23 Presents for the Bride & Groom Gift Exchange

You may think you’re ready for your wedding, but we have some news for you.  You have one more present to buy! Not only do you need to promise to love them for better or worse, but you have to get them a wedding day gift.  After all, it’s tradition for a bride and groom to exchange gifts on the big day.  So, it’s time to start searching for the perfect present.  Whether you two want to keep it practical or sentimental - that’s up to you.  Here’s our advice regarding the bride and groom gift exchange.

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Bride & Groom Gift Etiquette

While it’s tradition for the bride and groom to exchange gifts, there are no rules to how much you should spend!  You can choose to invest a bit more money in traditional items (think jewelry and watches.)  Or, you can opt for more creative wedding gift ideas. This choice tends to be nicer on the wallet.  These wedding presents could include personalized items or thoughtful scrapbooks!
On the wedding day, when is the best time for the bride and groom to exchange gifts?  Again, there are no set rules, so feel free to choose whatever fits into your schedule.  Common times to exchange wedding gifts are after the first look or right before the ceremony.  This gives the bride and groom time to take a breather together before hitting the aisle.  Or, if you aren’t planning on seeing each other pre-ceremony, have the maid of honor and best man deliver the gifts.


Unique Bride & Groom Gift Exchange Ideas

Gifts for your bride or groom are so much fun to buy. After all, you two have a lot to celebrate! Now you get the chance to solidify that commitment with a gift. While it doesn't have to be expensive, it must come from the heart. Here are some of our favorite wedding gift ideas for the bride and groom gift exchange!

Groom to Bride Gift Ideas:

So, you're searching for the perfect wedding gift for your wife?  We've got you covered!  Whether you need last minute wedding gift ideas or are looking for something sentimental - here are our favorites.

1. The 'Story of Us' Map

Love Story Map Wedding Gift

Shop: BasketfulOf Grace

This adorable gift for your bride will make for the perfect decor!  She will love how sentimental this present is, and it will take you back through memory lane.  Plus, it’s an amazing keepsake.  Be sure to double check to make sure you have your locations correct!

2. Beautiful Jewelry for the Bride

Bride Groom Gift ExchangeShop: treasures570

A bracelet, pair of earrings, ring (not her wedding band), a necklace… something special. Jewelry is never a copout, especially when you’ve put thought into it. If you’d like her to wear it on the big day, get some input from her mom or MOH. She may have already purchased her bridal accessories.

3. 'Just Married' Honeymoon Hat

Just Married Honeymoon Hat

Shop: ModParty

What better way to let the world she’s married than with this cute beach hat? If you two are honeymooning somewhere tropical, your wife will love this ‘just married’ hat. Plus, you may get some extra perks if people know you’re on your honeymoon!

4. Personalized ‘Mrs.’ Ring Dish

Personalized Mrs. Ring Dish

Shop: Simple Sentimental

If you two are opting for smaller gifts for the bride and groom gift exchange, this is perfect!  This personalized ring dish will be a thoughtful gift to go along with her new ring.

5. Anything That Says “Wifey” or “Mrs.” On It

Personalized Mrs. Gift

Shop: ModParty

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.

6. Anniversary Journal

Anniversary Journal

Shop: PenInkNeedleThread

A wedding gift that keeps on giving!  Show your bride that you're looking forward to your future together.  An anniversary book will be the perfect way for you to remember future celebrations of this special day.  Start by filling out a page on your actual wedding day!

7. A Message on the Bottom of Her Shoes

23 Unique Presents for the Bride and Groom Gift Exchange | The Wedding Shoppe

Shop: DinkiDs

Steal her bridal shoes and add something sentimental. It could be a quote, lyrics, a short poem. “As we walk this journey from beginning to end, I’m glad to have my true love and best friend,” is a perfect saying. Warning: If your fiancé bought Louboutin’s or another pair of designer shoes, permanent marker may not be welcome.  Grab these stickers instead!

8. Wedding Card for Your Bride

Wedding Card for the Bride

Shop: WeddingAffections

Whether you’re giving a gift or simply exchanging messages, a card is a must!  Jot down the reasons why you love her, and everything you’re looking forward to during marriage.  Your bride-to-be will be blown away by your thoughtfulness.

9. Personalized Wedding Spoons

Engraved Kitchen Spoons

Shop: HearthandTableCo

For if she loves to cook - or simply wants an adorable kitchen!  This wedding gift for your bride will brighten any meal.  I mean, just look at how cute these custom wooden spoons are.

Bride to Groom Gift Ideas:

We can't forget about gifts for the groom!  Show your soon-to-be hubby that you care by choosing the perfect wedding gift for him.  Here are some of our favorite unique wedding presents for the groom.

