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Tradition calls for exchanging gifts with your future spouse on the big day. It sounds like a lot of pressure—what could possibly embody your feelings about the time you’ve shared together and the lifetime ahead of you? Finding something that embodies the right mix of thought and sentiment can be tricky.
“A groom should look for a gift that symbolizes life together beyond the big day or something that symbolizes the journey the couple has taken together to get to this moment,” says wedding consultant Erin Davies. Many women (and people in general!) are fans of personal gifts: “Look for something that couldn’t possibly have been meant for anyone else,” advises Davies. Going that extra will make a huge difference in the end result.
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Erin Davies is a seasoned event planner and wedding consultant based in Massachusetts.
The gift doesn’t need to be extravagant—a handwritten letter, memory box, or customizable book are all great options. But if you’re struggling to find something that captures how you feel, there’s no need to stress. Stick with the more practical route and get her something she needs, like a luggage set for the honeymoon or a cashmere blanket she can snuggle up in for years to come. And we promise she won’t say no to something a little more indulging, like a sparkling diamond tennis bracelet.
From a small token of your affection to a splurge-worthy present, we’ve looked high and low for the perfect gift for your spouse. And many of these items are flexible when it comes to the giver and recipient—they can also be from a bride to a bride (and some may be perfect for your groom).
Read on for the best wedding gifts to a bride from the groom.
Those words are so important—so gift her something that will make her remember them every day. This wedding vows print poster comes in 14 different sizes, depending on whether your sentiments are short and sweet or romantically in depth. This is also a great option if you decide to exchange vows privately instead of at the ceremony.
You know what they say—diamonds are a girl’s best friend. This glittering 18-karat gold tennis bracelet proves that, with a pattern of nearly 50 round and marquise diamonds that’s simply stunning. The best part about diamond tennis bracelets is that they go with everything, from a casual cashmere sweater to a fancy gown.
Your bride probably has some pretty lingerie planned for the honeymoon, but why not add to the collection with a pick of your own? Featuring a sheer mesh neckline with delicate floral lace and a white buttery silk-charmeuse fabric, this little number is fun, flirty, and best of all—comfortable.
This unique, hand-blown glass ball comes with 52 slips of paper. Make your soon-to-be wife a promise with this meaningful gift: Once a week for the first year of your marriage, you’ll write a wish together to tuck inside. Over time, you’ll watch your intentions grown into the life you’re creating together.
Get her ready for the honeymoon adventure with a shadow-printed monogrammed luggage tag and passport case set. If she’s taking on new initials after marriage, she’ll love this personalized touch. Made of vegan leather, they come in five graphic colors that will help her spot her bag on the luggage carousel: black, camel, blush, navy, and poppy.
Get your girl an evening bag that she can whip out for special occasions—like anniversary dinners! The Nile Handbag packs a fun, modern punch that helps elevate any outfit. It features a rosewood handle carved by female artisans in Kenya and a metallic gold body that adds a touch of glam.
Symbolize your commitment to grow together with a lush, tropical plant. Just like your marriage, it’s a gift that will need to be nourished and cared for—and it’s a perfect present for anyone with a green thumb. The Sill’s Ficus Audrey is relatively low-maintenance, requiring filtered light and a watering every week or two so her matte leaves can stay shiny and green.
This one is perfect for the music lover. Send the lyrics of your wedding song and your favorite picture from your engagement photos and this Etsy vendor will personalize your own custom record. Display it as part of a gallery wall arrangement or as a stand alone statement piece.
If your bride is changing her last name, get her a cute “Mrs.” sweatshirt that she can wear loud and proud. This super soft pullover comes in 10 different colors and also as a hoodie option, so you can definitely find one that suits her style. Add on a cute pair of matching sweatpants for the ultimate lounge set.
This bracelet is gorgeously glossy and works well with any outfit, but the best part is that it features a plate you can engrave. There are so many directions to take here: your first initials together, her new last name, the date of your anniversary, or an “I love you.” The bracelet is adjustable for any sized wrist, extending out to nine inches in length.
What’s better than one watch? Three! A mineral crystal face with gold tone features and signature Tory Burch branding makes this dial interchangeable with all types of bangles. The set comes with three bangle versions in complementary hues: gold tone, sleek lime green, and a patterned purple.
This cute little pop-up box will feature your favorite photos of the two of you, with room for a small little gift inside. It also includes a magnetic strip so you can slap it on your fridge—both of you will always have fond memories to look at every time you go for a snack.
