Best wedding gifts—unique ideas for every type of couple that will be appreciated more than cash

Expert advice on how to pick the best wedding gifts, plus perfect present ideas from recently-married couples themselves

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Picking out the best wedding gifts for couples who have just tied the knot is a challenging task, especially if you're invited to multiple weddings in one month and have numerous people to buy for. 

Our roundup of the best wedding gifts features a selection of products that would appeal to all sorts of different couples, as well as universally crowd-pleasing options that are budget-friendly yet brilliant. 

All of the products in our guide has been suggested by recently-married couples themselves or tried and tested by the woman&home product specialists, so you know that whichever wedding gift you choose you'll be on to a winner and picking the best gifts for couples to mark the biggest day of their lives.

The best wedding gifts

From personalized prints to useful home gadgets, these are our best weddings gifts picks for newlyweds...

Where to buy the best wedding gifts in the US

Our best wedding gifts picks in the US

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1. Le Creuset Round Signature Cast Iron Casserole Dish: View at Amazon

RRP: From $230 | Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refund policy: Dependant on retailer

There’s a very good reason why Le Creuset casserole dishes are on almost every newlyweds wedding gift wish list—they're durable (hello lifetime guarantee), practical and they look fabulous. There’s no denying that this sits at the more expensive end of the scale when it comes to wedding present buying, however there are often Le Creuset sales around at popular retailers so it could be worth trying to track one down.


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2. Wedding Illustration: View at Etsy

RRP: From $29 | Delivery: 3-5 business days | Refund policy: Non-refundable

Give the happy couple a unique memento of their big day by having a bespoke illustration created from one of their favorite wedding photos. Obviously it's a present that will have to wait until after their wedding (so could make a nice wedding anniversary gift too) but it's one that's so thoughtful and special they'll appreciate it even more than if they'd received something different on the actual day.


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3. The White Company Unisex Cotton Classic robe: View at The White Company

RRP: $85 | Delivery: 4-14 working days | Refund policy: 30-day refund policy

Not much says cosy luxury better than a soft oversized, cosy dressing gown. This supremely soft cotton one from The White Company is one of w&h's tried and tested best robes for women, but as it's unisex it makes a lovely cosy wear for men too—so the newlywed couple could even share it.


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4. Breville Bambino: View at Breville

RRP: $299.99 | Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refund policy: Dependant on retailer

If you're buying for a couple who love their caffeine and want to gift them one of the best coffee machines around, this sleek Breville coffee machine will make a real statement. It will allow them to make proper coffee-shop style drinks thanks to its clever technology and easy-to-use systems that make fresh coffee in minutes.


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5. Smeg Frying Pan: View at Bergdorf Goodman

RRP: From $129 | Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refund policy: Dependant on retailer

Not only is this Smeg frying pan one of the best induction pans that's been tested by the w&h team, but it's also super stylish so could make for an impressive wedding gift. It has a chic rounded Italian style handle which gives it a unique look and adds an expensive feel to the pan and comes with a non-stick coating for healthier cooking.


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6. NEOM Organics 3-wick Tranquillity Luxury Scented Candle: View at Amazon

RRP: $52.50 | Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refund policy: Dependant on retailer

After the frenzy of putting together the biggest day of their lives, why not help the couple chill out with one of the best scented candles on the market for luxurious relaxation. The Neom De-Stress candle comes in a stylish, neutral-toned packaging with a blend of essential oils, including lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood, for a soothing meditative scent.


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7. Personalized Tulip Champagne Flute Set For Couples: View at Not On The High Street

RRP: $67.70 | Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refund policy: Dependant on retailer

Champagne flutes are one of the most common go-to good wedding gifts as they're practical items that the couple can continuously use but something that they probably wouldn't buy for themselves. These gorgeous tulip-shaped glasses will make an impression on the couple and the calligraphy-style script adds a personalised touch to the present.


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8. Domaine Carneros 2014 Le Reve Blanc de Blancs: View at Domaine Carneros

RRP: $120 | Delivery: Dependant on state | Refund policy: Contact retailer for returns

Traditional Champagne is always appreciated, but if you want to go extra special you could get them a Blanc de Blancs—a variation of champagne that is made from purely Chardonnay grapes for a smooth, dry finish. This incredible bottle hails from the impressive Domaine Carneros winery in Napa and shines with deep notes of grilled pineapple, brioche and honeycomb that are lightened by yuzu, lime blossom and ginger.


