Things the happy couple will LOVE without leaving you bankrupt
This post is all about the cheapest wedding gift ideas.
Let’s face the facts: Just because someone you know and love is getting married doesn’t mean you have all the money in the world to spend. But the good news is that there are great affordable options out there! Here’s a round up of some of the cheapest wedding gift ideas that the happy couple will still love.
I know firsthand that it can be hard to splurge on your friends and family members when they’re getting married. Especially if you’re in your 20s and not quite where you want to be financially yet.
But you still want to show them you love them, right?
As someone who just got married myself in my early 20’s, I can tell you from experience that some of our FAVORITE wedding gifts ended up being the cheaper ones. You do NOT need to spend beyond your means to make your friends feel loved!
Here are some of the best wedding gift ideas under $50.
This post is all about the cheapest wedding gift ideas.
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CHEAPEST WEDDING GIFT IDEAS:
1. Tea Towels
Tea towels are honestly one thing you can never have enough of. Plus, if they’re cute or match the taste of the couple, it’ll be the best cheap wedding gift they get!
2. Wooden Cooking Utensils
My husband and I got a set of wooden cooking utensils from one of my college-aged friends for our wedding. It was the perfect inexpensive gift because it’s something we use ALL. THE. TIME for cooking but I know my friend was able to stay in their budget as a student with these!
3. Essential Oil Diffuser
Oil diffusers are one of the best cheap wedding gifts if you want to buy them something nice without spending a lot of money.
They’ll use it a lot and it is a great standalone gift!
4. Cast Iron Skillet
I don’t think I know anybody who DOESN’T want a cast iron pan right now.
If you’re on the hunt for a cheap wedding gift the happy couple will definitely make use of, this is a great option!
5. Silicone Cooking Utensils
Every newly married couple needs some good cooking utensils, and silicone cooking utensils are some of the best and most durable ones out there.
The great thing is that you can get a decently big set of them without having to splurge!
Placemats always come in handy for the couple who likes hosting family or friends for dinners here and there. If you don’t know what to get someone for their wedding, a set of neutral place mats is always a great option.
7. Throw Pillow Inserts & Covers
Everyone needs some good throw pillows!
The great thing about buying throw pillow inserts & covers is that it’s a unique gift. Nobody else will buy the same throw pillows as you (probably) so whenever the couple sees them on their couch or bed, they’ll think of you!
8. Pour Over Coffee Maker
If the couple you’re shopping for are coffee lovers, a pour-over coffee maker is the way to go!
9. Silicone Baking Sheets
I know this seems really random, but I got silicone baking sheets at my bridal shower and I seriously use them all the time.
The couple you’re shopping for will never have to buy parchment paper again, and every time they bake something, these silicone baking sheets seriously make the cleaning process a breeze!
10. Veggie Chopper
This is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets that I swear by that we got as a wedding gift.
They’re a great standalone gift because it’s something that probably nobody else will think of, but it’ll come in super handy!
11. Stovetop Espresso Maker
We got a stovetop espresso maker for our wedding, and at first I wasn’t sure about it, but it’s what I use 90% of the time for making coffee now.
It’s seriously one of the easiest things to use and clean. So, if the couple you’re shopping for loves their coffee, this is a great unique option!
12. French Press
Again with the coffee themed gifts!! But seriously, when it comes to budget wedding gifts, coffee-themed gifts are great because most adults are coffee drinkers and there’s a lot of coffee-related items you can buy for cheap…. Like this french press!!
13. Ceramic Canister Set
Food storage is a part of every single person’s life and there’s simply no way around it.
That’s why a ceramic canister set is honestly one of my favorite cheap wedding gift ideas. It’s something that literally anyone and everyone could make use of, while being something really high-quality and durable that they’ll have for a long time.
14. Gooseneck Kettle
Not only are these kettles cute, they’re also affordable and the perfect tool for both coffee & tea. What’s not to love?!
15. Large Salad Bowl
When it comes to looking for wedding gifts on a budget, you really can’t go wrong with a classic salad bowl!
This is the one we got for our wedding and I’m still obsessed with it!!
16. Waffle Maker
I’m convinced that EVERYONE needs a waffle maker. The ability to make waffles whenever you want is… truly lifechanging.
17. Alarm Clock
I know most people use their phone as an alarm clock these days, but it’s so nice to have something that always displays the time and that can be a backup alarm clock in case you ever need it.
I put this alarm clock on our wedding registry and I seriously have no complaints. It’s my favorite alarm clock I’ve ever owned because it also shows the temperature and humidity of the room, and it’s really nice being able to use it as an alarm so that I don’t have to rely on having my phone around so much.
18. Wood Cutting Board
No one can refuse a good cutting board! A wood cutting board is perfect if you’re looking for cheap wedding gifts that look expensive.
19. 3-Bag Laundry Hamper
This is another item that my husband and I were given for our wedding, and we LOVE it.
It makes it so much easier to sort your laundry, especially when you’re dealing with two people’s laundry and not just your own.
20. Airtight Food Storage Container Set
You really can’t go wrong with the practical gifts when it comes to weddings!
