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20 Thoughtful Wedding Gifts Under $100

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Design: theSkimm | Photo: LifetimeCreations/Etsy, Amazon
Sep 7, 2022

This post was originally published in July 2021 and has been updated.

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When shopping for the perfect wedding gift, there’s usually a list of checkmarks you’re eager to tick. Maybe there's nothing on their registry that fits your budget. Or maybe you wanna surprise them with something sentimental the happy couple will actually use often. And, of course, a gift that won’t chew through your wallet. Easier said than done.

Enter: this list. We rounded up go-to gifts all under $100. We’ve got heartfelt things you can customize, products that’ll become a staple in their kitchen, and some activity-based options that’ll get them working with their hands. Cheers to the newlyweds.


A soft-serve maker to make tasty treats…

All you need is some frozen fruit to make this work. Put frozen bananas, blueberries, and raspberries down the chute, push down the plunger, and presto — smooth and delicious soft serve. It’s really as simple as that. Finish it off with some toppings (team chocolate sprinkles) and dessert is served. ($39.99+, Amazon)

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A silky pillowcase set that’ll level up their bedding situation…

The best night’s sleep they’ll ever have = a gift that keeps on giving. These pillowcases are made of 100% organic cotton with slow-spun threads for luster and ultra-softness. And they’ll sleep soundly knowing that they’re ethically produced and free from toxins and harmful chemicals. Sweet dreams are made of this. ($98+, Boll & Branch)

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A fondue maker that will become a quick hit…

Fruit drenched in hot chocolate or bread and veggies dipped in cheese? No one can resist that. This fondue maker is the ultimate kitchen gadget and party must-have. The 3-quart bowl is removable, which makes it easy to wash. It also comes with eight color-coded forks, a fork holder to reduce drips, and six cups to hold dipping ingredients. The only thing they’ll have to complain about is being too full. ($59.95+, Amazon)

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A custom family portrait that’ll cartoon-ify the happy couple…

Say hello to their new favorite art piece. All you have to do is send in a picture of their family (pets included), and you'll get a full-body, hand-illustrated portrait in return. You can also choose what text you want. Once the first draft is done, you’ll get a sneak peek to make any edits before the final version is mailed. Get ready — the minute they receive it, they’ll be thinking about where to hang it. ($12+, Discoveringyou via Etsy)

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An engraved cheese board for all the dinner parties they’ll be hosting…

The bamboo board comes with nestled utensils, so it’s great for storage in a cabinet or drawer. There are also 18 different engraving styles to choose from. During checkout, pick the one you want and add your text. It’s a kitchen must-have. ($69.13, JMlabonneimpression via Etsy)

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A custom “front page” puzzle that’ll commemorate their wedding date…

Whether they’re history buffs, avid puzzlers or you just wanna gift them something different, this jigsaw is the ultimate wedding gift. It’ll feature the front page of The New York Times on the date of their big day. All you have to do is pick the month, day, and size. So they can remember everything that was happening when they said ‘I do.’ ($55+, Uncommon Goods)

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A jar that’s filled with sweet and heartfelt messages from family and friends…

The process is easy: Once you make your purchase, you’ll be able to forward a link to those close to the couple. They’ll then be directed to write their own message dedicated to the happy newlyweds. From there, Little Love Jar will collect, print, and place the notes into the jar. In total, production takes 12 days, so plan ahead. ($85, Little Love Jar)

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Personalized luggage tags to send them off with…

A honeymoon that has them traveling all over the world? Thrilling. With (safe) travel back in action, these luggage tags are the perfect gift for newlyweds heading out of state. Adventure awaits. ($19.99, LifetimeCreations via Etsy)

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Ceramic coasters they can add to their coffee table...

Take them down memory lane with custom coasters that showcase some of their favorite memories. From vacations to concerts to quality time spent with family and friends, these photo coasters are a simple way to remind them of how much love they have in their lives. Cue the awws. ($20, Shutterfly)

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A ceramic vase they can use for flowers…

An easy way to brighten their home? Add a fresh bouquet. This vase features their name or initials and their wedding date. It'll also make a great entryway catchall. Multipurpose gifts for the win. ($38+, FloralVibesLLC via Etsy)

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A custom return-address stamp for all those ‘thank you’ cards they’re about to send…

You can personalize it with their name and address, and can choose from a ton of fun colors. Hand cramps, be gone. ($24.95+, Saralukecreative via Etsy)

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Date-night dice that’ll make future evenings more spontaneous…

After so many dinners and weekends spent wedding planning, they might be ready to spice up their classic date night and talk about anything other than The Big Day. These dice are an easy way to help change things up for them. All they’ll have to do is roll and they’ll get ideas for what to eat for dinner and activities they can do together. One fun night of quality time coming right up. ($20.99, 10thAnniversaryGifts via Etsy)

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A double-walled, vacuum-sealed wine bottle to keep things chilled…

Once they open their vino, they just need to pop it into the holder. It’ll keep the bottle cold for up to four hours. The outside stays condensation-free, which is especially convenient while pouring. And when their dinner runs long, they won’t have to deal with any room-temperature bevs. Sigh, it’s the little things. ($90+, Food52)

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A wicker picnic basket that’ll inspire them to get outside…

It’s got everything: An insulated compartment for hot or cold foods, plates, mugs, napkins, and silverware. It even comes with tiny salt and pepper shakers and a convenient corkscrew. Everything straps into place so items won’t jostle around as they head to the park. It’s time for lunch with a view. ($49.99, Amazon)

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A travel scratch-off poster so they can keep track of all the places they’ve gone…

While also keeping an eye on the locations they can’t wait to visit. They’ll get a world map, a separate map of the US, scratching tools, and memory stickers to pin past adventures. It’ll become a fun activity that’ll help keep their travel bug alive and well. ($20.99, Amazon)

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An experiential gift so they can make memories together…

Instead of giving them something to unwrap, gifting them an activity can be just as rewarding. Uncommon Experiences is just that. You can choose from cocktail classes, pet portrait painting sessions, DIY bath bomb how-tos, and more. Along with the actual activity, they will receive a corresponding product, so they won’t have to buy anything extra for the class. You can also sign them up for a membership to Uncommon Perks. They’ll get access to free shipping, new products and sales, monetary credits, and more. (Prices vary, Uncommon Goods)

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A prompt-filled journal the newlyweds can answer together…

They can answer some questions individually, but plenty will call for them to reflect on moments together. It’s a fun way to get creative juices flowing and reminisce on the journey of their relationship. They can also treat the journal as a sentimental keepsake. Once they’ve recorded their answers, they’ll be able to read them back on every anniversary. ($11.66, Amazon)

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A three-speed record player with built-in speakers…

They’ll be able to listen to their favorite records or plug in their phone and connect via the system’s Bluetooth feature. The best part is that they can start listening within minutes. There’s no lengthy setup or extra equipment necessary. If they want to store it, they can just close the case and keep it in a closet. ($32.50+, Amazon)

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A wooden keepsake box they can store small items in…

Like old tickets to shows, boarding passes, letters, and photographs. It’s a great way to keep things safe. Once they’ve collected enough, they’ll be able to look back and see how far they’ve come. We highly recommend adding in small love notes and reminders of past dates. ($39.99+, Amazon)

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A one-of-a-kind art kit that’s a testament to the love they share…

What’s more romantic than artwork to commemorate their love? A piece they can create together. This kit comes with everything they’ll need to make their own custom piece of art. All you have to do is pick up to three nontoxic paint colors. Then it’s up to them to do the rest. Once they’re done, they can easily take it to their local shop to have it framed. So sweet. ($70, Uncommon Goods)

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