32 Best Wedding Gifts 2024 – Forbes

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If all the good gifts from the couple’s registry are already taken, we’ve got you covered: We tapped our in-house gifting experts, as well as wedding planning pros, to assemble a list of ideas that range from personal to practical. When curating our picks, we considered factors like closeness with the couple, lifestyle, hobbies and, of course, cost. Our favorites include everything from kitchen staples like Le Creuset’s Dutch oven and a Nespresso coffee maker to more distinctive ideas like handcrafted wine glasses and a handmade-to-order painting of the bride’s bouquet.

Of course, the wedding registry should be your first resort when gifting—and not just because it’s practically foolproof. “Couples tend to take a lot of time figuring out what to include on their registry, and purchasing something for them off this list is truly always appreciated,” says Bianca Hall, a wedding planner with Chicago-based firm Estera Events. But in cases when you need to go beyond the registry, it’s important to start with what you know about the couple, explains Dawn Goldsmith, owner and creator of Brooklyn, New York-based wedding planning firm DM Events and Design. “Gift-giving is not one size fits all!” she says. “The ‘special sauce’ to finding the perfect gift is the thoughtfulness that goes into it. I love when I find a gift and automatically think, ‘That’s so them!’” With this in mind, we’ve rounded up 32 of the best wedding gift ideas for every type of couple—and every gift-giver’s budget.

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What Should I Look For In A Wedding Gift?

As we mentioned earlier, the resounding advice from almost all the wedding and gift experts we spoke with are to check the couple’s registry. But if you’re looking for a wedding present off-registry or the couple didn’t sign up for one, there are plenty of other thoughtful or out-of-the-box options, from experience gifts to contributions to their honeymoon fund.

It’s always start with what you know about the couple. “Some might prefer experiences over physical items, while others might have specific interests or needs that could guide the selection process,” Abbott explains.

Physical Gifts

If you choose a physical gift, start with the question of whether it’s something the couple will actually use or like, advises Smith. “You can ask the couple or those close to the couple in advance if a gift you are considering is something they would like,” she says. If you’re thinking of gifting a kitchen or home appliance, you should also keep in mind whether the couple has already been living together or is long established in a home before the ceremony, Smith adds.

According to Abbott, you also can’t go wrong with a present that’s either practical, timeless (something the couple will use for years to come) or unique. “Kitchen gadgets, such as high-quality cookware sets from brands like All-Clad or Le Creuset, are often popular choices. Functional home appliances like smart thermostats or robot vacuum cleaners could also be [considered],” she says.

Experience Or Money Gifts

Just like with physical gifts, Abbott advises starting your search with what you know about the couple’s preferences and lifestyle. “[They] might have specific interests or needs that could guide the selection process,” she says, adding that activities like cooking classes and wine tastings are gaining popularity.

Goulding agrees. “We always suggest tuning in to what the couple loves and finding a gift where they can experience something new together,” she says. This is especially true for couples who are tying the knot later in life or already have a home together, Goulding adds.

Above all, experts say shoppers should try to think outside the box and reflect on their unique relationship with the couple—which Hall acknowledges takes a bit more bandwidth than ticking off an item on a registry. “It takes a little extra legwork to gift an experience (especially abroad), but in my opinion doing the research is just part of the fun of gifting!” she says. And if you’re on a budget but still want to gift an unforgettable experience, Hall adds that splitting the cost with others is certainly an option.

How Much Should You Spend On Wedding Gifts?

Commonly accepted etiquette dictates that your gift costs the same as your plate—meaning, you spend what the couple spent to include you in their wedding. And that will vary from state to state—and wedding to wedding. Honeyfund’s CEO and co-founder Sara Margulis says the average Honeyfund wedding gift is $125.

But ask anyone who has ever planned a wedding, and they’ll say that there’s no such thing as too much. “Couples definitely understand that each guest is on a different budget. Most registries have gift choices in various amounts,” says Kenney. She adds that how much you choose to gift depends on what you’re comfortable with and can afford, as well as what type of relationship you have with the couple, whether they’re a family member, co-worker, neighbor or childhood best friend.

“There is even a wedding gift calculator on The Knot to help you determine what is appropriate based on your relationship, if you’re able to attend the wedding and what type of relationship you have,” Kenney suggests.

What Are Some Popular Retailers Couples Register With?

Today, it’s common to register with multiple retailers. Target, Bed Bath and Beyond and Macy’s are popular mid-level retailers, with some couples adding in pricier places like West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma.

Instead of registering solely for items, some couples register for activities and contributions for their honeymoon via sites like Honeyfund. The Target Wedding Registry integrates with Honeyfund, explains Margulis, who adds that Amazon has also become popular because “couples can register for almost anything under the sun.”

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