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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.

By Tahloolabelle from Ventura, CA

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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. Have a tree shirt with last name on it to make more personal.

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October 16, 2014

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

Total Time: After the shopping - it only took about 15 minutes.

Yield: I made 2 with 4 placemats per gift.


  • 4 nested coffee cups ($12.00)
  • 8 bamboo placemats ($ 8.00)
  • 1 & 1 coffee can and tea container ($5.00 ea)
  • 12(3) strings raffia ($1.00)
  • 2 small paper plates ($.10)
  • 4 pieces tape ($.10)


  1. Make small paper plates into bowls by tracing the bottoms of the cup holder and or the bottoms of cans. Cut slits up to the line circle. Fold up the tabs on plate.

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  3. Put items on plate and curl mats around the items. Tie with raffia. Tie from the bottom to top and side to side with raffia.
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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. It can be very expensive, so a gift certificate to a dry cleaners would make a really good gift. Someone who is especially close to the bride or several people could combine to give her the certificate.

By Elaine from Belle Plaine, IA

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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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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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May 19, 20080 found this helpful

Gift cards to a movie theatre--good for the whole family. You could use the gift card idea for a museum or zoo or botanical gardens also.

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By EmsMa (Guest Post)
May 19, 20080 found this helpful

Often I have given photo albums using pictures of the couple (or even just one if I don't know both of them). I made one of these for my nephew & his wife when they got married and the wife was absolutely thrilled to have childhood photos of her new husband. I also added special marriage quotes placed sporadically throughout the book, that I found online, to help inspire them during their marriage.


It was one of their favorite gifts. The parents are typically too busy to think about this (my sister never thought about giving old photos to her son). Most of us have huge collections of photos that others would love to have. All it cost me was $10 for a decent photo album (on sale) and time.

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By Joyce (Guest Post)
May 19, 20080 found this helpful

I once bought a sea kite for a couple who were getting married. Especially if they have kids, flying a kite at the beach is glorius. This is our yearly tradition at the beach. It's so easy to get the kite up with the ocean breezes.

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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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By Rose Mary B (Guest Post)
September 3, 20050 found this helpful

YES!!!!! A bible is the perfect gift for your son and daughter in law. They need a firm foundation to start their life on and the word is it. Too many people now adays think stuff will make them happy. I would suggest the Thompson-Chain referance bible, it is such a great study bible. Such a great choice for a gift. RoseMary B

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October 10, 20050 found this helpful

only if they are both of the same religion. it might seem rude to get him a bible of his faith, if she is clearly of another. almost as though she doesn't count... and actually i think its a poor idea. if they are religious they probably already have one, and if they arent religious, it will be a large expensive paper weight

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November 6, 20050 found this helpful

We got married in November, right after Thanksgiving. We had 2 great bridal showers & got everything!! But the one gift that stands out in my mind, above everything else, was a beautiful Christmas wreath centerpiece arrangement complete with hurricane globe over a beautiful & unique red candle, given to us by a dear friend of the family.

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By edieparks (Guest Post)
June 10, 20070 found this helpful

How about a basket filled with pepto bismo,bandaids,cold medicine... you get my idea. I am a very practical person. It will save them a run to the drugstore in the middle to the night.

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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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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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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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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

A good gift for a new bride in a family is a calendar. 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. You can even have calendars made with family pictures on them where you have film developed. Add a box of nice birthday cards and a book of stamps. On the blank inside of the back cover list family addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. This is information a new bride could use.

By Martha


A Birthday Calendar as a Wedding Gift

Hi Martha, This is a super gift for any child moving away from home for the first time. I gave this to my children and they really appreciated it. (08/26/2005)

By Tedebear

A Birthday Calendar as a Wedding Gift

One of the best wedding gifts we received (got married in April) was a "Night In Kit" - what a fabulous idea! It contained a couple of DVD's, some scented candles, a bottle of wine, a romantic CD, and some sensual oil! brilliant idea - all came in a hand painted presentation box - covered with glitter! (08/30/2005)

By Julie

A Birthday Calendar as a Wedding Gift

This is a terrific idea!! I wish I had received one when I got married! :) (09/09/2005)

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June 24, 2008

My Brother is getting married in a few weeks and we don't have a lot of extra money for a gift but would like to do something that is sentimental but not too expensive. Does anyone have any different ideas? Thanks!

