A Guide To Giving The Perfect Wedding Gift
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A Guide To Giving The Perfect Wedding Gift

Plus 22 wedding gift ideas for every type of couple

Someone in your life will soon be walking down the aisle to say ‘I do’ – and you’ll be there to help celebrate the special day. You’ve sorted out your wardrobe, found a date and booked the hotel, and all that’s left to do is find the perfect gift. If you’re looking to shop for your favourite newlyweds (or you’re the couple in question compiling a gift list), you’re in luck; here you’ll find the best wedding gift recommendations for every kind of couple.

Wedding Gifts: Top Tips & Present Suggestions

What To Consider

Price Point

How much you spend on a gift depends on your relationship with the happy couple. In a study conducted by Ocean Finance, it was found that acquaintances and night guests spend around £20 to £30 on a wedding gift, while all-day guests, close friends, family and the bridal party bought presents priced from £50 to £100. Plus-ones are usually also expected to chip something in, if possible.

Let The Couple Decide

Most couples will have a list full of ideas for their guests to choose from, with varied price points giving a bit of wriggle room for everyone to get involved.

No List? No Problem!

While not ideal, not every couple puts a list together before their big day. If you’re not especially close or you just don’t know where to start, then opt for a monetary gift or gift card. Rather than splash the cash on something they might not love, a small contribution to the newlyweds’ rainy day fund can go a long way – if not towards a lovely time on their honeymoon.

Wedding Gift Ideas For Every Couple

If you’re stuck for choice (as a guest or a soon-to-be-spouse), have a browse through our edit of wedding gift ideas below…

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Glass decanter


Thirlmere Square Decanter, £895, davidlinley.com

Best for: Whisky lovers

Rachel Vosper Reed Diffuser

Rachel Vosper

Large Reed Diffuser Set, £180, rachelvosper.com

Best for: Homebodies

Camera on green table


Leica M6 in black, £4,850, leica-camera.com

Best For: Capturing (honeymoon) memories


Blue Glaze Stoneware Cafetiere, £85, buymeonce.com

Best For: Coffee afficionados

People stood by blue car with luggage


Palm Springs Collection, from £1,095, globe-trotter.com

Purple and silver cufflinks


Sterling Cufflinks, £85, ettinger.co.uk

Best For: The style-obsessed

Bathrobe hung up on wall by brown armchair and side table with flowers

Heirloom Linens

Hartwell Bathrobe, £324, heirlooms-linens.com

Best For: Cosy nights in

Knife with orange marble handle


DNA Chef’s Knife (18cm, Marble), £184, weddingshop.com

Best For: Burgeoning chefs

Bottle of whisky next to blue and white box

The Glenturret

12 Years Old Whisky, £67, theglenturret.com

Best For: Celebrations

Cream zip-up keepsake box

Anya Hindmarch

Bespoke XL Keepsake Box Capra in Bone, £450, anyahindmarch.com

Best For: Personalised gems

Tea set in black leather box


Tea Set in Panama, £2,995, smythson.com

Best For: Tea connoisseurs

Blue indoor pool with floral murals on the walls and loungers to the side, The Spa at 45 Park Lane

Spa Getaway

See our guide to best spa in London here

Best For: Experience lovers

Red stand mixer


Mixer Tilt Head 4.7L ‘Artisan By You’, £499, kitchenaid.co.uk

Best For: Tech-savvy chefs

Cheese board with grapes and wine

Lisa Angel

Personalised Wine Carafe And Oak Cheese Board Set, £85, notonthehighstreet.com

Best For: Foodies

Tusting Canvas Explorer in Olive


Canvas Explorer in Olive, from £495, tusting.co.uk

Best For: Globe trotters

Gallery frames with art inside

The White Company

Fine Black Large Picture Gallery Wall, £350, thewhitecompany.com

Best For: Home gallerists

Stack of blue and chalk bowls


Studio Blue Cereal Bowls (Set of 4), £70, johnlewis.com

Best For: Home birds (who are still need some basics)

Clear bottle of bath oil next to blue box

Aromatherapy Associates

Deluxe Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil, £77, aromatherapyassociates.com

