Wedding Gift Ideas For Pre, Post And On The Big Day

Your bestie, sister, work wife or relative is getting married! Looking for some wedding gift ideas?

We’ve got wedding gift ideas for before the wedding, what to give on the wedding day itself, plus after the wedding and anniversary and housewarming gifts.

After the wedding, there is the potential need for anniversary and housewarming gifts. Whatever stage of the wedding planning they’re at, we’ve got you sorted!

wedding gift guide

So, let’s start from the beginning of the journey right the way through to after the big event. Here are some of the wedding gift ideas for pre, post-wedding, and on the big day.

Engagement Gifts

It is very exciting when someone announces their engagement. Whether it is a distant family member or your closest friend, acknowledging the engagement and showing someone you love how happy you are is a lovely thing to do.

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In most cases, sending more than just a card is appropriate. But knowing what engagement gift idea to consider and buy can be a sticking point. Here are some ideas to help you find the perfect engagement gift.  

Saving for the big day

The happy couple may be excited about their upcoming nuptials, but one thing that many of them have in common is needing to save for it. So a great engagement gift could be a piggy bank or dedicated jar for them to save their money.

This is where wedding fund money can be stored and it serves as a lovely keepsake to display before the wedding and to keep as a future memento.

Trinkets or keepsakes they can use in the future

Perhaps you want to give the gift of something they may use in the future. Perhaps a photo frame where a picture of their engagement can be displayed or a trinket tray where not only the ring can be placed but also the future wedding rings.

Another lovely option is to think about buying champagne flutes. Not only can they toast their engagement but they can also be used later down the line. These sorts of things can be great keepsakes and are a little more personal.

Personalised gift boxes

A collection of beautiful gifts is a great way to show thought and love to the happy couple. So why not consider personalising a gift box? This can be filled with all the things you know they will love. It can be created with the couple in mind and not just one person.

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Our Pamper Gift Box makes for a great engagement gift and contains gifts they can use together making it the gift that keeps on giving.

You could also create your own engagement themed gift box.

Head to the engagement party with what’s sure to be one of the best engagement gifts! Create a gift box that sets the happy couple on the road to inner and outer beauty as they embark on the challenge that is wedding planning.

 beauty gift box

Add the book ‘Eat Beautiful’ where world-renowned beauty and make-up expert Wendy Rowe teaches you how to keep your skin healthy and let your inner and outer beauty shine. The book is an excellent beauty gift that also includes recipes for homemade masks, scrubs, mists, cleansers and toners, as well as an informative troubleshooting section for confidence-zapping skin problems. 

The copper toned measuring cups will help the newly engaged couple whip up tasty treats in the kitchen.

This box would also work well as an anniversary or wedding gift or as a gift for the foodie in your life. 

Hen Party Gifts

The hen party is often a time that not just the bride looks forward to, but everyone who is involved with the bridal party, friends and relatives. Consider providing a gift to be used at the hen party (think champagne sweets and cocktail mixers).

hen party gifts

For the hen night

On the hen night, you may want to get a specific gift for the hen herself. This could be a little keepsake or memento for the occasion. For example, something specific to the location in which you are having the hen party or even a frame where a lovely picture can be displayed in the future.

Try personalised items that will remind them of the event, such as something made from engraved stainless steel.

Is there a theme? Many bridges like to be consistent with things such as the colour scheme, for example, rose gold, or everyone wearing white. You can tailor your gifts for the hen party around this.

hen party gifts

Your hen party games could also incorporate the colour scheme. Coloured paper for the make your dress out of toilet paper game?

Gifts from the bride to the hen party

Many times, the bride wants to give out gifts, much like favours they would do on their wedding day, as part of their hen party. Hen party gifts are a great way for everyone to take something away as a memento for the occasion.

You could even look at creating hen party bags that not only include things they may need for the upcoming shenanigans but also gifts as a token of thanks for their support and attending your hen party.

Bridal Shower Gift Ideas

The bridal shower! This is something that is quite new when it comes to weddings here in the UK but many brides are embracing this new found tradition.

