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Wedding gift ideas: Traditional and creative gift ideas for newlywed couples

Updated on March 13, 2013
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Looking for wedding gift ideas? This list of gift ideas for newlyweds includes traditional gifts along with modern, unique, personalized and creative gift ideas. Find out what you can give as wedding gifts in a range of price options starting from less than $50 to over $500. Make your congratulatory message and gift stand out by giving the newly married couple something unique and useful.

1) Kitchen appliances: Blender, griddler, juicer, fondue maker and other useful appliances

There are fewer better wedding gift ideas than kitchen appliances because it is highly likely that the newlyweds will be using your gift frequently. Kitchen appliances also present themselves to be the easiest gifts to choose because there are so many choices.

Gift ideas in the kitchen appliances domain can include grinders, juicers, coffee makers, griddlers, blender, fondue maker, rice cookers, bread makers, toasters, microwaves, waffle makers, slow cookers or even portable grills. Cheaper options can be bought for less than $100 while the expensive ones can go beyond $250.

2) Cheap airplane tickets of a low-cost airline

Airplane tickets don't necessarily need to be an expensive wedding gift. Low-cost carriers are known to offer cheap air tickets that cost less than a cab ride form a far flung suburb to downtown at night.

Browse through the current deals offered by carriers that offer cheap no-frills flying and book two tickets for a weekend. Surprise the newlyweds by telling them to cancel all their other plans during that weekend. You can add in a one-night accommodation deal if you feel spending some more money.

3) Unique lampshades: Universal wedding gift idea

A lampshade is an awesome wedding gift idea because it will actually serve a lot of utility value for the newlyweds. A lampshade can be placed in virtually any room of the house and if the newlyweds put it on their bedside table, they will be using your gift every single day.

Lampshades come in various shapes, sizes and designs. Go online to an e-tailer like and browse through the collection of lampshades. There is always a lampshade that suits the décor of a home, whether it is modern, contemporary, unique, thematic or traditional.

4) Drinkware sets and accessories: Wine glasses, beer mugs or shot glasses

Wine glasses, tumblers, beer mugs, cool shot glasses and other accessories like openers, aerators, bottle stoppers and decanters are gift ideas that are foolproof.

You can add a touch of creativity to your wedding gift by buying something that is unique. For example, buy a stemless wine glass set instead of the usual bordeaux or buy an electric wine bottle opener instead of the usual corkscrew.

5) Magazine subscriptions for him and her

It feels great to come home and have an entertaining magazine to read after a hectic day at work. Give the newlyweds this opportunity by gifting them magazine subscriptions for husband and wife both.

Annual subscriptions to some of the top women's magazines including Women's Health, Vogue, Elle and Good Housekeeping cost less than $20. Find out the groom's interests and pick from a range of popular subscriptions including Top Gear, Men's Journal, Men's Health and Sports Illustrated.

6) Set of designer cutlery, pots and pans

Cutlery, pots and pans are a tradition wedding gift idea but their usefulness in everyday life is hard to ignore. Cutlery sets, utensils and kitchen accessories sound boring but the carry a lot of weight in terms of how helpful your gifts will be to the newlyweds.

You can make your gift stand out by picking a quirky kitchen accessory like onion goggles. A quirky gift is sure to be a conversation starter and you will be remembered every time someone asks the newlywed couple about it.

7) Home gym and fitness equipment

Buying a home gym as a wedding gift is an option for only a select few, but it can be a dream come true for a fitness crazy couple. Home gyms aren't cheap and a quality product from a good brand can set you back anywhere between $500 and $1,000.

This wedding gift idea caters to a very narrow niche but for a couple who are hardcore fitness fanatics, this will be better than any other gift that they will ever receive.

8) Silk robes for husband and wife

Silk bathrobes have an exotic feel to them and a definite plus point to this wedding gift idea is that size is generally not an issue. As long as you have seen the bride and groom, it is easy to judge whether to pick from small, medium, large or extra large.

The newlyweds are likely to slip into these silk robes often, at least during the first few months of marriage when excitement and passion are peaking.

9) Digital photo frames: Gifting memories

Even if the tech-savvy couple uses iPhones, smartphones, tablet and phabets, a digital photo frame with a permanent place in a living room corner table or the kitchen bench can make people smile every day.

Buy a digital photo frame and load a pen drive with pictures of the wedding. You can also load childhood pictures if you know the bride or groom since a long time.

10) Video game consoles: Gifting the newlyweds an indoor entertainment option

Don't limit your gifting options to traditional wedding gifts. Video game consoles will keep the newlyweds entertained indoors. The bride and the groom don't need to be hardcore gamers to enjoy a round or two of virtual tennis or sweat it out on Wii fitness.

The husband is likely to be more excited about your gift but considering that a gaming console will entice him to stay at home rather than hit the pub with his friends, the wife will be happy too. Video games will also help the newly married couple spend time together as the first few steamy weekends are likely to be spent indoors.

11) Artwork: Paintings, posters and sculptures

Gifting artwork can be an apt idea if the newlyweds are artistically inclined or are art connoisseurs. Paintings, statuettes, posters, sculpture, wall art, pottery, ceramics and blown-up photographs are potential gift items depending on how much money you want to spend.

12) Couples spa and massage coupons: A wedding gift they both can enjoy

Help the newlyweds de-stress after a hectic wedding by gifting them couple's spa and massage coupons. The best part about this gift idea is that the husband and wife will be able to use the coupons at their convenience.

Cheaper massages at local spas can cost less than $200 and there is really no upper limit when it comes to luxurious spa treatments. You can make your gift romantic by having a masseuse go to their home if you are willing to spend some extra money.

13) Mr. and Mrs. or Him and Her accessories

Mr. and Mrs. or Him and Her gifts are very popular gifting ideas for couples. Options include pillow covers, coffee mugs, photo frames, cheap jewelry, t-shirts and key chains among others.

Him and her gifts are generally cheaper than other wedding gifts. You can either buy a few items and gift them as a set, or buy a single piece and give it as an accompaniment to the bigger gift that you have purchased.

14) Miscellaneous home décor products and accessories

It can be a little tricky to give home décor products as gifts because you have to be particularly aware of the taste and aesthetics of the newly wedded couple. But if you are close to the bride and groom and know their preferences inside out, home décor products and accessories present plenty of gifting options.

Indoor fountains, candle holders, wall clocks, vases, quirky mirrors and artificial flowers are some ideas you can choose from.

15) Big brand gift cards

Big brand gift cards are the safest options if you don't know what to get or don't have enough time to think about what gift you should be buying. Almost all e-tailers and the big brick and mortar retailers including JCPenney,, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Sears, Wal-Mart and Kmart offer gift cards that you can buy.

Hop over to a retailer's website and purchase a gift card of the denomination you are willing to spend. If you don't want to limit your gift card for purchases a specific brand, pick a gift card from an e-tailer like so that the newlyweds have the option of buying any product and any brand within the e-tailer's product list.


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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome ideas for wedding gifts, I have been to a few weddings in Croatia and by tradition the most expensive gift is always the best.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      thanks for this article

      great ideas and overall tips on wedding gifts

      thanks again for the information

      Voted up

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      JUDITH OKECH 4 years ago from NAIROBI - KENYA

      Wonderful ideas, at least a variety of gifts. Very useful.

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      LA Elsen 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Great ideas! I intend on filing this hub for the weddings coming up this summer. Voted up and useful.