Out of the Box Wedding Gift Ideas

Whether you’re the bride thinking of unique items to add to your wedding registry or a wedding guest tired of wrapping yet another picture frame, consider one of these unique wedding gifts instead. This list of non-traditional (but totally on-trend) wedding gifts are the perfect addition to a newlywed’s home.

Shake It (Like a Polaroid Picture)

The Polaroid is back – and we definitely understand why. Everything old is new again, and the Polaroid manages to make photos feel special while still appealing to our need for instant gratification. 🙂 We’re fans of the Polaroid Now I type Instant Camera. The compact design is super easy to travel with and perfect for the honeymoon. Consider pairing it with a travel journal, so the newlyweds can store their photos and jot down memories along the way.

Vintage Maps

Does the couple have a favorite vacation destination that they visit year after year? Or maybe they were engaged in some exotic location? Consider sourcing an antique map of their special place and getting it framed. You can visit a local rare bookstore, scour eBay, or visit PineBrookMaps.com, which offers one-of-a-kind prints from around the world. If you’re weary of finding a frame that suits their taste, consider getting a gift card to a local framer instead where they can choose the finish themselves.

Seriously Unique Serveware

Though they’ll need conventional platters, too, let someone else choose that off the registry! We suggest sending over this unique Coastal Serving Boardter from Uncommon Goods. Not only is it stunning, but it is also the perfect conversation piece to admire while enjoying the delicious cheese served on top!

Coastal Serving Board
Coastal Serving Board

Healthy (and Easy) Cooking

Are the bride and groom foodies who love the fresh, organic food from the Farmer’s Market? Then we have just the gift. West-coast based Sun Basket ships everything you need to make organic and non-GMO recipes, with most taking less than 30 minutes). Created by Justine Kelly, the former head chef of the James Beard award–winning The Slanted Door restaurant, each delivery contains pre-measured ingredients for 3 meals for either 2 or 4 people (you can choose gluten free, paleo and vegetarian options as well). Bon appetit!

Smoky Maple Pork
Smoky Maple Pork and Beans

All that Jazz

If a night spent listening to old records sounds like a dream come true to your friends, then a record player could totally put you on the best-gift list. There are so many options to choose from, but we heart brands such as Ion Audio, Crosley and Pro-Ject. You can also include several records you know they love, just to put the icing on the cake. My husband and I received one as a housewarming gift when we moved into our new place, and it’s made a permanent home in our Saturday morning records & waffles routine.

Cuddle Up in Style

Is the couple jetting off to a honeymoon far, far away? We suggest purchasing cashmere travel sets to make their journey a little more comfortable. Say goodbye to itchy airplane blankets (are they even clean?) and hello to these super soft Cashmere Jersey Travel Sets from Frontgate, which include a throw, eye mask and socks. You can even monogram them!

Frontgate Cashmere Jersey Travel Set with Socks
Frontgate Cashmere Jersey Travel Set with Socks, photo from Pinterest

Roll the Dice

Game night for two? We suggest going back to basics with games such as the Vintage Deluxe Scrabble, Vintage Edition Monopoly or Giant Vintage Chess Set from Restoration Hardware. These retro classic games are the perfect addition to the couple’s new home…they’re not only a great display piece, but they’ll get tons of use when they start entertaining, too. Hopefully they’ll have you over for the first roll of the dice!


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