, 707.996.8888.
They’ll be the only couple in town with an Indonesian cayman skull. About 24 inches long.
$495 at Artefact.
Mix & match
Perfect gift at the bridal shower, resin wedding cake toppers in mix-and-match genders and colors
$45 per pair at Zipper.
Wine for a year
From the wine club of biodynamic pioneers Benziger Family Winery, this gift will keep the new couple toasting with limited-production releases.
$330, plus the cost of shipping, for a year. www.benziger.com
From the Summer 2009 issue of SONOMA