It’s a brand new year and our wedding experts are bringing you brand new wedding gift ideas. Buying the perfect wedding gift is never easy but, regardless of your budget, we’ve got you covered. Read through this list and you’ll find all of the classic, fun, unique, and thoughtful gifts you could hope for.
- Unique And Contemporary Gifts
- Fun Wedding Gifts
- For Couples Who Have Everything
- Non-Traditional Gifts
- Gift Set Ideas
- Creative Gifts
- Small & Inexpensive Gifts
- Gift Ideas For Bride
- Gift Ideas For Groom
- LGBTQ+ Wedding Presents
- Last-minute Wedding Gift Ideas
- Personalized Wedding Gift Ideas
- For Couples Already Living Together
- DIY Wedding Gift Ideas
- Gifts When Not Attending
- Wedding Anniversary Gifts
- Wedding Gift-wrapping Ideas
Brides Often Ask
Is it better to give cash or a check for a wedding gift?
Cash as a wedding gift is no longer taboo, but gifts are usually still preferred. In most cases, the couple will indicate which is their preference. When in doubt, most couples would prefer to have extra cash over an extra blender.
How much cash should you give for a wedding present?
Only a short while ago it was viewed as unfashionable to give money as a wedding gift. But, with today’s student loans, the costs of purchasing a home, and newlyweds that are already set with their kitchen and decor needs, the gift of a few dollars is a breath of fresh air.
A lot of couples leave an anonymous donation box at the reception or dictate a maximum amount so that no one feels left out. Failing that a respectable minimum is $50 with the average ranging from $75 to $150. If you’re very close to the couple or enjoy an above-average income, there’s no real limit to be aware of.
How long after a wedding do you have to give a gift?
Under normal circumstances, newlyweds will be enjoying their honeymoon phase for up to three months. This is commonly considered the standard etiquette time frame.
Unique And Contemporary Wedding Gifts
It’s unlikely that these unique items will be on the happy couple’s wedding registry list, but they’re sure to be a hit!
Photo puzzle frame
A photo puzzle frame is the perfect symbol two lives completing each other, and make for great newlywed gifts. Find these on websites like Amazon for $24.95.
Happily ever after stepping stone
Many couples take pride in their backyard gardens, which is the perfect place for a Happy Ever After Stepping Stone. Pick this up at Walmart for $24.99, and have it engraved with their names and wedding date for the perfect reminder of their big day.
Desktop decision spinner
This fidget spinner for adults is cute and always appreciated. Grab these fun wedding gifts for $27.99 at site like Amazon.
Personalized keepsake box
Keepsake boxes come in all shapes and sizes, but with all of the mementos from their wedding the happy couple certainly needs one. Get yours at GiftsForYouNow.com for $33.14.
A custom cheese board
For approximately $30, you can gift your newlywed friends with an engraved cheese board complete with knife and serving fork. Get these unconventional wedding gifts at sites like Etsy.com
Fun Wedding Gifts Couple Will Love
Getting something for him is cool. Getting something for her is nice. But getting a wedding gift that both can enjoy is extra sweet. Check out these gifts specifically designed to be enjoyed by a couple.
Cafepress.com has some great unique wedding gifts like these $32.99 couples aprons. Choose from a variety of designs and styles that perfectly sum up their personalities.
Fun printed pillows
Printed pillows are an unexpected wedding gift but you can offer something special with a wedding photo, tailor-made quote, or design that compliments their decor for $39.70 from Zazzle.com
Adult coloring book
Adult coloring books are all the rage, but not so much that they’ve lost their appeal. Give the gift of relaxation and humor for $8.99 from Amazon or your local bookstore.
Funny shot glasses
Alcohol is something that many couples enjoy together. Homewetbar.com offers a great set for $14.99.
Cute coffee mugs
Bed Bath and Beyond carries great sets of Mr. & Mrs. coffee mugs of all sorts. The best wedding gifts are personal, and when your newlywed friends are coffee lovers, you nail it with a cute set of mugs they can appreciate every morning.