Mandi from Erie


Wedding Gift Ideas

For my sister's wedding we gave her and her new husband a poem and a box filled with all things relevant. I can't remember all the details but there were some novelties as well that related to both of them. It was great and I read the poem at the reception, which was a scream. Their names both begin with M so a packet of M&M's, a light (candle) to find their way if they get lost, some string to help hold things together when things get tough, some change if they get tight, love heart chocolates for a bit of loving, some panadol (in case one of them has a headache!), an embarrassing photo of each of them, a spanner to keep their heads screwed on, handcuffs to keep each other in check, cadbury dream chocolate so they can follow their dreams... anyway you get the idea. Present it in a memory box where they can keep all their wedding memorabilia in after the big day. (06/13/2006)

By K from Oz

Wedding Gift Ideas

For my son's wedding day, i took some vintage handkerchiefs that my husband had and i had a vintage ladies handkerchief - i had the handkerchiefs monogrammed with the groom's name and date of the wedding on the groom's handkerchief and same on the bride's. At the bottom of the hankerchief of the bride and groom, the bride or groom's name was inscribed. (06/13/2006)


Wedding Gift Ideas

My nephew just got married and since I live on disability I didn't have the funds to buy them anything like I would have liked to. So I happened to have some computer paper that had some pretty print so I bought a frame and printed off the following. I'm very sentimental plus I've always told my children when they got married that it was going to be the hardest job they had ever had. I put together some poems and sayings. You don't have to use what I did, you can make your own up. hope this will be helpful

The Art of a Good Marriage

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens
A good marriage must be created.
In marriage the little things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say 'I Love You' at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted;
The courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
It should continue through all the years.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is doing things for each other,
Not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice,
But in the spirit of joy.
It is speaking words of appreciation
And demonstrating gratitude in Thoughtful ways.
It is not looking for perfection in each other,
It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding
And a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to Forgive and Forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is a common search fro the good and the beautiful.
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,
Dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner,
It is being the right partner.

You don't marry one person, you marry three:
The person you think they are, the person they are,
And the person they are going to become as the result of being married to you.

A good partner is someone who listens to our 'NOTHINGS'
As well as our 'SOMETHINGS

Love is patient, Love is Kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,
It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves.

May your two spirits become so entwined as one that when one weeps,
The other tastes the saltiness of the tear.


By Vicki Manis

Wedding Gift Ideas

I don't know what your budget is, what you mean by not too expensive, so maybe this will help. Give them a free night out, such as movie passes to local theater and fast food restaurant gift certificates. If you can do more, maybe certificates for miniature golf, bowling, something they like to do. And if still can do more, more fast food certificates or restaurant certificates. (06/13/2006)

By Linda

Wedding Gift Ideas

If you have the time, gather all the pictures you can from willing people and do a beautiful BROTHER ALBUM. This would include family, friend, and special moment pictures and also one for the front that wraps your heat around it! If you cannot decorate outside, ask a friend or relative who has done this before. This will be a one of a kind gift. (06/13/2006)

By Bev

Wedding Gift Ideas

For my sister's wedding I bought a platter (the size and quality will depend on your budget) and then went to the craft store and bought a couple of markers that are meant to be painted onto ceramics/glass etc. You can paint anything you like on the platter and then bake it to make it permanent (instructions are on the pens). I painted a small bride and groom in the middle of the platter with their names and the wedding date. Then I put the platter out at the reception with the pens and let all the guests sign it. My sister loved it and it was so much cheaper to buy the platter and pens myself (they charge a hundred dollars or more online for small platters). (06/14/2006)

By Trix

Wedding DVD Video Album

I received a Memories to Motion DVD Video Album for a Wedding gift from my parents. It was the best gift I have ever received. They take your pictures and turn them into a movie. Pictures from my childhood to when I met my husband. I have never seen anything like it. You can contact them at Trust me it's something you will cherish forver. (06/21/2006)

By Shannon Nanoia

Wedding Gift Ideas

If you Cross stitch making a Sampler is a great idea. We still have the one my wife's best girlfriend made us 25 years ago this last June 20th.

How about using you computer and printer to make up a set of I Am Sorry-Please For Give Me- I Love You So Much and the ever popular Lets Kiss and Make-Up
I remember hearing a friend of mine got a set of those cards. They are still together after 10 years.

Oh on the opposiite side of those cards you draw funny faces A Boy And Girl maybe with big eyes or oversized mouths. The idea is for the husband and wife to exchange these cards when they have an argument and they want to make up.
I ask my friend once about those cards.
He said one time they exchange them they started laughing so hard at the funny faces they forgot to look at the writing on the otherside,.
I hope Hallmark doesn't start making them.
That is another argument in itself paying 3.50 for a make up card
Anyway they are my ideas .
I hope they helped
and 25 years ago Mr Thrifty said I DO
As Mrs. Thrifty keeps reminding him.
AH! Where Are My Cards?

By Michael Ruger

Wedding Gift Ideas

In our city there is a cultural festival called Mosaic. For a friend of mine who doesn't get to travel due to finances etc. I got her and her husband a "trip around the world" actually it was just two passes to Mosaic. I also included some cash so they could purchase food at the pavillions. They loved it. (05/27/2008)

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