1. A Personalized Watch

This personalized watch is perfect for the day of bride groom gift giving | 23 Unique Presents for the Bride & Groom Gift Exchange | The Wedding Shoppe

Shop: BadgerWatches

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!

2. Leather Wallet for the Groom

Engraved Wallet for Groom

Shop: ShenDoah

This gift for your groom doubles as sentimental and practical!  This gorgeous engraved wallet will remind your hubby of this moment for years to come.  This is one of our favorites!

3. Personalized ‘Property of’ Underwear

Personalized Underwear for Groom

Shop: 78MagnoliaLane

If you’re on the hunt for a funny gift for your groom, these personalized undergarments will be a hoot!  He’ll love the thoughtfulness, and get a kick out of the saying.

4. Custom Wedding Handkerchief for Groom

Wedding Handkerchief

Shop: PeoniesandBells

If you’re looking to take a more traditional route, a wedding handkerchief is a must.  You can personalize a heartfelt message for your husband to carry with him.  This wedding keepsake will be passed on for generations to come!

5. Engraved Wedding Compass

Engraved Compass Wedding Gift

Shop: HeirloomGiftsCO

Are you a couple that loves to travel?  If so, this will be the perfect gift for your groom on the wedding day!  Have a special message engraved into the compass to make it even more heartfelt.

6. Groom Wedding Survival Kit

Groom Wedding Survival Kit

Shop: WildFlowerOK

If you’re looking for a laugh, this ‘New Husband Survival Kit’ will do the trick.  Fill this box with fun little gifts to make his day even more fun!  What a perfect wedding day gift for your groom.

7. 'Cold Feet' Wedding Day Socks

In Case you get Cold Feet Socks

Shop: NoColdFeetCo

Get your groom some socks - just in case he gets cold feet!  This is a fun little gift for your groom that you know he'll appreciate.  Plus, they're super cute!

8. Wedding Day Cufflinks

These cufflinks are the perfect gift to your groom | 23 Unique Presents for the Bride & Groom Gift Exchange | The Wedding Shoppe

Shop: MonogramNecklace2014

Every man needs one nice pair of cufflinks, and you know he’ll cherish them forever.  This wedding gift is both thoughtful and practical!  What groom doesn't love that?

9. Personalized Cigar Humidor

Cigar Humidor

Shop: MagicWoodShop

Give your husband an excuse to sit back and relax before the ceremony—he’ll thank you for it. Make this wedding present even cooler by personalizing it with wedding details! 

Gift Exchange Ideas for the Groom or Bride:

But wait, there's more!  Here are some wedding gifts that either the bride or groom can get for one another.  You can either buy or DIY these creative wedding gift ideas.

1. Personalized Wedding Pillow

Personalized Wedding Pillow

Shop: WillowCreekCompany

Let's be real - anything with your wedding date is something you instantly love!  Show off your favorite day of the year with this personalized pillow.  This makes for a great gift for the bride or groom.

2. Custom Wedding Mug

Personalized Wedding Mug

Shop: FrumpyAcres

For the adventurous couple, or any newlyweds heading for a mountainous honeymoon!  This unique wedding gift will be an adorable keepsake.  Plus, you know you'll use it!

3. Bucket List Book for Newlyweds

Bucket List Book

Shop: DragonForgedStudios

What better way to start out your life together than by writing down your hopes and dreams.  Whether you want to travel the world or build a business together, map it out in this book!  Having a bucket list together will keep you excited and motivated.

4. Engraved Wood Cutting Board

Engraved Wood Cutting Board

Shop: RusticFlitch

This is the perfect wedding gift for your soon-to-be spouse.  It's especially great if they're a bit of a chef (or if you want them to be!)  This personalized wedding gift for the husband or wife will look absolutely amazing in your kitchen.

5. DIY Love Story Scrapbook

Scrapbook DIY

Shop: TheCustomiseCompany

Create a scrapbook filled with memories. Notes, photos, movie stubs, plane tickets, and anything else that tells your love story.  Your soon-to-be spouse is sure to get emotional.

6. Hand-Written Love Letter

Wedding Card for Groom

Shop: WarwickSunday

A handwritten note is one of the easiest wedding gifts that often turns out to be the best. Save some money and simply let your fiancé know why you love them so much and can’t wait to spend the rest of your life with them.  Find a 'to my bride' card here.

7. Night Sky of Your Wedding Night

Constellation Wedding Night

Shop: OurLoveWasBorn

This thoughtful wedding gift will touch the heart of your significant other.  Whether you choose the night you met, fell in love, or your wedding night - you can't go wrong!  Pick a night that means a lot to the both of you, and reminisce about that night sky for years to come.

