Finding the perfect gift can be hard, especially when you want to steer away from the more common gifts like a photo frame or a cheese board. So, to help you out, here are 15 unusual wedding gifts that, while a little out of the ordinary, are just as desirable (and maybe even more so).
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1) A Sample Selection
A sample or “taster” selection box of tea, coffee, chocolate, or even phials of alcohol, etc, is a pretty popular gift idea as it gives the gift receiver a range of things to try. However, make a selection box a little more interesting with alternative takes on this such as sample spices, jams, and sauces, or even a selection of seeds to create an at-home herb garden or to help the happy couple add some colourful flowers to their garden.
2) A Time Capsule
While a fancy gift box is a beautiful, thoughtful gift, if you’re particularly close to the couple you might enjoy creating a time capsule for them. Give them a locked box full of goodies that they can only open in one, five, or even ten years’ time, or even a pretty “message in a bottle” style vessel.
Featured above: Love Letter Wedding Ceremony Box Set
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3) Floral Letter Lights
A beautiful set of floral letter lights (perhaps the couple’s initials?) makes one incredibly pretty gift. These letters filled with flowers and lights would look great on a bedroom or living room wall and bring instant charm to the room when filling that empty shelf space.
Featured above: Handmade Flower Letters from The White Bulb
4) Unique Drinkware
While champagne flutes and glassware are popular wedding gifts, they come in a huge range of styles that include some unique and very striking designs. For example, when put together Confetti’s “interlocking” flutes create the shape of a heart and our flutes with heart stand includes removable glass flutes.
5) A Piece of Art
Some of the most special, personal gifts you can give are things you’ve laboured over yourself to make from scratch. So, if you’re particularly creative, consider making something that the happy couple will cherish for a long time. For example, we really love the idea of reworking an old book into a piece of art that’s both beautiful and unusual.
Featured above: Tree of Life Book Art Paper Sculpture by MalenaValcarcel on Etsy
6) A Kitchen Appliance
If you’re going to go for a housewarming gift or kitchen appliance as a wedding gift, it’s a great idea to think beyond the usual coffee machines, kettles, and toasters, as the couple may have already lived together and have everything they need. So try and opt for something they’re guarunteed to love but never knew they needed! Consider a candy floss or popcorn maker for those cosy nights in with a movie, or a fondue set, chocolate fountain, or ice cream sandwich maker for some at-home party fun.
Featured above: Savisto Vintage Style Popcorn Maker In Metallic Red
7) A Personalised Music Collection
This is another highly thoughtful, personal gift—gift the happy couple a DIY CD of songs that mean a lot to them or, if you give your gift after the big day, a CD full of the music used throughout the day in a kind of soundtrack to their wedding. Include everything from the music used during the ceremony to the first dance and the final song of the evening.
8) A Personalised Drink
While alcoholic drinks are a favourite go-to gift and pricey bottles such as vintage wines, luxury champagnes and aged spirits are particularly popular wedding gifts, you could add an unusual spin by creating your own, personalised drink for the happy couple and adding a personalised bottle label.
9) A Scratch Map
Simple but brilliant, especially for travel-lovers, you can give the couple a map of the world that lets you scratch off all the places you’ve been. They can scratch off anywhere they go together (beginning with their honeymoon destination?).
Featured above: Scratch-Off Map Of The World by Scratch Map
10) A One Line a Day Book
This lovely little memory book is basically a one-line-a-day journal that, if you fill it out every day, will leave you with 5 years worth of memories in your pocket. Give this as a wedding gift and the couple can, in 5 years’ time (or even after just a year), look back on all of their standout memories since tying the knot. You could even get both newlyweds a book each to fill out.
11) A Personalised Perfume
Perfume is regarded as quite a personal thing and many people are picky about what scents they like to wear, so it can be difficult to give it as a gift. However, if you’re familiar with the couple and their perfume or aftershave tastes you could consider a completely personalised perfume dedicated to them based on their preferences. For example, websites like Waft.com allow you to design your own fragrance completely from scratch.
12) A Sculpture
Whether you commision an artist to make one for you, buy one ready made, or make one yourself, a sculpture made in the image of (or dedicated to) the happy couple or that includes their names and wedding date makes a beautiful keepsake and a perfect wedding gift.
Featured above: Iron Rose Sixth Wedding Anniversary Gift Idea by SmeLars on Etsy
13) An Unusual Experience
It’s common for couples to receive gifts of romantic getaways in the countryside or fun experiences like wine tasting at a famous vineyard, so you could offer something that’s a little more off the beaten track. Maybe a day at a blacksmith, learning how to do some forging?
14) A Star Projector
Gadgets are all the rage and can make great wedding gifts. Consider a star projector for the happy couple, for those cosy nights in on the sofa or for when they’d love to do some star gazing but the weather outside isn’t great for it.
Featured above: Sega Homestar Original Black – Home Planetarium – Star Projector
15) Name a Star
Speaking of stars, did you know you can name a visible-from-the-UK star and dedicate it to someone special with Star Name Registry? Their option to name a binary star is particularly perfect for a wedding gift.
Featured above: Rachele and Luke’s Outdoor Country Garden Wedding in Norfolk by Miki Photography
Of course, with some creativity, there are so many unusual wedding gifts out there. For example, you could offer to pay for a part of the couple’s wedding if you know they’re struggling financially, and if the couple are fans of a particular celebrity you could reach out to try and get a personalised shout out from them. Did you see how Taylor Swift responded when she learned two of her fans were using one of her songs for their first dance?
For a full treasure trove of gift ideas, make sure you check out these great gift ideas for the happy couple.