When it comes to destination weddings, coming up with that perfect present for the soon-to-be wedded couple can be daunting. Fear not, we’ve done the research and have complied a great list of gifts suitable for every wedding stage that are not only meaningful but are sure to be remembered and appreciated by couples you hold near and dear.
Gifts for before they say “I Do”
Receiving a present before the wedding can be just as special as those received on the big day – and can often be the most thoughtful! A strong contender (in our opinion) is a wedding planning book – an essential for many, that can be customized with the couple’s names, wedding date and specific pages inside that speak to their needs, from a wedding checklist to the guest list, budget sheets, space for décor inspiration, and more.
Gift cards and certificates couples can use while in their wedding destination is a great way to ensure they dedicate some time for themselves amongst the chaos of wedding planning and day-of events. Consider endowing them with a spa experience like a couples massage or facial at the facilities on-site, a credit for one of the specialty restaurants at their hotel, or even pre-plan an excursion so the happy couple can immerse themselves in their paradise even more. Make your thoughtful gesture grand and arrange for the couple to have a romantic beachfront dinner, just the two of them on or off the resort property, or hand select a bottle of wine they can enjoy with dinner to make the occasion that much more memorable.
They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so invest a little (or a lot) in a camera they can use to capture every important memory – before and after they tie the knot. Between a polaroid with photos printed on the spot, a film camera with unique shots developed afterwards, or a classic disposable camera for old time’s sake, you’re giving the couple a chance to relive their special moments.
Sorry, We Couldn’t Make it Gifts
Attending a destination wedding isn’t in everyone’s budget or schedule, so if you’re unable to make it, we have a few ways you can still show your love by sending a little something to the couple. Say “we’re thinking of you” with a wicker basket filled with upscale nibbles, wine, and a note expressing your good wishes. You can even arrange to have a gift basket sent to the resort and personalize it to your family or friends’ wedding destination. For example, if they’re getting betrothed in Mexico, Homesick Candles has an option just for you with notes of butter, smoked birch, jalapeño, caraway, and tortilla. Pair that with a bottle of tequila and a voucher for dinner at a local Mexican restaurant, and we guarantee it’s one of the more authentic presents this couple will receive. If you’d prefer to send something more decadent, work with the on-site wedding coordinator to arrange for a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, or even a fruit plate to be waiting for the couple upon arrival.
Another option is to assemble a themed basket based on the couple’s interests and personally deliver it to them when they return home. Should they be craving some quiet time, a self-care kit with some candles, bath bombs, teas, and maybe a movie or two can help the newlyweds decompress after their very busy week in paradise.
Gifts that are never too late to give
Sometimes, the best thing you can give is something to help the newlyweds mark the start of their married life together. This can include a monetary contribution to their honeymoon fund, a subscription to a date night activities box to help them continue their romance at home, a membership to a wellness app for couple’s yoga or meditation sessions, a service like Peloton if the couple enjoys exercising, or even HelloFresh if they love to cook.
Lastly, why not help the couple remember their special day with a little something that does exactly that? Consider a gift certificate to a service like Milk Book, Artifact Uprising, or Shutterfly so they can take their stunning wedding photos and create a photo album or coffee table book commemorating the day two became one.