Our Best Wedding Gifts of 2018
Quick, check your social calendar. Is it peppered with engagement parties, bridal showers, stag parties and weddings from now until October? You may think, compared to the brides and grooms, that you truly don’t have that much to do besides show up, look great, throw a little rice, and sign the wedding guest book. (Of course, if you’re in the wedding party, that’s another story altogether!) But whether you plan on attending all of these weddings and festivities in person, or celebrating from afar with cards and congratulations, there’s one thing you really will have to consider: what do you send as a wedding gift?!
Like most presents, the best wedding gifts are hand-picked. You could always choose a gift from the couple’s registry and enjoy the confidence of knowing you’ve given something they’ll definitely use, but times and traditions are changing. More couples, especially if they’ve already cohabitated for some time, are choosing to forego the traditional registry in favor of occasion-specific gifts (contributions to the honeymoon fund, for example), charitable donations, or experiences (like a kayaking trip for two). The good news is that this change in trend allows for even more creative takes on unique wedding gifts, like the ones in our custom engagement gift collection.
Think Outside The Wedding Registry
We can help you go off-registry with confidence. If you want to send the bride and groom something they can use and treasure for a long time, find inspiration in our list of the Top 5 Wedding Gifts for Couples, and wow the newlyweds with a custom wedding present we guarantee they won’t get from anyone else.
Knack’s Top 5 Wedding Gifts For Couples
Noodles for newlyweds? This set is unconventional and unmistakably cool, for the chicest of couples who love to add an upscale, fresh twist to their dining room decor. We promise you, these exquisite handblown glass noodle bowls won’t be on any registry, but do consider them next time you need to send a wedding or engagement gift to a happy couple (after all, noodles and romance are a classic combination; just re-watch that scene in Lady and The Tramp for proof!). It’s a perfect option when you want to send a gift the couple might not choose for themselves, but one they’ll definitely use again and again (and they’ll always think of you!).
This elegant set of noodle bowls was crafted by DECICIO Artisan Glass in Ballard, Seattle. 2 pairs of chopsticks are included.
Gift set contains:
- 2 Handblown Noodle Bowls, 4.5″ h x 5″ w, capacity approximately 22 fl oz each, hand wash strongly recommended
- 2 pairs of chopsticks included
This beautifully boozy gift is perfect for the couple who has a signature cocktail at their wedding, always knows what to order to look cool, and keeps an old-fashioned bar cart stocked with obscure liqueurs like Chareau and Cynar. They’ll be thrilled to host the next happy hour with the glamorous accessories in the Golden Touch Cocktail Gift.
This gleaming collection of happy hour accessories includes a gold-plated cocktail shaker and double-sided cocktail jigger, along with 4 metallic leather coasters in gold, copper, platinum, and pewter decorated with laser-cut geometric patterns.
Gift set includes:
- Viski Belmont Gold Heavyweight Cocktail Shaker, holds 17 fl oz, 500 ml
- Viski double-sided jigger, holds 1 oz and 2 oz, scored with exact notations
- Molly M Designs metallic leather coasters, set of 4, 4″ x 4″
For a double-date al fresco, it doesn’t get better than this. Next time you need a wedding gift for friends who’d rather be adventuring outside than, well, anywhere else, give this Perfect Picnic Gift Set. The outdoorsy bride and groom will love having an easy, eco-friendly way to picnic, whether at an outdoor concert or on their next car camping trip with a set of lightweight, stylish accessories they can tote just about anywhere. This gift set for 4 features Matador’s Pocket Blanket, a water-repellent, puncture-resistant blanket that’s perfect for picnics, festivals, or trips to the beach or park. To dine in style, unpack this set of classic red and white enamelware plates and tumblers, and bring a favorite wine to share.
More about this gift:
- 4 shatterproof Crow Canyon Enamelware raised plates and tumblers are dishwasher-safe but not microwave-safe
- Matador Pocket Blanket weighs approximately 4 oz and measures 63″ h X 44″ w Blanket features weighted corners and pre-designed lines to make re-folding as simple as can be, and tucks back into a convenient pouch
Sophisticated and celebratory, and a great wedding gift for anyone, anytime–send it for the engagement party, leave it in the honeymoon suite, bring it to the rehearsal dinner, or send it–without shame–up to a year after the wedding (if you’re later than that? Heck, call it an anniversary present!). After all, there’s no bad time to celebrate true love with champagne and sparkles. All That Glitters is sheer effervescence in a box, thanks to the Bereche & Fils Brut Reserve Champagne, two stemless Riedel champagne glasses, and glittery Thimblepress push-pop confetti. Bubbles and champagne flutes are popular wedding gift ideas, and for good reason: every “cheers!” in the future will be a reminder of their special celebration and of you, the special gifter.
Gift set includes:
- Bereche & Fils Brut Reserve Champagne
- Stemless Riedel champagne glasses
- Thimblepress gold and silver metallic push-pop confetti
He likes vodka. She likes gin. Help them toast to marital harmony with a martini-themed wedding gift for the couple who has everything.
Shaken or stirred, dirty or dry, there are as many ways to enjoy a martini as you can shake a cocktail pick at. They’ll love the chance to refine their recipes with help from this martini lover’s gift set that’s sure to add pizzazz to their next happy hour at home. We’ve included glassware, mixing accessories, garnishes, and decor for the home.
Gift set contains:
- 1 jar Sable & Rosenfeld Tipsy Pimento Olives, 4.9 oz
- 1 bottle Filthy Dirty Addition Cocktail Spice 4 fl oz–add a few droppers to your drinks for a blast of savory flavor
- 4 Riedel “O” martini glasses, lead-free crystal. Each glass holds 10 3/8 oz
- 1 W & P Design mixing glass
- 1 W & P Design cocktail strainer
- 1 W & P Design bar spoon
- 1 “I Have Mixed Drinks About Feelings” Missy MadeWell kitchen towel
- 1 set Viski stainless steel cocktail picks, set of 6
- 1 set Roll & Tumble Press block printed beverage coasters, set of 10
Love what you see? Browse the rest of our wedding gifts collection! In addition to personalized wedding gift boxes like the sets you see above, we make it easy to send engagement gifts, bridal shower gifts, and custom presents for bridesmaids, groomsmen, and VIP guests (like grandparents and BFFS from childhood). Next time you need to send the perfect wedding gift (and we know there will be a next time–it’s engagement season, after all), let us help!
Related: The Top 10 Wedding Party Gifts