Every woman needs two robes: a fluffy, cozy one and a lightweight, sexy one. Help her out with the latter by gifting her this luxe, mulberry silk beauty. Inspired by the Yukata Japanese bathing robe, it features French seams and wide kimono-inspired arms. It’s also hypoallergenic and helps regulate your body temperature.
She’ll be honeymoon ready with this eco-friendly, vegan leather backpack and duffle bag set. And it’s in white, which makes it perfect for the bride! A snakeskin pattern, gold zippering, and interior satin lining make for a chic pair of travel buddies, both with ample room for all the goods. The duffle bag includes six open-top compartments and one zipper pocket to keep everything organized.
Sometimes the best gift is the simplest one. Frame a photograph of the two of you in a vintage-inspired frame. Featuring ornate gold or black details, this one emits a bit of old world romance. It comes in five different sizes, including a trifold in case you can’t decide on a favorite photo.
Play pen pals on the big day with this leather handmade journal, which includes two satin ribbons to bookmark your spot. Write a sweet message to your bride and have the best man bring it to her early in the day with directions to write back. Her maid of honor will return it to you with the response. Go back-and-forth with the journal exchange until it’s time to walk down the aisle as a way to stay connected during the day.
A diamond letter charm set in 14-karat solid gold is a dazzling way for your bride to flaunt a new last name. With recycled gold and conflict-free diamonds, it’s environmentally friendly, too. This charm only comes by itself—so if she doesn’t have a chain necklace or bracelet, you might want to gift her one, too.
If you’re keeping wedding gifts simple, a heartfelt note will do the trick. This petite card features a matte finish paper with gold foil printed on top. Take a minute to let her know just how excited you are to spend the rest of your lives together—she’ll be touched.
One of the best ways to go to bed is wearing Lunya’s oversized silk tee set. A slim, yet boxy shape and buttery feel make these pajamas a dream to sleep and cuddle in. It comes in five different colors, from deep blue to meditative gray.
Send a bit of luck her way on the big day (and every day!) with this thoughtful penny keychain. Just provide the month and year of your anniversary, and the penny will come bearing that special date. Complete the package by adding a sweet heart charm.
Not much is cuter than this book, which you can personalize from the cover design to your names to the characteristics that define you and your wife. The result? A heartfelt story of your journey together that she’ll want to read all the way through.
Many people know about Away’s carry-on, but have you seen the aluminum edition of this cult favorite? Your bride will be over the moon when she receives this sleek bag—a symbol of many adventures to come. Whether you opt for silver, onyx black, or rose gold, she’ll look snazzy rolling this off to your Maldives honeymoon.
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but pearls are a close second. These recycled gold threader earrings put a modern and stylish twist on the classic pearl studs, with a lightweight chain that drops two-and-a-half inches in length featuring small Keshi pearls.
The classic trinket dish gets a special facelift when you can customize it with a meaningful photo. Whether the photo is a memory of your first trip together or from when you got engaged, it’ll make for the perfect place for her to keep her rings when she’s washing up.
Every woman needs a signature scent, and you can’t go wrong with this classic Chanel Coco Mademoiselle perfume. Orange, jasmine, and rose combine with a base of patchouli and vetiver for a scent that’s bold, yet feminine. Scent often evokes nostalgia—this one will help recall happy wedding day memories every time she wears it.
Every couple has a song—get the lyrics of yours printed on a black and white canvas boasting a photo of the two of you. You can also choose to get it printed in color, but there’s something romantic about the grayscale. It’ll stand out on the bedroom wall next to muted or colorful decor.
You’re about to start a lifetime together—chronicle all your adventures over the years in a hand-crafted, ‘bucket list’ journal. This cute book is just six-by-six inches, and you can customize it to the max; the color of the cover, text of the font, and whether the pages are lined or unlined are all up to you.
Blankets are something everyone has too many of, but not enough that are truly nice. This muted one from Brooklinen is well worth the splurge. Crafted out of cashmere and lambswool by a century-old family mill, it’ll keep you both warm and cozy and will last for years to come.
From concert tickets and hotel key cards to your wedding program, she can store some of her favorite relationship mementos in this memory keepsake box, Built out of hardy acacia wood, the inside is lined with a luxurious chamois leather that helps to protect valuables.
Cateye sunglasses will make anyone feel like an old Hollywood starlet. This Saint Laurent pair is sleek and shiny, and promise to go with nearly any outfit—even her wedding dress! It’s also the perfect accompaniment to jeans and a white t-shirt or a caftan on that beach honeymoon you’re about to embark on.
