If the happy couple haven’t included details of a gift list in their wedding invitations or you want to come up with a wedding gift that will be fun and unexpected for them, take a look at some of our favourite wedding gifts.
The great thing about going “off-list” is that you can be much more creative and choose something personal to the couple that will bring a smile to their face when they open it.
We’ve got ideas for gift experiences, awesome personalised presents, and lots of gifts for foodies, homebodies and art lovers. If you’re after wedding gift ideas that’ll be truly appreciated, we’ve found them.
P.S. if you’re an engaged couple looking for cool ideas for your gift list, you’re welcome here too!
Wedding Gifts for the Home
Even if the couple have lived together for a few years, a wedding gift for the home is a perfect wedding gift as it will be used or seen every day as a happy reminder of the wedding.
1. Apeman Portable Mini Projector – £79.99, Amazon
A projector is a brilliant gift for newlyweds! Let them enjoy a cosy movie night for two in their living room with wine and snacks, or set up a back garden cinema with friends in the summer. Most couples can’t afford a big new TV, but a projector will give them that giant, flat screen experience without the price tag. This projector has over 1,500 five-star reviews on Amazon, dual speakers, can be hooked up to most things and is seriously easy to carry.
2. Le Creuset Round Casserole Dish – From £195, John Lewis
If you’ve just paid for a wedding and are saving for a honeymoon or mortgage, it’s unlikely you’re going to shell out on a Le Creuset dish. But these amazing pieces of cookware will last a lifetime and are ideal for all those post-wedding dinner parties you’ve now got planned. There’s very little you can’t make in these, from soups and stews to one-pot pasta dishes, roasts and even baking bread. A fantastic, lasting gift for the home – and it comes in eight colours.
3. Personalised Keepsake Box – £32, Not On The High Street
This wooden personalised keepsake box from Owl and Otter is a beautiful sentimental wedding gift. Engraved with the names of the couple and their wedding date, it’s the perfect place for them to store their wedding cards, jewellery or stationery so they can remember their special day. It’ll make a fantastic addition to their bedroom.
4. Wooden Pot Planter – £22.99, Not On The High Street
This rustic wooden planter has a stamped aluminium strip along the front that can display your happy wishes for the new couple. It’s meant for indoor use so it’s ideal if a couple doesn’t have much outdoor space. They can keep it in the kitchen or on a bedroom windowsill and bring a little nature (or just fresh herbs) inside.
5. Custom Watercolour Painting – £56.07, Etsy
Buy the couple an original hand-painted watercolour based on a photo you provide. If you want to give the gift to the couple on their big day, you could choose an engagement photo or couple portrait, but it’s a great gift to receive after the wedding using one of your favourite shots from the day. It’s a wonderful keepsake of the day that will look beautiful in their new home.
6. Personalised Cheese Board – £34.95, Not On The High Street
Anyone with a passion for cheese needs their own cheese board. This one comes with the couple’s initials in a heart in the centre and any text you like underneath (or none at all). It’s a lovely unique and rustic gift that’ll become a staple in the home. They’ll love you even more if you send a few cheese along with it!
7. Personalised Family Name Sign – £29.50, Etsy
This hand-painted wooden sign will be a meaningful gift for the newlyweds. They can hang it in their home as a symbol of their new family – it would look lovely in their entrance hall. Cotton Mill Signs in Lancashire make the surname signs in a variety of designs if you want something different.
8. Nespresso Creatista Plus Coffee Machine – £379, John Lewis
No home is complete without a coffee machine. This sleek and chic Italian-inspired Nespresso machine from Sage will let you make barista-style coffee at home. It’s an investment to buy as a gift for a couple, but they’ll be eternally grateful (especially if they plan on having a family soon after getting hitched!).
9. LED Love Lamp – £40, Not On The High Street
If you want a unique wedding gift idea, get the couple this seriously cool LED bulb lamp to decorate their home. You can get it saying lots of different words, like happy, home, laugh, even beer and gin (!) but we adore the ‘Love’ version.
10. Camborne Duvet Cover – £110, The White Company
Like a Le Creuset, fancy Egyptian cotton bedding is something that will fall down the priority list when you’re saving up. That’s why it’s such a lovely wedding gift idea to treat the newlyweds to a luxury duvet set that’ll make them feel like they’re snuggled back up in their five-star honeymoon hotel. The White Company is an excellent choice for this or John Lewis have a great high street selection.
11. Personalised Wool Throw – £82, Not On The High Street
Give a gift that will last a lifetime with a soft, duck egg blue, wool herringbone throw that you can personalise with the couple’s name. You can get the blanket in various colours, but we love this shade, and it’s the cosiest material to curl up together under.
12. Personalised Glass Framed Photo – £25, Not On The High Street
Turn their beautiful wedding photos (or a couple/engagement shot) into this wonderful keepsake gift. The chosen photo is printed on a leaded glass circle with text such as their names and wedding date. It makes for a stunning piece of art for the home that every visitor will comment on.
13. Wedding Venue Print – £55, Not On The High Street
If you have already received your wedding invitation, then you will know the wedding venue the couple have chosen. Letterfest can create a gorgeous personalised watercolour sketch print of the wedding venue to give on the big day. It’s a beautiful gift that the couple really won’t be expecting.
14. Board Games – From £9.99, Amazon
A board game is a fantastic gift to give as a wedding present, whether you buy one that’s great for a couple or a big dinner party with friends. Every house needs a few games in it and you can choose one that really suits their personalities – it’ll get used again and again!
