We’ve all been through the struggle of what to buy a bride and groom who seem to have everything. Do you opt for some fine china? Or perhaps some new cutlery? Let’s be real—some wedding gifts are better than others.
If the couple doesn’t have a registry, you’ll need to put some serious thought into the gift. Be sure to consider the couple’s style, their needs, and the items already own. This way you’ll ensure the bride and groom don’t end up with a present they neither want or need.
When it comes to deciding how much to spend, anywhere from $75 – $300 is a reasonable amount, but you should always consider your relationship to the couple. Are they one of your siblings or best friends? If so, it’s probably a good idea to splash out more than you would for a distant relative.
With the wedding season fast approaching, we’ve pulled together the ultimate gift guide to inspire your present-hunting endeavours.
1. Contribute to the wishing well
When in doubt, giving the newlyweds a financial present is always a safe option. Even if they haven’t set up a wishing well, popping some cash in a card is never an unwelcome present.
For the couple that loves to accessorise their home with all the most stylish home wares, you can’t go wrong with something to match their style. Rather than going for a furniture item, play on the safe side and opt for a décor item like a vase, lamp or throw in the colour scheme of their home.
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3. Offer to help during the wedding
Wedding vendors can add up fast. Are you a master baker? Offer to make their cake. Or perhaps you’re an avid DIY-er or florist? Offer to assist with preparing florals or DIY elements. Whatever your skill set, offer to assist with the wedding before the big day—the couple will be grateful and you’ll have contributed to their celebration.
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4. A cocktail set
We love this 3D shape cocktail chiller set. It’s the perfect pressie for a couple who don’t mind a cocktail or three!
5. A cutlery set
Cutlery is a very practical present, but a good one no less! After all, who doesn’t enjoy a good set of cutlery? Before purchasing cutlery, be sure to check that the couple doesn’t already have a nice set.
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6. A sheet set
After all, it’s likely the newlyweds will be spending quite a bit of time in the bedroom! Why not add a touch of luxury with some plush luxe bedding? A classic white set with a high-thread count is always a lovely gift.
7. Make a donation in their name
This one’s for the philanthropists. If the couple value giving to others, you could give them the gift of giving by making a charitable donation in their name. Pick a cause you know they are passionate about—perhaps Amnesty International, White Ribbon or the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.
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8. Something personalised
Add a personal touch to your gift with an item customised just for the bride and groom. For example, we love this super cute four-across game by from Uncommon Goods, which can be personalised with the names of the newly-weds.
9. Cooking classes
Your friends might be avid foodies—or quite the opposite. Either way, they’re bound to enjoy some cooking classes together. Plus, you’ll benefit from the fruits of this gift—with this pressie, dinner parties at their place are about to get a whole lot tastier!
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10. A floral subscription
This is the gift that keeps on giving. For a couple that loves having fragrant, fresh blooms in their abode, you can’t go wrong with a floral subscription service, like the services offered by The Floral Society in Canberra, Australia. Each month, the couple will be treated with a fresh bouquet of blooms.