She’ll need a place to store all that jewelry she’ll be sure to accumulate over the years. This jewelry box is the perfect home for special pieces, featuring three layers of storage. The first has a variety of compartments for rings, bracelets, and stud earrings. The second boasts 15 partitions for larger earrings, and the third is free of partitions, so laying out watches and necklaces is a breeze.
Diamonds and pearls, oh my! What more could a girl ask for in a pair of stud earrings? These sterling silver beauties show off white freshwater pearls and pavé diamonds. They’re perfect for everyday wear as much as they are for a glamorous evening out on the town.
Patent leather brings a spin to an otherwise classic black tote. Featuring an open top and interior zip pocket, there’s room for everything, from a laptop to a makeup bag. A structured silhouette at the bottom gives way to a more relaxed style at the top, making it a versatile piece that she’ll use every day.
If she’s a baker, this gift will make whipping up cookies that much sweeter. A set of three wooden spoons each comes with its own personalized details: your last name and the year the two of you get married in a crest-like design, the initials of both of your first names with a heart, and the phrase “happily ever after.”
Here’s a gift that she’ll swoon over: a dozen miniature love letters, perfect for tiny messages and quips about what you love about her. Each sweet message is enclosed in a kraft paper envelope. Enlist a bridesmaid to help hide them in strategic spots, so your bride will find them and be surprised throughout the big day.
If you’re keeping gifts low-key or have a bride who loves self-care, a fragrant candle is the way to go. This love potion-themed one is the wedding day and beyond. Mandarin and lavender combine with jasmine blossoms to evoke the scent of a wildflower meadow. Bonus: the candle is vegan!
It’s hard to find a cuter night light—this one features a laser-engraved acrylic ring that encircles your names and the wedding date, and is set on a handcrafted hardwood base. It has a 50,000 hour lifespan, so it should light up your bedroom nightstand for many years to come.
We promise that the bride will appreciate having a special place to keep all her wedding mementos. This white keepsake box comes complete with a sectioned interior, glassine pouches, glass vials, jewelry bags, a pen, heirloom stickers, and three notebooks.
We love this classic, interactive book—it’s the perfect combo of playfulness and thoughtfulness. Simply fill in the blanks to prompts like “When we are apart, it makes me happy to think about…” Get as serious or as witty as you want!
While a ring box is typically used to help the ring bearer carry the wedding rings down the aisle, it can also be the place you can both put your rings in for safekeeping. This acrylic box comes laser engraved with your first names or your last name, with nine different designs to choose from.
What to Look for in a Wedding Gift for the Bride From the Groom
Thoughtfulness and meaning
The gift doesn’t have to be large or expensive! Consider her personality and the type of gift that she’ll most appreciate, and go for thoughtfulness and meaning above all else. Whether that’s a sentimental gift like a print of your vows, a handwritten letter, or a customized piece of jewelry, it’s important that she feels special on the big day.
Adding a personalized touch to any gift will help take it to the next level. It could be as simple as adding her new married initials as a monogram on a keepsake box or onto a fancy new set of luggage for the honeymoon. Or, go for a custom piece of artwork that you can enjoy together in your home.
Gifts like luggage and travel accessories hit the sweet spot of usefulness—and they carry the promise of many adventures ahead. If your bride is outdoorsy and adventuresome, delicate diamonds may not be her cup of tea, but a deluxe new tent or two tickets to a backpacking tour may be the perfect present.
“A wedding day is as personal and emotional as a day can be, so the gift should match that,” says Davies. “I find that truly memorable gifts strike the emotional chord tend and to not be extravagant at all.” Davies also encourages couples to put pen to paper: “A beautifully written letter can be the most impactful ‘gift’ one can give.”
Davies suggests gifting your bride a scrapbook of items from your relationship, featuring mementos like movie stubs and printouts of text exchanges. Another idea is to fill out small pocket planner with notes and dates for the first year of your marriage, including future activities like restaurants you want to visit and weekend trips you want to take.
But the most important thing, she says, is to include a heartfelt note with the gift. “If you give the planner of dates, tell her how the best part of getting married today is about the future you’ll begin tomorrow,” she says. “Sharing these words will create a feeling of unity early during the day (likely when you are separated and nerves are flying high) and can help refocus your energy.”
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Brides contributor Hillary Hoffower has over seven years of experience writing for the wedding industry, covering everything from bridal fashion trends to wedding decor. She’s always shopping, so her eye is trained to spot the best products on the web, from luggage sets to silk robes.