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Best wedding gifts for couples getting married in 2023

What to buy the bride and groom? We give you some top tips for wedding gifts that will spark joy...

Attending a wedding can be stressful! As well as thinking about your outfit and accommodation for the night, finding the perfect gift for the happy couple is also on your to-do list - and it's not always as easy as you think.

How much should you spend on wedding gifts? Well, it's a personal decision, and in most cases giving money or vouchers is a popular request, as it can go towards the bride and groom's dream honeymoon after their wedding ceremony. But, if you are anything like us, you may prefer to give a gift with a thoughtful touch. But what are the best wedding gifts to buy? 

Whether the happy couple are travel enthusiasts, house proud, or are the duo who have everything, there is still something special you can treat them to. Ideas right this way…

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Personalised wedding gifts for couples

A personalised wedding gift for a newlywed couple is always a great gift idea. Whether it is a cheeseboard with their names on it, Mr & Mrs etched into a chopping board, or other personalised crockery for their home.

Some may prefer personalised photo frames or albums. Whatever you decide, there are plenty of personalised wedding gift options, so you are spoilt for choice.

1. Customised name light

Custom Wedding Neon Sign Led Light, £36.75, Etsy

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2. Personalised chopping board

Personalised Olive Wood Chopping/Cheese Board, £27, Not On The Highstreet

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3. Personalised champagne

Fortnum's Personalised Blanc de Blancs Champagne, £46.50, Fortnum & Mason

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4. Personalised photo album

Martha Brook Personalised Couple’s Story Photo Album, £27.20 (WAS £34), NotOnTheHighStreet

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5. Personalised Wedding Memory Box

Our Wedding Memories, £29.99, Getting Personal

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6. Personalised Engraved Signature Pot

Personalised Engraved Signature Pot, £32, Letterfest

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7. Personalised Family Name Street Sign

Personalised Family Name Street Sign, £24.95, Etsy

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Unique wedding gifts for couples who have everything

When it comes to wedding gifts finding a present that is unique, and to the couple’s taste, is a great route to go down. Often married couples receive the same gifts, such as home appliances, vouchers, or money, but something that is a little more outside of the box, or thoughtful will be most appreciated.

While some may be impressed with a spa treatment, weekend, or experience, others may be shopping for a gift that is even more unique to impress.

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1. A day trip

Couples full day road trip in five classic cars, £379, Red Letter Days

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2. Hot air balloon ride

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two, £309, Red Letter Days

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3. Wedding venue portrait

Bespoke Wedding Venue Portrait, from £25, Etsy

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4. Daily activity journal

Do One Thing Every Day Together: A Journal for Two, £9.99, Amazon

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5. Holiday Gift Vouchers

Holiday Gift Vouchers: the perfect gift for globetrotters, £50 to £5,000, Secret Escapes

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Wedding gifts for couples who are getting married abroad

Destination weddings are hugely popular, and often more intimate with immediate family and closest friends invited.

If you are one of the lucky ones to make the cut you will want to gift something extra special. But it is worth considering the luggage allowance - for both you and the married couple - and avoiding weighty or fragile gifts, which is why buying a new Le Creuset crockery set may not be the best idea. But we have the solution.

1. Gift experience

Happily Ever After Experience Box, £99.99, Buyagift

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2. Abroad wedding map

Getting Married Abroad Map, £25.99, Etsy

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3. Passport holder

Couples Passport Holder Set, £35, NotOnTheHighStreet

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4. Wedding sand memory jar

Destination Wedding Memory Jar, £16, Etsy

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5. Mr & Mrs beach towel

Personalised Mr And Mrs Beach Towel, £75, NotOnTheHighStreet

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Wedding gifts for couples who are on their second marriage

For couples who have been married before, whether to someone else or renewing their wedding vows, a gift still goes a long way.

While some will still appreciate the classic wedding gifts, some may feel obliged to opt for something a little different to treat the newlyweds too. Either way, it’s the thought that counts.

1. Dinner for two

Three Course Dinner with Cocktail for Two at The Fortnum & Mason Bar, £75, Virgin Experience Days

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2. Date Night Hamper

M&S Hamper, £45, M&S

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3. Scented candle

Heart Candle, £22, The White Company

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4. Photo frame set

Gallery Perfect Multi-aperture Photo Frame Set, from £40, John Lewis

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Wedding gift ideas for couples who like to travel

We all know one couple who simply love to travel, and we don’t blame them.

While contributing to their honeymoon, or other holiday plans in the future will be well received, there are plenty of other gifts to show you know them, and their interests, and have thought about their gift.

1. Luggage set

Clifton Set, £587, Antler

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2. Romantic trip for two

Two Night Break to the Lake District, £199.99, Red Letter Days

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3. Passport and luggage tag set

Mr & Mrs Passport and Luggage Tag Set, £31.98, Etsy

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4. The Adventure Challenge book

The Adventure Challenge Couples Edition, £49, The Adventure Challenge

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5.  Photo Album

Aspinal of London photo album, £225, Aspinal of London 

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Wedding gifts for home

You can never go wrong with buying something for the home or garden. Whether the couple in question are saving up for their dream property, have just bought their first house or are looking to upgrade their homeware, there's something for everyone at every stage of life.

Kitchen gadgets, outdoor furniture and heartfelt decorations are always staples of every wedding present list.

1. Meaningful artwork

Personalised first dance sound wave print, £19.46 (WAS £24.45), Not on the High Street

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2. Luxury towel set

Hydrocotton Towels, £6 - £55, The White Company

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3. Champagne glasses

LSA International Champagne Flutes, £55, John Lewis

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4. Stylish espresso cups

Anna + Nina Espresso cups, £9 each, Liberty

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5.  Nesting Dishes for the hostess

Nesting Dishes, £75, Monica Vinader

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