There are a few weeks left in the warm-weather wedding season and I realized we hadn’t covered summer wedding gift ideas. I can’t believe it took me so long to think of this but truthfully, I haven’t attended any weddings this year!
As a single girl, it can be a challenge to figure out what to get your coupled friends to celebrate their special day. Heck, present buying is bad enough as a solo sport, but when you’re trying to figure out a gift for two which includes a friend (who might be close or could be that chick that sat behind you in chem. class) plus someone your more likely that not probably don’t know well, it can be a real challenge.
I don’t know your friends, so it’s hard for me to tell you what to give them. So, instead I’ll give you some ideas of what to look for in a wedding gift:
What to look for in a wedding gift
Something they wouldn’t get for themselves
Wedding gifts are the perfect time to spoil your friends with something fun that they wouldn’t get themselves. Whether they’re music lovers who enjoy listening to their favourite artists on vinyl or a tech-driven couple that is looking to make life easier, there’s something for everyone.
One of the great summer wedding gift ideas for music lovers is the Victrola Vintage Turntable. I like it because it fits a reasonable budget, can be packed away when they’re not using it and speaks to your knowledge of the couple!
But music doesn’t fit every couple (for example, if thee couple included me), but there are a ton of fun gifts out there. For film lovers, there’s always a Hitchcock film collection or passes to your local film festival.
If the happy couple is tech-driven, then a gift like the Alexa Echo might be right up their alley. This bad boy has the added benefit of helping to turn their regular old home int a smart home.
If you go the way of a smart device, a great thing to throw into the mix are smart wall plugs!
Something they can enjoy together
The best summer wedding gift ideas are those that the newly-minted couple can enjoy together. Matching a gift to the couple does mean knowing them a bit, but there are a ton of things that almost anyone likes (like a Netflix membership).
I’m a huge cheese fan and I love to build a great charcuterie board, so something like the VonShef 9-Piece Slate Cheese Server is an amazing gift for your cheese-loving friends. A gift like this is also great because it can be used for hosting as well.
If you want to do a little something else, I recommend finding some nice balsamic vinegar or olive oils to dip bread and a set of dipping dishes.
Summer wedding gift ideas don’t have to be overly expensive easier. We both know you value your friends, but there’s no need to go into the red getting a gift.
A budget-friendly gift like the Couple’s Bucket List can be awesome because not only is it something the couple can do together, it helps to keep things fun and costs you under $50 USD. A gift isn’t about the price tag, it really is the thought that counts.
Something that makes married life easier
The perfect wedding gift could also be something that genuinely means making marriage easier. Whether the couple lived together before or are just moving in, simply being married can be a legitimate adjustment.
What could make marriage easier than something that cleans for them like the 1400PA Super Suction Robot Vacuum? One of these bad boys means that the new couple can take the afternoon off to watch a flick on Netflix or a romantic walk in the sun instead of vacuuming out the house!
Practical gifts that they wouldn’t necessarily gift themselves can be great summer wedding gift ideas. Something like a Nest security camera kit is both practical and something the happy couple probably doesn’t have. Helping them keep their belongings (and self) safe can be an awesome gift for your friends!
Other great “make marriage easier” choices include gift cards for practical services—like a month of maid services, two weeks of home delivery food kits or a wine subscription (you know, for the rough days ?).
Something that isn’t a waste of space
What you don’t want to be is the friend who gets the happy couple a gift that simply takes up space. Ditch the countless throw blankets, the random decor pieces and the 6,000 candles and go for something practical and useful.
While most people will likely have a pots and pans set, not everyone has a set of cast iron cookware. It turns out cast iron cookware is incredibly useful as it can be used on the stovetop and in the oven. If you’re looking for summer wedding gift ideas for the couple that cooks, this is it!
A great gifting plan can also be to improve upon what they already have. An updated version that’s easier and more practical than anything they have is a great idea.
An example of this would be a Keurig K250. Most couples already have a coffee machine, but something like a single-serve Keurig makes coffee faster (and according to some, better). Plus, they’re a nice wedding gift idea that isn’t a total budget buster.
Something meaningful (if you can)
Like I said, while you might be attending your bestie’s wedding you could just as likely be attending some girl from high school that you’ve only stayed Facebook friends with because she has a cute dog—though if that’s the case, I’m wondering why you’re attending!
If your couple friends are wine lovers, a cute gift idea is to get yourself a set of marriage milestone labels pick out four or five bottles of nice wine (I say four or five because not every married couple is aiming for a baby, so don’t be presumptious) and label them. For presentation purposes, you can throw these cute bottles into a nice basket and even get them a cute pair of wine glasses.
Personalized gift baskets are one of my absolute favourite gift ideas, but this does take a somewhat-intimate knowledge of the couple. I really like board game gift baskets because they can be used as a couple’s night in or as accessories to host friends. You can purchase a gift basket or make your own!
If you’re going to make your own, a few things to keep in mind are to include games that can be played by a couple, like Jenga, or a group, like Cards Against Humanities. Always include a deck of cards or two, because you never know. And aim to include some candy, popcorn holders or even a bottle of wine.
What to avoid in a wedding gift
Now that we’ve covered what to look for in summer wedding gift ideas, there are a few things to cover in the what not to get.
A few things to avoid when wedding gift shopping include:
- Decor pieces unless you know they want it and it goes with their decor
- Furniture, let the happy couple chose for themselves
- Artwork (unless they’ve specifically asked)
- Gifts that can’t be used by both parties
When it comes to finding summer wedding gift ideas, there’s no real wrong answer. I’m a firm believer that it really is the thought that counts. And don’t forget the gift receipt, that way it’s not a hassle if they’d rather get something else!
What are your great summer wedding gift ideas? Share them below in the comments!