10 Wedding Thank You Gifts Your Guests Will Want to Keep Forever
Give your guests wedding thank you gifts they'll *actually* want to take home. We've got 10 wedding favor ideas to get you started.
What Do You Give Guests at a Wedding?
This question always comes up when planning a wedding. You want to thank your guests and loved ones for celebrating with you, but it’s hard to find a gift that people will really enjoy. After all, we’ve all taken home some less-than-useful favors in our day. We’re going to take some of the guesswork out for you and show you favors that your guests won’t want to leave behind.
Still hung up on gifts for your wedding party? We have 10 clever ideas.
Candy, Candy and More Candy
Let your guests feel like kids in a candy store and set up a candy buffet as a thank you gift for your wedding. Your friends and family will love building their own custom assortment of classic candies (be sure to buy in bulk to save some pennies). You can add a personalized touch with candies that match your wedding colors or go further with custom M&M’s or the couple’s favorite treats.
Coffee or Tea
Most everyone enjoys coffee or tea. A small package of beans or a sampling of tea makes a great wedding favor. When your friends brew or steep their morning cuppa the Monday following your nuptials, they’ll be thinking of you!
You can get these tags and tea bag-sized sachets right here ($20).
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Consider gifting guests small plants as favors. After all, a bit of greenery at home or in the office is always nice. Pick easy-to-care-for plants like succulents or herbs (these are the easiest to grow). If it’s a touch too cold out for plants, but you and your spouse are serious gardeners, give packets of seeds as your wedding favors.
A Midnight Snack
Who says the favors even need to make it home? Give your guests a midnight snack as a wedding thank you gift. Our favorite picks for late night snacking: soft cookies, popcorn and soft pretzels. To make it extra festive, package them up in customized paper bags ($6).
Practical presents are good presents. Thank your guests with a gift they surely can use for their favorite beer or craft soda. These decorative key bottle openers ($36 for a set of 52) have some vintage flair that will suit many wedding themes.
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Thank your guests with something you and your spouse-to-be made yourselves. People-pleasing treats like soft caramels or roasted nuts are always good options. Check out our full list of edible wedding favors for more ideas.
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A Bottle of Bubbly
Popping open a bottle of champagne always feels celebratory. Send your guests home with a miniature bottle of bubbles so they can celebrate again at home. We’ve got some super clever ways to dress up these mini bottles.
Not a champagne person? Send your guests home with your favorite single-serve wine, bottle of beer or even an artisanal soda.
Practical but cute, these matches are a great tiny treasure for guests to take home. You can customize them to fit your wedding theme when you shop Picture Perfect Papier on Etsy.
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A Local Find
Planning a destination wedding? Proud of your hometown? Give your guests a taste of what makes your wedding spot so special. Maybe there’s a local shop that sells the best saltwater taffy, a farmer who makes jam from local berries or a maker who pours your favorite scented candle. (By the way, here are the best mom and pop shops in America.) Many operations—especially in tourist or wedding destinations—offer favor-ready options for wedding thank you gifts.
A Donation to Your Favorite Charity
Let’s face it, your guests don’t need a trinket or a treat to take home. Instead, take your favor budget and donate it to your favorite nonprofit. Need ideas? At Taste of Home, we’re proud to support Feeding America. Also consider your local food pantry, animal welfare organization, children’s charity or cancer research fund.
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