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9. BeGolden Luxurious wedding photo album: View at Not On The High Street

RRP: $134.68 | Delivery: 5-10 working days  | Refund policy: Non-refundable

Every newlywed couple needs somewhere to put their exciting new wedding photographs, and while we’re undeniably living in a digital age, nothing beats flicking through a real-life photo album when it comes to reminiscing. There's no doubt that it's an expensive gift, but it's one that will last a lifetime.


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10. The White Company Turkish Cotton towel set: View at The White Company

RRP: From $9 | Delivery: 4-14 working days | Refund policy: 30-day refund policy

Every newlywed home needs a good pair of towels and these glisteningly white towels from The White Company will make any bathroom look so much more swish, stylish and elegant.


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11. The Rustic Dish Personalized Couples Cheeseboard: View at Not On The High Street

RRP: $36.86 | Delivery: 5-10 working days | Refund policy: Non-refundable

If you're looking for practical wedding gifts for couples then this classic wooden cheeseboard would make a great present, as it's an essential for any cheese enthusiasts and the personalized engraving adds a thoughtful touch of romance.


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12. Smeg 50's Style Blender: View at Wayfair

RRP: $345 | Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refund policy: Dependant on retailer

If you want to get them a practical gift that they can both make use of everyday, then a blender could be a great idea, as it's a kitchen essential that most couples will appreciate. This Smeg 50's style blender is one of the best blenders to give as a wedding present thanks to its eye-catching design and world-renowned brand.


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13. Maps International Scratch the World Map Print: View at Amazon

RRP: $19.99 | Delivery: Dependant on area | Refund policy: 30-day refund policy

For the couple who love ticking off destinations on their bucket list together, this affordable wedding gift idea is a brilliant option that they can both use and admire. Its simple but stylish design means that it would look lovely on the living room wall at home and it will make a great conversation starter for the couple to reminisce over vacation memories with houseguests.


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14. Cornishware Betty Teapot: View at Amazon

RRP: From $39.99 | Delivery: Dependant on area | Refund policy: 30-day refund policy

Cornishware has been making adorably kitsch homewares for almost 100 years now, and this wonderfully traditional white and blue striped creation, the 'Betty', is their bestselling teapot. This pot fits enough for two cups of tea but there are also different size options available if you want to give them more flexibility.


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15. Papier gift card: View at Papier

RRP: From $25 | Delivery: Immediate via email | Refund policy: Non-refundable

One of the best wedding gifts to get if you'd like the couple to be able to personalize their own present, a Papier gift card would be a lovely wedding gift idea as the newlyweds can use it to get something special made of their own choosing.


Where to buy the best wedding gifts in the UK

Our best wedding gifts picks in the UK

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1. Le Creuset Round Signature Cast Iron Casserole Dish: View at Amazon

RRP: From £170 | Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refund policy: Dependant on retailer

A homeware piece that is on the wishlists of couples area, this would make a really impressive gift.

"This is one of the best casserole dishes I've tried," says w&h life and homes editor Amy Hunt. "You can cook almost anything in it—from pasta sauces, to soups, cakes and of course casseroles. Cooking in the pot is a delight—there’s no sticking, it heats up perfectly (and quickly), and stirring is as smooth as can be. It’s also an easy transfer from hob surface top to oven."


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2. Wedding Illustration: View at Etsy

RRP: From £26.38 | Delivery: 3-5 business days | Refund policy: Non-refundable

"We loved the illustration that we received as a wedding gift," says Nav and Kirin Puri who tied the knot earlier this year. "We moved in together straight after our wedding, so this was a really special gift as it marked that exciting time and looks beautiful in our bedroom. And we didn't mind receiving it after the actual wedding day, as kind of gave us an excuse to relive the memories all over again."

This illustration can be printed onto paper, a canvas or sent digitally if you don't want to delay delivery any longer.


