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9 Of The Most Popular Wedding Gift Ideas For Your New Husband Or Wife

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9 Of The Most Popular Wedding Gift Ideas For Your New Husband Or Wife

In recent times, it seems a lot more couples are exchanging gifts on the morning of their wedding. But this can actually cause a lot of stress because there is so much expense associated with weddings already!

So today, we’re sharing ideas for some of the most popular wedding gift ideas that don’t cost a fortune. Plus, they’re also so sweet and meaningful, as opposed to grand and extravagant. Let’s take a closer look at them…

1. A Homemade Mix Tape

For a music lover, there’s honestly nothing more exciting than receiving a personally-curated playlist, created by the one person who knows your taste inside out. The only problem is that a Spotify playlist is difficult to wrap. It’s best to get it down on CD or even an old-school cassette tape.

2. A Specially-Commissioned Painting Of Your Pet

If your other half is obsessed with their pet (and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t be?!), then a custom artwork is one of the most popular wedding gift ideas you could give. If the pet in question isn’t able to attend the wedding, a gorgeous painting or illustration will mean that the little fluffball is still part of the big day. Lots of artists on Etsy offer custom pet portraits so there are plenty of styles and price ranges to choose from.

3. A Sentimental Scrapbook

Homemade gifts are always extra special. So even if you haven’t made a scrapbook since you were in your early teens, you should definitely consider stocking up on felt tip pens and craft glue! Your scrapbook could be a summary of your journey so far or review an amazing trip you took together, and can even take the form of a college on canvas or a physical book if you’re feeling artistic.

4. A First Edition Copy of Their Favourite Book

Now, in some circumstances, this may not be a very practical gift idea. But you’d be surprised at the number of affordable first edition books you’ll find on sites like eBay. If a first edition is beyond your budget or not available, you could also try looking for a signed copy or an old copy with vintage artwork, which could be just as lovely.

5. A Bottle of Fancy Tipple for Future Anniversaries

One of the most popular wedding gift ideas is to celebrate your new spouse with a nod to all of the adventures that are still to come. In the form of delicious alcohol in this case! There are two ways to do this one. You can either purchase a nice bottle of whiskey, gin or vodka to toast with on every anniversary or handpick a couple of bottles of wine and label each one to coincide with a specific anniversary.

6. A Family Recipe

It’s always nice when a gift doubles as a warm welcome to your side of the family. If your other half is an enthusiastic cook, a family recipe could be perfect. Start by chatting to any relatives who are superstars in the kitchen, and ask if they have a recipe to offer (bonus points if your partner loves the dish!) Check before putting the recipe in a frame, as your relative might want to keep it a family secret. You could also roll it up in a scroll with a pretty ribbon, or use it to start a brand new cookbook or recipe box.

7. A Framed Keepsake

Got a diary entry from the day you met? A receipt from your first date or a ticket stub from your first gig or train ride together? This is one of the most popular wedding gift ideas you can give. You can either frame it or DIY a memory box that you can keep adding to over the years. You could also frame your vows or a reading from the ceremony.

8. A Custom-Made Accessory

As lovely as it would be to present your soon-to-be spouse with a bespoke suit or pair of shoes on your wedding day, it’s impossible to do this without their knowledge. So a custom pair of trainers or sunglasses is a nice compromise. Brands like Nike, Vans and Ray Ban all offer custom services. You could even engrave them if you wanted to.

9. A Wedding Day Survival Kit

Out of all the popular wedding gift ideas out there, this is our favourite. A thoughtful gift for your other half on your wedding day doesn’t necessarily have to be something they’ll cherish forever. We love the idea of a curated wedding survival kit. You could include socks to “keep cold feet away” and a watch to make sure he turns up on time! Other options include an umbrella (if rain is forecast), a phone charger (if you know they’ll forget theirs) and their favourite snack.


Looking for help when it comes to planning your wedding gift list? For over 27 years, The Wedding Shop has been helping couples build their dream wedding gift lists. The Wedding Shop lets you build a list that is entirely personal to you, with absolutely no limits and no hidden fees. Book an appointment at The Wedding Gallery to come and speak to a specialist about your gift list.

By Holly Sutton

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6 of the most popular wedding gift ideas for your new husband or wife