With the rise of gift registries—and, more recently, honeymoon funds—the sentiment behind a wedding gift doesn’t always shine through. But if your best friend is getting married, chances are you want to gift them with something as special as they are to you. While you can go the standard route with a Le Creuset Dutch oven in their favorite color or champagne glasses for all the toasts ahead, it’s a bit more fun to surprise them with something you know they'll love—and we’re betting you know them better than (almost) anyone.
That said, we’ve come up with a few fun and thoughtful wedding gifts for your best friend. Impress them with the time you spend creating a custom memory box, or help them get a head start on packing for the honeymoon with a new beach tote and swim suit. While being there for them as they walk down the aisle is one of the most meaningful actions you can take, these original gift ideas will help preserve the memories of their special day forever.
Below, read on to shop our favorite wedding gift ideas for your best friend on their wedding day.
Personalized Beach Bag
This personalized beach tote is a great gift if they're traveling to a warm-weather destination for their honeymoon. (Pro tip: Choose their favorite colors to fill it with themed items on the inside.) Add in some sunscreen, a cute swimsuit in their favorite style, a patterned beach towel, and a cover-up, and you’ve not only supplied an adorable gift that keeps on giving, but you've also helped them get a head start on packing.
Engraved Cutting Board
For the person who loves to try out new recipes, make every dinner with their new spouse a reminder of the big day with an engraved cutting board. These personalized kitchen essentials are offered in walnut or maple options, and with laser-engraved names, you can be sure they'll last a lifetime. Bonus: With such attractive writing in cursive, your best friend's new cutting board will also double as countertop décor when it's not in use.
To complete the look, add a few kitchen utensils—like wooden spoons, a dish drying rack, or a serving platter—in the same wood finish for a set that looks cohesive throughout the space.
Love Poem Book Set
If your bestie is a big reader, Juniper Books’ colorful book collection of classic love poems is the perfect wedding gift. The beautiful poems also double as a colorful décor item worthy of display in any home—and it will always be a meaningful reminder of their own love story as well. To make it even more personal, pick out your favorite poem in each book that you think will resonate with your BFF, then place a dried flower inside the page for a special surprise when they open it up.
Staycation Spa Set
While they'll likely be spending time at the spa on their honeymoon, bring the spa home to your best friend before the wedding with this curated gift. Let them indulge in a few simple luxuries in the comfort of their own home before the big day: Between wedding planning and day-to-day responsibilities, they'll appreciate the respite.
Coordinates Legend Necklace
They already have a ring, but you can still gift your bestie with a thoughtful necklace. Pay homage to the place they met their spouse or the exact location of where their wedding will be with this gold bar necklace engraved with your choice of coordinates. It’s a meaningful everyday memento to add to their jewelry collection.
Merino Travel Kit
If your friend is a jet-setter, they'll appreciate this cozy travel assortment of a wool blanket, an eye mask, and a convenient matching carrying case. It will also make long plane or train rides much more comfortable for all of their future travels with their new spouse. In a lightweight wool fabric that packs easily back into the case, the blanket is designed for warmth without taking up too much space—and who doesn't love an eye mask to take a rest no matter the time of day?
Silk Lounge Set
Plan for a night in with your best friend and have one last real sleepover together before the big day. They'll love getting comfy in this sleep set, but they'll appreciate spending time with you even more: Reminisce about old times, rewatch your favorite movies, and toast to all the exciting moments in your lives that are yet to come.
Newlywed Kitchen Cookbook
If your best friend loves to cook, they'll adore this thoughtful cookbook full of meal inspiration and recipes. They'll love experimenting in the kitchen together, and it will give them an excuse to throw a lavish dinner party for you and all of their closest friends once they master a new dish.
Brass and Wood Display Box
Photos pop up instantly on social media following the wedding, so save a few to make a memory-saving wooden photo box, which can accommodate up to 50 photos that can be swapped out on a whim. Artifact Uprising makes it easy to personalize any gift, as you can upload photos right from your phone. It's a thoughtful gift that the happy couple will cherish for years to come.
Date Night Subscription Box
The Date Night In Box is a monthly subscription box geared toward couples to enjoy fun date activities, dinner menus, music, and more—right from the comfort of home. Treat your bestie to an annual subscription if you're ready to go all-out, or start off with one month at first. Post-wedding, the newlyweds can continue ordering a regular delivery of Night In Boxes, which arrive in a different theme every month (but are always intended to keep the spark alive).
Solid Cashmere Throw
In a something-blue hue, this lightweight cashmere throw blanket promises comfort in all seasons in the form of 520-gram-weight cashmere. It's luxurious, indulgent, and perhaps not something that your BFF would splurge on for themselves—which adds to its giftability. Add a monogram to personalize it as a special gift they'll want to curl up in for years to come.
Jade Face Roller
Fun fact: Jade is said to attract good fortune and positive energy. And when the stone is in the form of a facial roller, it also promotes a more luminous complexion and increased product absorption. Gift this roller to your friend ahead of the big day so they can combat pre-wedding puffiness, facial muscle tension, and fine lines—and let them soak up all the good fortune for a lifetime of happiness with their new spouse.
Personalized Wedding Ring Dish
A handy catchall for wedding rings, earrings, cufflinks, and other pretty little things, this ring dish can be personalized with initials, a significant date, or both. The combination of the matte finish, liquid-gold rim, and no-frills font keeps the modern design from being overly sweet. When your bestie is off to the beach or traveling on an adventure, this dish is the perfect place for them and their spouse to keep their most sacred jewelry safe at home.
Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1 Camera
Digital cameras are convenient, but they can't rival the nostalgia (and immediate gratification) offered by an instant-film camera. This model from Fujifilm relies on film packs to memorialize happy moments in mere seconds. The fact that the camera is available in a range of candy colors is just icing on the (wedding) cake.
Diptyque Orange Blossom Room Spray
Diptyque is synonymous with fine handmade candles, but this Parisian brand deals with more than just wax. Case in point: This slightly spicy, subtly citrus room spray is reminiscent of orange blossom trees—fruit, flowers, and all. The oh-so chic glass bottle is as alluring as the scent.
House Plant Box Subscription
For the friend with a not-so-green thumb, this houseplant subscription box delivers one new plant every month, along with (almost) foolproof care instructions. The plants arrive with a 30-day guarantee, thereby improving their chances of successful growing. Let your bestie liven up their space with lush greenery and make it feel even more like home with their new spouse.
Leather Passport Case
Considering that your BFF and their partner are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, a passport case is an appropriate gift—even more so if they're headed to an international destination for their honeymoon. Helping to equip your bestie for the journey ahead, this leather passport case can be personalized with foil-debossed monogramming and is available in more than 10 colors, from classic to cheeky.
The Bucket List Book
More than just a coffee table accessory, this book is pure wanderlust, bound and covered. Inside are 1,000 bucket list-worthy adventures, from bird-watching in Kenya to swimming with dolphins in New Zealand. The destinations are accompanied by traveler-friendly tips and color photographs that sure to pique the newlyweds' sense of adventure.
For the friend who still values the art of pen-and-paper correspondence, this stationery set offers ample letter-writing opportunity. The contemporary geometric design can be customized with their initial and home address, adding a personal touch to all of those thank-you cards in their near future.
Away Travel Carry-On
Not only does this smart carry-on luggage feature a sleek and minimalist silhouette in durable polycarbonate, but it also comes with a TSA-approved combination lock, 360-degree swivel wheels, and—get this—a built-in battery charger. Because your best friend has more exciting things to do on their honeymoon (and the journeys with their spouse ahead) than being tied to an outlet.