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23 Presents for the Bride & Groom Gift Exchange

by Wedding Shoppe Blogger: Hannah Arkelin November 22, 2017 @ 12:45 pm

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You thought you were done, didn’t you?

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you have one more present to buy. Not only do you need to promise to love them for better or worse, but you’re getting them a wedding day gift.

I know what you’re thinking…Do I have to spend a lot of money?

Of course not! You just need to put a little thought and love into the bride and groom gift exchange.

To help you pick out the perfect bride or groom present, I’ve come up with 23 ideas.

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Amanda Marie Studio

23 Presents for the Bride & Groom Gift Exchange:

*This is a post that contains affiliate links through Etsy. While we can receive commission through affiliate links, opinions are entirely our own.*

Whether you want to be funny or romantic, spend a lot or a little, buy or DIY, there is something for everyone.

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Groom to Bride:

1. A bit of sparkle.

A bracelet, pair of earrings, ring (not her wedding band), a necklace…something special. Jewelry is never a copout, especially when you’ve put some thought into it.

If you’d like her to wear it on the big day, get some input from her mom or Maid of Honor—she may have already purchased her bridal accessories.

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2. A message on the bottom of her shoes.

Steal her bridal shoes and use a Sharpie to write something sentimental. It could be a quote, lyrics, a short poem like, “As we walk this journey from beginning to end, I’m glad to have my true love and best friend,” or anything that’ll make her smile.

Warning: If your fiancé bought Manolo Blahnik’s, Louboutin’s, or another pair of fabulous designer shoes, permanent marker may not be welcome.

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3. Little gifts throughout the day.

The littlest things can often make the biggest impact. Have Starbucks delivered to her in the morning, send her flowers, have her bridesmaids randomly supply her with candy, send her sweet texts, provide her with a tequila shot before the ceremony, etc.

She’s going to be feeling nervous, stressed, tired, excited, and so many other emotions! You know her better than anyone else, right? Make sure she has what she needs to love every second of the big day.

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Amanda Marie Studio

4. Anything that says “Wifey” or “Mrs.” on it.

You’ll find jewelry, T-shirts, coffee mugs, and so much more out there. Shop from trusted artists on Etsy and make sure you order anything custom-made well in advance.

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5. Hidden stitches.

Sew something thoughtful on the inside of her dress (anywhere it won’t show). Could be a heart, your wedding date, her new initials, or even a love note. Use blue thread and you’ve also given your bride her ‘something blue!’

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Bride to Groom:

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6. A watch.

Get him that fancy timepiece he’s always wanted! Maybe even a personalized pocket watch—dapper, no?

Attach a little note to it that says, “See you at 3:00,” or whatever time you’re saying “I do.” You can even add a personal note on the inside of this watch below!

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7. A new “little black book.”

Want to make him blush? Have a boudoir photo shoot and compile the prints in a black book. I bet he won’t regret throwing the old one away!

8. Cozy socks.

Help him out with his “cold feet”—see what I did there? Socks are fun, cute, affordable, and make for unique photo opportunities.

Buy a few funky pairs and give them to the groomsmen! You’ll love the photos.

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9. Shiny, new cufflinks.

Every man needs one nice pair of cufflinks, and you know he’ll cherish them forever.

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10. Cigars

Give him an excuse to sit back and relax before the ceremony—he’ll thank you for it.

Make his present even cooler with a personalized, wooden humidor >>

11. Hidden stitches.

Stitch something sweet on the back of his necktie or the inside of his shirt collar. A heart, “XO,” or a few words to remind him why you love him.

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For Both:

12. # of days you’ve loved them.

It’s small, but sweet. Whether you include this in your letter, art, or whatever wedding day gift you decide to give them, letting them know how many days you’ve loved them will bring a tear to their eye.

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13. A DIY scrapbook.

Create a scrapbook filled with memories. Notes, photos, movie stubs, plane tickets, and anything else that tells your love story.

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14. A scratch-off travel map.

Perfect for the adventurous couple. Start using the map for your honeymoon travel!

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15. Hand-written letters.

One of the easiest gifts that often turns out to be the best. Save some money and simply let your fiancé know why you love them so much, can’t wait to spend the rest of your life with them, and more.

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Ali Kvidt Photography

16. 52 reasons why you want to marry them.

Write a reason why you love them on every card in a full deck. Use a hole-punch and key ring to bind them all together.

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17. Creative art.

It could be their favorite print, something that’ll fit perfectly in your new home, or even a custom-made piece. Etsy, people…you won’t regret it. Are they obsessed with their pet (soon to be yours, too)? Have a portrait done! Check out local artists, like Minneapolis’ Splendid Beast.