Wedding Gift Ideas For Couples Who Have Everything
We all know that couple who already has everything they need in life. What’s the best wedding presents for them? An experience! They can’t hold it in their hands, but they can hold it in their hearts, and they’ll love you for it.
Give the gift that keeps on giving: a subscription box! These deliveries bring a fresh surprise to the bride and groom, extending the gesture month after month. Premium Spa Items and Jewelry boxes from Etsy can run upwards of $150. But, there are plenty of amazing subscription boxes, like hot sauce of the month, for as low as $46.00.
Date night for two
Some couples would love to spend a night at a fancy restaurant or take in a concert, but always find a reason that they can’t go. Bend their arm and give the wedding gifts for couples can’t live without: time together.
After a year’s worth of planning and the stress of hosting both a ceremony and a reception, every couple deserves to relax. Whether you’re shopping for engagement gifts or wedding gifts, a spa session is always a hit. Book yours with Groupon for $42 to $73 depending on the type of package you want.
Travel watch roll
Men and women who know how to appreciate the value of a good watch will certainly want to protect their investments. Help them do it in style with a protective case that’s almost as stylish as the items it’s protecting. Pick up a $245.00 model from nordstrom.com.
You don’t have to chisel a Banksy off of a building wall to deliver thoughtful wedding gifts to your newlywed friends. Discover a piece perfect for their living room or bedroom for $43.99 to $259.99 on Elephantstock.com
Non-Traditional Wedding Gifts They Will Remember
We all have those friends whose taste is a little off different. Consider these wedding gift ideas for friends who march to the beat of their own drum for the perfect “you just get me” reaction.
Record player with vinyls
Pick up the ‘music lover’ couple a starter record player on UrbanOutfitters.com for $120.
Love poems on canvas
Some couples would really appreciate daily words of encouragement or reminders of how deep their love runs. Find a huge variety of poetry on canvas on fineartamerica.com for as low as $56.
A Luxe chess set
Not only is chess fun to play, the board and peices also make for great sculpture. A high end chess set would be perfect for that intellectual-type couple, or even the couple that just likes to play together. Get yours at $100 from acornonline.com.
Gem stone slice coasters
These clever wedding gifts will keep the creative couple smiling. Slices of agate are nature’s work of art, and you can get your newlywed friends a set from Amazon for the low price of $30.99.
Dinner basket service
A unique wedding gift ideas for bride and groom, this spin on the subscription box delivers gourmet and healthy meals to your newlywed’s doorstep. Find yours for $20 on blueapron.com.
Wedding Gift Set Ideas
Equally appealing as bridal shower gifts, these gifts sets provide newlyweds with the gift that gives several times over. There’s a gift set for everyone, so make sure to take note of their particular personality to make the perfect choice.
You can find delicious sets of chocolate from anywhere between $20 and $200. Either way, they’ll be eaten up quickly and with delight. Find a midrange chocolate gift set at Godiva.com.
Some couples adore reading together. Choose a book set from a particular series, author, topic, or genre from booksamillion.com from $20 to $150 to keep your happy couple engaged for weeks.
If your newlyweds fancy themselves wine connoisseurs, a wine set is the ideal gift. Start them off with a set that includes a corkscrew, foil cutter, wine stopper, and drip catcher. Or, take it to the next level with an aerator, decanter, and other great items from totalwine.com at $20 to $120.
Set of bath bubbles
Give the gift of relaxation to newlyweds who appreciate a good soak. Choose your favorite creams and lotions for $13.98 for a great set from Amazon.
Cheese knives set box
Cheese knives may not be an everyday item, but for the newlywed couple who loves to host dinner parties, a classy set is an absolute must. Find yours on Zelancio.com in the $39.41 range.
Crazy And Creative Wedding Gifts
Sometimes the unexpected is the best wedding gift choice you can make. Let your personality shine with a gift that screams your name every time the happy couple sees or uses it.
