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When a couple creates a wedding registry, they take out some of the guesswork for guests who hope to gift something a little more personal than simply writing a check. However, sometimes some of the most creative, unique, and personal items might not make it onto that curated list.
If you decide to go off-registry for a gift, make sure what you're getting for the couple is something you think they'll enjoy for years to come. If you’re unsure, it might be best to stick with their carefully chosen selection—or at least take inspiration from it.
With that in mind, we've gathered the best registry items we think newly-married pairs will be delighted to receive for their wedding. From custom maps to kitchen heirlooms, you'll be sure to find something they'll love.
Read on for the best wedding gifts for all budgets.
Shop Home Maven Custom Doormat
A custom doormat us a great way to celebrate a newly-joined last name. This option is customized with a modern script font and a choice of two different sizes for the perfect fit. The natural color palette also means you won’t be competing with any exterior colors the couple may have outside.
Do One Thing Everyday Together: A Journal for Two
This fun journal offers the couple a writing prompt to complete each day for a year. Help them learn even more about each other and do something creative together during their first year of marriage.
Beautiful Gift Shop Personalized Christmas Ornament
The couple will celebrate plenty of firsts together after their wedding day, including their first holiday as a married couple. Present them with a new ornament—complete with the couple’s names and their wedding year— to commemorate the moment!
Patricia Carlin Intersection of Love Photo Print
Celebrate the couple’s marriage with a custom print that showcases their last names and two of their most important years together—the year they met and the year they said, “We do!”. When you’re adding this piece to your cart, you'll have the option to purchase the print by itself or choose from a variety of frames.
Mark and Graham Wood and Marble Appetizer Serving Platter
Encourage the couple to entertain throughout their marriage by gifting them a classic cheese board with accompanying tidbet bowls. The center inlay allows you to add a monogram if you would like, and it’s a wonderful size for everything from simple appetizers to elegant charcuterie spreads. The couple will use this for years!
Anthropologie Mercury Glass Frame
You can’t go wrong by presenting the couple with a frame on their wedding day! A great way to complete the gift is to add a photo of them from their engagement session. Consider gifting an extra frame so the bride and groom can add a favorite photo from their wedding day.
Date Night In Cookbook
Make the couple’s search for new, delicious recipes a little easier with this date night-inspired cookbook. The book is filled with 120 recipes, so the couple will have tons of options and ideas for cooking at home.
Winc Wine Subscription
Whether the couple loves to entertain or simply prefers to enjoy a glass (or two) of wine together at the end of the day, they'll be sure to enjoy a subscription to Winc. Through an online quiz, the couple’s wine preferences will be uncovered so that they'll get personalized recommendations—and get to try out new flavor profiles and varietals.
Michael Storrings Paris 1000 Piece Puzzle
Encourage the newlywed couple to have a date night complete with wine, a cozy fire, and a puzzle. This whimsical scene is set in Paris and includes 1,000 pieces, so it’s something they can start together and add to at their leisure over time.
Rob Eglert Custom Etched Growler
Celebrate the couple’s love of craft beer with a custom growler, complete with the couple’s last name and their wedding date. Because this one is made from stoneware, it will keep beer colder longer than other versions. For an extra touch, include a gift card to a favorite brewery.
Williams Sonoma Marble & Brass Wine Chiller
If you’re hoping to gift the newly married couple something that will stand the test of time, think about adding a classic wine chiller to their collection. It’s the perfect size for a single bottle of wine, which means it’s ideal for setting on table during a relaxed date night at home.
Simply Jessica Marie Custom Wedding Crest
Jessica Peddicord is a watercolor artist based in Dallas, Texas, and she specializes in designing bespoke pieces for weddings. Her "Crest Bar" allows clients to design a custom crest for a family or wedding in five simple steps. The couple will love having a custom piece of art just for themselves!
This travel service allows you to choose the amount you would like to give and the couple can then choose which experience they would like to enjoy together. The pair can opt to redeem their gift while on their honeymoon, or they can choose to save their experience for a future trip.
Tinggly gift packages don’t expire, and they’re available to redeem in 100+ countries. It's a great option for couples who don’t have a honeymoon registry but love to travel!
Flytographer Honeymoon Photography Session
The happily married pair will already have a photographer booked to capture their wedding day, but what about their honeymoon? Offer the bride and groom the chance to be in photos (other than selfies) by gifting them a session with a professional photographer on their trip.
GoPro Hero8 Black Live Streaming Action Camera
The couple’s honeymoon is a trip they will want to remember, and video is a great way to capture the moment. Consider going off-registry and purchase them a GoPro. This rugged camera has a cult following and plenty of features, including the ability to capture time-lapses and traditional video.
What is a good wedding gift?
Even if you decide to go off-registry for your gift, browsing the couple's registry is a good place to start for ideas. Victoria Della Torre of San Francisco based Etiquette Design Company recommends thinking about the couple's habits and interests. "If the couple is always entertaining, some pretty bar glasses (highballs, coupes, rocks, or tumblers) can be gifted alongside a fancy spirit," she says. "If they love their Saturday morning coffee ritual, they might appreciate a french press paired with favorite coffee beans. Whatever you choose, make sure it can be exchanged and include a gift receipt.
Della Torre also recommends monogrammed gifts if you know the couple loves personalized touches throughout their home. "Custom items almost always cannot be returned, so just make sure it is their taste and maybe even run an option or two by the couple," advises Della Torre.
How much to spend on wedding gifts
It depends on how close you are to the couple and your own budget. Della Torre says, "We see tend to guests spending within the $75-$250 range. Coworkers and more casual friends might spend around $75, and closer friends and family members can spend up to $250.
"The most important thing is to be conscious of your own personal budget and not spend beyond your means," says Della Torre. If your budget doesn't allow you to buy something expensive, opt for something thoughtful or handmade. She recommends a framed wedding invitation or compiling a slideshow or photobook for the couple.
How much money to give as a wedding gift
Some family members or friends might want to give the couple cash, especially if the couple is saving for a big trip or buying a house. 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. The same goes for gifts—it's better to send your gift directly to the couple instead of bringing it to the event.
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Carly Totten is a Philadelphia-based writer specializing in wedding planning and decor. She's also a copywriter for creative business owners and a wedding planner for couples in Philadelphia and beyond.