Best Wedding Gifts for 2021
Explore some of the most memorable and unique wedding day gift ideas to celebrate the new bride and groom!
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Wedding Gift Ideas for the Bride and Groom
The invitation came in the mail today, now what? Well, that’s simple—it’s time to start shopping for a wedding gift!
You could go the ‘safe’ route and get the happy couple something simple like cash.
But after thinking about it some more, you decide that you want to get them something that they will think of you every time they see it.
You want something special and unique.
No, problem, I’ll help get you through this. Here are my picks for the 12 best wedding gift ideas that are totally unique for this year.
Why it matters
You want to make sure your wedding day gift is memorable
A wedding is probably one of the most memorable occasions you’ll ever witness. And you just received an invitation to attend one. Now the fun begins—figuring out what you’ll be giving as a wedding day gift. Here’s a list of great wedding gift ideas to get you started in your search.
Best Wedding Gift Ideas for 2021
Mr & Mrs Luggage Tags + Passport Holder Gift Set
~ DELUXY ~
Couples that get away together, stay together – Studies indicate that couples that travel have stronger relationships. Ignite more romance in your life with these delightful matching luggage tags and passport holders. It’s the perfect gift to help couples bond on their honeymoon, or “just because”! Bonus: You’ll spot your luggage a mile away! Each tag and passport holder is built to last for every adventure.
Bamboo Tumbler/Tea Infuser/Strainer Set
~ LeafLife ~
This bamboo tea tumbler set by LeafLife is just perfect for the couple who does the tea thing instead of coffee. You’ll probably want to get two of them, though, we don’t want the happy couple fighting over just the one!
This 17-ounce tea tumbler has stainless steel on the inside and bamboo on the outside. The set includes a strainer and a diffuser for use with loose tea.
Price: $27.95 – $32.95
Clean/Dirty Dishwasher Magnet Set
~ KitchenTour ~
This is not only a neat and helpful wedding gift idea for this year, it can also be a marriage saver! Seriously, couples have been known to fight over this kind of stuff. This clean/dirty dishwasher magnet set by KitchenTour will help the couple keep track of the state of the dishwasher. Then all they will have to fight about is whether the utensils go ‘business end up’ or ‘business end down’. The ‘business end’ goes DOWN by the way!
Bright red and green colors clearly indicate whether the dishes on the inside are clean or dirty. Available with either a magnetic or sticky back option.
Price: $8.99 – $11.99
6-Piece Colorful Cosmos Kitchen Knife Set
~ Chef’s Vision ~
Before you say anything, let me explain. Yes, I know conventional wisdom says to NEVER give knives as a wedding gift, I get it. But really, if there’s a chef (or two) in the house don’t you think they can handle it? Check out this colorful 6-piece kitchen knife set by Chef’s Vision.
Ergonomic handles give each knife in the set a sturdy and safe grip. Crafted of high quality stainless still with a durable non-stick coating. A full set of chef knives to use in any kitchen situation.
Price: $49.95 – $59.95
Picnic Blanket or Beach Mat
~ Scuddles ~
This Scuddles picnic blanket is a fabulously unique wedding gift for the bride and groom who enjoy spending time together in mother nature. Can also be used as a beach mat. What a nice day for a picnic!
Water resistant with a durable PEVA backing. Easy to clean. 60 in x 60 in, blue and white striped with a convenient handle.
Price: $24.99 – $32.99
Insulated Folding Picnic Basket and Cooler
~ Picnic at Ascot ~
This totally unique wedding gift is sure to be a hit with the happy couple! It’s an insulated picnic basket that also doubles as a cooler! A great complement to the picnic/beach mat I mentioned a few entries up the list! Take this great gift idea on your next picnic, the beach or an outdoor show.
Available in a wide variety of colors. Fully insulated. Top zipper helps keep your stuff in the basket either hot or cold. Easy to clean and folds flat for quick and easy storage. Comes with a lifetime warranty
Price: $39.95 – $57.50
Insulated Cheese and Wine Cooler Bag or Tote
~ Picnic at Ascot ~
Pardon me, but can I have some cheese with that wine? The happy couple can take both on their next picnic or other outdoor activity with this nifty insulated wine and cheese cooler bag by Picnic at Ascot. And if there’s a group of you getting together to get the happy couple some wedding gifts, this is a great opportunity for me to do some suggestive selling. Check out the folding picnic basket/cooler and picnic blanket/beach mat a little farther up the list!
Available in a variety of colors. Includes 2 wine glasses (made from acrylic), a corkscrew, napkins, cheese knife and cutting board and a wine bottle stopper in case there’s any wine left after the initial pour. Comes with a lifetime warranty.
Price: $39.95 – $57.50
Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places
~ 2015, National Geographic ~
World travel is just one of the many experiences a newlywed (and beyond) couple can share together. Learn about some of the world’s most amazing destinations with a copy of Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places, published by National Geographic in 2015. Where to next, my love?