Cards against humanity game
The couple that plays together, stays together. Give them the gift of hilarity with Cards Against Humanity. Pick up your box at Walmart for less than $29.00.
Couples who are freshly married may not realize exactly what they’re in for throughout their Happily Ever After. Help them appreciate the good times and overcome the tough times with $15 to $25 wedding guides from Amazon.
Many newlyweds are moving into their first home together, and plants are sure to be part of the decor. Step up their game with a gorgeous vase from Wayfair for $49.99 or more.
Keeping with the home decor theme, a fashionable lighting fixture is a great home upgrade that every couple can enjoy. Get your $36.55 to $139.99 lighting fixture from Amazon.
Stamp Maker Kit
This gift isn’t for every couple, but for those who appreciate a good stamp, it’s a home run. Get your photocentricgroup stamp maker kit – including a UV light box, clamp, brush, and everything else they’ll need – for $100.
Small And Inexpensive Wedding Gifts Ideas
Gifting on a budget doesn’t mean your presents will be a letdown. All it takes is a little thought to send something special. These ideas are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
With the wedding freshly over, there’s sure to be an abundance of photos, and one of them will certainly be the shot they want to remember forever. Gift them a cute commemorative picture frame from Etsy.com for as low as $21.98.
An adorable wine bag is perfect for the dinner-partiers on the go. Choose between a burlap design from Bed Bath & Beyond at $13.95.
His Hers keychain
It’s the details that count. They carry their keys with them wherever they go and look at them a handful of times each day. Remind them of their big day for less than $9.99 with a bridal keychain from Amazon.
Custom star map poster
For under $50, TheNighSky.com offers you the gift of your newlyweds with a poster of the stars. This is romantic enough already, but these posters feature the constellations exactly how they were on the couple’s wedding day. Now that’s special!
Amazon offers a gorgeous $22.99 wedding candle. Get this gift custom engraved to deliver ambient light, sweet scents, and constant reminders of their happy day. Not a bad gift at all.
Wedding Gift Ideas For Bride
If you were in the bridal party or simply just very close to the bride, you’re probably considering wedding gifts that are more for her than for him. These examples are sure to perk up her life a little.
Basket with a beauty treatment
Cream, lotions, hand soaps, and more. This $109.95 gift basket from broadwaybasketeers.com is the perfect wedding gift choice for the bride that loves to be pampered.
Pair of earrings
When it comes to jewelry you can spend a few bucks or you can spend a small fortune. Find a great mid-range set of solitaire diamond earrings for $319 at Kay.com
Grooms and brides alike love to cook once they get going. Give them a kickstart with a cookbook that features some of their favorites along with a little sometimes new for $17.89 to $30 on Amazon.
It’s hard to go wrong with jewelry. Put your best foot forward with a bridal wedding gift from Pandora.net for a budget of $85 to $220. These designs have great reviews and are sure to be a new hit with the bride.
A fresh bouquet of flowers is always a pick-me-up for any home. Gift the bride with a flower subscription to keep the smiles flowing on a regular basis. BloomsyBox.com offers a great selection for 44.99.
Wedding Gift Ideas For Grooms
If you’ve known the groom before he met his new wife, it’s likely that your wedding gift will appeal to him more than her. These wedding gifts for men easily double as gifts for a bachelor party and are sure to impress.
Many grooms enjoy staying in shape. This could be anything from trimming down some weight to keeping his heart rate up, to hitting the gym on a regular basis. Regardless of his goals, help him keep track of his progress with a $149.95 FitBit from BestBuy.com.
Wallets are an important accessory for many men. They have to hold all of his necessities but be thin enough to fit in his pocket. They have to be stylish, yet functional. Get him an RFID (hack protection) wallet from mangosvictoria.com for around $99.95.