I love this piece of art because it shows the timeline of your relationship-in map form. Simple and sweet is often best.
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18. Sports gear.

What about their favorite team jersey with their new last name?

19. A bucket list book.

Make this gift extra special by writing a few of your bucket list ideas into the pages. This cute gesture symbolizes your future together and your life of adventure ahead!

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20. Liquor + engraved glasses.

A little liquid courage never hurt anyone! Buy them their favorite booze and a few personalized glasses to go with it.

We sell personalized wine and beer glasses, growlers, flasks, and even a whiskey barrel! Shop now >>

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21. Choreographed dance.

Want to go viral? Gather your groomsmen or bridesmaids and choreograph a dance.

Use music the two of you love or those 90’s hits that’ll get the whole room on their feet.

22. “Open when…” letters.

Write a collection of letters that your spouse will open at special moments throughout your marriage…

-Open when we have our first big fight.

-Open when our marriage turns 1.

-Open when we buy our first home.

-Open when we have our first child.

-Open when you miss me.

-Open when our kids leave the nest.

-Open when we retire.

And any other momentous days you see in your future…

23. Video messages from loved ones.

I absolutely love this DIY gift! Come up with the list of people who mean the world to your fiancé and think of a few questions you can ask each of them:

-Why do you love (insert fiancé)?

-What’s the key to a happy marriage?

-What’s the greatest memory you have with (insert fiancé)?

Send these questions to everyone on your list and ask them to record their answers. They can just use their phones. Once you’ve received all the videos, use a simple movie editor to create a compilation.

Set up a special wedding day viewing—before your fiancé starts getting ready (they’ll probably cry, after all).

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Did you and your partner exchange gifts before the wedding? Did you make or buy your gift? Share your advice with us and other brides-to-be in the comments below!

This article was originally published on October 7, 2015.

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Quite simply, I love everything wedding-related! My goal is to help couples plan their dream day with unique tips and tricks. I've been a wedding blogger for 2 years, and a writer for many more. I enjoy exploring the Twin Cities, traveling, and going on long walks with my curious dog, Watson. Is there a topic you'd like me to cover? Email me at!

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  • Comments

  • Tom Carson

    Can someone please link me to where I can get #17, the creative “met, engaged, married” frame?

  • WeddingShoppeInc

    Hi Tom! You can find different versions of the frame on Etsy! I hope that helps! Thanks for reaching out!

  • Sara caracappa

    #17 was made by my Etsy shop CaraCrafty. Find my other work at

  • WeddingShoppeInc

    Love your work, Sara! Thank you for sharing!

  • Dreamlines Wedding Dress Sketch

    Lovely gift ideas!

  • Wedding Return Gifts

    Very insightful and well-researched article.

  • Tammy Kitchens

    What does a third ring mean in a wedding set?

  • Erica Broker

    Looking for a present for my hubby and this post popped up. ^^^^ Dreamlines…. my husband gave me one of your sketches of my dress and his suit on our wedding day! It was a perfect gift. Love. Love. Love.

  • Manday

    This is the first time I am seeing your full post.Very insightful and well-researched article.
    It’s really helpful. Thank you so much for giving the important information.

  • Charlene

    I often read your article for getting a clear idea. A Unique idea thanks for sharing. This post is really useful.

  • Shante

    Looking for a gift. I love anything about “letters” or “words of expression” My husband surprised a beautiful glass love letter from EliteGlassCards. Something to cherish for a lifetime. Love the ideas and articles you have posted.

  • Molly byrd

    I’ve been looking for ideas and this is extremely helpful. 🙂 I ended up with some cute little shoe stickers that say “SoulMates”… but the engraved watch is an absolute must have. He will cry… in a good way!

  • Julia Pakonen

    This was great, I love the idea of the Hidden stitching in the tie it’s so unique and I also love the fact that I can show him this article to give him a few ideas for my presents as well 😉

  • Alicia Bowman

    I absolutely LOVE the idea of writing a message inside the band of a watch!! I also really, really like the idea of a bucket list book. This list is exactly what I have been looking for!

  • Melissa G Caudill

    I love the handmade gifts. They seem so timeless!

  • Jessica

    Very helpful! Love these ideas. Thank you!

  • Kelly

    Even a pair of socks for the groom with a cute note is a good gift.

  • Rachel Martinez

    I love love love this blog! My fiancé and I were thinking about doing custom gifts that we’d only get to see in person on our honeymoon- on the wedding day we were thinking we’d give each other small hints as to what was going to happen. We love surprises, so it’ll be exciting and fun!


    Very awesome article! I love the diy photobook!

  • Arielle Floyd

    I love the idea of little gifts throughout the day!

