Wedding Gift Ideas

Compiling a list of unique wedding gift ideas can be quite challenging, especially when shopping for the bridal party. The bridesmaids and groomsmen provide crucial support for the bride and groom in the days leading up to that special day, and a special gift of appreciation is in order.

Traditionally, groomsmen gift ideas had each man in the bridal party receive something he could wear during the wedding, such as cufflinks or pocket watches. Now, people are expanding into more useful and functional wedding gift ideas, like Swiss Army knives or popular flasks. Personalization is easy when the gifts are engraved with a date, the men’s initials, or a special, short message.

Wedding gift ideas for groomsmen can be fun ones, too. Poker sets can give the boys a night of cards and friendship, and shot glasses that show style or some imported fine wines add to the relaxed style of wedding gift ideas. A beer brewing kit can be a great gift idea too.

Wedding gift ideas for bridesmaids customarily involved jewelry, and this is still a popular option as gift ideas for women. Necklaces, earrings, or bracelets can be beautiful at the event as well as be worn at any other time when the happy day has passed. Again, though, many people are leaning towards a more contemporary approach in their wedding gift ideas for women.

Nowadays, wedding gift ideas for bridesmaids focus on the woman and her interests or something more personal. Just like with groomsmen gift ideas, bridesmaid gift ideas focus on pleasure and fun, such as monogrammed silk pajamas or some cosmetics bags full of wonderful products just for her.

Other wedding gift ideas include personalized picture frames, makeup or shaving kits, or a custom-designed stationary set. Think about getting non-wedding related gift ideas for the people in your bridal party. After all, they’re not always at weddings and you don’t want your gift to be set on a shelf just for special occasions. Picnic coolers, camping gear… anything goes! A ring that shows off the person’s astrological sign can be a nice gift, though you will have to ask about birth dates, ring size, and make sure the men feel comfortable wearing rings.

Anything that the members of your bridal party would love is a sure bet for great wedding gift ideas. You can give identical gifts to the men and women, give gender-related gifts to groomsmen and bridesmaids, or give individual gifts to each person involved. No matter what, do make sure that you chose gifts that thoughtful and sure to be appreciated.

Presenting your wedding gifts to each member of your wedding party with gratitude and love will help make your wedding even more special. Your wedding gift ideas to your bridesmaids and groomsmen signify your love and appreciation for the men and women who support you as you take one of the biggest steps of your life.

Cheap Wedding Gift Ideas – Giving a Lot For a Little

One of the blessings of aging beyond one’s twenties (and, er…even their thirties) is after these years, the volume of wedding “invites” starts to decline. Years ago, I remember going out and purchasing several wedding gifts at a time, while more invitations kept popping up in my mailbox.

Very big business, this wedding thing.

If you are one of those who are fortunate (and young) enough to have many, many friends heading to the altar, you have a particularly creative challenge ahead. With prices going up and quality, in many cases, heading South, how does one honor the bride and groom with a great gift without breaking the bank?

Finding Cheap Wedding Gift Ideas is an Art.

Now, what do I mean by cheap? OK, not cheap. Inexpensive. It is, of course, a relative term. By today’s standards, finding a gift worth giving for under a hundred dollars is a challenge. So I am going to throw out ideas that range from 20 dollars to 150 dollars. From very cheap to moderately inexpensive.

First, consider the personalities of the couple. Are they traditional types, or are they from the loose and casual, “barefoot-is-better” league?

Traditionalists tend to enjoy keepsake gifts: silver, crystal, porcelain – items that last through the years and can even become heirlooms. These items tend to be costly, but can still be found at very agreeable prices.

In my search, I found silver-plated wine bottle stoppers that can have the couples’ initials put on the top, for under $20.00. I also found a monogrammed silver-plate notepad (handy and elegant on the desk) for about the same price. A silver and marble cheese serving tray is a gorgeous wedding gift for about $100.00, and one that they’ll use over and over. Or how about a beautifully designed wine decanter which comes with its own silver strainer, for $40.00? Add a couple of silver wine bottle stoppers, and you have a memorable gift, and a very cheap wedding gift idea. Cheap, but not cheesy. See what I mean?

More practical, every-day wedding gifts that every couple would love to receive might be among these ideas:

A powerful 9-speed mixer (about $70.00), or an electric fondue pot (also in the $70.00 range)…if the romantic couple has not yet enjoyed cheese fondue, they are missing out on one of life’s great treats. If they are lactose-intolerant, there are other types of fondue that they would love. How about dipping plump, fresh, strawberries into molten chocolate fondue? Some dairy, but way less. I’m lactose intolerant, and I can handle this. Fondues are also meat and vegetables cooked in hot oil.

Another idea: Everybody needs a Kitchen scale, but no one buys one for themselves. A great cheap gift idea: you can purchase a streamlined, cutting-edge glass Kitchen scale for about $50.00

One of my favorite cooking vessels was a gift from my sister. It’s an All-Clad asparagus pot, something I scoffed at as ridiculous and unnecessary, until I cooked my first asparagus in it…tender, green shoots, steamed to toothsome perfection. I became hooked on this wonderful pot and don’t steam asparagus without it. It’s only about $50.00. If your bride and groom are “foodies”, they will use and enjoy it forever.

Are they coffee lovers? How about an electric coffee bean grinder (about $30.00), a couple bags of premium espresso beans (another $20.00), and an espresso maker ($30-$50.00)? If you want to splurge just a little more, add six espresso cups and saucers (price variable, but about $45.00 should do it). For less than $150.00, you have put together a memorable, enjoyable gift that the special couple will enjoy for years to come. OK, that’s not really a cheap wedding gift, but it is one filled with thoughtfulness and value.

I hope these cheap wedding gift ideas have inspired you to go out and find some quality gifts that won’t cost a fortune. Moms and Dads and Aunties and Uncles and Godparents and Grandparents can spring for the big ticket items. Those of us who are wealthy in engaged friends, but not wealthy in the traditional sense, have to make up for it with imagination. The answer is to come up with ideas that are beautiful, well made, classy, and useful.

And, hopefully, so affordable you can pick up one for yourself!

Happy shopping!

~ Karen S

My sister Karen and I are veteran interiors and home product designers. We operated our award winning design studio in New York City (Manhattan) for many years. We designed a full gamut of products for the home, and had a ton of fun. We are living in Connecticut now, designing interiors and I am painting, at last! We have created our website: Shopsicle, for the purpose of bringing the best design in existence to our customers. We specialize in gifts for all occasions and accessories for the home. Our focus is quality and uniqueness at every price level. Come visit us and take a look around. Drop us email, if you are so inclined. We’d love to hear from you. See you at Shopsicle! Cheers! Joan wedding gifts