24 Best Presents for the Bride and Groom Wedding Gift Exchange

Wow your spouse with our top picks

Updated 11/02/18
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Among one of the many longstanding, nuptial-related conventions is the bride and groom wedding gift exchange on the day of (or bride and bride and groom and groom, of course!). This may not be on every couple's agenda, but it's one more little gesture of love (and a nice nerve-reducer) before you and your soon-to-be-spouse exchange vows.

And, even if you've already overextended your wedding budget (it happens to the best of us), you don't have to fork over an engagement-ring's worth of moolah to make your present count. In fact, some to-be-weds even map out strict price limits for the exchange beforehand to keep it within a reasonable confine. It's truly all about the sentiment, even if the gift is something that can't be used until after the wedding.

With that being said, we rounded up 24 of the best wedding present ideas for the day-of gift exchange with your partner. For the bride, you can never go wrong with an extra touch of jewelry, which she can choose to sport down the aisle. We're especially enamored with EF Collection's subtle "Love" ring for a heartfelt showing of affection. Or, play on the something blue tradition, like a small periwinkle clutch that's big enough to house her day-of necessities. As for the groom, finish off his wedding ensemble with a crisp pocket square from The Tie Bar, or sleek shades for an outdoor celebration. If he's more the nostalgic type, matching coffee mugs, courtesy of UncommonGoods, might be more on par. Or, perhaps the music buff will get a kick out of high-tech headphones for your honeymoon travels.

Either way, there's something fit to match any budget and style. Starting with ladies first, scope out our top bride and groom wedding present picks.

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For the Bride

Courtesy of BHLDN

Lexie Stud Earrings

A day-of jewelry gift is always a safe investment, especially with a set of studs that feel glamorous without going overboard.


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Syd by Sydney Evan 14K Yellow Gold Plated Sterling Silver Diamond Horseshoe Bracelet

Courtesy of Syd by Sydney Evan

Lend your soon-to-be spouse a little luck on your big day, courtesy of a horseshoe charm bracelet. A diamond accent also makes the accessory feel more bridal.

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom Rack, was $115, now $54.97

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Kate Spade New York Jewelry Inspired Watch, 30mm

Courtesy of Kate Spade New York

Reverse the watch-groom-gift stigma for an equally enticing jewelry present for your spouse. Even if she decides not to sport it during the wedding, it's still a striking accessory worth having around.

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $250

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Furla Metropolis Chain Wallet

Courtesy of Furla

Cross her "something blue" off the list in the chicest way possible. Perfect for her phone and a small tube of lipstick, she can keep her must-haves nearby.

SHOP NOW: Farfetch, $248

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Personalized Champagne Wedding Vase

Courtesy of UncommonGoods

This custom champagne bottle doubles as a vase and a wedding day memento, so she gets the best of both worlds.

SHOP NOW: UncommonGoods, $75

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Cathy's Concepts Monogram Heart Keepsake Box

Courtesy of Cathy's Concepts

Lend a piece of your heart with a small (but mighty!) present she can use to store jewelry, trinkets, etc.

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $32

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EF Collection 14k Gold Diamond Love Ring

Courtesy of EF Collection

Show your infatuation for your future bride. The jewel's small enough to avoid overpowering her engagement ring, but sparkly enough (holy diamonds) to feel wedding-worthy.

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $725

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Clare V Jewelry Pouch

Courtesy of Clare V

Consider pairing any jewelry gifts with a personalized leather pouch. Or, if you go it alone, it's also the ideal size for storing her engagement and wedding rings, dare she ever take them off.

SHOP NOW: Spring, $75

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Flora Nikrooz Penelope Robe

Courtesy of Anthropologie

Add to her wedding day wardrobe with the most bridal coverup (that also makes day-of getting-ready photos a complete game changer).

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $88

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Estée Lauder Beautiful Belle Eau de Parfum Spray

Courtesy of Estée Lauder

A flattering perfume bottle can hardly do her looks justice, especially on the wedding day, but it's a scent in the right direction.

SHOP NOW: Lord and Taylor, starting at $70

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Mrs. and Mrs. Ring Dish

Courtesy of Crate & Barrel

Both the new Mrs.'s will need a secure spot to store their wedding bling. The heart-shaped charm can even be customized to up the sentiment factor.

SHOP NOW: Crate & Barrel, $9.95

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Cotton Night Shirt

Courtesy of Mark and Graham

Hello, newlywed nightwear. If she's changing her last name, monogram the left sleeve for the final celebratory touch.

SHOP NOW: Mark and Graham, $99

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For the Groom

Courtesy of UncommonGoods

Secret Messaging Cufflinks

Wedding-day cufflinks may come off as a cliché gift, but you can easily wow your groom with a more elusive rendition. Tiny capsules leave room for a short love letter, which he'll never suspect.

SHOP NOW: UncommonGoods, $50

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One Snap A Day Instax Photo Journal

Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

Starting with your wedding day, document your first year of marriage together in the most 21st century way—an Instax selfie a day.

SHOP NOW: Urban Outfitters, $29

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Master & Dynamic MW50+ Over Ear Wireless Headphones in Brown/Silver

Courtesy of Master & Dynamic

It may not scream "wedding," but your music buff can make good use of new headphones on the honeymoon and through many years (of wedded bliss) to come.

SHOP NOW: Need Supply Co., $400

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The Impossible Collection of Wine

Courtesy of Assouline

For the wine snob, go above and beyond a bottle of vino. Encased in a wooden crate, the luxe collection is the brainchild of world-renowned sommelier Enrico Bernardo.

SHOP NOW: Assouline, $945

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Cathy's Concepts 'For the Couple' Etched Contemporary Champagne Flutes

Courtesy of Cathy's Concepts

That first sip of newlywed champagne will feel all the more ceremonial. Bottoms up.

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $38

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To Have, To Hold Card

Courtesy of BHLDN

Whether paired with another sentimental gift or on its own, use this stationery to pen sweet nothings to your future spouse.


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Personalized Stainless Steel Cigar Case and Flask

Courtesy of David's Bridal

Commemorate the big day with a two-in-one gift, designed to fit both a cigar and a bit of booze. Wedding worries, who?

SHOP NOW: David's Bridal, $32.95

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Tsovet SVT-CN38 Watch

Courtesy of Tsovet

Go by way of husband wedding-day gifting tradition, if only for a watch as sleek and timeless (get it?) as this. Choose between a silver or gold case for some complementary arm candy.

SHOP NOW: Barney's New York, $225

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BHLDN Denim Chambray with Border

Courtesy of The Tie Bar

No matter his wedding-day style, The Tie Bar has just the accessory to complete his look. Bonus: this pocket square comes from the brand's collaboration with bridal brand BHLDN.

SHOP NOW: The Tie Bar, $10

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Cathy's Concepts XOXO Wine Decanter with Wood Stopper

Courtesy of Cathy's Concepts

If you love him like XO, say it loud and proud through a wedding-worthy decanter.

SHOP NOW: Lord and Taylor, $55.20

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Personalized Porcelain Faux Bois Mug Set

Courtesy of UncommonGoods

Morning cups of joe have never been cuter. Spruce up your kitchenware with matching mugs, adorned with your initials and wedding date.

SHOP NOW: UncommonGoods, $72

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Komono Alex Sunglasses in Silver/Black

Courtesy of Komono

Having a tropical wedding? Set the tone with sophisticated new shades.

SHOP NOW: Need Supply Co., $120

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