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Inexpensive Wedding Gifts that are Unique, Beautiful, & Practical

Do you struggle to choose a gift that is both affordable and appealing to the wedding couple? Here are some gift ideas that will cover both.

We’ve heard that you don’t need to spend a fortune. It is the sentiment that is important. They value the gifts since they are from you. Yes, yes, yes….but it’s true. The nicest part is being able to offer them something unique and useful, but does not cost much. Gifts are valuable expressions of affection to those you care about, yet they may become onerous at times. There are several possibilities for unique, inexpensive wedding favors that speak to you, appeal to your guests, and are affordable.

If they have been living on their own for a long, they may already have the regular items, but it does not imply they do not need it. When most people start out on their own, they have hand me downs and mismatched items. Who does not like new matching things?

Gift Ideas

Homemade gift

There are many people now personalizing kitchen items like cutting boards, wood spoons, and aprons.  Door decorations make great gifts too. What do you think of a box frame with stunning ornamental paper flowers within it? You may customize it with the newlyweds’ last name and wedding date!


It all adds up when they combine it with money from others, so don’t worry if it is not a large amount. It can be presented fancier than just money in a card (which is still great!), but I’ve seen creative ways to give it – perhaps a money tree, arranged like a flower bouquet, combined with candy with festive ribbons, “money” cake (kind of like the diaper cakes), arranged like “dough” in a clean pizza box, in a blown up balloon, etc. It’s a creative way to pull the focus away from “how much” it is, and instead “how cute or creative”.

Gift cards

There are stores where they can get a wide variety of items from bath towels, things for the garage or patio, to just everyday items to set up a kitchen. Gift cards to where they have their wedding registry is also great and you know they like that store if they registered there. The presentation of gift cards can also be creative as well. Put the gift card with a few small items in basket or with candy.

Basket of items

When setting up a home, it is the everyday items that can add up quickly. These items can be picked up through the year when they go on sale. If you like to use coupons, that is another way to save money. The wedding couple does not know how much you paid for it!

Basket Gifts


Laundry basket – they are different sizes and the container is a useful gift too. The dollar stores have these.

Mixing bowls – can be used in the kitchen and are also available at dollar stores.

Ice chest – this comes in different sizes, so get a size that works well with what you want to put in it.

Bucket – this can be a plastic cleaning bucket from the dollar store.

Colandar – this makes a great kitchen gift and it is small enough where you don’t have to put too many things in it to make it look full. It can be a cheaper one from a dollar store to a nicer one.


Kitchen items – cooking spoons, spatulas, cooking forks, wisk, egg separator, pizza cutter, measuring cups, measuring spoons, cup cake pan, cup cake liners, baking pan, kitchen towels, sponges, seasoning, spices, cutting board, hand soap, foil, wax paper, zip lock bags, dish washing detergent, mixer, can opener, BBQ tools, apron, chip clips or clothes pins, etc.

Cleaning items – trash bags, dust pan, lint roller, laundry detergent, paper towels, dusting sprays, sponges, wipes, toilet cleaner, etc. Don’t forget about the outdoors too with a garden hose or garden tools.

Office supplies – tape, postage stamps, glue, scissors, pens, pencils, paper, markers, paper clips, envelopes, stapler, staples, staple remover, hi liters, clips, post it notes, etc. Get these during the back to school supply sales and really save money.

Entertainment items – playing cards, games like Jenga, Scattergories, Trivial Pursuit, etc.

Miscellaneous items – first aid kit, hangers, batteries, picture frame, plant, gift cards, bath towels, etc.

The Finishing Touches

The pretty -tissue paper, kitchen or bath towels, ribbons, ornament, and shredded colorful paper to fill in between the items.

The functional – newspaper balled up makes a great way to lift various items in the basket to make it look pretty.

Handmade gifts are always special for the bride and groom. Gift cards and money are good too. Don’t worry about the amount of the gift card or money as they are combining it with what others give and it can add up quickly. Wrap them up in a cute creative way! Everyday items for gift baskets can be picked up when they go on sale throughout the year.  The presentation of the gift can also make it look fancy and they’ll think you spent more than you did!

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Are expensive wedding gifts a good idea?

A wedding present must reflect the bride and groom’s choices, yet everyone has their own set of thoughts and preferences. Typically, customers begin their search by going to a neighboring department shop or a large mall. However, most of the time they have no clue what they are searching for. They either purchase something pricey or something that does not add value to the notion of ‘best wedding present.’

A wedding isn’t intended to be an excuse to take advantage of friends and family, yet some have become that way. It’s really fairly easy.
Give anything you can. Don’t be concerned about it being “too tiny.” It’s a blessing. That is, by definition, anything you want it to be. A person should give whatever is prudent for them to offer financially (i.e., not more than their means), not a fixed sum.

So, if a person can only afford $50, they should contribute just $50. If $100, then $100. They have the option to donate more if they want to. You are not obliged to offer a comfortable living for the couple getting married by emptying your money account for them.

What is the most traditional wedding gift?

Traditional wedding presents should be useful and practical goods that will benefit the bride and husband in their new life together. Classic wedding presents that a couple would use and enjoy often but would not necessarily think to purchase for themselves are the greatest.

You can’t go wrong with a cast-iron Dutch oven, such as this renowned Le Creuset item, as a traditional wedding present. Dutch ovens are very flexible, allowing you to cook anything from pasta and rice to heavy stews and casseroles. This Le Creuset iconic cast iron circular Dutch oven is oven and cooktop safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cutting boards are another ideal traditional wedding present for any couple, whether they cook often or just want a beautiful item for their kitchen. One of the most recognisable traditional wedding presents is a set of china. Elegant tableware is great to have on hand if a pair entertains often or enjoys hosting more formal events.

Read also: How to Save Money on a Wedding – The Ultimate Guide

What is a practical wedding gift for a bride?

Brides may be difficult to purchase for, particularly if they’ve already created registries. When it comes to buying a gift for your favourite woman, it’s easy to get stuck, but don’t worry—we’re here to assist. The majority of brides-to-be are hopeless romantics who want to feel unique on their wedding day.

What better way to express yourself than with a romantic card? You can’t surprise her with a romantic card delivered to her door. Need a present for a bride-to-be who lives far away? Send them a Greetabl gift box, replete with a handwritten greeting and a pocket-sized item of your choice. Calming essential scents or encouraging words are likely to be welcomed.

Look for something striking or minimalist for your wedding. Keep your friend’s preferences in mind as well. Browse for the right complement for their shirt, from customised and engraved to high-end brands.


I’m a writer, new mom and foodie. I love sharing what I know while making others feel beautiful. On this blog, I share my healthy lifestyle, simple meals, fitness tips and experiences.

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