Ultimate Wedding Gift Guide - 40 Unique Couples Presents Ideas
With the wedding season well and truly in swing, you'll undoubtedly have a long list of couples to try and find the perfect present for. Choosing something that's personal and unique can be a tricky task, so if you don't want to gift yet another vase, here's some inspiration for how to do it a little differently.
1. Food Hampers
One of the most thoughtful presents you could give is to fill the fridge with delicious treats as your loved ones return home from their honeymoon. Sweet and / or savoury selections including wine or chocolate will certainly help ease the come down after all those months of planning for the big day. There’s a fantastic selection of food hampers to suit most budgets, both online (including our own luxury boxes and hampers) and on the High street, e.g. Marks and Spencer, John Lewis and the iconic Fortnum and Mason.
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DIY Hamper - Create your own hamper filled with a selection of delicious treats – be sure to choose items that do not require refrigeration and have at least a few weeks shelf life. Include a mixture of both sweet treats (we've a great selection of small items - both in price and size that will fit snugly inside a DIY basket) and savoury treats (nuts, crisps, crackers, jars of olives, condiments e.g. gourmet chilli sauces, jams, chutneys). This allows greater control over budget, but be warned, it’s easy to get carried away when individual items are just a few pounds each.
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2. Cultural membership
Museums, historic places (National Trust), art galleries why not send the newlyweds into married life with a year of culture? A national art pass will give free entry to over 240 museums, galleries, castles and historic houses, as well as offering 50 per cent off many major exhibitions at the uk's most popular spaces, including the national gallery, the Tate and the V&A. A card for two people will cost £105.
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3. Personalised port
While port has been used for years to mark special occasions, make it all the more unique by allowing people to gift a bottle of vintage port personalised for the happy couple accompanied with a historic vintage newspaper from a day of your choice, maybe their wedding date 50 years ago? Prices start at £85 from Jonny’s sister at Not on the High Street. Farrar and Tanner also offer a bottle of Taylors Late bottled vintage port in a personalised premium wood gift box. Prices start at £38.
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4. Bespoke map
Anything personalised is going to be greatly welcomed on someone's wedding day, but if you want to make the location particularly memorable, check out Atlas & I. They offers lots of products from photo albums to stationery, but a great option is a framed vintage map of the area a silhouette of the church or wedding venue over the top.
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Monthly gifting subscription;
Subscription services are a neat, convenient and often fun and exciting way to get favourite things delivered directly to your home. Everyone likes nice surprise packages in the post and there’s a growing assortment to treat the newlyweds to:
Help them cultivate an indoor oasis with a monthly subscription of horticultural delights. – There’s a great selection available including the Lazy Flora Seasonal Plant collection subscription from £16 a month, which takes all the guesswork out of choosing which plants to choose when it comes to different planting conditions, by sending a bundle of plants appropriate to the season, each quarter. Box comes with plenty of soil, plastic gloves and planting instructions.
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If the newlyweds love a cocktail or two tipple box will send premium craft spirits and cocktail-making ingredients to their front door. Available in 3, 6 or 12-month packages, the lucky couple will learn to make a new cocktail every month.
At Pong Cheese, lovers of stinky cheeses will receive a monthly box of top-quality cheeses produced by leading independent and artisan UK makers, tailored to their taste. From £22 a month.
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Fresh glowers make a home feel bright, alive and fresh, so help your newlweds adorn their home with easy to customise flower subscriptions. Available every 7, 14 or 28 days, Bloom and Wild subscriptions start at £20.
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Budgets and selections can vary massively, but with so many subscriptions services on offer if can be hard to make meaningful comparisons. The Drinks Business have a great list of the '8 Best Wine Subscription Services in the UK' which provides a snapshot of the entry-level services offered by some of the biggest wine merchants in the UK, and the benefits of signing up to their various loyalty plans.
'8 Best Wine Subscription Services'
The Coffee Bazaar have put together a list of the UK’s Best Coffee Subscription Services. Putting and what they offer. With options to suit all palates, budgets and adventurous spirits, Pact Coffee subscriptions start at £6.95 - choose wholebean, freshly ground or pods and set up regular deliveries to your home or office (or both).
