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Choosing just the right wedding gift is often a difficult process. This guide is about wedding gift ideas.


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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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January 6, 20150 found this helpful

Sounds like a good idea if you know the couples' taste well enough. Most couples do bridal registries and have very definite ideas about what they'd like to receive. They may prefer to choose their own decorations.

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June 22, 2010

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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June 23, 20100 found this helpful

A very thoughtful way to include the new family member, and not difficult to do. There are even printable calendar programs where you won't have to write in the birthday/anniversary/holiday info yourself. You might check on the internet for "calendar templates," for example. MS Office Publisher also has calendar templates, if you're fairly computer-savvy.

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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.

  2. 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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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!

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May 20, 20080 found this helpful

I find that making a fun basket is always helpful. You can make a theme behind the items you use; an example is movie night. Fill the basket with some microwave popcorn, a variety of DVD's that the whole family can see, some dollar store candy or cookies. Then you can place wrap over the basket and a big bow. I have many brothers and sisters that have married with each member having children from previous weddings and it is always enjoyed by all members. You can also change up the theme to beach - towels, sun screen and toys (according to the ages) ... or ... kitchen, bathroom, playroom etc ... just remember that all should be able to enjoy the basket of goodies. Your local dollar store carries the same items as other chain stores, only cheaper so you can add more items. The DVD's are located at Best Buy and they accept other store ads to keep that prices down too. Sometimes I buy them in advance when the are 4.99 - most are current movies and some older one's that are collector items too. Have fun and get your family involved in the hunt for items. They will enjoy getting it together as well as sharing fun for your new friends and family members.



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May 20, 20080 found this helpful

A giftbox filled with lightbulbs in assorted wattage! Let your budget determine the size. I've had several laughing calls as late as 5 years into the marriage telling me that they FINALLY used the last of my gift, and appreciated it every time a bulb blew and they didn't have to wait till they went shopping or rummage to replace it. It's also lightweight and easy to transport, but PLEASE remember to clearly mark it "extremely fragile".

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May 25, 20080 found this helpful

I've bought an interesting dollar store or Goodwill vase or bowl or canister and filled it with Hershey's Kisses and Hershey's Hugs. This has worked well for people that I work with but don't know really well, so I don't want to spend a lot of money.

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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 Dee from NY

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April 25, 20110 found this helpful

Donation to a charity might be best. Perhaps you can choose something for which the couple has an affinity or interest like a nature or eco group, zoo, medical or special needs organization, etc. Charity will send the couple a card stating that a donation has been made in their honor and will not state the amount-so send what you feel comfortable with. I wonder the wedding guests at the British Royal wedding will give the new couple?

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April 25, 20110 found this helpful

Since it seems like such an impossible situation why don't you simply attend, give both the bride and groom your best well wishes and thanks you's for the invitation and then quietly donate your time to people in a shelter or food bank to those who are in need as a thank you for the Blessing of being able to have had the opportunity to see the rest of your family.

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April 25, 20110 found this helpful

I would donate to a charity in their name that you know they would not approve of. Since they don't like you anyway, what's the harm?

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February 17, 2009

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

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February 17, 20090 found this helpful

For my daughter, step-son, nieces and nephews I've assembled a recipe box or book containing their favorite foods as well as family favorite recipes - from both the bride and groom's families. This is accompanied by cookie sheets, Italian spices, etc. that could be used to make the foods.

Address books with addresses/phone numbers of relatives have also been appreciated. Can include birthdates, anniversary dates, etc.

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February 17, 20090 found this helpful

My sister gave us our wedding announcement framed with pressed dried flowers surrounding it...all under glass. The flowers have long faded, but it is still as beautiful as it was 43 years ago.

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February 18, 20090 found this helpful

We made CD's and all the songs that the Wedding Party liked to listen too. I made a Memory Book. I had pictures of the Bride and Groom, from the time they were little on up. Also, there was their favorites-food, books, games, etc so all they would have to do is look in this book. I put pictures from their engagement to the day they said "I Do". I put pictures of all close family members. Everyone enjoyed looking at it, I was told.

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September 1, 20050 found this helpful

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

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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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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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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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December 24, 20110 found this helpful

You could give them a gift card to their favorite restaurant and if you really wanted to do it up nice, throw in a limo right to complete the night.

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December 27, 20110 found this helpful

Definitely what Redhatterb said!

My new husband and I are in our mid-fifties, and our friends gave us dinners out and prepaid tours on the occasion of our wedding in Jan 2011. Very much appreciated and we had several lovely outings thanks to our wonderful friends.

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December 27, 20110 found this helpful

How about a membership to something that interests them - museums, zoo, gym, club etc?

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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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April 5, 20090 found this helpful

Write her a letter about all the things you love about her and your wish for her happiness, put it in a beautiful card. The "present" of your presence should be plenty for any daughter!

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April 5, 20090 found this helpful

What about one of those fireboxes to store valuables and important papers?

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April 5, 20090 found this helpful

The best gift I received for my wedding was a hand made booklet from my Mom promising me one complete meal every week, personally delivered by her. She was a wonderful cook and we really enjoyed the meals, and the "cooks night off" every week. Dad's can mow the lawn once a week, wash the car, vacuum and dust the house, etc. if they can't cook.

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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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June 25, 20080 found this helpful

To the original poster, I wouldn't get them anything else. You have already spent more money than you might have for a relative, and your involvement in their wedding should be enough. All of the wedding gift ideas were superb, by the way! Very ingenious and frugal. Just relax and have a good time.

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June 25, 20080 found this helpful

I don't think you should be expected to give another gift since you've already gotten an expensive gift. however, if you think you should a first year together Christmas ornament is nice! You can pick those up pretty inexpensively and if you are crafty, even better! Gift cards to restaurants are great gifts! A bottle of wine.

A basket of goodies like candies, nuts, chips and dip, with a candle and pair of matching glasses that you could pick up at a thrift store. After spending what you have, I don't think you should go overboard since they aren't family. I think you should keep it simple.

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June 25, 20080 found this helpful

How about a nice basket that you fill with things yourself. Either Wine and Cheeses and foods or bath items for a romantic bath. Add some candles in and a couple of inexpensive but nice looking wine glasses. They make all sorts of cute playful looking ones now that are fun and not spendy.

Or just a set of nice summertime wine glasses, they come with all designs and are made to be fun for summer. You can get a pitcher to match if you wanted to get drink glasses instead. Nice gift and not a lot of money.

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June 22, 20100 found this helpful

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 UK

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)

By phishphan98

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June 24, 20080 found this helpful

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)

By WandaJo

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 Mr. Thrifty

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)

By Sara

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