When it comes to wedding gift shopping, sure, you could simply go by the registry. But if you prefer to think outside the box, what’s the easiest way to ensure the present you pick is sure to please? Make it personal.
Monogramming something as simple as a set of bath towels or a cutting board instantly makes them feel more special. Or, incorporate the wedding date or location into a piece of art— it's an easy way to create an heirloom that’s sure to be treasured for years to come. (Not to mention that if you’re looking for a wedding gift for your soon-to-be spouse, going the custom route is by far the best move.)
Read on for the best personalized wedding gifts.
Personalized Gift Box Custom Cutting Board
When in doubt, gift them a custom cutting board, a foolproof wedding gift that’s sure to please. With this one, you can choose both the size and material—there are marble, white oak, and walnut options available.
Add custom engraving with their names and wedding date to create a beautiful cutting board that’s sure to be displayed in the kitchen for years to come.
Price at time of publish: $29 for 10-inch maple
WoodAndMine Custom Wood Coasters
Everyone can always use a good set of coasters, so gift these personalized ones, engraved with crossing arrows and the initials and date of your choice. Sold in sets of four or eight, throw in a bottle of wine and some beautiful wine glasses and you’ve got yourself an awesome wedding gift.
Price at time of publish: $28 for a set of 4
Wendy Gold Studios Personalized Anniversary Pushpin World Map
This personalized map will help the duo track all the special adventures that are just beginning. The framed, vintage-inspired map is customized with the couple’s names and wedding date. It also comes with 100 pushpins to help them mark everything from the wedding locale to their honeymoon and all the future travels to come.
Price at time of publish: $155
Jon and Julie Rousseau Personalized Wine Serving Tray
Pick up this serving try for a couple who loves to host in style. The elongated tray comes complete with a family name and year, and conveniently holds four stemmed wine glasses plus a wine bottle to make serving cocktails easier than ever. Bonus points if you pair it with their favorite bottle of Cabernet.
Price at time of publish: $85
Fresh Retro Gallery Family Tree Chart Poster
You get two of these unique poster prints in each order; give one to both sides of the couple to help trace their family lineage. Each one comes with blank spaces for handwritten history, a thoughtful way to help the couple symbolically merge their families as they create their own.
Price at time of publish: $18
The Pearson Shop Personalized Hearts Four-Across Game
This personalized take on Connect Four is the perfect option for the couple that’s always hosting game night (or loves engaging in some friendly competition with one another.) The wooden set features their names and wedding date, along with adorable heart-shaped pieces.
Price at time of publish: $85
Alexander Doll Wedding Waltz Personalized Art
Commemorate that oh-so-special moment of the first dance with this personalized print. With hand-sketched illustrations of the couple, plus the wedding date and location, this artwork has a nostalgic-inspired feel and is both whimsical and stylish. Plus, it comes framed and ready-to-hang.
Price at time of publish: $349 for standard framed
Minted Your Vows as an Art Print
If the couple wrote their own vows, this is a gift that they'll treasure forever. Choose from over 20 colors for the text and a range of different frame styles and sizes—it's a totally customized present that is sure to be hung in a place of honor in their home.
Price at time of publish: $75
On the Edge Creations Wedding Guestbook Alternative
Here’s another great example of personal meets practical. Not only is this is a custom portrait of the happy couple, but it also doubles as an alternative to a traditional guest book.
Let wedding guests write down their thoughts and wishes for the bride and groom directly onto the artwork, transforming this into a truly memorable and display-worthy keepsake.
Price at time of publish: $150 for 16-by-20 inches
The Night Sky A Custom Night Sky Print
We love this as a thoughtful wedding gift for your soon-to-be spouse. Choose any special moment—the night of the wedding, the day you met, your first kiss—and the location where it all took place, and this brand creates a beautiful map of the placement of the stars at that very moment.
You can even add custom text at the bottom (think a meaningful quote or song lyric) to make it even more special.
Price at time of publish: $39
Birthdate Co. Birthdate Candle
Candles are a foolproof gift, always, but we’re particularly partial to these, which come in 365 unique options. True to the name, there’s one for every day of the year, boasting not only a custom scent but also detailing unique zodiac characteristics and personality traits on the labeling.
Get three and package them up together for the ultimate gift: one with the bride’s birthday, one with the groom’s, and one with their wedding date.
Price at time of publish: $60
Kingsley Leather Personalized Leather Cufflinks
A thoughtful wedding gift for your groom-to-bee, these cufflinks are made from full-grain leather that’s hand-stamped with a single initial. (Engrave them with his initials, or do one with your first initial and one with his.) The stainless steel setting pairs beautifully with the leather, which comes in tan, dark brown, and black.
Price at time of publish: $63
Frequency of Love African Fabric Family Portrait
We love an unexpected take on a family portrait, and this certainly fits the bill, transforming a standard photo into a beautiful piece of artwork. Simply send in a high-res photo, then choose from a selection of stunning African fabrics in assorted prints and colors.
The end result? An anything-but-boring family photo that makes for a beautiful and thoughtful gift.
Price at time of publish: $118
I scream, you scream, everyone screams for ice cream, which is largely what makes this frozen treat such a fun gift idea. There are a few wedding sets to choose from, but you can also do custom labels for any of the existing (very delicious flavors), or even create a personalized flavor concoction.
Price at time of publish: $130
Spot & Tango Custom Dog Food
As any dog-obsessed person will tell you, getting presents for your pup can be better than getting a present for yourself. So if the bride and groom are having Fido as their ring bearer, consider gifting them this personalized dog food.
Every plan is tailored based on age, breed, activity level, allergies, and more. You can choose from fresh food packs or their innovative new freeze-dried UnKibble (which also comes with a personalized serving scoop). Either way, the convenience of straight-to-your door delivery is sure to be appreciated.
Pottery Barn Personalized Framed Doormat
This simple (and utilitarian) monogramed door mat is the perfect addition to any couple’s new marital home. Add monogrammed initials, a last name, or address on the hand-screened mat, which will make any entryway that much more welcoming.
Price at time of publish: $99
Steve Gerber Personalized Venn Diagram Cutting Board
Here’s another personalized cutting board option, this one with a slightly more unique take on the traditional version. Handmade from solid cherry, it’s laser engraved with a Venn diagram showcasing the bride and groom, and how they come together to become a new family. Cue the waterworks.
Price at time of publish: $60
Ring Concierge Diamond Initial Bracelet
Grooms looking to get their bride a little extra something for the wedding day should consider this stunning 14-karat gold initial bracelet. Simple and delicate, the diamond-encrusted initial will pair beautifully with her engagement ring and new wedding band.
Price at time of publish: $348
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