While wedding registries exist for a reason, it never hurts to go off the beaten path when you're picking a wedding present, especially if you know the couple and their personal styles like the back of your hand. Because, let's be honest, who really wants to say "congratulations on your marriage" with salt and pepper shakers anyway?
If you're at a loss for where to find an amazing, never-before-seen-present that will knock the bride's veil off (only metaphorically, of course), the wide range of affordable, handmade wedding gifts from Etsy has come to your rescue.
Be it a totally modern ceramic planter or quirky dish towels inspired by song lyrics, there's something for every couple on the expansive custom online marketplace, making it the perfect one-stop-shop for all your wedding gifting needs. Even if you want to go the sentimental route, there are plenty of picks that steer clear of cheesy. Plus, with so many quality ideas to meet every budget imaginable, you can still get the most bang for your buck no matter how big or small you decide to splurge. Whether you're looking for something more meaningful to pair with a registry item or just want to hunt down a completely original gift, check out 15 of our favorite wedding gifts from Etsy that won't get tossed in the post-wedding-repeated-present or giveaway piles.
Custom Star Map Poster
This custom design features a map of the star from any date and location of your choosing, so you can tug on their heartstrings without coming off too sappy. Use this gift to commemorate their engagement, first date, or any other moment of importance in their relationship.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, starting at $30
Personalised Planku Australian Hardwood Serving Board
Go above and beyond the standard Pottery Barn serving board. This handcrafted rendition is made from sustainably-sourced Australian hardwood and features optional personalization along the board's handle. Inscribe with their names, initials, or wedding date to up the ante on the sentimental factor.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $77
It's never too early for the newlyweds to start their indoor plant collection. Help push their green thumbs in the right direction with one-of-a-kind planters (that can also transform into candle holders). The newlyweds will love the jagged rims and gray bamboo effect.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $32
Print Stand Wooden Print Holder
If you're departing from the registry, run-of-the-mill picture frames have become a slightly ordinary gift. Instead, opt for a minimal photo stand to prop up their favorite future wedding pictures. From the kitchen to the bedroom to the bathroom and beyond, these petite photo cradles can make a statement anywhere in their home.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $11
Chopping Boards with Ceramic Plate and Brass Wall Hook
These are the cutting boards they'll wish they had added to their registry. Two ultra modern geometric chopping boards and ceramic plate can double as home decor when stacked and hung with the accompanying wall hook.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $121
Custom Wedding Sign
Commemorate their newlywed status and shared last name with a sweet and simple banner to hang in their living room.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, starting at $11
Funny Tea Towel
For the newlyweds who will fancy a little humor in their kitchen, shake up their towel collection with a witty set of three (that may or may not inspire some impromptu Snoop Dogg dance parties).
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $10
Say hello to the handmade portable speakers that will put their current version to shame. Crafted from exotic wood brick, these little gadgets can go anywhere, and the newlyweds can proudly display them front and center in their living room of kitchen.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $54
Large Pedestal Bowl
They'll be surprised at how often this bowl will come in handy. The asymmetric shape and black rim set this apart from anything on their registry, along with the fact that it's completely handmade in Israel. Salad, fruit, and even popcorn can now officially be served in the most posh way possible.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $92
Song Lyric Pillow
The music-loving couple will especially appreciate home decor inspired by one of their favorite tunes. If you've gotten wind of their first dance song, surprise them with a pillow version of the lyrics for them to have and to hold, all the days of their lives.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, starting at $38
Customized Stationery Set
Because those post-wedding thank you notes aren't going to write themselves, help kick off their newlywed stationery collection. All you need is the couple's hair colors, skin tones, wedding date, and floral colors to create custom cards they'll both love.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, starting at $12