  • Brittany K

    I love these ideas! My fiancé hates when I buy him gifts so it’s great to see many DIY-ish ideas. Meaningful and memorable.

  • Maria Ernster

    Love these ideas!

  • Emily

    I love the mugs! Such a cute idea!

  • Jaime

    So many great gift ideas! My fiancée and I love to travel, so I love the scratch-off map idea!

  • Ashley

    Aww, I love these ideas. Is it too much to do them all! 😉

  • Danielle

    I was just thinking about what to give my fiance… great advice!

  • Tabby

    These are some really great ideas!

  • Mariah

    Thanks for the ideas!

  • Haley

    We love traveling together so the scratch of map is such a perfect idea, thanks!!

  • Danielle Tschida

    So many cute ideas here! thanks for sharing!

  • Amy Faymoville

    Thank you Wedding Shoppe for such a wonderful experience! I love these ideas!

  • Molly Olson

    So many cute ideas!! I love the mugs 🙂

  • Brittany Birmingham

    Such good ideas!

  • Ying

    It’s so hard to buy something for someone who goes out to buy things if they want it. This is a great article with great ideas.

  • Kylie

    I loved all of these ideas! Thank you Wedding shoppe for sharing! I have had multiple great experiences at the Wedding Shoppe!

  • Rachel

    So many cute ideas!!

  • Samia Lokenye

    These are so helpful, and so cute. Sharing this with my fiancé, as I know hes going to have a hard time thinking of a gift hahaha. Thank youuu for sharing 😊

  • Hannah

    I love the “cold feet” sock idea! I might end up doing this one.

  • McKenzie

    I personally love the idea of exchanging letters to read just before you see each other for the first time on your wedding day. Having letters to “open when…” is another great idea!

  • Sahbreena Patton

    I can’t wait to put a few of these to use on our wedding day!!! Great ideas!

  • Annie

    Thank you for these amazing ideas!!! I love the note on the watch and simple handwritten letters.

  • Cris

    Some of these ideas are becoming more common but cute and classy nonetheless!

  • Miranda Zahn

    Wow, I love how personalized these are!

  • Brianne Chung

    LOVE the idea of a watch for the groom’s gift! My fiancè is a total watch guy!

  • Olivia

    Such cute ideas! Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Chelsea

    Love the travel map and scrapbook ideas!

  • Christine

    I love the idea of stitching hidden messages onto clothing. It’s such a sweet gesture and special because only the two of you know about it.

  • Marisa

    So many good ideas! I love the little gifts through the day idea. I’m going to do that one, maybe custom watch as the topper! See you at 4 my love

  • Emily Schmulske

    Thank you for posting this blog! What great and unique ideas to think about to give my future husband!

  • Sarah Van Gorden

    So cute!

  • Sarah S

    This came at such a good time for me! Thanks for the ideas

  • Samantha Nystrom

    Awesome ideas!! Thanks!

  • Kari E

    Cute ideas!

  • Diana

    I’m so glad I found this article. I wasn’t sure where to start with gift ideas for my fiancé but this article definitely gave me a good starting point. Hanks for the ideas!

  • Danielle Borgman

    Amazing ideas!! I never know what to get my fiancé and I’ve been stressing so much over what to get him for the wedding. This really helped!! Thank you.

  • Ashlie Tisland

    I love all these ideas! I’ve been thinking about these for awhile.

  • Katherine

    This is the hardest part for me! My fiancé is wearing an engagement ring, so I’m giving him a watch as a ‘wedding band.’ Now I need to think of something else good for a gift!

  • Brianna

    These are such great ideas! I love the cufflinks!

  • Sisa

    awesome ideas thank you so much

  • Katie

    I love the ‘Open Later’ letter ideas. I actually ordered cufflinks for a holiday gift so he can plan to wear them on our wedding day. One less thing he needs to coordinate and I know he would want something special.

  • Emilee

    These are great ideas! I think I have mine in mind, but it’s a secret!

  • Ashley DePover

    Love the ideas!

  • Yolanda

    I like the gift idea of anything that says wifey or hubby

  • Cassandra Behrens

    This was very helpful. Fiancé didn’t know gifts were a thing so I’m sure he will look at this again.

  • Brooke Boulanger

    This is great! I didnt realize this was a thing so Im glad I read it!

  • Lauren

    Is it bad to forward this to my soon to be? 😉 SO many good ideas!

  • Thomas Nguyen

    Wow! what wonderful awesome Idea. It’s really so helpful for me.These fancy and wedding style reuses feels me glad.thanks for Sharing.

  • Ryan

    I love the bucket list book. What better way to start your new life together?

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