Best For: Couples who want to relax together


Fortnum & Mason The Wedding Day Hamper

Fortnum & Mason

The Wedding Day Hamper, £160, fortnumandmason.com

Best For: Post-nuptial celebrations


Addison Ross Pale Sage Green Enamel and Silver Frame

Addison Ross

Pale Sage Green Enamel and Silver Frame, from £35, addisonross.com

Best For: Couples who want to keep memories close

naim audio


Audio Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation Wireless Bluetooth Music System, £699, johnlewis.com

Best For: Music lovers

Nicholson Gin

Nicholson Gin

Original London Dry Gin, £37.95, nicholsongin.com

Best For: Couples stocking up their drinks cabinet


Riviere Rugs x Zoffany

Riviere Rugs

Riviere x Zoffany Jigsaw Olivine rug, £POA, riviererugs.com

Best For: Interiors fanatics

5 Places To shop Wedding Gifts Online

1. Buy Me Once

Last year, Buy Me Once launched its wedding registry, which sources gifts that can truly last a lifetime. The idea is to reduce an individual’s (or couple’s) eco footprint radically by eradicating the need to buy anything more than once.

EXPLORE: buymeonce.com

2. HoneyFund

Opt for a honeymoon fund versus a physical registry. And the money doesn’t need to go to a honeymoon – it could fund a down payment towards a big, necessary purchase, or be donated to a charity of choice.

EXPLORE: honeyfund.co.uk

3. Patchwork

Friends and family can contribute their money – or time and skills – to a patchwork of ‘gifts’ decided by the couple. Whether that’s purchasing tiles for a kitchen renovation or helping paint the hallway, it’s an alternative registry filled with a ‘patchwork’ of tasks and asks.

EXPLORE: patchworkit.com

4. Wedding Present Company

Now this is more for soon-to-be-newlyweds who aren’t quite sure where to start The Wedding Present Company works with hundreds of brands across multiple industries, allowing couples to curate a gift list online that guests can directly buy or part-buy from.

Start the process with an appointment (virtual or in-person), where your dedicated Wedding List Advisor will guide you through the products available – this includes brands, custom presents, antiques and fund options to make a bespoke list. Once decided, simply send out your list to guests and let them browse through your options. The best part? The Wedding Present Company houses all of your gifts in one warehouse, meaning they can be delivered to your home all together on a date that works for you. Find out more about how the Wedding Present Company works here.

EXPLORE: weddingpresentco.com

5. The White Company

The best way to wind down after a busy year of wedding planning? A hot bath with plenty of bubbles, velvety skincare products and a sweet-smelling candle burning in the corner. The White Company can bundle all of these things up for you in a cute little hamper, or alternatively you can mix and match gift items from different product lines to create a tailored present. Alongside bath and beauty, you’ll also find a range of home products that could be just what your newlyweds need for a new home.

EXPLORE: thewhitecompany.com

6. Fortnum & Mason

The perfect match for foodies, heritage London department store Fortnum & Mason is known for its rich selection of teas, biscuits, sweet and savoury treats and wonderfully stuffed hampers. If your lovebirds don’t have a list to speak of (or you just want to spoil them a little bit), then you can’t go wrong with something luxuriously tasty. Happy munching.

EXPLORE: fortnumandmason.com

7. Not On The Highstreet

The UK’s treasure trove of personalised gifting, Not On The Highstreet is great for memento gifts that you can personalise with names, dates and messages. Gifting literally spans EVERYTHING, from chopping boards and jewellery to biscuits, candles, plants and home decor. To make things all the more handy for shoppers, the website has a ‘Wedding Gifts‘ section with ideas for all kinds of couples with all kinds of interests.

EXPLORE: notonthehighstreet.com

8. Harrods

Luxury gifting is made easy with the help of the iconic Harrods. The department store has over 3000 brands on tap, spanning clothing, jewellery, beauty and skincare, home, food, wine and – most importantly – gifting. It’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll come away the favourite guest of the night if you bag the happy couple (now happier than before) something from here. If you like the look of its wares online, but would like to see it in person first, you can also pay the store a visit. Check out our guide to visiting Harrods to make your trip all the smoother.

EXPLORE: harrods.com

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