A gift registry is a great way to shop for bridal shower gifts for a favorite couple. While the wedding registry is another place to shop for wedding gifts, sometimes you just want to think outside the registry for the actual wedding gift (if you’re not already giving cash, that is). To inspire your gift selection, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite alternative wedding gift ideas that might not be on the registry but are solid gift choices nonetheless. We’ve divided them into three categories to make it easy. Which of these gift picks is your favorite?
Alternative Wedding Gift Ideas
1. Something personalized (+ handmade!)
When it comes to wedding gifts, something personalized is one of our go-to picks. After all, you can be assured they don’t already have anything like it. Some ideas include wall art, like this custom subway art from Geezees Custom Art:
We also love these typography canvases with favorite places, sayings, or things the couple enjoys together:
For a metal wall art option, this large monogram from Bragging Bags is a nice choice.
Do they enjoy wine? If so, a wine cork holder monogram is a beautiful choice for their kitchen or bar area. They can store wine corks from bottles they’ve enjoyed together through the years. By Le Coquetterie Bridal.
We also dig this engraved photo frame with a rustic touch (by Bragging Bags):
One of these wine bottle label sets (from Studio B Labels) makes a fun gift idea for the couple. Place a label on carefully selected bottles of wine; the couple is to open and enjoy the bottle on the specified occasions.
Or this engraved wine box (spotted at Artificer Wood Works:
2. Something luxurious
Gifts of luxury are always a top pick! For instance, super-soft sheets (like these from Perfect Linens) feel great and wash up awesome. They have wonderful reviews, too. (I’ve tried these myself!) A high-quality sheet set always makes a wonderful gift.
Personalized tea towels for when guests visit is another great idea! It’s a gift the couple probably wouldn’t buy themselves (but would be happy to have).
An organic cotton duvet cover (we spotted this one at Labos Nakties:
Or even a set of luxurious his and hers robes with monogramming (by Holly’s Pink Barn):
3. Something for entertaining
It is fun to have gifts ready to use when entertaining guests. But couples skip this section on their registry because they may not use these items daily (or perhaps they’ll love them so much that they do)! One of our favorites? A coffee maker. And while a coffee maker is usually on the registry, sometimes couples pick a basic model instead of the fully-loaded, totally easier option like this Keurig coffee maker. I love the one I have: I can easily get the coffee started in minutes while I get dessert ready at the same time.
For wine tasting parties, a cheese plate is always great to have on hand. First, choose a personalized cheese board (this one is from Soak Studio)…
Or black slate, which can feature cheese types written in chalkboard! Cool idea. By Rock Timber:
… and add a set of cheese knives (like these from eveofjoy):
Another top pick? Appetizer or dessert plates, like these monogrammed plates from Susabellas:
You get the idea! Spoil the couple with something they wouldn’t normally choose for themselves and you’ll have found the *perfect* wedding gift, no registry required!
Disclousure: I’ve had the opportunity to try the sheets and coffee maker in exchange for my review. However, a review was not mandatory; it is only because I truly enjoyed the products that I willingly decided to share them as gift suggestions.
What’s your favorite?
Tell us your favorite gift ideas above! We’d love to hear what you think.
Great list of alternative wedding gifts! Not everyone wants to gift cash and I love the fact that your suggestions can live on afterwards in a couple’s home so they are always reminded of their big day when they use it. I think a really nice gift is to find out where the couple bought (or had their wedding bands made) and gift them a matching item. For example, you could gift the bride a pair of earrings in the same style of her wedding ring e.g. if she has a rose gold ring, a small pair of rose gold subtle earrings would be perfect. For the groom, a matching set of cufflinks or a tie pin again in the same metal e.g. if he has a white gold ring then match it up accordingly.
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