Photography by AS Project

Words by Roz Andrews

16-January-2022

A thoughtful wedding gift does not have to be expensive. Sometimes the most appreciated gifts are those that have cost the least money. Here are some ideas for choosing thoughtful yet inexpensive wedding presents.

Gift Baskets

Although you can buy ready-made gift baskets, it is much more fun to make up your own. If you fill a large basket or hamper with things that the bride and groom love, you can be sure that your gift will be well received.

After returning from their honeymoon, the couple will appreciate a basket of items that they can use to make a quick and easy meal. For example, a basket containing pasta, pasta sauce, a non-perishable dessert, a bottle of wine, and scented candles will allow them to quickly prepare and share a romantic dinner without having to go shopping.

A less romantic although very practical gift basket would be a collection of cleaning products and cloths presented in a laundry basket embellished with a bow.  

Gift Certificates  

If the bride and groom already have everything they need for their home, why not surprise them with a gift certificate? A gift certificate will make it possible for them to enjoy some quality time together during the early months of their marriage.

After all the expenses of a wedding, the couple may not be able to afford to dine out very much during their early married life. A restaurant gift certificate is therefore a very thoughtful gift that will allow them to enjoy a date night at their favorite restaurant without spending a cent.

Alternatively, you could treat the newly-weds to a pampering day at a spa or a weekend break at a hotel.

Framed Gifts

A simple yet effective idea for a wedding gift is to display your wedding invitation in a stylish frame that fits in well with the décor of the bride and groom's home. You could also create a special border for the invitation, turning it into an original piece of artwork celebrating their marriage.

A photograph of the bride and groom could be placed in a frame engraved with their names and the date of their wedding. Another idea is to make a framed collage of the couple's life together so far, incorporating photographs, maps, pictures of activities they enjoy, and so on.

Handmade Gifts

A handmade gift, created with love, is a unique wedding gift. If you enjoy cross stitch, you could make a sampler that includes the couple's names and wedding date. If you sew, pillowcases embroidered with their initials would be a useful and thoughtful gift. If you paint, an original piece of art for their wall would be much appreciated.

If you are not very creative, you could buy or commission a handmade gift from a website such as Etsy.

Thoughtful gifts take the bride and groom's interests and preferences into consideration. Take some time to choose a thoughtful yet inexpensive gift that will be much appreciated and remembered for many years to come.