Wanting to get a special gift for the bride on her upcoming wedding day, but unsure which direction to go?
While there are many non-physical gift items that a bride might appreciate, such as gift certificates to her favorite spa, tickets to an upcoming show that she’s a fan of, etc… we think that on her wedding day, handing her something more than a piece of paper just feels better. Plus, it won’t get lost in the scuffle of a busy day!
Depending on your relationship, there are many gifts ideas for things she might need or want that didn’t make it on the registry, so read on to get some inspiration flowing.
Whatever you end up choosing, make sure it’s thoughtful, unique, and special to your relationship. You know her so well, so make sure her day is extra special with a gift from you, her dear friend.
Who doesn’t love seeing their name in gold? This personalized tumbler will come in handy for the bride who will most likely need something to keep her hydrated throughout the day. We love all the available colors and monogram styles, so you’ll be able to find the font that fits her personality the best.
This wooden frame is the perfect gift idea for a special friendship. To make it extra special, include a photo from when you two first met, or a memorable day, like your graduation. She’ll be so touched by this thoughtful gift. Choose from black, gray, or antique white to match her home’s aesthetic.
“Tying the Knot” Personalized Bracelet
A dainty and chic addition to any bridal accessory, this “tying the knot” bracelet is a beautiful gift from a dear friend. It comes with a sterling silver pendant that can be engraved with up to 12 characters.
The box itself has a silver nameplate that can be engraved as well, so she can keep the bracelet safe with the fond memories of her dear friend.
Watercolor Portrait on Wood
Any bride would be touched to receive this watercolor portrait on her wedding day. Delight her with having one made with an engagement photo of the happy couple- she’ll be sure to hang it up in her home ASAP. Made with hardwood maple, this gift is personal and long-lasting.
“The Beginning” Scented Candle
This Aerangis candle is so luxurious. With unique scents of Erangis orchid, bergamot, jasmine, green leaves, sandalwood, musk, lily of the valley, and Sampaguita flowers, it invokes the image of a fresh beginning full of love and warmth; just perfect for a wedding day.
Looseleaf Tea Set Gift
Think the bride will be stressed out on her wedding day? 9 times out of 10, she’ll probably be overwhelmed with something or other; there’s a lot to stay on top of!
A sampler set of decaffeinated 10 looseleaf teas will definitely help her relax if she has the jitters. If anything, she’ll definitely have a cup later when the excitement dies down!
Is there honestly anything better than snuggling up under a warm blanket during the winter season? Snag a unique monogrammed blanket for the bride and groom and they will cherish it forever.
The best thing about this blanket too is that it’ll be perfect for those holiday family photo opportunities, if and when they decide to grow their family!
Personalized Geometric Vase
Does the bride have a green thumb, or just love flowers? This gorgeous geometric vase can be customized with their initials and wedding date and would make a great addition to any household.
It comes with a red gift box and silver seal so you can assemble it on the go and be ready to give it on the day of the wedding.
Diamond Drink Glasses
What’s more apt for a wedding day gift than a set of diamond-shaped drinkware? Diamond glasses to match the new diamond ring! If the bride is a fan of spirits and cocktails, she’ll love these quirky glasses.
Set at the perfect 50-degree angle to not spill over, it will allow spirits to breathe and give the drinker a full experience.
A 3-initial monogrammed necklace is a gorgeous way to herald in her new last name. Surprise her with this sterling silver pendant as a statement piece she can wear after the wedding.
If she’s not a fan of silver, there are options to get it plated in gold or rose gold. We love this elegant jewelry idea for its uniqueness and thoughtfulness.
Vietnamese Coffee Set
Is the bride a caffeine fiend? If she hasn’t tried Vietnamese coffee (Cà Phê) before, she’ll fall in love with its intensely sweet and flavorful aromas of it quicker than you can say “coffee”.
This starter kit comes with the signature 6 oz metal brewing filter (phin), your choice of single-origin or blends coffee, and condensed milk (a must!).
We also love that Vietnam Ca Phe Project donates a portion of its profits to sustainable living solutions for Vietnamese communities affected by natural disasters. Brew good, do good.
Wedding “Oh Shit” Emergency Kit
You never know what can happen on a wedding day. We all hope things will go as smoothly as silk, but in reality, emergencies crop up all the time! Prevent any sort of major disaster by gifting the bride with an “Oh Shit” kit.
She’ll feel empowered to mitigate any day-of hiccups with ease. But actual hiccups… good luck there.
