10 Worst Wedding Gifts of All Time

Giving a gift that marks the beginning

of a couple’s married life together is

no insignificant task.So, what can you

offer that is personal yet practical, and

appropriate to commemorate such a

milestone life moment? Or more

importantly, what should you avoid at

all costs?

We countdown the ten worst wedding

gifts of all time, to help you avoid

these present pitfalls and bestow on

every bride and groom a gift worthy of

their special occasion.

1. Re-gifts

Everyone is guilty of a re-gift at some

point in their lives. But for a wedding? C’mon! The fact that you are never going to use the three-in-one kitchen

appliance Aunt Marge gave you last Christmas, probably means the happy couple wont either, and obvious re-gifts

such as this scream thoughtless-ness and poor taste.

2. Divorce Paraphernalia

It might’ve seemed funny at the time, but do any newlyweds really want to receive self-help manuals entitled What to

do if you’re De-partnered or Second Husband, Second Chance? Chances are they may not see the funny side –

some may even take it as a personal affront regarding their chosen spouse. When it comes to wedding gifts, leave

the comedy behind.

3. Baby Paraphernalia

Worse even than divorce paraphernalia, is receiving baby goods on your wedding day. If and when a couple will start

a family is a personal decision and undue pressure from ‘well-meaning’ family and friends can turn what should be a

positive, personal choice into a high-pressure situation. Leave the baby presents for the baby shower.

4. Pets

While we get the whole adorable factor of a scruffy

puppy or fluffy kitten as a token of matrimonial bliss, this

is another one of those decisions the newlyweds will

have to make for themselves. Keeping a pet is a big

responsibility and once the hype and stress of the

wedding is done, the happy couple may not want to have

to worry about anyone – or anything – else, so soon.


5. Eclectic Art Pieces

Unless you are completely sure that the couple in

question shares your exact taste in art and interior décor,

steer clear of any big-ticket pieces designed to take up

space in the love nest. 

6. Couples’ Courses

While its natural for newlyweds to want to spend time

together and strengthen mutual interests, these need to develop naturally and organically, not be forced upon them

as a result of a two-for-one Groupon deal. Gifting couples’ courses on the wedding day can force newlyweds into

uncomfortable, unenjoyable situations they won’t thank you for. 

7. Boudoir Apparatus

No matter how well you know the bride and groom, gifts for the bedroom are definitely best avoided. You know what

we mean:

                        • Lovable Lingerie

                        • Role Play Regalia

                        • Any Other Form of Boudoir Apparatus

Although we assume this is kind of obvious, you’d be surprised…

8. Impersonal Gift Voucher

Unless the couple has especially requested vouchers from specific outlets, avoid giving gift vouchers as this can

appear impersonal and insinuate you haven’t put much thought into the sentimentality or significance of this gift.

9. Stuff You Like

Perhaps the most selfish gift-purchasing strategy of

all, is the gift of something that speaks more to

your own personal taste and preference, than that

of the couple in question. Sure, if you’ve made their

wedding cut, you probably share similar interests

(unless you’re only there because you’re related),

but that doesn’t mean giving them an experience or

item just because you would love it, is necessarily

going to be your best bet. Especially if you’re

hoping they will return it – to you.

10. Unnecessary Kitchen Appliances

These days, most couples are living together before they tie the knot. And even if they aren’t, the majority are

equipped with the day-to-day living appliances required in a modern-day home. So, rather than purchasing a second

toaster or doubling-up on an espresso machine, consider a less-redundant and more meaningful gift that speaks to

the significance of the occasion, which the happy couple will sincerely appreciate and enjoy.

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By: Melissa Wilkinson – Melissa is the founder of Personalized Favors. She is commonly sought for comment on all things wedding related and has worked closely with thousands of couples to create invitations, gifts and wedding favors that are truly unique.

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