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
2. Personalised chopping board
Personalised Olive Wood Chopping/Cheese Board, £27, Not On The Highstreet
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
5. Personalised Wedding Memory Box
Our Wedding Memories, £29.99, Getting Personal
6. Personalised Engraved Signature Pot
Personalised Engraved Signature Pot, £32, Letterfest
7. Personalised Family Name Street Sign
Personalised Family Name Street Sign, £24.95, Etsy
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
2. Hot air balloon ride
Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two, £309, Red Letter Days
3. Wedding venue portrait
Bespoke Wedding Venue Portrait, from £25, Etsy
4. Daily activity journal
Do One Thing Every Day Together: A Journal for Two, £9.99, Amazon
5. Holiday Gift Vouchers
Holiday Gift Vouchers: the perfect gift for globetrotters, £50 to £5,000, Secret Escapes
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
2. Abroad wedding map
Getting Married Abroad Map, £25.99, Etsy
3. Passport holder
Couples Passport Holder Set, £35, NotOnTheHighStreet
4. Wedding sand memory jar
Destination Wedding Memory Jar, £16, Etsy
5. Mr & Mrs beach towel
Personalised Mr And Mrs Beach Towel, £75, NotOnTheHighStreet
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
2. Date Night Hamper
M&S Hamper, £45, M&S
3. Scented candle
Heart Candle, £22, The White Company
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
2. Romantic trip for two
Two Night Break to the Lake District, £199.99, Red Letter Days
3. Passport and luggage tag set
Mr & Mrs Passport and Luggage Tag Set, £31.98, Etsy
4. The Adventure Challenge book
The Adventure Challenge Couples Edition, £49, The Adventure Challenge
5. Photo Album
Aspinal of London photo album, £225, Aspinal of London
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
2. Luxury towel set
Hydrocotton Towels, £6 - £55, The White Company
3. Champagne glasses
LSA International Champagne Flutes, £55, John Lewis
4. Stylish espresso cups
Anna + Nina Espresso cups, £9 each, Liberty
5. Nesting Dishes for the hostess
Nesting Dishes, £75, Monica Vinader
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