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3. The White Company Unisex Cotton Classic robe: View at The White Company

RRP: £60 | Delivery: 3-5 working days, next day available for £7.95 | Refund policy: 30-day refund policy

"This midweight robe is ideal for the cooler months, as it feels super thick and cosy to wrap up in on a chillier evening, with soft cotton towelling on the inside," says Amy. "However, it's not too thick that it would be uncomfortable to wear in the summer so is a perfect year-round option. It's a generous fit, perhaps even a little oversized but that's no bad thing and is perfect to wear over pyjamas, loungewear, or even straight out of the bathtub."


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4. Sage Bambino: View at John Lewis

RRP: £399.95 | Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refund policy: Dependant on retailer

This snazzy Sage coffee machine will be a welcome addition to any coffee lover's kitchen with its different settings, milk frother and cleaning function. They can make two different sizes of espresso and it's a bean-to-cup machine, which means that they can enjoy the freshest coffee possible. There's no doubt that this is a pretty pricey present, but you can often save money on it when it appears in some of the best coffee machine deals around.


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5. Smeg Frying Pan: View at Amazon

RRP: From £99 | Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refund policy: Dependant on retailer

A super stylish wedding gift that would look lovely in any newlyweds' kitchen, this is one of the best non-stick pans that has been tested by the w&h team. It has an elegant rounded Italian style handle which gives it a unique look and adds an expensive feel to the pan and comes with a non-stick coating for healthier cooking. The deceptively large capacity also makes this a great pick for couples, as it can hold large quantities when making big dishes.


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6. NEOM Organics 3-wick Tranquillity Luxury Scented Candle: View at Amazon

RRP: £45 | Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refund policy: Dependant on retailer

With a soothing blend of essential oils that makes for one of the best aromatherapy candles around, this candle blends lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood for the ultimate relaxation.

"The fragrance of this candle fills the room instantly and travels well throughout the house," says Amy. "In fact, even hours after burning, I could still smell delicate hints of it throughout my living room, which is a brilliant bonus given that the candle is on the more expensive end."


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7. Personalized Tulip Champagne Flute Set For Couples: View at Not On The High Street

RRP: £47.75 | Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refund policy: Dependant on retailer

"We're both big champagne drinkers, so this was one of our favorite wedding presents as we use them at least once a week," says Dominic and Michelle Gemski who got married back in 2019. "The glass is really thin, which we love as it feels really comfortable to drink out of but the best part is the stylish engraving on the front."

With a unique shape and pretty calligraphy-style script, this would be an impressive gift for newlyweds.


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8. Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2014 gift box: View at Nyetimber

RRP: £46 | Delivery: Next day | Refund policy: Contact
retailer for returns

Traditional Champagne always makes a lovely gift for any occasion, but if you want to give a more unique wedding gift, Nyetimber's Blanc de Blancs is a really impressive gift. With its elegant bottle and the warm yet crisp Chardonnay base, this bottle will be a gift that they'll treasure for a special occasion.


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9. BeGolden Luxurious wedding photo album: View at Not On The High Street

RRP: £95 | Delivery: Dependant on region | Refund policy: Non-refundable

"This hand-bound album has 80 sides to fill, so you can fit in a whole load of photos, which is great," says Amy. "I particularly loved the sleek, timeless look of this album and the delicate glassine paper interleaves that protect the precious photos."

When purchasing you can add up to three lines of foil-embossed text on the cover too—so the couple's names and wedding date would fit perfectly. There's no doubt that it's an expensive gift, but it's one that will last a lifetime.


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10. The White Company Turkish Cotton towel set: View at The White Company

RRP: From £6 | Delivery: 3-5 working days, next day available for £7.95 | Refund policy: 30-day refund policy

"Incredibly soft to the touch, these did not disappoint," says Amy. "The towel is dense but not heavy, giving a thicky, warm cushiony feel so that it feels as though you’re wrapping up your hands and body up in a cosy blanket, but they somehow still manage to be incredibly absorbent."


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11. The Rustic Dish Personalized Couples Cheeseboard: View at Not On The High Street

RRP: £26 | Delivery: Dependant on region | Refund policy: Returns not available due to personalization

As it's on the lower end of the price spectrum, this rustic customized cheeseboard is great for if you want to give an impressive gift without spending too much money. Or if you were planning on spending a bit more for the big day but would still like them to have this, then you could always give it to them for their first Christmas together as it would make a great Christmas gift for couples.


