November 13, 2018

Sealed With a Gift

It’s a sure thing to buy the Cuisinart or pillow shams on a couple’s wedding registry. You know they are going to like them. But, sometimes everything on the registry is accounted for or out of your price range, or maybe you just don’t feel like springing for another boring wedding gift, even if they did ask for it. Besides, there’s something to be said for a surprise. Here are six we love.

The tradition of stomping on a glass at a Jewish wedding is a beautiful one. But, typically, that shattered glass gets trashed. Why not preserve it with this JERUSALEM STONE WEDDING MEZUZAH ($118). Made in Israel, it features a small tube to contain some of those glass shards, and it is engraved with the Hebrew “ani l’dodi v’dodi li” (I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine). museumoftolerance.com

Now, what’s that old saying? “The couple that pedals together…” Well, that’s not quite it but who could resist smiling when riding with their sweetheart on this sunny yellow KULANA
LUA SINGLE SPEED TANDEM ($255 plus shipping). Some assembly required. If you’re not handy, try TaskRabbit. amazon.com

How can couples keep the wedding-day sweetness fresh? How about home deliveries of artisan preserves from Los Angeles’ very own Jewish jam queen, Jessica Koslow. Through her wildly popular Eastside eatery, Sqirl, she offers a mail order JAM
CLUB ($60-$180). Think Santa Rosa plum or blood orange marmalade, for example. Grape jelly it ain’t. store.sqirlla.com

A framed wedding invitation is all well and good, but we love the informality and vintage vibe of the CUSTOM WEDDING SIGNS ($50–$100 depending on size, plus shipping) from San Fernando Valley-based crafter David Cheaney of Cheltenham Road on Etsy. Note there is a two-week turnaround on the handmade wood designs that arrive ready to hang. etsy.com/shop/CheltenhamRoad

The new couple will have plenty of reason to raise a glass with these L’CHAIM
WINE GLASSES ($36 plus shipping). Made exclusively for New York’s Jewish Museum and sold in sets of two, they are sure to become the couple’s go-to glasses for celebration. The stemless goblets with gold script work equally well with red, white or pink libations, and make special even those chill Netflix nights. shop.thejewishmuseum.org

The self-anointed Curator of Happiness, Los Angeles native Tara Riceberg, carries extraordinary gifts at her two shops: Tweak, and the brand new Tesoro, a reincarnation of her mother’s long-shuttered boutique. Consider the gold-and-quartz KIVA CHEESE SET ($238) from New York-based designer Anna Rabinowicz, which definitely makes cheddar taste better. estgiftstoreever.com