A nice set of whiskey tumblers is nice, but an elegant decanter to go with them is fantastic! Class up his home bar with this wedding gift from $69.95 or less from homewetbar.com
Box of cigars
If your newlywed buddy is into cigars, this is a great gift. Send him iconic Cohibas or classic Romeo y Julietas from $60 to $300. famous-smoke.com has a huge inventory of brands and styles to choose from.
Wallet bottle opener
Choose a stainless steel credit card bottle opener that cleanly slips into his wallet for a great, and budget-friendly, wedding gift for him. Amazon has a great selection starting at around $6.59
Best LGBTQ+ Wedding Presents
Although the majority of the planet views them as completely equal in every way, unfortunately, the LGBTQ+ community still has some fighting to do before absolutely everyone comes around. If the wedding you’re attending is featuring a same-sex couple, show them your full support with one of these non-traditional wedding gifts.
Mrs. & Mrs. ceramic mug set
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and a great way to start it is with an image or message that reminds you of the most romantic day of your life. Find a cute same-sex mug at Amazon for $27.99 and up.
Personalized same-sex wedding art
Home decor is always a big hit and an excellent choice for your LGBTQ+ wedding gift. Search Etsy.com for pieces in the $50 range, or as low as $351.05 if you’re shopping on a budget.
Every home needs a set of coasters to keep their surfaces clean and damage free. Gift your LGBTQ+ newlyweds with a loud-and-proud set of rainbow coasters. Get yours on Etsy.com and similar sites from $12.00.
Custom couple portrait
A nice portrait to hang on the wall is a sweet gift and welcome addition to home decor. Convert the happy couple’s photography into custom drawings or paintings with redbubble starting at $33.60.
Mustache shot glasses
These are enjoyable wedding gifts regardless of orientation, but there’s a cultural connection between the LGBTQ+ community and the mustache. Pick up a pack of hot mustache shot glasses at BarProducts.com for $2.99 and up.
Last-minute Wedding Gift Ideas
Sometimes you receive wedding invitations with short notice. Sometimes you delay things because life gets busy. Sometimes you just plain forget. Whatever the reason, you have to come up with last-minute wedding gift ideas.
You don’t want to break the bank, but you also want it to feel like you put some thought into the gift. This list of last-minute wedding gift ideas is wallet-friendly, practical, slightly unique, and can be personalized to your liking.
Hollow Ceramic Vase Set
Made from high-quality ceramic, these hollow vases can add a modern touch to any space. They are perfect for displaying flowers or as standalone decorative pieces.
Ring holders are an excellent wedding gift idea. Most guests wouldn’t even think of this and the couple will often overlook it until they need them. Pick up a ring holder with a small but highly useful option.
Funny Soy Candle
Candles are used when the power goes out, to light family game night, and to enhance soaks in the tub. This funny soy candle smells great and will constantly remind a couple of the happiest days of their lives.
Jar with date ideas
A good date idea is priceless. An entire jar of date ideas is the wedding gift that will continue giving memory after memory that will contribute to keeping that spark of romance alive. Pick up this jar for 14.95.
Personalized Wedding Gift Ideas
You can easily transform common items into extraordinary wedding gift ideas with a simple etching. Adding the bride and groom’s wedding details to an everyday item makes them appreciate it far more because it’s now about them.
Personalized ring dish
A standard ring dish runs the risk of turning into a junk disk. Personalize it and it suddenly becomes a sacred space that embodies the vows of that special day.
Wedding plaques allow couples to continue to celebrate their marriage day after day. It also doesn’t hurt that this wedding gift DIY idea won’t give hubby the opportunity to forget the anniversary!
House plants are always appreciated for what they are and what they do. Multiply that admiration with a personal connection.
Wedding Gift Ideas For Couples Already Living Together
It’s sometimes tough to come up with wedding gift ideas for couples already living together. What do they already have? What do they need most?
Custom plant pot
This version of a custom pot is great for the kitchen! Give this to couples that enjoy succulents and fresh herbs.
This is a unique wedding gift idea that seals the bride and groom’s sentimental floral preservation so that they can be appreciated forever. Be sure to make arrangements ahead of time to get your hands on the authentic flowers.
