What is the best gift to give at a wedding?

Trying to choose a wedding gift? Trying to find just the right present for the newlyweds?

We have a whole host of ideas and suggestions below to help you.



Why do we give wedding gifts?

The history of wedding gifts comes from when marriages were more of an economic decision… rather than for love. A dowry was once common – a payment of money, goods or land that the wife’s family gave to her new husband.

Thankfully now, choosing a wedding gift is a sign of the love or affection that you have for the newly married couple. It’s a token of celebration and something they can treasure or enjoy as they start their married life.

What is considered a good wedding gift?

So, what to buy exactly as a wedding gift?

It can be difficult choosing a wedding gift, especially if you don't know the couple very well or they appear to have everything they need. However, it is ultimately up to you, so think about your budget, considerations and relationship with the couple,

To inspire you, use our guide to help you choose something special, memorable and useful, and find plenty of hamper-related suggestions along the way.

Newly married couple opening wedding gifts together

The best gifts are wedding gifts...

...they can keep

A wedding and marriage are very special and one that deserves some precious gifts for the couple to admire and keep as a reminder of their special day and to be part of their happy future.

With the many stunning photos that are often captured on a wedding day, consider buying a photo frame or album that they can use to display or store those memorable images. Encourage them to go traditional and get some photos printed...not just digital! Instead of just professional pictures, you could include those captured by the guests too.

A decanter, candle sticks or some art, if you know the interior tastes of the couple well, will make a beautiful addition to their home – and a simple reminder each time they pass by of a special gift that marked a very special occasion.

Our hampers are an everlasting gift, too. Once the treats inside have been enjoyed, the gorgeous wicker baskets, willow trays and signature boxes make a perfect lifestyle gift. They look beautiful in the home and are ideal for creating a memory box full of cards and souvenirs from the big day or for displaying items.


Read more about how our baskets and boxes can be reused



...that will be memorable

After the excitement of planning the wedding, the day itself and, hopefully, a relaxing honeymoon, why not treat the couple to an experience?

Give them something else they can look forward to – a tour of a whisky distillery. An afternoon tea at home or a luxury venue? Or an adventure experience?

Choose something to help make their first year of marriage even more memorable.


...that is unique to them

There are lots of items that can be personalised – engrave a gift with their wedding date, place and names, for example.

Glass, wood and silver gifts are perfect for engraving. Here at hampers.com, we love the idea of a small chopping board – engraved with a special date or a unique message – a practical but perfect keepsake gift.

Don't forget that all of our hampers also come with the opportunity to attach a personalised message.


...they can use it again and again

Far from cluttering their home with ‘knick-knacks’, why not choose a gift they can use again and again throughout their married life?

Our top pick is a wicker picnic basket – with cutlery, crockery tableware and the all-important bottle opener - all held in place with leather straps… something truly sophisticated and perfect for many a picnic by the river or in the woods.

We also love a sophisticated wine carrier - see our Prosecco and Red Wine Luxury Gift Basket - true sophistication for any alfresco dining experience.


Prosecco & Red Wine Luxury Gift Basket with contents on display

... they can enjoy together

Give a wedding gift that the happy couple can really enjoy and spend time together. You could treat them to a voucher for a spa day or a local attraction. See also our range of Pamper Hampers for at-home options.

You could also consider a membership they can use throughout the year – National Trust or English Heritage, for example.

Offer them the chance to go off and explore together, making memories and having special days out. Pair the membership with a luxurious hamper full of their joint favourites – a whole selection of delicious sweet and savoury handcrafted products – for the couple to savour and enjoy, while they plan their next trips and adventures.


Is it rude to not give a gift at a wedding?

Some couples request 'no wedding present, just presence' and, in this case, it is up to you if you follow this.

If there is no clear guidance, gifting nothing is not particularly polite, but remember that the gift in terms of size, budget and type is completely up to you, even if there is a registry or wedding gift list to choose from. 


Wedding gifts for all tastes

Here at hampers.com, it is not just about the gift, it’s about the memories – so choose something you know the couple will enjoy together and treasure for a lifetime.

If a hamper is the best wedding gift for you, then explore our range of Wedding Hampers and Hampers for Couples.

This blog was posted 2024-03-04 11:43:00