Bridal Compact Mirror
This “gem” of a compact will be a nifty gift for the bride on her wedding day, as she’ll probably want to check her makeup throughout the night. Every gal needs a compact, and this one is perfect for a new “Mrs.”
New Bride Gift Box
Can’t decide what you want to get? This bridal box has five handcrafted items including a soy candle, peppermint soap, lip balm, and other sweet bridal goodies.
Let the bride pamper herself with a much-needed relaxation day, and really relish her newlywed status with this cute gift set.
Custom Ring Dish
The new bride is going to need a place to keep her rings, so why not get her this adorable ring dish. It’s high-quality ceramic and glazed and painted by hand.
We love supporting small studios that create handmade crafts like these and she’ll love that it didn’t come from a generic big box store.
Mini Instax Camera
Nostalgia is a powerful thing, and this mini Instax camera is just calling us to indulge in our inner 2000s photographer! This camera will require film, but any bride will love this throwback to have on her wedding day to snap unforgettable pictures.
Wine Caddy Set
If you know the bride’s favorite type of wine, get her this awesome sommelier presentation board. There are also options to choose from a 2 or 4 glass caddy, so whatever you go with, don’t forget to include a bottle of nice red for her to enjoy later!
These engraved luggage tags are a thoughtful and useful gift for any bride who loves to travel. If they’re going on a honeymoon after the wedding, even better! They come in genuine leather and are colored in tan, dark brown, or olive. A classy touch to any luggage!
Okay, let’s face it. We all need a large tote in our lives. These bags are useful to haul books, groceries, clothes, or a mishmash of everything! Your friend will “totes” find a use for this adorable tote bag. (Sorry, not sorry.)
Best Friends Book
The Best Friends Book is a perfect way to encapsulate your unique relationship with the bride. With customization available down to the hair, skin tone, and a special dedication page, this gift is a sweet and thoughtful way to honor somebody you’ve known for ages.
As far as home gifts go, any bride who loves to host will need a charcuterie board! Why not gift her one with her new family name? This would go great in a gift set with some nice serving utensils, too, if you’re looking to make her a gift basket of fun, foodie-themed items.
Marble and Wood State Coasters
If your bestie is moving away after the wedding or is coming in to be married in her hometown, gift her these coasters that are personalized with state outlines and optional hearts. You can mix and match states that are meaningful to both of you.
Boho Macramé Frame
Is the bride you’re shopping for into all things Boho? Charm her with this beautiful macramé hanging picture holder. This distinctive and well-crafted gift fits a 4 x 6 portrait, so you can include one of both of you.
You could also leave it empty for her to put a photo from the wedding once she gets the pictures back from the photographer!
Future Mrs. Sweatshirt
A cozy sweatshirt is a mainstay for just about everyone, so consider gifting her one with a little more personality! She can wear it on the honeymoon when she’s relaxing, or even for the next day at brunch.
Big Adventures Travel Journal
Will the bride be going on an adventure soon? Big or small, this travel journal is a thoughtful way for her to document all the trips she’ll be taking.
It has 136 pages full of prompts and questions to probe her thinking and allow her to reflect on themes of gratitude and inspiration.
Message in a Bottle
A lot of little mini letters in a cute capsule bottle could be filled with memories or positive wishes for the new bride. Gather ideas and messages from all of the bride’s friends and family and fill them up for her to unwrap on days when she might be feeling down.
This ivory pashmina shawl would make a great lightweight wrap for the bride on a blustery day. Light enough to cover the shoulders, a shawl or wrap is a great accessory to have.
Minimalist “Best Friend” Necklace
This chic “best friend” necklace could be a lovely addition on the wedding day or work for more casual wear on days afterward. The curved necklaces match each other to form a perfect circle.
A great gift for a great friendship, jewelry like this is like a way better, updated version of those BFF necklaces we had as kids.
Mini Beauty Refrigerator
Is the bride crazy about skincare? If she doesn’t have a mini beauty refrigerator, she’ll definitely love having this in her life. It keeps your serums and tools nice and cold for skincare, and can also be switched to warming if necessary!
Bridal Makeup Bag
All brides will love having a special makeup bag to commemorate their wedding day. The title is with “Mrs.” or “Wifey” and a date with your choice of font vinyl color, and consider filling it with some beauty goodies she might like!
Choose from white, ivory, gray, natural, black, or navy blue to fit her wedding day aesthetic.
Jewelry Travel Case
Ideally, whenever brides travel, they’ll want to ensure that their new bling is safe and taken care of. Gift her this personalized jewelry box in either white or blush and she’ll have a place to put her necklaces, rings, and assorted bling. We love the floral design with this bold impactful letter- classy and understated.