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Shopping for a wedding gift isn’t always easy. While most couples have a wedding registry to help with gift picking, sometimes you want to branch outside the box—or most of the good stuff on the list is already taken. There’s also the issue of budget and finding the right line between giving too much and too little. But the right wedding gift doesn’t have to be extravagant. It just needs to be special.
Sure, there are practical gifts such as a new vacuum or a serving platter. Home items are always a no-fail option, especially when you can personalize them with a monogram. But there’s also something to be said for more meaningful gifts that help the newlyweds create memories together, like a cookbook for at-home date nights or a journal with date ideas.
“Many couples already live together and have most everyday items, and traditional registries are now uncommon,” says Kristin Sullivan, master wedding director of The Bridal Retreat. She suggests gifting a unique experience for the couple, such as a picnic in the park or a day visit to local botanical gardens. Etiquette Design Company founder, Victoria Della Torre, recommends thinking about the couple's habits and interests. She also loves to gift monogrammed items if the couple appreciates personalized touches in their home.
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Read on for the best wedding gifts for every type of couple.
Minted Watercolor Venue Portrait
Looking for a way to memorialize the venue where they're tying the knot? This custom print— one of the unique custom products from the Minted + Brides collection—offers an opportunity to do just that. Simply upload a favorite photo of the location (either with or without the couple) and Minted will create a digital watercolor rendition of the scene, complete with the couple's names, venue name, and event date. Select from sizes ranging from a petite 7" x 5" print to an oversized 54" x 40" statement piece. There is an option to purchase the unframed artwork by itself, or to choose one of 12 elegant frames for a wall-ready gift.
While the digital watercolor technique works for most venue images, consider selecting a photo with a graphic, neutral background. This is especially important if the couple is being featured in the foreground—it will help the figures pop and keep the overall look feeling modern and less fussy.
Greyling Post Personalized Couples Print
This customized print is right up an adventurous couple’s alley. Personalize everything from hair color to headwear, and even add pets if you want! Top it off with the newlyweds’ names and the date they’re getting married, and you’ll have a sweet little keepsake to gift them.
Shop Home Maven Mr. and Mrs. Doormat
The newlyweds will be able to welcome everyone to their new home with this adorable outdoor doormat, which boasts their last name and the year they were married in a 3D velour embellishment. It’s crafted to withstand all kinds of weather and comes in three different sizes to accommodate various door types.
Do One Thing Every Day Together: A Journal for Two
Couples will continue to be surprised by one another with this journal for two. Filled with daily prompts, it offers couples tons of ways to connect and ideas for spending time together. Cute, fun, and inspiring, this journal will keep the communication going—essential for any relationship.
Mark & Graham Wood and Marble Appetizer Serving Platter
From chips and guac to cheese and jam, any appetizer will look enticing when served on this platter. It features three handcrafted marble condiment bowls that sit in a marble and solid acacia wood platter. You can even get it customized with an engraved monogram of their first initials or last name.
Monogram Selection Mr. and Mrs. Champagne Flutes
Modern champagne flutes will help any couple fashionably toast to their wedding day. Made of hand-blown glass and featuring some sweet personalization, they’re durable enough to last for years after the wedding, making them perfect to pull out for every anniversary.
Uncommon Goods Intersection of Love Photo Print
This fun, unique print captures the couple’s love with a customized street sign that features both of their names, as well as the year they met and the year they married. You can opt to buy it unframed or framed, with five different framing options to choose from, including wood and gold.
Pottery Barn Providence Woven Picnic Basket
This preppy picnic basket will come in handy for a weekend date at the park. A navy-and-white striped canvas interior, coupled with woven willow and faux leather handles, lend a nautical vibe. Inside is a picnic set for four, complete with plates, wine glasses, cutlery, and a corkscrew for a nice bottle of red.
Uncommon Goods Etched Skyline Glasses
These wine glasses are sure to make a couple swoon with nostalgia. Pick a city of significance to them—where they met, live, or are getting married in—and its skyline will come to life etched on these wine glasses. They’re sold separately, so you could even gift a few different ones if the couple has several special cities.
Date Night In: More than 120 Recipes to Nourish Your Relationship
Sometimes, what couples really need is a date night in. This cookbook will make it complete, with more than 120 recipes to choose from to whip up together in the kitchen. Whether it’s fennel-crusted lamb chops or nectarine creamsicles, these recipes are sure to please.
