Wedding Gift Ideas

June 22, 2010

Hands holding a gift in a white box with a gold bow, surrounded by white flowers.Buy a calendar when an upcoming family wedding is announced and note birthdays and special family dates on it. It's a very welcoming gesture to the new family member, including them in on the "good stuff". Be sure to write down addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses should the new family want to send greetings.


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January 5, 2015

Buy big red or green bin and fill with Christmas decorations. Stencil the couple name on the bin. Buy half price decorations after Christmas to fill it. Paint the couple name on a clear glass ornament with the first year of Christmas on it.

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October 16, 2014

Do away with the wrapping paper for a more eco-friendly present.

Coffee Wedding Gift

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November 8, 2007

This tip is for an unusual wedding gift. I have heard many new brides complain that after the wedding when they are just starting out, they do not have the money to get their dress cleaned and stored.

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July 16, 2005

For the new bride, along with a card or gift, also give a recipe card with an easy dish. The new bride (and of course the groom) will appreciate an easy dinner idea.

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May 10, 2005

Create a picture book for the groom with pics of his bride-to-be as a baby.


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May 18, 2008

Looking for alternative wedding gift ideas! I've done searches to find ideas for frugal wedding gifts but most of them are quite traditional. These days, couples live together awhile before tying the knot. My friend and his fiance were previously married, and don't need/want any of the typical wedding gifts. The wedding is also very low key and casual.

The couple is really funky. I am 38 and have never had to buy a wedding gift for anyone so I am at a loss! I've done searches but nothing seems right for them. Any ideas for wedding gifts for fun groovy couples? They both have kids from previous relationships, maybe a basket?

Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!


May 18, 20080 found this helpful

I like to make food themed "baskets" for wedding gifts. Buy a nice colander (like a red enamel one). Inside it place a box of spaghetti, a gourmet pasta sauce, a shaker of parmesan, a nice kitchen towel and a wooden spoon. Wrap with clear basket wrap and tie on a ribbon. You can do other themes. If they like pizza do a pizza pan, pizza crust mix, pizza sauce, kitchen towel and a rolling pin. If they like buffalo wings wrap up a baking sheet, bottled wing sauce, ranch dressing, cajun seasoning, tongs, kitchen towel and a big package of paper napkins.


Are they vegetarians? Package together a casserole dish, rice, dried beans and lentils, a box of curry mix, a wooden spoon and a kitchen towel.

Even if people have been living together or on their own for awhile, most people need and appreciate some new kitchen items. Tying it together with their favorite foods makes it personal.

Hope this helps!

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September 1, 2005

I need some gift ideas for my son and his future wife.
I have absolutely no clue as to what to buy them as a wedding gift. He is in the service and they plan on getting an apartment. I can't spend a lot of $$ but want a nice gift. Thought about getting them a bible? What do ya'll think?

By imaqt1962


September 1, 20050 found this helpful

When DH & I first got married 9 yrs ago he was in the Army. I received a great heirloom Bible from my grandparents but, what we really needed were "things" to set up a household.He had lived in the barracks for several years & I had lived in my Dad's house.So, if they already have housekeeping set up then I would definitely get them something "sentimental"-the bible, an engraved frame,a nice clock, or maybe something engraved/stamped with the wedding date & their initials.(Things Remembered has some nice things at a reasonable price.) Either way I'm sure they will love it b/c its from you & you thought about them on their special day.

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By KLS8800 (Guest Post)
September 1, 20050 found this helpful

Why not get them a gift card from Wal Mart? Say $25 (or what you would have spent on another gift). That way, they can have a bit of a fall back, not to mention they can refill (reload?) it and sock it away for tougher times. Or with these gas prices outrageous, get them a $50.00 gas card. Some stations sell them like the Wal Mart Cards. Or even more generic, some places sell Visa and Master Cards like that.


YOU set the limit when you buy it, as you use it, you deplete the balance, but you can reload it and you can use it anywhere that accepts credit (and possibly debit) cards. No feelings are hurt if they do not love the item you picked, and you have helped start their life together.

