If you’re not in the mood to gift the bride and groom with money for their wedding, read on!
It’s clearly been a bit of a different year, right? Due to the pandemic, weddings were downsized or just all together canceled. As things start to get back to normal our calendar is filling up with all the weddings that never happened last year and, well, finding the perfect present is a must, especially if you’re over simply writing a check (our usual go-to).
So, how much are we actually supposed to spend? We consulted the wedding experts over at Brides.com to find the appropriate amount since, you know, we never keep up with trends or etiquette apparently:
- Average spend runs anywhere between $75 – $250
We’re a bit more old-school and, if attending the ceremony and reception, we like to at least cover the cost of the meal. Depending on where in the country you live or how close you are to the couple, that can get expensive. Alas, we recommend to pay-it-forward now because it’ll come back to you one day (we’re still waiting).
Depending on the couple and what their interests are can totally determine the type of gift you give them. We recommend keeping in mind both the bride and the groom. Try to choose something that they’ll both enjoy. There are a ton of options out there and some common popular themes we’re seeing include things like:
- Experiences + Fun: Think things like honeymoon excursions, gift cards for their trip, or things to do together.
- Nostalgia with a Twist: Think retro-inspired appliances with a tech upgrade, personalized frames, or customized prints.
- Wow Factors: Think cupcakes delivered from their favorite bakery anywhere in the US, flower bouquets grown from the base of a volcano, or smokeless backyard fire pit.
The point is, we’ve put all the thought into the perfect presents so that, well, you don’t have to. And we’ve chosen must-haves that work for both the bride and groom, the bride and bride, or the groom and groom.
So, stop stressing. There’s something below for just about any couple you’re looking for and at almost any budget. Any time you put some meaning behind it, it’ll always turn out right and they’ll totally appreciate it.
From the traditional to the totally unique, check out our picks for some of the best weddings gifts (so far) in 2021.
The Honeymoon Experiences Gift Card
Choose Your Amount (Avg. $100)
It’s officially our favorite gift of the year. This amazing service from Tinggly lets you purchase this “Just Married” experiences gift card and the new couple can decide how much of it they’d like to use on what and where. There are almost 500 different experiences for them to choose from in more than 100 different countries. It’s nice knowing you have a hand in the success and adventure of their honeymoon. Def check this one out. Learn more here!
The “Love Letters” Custom Photo Art with Frame
Starting at $88.50
You can upload your very own photo (or theirs, of course!), choose the type of frame you like and more. It’ll be one they’ll hang up with pride. Learn more here!
SMEG Pastel Pink Toaster
Amazon Ratings: +100
It’s one of the more popular gifting options over the past year because it certainly doesn’t look like your standard toaster! It’s a nod to the retro style from the 50’s and 60’s, yet filled with todays technology. We love it in pastel pink, but if that’s not your jam it also comes in other colors like black, chrome, cream, pastel blue, pastel green, and red. Learn more here!
The ‘Interaction of Love’ Photo Print with Frame
This is a great personalized option to help beautifully depict how their paths are now officially crossed. Add their names, the year, and even choose different frame options too! Learn more here!
The Complete Luxury Sleep Bundle
$490.00 + 15% Off!
It’s one of the most buzzed about brands online this year. Their comforters, sheets, and duvets are some of the most comfortable ever! This one comes with a comfy duvet cover (that actually get even cozier the more it’s used over time!), 1 fitted sheet, 1 flat sheet, 4 pillow cases, and 2 cozy pillow shams. We love this in blue (it’s perfect for everyone), but also comes in other colors like crisp white, grey, stone, and even a pretty new blush option. Learn more here!
Official Magnolia Cupcakes (Delivered)
Probably the coolest concept of the year, now you can have the world famous cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery in NYC shipped to just about anywhere in the US thanks to Goldbelly. Even better? You can get lobsters from Maine, BBQ ribs from Texas, bagels from Manhattan, and so much more. Choose meals or desserts from the top restaurants all over the US. Learn more here!
The Backyard Smokeless Fire Pit
With everyone spending more and more time at home, the latest trend is backyard bonfires…well, with the proper fire pit of course. This is one of the trendy smokeless options from Solo Stove. Choose from different sizes and even ones that are portable to you can bring to the beach or wherever allowed! Learn more here!
Monogrammed Crystal Champagne Flutes
$175.00 + Free Shipping
Such a classic and elegant gift idea for the wedding couple. These come as 2 Waterford champagne flutes that are customizable by choosing the letter of their last name you’d like added to each flute. Learn more here!
