The wedding season is a busy time, especially in communities where many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints live. Weddings are exciting, joyful and can be — for Church members who attend several celebrations every summer — expensive.
But they don’t have to be. The LDS Distribution Center sells thousands of items at cost, many of which are useful to newly married couples as they build their homes. Here are 10 great gifts that won’t break the bank.
1. Subscription to Church magazines
Price: $10 for one-year subscription
LDS Church magazines are an excellent resource in any home, but managing magazine subscriptions is probably not at the top of the new couple’s to-do list. By purchasing a gift subscription, you can give them a meaningful gift with the added benefit of giving them one less thing to do.
2. Family History Supplies
Price: Under $5, depending on what you include
A marriage is the organization of a new family, and even if both parties have much of their family history compiled, they’ll need to combine the two as they organize their new family’s history. Give them the supplies to do so with an inexpensive collection of forms and booklets.
“My Family: Stories That Bring Us Together” is an easy-to-use booklet for getting started with family history. “Member’s Guide to Temple and Family History Work” is available for free, as well as family group forms and pedigree charts. Put it all in a binder and tie a ribbon around it for a unique, useful gift.
3. Family Home Storage Starter Kit
Help the new couple get started with food storage with this useful (and small!) starter kit. The single box contains recipes, pamphlets, visual aids for teaching food storage principles and one can each of flour, red wheat, white wheat, pinto beans and oats. Best of all, it’s compact and won’t take up too much room in a small apartment.
4. Leather-bound scripture helps
Young couples need the basics, but it doesn’t hurt to have something nice. The distribution center sells books bound in soft burgundy Italian leather to complement scripture study. Right now, the limited edition “Articles of Faith” by James E. Talmage is available in both English and Spanish.
5. Church music library
Price: $20 for “Children’s Songbook,” $17.15 for “Hymns”
This music set is a great gift for the musically inclined couple. But in case they get multiple books and need to return one, it’s best to avoid having the books engraved with the family’s name.
6. Fine Artwork of Jesus Christ
Price: $40-$281, depending on piece and size
Framed artwork can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars at retail locations, which sell a wide variety of frames and work. At the LDS Distribution Center, a limited number of fine art prints are available at a lower cost. Inspiring decor like this will help the couple invite the Spirit into their new home.
7. Framed Temple Photos
Price: Approximately $1 for temple photo, $10.75-$45.50 for frame
Give the couple a personal gift by framing a photo of the temple where they were sealed. Photos of every LDS temple are available for about $1 each at the distribution center. Inexpensive frames are available as well.
8. Family Scripture Study Library
Price: $9.25 to $10 per manual
The Church Educational System is in the process of releasing new seminary teacher manuals for each year of Seminary curriculum. Chances are, the new couple has been out of Seminary for long enough to have missed the new manuals. These will help them start their own family scripture study library.
9. Leather-bound books
Price: $30.50 for “The House of the Lord” by James E. Talmage, $32.50 for “Pathways to Perfection” by Thomas S. Monson
The genuine Italian leather-bound collection also includes classic gospel study resources. “The House of the Lord” by James E. Talmage is a great gift for a young couple who recently made important temple covenants, and “Pathways to Perfection” is an inspiring collection of 34 sermons by the living prophet.
10. Family Home Evening Resource Book
Help the new couple set good patterns early in their marriage with this book, which contains 37 lessons as well as resources for planning successful family home evening activities.