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12. Muji Portable Aroma Diffuser: View at Amazon

RRP: £44.95 | Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refund policy: Dependant on retailer

If your couple could use some help winding down, this is one of the best essential oil diffusers around for an affordable present option. You just drop a few spots of the lavender oil that comes with product onto a little foam pad that sits inside it, and plug it in for a calming aroma throughout the room.

"I was thrilled about how well it worked," says Amy. "After leaving it on in one room for just shy of 20 minutes, the whole room was filled with the calming scent of lavender. It's also super portable and will slip easily in a handbag or briefcase to be used in the car, on a train, or can even be taken on holiday."

For an extra special gift, you could even pair this with a selection of the best essential oils for the ultimate gift of relaxation.


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13. Smeg 50's Style Blender: View at John Lewis

RRP: £179.95 | Delivery: Dependant on retailer | Refund policy: Dependant on retailer

This Smeg 50's style blender comes with all the specialist functions that you would expect from a high-tech blender, but is compact enough that it won't take up too much room on the kitchen countertop. Plus, it's available in a wide range of attractive pastel colors, including this stylish sage green hue that's perfect for any couples who follow interiors trends.


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14. Maps International Scratch the World Map Print: View at Amazon

RRP: £12.99 | Delivery: 3 working days, next-day available with Prime | Refund policy: 30-day refund policy

A cute idea that would make a lovely gift for couples who like to travel.

"I loved how sleek and sturdy this map felt," says Amy. "The gold scratched off easily with no damage to the map behind it at all and it was really fun to use, adding an extra special perk when I got home from holiday to help beat the blues."


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15. Cornishware Betty Teapot: View at Amazon

RRP: From £29.99 | Delivery: 3 working days, next-day available with Prime | Refund policy: 30-day refund policy

"I loved the solid, curved feel of this teapot, making it feel instantly comforting as I filled it up with a brew of English Breakfast tea," says Amy. "The pot did get hot as the tea warmed it, but the handle is far enough away from the pot itself that it was easy to hold without feeling like you might burn your hands. And best of all, it's dishwasher and microwave safe, for the times when the couple might be feeling a little on the lazy side!"


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16. Missoma Chain Reaction Ceramic Vase: View at Missoma

RRP: £85 | Delivery: 2-4 working days | Refundable: 30-day refund policy

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This unique vase will make a lovely wedding gift for any couple who have modern style that's slightly on the extravagant side. The material is 100% ceramic which lends itself to a smooth matte finish and the gold handles are hand-painted. With a warm beige hue, it will fit most home color schemes and will definitely catch the attention of any guests.


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17. Nanu Hot & Not duvet: View at Nanu Sleep

RRP: From £50 | Delivery: Free within 5-7 days | Refund policy: 14-day refund policy

We all know a couple made up of one half who likes to stay warm and toasty as they head off to the land of nod while the other would rather sleep with the windows open and a thin sheet covering only their legs. So the Nanu Hot & Not duvet could make unique wedding gifts for any quarrelling couples. It is created by matching two different duvet togs together, so that you can choose a tog to suit each half of the couple.

"I opted for one half extra cool (4.5 tog), and one half chilled (7.5 tog), and my partner and I enjoyed the different weights in each half," says Amy. "When sleeping, the difference is difficult to gauge, given that you can't test both sides at the same time. But we certainly felt both cool and warm enough! The duvet also came in a very easy to unpack drawstring back, and the crisp white colour felt lovely and new."


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18. Papier gift card: View at Papier

RRP: From £25 | Delivery: Immediate via email | Refund policy: Non-refundable

"One of my favourite gifts that my husband and I received after we got married was a voucher for Papier," says Rachael who tied the knot in August 2021. "The brand do gorgeous photo books but also really high-quality, framed prints and the idea was that we could use the voucher towards getting our favourite wedding photos framed for the walls of our new home.

"We really appreciated the gift as we would have wanted to get our wedding photos framed anyway, but this wedding present made it so much more affordable for us to get the pictures printed and framed in great quality."


What do you need to consider when buying a wedding gift?