21. Wood Fruit Bowl
This wood fruit bowl is cute and decorative while being something practical and useful for the new couple!
22. Mortar and Pestle Set
This is one of those things that’s a bit more unique and fancy. It’s not a NEED, but it sure is nice to have… And since it’s so affordable, it makes the perfect inexpensive wedding gift for the couple you know!
23. Snack Bowls
Small snack bowls are seriously useful for so many reasons.
Dips, sauces, or even just little snacks… There are so many uses for these, which is how I know the couple you’re shopping for will truly appreciate them!
24. Mixology Set
A mixology set is nice to have for get-togethers or dinners, or even just date nights in.
Any couple who likes to enjoy a drink here and there will surely make use of a good decanter!
26. Square Wine Glasses
These wine glasses are so classy and elegant. The couple you’re shopping for might already have wine glasses, but I’m almost 100% sure they don’t have any as gorgeous as these!!
27. Spring Form Non-stick Cake Tins
If the soon-to-be-married couple you’re shopping for are fans of cooking or baking at all, these spring form non-stick cake tins are a must for them to have! Cake tins like this are most definitely one of the winners of the cheapest wedding gift contest haha.
28. Turkish Throw Blanket
We probably got at least 3 throw blankets around the time of our wedding, but I can honestly say I’m glad we did because you never run out of the need for blankets.
Every time we have friends over it’s great because it’s not like we just have one throw blanket lying around… there’s enough for everyone (and enough to switch up the decor when we want to)!
29. Pot Holders
Pot holders are similar to tea towels in the sense that you can never have too many.
They’re bound to be misplaced, or get dirty, and having extras on hand is always helpful. Especially if this couple will ever be hosting dinners where they might have several dishes to put out at once (*ahem*… thanksgiving?!)
30. Silk Pillow Cases
Silk pillow cases are a GAME. CHANGER.
So comfy to sleep on and so much better for your hair and your skin. I know this sounds like the kind of thing that a lot of guys might not care about, but trust me… Once they both start sleeping on silk pillow cases, they’ll never go back!
31. Mixing Bowls with Pour Spout
Everyone needs a few good mixing bowls of different sizes.
These ones are great because they also have a pour spout, which makes cooking and baking even easier and less messy!
32. Hand Mixer
A hand mixer is another one of those kitchen gadgets that makes for one of the best cheap wedding gifts!
33. Bottle of Wine
When all else fails, you can never go wrong with heading out to your local store and getting them a good bottle of wine. You can get something really great for even $25-$50!
34. Gather 3-5 friends to pitch in for a big gift
Another option if you don’t like the idea of getting a “smaller” or more inexpensive gift, is to ask around and find 3-5 friends to pitch in for a bigger gift that you know the couple wants.
If there are 4 of you each willing to pitch in $40, that’s a good $160 gift right there!
35. Moscow Mule mug set
This is one of those things that’s not necessarily a *need* but sure makes for a classy and unique gift!
36. Bath robes
Some couples love the tacky matching stuff and others don’t.
I’m personally not the hugest fan of matching “Mr” and “Mrs” stuff, but bathrobes ARE where I would make an exception because come on, who wouldn’t want a great bathrobe?!
Plus, these ones are not tacky at all. They’re actually super cute!
My husband bought us this cookbook around the time of our wedding and we love trying new recipes out of it.
This can make for a fun date night or even just a great way to improve your cooking skills. Perfect for newlyweds!!
38. Picnic Set
If you’re looking for a cheap bridal shower gift, get this!! I got one for my bridal shower and everyone was seriously so jealous.
Having a picnic set on hand is great because it makes for the perfect inexpensive date or adventure day, and it’s something you’ll have for a long long time!
39. Acacia serving bowl
Everyone needs serving dishes, and this acacia serving bowl is so nice!!
40. Charcuterie Board Set
An inexpensive charcuterie board set is a great option of what to get a couple for their wedding if you want something a little more fun & classic!
41. Coaster set
Coasters are not only a practical gift, but they also make for great decor when they’re not being used!!
42. Dip bowl set
One thing is for sure about a dip bowl… Not only is it the cheapest wedding gift for couples who want to host people at their house, but it’s also something that will 100% get used!
43. Oven mitts
This is a classic staple that would be perfect to throw in a gift basket or pair with another kitchen-related gift!
44. Ring dish
Before I got married, I really underestimated how much I would want and need jewelry dishes…
They’re great to have laying around the bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom so that if you ever want to take your ring(s) off for the sake of washing dishes, sleeping, etc., you have somewhere easily accessible that you can put them.
45. Wedding photo album
Nothing better than a nice, old school photo album for your wedding photos!!
46. Date night in basket
I got a date night in a basket as a bridal shower gift and my husband and I loved using it. You can easily run out to a local store and grab things like a card game, puzzle, snacks, chocolate, and bottle of wine and you’ve just planned a whole date night in for the lucky couple!!
This is great because you can make it the cheapest wedding gift easily by deciding what you can actually afford to put in it.
And if you still don’t feel passionate about any of these gift ideas, I can tell you from experience that no couple will complain about getting some good ol’ cash, even if it’s just a $20 😉