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Top Wedding Gift Ideas

Updated on January 25, 2012

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This list of the top wedding gift ideas will help you to find the gift that's just right for the soon-to-be-married couple you have in mind.

It's true that many couples have registries nowadays at places ranging from Macy's to The Home Depot to Thingsyouneverknewexisted.com. And buying something from a registry can make life easier. However, if your recipients don't have a registry, or if there just isn't anything on their list that really calls to you, these ideas should give you some inspiration.

Money

A Gift That's Flexible, Portable, Fun, and Useful - Cash Is King

What can I say? People love to get money as a gift, because it gives them the luxury of deciding exactly how to spend it. Money can offset the cost of an expensive wedding, or go towards special splurges during the honeymoon. In many cultures, it's a well-respected wedding tradition to give money gifts (source).

If you want to give a gift card instead of straight cash, check out these Amazon gift cards.

2-DIVERSION BOOK SAFE Made from a Real Book
2-DIVERSION BOOK SAFE Made from a Real Book

Packaging money in a secret book safe is a great way to trick your recipients. They'll think they're just getting a book, and be confused by the seemingly unrelated nature of the title. After which they'll be thrilled to see the surprise hidden inside!

 

More Fun Ways to Give Money As a Gift - Be Creative!

The Nest Newlywed Handbook: An Owner's Manual for Modern Married Life
The Nest Newlywed Handbook: An Owner's Manual for Modern Married Life

Stick the money in a book as a surprise addition to a useful guide.

 
Tumbleweed 'Hopes and Dreams' Ceramic Money Jar with Lid
Tumbleweed 'Hopes and Dreams' Ceramic Money Jar with Lid

Put money in a jar to start off the happy couple's savings fund.

 
Bilz Box Money Puzzle
Bilz Box Money Puzzle

Create a challenge for the couple to solve together before they get the prize!

 

Consumables

Give the Gift of Fancy Food - A Great Gift Doesn't Have to Be Permanent

Leonidas Belgian Chocolates: 1 lb Napolitain Sampler Ballotin - Orange, Nibs, Feuilletine, 72% Pure Origin Sao Tome, Milk, White, and Dark Chocolate Squares
Leonidas Belgian Chocolates: 1 lb Napolitain Sampler Ballotin - Orange, Nibs, Feuilletine, 72% Pure Origin Sao Tome, Milk, White, and Dark Chocolate Squares

Consumable gifts like coffee or chocolates are great because they don't put a lot of obligation on the recipients; they have an expiration date, so they have to go eventually. Most people have guilty pleasures for extravagant consumable items, whether it's special candy or wine or cigars or something else. Going out shopping together at a local gourmet grocery store is a great way to find out their unique weakness.

 

More Great Consumable Gifts - Luxurious and Tasty

Cameron's Organic Whole Bean Coffee, French Roast, 32 Ounce (packaging may vary)
Cameron's Organic Whole Bean Coffee, French Roast, 32 Ounce (packaging may vary)

People who really love coffee can't get enough of good quality beans.

 
igourmet's Favorites - 8 Cheese Sampler (56 ounce)
igourmet's Favorites - 8 Cheese Sampler (56 ounce)

Good cheese is an indulgence that people don't often indulge in for themselves.

 
Ghirardelli Chocolate Chocolate Covered Cherries
Ghirardelli Chocolate Chocolate Covered Cherries

Chocolate covered cherries make a terrific treat.

 

Something Personal

Use Your Gift to Recreate a Story - More Meaning Than Your Average Gift

Wild Republic Cuddlekin 12" Baby Elephant
Wild Republic Cuddlekin 12" Baby Elephant

Maybe your recipients went to the zoo on one of their first dates, and had their first kiss in front of the elephant exhibit. Or maybe they took a road trip together in an old Volkswagen Beetle that refused to drive more than a hundred miles without breaking down. Picking an iconic moment from the couple's life together and representing in gift form is thoughtful and romantic.

 

More Personal Wedding Gift Ideas - From the Heart

Burnes of Boston PS117346 Maria Wire 2 Opening Picture Frame, Champagne
Burnes of Boston PS117346 Maria Wire 2 Opening Picture Frame, Champagne

Give a unique framed picture that captures the spirit of the new couple's love.

 
24KT Dipped Rose
24KT Dipped Rose

For the couple who are both allergic to live flowers, or who can't take care of houseplants.

 
LEGO Star Wars Death Star (10188) (Discontinued by manufacturer)
LEGO Star Wars Death Star (10188) (Discontinued by manufacturer)

This gift is great for Star Wars fans and Lego loves alike.

 

Electronics

Everybody Loves Electronics - A Great Splurge Gift

Apple iPad 2 MC769LL/A Tablet ( iOS 7,16GB, WiFi) Black 2nd Generation
Apple iPad 2 MC769LL/A Tablet ( iOS 7,16GB, WiFi) Black 2nd Generation

I know from getting more than 600 votes while running a poll on my Raffle Ideas site that electronics is by far the favorite prize to win. So it makes sense that people like getting electronics as a gift as well. Electronic gifts are especially good for weddings because people are more likely to spend a little extra, because unlike with other holidays, they only have to buy one gift at a time. To make it extra special, consider getting matching his-and-hers items.

 
Apple iPod nano 8 GB Graphite (6th Generation) Discontinued Model (In Plain White Box)
Apple iPod nano 8 GB Graphite (6th Generation) Discontinued Model (In Plain White Box)

For music lovers who haven't had a chance to get the latest in music technology yet.

 

More Top Wedding Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas You'll Love - Great For the Giver and the Receiver

  • Anything monogrammed. You can find ideas at the Pink Monogram, the Red Envelope, and using this search on Etsy.
  • Personal services. This is a great gift to give if you're low on cash (and if you have a service that's in demand). If you're a professional, you can offer tax services, website design, or photography. Even pet sitting or taking the couple out to dinner can make good gifts. Just make sure that you're willing to follow through - sometimes this type of gift can blow up in your face if you're not careful.
  • Hobby and pastime gifts. Just because it's a wedding gift doesn't mean it has to be a gravy boat or napkin rings. Similar to the "something personal" gift idea, but you don't have to know the couple quite as well. Whatever they enjoy doing together, whether it's going out for dinner and a movie (movie ticket and restaurant gift cards) or playing video games (controllers, new games, accessories), it can give you some ideas for gifts that they'll put to good use.
  • Ask them what they want. Similar to the gift of cash, but with the benefit of having a fun time with the couple. Better than buying off of a registry, because the advice is more personalized. Of course, this gift idea involves actually having conversations with your recipients about their tastes and preferences, but you've got the best chance of getting something that really works.

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