Real Brides Share Their Favorite Wedding Gifts

From appliances to experiences and beyond!

Updated 09/26/18

Photo by Olivia Leigh Photographie

Showers and wedding gifts tend to fall into two categories: housewares and cash. You can never go wrong by following the typical traditions, it’s only natural that some gifts tend to stand out more than others.

If you’re in need of a bit of gift inspo, we’ve got you covered. We asked real brides to share the best wedding gifts they received. Here’s what they had to say.

“My aunt lives in Chicago and as part of my shower gift she gave us a gift card to Lou Malnatis pizzeria, so we could get authentic Chicago deep dish delivered to our house. It was thoughtful, sentimental and delicious—the perfect gift!” —Nicole

“Honestly, money. We paid for our wedding ourselves, so it was great to recoup some of the costs and it alleviated some financial pressure.” —Pamela

“My favorite wedding/shower gift I received were my Nambe sets. Their serving pieces are BEAUTIFUL and great quality! I always get compliments on the pieces I was given.” —Randi

“My china and bedding! It was the last thing I thought of but I’m so glad I registered for it as it is something you need and can get very pricey.” —Stephanie

“New expensive sheets! They’re a luxury item I never knew I was missing out on and something I probably would not buy for myself.” —Liz

“The complete Harry Potter series box set, with a card that said, ‘I promise this is a hell of a lot more fun than a toaster!’” —Nan

“My luxury sheets and towels, and nice pots and pans!” —Megan

“One of our friends from college gave us a gift card to use for massages while on our honeymoon. It was an awesome gift because it was an experience we could have together, saved us money, was thoughtful and was sort of like delayed gratification—something to celebrate after our wedding had passed.” —Christina

"People bought us things to do on our honeymoon to Europe and it was so nice to think of those people as we did each activity." —Montana

"Our personalized cutting board. It was so thoughtful and different, I love it!" —Jennifer

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