21 June 2021

The best wedding gifts from grandparents to the couple

Happy bride and groom on their wedding day

Are you attending a wedding in the next few years? Buying a gift can be a tricky choice, especially when it’s the wedding of a grandchild you’re attending. Trying to decide what the right amount of money to spend is, whether to get a traditional or personalised wedding gift and what the couple might best like is incredibly tricky however close you are. After all, you’ll want to get them something that they truly love and appreciate, something that you feel shows how much you love them and how happy you are for them.

In this article, we list the best wedding gift ideas for grandparents.

Wedding toast with champagne flutes

Champagne & Champagne Flutes

Raising a glass on the big day is a must, but, for many weddings, glasses and crockery are rented out to be returned once the reception has come to an end. A great wedding gift idea is to offer to buy both the champagne and champagne flutes for the reception. This way, instead of having to toast the glasses and then return them, the bride and groom can continue to use the glasses throughout their marriage and lives, toasting anniversaries, births and more. To limit spending if there is a larger congregation, you could always just opt for the glasses the main wedding party would be using.

Rachel, a blogger at What Rachel Says, agrees this can be a memorable gift, telling us: “I'll always remember the gift my parents got for their wedding from my grandparents. It was a set of 8 elegant gold-encrusted champagne glasses. They were beautiful! They only get used on special occasions, but they always make an appearance at Christmas, New year, Easter and my parent’s wedding anniversary! They've become a part of a tradition. Also, because they're a statement piece of glassware, they're always a talking point for guests too!

On a similar note, Petra from A Mum Reviews suggests: “A lovely gift for grandparents to give to a couple on their wedding day would be a beautiful gift boxed cutlery set. Silverware is a traditional gift, but a modern twist would be a nice luxury cutlery set that can be used daily or for dinner parties. Viners make great quality cutlery in lots of different stylish designs that are available in gift sets too.”

Date Night Wallet

Giving money to the happy couple can be a great and simple gift, however, you may want to offer a suggestion about what this money is used for. One great idea for those who want to give money but in a fun and unique way is to gift a date night wallet.

A date night wallet is a cardholder filled with gift cards prepaid and ready to cover future dates. Whether these are for local restaurants, activities and experiences or more, this is a great way to gift money to the couple that can only be spent on them relaxing together and won’t get used paying off bills left over from the big day, like that for the wedding planners or caterer.

Oftentimes, after weddings, it can be easy to let date nights slip and try to save money for other things, but with this gift, you’ll give the couple no excuse to go out together and celebrate their love. Why not add in 12 gift cards, one for each month of their first year of marriage?

Young couple smiling in front of Colosseum

Time Away Together

From the honeymoon to romantic trips away with one another, for some couples travelling is an exciting way to not only strengthen a relationship but also explore the world. Offering to cover some time away together can be one of the most thoughtful gifts for couples who fall into the adventurous category and can come in at a range of budgets from short staycations to paying for the honeymoon.

Plus, you are able to add your own personal touch to this. Perhaps you could offer them a trip to the place you had your honeymoon? Or, for families split across the world, a trip to travel and experience cultures that are significant to one part of the duo together.

This is especially great as a postponed wedding gift for couples who have had to change their date. There have been plenty of couples who, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have had to cancel or postpone their weddings. Organising the trip to coincide with their cancelled wedding date anniversary can mean they are still able to mark that special day together.

Personalised Star Map

To offer a lasting reminder of the day in a subtle and unique way, why not consider a star map? A great personalised wedding gift, a star map is an art print showing the constellations and their positions and can be personalised by using the location and date of the wedding ceremony.

When suggesting this gift idea, Karen from The 3am Diary explained: “We were given one and it is one of our favourite pieces to treasure - it takes pride of place on our hallway wall”

This is a great gift for couples who enjoy having art pieces on their walls at home and is totally unique and special to them as a couple. You can be sure to mount it in an attractive photo frame so it’s a real statement piece they can adore for years to come.

Afternoon Tea Spread

A Memory Day

Reflecting on that big and special day is something all couples adore to do, and, especially for those who are close to their grandparents sharing that reflection with them is important. A memory day is a wonderful chance to not only treat the couple but also get some one-on-one time with them alone as well to talk about the day and what the future may hold.

Lynne from The Swan Effect tells us: “As grandparents are such a big part of the family, I think that a memory gift would be a perfect gift for the bride and groom. They could purchase a gift voucher for an afternoon tea for four and the four could go together and spend that time reminiscing on the wedding day. I always believe that memory days are best as the bride and groom will remember that day forever and cherish that 1-2-1 time with their grandparents.”

If the couple get married in a place like a hotel or resort, you could make this a more personalised gift by organising the day to be at their wedding location – how special!

The best wedding gifts from grandparents to the couple:

  • Champagne & Champagne Flutes
  • Date Night Wallet
  • Time Away Together
  • Personalised Star Map
  • A Memory Day

Buying any of these wedding gifts for couples is sure to go down a treat. So, whatever your budget and preference, we hope that you can find the perfect wedding day gift on this list for you. It’s not just weddings these can be useful for, so be sure to remember them for future anniversary gifts as well!

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