Anthropologie Marble Wine Rack
Give the couple a place to store all their gifted wine bottles with this elegant wine rack. A white marble base holds a stainless steel rack available in silver or gold that will store up to six bottles. At less than $100, it has a luxe look at an affordable price, promising to look good on any bar cart.
West Elm Deck Out Your Bar Bundle
Shimmering in stunning brass, this elegant and sharp bar set is the ultimate bundle for the newlyweds' bar cart. It comes with an ice bucket for that champagne bottle, a metallic base decanter for the whiskey, a glassware set for the wine, and a tray to put the latter two on.
Dyson v8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
This is the vacuum of every house’s dreams. It features HEPA filtration to capture allergens and expel clean air, 15 cyclones to increase airflow and snatch fine dust, and nylon bristles to remove pet hair and ground-in dirt. It also transforms to a handheld and has a mini motorized tool for those harder to reach spots.
The Parmatile Shop Marble Coaster Set
We love how this coaster set, made of tumbled marble, emits southwestern bohemian vibes while simultaneously having a sophisticated feel. The red-orange stone can complement a lively, colorful decor theme just as well as it can add a surprising contrast to a more muted palette.
Sweet Water Decor Wedding Day Candle
A sweet candle meant to evoke wedding day memories will create a sense of nostalgia for any pair of newlyweds. With notes of sea salt, jasmine, wood, and cream, this soy wax candle promises a calm feel. Its minimalist aesthetic also means it’ll easily blend in with any home decor.
Vermicular Vermicular Musui-Kamado Cast Iron Induction Cooker
This cast iron induction cooker does it all—sears, sautees, stews, roasts, and bakes! An induction base controls temperature and distributes heat evenly, while the cast-iron pot and lid help retain moisture and flavor while food is cooking. Bonus: It comes with cookbooks touting over 70 recipes, two measuring cups, and a cast-iron lid stand.
Bissell MyAir Personal Air Purifier
This air purifier helps to captures everything from pollen and dust to the smell of salmon baking in the oven. The best part is that it’s not noisy at all, subtly humming along as it does its job. It features a high and low mode, plus a sleep mode with a night light.
Tinggly Gift Box of Experiences
Give the couple the gift of an experience so they can hang onto memories rather than objects. Choose the amount and the experience you think they’d like the most, and they can redeem the gift whenever they like—it never expires. They can choose to use it on their honeymoon or save it for their next getaway.
Karibe Knives Set
Tomatoes and onions, watch out—this stainless steel knife set is as sharp as it gets! Each knife is lightweight but heavy-duty, featuring an easy-to-grip black handle and sharpener to keep them in top shape. It’s a diverse set, so there’s a knife for every cutting need, from cheese to chicken.
What to look for in a wedding gift
In addition to unique physical gifts, Sullivan recommends gifting experiences or putting money towards their honeymoon through Honeyfund. This way, you can add a memorable adventure to their travels like paddle board lessons, a city tour, or a couple’s massage. “Just make sure it’s something they do together,” she said. “I’m a big fan of gifting memorable experiences!”
What is a good wedding gift?
If you're looking to go off-registry for an item that's more unexpected, think about the couple's habits and lifestyle choices. If they love to entertain, serving pieces, cocktail glasses, and charcuterie boards may be the perfect fit. Outdoorsy couples will swoon over camping gear and experiential gifts, while homebodies will appreciate things that will make their house feel cozy and personalized.
How much should I spend on wedding gifts?
It depends on how close you are to the couple and your own budget. Della Torre says, "We tend to see guests spending within the $75-$250 range. The most important thing is to be conscious of your own personal budget and not spend beyond your means."
How much money should I give as a wedding gift?
The same range of $75-$250 would apply to cash gifts as well. Della Torre recommends sending a check in the mail ahead of the wedding so that the couple or wedding planner does not feel responsible for keeping it safe on the wedding day.
Why Trust Brides
Brides contributor Hillary Hoffower has over six years of experience writing for the wedding industry, covering everything from bridal fashion trends to wedding decor. She has an eye for design and quality that she takes into consideration when selecting gifts. Her favorite gifts are those that create memories, whether it’s a photobook or experience.