Price: $16.99 – $40.00
Loose Leaf Tea 9 Assorted Flavors Sampler Box
~ Heavenly Tea Leaves ~
Hey, remember the number two item on the list, the bamboo tumbler/tea infusion/strainer set? Well here’s a unique wedding gift idea to complement that. Try this sampler of 9 loose leaf tea flavors by Heavenly Tea Leaves. Included in the sampler are green tea and black tea, flavored green tea and black tea, white tea, two herbal tisanes, a flavored herbal tisane and an awesome rooibos herbal tisane.
Tea comes in an environmentally friendly gift box and each of the 9 containers holds about 10 servings of tea.
Price: $25.99 – $34.99
50 States, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do Travel Idea Book
~ National Geographic ~
Another wonderfully unique wedding gift idea for the happy couple on the go. This travel guidebook is filled with both expected and surprise fun things to see and do in all 50 states, everything from nationally known festivals to funky museums and even one of the world’s biggest yard sales. Let the adventures begin!
Price: $12.99 – $24.95
32 Ounce French Press Double Duty Coffee or Tea Maker
~ Mueller ~
Coffee and tea lovers alike will appreciate this unique wedding gift, a French press stainless steel coffee (or tea) maker by Mueller. This is another unique wedding gift that you’d want to consider buying as a pair in case the happy couple is a coffee/tea mix. Remember, no fighting!
Made of dishwasher-safe rust-resistant stainless steel. Also available in a 50-ounce size.
Price: $21.97 – $25.97
Sex Checks: 60 Checks for Maintaining Balance in the Bedroom
~ Potter Gift ~
OK so you all know me by now, I have to include at least one fun and sassy item in every list I do. Each checkbook contains 30 ‘IOU’ and 30 ‘UOME’ sex checks. From this point on, I’ll just let you use your imagination. Oh, go ahead and buy two. Keep one for yourself.
Price: $9.03 – $15.99
The “Promise” Collectible Figurine
~ Willow Tree ~
Celebrate one of life’s most beautiful moments with a Willow Tree collectible hand-painted figurine. “Promise” is the perfect wedding gift for a bride, especially when it’s from her groom. The enclosed card that reads simply “Hold Dear the Promise of Love” sums the day up perfectly.
This figure measures in at 9″ tall and is made out of a resin material that is hand-painted for a unique look. Perfect for a bridal shower gift, or a wedding day gift if you want to hang on to it a little longer. This is also an affordable bridal shower gift, coming in just under $40 with free shipping.
Women’s Lace Chemise Baby Doll Short Night Gown Set
~ Avidlove ~
She’ll look and feel beautiful on her wedding night and beyond in this Avidlove Women’s Lace Chemise, a perfect wedding gift for the bride or wedding shower gift. Choose from over 20 different colors and color combinations.
The material for this sexy lingerie is made of a soft and flowing combination of nylon and spandex. Detailing includes a lace bodice with a pretty plunge v-shaped neckline. Choose from sizes ranging from Small to 4X, with fit reported as true-to-size. A perfect wedding night gift for the couple to enjoy together, and all under $20!
Mr. “Right” & Mrs. “Always Right” Glassware Set
~ The Plympton Company ~
Help both the Bride and Groom remember their roles with this hilarious beer and wine glass set by The Plympton Company. Just make sure the Groom, especially, has a sense of humor or this wedding day gift idea may not go over too well.
Made out of strong, solid glass with detailing that includes a whimsical top hat and mustache decal for the beer glass and a kissing lip silhouette for the wine glass. These glasses are generously sized at 16 ounces for the beer glass and 17 ounces for the stemless wine glass to keep the party going. A fantastic wedding day gift idea and absolutely perfect for an engagement party gift.
Reasonably priced at under $25 (exclusive of any taxes and shipping charges), this glass set truly is an affordable wedding day gift.
Bamboo Meat and Cheese Cutting Board Set
~ Bambusi ~
Giving a meat and cheese cutting board set as a bridal wedding gift is always a safe bet. Give the bride-to-be a great head start on her dinner party hosting skills with this natural bamboo serving tray set from Bambusi. The set includes a stainless-steel cutlery set, giving the new bride everything they to host the perfect get together for any occasion.
The all-natural bamboo surface is non-porous, which keeps stains and odors from settling in and makes the board a breeze to keep clean. Crafted into the board’s design is a carved tray for offering crackers, nuts, olives, cheese and meat slices. Look a little closer and you’ll also find a hidden drawer for the set’s four utensils.
An excellent choice for a bridal wedding gift or a housewarming gift for the new bride and groom. It’s always a bonus when you can find a great wedding day gift for under $75.