8. Custom Wedding Photo Drawing

Wedding Drawing

Shop: PrettyPrintedCo

An adorable way to remember your wedding day!  This custom wedding drawing is such a cute wedding gift for the bride and groom gift exchange.  Your spouse will love this - and the fact that you can include your pet!

9. Personalized Wedding Whiskey Decanter Set

Whiskey Set for Newlyweds

Shop: The WeddingPartyStore

If either or both of you are whiskey fiends, this makes for the perfect wedding gift!  This personalized whiskey decanter set will be a fun way to celebrate your marriage.

10. Wedding Charcuterie Board

Wedding Cheese Board


11. 'Reasons I Love You' Jar

Reasons I love you

Shop: DefineDesign11

For a sentimental wedding gift, consider this jar of 'reasons why I love you.'  Your future husband or wife will be so touched by this thoughtful present.

12. Framed Wedding Vows

Framed Wedding Vows

Shop: EmmaAndTheBean

Wedding vows are forever - so why not frame them?  If you're looking for a unique wedding gift for the bride or groom, this is it!  Framed wedding vows also make for a gorgeous decoration in your home together. 

13. Engraved Beer Glasses

23 Unique Presents for the Bride & Groom Gift Exchange | The Wedding Shoppe

Shop: EverythingEngravedAZ

A little liquid courage never hurt anyone!  Buy your bride or groom their favorite booze and a few personalized glasses to go with it. (This is especially great for couples who love to hit the breweries.)  Personalized wine and beer glasses, growlers, flasks, and even whiskey barrels are available. 

14. # of Days You’ve Loved Them

23 Unique Presents for the Bride & Groom Gift Exchange | The Wedding Shoppe

Shop: EmmaAndTheBean

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.

15. Engraved Family Tree

Family Tree

Shop: MarkedMoments

With your marriage, two families are becoming one!  Why not celebrate that with this custom family tree wedding gift?  It's heartfelt and will remind you of family that came before you.

Are you ready for the bride and groom gift exchange?

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Madalyn Spoden
October 14, 2020 12:17

Love the night sky frame! My parents have one of their wedding night!

Natascha Lowe
September 10, 2020 11:01

So many ideas, my brain!

September 10, 2020 10:59

Love this! I’ve been struggling to figure out what I want to get my guy.

Mindy Baker
September 03, 2020 15:08

Love all of these ideas, the shoes were great

James Robinson
September 03, 2020 15:08

Such a wonderful ideas can’t wait to surprise the bride.

Sarah rushing
August 21, 2020 08:36

This is so sweet.

Haley Mabey
August 12, 2020 11:57

The custom wedding photo is so beautiful and creative!!

Haley Mabey
August 12, 2020 11:57

The custom wedding photo is so beautiful and creative!!

Anai Gaspar
August 12, 2020 11:57

I loved all the ideas , So many good options!

MarKee Stevens
August 12, 2020 11:57

Loved the survival kit! My fiancé and I have a relationship full of humor so that’s great.

Amanda S Nelson
August 12, 2020 11:57

Love the cold feet socks idea how cute!

August 09, 2020 13:32

Definitely a great article and very helpful! I’ll be needing this help when it comes time to purchasing thoughtful gift for my husband to be!

Mya Murphy
August 09, 2020 13:32

All these are SO cute..now to make a choice.

Jessica mccauley
August 06, 2020 14:57

Love all of these ideas very cute

August 06, 2020 14:57

Thanks for the ideas! Love it!

Kelly Freeman
July 30, 2020 07:41

Thanks for the tips!

July 29, 2020 08:53

Love the survival kit box! Great idea!!

July 29, 2020 08:53

I love the personalized ring dish!

Nikki Gutierrez
July 29, 2020 08:53

Such great ideas!. I can’t wait I want to give them all to my special person!! ❤️❤️❤️

Shannon Bartlett
July 29, 2020 08:53

Great ideas!

Katelyn Pittman
July 26, 2020 22:24

This is one thing I hope I can make very special. I live all of the ideas and I’m looking forward to picking and using the best one!

July 26, 2020 22:24

Definitely using a lot of these!!!

July 26, 2020 22:24

Definitely using a lot of these!!!

July 26, 2020 22:24

I love the idea of the anniversary journal

Morgan Lawrence
July 26, 2020 22:24

I love the idea of framed vows

Becky S.
July 26, 2020 22:20

These are great ideas..I love the message on the bottom of shoes by DunkiD’s!

Sandra g
July 26, 2020 22:20

Omg such great ideas! 😍

Mallory Draper
July 26, 2020 22:20

Love these ideas so much! Very helpful

Michaela Sikes
July 26, 2020 22:20

I love the ‘story of us map’, so cute!

