Wedding To Remember

Online shopping for weddings can be quick and inexpensive

You have friends who are getting married and you want to pick out the perfect gift. You're starting to suspect, however, that another set of soup bowls or a pair of candlesticks won't work this time.

You could spend all day in your favorite local shops or running in and out of the big area malls on your gift quest.

Those who don't have time for all this shopping might want to try the Internet. One place to shop online is, which brings together more than 100 major retailers at one Web site. In about a half-hour of surfing time, here are some wedding gift ideas under $75:

Designs on living. From the design experts at Chiasso, there's an espresso maker package ($60) with everything the new couple will need for a great espresso experience-even spoons. The Take 5 Party Table ($58) can be used indoors or out, with perky party glasses that slide right into the unique tabletop. A wall wine rack ($60) holds eight bottles in chrome-plated steel.

Wine is fine. The experts at promise a "stellar" bottle of either red wine or dessert wine, in a gift box, for $65. A trio of wines - a 1997 Chardonnay, a 1998 Merlot and a 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon -can be customized with personalized wine labels for $49.50.

Scribble, scribble. Any new couple would appreciate a Celtic leather journal ($60) from Natural Wonders. Its stunning designs are inspired by ancient stone carvings and illustrations. The refillable journal comes with 220 blank pages of acid-free paper.

Blast from the past. Spencer Gifts can help your newlywed friends get off to a groovy start with a lava lamp. Lamps, in a wide array of color combinations, start at $19.95. Lava lamp bases are also $19.95. Maybe the best idea is to buy his-and-hers models.

Made by hand. People's Pottery offers many unique art objects, including handblown glass oil candles ($48) and pewter spoons ($58) in three styles: fish, Celtic cross and bamboo.

Sharp ideas. From Sharper Image, try the Avante Deluxe Chrome Toaster ($59.95) with super-wide slots and buttons for defrosting and reheating. The Navigator Hands-Free Kit ($69.95) turns popular cellular phones into car speaker phones for safer driving.

- News USA

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