Personalized Monogram Key Holder Decorative Plaque
Give your wedding day gift a personal touch with this nice monogram keyholder plaque. Help the bride and groom stay organized by always having their keys within easy reach. And each time either the Bride or Groom reaches for their keys they’ll be reminded of their super special day! Can you say #cupid?
Made from pine wood and custom painted for you, these hand crafted keyholder plaques are available in two different sizes, 5×7 inches or 7.9 inches. Completely hand crafted, you can choose from a variety of styles and colors (brown, white and black).
A great wedding gift idea, but also appropriate for a house-warming gift. Priced at just under $25 (exclusive of any taxes and shipping charges), this monogram keyholder plaque is definite budget-friendly choice for a wedding gift.
3-Piece Packing Cube Set
~ Eagle Creek ~
Are the bride and groom on your list into travel? If so, the 3-piece Pack It Cube Set from Eagle Creek would be a wonderful choice for a wedding day gift. Help the bride (and groom) keep all of their travel stuff super organized and ready for a smooth TSA inspection. Bon voyage, kids!
A simple design available in black, blue or red, each cube is made from 300D poly micro-weave and has a 100% nylon liner. The full-size cube measures 14x10x3 inches, the half-size cube is 10x7x3 inches and the quarter-size cube is 7.5×4.5×2.5 inches, perfect for storage under your seat or in an overhead compartment.
Perfect for a wedding day gift, and it will sure come in handy on the honeymoon! Go ahead and get a set for both the bride and the groom. This three-piece set is priced slightly under $30 (exclusive of any taxes and shipping charges), making it easy to double up.
6-Quart Ultra Instant Pot Cooker
~ Instant Pot ~
Properly stocking a kitchen can be a daunting task. It’s a safe bet that the bride (or groom if they’re going to be doing most of the cooking) will be thrilled to receive the 6-quart Ultra Instant Pot. This is probably the most versatile kitchen appliance on the planet because it can serve as a:
- Pressure Cooker
- Yogurt Maker
- Rice Cooker
- Slow Cooker
- Cake Maker
- Egg Cooker
The amazing Ultra Instant Pot truly gives you the most wedding gift bang for the buck, and is also available in 3-quart and 8-quart sizes.
A great idea for a wedding day gift or as a housewarming gift, the Ultra Instant Pot has several built-in safety features like a steam release reset button and parts that come in contact with food are made from high-grade stainless steel.
Regularly priced at under $150 (exclusive of any taxes and shipping charges), the 6-quart Ultra Instant Pot is probably the ultimate wedding day gift idea. You should try one for yourself too!
Halo BassiNest Swivel Sleeper Premiere Series Vibrating Bassinet
~ Price: $289.99 MSRP ~
The Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper is one of the best baby co-sleepers on the market. It’s practical and makes a perfect gift for couples that are expecting or plan to have a baby soon after getting married.
Custom Personalized Cutting Board
~ Personalization Lab ~
You know the happy couple is into all things culinary and would love to have something that will allow them to share their passion for cooking. You can stop your gift search right now then, because this personalized cutting board by Personalization Lab is the perfect wedding gift choice for them. This unique wedding gift idea can also serve as a housewarming gift.
Available in 3 different sizes and 12 different designs. Laser engraved on your choice of top-quality wood.
Price: $17.95 – $44.95
More About Wedding Gifts
How much money should you spend on a wedding gift?
When giving cash or money, guests usually give between $50 – $100. This same concept applies when it comes to wedding gifts. If you are purchasing a present together as a couple for the bride and groom, you can decide to pool the money and spend between $100 – $200 for a nice gift.
Is it rude not to give a wedding gift?
Just because you have been invited to a wedding does not mean you are required to give a gift to the happy couple.
That being said, bringing a gift for the bride and groom is definitely expected, as you will most likely be fed, provided drinks, and an overall good time. Remember that the bride and groom probably put a lot of time, effort, and their own money into preparing the wedding so that all guests can have a good time.
Is a gift card a good wedding gift?
It is definitely appropriate to purchase a gift card for the couple, especially if they have them listed on their registry. This takes some of the stress off your plate, and ensured the bride and groom can pick something for themselves that they know they will love!
Do you have to buy the wedding gift from the bride and groom’s registry?
It is recommended to review the couple’s wedding registry to make sure your gift ideas align with their expectations. Whether you purchase directly from the registry or not is completely up to you. The only downside to this is the couple may get the same gift twice if someone else ends up buying it through their registry.
Do you have to give a gift if you don’t attend the wedding?
Definitely not – if you are unable to attend, you should send a card instead congratulating the couple on their wedding day. Make sure you do remember to RSVP with a “no” if you know for sure you will not be able to attend to avoid any confusion.
We hope that these wedding day gift ideas for the bride and groom help you feel inspired to pick the perfect gift for your friends or family tying the knot.
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