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11. Gym membership
For the couple that’s into the fit life, Anytime Fitness membership offers access to over 160 gyms across the UK with high-spec equipment, 24/7 access, free classes for members and a welcoming environment to help you ‘make healthy happen’. Rates may vary based on location, membership type and current promotions. See website for details.
12. Sketch of the Bride and Groom
What better keepsake of their special day than a beautiful sketch of the bride and groom? Check your local area for local artists that will sketch on the wedding day or at the bride's dress fittings, and produce drawings that can be framed giving the couple a lifelong reminder of the day. Alternatively, have a sketch done of the couple beforehand, which you can gift them on the day.
Gift them a date night or some time away with a selection of activities:
13. Cinema Vouchers
If the happy couple are avid film watchers, why not give them the opportunity to catch the latest blockbuster on you. Generally valid for 12 months, available from most major cinema chains (Vue, Odeon, Cineworld) and range from £10 to £200.
14. Restaurant vouchers
Keep the celebrations going for the happy couple by offering them a delicious meal at one of their favourite spots. Most local restaurants, even those that are independently owned, offer some kind of redeemable gift voucher. Failing that ‘The Restaurant Choice’ sell gift vouchers which you can redeem at several major chains, including Nandos, Pizza Express, Ask Italian and Café Rouge.
15. Travel Vouchers
Air BnB gift cards - give the adventure of a gift with gift card. They can pick their own adventure whether it’s a remote cabin, or a city apartment, or opt for a mini break away - BuyaGift offer themed ‘Smartbox’ options offering 1 or 2 night hotel stays in a variety of locations.
Be advised - Vouchers are such a fantastic gift idea because of the ease of purchase from the gift givers perspective, and the great flexibility in allowing recipients to spend funds as they choose during redemption, however vouchers are only of any value whilst the company is solvent.
16. Time Capsule
If you’re particularly close to the couple you might enjoy creating a time capsule for them. Give them a locked box full of goodies that they can only open in one, five, or even ten years’ time. Fill with items that commemorate things happening in the world at the time of their wedding, or items indicative of their lives at the time – do they like a particular restaurant? Include a menu (we don’t advocate ‘removing’ an actual menu from the restaurant unless you have the restauranter's permission, but a copy can be downloaded from internet), do they have any favourite past times, e.g. attend gym regularly – include token sportswear or accessories (we’re not talking dumbells, something small and representative like a sports bottle or exercise band).
17. Keepsake Box
Beautiful boxes can double up as treasure troves commemorating the couples special day. Depending on your budget, your own DIY creation, antique shop find or personalised wooden box (from £32 at Norma and Dorothy
) can all make the perfect gift.
Include small items or objects that were used to celebrate the day. Seemingly unremarkable things can hold great significance for reminiscing about the special day e.g. corks or tops from wine bottles served at the reception, confetti from church, decorative table items e.g. rose buds, place cards. Try not to include foodstuffs that could go bad/rotten e.g. cake, although sealed items e.g. chocolate favours should be fine, provided you can resist eating them :)! The other great thing is that the bride and groom themselves may well be inclined to ‘top up’ the contents of the box, with items they've put aside.
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18. Personalised music collection
This is another highly thoughtful, personal gift - create a DIY CD of songs that mean a lot to them or, if you give your gift after the big day, a CD full of the music used throughout the day as a soundtrack to their wedding. Include everything from the music used during the ceremony to the first dance and the final song of the evening
19. Scratch map
Simple and fun, especially for keen globe-trotters. Choose from an assortment of local, European and worldwide maps that let you scratch off all the places visited together, beginning with their honeymoon destination! At www.scratchmap.com, prices start at £12.95 – with free UK delivery!
20. Experience days
With hundreds of experiences to choose from throughout the UK, there’s something to suit everyone, including romantic gifts for couples like afternoon teas at The Shard in London, helicopter sightseeing tours, numerous days out, skydiving and even cooking classes. Choose by region, type of experience or price. There’s also the option for the recipients to exchange their gift experience for another should the chosen day out, be not quite to their taste. From £37 for 2 participants.
21. Name a star
If the bride and groom are stargazers, naming a star visible from the UK after them makes a particularly romantic wedding gift, especially a binary star (a system of two stars in which one star revolves round the other, or both revolve round a common centre). Name a Star Gift Packages start at £14.99 and are available from the Star Name Registry.