Ashley sowell
July 26, 2020 13:58

I love the idea of having a newlyweds bucket list!! Too cute!

July 26, 2020 13:58

Will definitely be using this for gift buying! Such cute ideas!

Rylee Johnson
July 22, 2020 21:18

These gave me some great ideas!

Jasper Sanders
July 22, 2020 21:18

I have been looking for the perfect gift for my bridesmaids I’ve gotten so many ideas just from this blog I’m so excited to continue my search and pick the perfect gifts!

Sanam Mehra
January 03, 2020 16:26

Wedding gifts are very important rather than getting a gift that may already be given or a gift that is not useful to them. It will be great if the couple can create a wedding registry and we can also get it without any gifts being wasted. To know more check on : https://www.weddingwishlist.com/gift-registry

September 19, 2019 15:56

I’ve been looking for a perfect gift for my best friends wedding, I really like this idea. My best friend and her fiancee love to travel so maybe I will look for a perfect picture frame for them.

Thank you :)

May 16, 2019 08:28

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

May 16, 2019 08:28

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

Thomas Nguyen
May 16, 2019 08:28

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

Brooke Boulanger
May 16, 2019 08:28

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

May 16, 2019 08:28

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

Cassandra Behrens
May 16, 2019 08:28

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

Ashley DePover
May 16, 2019 08:28

Love the ideas!

May 16, 2019 08:28

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.

May 16, 2019 08:28

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

May 16, 2019 08:28

These are such great ideas! I love the cufflinks!

May 16, 2019 08:28

awesome ideas thank you so much

May 16, 2019 08:28

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!

Danielle Borgman
May 16, 2019 08:28

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
May 16, 2019 08:28

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

May 16, 2019 08:28

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!

Samantha Nystrom
May 16, 2019 08:28

Awesome ideas!! Thanks!

Kari E
May 16, 2019 08:28

Cute ideas!

Sarah Van Gorden
May 16, 2019 08:28

So cute!

Sarah S
May 16, 2019 08:28

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

Emily Schmulske
May 16, 2019 08:27

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

May 16, 2019 08:27

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.

May 16, 2019 08:27

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

May 16, 2019 08:27

Love the travel map and scrapbook ideas!

Brianne Chung
May 16, 2019 08:27

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

May 16, 2019 08:27

Such cute ideas! Thank you for the inspiration!

Miranda Zahn
May 16, 2019 08:27

Wow, I love how personalized these are!

May 16, 2019 08:27

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

May 16, 2019 08:27

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

May 16, 2019 08:27

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
May 16, 2019 08:27

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

May 16, 2019 08:27

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

May 16, 2019 08:27

So many cute ideas!!

Samia Lokenye
May 16, 2019 08:27

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 ?

May 16, 2019 08:27

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.

May 16, 2019 08:27

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

Brittany Birmingham
May 16, 2019 08:27

Such good ideas!

Amy Faymoville
May 16, 2019 08:27

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

Molly Olson
May 16, 2019 08:27

So many cute ideas!! I love the mugs :)

Danielle Tschida
May 16, 2019 08:27

So many cute ideas here! thanks for sharing!

May 16, 2019 08:27

Thanks for the ideas!

May 16, 2019 08:27

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

May 16, 2019 08:27

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

May 16, 2019 08:27

These are some really great ideas!

May 16, 2019 08:27

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

May 16, 2019 08:27

I love the mugs! Such a cute idea!

May 16, 2019 08:27

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

Maria Ernster
May 16, 2019 08:27

Love these ideas!

Arielle Floyd
May 16, 2019 08:27

I love the idea of little gifts throughout the day!

Brittany K
May 16, 2019 08:27

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.

Rachel Martinez
May 16, 2019 08:27

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!

May 16, 2019 08:27

Very awesome article! I love the diy photobook!

May 16, 2019 08:27

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

May 16, 2019 08:27

Very helpful! Love these ideas. Thank you!

Julia Pakonen
May 16, 2019 08:27

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
May 16, 2019 08:27

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!

Molly byrd
May 16, 2019 08:27

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!

May 16, 2019 08:27

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

May 16, 2019 08:27

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.

May 16, 2019 08:27

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.

Tammy Kitchens
May 16, 2019 08:27

What does a third ring mean in a wedding set?

Erica Broker
May 16, 2019 08:27

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.

Wedding Return Gifts
May 16, 2019 08:27

Very insightful and well-researched article.

May 16, 2019 08:27

Love your work, Sara! Thank you for sharing!

May 16, 2019 08:27

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

Sara caracappa
May 16, 2019 08:27

was made by my Etsy shop CaraCrafty. Find my other work at www.etsy.com/shop/CaraCrafty

Tom Carson
May 16, 2019 08:27

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

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