What to Buy the Happy Couple on any Budget

If you’ve been invited as a guest to the wedding of a family member or friend, then lucky you! However, once you’ve chosen your outfit, arranged travel plans, and decided on your hairstyle it’s time to think of a wedding gift for the newlyweds. Depending on your finances of course, there are many options to take, but here are some possibilities depending on large, medium, and small budgets.


A private jet to Miami, a Ferrari, and a diamond necklace, these are easy enough to buy right? Jokes aside, if you’ve got a little extra to spend on your guests, there will be boundless items or experiences you could purchase for the happy couple. Homeware is always appreciated, as it’s likely the newlyweds will be moving into a new home, and may well need all the items they can muster. A nice mattress, home espresso machine (no one will refuse this), or even fine cutlery or China will all go down extremely well as a gift.

Watches too, are something people rarely buy for themselves, but always love to receive. Look at  this guide from watch sellers Chrono24, if you’re unsure of what to get for the bride and the groom (they can’t share a watch!) The ‘Who cares about money’ section could be in your wheelhouse, so study the infographic for a little help on choosing between a Rolex, Cartier, Omega, Tag Heuer, etc.


Sometimes, the bride and groom will make things easy for the guests, and provide a crowdfunding website for anyone to contribute to. Using thecrowdedwedding.com, for example, means that the couple may have already decided on an item or holiday, and all the guests can contribute as much as they feel. Of course, this could apply to any budget, but it’s likely that they wouldn’t have gone to the effort of crowdfunding if it was inexpensive! So this is perfect for medium-sized budgets.


A small budget for a wedding gift doesn’t have to mean being cheap. There are many useful and nice gifts to give when the purse strings are tight. Be sure to check their registry, as couples often list items that will make great gifts for your budget. One idea is to create a ‘Dinner Basket’, which could simply contain ingredients for a tasty dish. A packet of excellent pasta, quality pesto sauce, plus some tea light candles (for a romantic touch) are just a few things you can put together, but will still be thoughtful and worthwhile.