12 Piece Block Knife Set
Amazon Ratings: +6,000
Now they can be their very own top chef and you don’t have to break the bank getting it for them. This 12-piece knife set is currently a top seller on Amazon, has a lifetime warranty, and is actually dishwasher safe. Score! Learn more here!
The Personalized Heart-Shaped Photo Artwork
Starting at $100.00
This is one of our favorite personalized options of the season from the amazing Minted company. Simply upload the photos you’d like to use, then choose the color scheme, if you’d like it framed, what type/color frame you’d like, and more!
The Ninja Professional Countertop Blender
Amazon Ratings: +22,000
If you’re going to gift a blender, this is the one to give! One of the most popular blenders of the year, this Ninja is perfect for making smoothies, slushies, juices, crushed ice, snow ice, and more. Plus it’s large enough to make large batches of pretty much anything. They’ll be celebrating for weeks. Learn more here!
The Personalized Wooden Cutting Board
Add their first names, last name, or whatever to this personalized wooden cutting board! Totally unique and definitely something that the bride and groom (or bride and bride or groom and groom) don’t already have. Learn more here!
The iRobot 690 Robot Vacuum
It’s their easiest compromise yet because now no one has to vacuum! This robot vacuum will fit under most couches, beds, and will easily vacuum your rug, hardwood, and other surfaces. It’s Wi-Fi enabled and even works with Alexa! Sit back, relax, and watch it do all the work for you. Learn more here!
The ‘Happily Ever After’ Wedding Frame
They can add their favorite photo (professionally shot, of course) to this silver and turquoise frame from designer Kate Spade. It’s even inscribed with “Happily Ever After” on the bottom. Learn more here!
The Personalized Champagne Wedding Vase
This one is made from an upcycled champagne bottle and turned into a vintage-inspired wedding vase that you can personalize with their name, wedding date, location, and more! Learn more here!
The Super Cozy Classic White Bathrobe
Yes, this is the bathrobe is seems like everyone on the InterWebs has been freaking out over all year. And now we understand why. First off, it’s super comfy. Like, for real, really comfortable. It’s made of 100% long-staple cotton, is really plush, and has a super comfy shawl collar. Pick up one for each of them. Let them match or choose from all different colors. Learn more here!
The Infusion Machine
Remember when air fryers first became a thing? Well now it’s all about infuser machines. You can infuse butter, oil and more right from home thanks to LEVO. Oh, and yeah, this is a big hit with the marijuana crowd because you can use it to make your favorite pot brownies (and other herb-related treats), CBD gummies and more. Learn more here!
The Wedding Pebble Portrait
How cute is this little wedding couple! The artist uses found sea shells, pebbles, pieces of wood, and flowers to create the two of them. There are a few different options you can choose from too, depending on who’s getting married. Learn more here!
Amazing Wedding Flower Bouquets
Starting at $58.00
These are officially our favorite online flower delivery service of the year. We’ve ordered from Bouqs, literally, 12 times in the last 12 moths. Did we mention that you can choose a flower option where they’ll only send you fresh flowers that grow at the base of a volcano? Insanity! Learn more here!
The Personalized Hearts ‘Connect Four’ Inspired Game
It’s like the Connect Four game we all grew up with, but you can personalize it with their names, love phrases, and more! Learn more here!
The 9 Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven
The KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Mixer
Amazon Ratings: +12,400
$49.99 (17% Off!)
It’s one of the best that KitchenAid has to offer! Plus, everyone can use a hand mixer and, well, one that looks so cool too! This one is 5-speeds, easy to switch attachments in and out, and pretty easy to clean too! We love it in this new ice blue color, but it also comes in other great colors like cranberry, green apple, lavender, pink, yellow, black, white, watermelon and more. Learn more here!
Waterford Diamond Lead Crystal Picture Frame
It’s another great option from Waterford! This crystal lead picture frame securely and evenly holds a 5 x 7″ photo and is one that newly married couple will love putting their favorite wedding photo in. Learn more here!
The YETI Tundra Cooler
Look, we don’t want to say this YETI cooler is more for the groom but, um, it’s more for the groom. While it’s definitely on the pricer side, everyone loves a YETI and this Tundra 35 is the ultimate choice (and color). Ok fine, she’ll love it too. Learn more here!
The Airbnb Gift Card
Starting at $25.00
Help fun their next trip buy getting them an Airbnb gift card! You can choose the amount you’d like to gift too, so it’s perfect whether you’re on a budget or can totally afford to splurge. Learn more here!
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