15. The Large Suitcase – £295, Away
This incredible suitcase brands makes bags that last for a lifetime. Away suitcases are ideal for a couple to get for honeymoon and then they’ll have a special bag to take away on every holiday together. Their carry-on bags are a little cheaper and contain a battery so you can charge your phone on the go, but we love their largest size which is ideal for a few weeks away in the sun (and comes in 21 shades and patterns).
16. Bespoke Wedding Venue Clock – £55, Not On The High Street
Every house needs a clock. This one is incredibly special: it features a laser-etched version of the couple’s wedding venue with their names and wedding date. The background sky area can be painted one of 16 colours to match their interior décor, making a completely unique gift.
17. Personalised Wooden Wine Box – £13.99, Amazon
Fill this box with a special bottle of champagne or wine and give it to the couple on their wedding day. Each year you can gift them a new bottle as an anniversary gift for them to store in their personalised wine box. It looks lots more expensive than its price tag. An ideal gift for wine lovers.
18. Personalised Mr and Mrs Mug Set – £45, Not On The High Street
Each mug is hand-etched to order with your new married name. You can choose from Mr or Mrs on both mugs so it’s ideal for a same-sex couple too. The outside has a beautiful reactive glaze and you can choose from three colours for the inside glaze on the mug. Couples who like breakfast in bed or can’t survive without their morning cuppa will love waking up to these.
19. Foil Map Print – £35, Not On The High Street
A map print of a special place will be a thoughtful gift for the happy couple. This gold foil design from Coral & Moss is stunning. Why not choose a map print of where the couple live, their wedding venue or where they plan on going for their honeymoon?
20. Personalised Doormat – £34.95, Not On The High Street
Newlyweds who’ve got a new home too need a welcome mat. This personalised doormat is the perfect way to celebrate the big milestones they’ve just taken in life – plus it looks pretty darn stylish!
21. Picture Gallery Wall Set – £160, The White Company
Wedding photos deserve to be shown off. This set of six white wooden photo frames along with a template to help you hang them perfectly means they’ll be pride of place in the couple’s home. If you want to make the gift extra special, get six of their favourite pictures from their day printed out to put in the frames.
Wedding Gift Experiences
Most couples have been living together for a few years when they said ‘I do’. If you think the couple have all the material possessions they need, then a gift experience is a great alternative wedding gift and will leave them with some fantastic memories. Alternatively, what about a subscription box so they can enjoy the gift for months to come?
22. Country Escape for Two – £89.99, John Lewis
A relaxing break in the country could be the perfect thing to help the couple let go of the stresses of wedding planning. John Lewis sell the country escape smart box which gives the couple a romantic countryside break for two and there are 475 locations to choose from.
23. Organic Monthly Wine Club – £30 per Month, Abel & Cole
Organic produce stalwart Abel & Cole has branched into wine subscription boxes, delivering three new organic wines every month. It’s a fabulous gift for wine-lovers or those who’d like to expand their knowledge as each box comes with tasting notes. Did we mention you could arrange for their monthly cheese subscription box (£15.50) to come at the same time?
24. Gin Making Experience for Two – £145, Not On The High Street
A gin-making experience will be a dream gift for a gin-loving couple. This experience gift from 45 Gin School teaches you all about how gin is made and you get to create your very own bottle of gin to take home.
45 Gin School is in Leicester, but there’s loads of places you can go gin-making. Try it in Dorset with Masterchef winner Mat Follas or combine with sightseeing at the City of London Distillery near St Paul’s Cathedral.
25. Personalised Book Subscription – £39.99, The Beautiful Book Company
Each month, the couple will be sent a new book, handpicked for them according to their preference. They’ll be sent a welcome pack where they can pick from different genres like current reads, classics, crime and romance. You can buy two book subscriptions and they can each choose what they’d like to read, or order one and they can both read and discuss. You choose whether you want it for three, six or 12 months.
26. Hot Air Ballooning for Two – £375, Virgin Experience Days
Are the newlyweds thrill seekers? Club together with friends or splash out on an extra special gift of a 60 minute adventure in the sky! This hot air ballooning experience will give you spectacular 360 degree panoramas for miles around over the English countryside. When you touch down, you’ll be treated to prosecco and a gift hamper, as well as a flight certificate.
27. Plant Subscription Box – £100 for 3 months, Bloombox Club
What better way to decorate a home than have a surprise plant delivered each month? Choose from gift subscriptions of three, six and 12 months from Bloombox Club. Each statement green plant comes in a beautiful ceramic pot and care instruction so all the couple have to do is decide on a spot to display them. Not only do they brighten up a home, but most absorb nasties in the air, making their home healthier too!
28. Spa Day for Two – £99.99, Buyagift.co.uk
Release some of that wedding planning tension by getting the couple a relaxing spa day. They’ll be grateful for a treatment like a massage or facial, and a few hours recharging with a book by a pool or sweating it out in a sauna and Jacuzzi. Even better if you can afford a spa break with an overnight stay so they can make a weekend of it! If you buy this voucher they can choose from hundreds of locations across the country, like Rowhill Grange Spa, above.
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29. Cookery Course Voucher – From £55
There’s loads of great cookery schools across the country that are ideal for foodie couples. Our personal favourites are Rick Stein’s Cookery School in Padstow where you’ll whip up the freshest fish dishes, and Waitrose Cookery School, which has classes from French comfort food to a bao bun masterclass.
30. Pottery Workshop for Two – £114, Not On The High Street
You’ll create three ceramic pots in this two-hour, taster pottery class at Stepney City Farm in London (which is also a great place to continue a day date!). The two of you will put your clay slinging to the test and you’ll walk away with a new skill as well as three new pieces of art for your home. A fabulous wedding gift idea for a crafty, creative couple.
After something even more unusual than what’s on this list? Try our edit of the 17 most unique wedding gifts.