Says Mackenzie: "Friends of mine are getting married in May in Sao Paulo. I want to buy them a gift, but because they are Brazilian, their registry is listed only in Portuguese (and even though my sister-in-law is Brazilian, I shamefully speak very, very little) and only offers choices from stores located in Brazil. Long story short, the registry doesn't seem to be an option for me. I want to buy them a special gift, but am on a bit of a budget ($30-$50), as I will have to ship it all the way to Brazil. Our bride and groom to be are in their mid-twenties, quite fashionable, love to travel, have a dog, and will be moving in together after the wedding. Do you have any suggestions for a fabulous gift appropriate for these newlyweds? Thank you thank you!"
Marian reporting for duty. Mackenzie, this was a doozy! Brazilian stores aren't really known for making e-commerce simple or even possible for non-Brazilians, but here are a few things that can be shipped anywhere in the world and that your friends might enjoy.
It's fairly customary at Brazilian weddings for the best man to cut up the groom's tie and sell pieces to the guests as a way of raising some capital for the couple, and if your friends are going to do this, a gift of a secondary (and rather snazzy) tie to wear for the rest of the evening might go over well. We liked the black-on-white version of the 1) CheckPoint Charlie Sakura Bliss silk tie (~$47 with the exchange rate), but everything at Australian site tieworld can be shipped worldwide, and there are less expensive options. If it's the bride in particular who you're close to, though, you'll have to decide whether this would be appropriate.
Linens are always good wedding gifts, and ScandinavianDesignCenter.com has quite a few very tasteful, slightly funky things along those lines - and they also ship anywhere. These 2) blue cotton cushion covers ($53) are pretty, but the newlyweds might get more use out of this 3) Park table cloth ($31).
If you'd rather not send textiles, you know what else is light? ALUMINUM! I'm really not crazy - there's a lot of pretty Thai servingware made out aluminum, and this 4) serving bowl and spoon set ($24) can likewise go wherever on the globe you want it to.
Congratulations to your friends, Mackenzie, and thanks for thinking of us! I hope this has been helpful!