22. Amazon Echo
The couple will have an on-demand, at home personal assistant to play music, manage and create a to-do list, play music and set alarms and much more. They’ll wonder how they ever managed without it. Amazon Echo retails at £89.99, with it's smaller cousin the Echo Dot priced at £49.99.
23. Suitcase Set
A set of 2 matching suitcases to accompany the adventure loving newlyweds on their travels is a perfect gift (plus they’ll think of you every time they pack for their current trip. For a personalised touch, add some custom luggage tags with their wedding date.
A selection of handy small appliances to complete the newlyweds kitchen arsenal:
24. Kitchen Mixer – Become the next Delia or James Martin
25. Waffle Maker – Help them create delicious American style light and fluffy waffles for a breakfast or ‘anytime’ snack.
26. Slow Cooker – with a wealth of one-pot recipes suitable for slow cooking, a delicious home-cooked meal can be ready and waiting when they get home from a long day at the office.
27. Coffee Machine / Tea Machine – With a huge range of styles available from straightforward 2 cup glass cafetieres to all in one ‘bean to cup’ machines that will grind and brew all your coffee shop favourites.
28. Bread Maker – Want to wake up to the smell freshly baked bread every morning? Yes please! With a bread maker, the couple will be able to whip up every kind of bread from regular white batch and rye sourdough, to gluten free.
29. Electric Corkscrew – Take the hassle (and energy) out of wrestling with a stubborn wine cork, and open your bottles of wine with ease and in one simple motion. Leaving more time to enjoy what’s inside, after all enjoying the good things in life should be painless!
30. Cafetiere – For the coffee connoisseur, start the morning with a delicious cup of freshly made Joe (or coffee to us Brits)!
31. Pasta Maker – Enjoy finest restaurant quality fresh pasta made from scratch. That Wednesday night bolognaise will never taste the same again!
32. Rice Cooker – Perfect, non-sticky rice every time. Yes please!
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33. Cheese board with knife set
If the couple enjoy entertaining and hosting dinner parties, a great item in the arsenal is a nice cheeseboard to display those after dinner accoutrements. Hailing from Wales ourselves, we have a particular affinity to Welsh slate, and The Welsh Gift Shop have a lovely selection of both slate and wooden cheeseboards that are handmade to order, for that exclusive touch. From £23.50
34. Tickets to an event
Could be a music concert, a popular theatre show, comedy night with their favourite comedian or a sports event, tickets to an event are another truly thoughtful and slightly different idea. Online ticket sellers like Ticketmaster offer all your entertainment needs under one virtual roof with tickets for theatre, concerts, sport, family events, clubs and more.
35. Spa day / Couples massage
Give the gift of ‘Rest and Relaxation’ to the newlyweds (especially welcome after what can be a stressful event due to the often extensive planning). Many Beauty and Massage salons will run special offers throughout the year on treatments for 2, so check out a few in your local area and pick up a bargain for the happy couple.
36. Maid / Cleaning Service
A more practical choice, but having a nice clean house to come home to at the end of the day (or at the end of the honeymoon even) goes a long way to keeping the newlyweds stress levels at bay. Check your local area for cleaning services.
37. Holiday Travel Guide
Leading up to the wedding, the majority of the planning is put into the big day itself, and less put into planning and researching what to do and see on the honeymoon. So a City Guide for the honeymoon destination will give the newlyweds a crash course in what not to miss. Berlitz offer a fantastic range of travel guides form city destinations to cruise guides.
It may not be creative, cute or particularly personal, however a nicely written, thoughtful card to go along with the practical gift will definitely be appreciated.
Why not offer to pay for a couple of bottles of wine for the wedding tables or the toast. It'll be welcomed by the happy couple....and enjoyed by the guests!
40. Last but not least....YOU!
Wedding etiquette states that a gift is not required as payment for the invitation, however generally, a gift is given to celebrate the newly-weds life journey together. But your time is equally if not more precious than a material gift, so why not offer a helping hand with preparations leading up to, or on the day itself. There’s always lots to do, and I’m sure the gift of ‘help’ in decorating the church, making wedding favours for guests, making / serving canapes, clearing up afterward, will be a particularly welcome gift!