Giving bridal shower gifts to the bride is traditional when it comes to an occasion such as this.

bridal shower gifts

Finding the perfect bridal shower gift idea might feel hard at first, but there are so many ways that you can show your love for the happy couple. Here are a few suggestions:

Something for the big day

When it comes to finding a bridal shower gift, consider gifting something for the big day. It might be that you purchase something they can wear on the wedding day, or have with them in their bridal bag.

Try a lace handkerchief that is embroidered with their new initials (which she can tuck into her wedding dress to mop up the many tears that are sure to flow), a lipstick case or an atomiser for their perfume which saves space in their bag on the big day.

These are all thoughtful as a bride gift and great for future use. You could also look at finding a gift for the couple, such as recipe books, a spa voucher they can use together or items they can use in their home like candles.

Gifts from the bride to the bridesmaids

At a bridal shower, the bride may want to give a token to their bridal party as a way of saying thank you for their support in the lead up to the big day.

This is when a personalised gift box could be a great option or a little trinket that is unique to your friendship or relationship as part of team bride.

A personalised token

Try something personalised for their big day or for future use. Again things like ornaments, trinkets and photo frames are great ideas.

Try to incorporate some other form of personalisation such as having items engraved or buying specifically for the bride. We always suggest making it a gift that they can use as a couple.  

A way to remember the event

A bridal shower will always be a great event that the bride, and anyone who is invited, will be looking forward to. So along with the wedding gift, you will want to make sure that you find something that could be a lovely way to remember the event.

It might be an engraved wine glass, champagne flutes or even things like a professional photographer there to take pictures of the occasion. You could even look at buying a wedding book and having all the guests write some comments in it.

Have a picture with space around it where comments and words of joy can be expressed. Later it can be framed and proudly displayed.

Wedding Gifts For Guests

Essentially you may just think that the gifts on a wedding day come from the guests for the happy couple and that is the end of that.

But some brides and grooms like to treat their guests and show them their appreciation for spending their special day with them. So if you are looking for the right way to thank your guests and bridal party then here are some suggestions.

Wedding favours

Wedding favours are very traditional, but each couple is different with their choice on what they want to do. Some make charitable donations in their names, others buy scratch cards and hope that one of their guests win big.

However, traditionally, things like a small scented candle with your names and the date on it, chocolates, mini bottles of alcohol, hot chocolate mixes for winter weddings, personalized chocolate bars or notebooks, there are many different and unique ideas that you can try.

We can work with your colour scheme and theme to help you put together the prefect modern or traditional wedding favours.

Wedding favours are an easy and small way to show your appreciation and as weddings get so much more creative, there are endless ideas on what you can do.

Specific gifts for the bridal party

However, there are specific guests on the big day that are often gifted in a different way and that is the bridal party.

You will need to think about gifts for bridesmaids and the maid of honour, the best man and any groomsmen, both sets of parents, flower girls and page boys. This means that there are a variety of gifts that need to be bought.

Vouchers are impersonal so try flowers, photo frames and even nostalgic gifts. The best advice is to be specific to the person when it comes to the bridal party. Build them a gift box based on what you know about their likes and dislikes.  

Wedding gifts for couples

The biggest decision wedding guests need to make is buying a gift for the wedding day itself. This is, of course, a very special day for the couple, and being invited to celebrate with them will feel like such an honour.

But finding the right gift might be tricky. So here are some of the best options to consider to show your love and support for the happy couple.

newlywed gift box

We’ve sent couples more than a few copies of the book ‘Newlywed Year’ - a celebration of marriage for newlyweds that offers a year's worth of seasoned advice for building a love that lasts.

Something alcoholic

Whether it is a bottle of champagne or an engraved wine bottle, something alcoholic always goes down well as a wedding day gift. You can go all out with a special boxed bottle, or look at finding some of their favourite options and create your own gift.

It doesn’t even have to be wine, you could always gift them their favourite spirit. Another great gift is an alcohol subscription service. You can get these for wine or other spirits like gin. This could be the gift that keeps on giving.

