How to bring the best gift to the wedding!

by Alyssa on March 11, 2013

how to bring the best wedding gift ever!

Having never been a bride, but having been a wedding guest (many times), I think this is one of trickiest things to think of on your own. Yes, you can always buy something from their registry, but if you don’t have access to it (or want to make it a little more personal), here are some ideas for you! There are some little rules behind gift giving at a wedding, for instance:

Don’t spend under $50.  Stumped on what exactly you should spend? Here are some guidelines:

  • Coworker and/or a distant family friend or relative: $50-$75
  • Relative or friend: $75-$100
  • Close relative or close friend: $100-$150+

Keep the couples’ personality in mind. If they love cooking, get them a cool kitchen gadget they would never buy themselves. Do they love craft beer – what about a home brewing kit? Something personal like this will translate well.

These gifts are in no particular order.

Anniversary Wine Box

wine box

I think this is just the coolest thing EVER! It’s a custom box with 3 different bottles of wine for 3 different anniversaries; first, fifth and tenth. And on each year you can enter a personalized message.

Krups Heineken Beertender


If they like Heineken then this is right up their alley. Fresh from the tap taste right in their own kitchen!

Original Artwork


original artwork

Personally, this is something I would totally love. I saw an idea online, to find a well-know local artist and have them illustrate the month of the wedding. On the other hand though, this can be a super tough gift to pick out. As one-of-a-kind artwork isn’t returnable, make sure it’s something the couple is going to totally love. Check in with a few other friends and family members to make sure it will be something they’ll like seeing on their walls for many years to come.

Tool Kit

tool kit

I feel like this is something that could be easily overlooked. Usually after marriage comes the purchase of a home and what is more useful than a big ‘ol box of tools to put together that bookcase or hang up those pictures?! Head to your local Home Depot and hook them up!

Picnic Basket

picnic basket

This fully-stocked picnic basket makes the perfect gift for an outdoorsy couple, especially those who are foodies! It has everything a couple needs (including wine glasses!) for a perfect day out and about. How romantic!

What fun gift ideas would you love to get on your wedding day?


Angela R March 11, 2013 at 11:41 am

I’d add that there may be other considerations as well such as if guests are having to travel, or if folks are on fixed incomes.

For my wedding, I had a very very good friend admit to me ahead of time that her & her husband would not be able to afford a gift for us – but only because she was in my wedding and they had already spent so much money on her dress and throwing me a bridal shower. I completely understood and thought nothing of it and was just so grateful for everything she’d already done!

To be honest, I received many gifts that were probably below that $50 point, but thought nothing of it. For me, the best part was sharing my special day with friends & family. Sometimes I wish weddings could be a bit more relaxed – for everyone involved. Of course, that may be my own take on it and our wedding was a pretty informal, un”fluffy”, and inexpensive event.

Thanks for letting me share! :)

jaime March 11, 2013 at 11:48 am

I totally agree with you – everyone is different! I also had a family member inform us that they wouldn’t be able to afford a gift either – I am just happy they’ll be able to come celebrate with us!

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