20 Last-Minute Wedding Gifts They Didn't Know They Needed
Shopping in a pinch? Dealing with a depleted registry? We've got you covered with our curated list of thoughtful wedding gift ideas you can buy and send online.
When it comes to wedding gifts, there are exactly two rules: Always shop from the registry unless everything on the registry has already been purchased. If that's the case, then any present is better than no present at all.
So, if you've double-checked the couple's registry and keep coming up empty-handed, know that you've done your part. Now we'll do the rest. Here are the best last-minute wedding gifts you can buy right now, plus some helpful tips regarding how much to spend and where to send your present.
How Much to Spend on a Wedding Gift
In general, $50-$100 is the gold standard for wedding gifts. If you're not that close to the happy couple or you're already spending a lot on plane tickets, lodging and transportation, then feel free to stick to the low end of that budget. (Or consider putting even $25 towards their honeymoon fund.) Typically, only immediate family members spend more than $150 on a wedding present.
Where to Send Your Wedding Gift
Couples have so many details to coordinate before and after their Big Day. (Think finalizing seating charts, fulfilling contracts, welcoming their guests to town and catching the flight to their honeymoon destination.) So, one of the most courteous things you can do is ship your gift straight to their house. This thoughtful gesture ensures that their present gets to where it needs to be and spares them the stress of corralling one more item after the reception.
Any young couple would appreciate a credit for an Airbnb rental of their choice. They can put it towards lodging on their honeymoon now or save it for a romantic weekend getaway in the future. Simply purchase a gift card for any amount between $25 and $500, and you'll be giving them something truly invaluable.
Newlyweds can never have enough picture frames. Help them decorate their new home and showcase their wedding photos with a few of these dreamy acrylic blocks. The frames hold a photo on each side, swiveling to display each. And, the clean lines and transparent edges are sure to complement their home furnishings.
If you're looking for a gift that walks the line between sentimental and sensible, start with The Newlywed Table. This modern classic will make a thoughtful addition to their kitchen and equip them with 100 recipes to try in their first year of marriage.
Use the couple's home base, college town or shared city as your guide and gift them with a stunning, state-of-the-art cheeseboard. We can all agree that the state of New York has never looked more beautiful than it does covered in ample amounts of cheese, right?
A personalized desk calendar checks all the boxes. It's pretty, it's practical and, most importantly, it gives them another excuse to admire their wedding photos. If you're gifting before the Big Day, send them an e-gift card to use once they receive their wedding album back from the photographer. Otherwise, you can customize the calendar yourself from their public album.
Set the lovely couple up for a night of movies and snacks with this gift set that includes a popcorn popper and two bags of kernels. The interactive, hand-cranked popper produces twice as much popcorn as a microwave bag in the same time. Add in a movie or a streaming service gift card, and they're ready to relax for a night in.
An automatic trash can is a gift they probably wouldn't buy themselves but will be so glad they own. This no-touch can opens smoothly and quickly with a wave of the hand in front of the sensor. Our favorite feature? There's a pocket inside the trash can that dispenses a new bag when you need it.
Help the happy couple personalize their shared home by gifting them credit towards framed fine art. Not only does a gift card take some of the guesswork out of the gift for you, but it also ensures that the couple gets to enjoy the selection process together.
If no one bought the gorgeous, glossy stand mixer, this is your time to shine. Swoop in and make their dreams come true with the gift of the ultimate kitchen staple. If someone has already purchased the mixer, take that as your cue to buy all the fun attachments. Pasta maker? Check. Ice cream maker? On it.
If the bride or groom considers themselves a grill master, this monogrammed forged steak brand is sure to give them a real tickle. Add a little oomph to your gift, and pair the brand with a gift card that covers dinner for two at a nice steakhouse in town.
Nothing will make them feel spoiled rotten like a robot vacuum cleaner. When life gets busy, they can schedule cleanings from their phone and spend more time with each other versus more time on chores. With this gift, you'll officially be their favorite friend or family member.