There are a few important things to take into account when considering different wedding gift ideas and what to buy:

• The personal taste of the couple - it's important to take into account what you know the couple like in general, and their taste when it comes to their home and personal style. If they generally favour more practical, stylish items, perhaps shy away from buying anything that might potentially clash with their home decor. Or, if you know they love travel, or food, buying them a gift that aligns with those passions could be a brilliant option—and the above list of gifts are things they'd likely never buy themselves!

• Your budget - Don't push yourself outside of your financial comfort zone for the sake of a wedding gift—always only pay for what you can afford. It's also key to consider how close you are to the couple. If they are only distant friends, don't put yourself under pressure to spend a fortune, just for the sake of keeping up appearances.

• How long the couple have been together and whether they’ve lived together before - This is so important when considering wedding gift ideas, as the couple may  have all they need for their home if they've been living together for some years, but really cherish a gift that buys them quality time together. On the other hand, a couple who has recently moved home will really appreciate any contributions towards their new pad - as well as know that moving house is an expensive business.

We spoke to wedding and British etiquette expert Jo Bryant (jobryant.com), who explained that sometimes, it can actually be helpful to buy the couple an upgrade to products—such as a kettle or coffee machine—that they may have bought on a budget many years ago!

She explained, "Sometimes a wedding if a chance for a couple to have a bit of an upgrade with their things, so buying them a very nice toaster, for example, could actually be a brilliant idea, even if they already have one."

Jo also answered some of the most common wedding gift idea questions for us, too hopefully soothing any of the wedding gift anxiety you may be feeling and will make it easier to know what to select from our best wedding gifts ideas edit...

Do I always have to buy something from the couple's wish list, or can I get something else I think they'd like?

"If you are looking at the list and you can't afford something, then you can buy your own present for the couple—I think that's fine. As a couple, if you are writing a list for your wedding, you need to make sure you have a list with a really wide price range."

When should you give a couple their wedding gift?

"Practically, it can be a real pain if you turn up on the wedding day itself with presents, especially if you're in a public venue, as they've got to find somewhere safe for them. So, sometimes I recommend that you take a card on the day that says 'present to follow', so they can enjoy it after the honeymoon, or after the wedding. It's actually not that common to turn up to a wedding with a gift now. Because it usually does end up falling to someone in the family to remember them for the couple on the day.

"You used to send your thank you letters for your gift before the day. If you want to send your present before the wedding to make sure it gets there in time, I think it depends how superstitious you feel. In the same way that some people don't like receiving baby presents before the safe delivery of a healthy child. But I think it's usually best to wait until after—and it's usually something nice to look forward to!"

If a couple has asked for cash, do you think it's still okay to get them a present instead?

"I think that may be up to the couple to make clear. If you've got more traditional people on your guest list, perhaps people of an older generation, they might appreciate having a few presents on the list. But sometimes, people do have targeted things they want to save up for—a new sofa, an extension to their house etc. I think it's nice to share that if that's the case, so people know you won't just be heading down to the local on a Friday night to spend it!"

How much should I spend on a wedding gift?

"A recent survey found that £50 was about average for what people were looking to spend nowadays. But I think it does depend on how well you know the person. I'd say go for a bit lower than you'd normally spend if you don't know the person all too well. But I think if you do know them very well and you're close, I'd say err on the side of generosity. I think you have to switch it round in your head and say, if it was my wedding, how would I feel if I got this gift from this person? That's always a good litmus test. Also, compare it to what they got you, if you're already married!"

Is it okay to split the price of a gift between friends?

"I think that's fine. Because sometimes, if you're not doing that, it can feel like you're just buying a bit of rubbish that might get lost in their house they'll forget about. Whereas if you've got a good group of friends and it's not going to cause any rows—they're all willing to spend the same—I think it's totally fine for people to join together to buy a more significant item, or the more pricier item that a couple might really treasure."

Amy Hunt
Amy Hunt

Amy Hunt is an experienced digital journalist, currently working as Life Channel Editor at womanandhome.com. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on other women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly, Goodto.com, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on womanandhome.com. 


She is obsessive about everything homes and interiors—whether she's sniffing out the very best deal on a KitchenAid stand mixer or keeping up the latest Dyson release. And when she isn't editing or writing articles on interior trends or the latest home gadgets, she's passionate about books—you'll usually find her with her nose in a gripping thriller at the end of the working day.