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By christi (Guest Post)
September 2, 20050 found this helpful

I got married last December and the things I was most glad to receive was household items. I got towels and small kitchen appliances.

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By Yoshua (Guest Post)
September 2, 20050 found this helpful

I think a family Bible is a wonderful idea. It is so critical to the foundation of their home! I went to Amazon and found very reasonable prices on Bibles.Perhaps you could have it stamped with the new family's names.


Good luck

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September 2, 20050 found this helpful

My mother and mother-in-law got together and made us a family photo album. Pictures of us and our siblings as kids, photos of our parents and grandparents as kids as well as their weddings. They did it in the form of a scrapbook so they could each do their pages and then put them together at the end. They wrote names, dates (when known) and places together with some nice thoughts on most of the pages. It's a true treasure! We both love it and since it's a scrap book we can add pages later!

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September 2, 20050 found this helpful

When my husband and I got married 11 yrs ago, someone got us a picnic basket full of plastic tablecloth, napkins, plastic plates, cups, flatware etc. I absolutely loved it.


It was a great excuse to picnic...very romantic and functional! Still have it and use it. I thought it was such a great idea that I have done the same for gifts.

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September 2, 20050 found this helpful

I'd tell them that they were going to get a gift after they move into their apt. and it will be something they choose. They don't know which gifts will be coming their way until after they've moved in. No need for duplicatons.
Or, the other equally useful thing would be a gift card to a department store (Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, ...) in their vicinity.
After I moved into a house, my parents bought me drapery rods. You just never realize what you are going to need until you move in!

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By Martha (Guest Post)
September 2, 20050 found this helpful

I think a Bible is a perfect gift. If you want to do something personal to go along with it, make a collection of your son's favorite recipes. You could also give them a calendar with family birthdays written in on the date, and an address book with family addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, etc. in it.

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April 23, 2011

What wedding gift can I get for a young relative that I barely know who is a millionaire and so is her fiance'? Nothing has been said about her being registered anywhere. Asking about that is not an option in this family, a very sore subject. I can't go into details about that.

This young woman isn't fond of any of us on this side of the family, but the wedding is being held in our area even though the couple live many states away, and it is an opportunity for us to see the rest of the family.

It also isn't an option for us not to attend. It's a crazy family. This relative is on the extreme when it comes to her party lifestyle which makes it very difficult to give something that would have any meaning or value to her.

I thought of a restaurant gift certificate, but since I've never seen her eat anything other than fast food and as I said they live far from us so I have no idea of what kind of a restaurant they would enjoy. So, if anyone has a cool idea, I sure could use it. Actually there are three families of us in the same boat concerning this wedding.

By Dorothy Myers from NY

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February 17, 2009

I am looking for ideas of wedding gifts I can make.

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April 2, 2009

My daughter is getting married for the third time. Any suggestions for a wedding present? Thanks.

By ralphed from Middletown, NY

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June 24, 2006

My husband's boss is getting married next month. My husband is the office manager and has worked for him for 4 years. We were invited to the shower (a couple's shower) and so have already bought a gift (over $100). The boss and his bride-to-be both come from wealthy families, and the wedding is in New York (we live in Michigan). We both have to take a day off from work to drive to New York because we can't afford to fly, and we are spending a lot of money to stay at a hotel for 2 nights - since we are also invited to the rehearsal dinner the night before.

I am at a complete loss as what to give as a wedding gift. Money would not be appropriate, we already bought from the registry, and we are spending quite a lot just to attend the wedding. Any suggestions?

Angie from Detroit, MI

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December 24, 2011

I have an older friend who is getting married to a lady at my church on December 31. I would like ideas for a gift to give them. They both have houses with everything they need. The lady has 4 sisters that will probably get anything she might need. The guy has been self sufficient for years. Did I mention they are both in their late 60s or early 70s? I thought of a gag gift, but I was strongly encouraged that they may not find humor in such a gift on this occasion. They are fairly serious individuals.

Thank you for your time and input.

By Suntydt from Tazewell, TN

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June 22, 2010

Go through the calendar and write in each member of the extended family's birthday, and age if you think people would not mind it.

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