Create your own gift box for couples

Why not create a gift box for two? Add a gift box to your basket then fill it with items they can use together. Try chocolate, pampering items and candles they can use around the home.

Money for the honeymoon and the future

Another great option to consider would be to give the happy couple money. It isn’t the most traditional option, but these days it is one of the most common things that a newly married couple want.

Cold, hard cash helps them when it comes to paying for their honeymoon, as money to spend during the honeymoon, or could go towards purchases for their home and the future.

Keepsakes

A lovely way to commemorate the special day is to look for a keepsake wedding day gift. This is where you might want to look at finding a keepsake gift that will be a perfect reminder of their special day.

Try engraved champagne flutes or a cutting board with their names and date of the wedding. Keepsakes could also be in the form of a book, where in advance you have family members and friends write and record comments and thoughts, especially to what makes a happy marriage.  

Housewarming Gifts

It isn’t just about the wedding day, as a couple, there will be other opportunities to give a gift that shows someone how much you loved them. A new home is a great thing to celebrate and lots of ideas could be the perfect housewarming gift. So here are some suggestions to help you find the right thing. 

housewarming gift idea

Frames or prints

Sometimes finding a new house gift isn’t as hard as you might think. Buying photo frames is a great option to consider as well as prints for their home. This will depend if you know the decor scheme or if they have any specific colours they have in their home, but it can be a lovely thoughtful housewarming gift.

Candles and other scented items

Candles are a great gift for any new home. It is one of those gifts that you can’t go wrong with. It may feel like choosing a scent for someone is hard, but usually, with candles, most scents are accepted by people. Plus, if you look at their home or even speak to them, you can often judge what sort of scent they may like.

Candles make great housewarming gifts and often an easy option to choose if you are stuck for ideas.

Something to toast the next chapter of their life

Moving to their new house is always going to be an exciting time, so why not give them a gift of something to  toast this special occasion? A bottle of champagne goes down well but if you aren’t sure which kind to get, or they don’t drink, cocktail mixers can be used with alcohol or other sparking non-alcoholic drinks.

Our champagne wine gums make a great gift and as they don’t contain alcohol, can be gifted and posted without worry.

Make it extra special by adding a personalised touch such as a message on the bottle or having it engraved with the move-in date, the address or just the area and their names. Keeping this bottle could make it a great keepsake.

Create Your Own Gift Box

A personalised gift box is a great option for a housewarming gift. It means that you can add smaller things to make one big gift and think of the couple instead of focusing your attention on one person.

Anniversary Gifts

The anniversary of the wedding or any couple milestone is always worth celebrating. While finding the perfect gift for your partner to celebrate the occasion can seem hard enough, you may also want to give a gift to a couple you know to celebrate the event.

So whatever situation you are in, here are some of the anniversary gifts that you could consider.

Gifts for couples can be hard, so gift box is often be a great choice.

Commemorating the years in a traditional way

When it comes to giving a gift to your partner to celebrate your special day, why not start a tradition of your own? You can commemorate the years with the specific theme associated with them.

For example, the first year traditionally is the gift of paper, but the modern gift is a clock. You can search online to find out what the year is for you, and it can lead you to be very creative. There are many different ways that you can commemorate the anniversary as a gift.

Keepsakes from the big day

You could also look at gifts as a keepsake for the big day. For example, your first dance. You could use the lyrics and have them printed out for them to be displayed with a picture of you doing the first dance.

You could also get engraved items, glassware, or even look at booking back to go to the place you celebrated your wedding. Many couples make this a tradition.

The gift of time

One of the best gifts you can give is the gift of time. Enabling a couple to enjoy a date night and some special time together is a lovely way to help rekindle the romance and keep the spark.

Why not gift them the book ‘Date Night In’ as a way for them spark conversation and intimacy. It’s a illustrated hardcover journal that features over 75 prompts about their past, present, and future as a couple.

Often couples who have been married for some time and now have kids or a new baby need that time together to remember how things were as a couple. Giving the gift of time or giving your partner the promise of a future date night could be an excellent way to celebrate a special anniversary.

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