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If you haven't gotten married yet or recently been to a wedding, you may be surprised by new trends in wedding gift-giving. Though brides and grooms are still attracted to bone china and cut crystal goblets, many are now more likely to opt for nontraditional, sometimes more luxurious, gifts. Unlike the engaged couples of 20 to 30 years ago, today's 21st century pair may not be furnishing their first home. They might not be so interested in a crystal candy dish or monogrammed silverware, either. Today's brides- and grooms-to-be, who already have fully stocked kitchens and bathrooms, are using their imaginations. In fact, some couples aren't shy about asking guests to pitch in for a boat, Jacuzzi, plasma television, or even a new mattress.

Here are a few creative gift ideas (and some unique wedding wish list ideas for couples). * Rest and relaxation: Every newlywed couple deserves some pampering after the big day. Why not give a spa package for two or a Swedish massage? To keep the romance alive, spring for a sunset dinner cruise or a romantic catered picnic on the beach. * Honeymoon help: Whether it's an exotic European getaway or a cozy stay at a bed and breakfast, the honeymoon is a big expense for couples. Consider chipping in to help pay for their airfare, hotel stay, excursion or a fun activity, like wind surfing.

* Outdoor fun: For the outdoor enthusiasts, how about a pair of mountain bikes, patio furniture, a grill, a hammock or garden accessories? * A lifetime of restful sleep: Some say a new mattress is one of the biggest purchases a newly married couple will make together. After all, we spend one-third of our lives sleeping. To that end, Tempur-Pedic Swedish Mattresses and Pillows has created a sleep industry first - an online wedding registry where friends and family can contribute money to a couple's "wedding account" to help them purchase a new mattress or any of Tempur-Pedic's comfort products.


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