Marble guest book
A marble guest book is an elegant way to document the memories created throughout the wedding journey. Send it in advance to avoid the risk of a double purchase.
DIY Wedding Gift Ideas
DIY wedding gifts are a thoughtful and personalized way to show your love and appreciation for the newlywed couple. Handmade gifts like custom photo frames, homemade candles, or embroidered linens can add a special touch to the wedding celebrations.
Hand-Woven Boho Dream Catcher
A white daisy hand-woven boho dream catcher can be hung in a bedroom or other living space for decoration, giving it a rustic and earthy look.
Marble Dinner Set
A grey and gold marble dinner set can be perfect for hosting meals and entertaining guests. The unique and stylish design of the dinnerware adds a touch of elegance to any dining table.
The original metal planter is a whimsical and decorative item for plant lovers. It adds a playful touch to any indoor or outdoor space, making it a charming and eye-catching centerpiece for plants.
Handmade Trinket Dish
A handmade trinket dish can be personalized with a name or initials, or with painted drawings like leaves or animals. The trinket dish is perfect for storing jewelry, small accessories, or as a decorative piece on a shelf or dresser.
Nordic-Style Knot Pillow
This Nordic-style knot pillow or headrest cushion can be used for decorative and functional purposes. The pillow’s soft and comfortable texture makes it perfect for relaxing on a couch, bed, or chair.
Sofa Throw Blanket
A handmade sofa throw blanket is ideal for snuggling up on a couch or as a decorative throw on a bed or chair. The blanket’s creative design and color palette give it a unique and rustic look.
Gifts When Not Attending
If you are close to the couple but not able to attend their wedding you’re going to want to make it mean more with some customization. Here are some wedding gift ideas to get you started.
Engraved vases are versatile vessels that spruce up any room. Home decor-loving couples will have fun filling these with lemons, potpourri, and other decor styles to meaningfully enhance their living space.
His and hers, have a couple of smells. Brides and grooms have a tendency to be able to recognize each other by their smell. An engraved cologne set celebrates their ‘couple scent’ by creating a unified way to get ready together.
Whether it’s a dinner party or an intimate brunch, personalized tumblers amplify the experience. Consider this wedding gift idea for couples that prefer to eat in.
The Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas
The wedding anniversary gift ideas category offers a variety of gift options to celebrate the special occasion of a wedding anniversary. Whether it’s a first anniversary or a milestone anniversary, there are many unique and thoughtful gifts to choose from.
Personalized photo album
A personalized photo album is a great way to capture and cherish the memories of the special day. You can customize the cover with the couple’s names and wedding dates and fill it with photos of their time together.
Couple’s cooking class
A cooking class for two is a fun and unique way to spend quality time together and learn new culinary skills. They can bond over making delicious food and create memories that will last a lifetime.
A weekend getaway is a romantic and thoughtful gift that allows the couple to escape the stresses of everyday life and enjoy each other’s company in a new and exciting location.
Bonus: Wedding Gift-wrapping Ideas
The presentation goes a long way when giving gifts. Delight the bride and groom by getting creative with your gift wrapping.
- The simplest way to add some elegance to your wedding gift idea is by matching the wedding theme color pallet. Choose a tasteful tote that matches the wedding theme style and pack it with carefully folded craft tissue paper.
- A gift basket makes everything more impressive! Arrange your gift items in a wicker basket. Skip the cellophane and replace it with tulle tied off with florals that match the wedding theme.
- Food products are the most popular wedding gift ideas. Instead of an awkward stack of boxes, package everything up neatly in a dish rack, grocery basket, or another useful item that can double as a container.
Each and every one of these ideas will make a great wedding gift in 2022. Some are classic, some are modern, but all are sure to bring a smile to the happy couple’s faces when it’s time for the unwrapping. Come back often for more great wedding gift ideas and plenty of other helpful information to help you plan and execute the perfect wedding experience.