23 Presents for the Bride & Groom Gift Exchange

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 present, I’ve come up with 23 ideas. 

Bride Groom Gift Exchange Ideas

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The Best Bride & Groom Gift Exchange Gifts

This is a fun gift to buy! You and your partner just committed your lives to each other, and now you get the chance to solidify that commitment with a gift! We promise that it doesn't have to be expensive! But it must come from the heart. That sounded so cheesy, but it's true! Here are some of our favorite gift finds for the bride and groom gift exchange!  

Groom to Bride:

1. Beautiful Jewelry

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 MOH—she may have already purchased her bridal accessories.

Bride Groom Gift Exchange

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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.

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

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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.

Amanda Marie Studio

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.

wifey mug | Bride Groom Gift Exchange

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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!’

We Laugh We Love Photography

We Laugh We Love Photography

Bride to Groom:

Maison Meredith Photography

Maison Meredith Photography

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! 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

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

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9. Shiny, new cufflinks. Every man needs one nice pair of cufflinks, and you know he’ll cherish them forever. These cufflinks are the perfect gift to your groom | 23 Unique Presents for the Bride & Groom Gift Exchange | The Wedding Shoppe

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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. 23 Unique Presents for the Bride & Groom Gift Exchange

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For Both:

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Cassie Rosch Photography

12. 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). 13. A DIY scrapbook. Create a scrapbook filled with memories. Notes, photos, movie stubs, plane tickets, and anything else that tells your love story. 23 Unique Presents for the Bride & Groom Gift Exchange | The Wedding Shoppe

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14. A new signature scent. Buy them a fresh bottle of perfume or cologne. The smell will always remind them of the day they married you! Fears Photo

Katie Fears | Brio Art Photography

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. Ali Kvidt Photography

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

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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. My Favorite: Are they obsessed with their pet (soon to be yours, too)? Have a portrait done! Check out local artists, like Minneapolis' Splendid Beast. 23 Unique Presents for the Bride & Groom Gift Exchange | The Wedding Shoppe

Shop: BasketfulOfGrace

18. Sports gear. What about their favorite team jersey with their new last name? 19. Tickets I love gifting experiences. Take them to a concert, sporting event, Broadway show, or maybe a surprise honeymoon? 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 >> 23 Unique Presents for the Bride & Groom Gift Exchange | The Wedding Shoppe

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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 we move. -Open when we have our second child. -Open when our kids leave the nest. -Open when we retire. And any other momentous days you see in your future… Amara Lea Photography

Amara Lea Photography

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

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Are you ready for the bride and groom gift exchange?

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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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