The 25 Most Unique Wedding Favors to Give Your Guests

These clever party favors won't disappoint.
Collage of unique and useful wedding favor ideas
Naoimh O'Hare - The Knot Associate Commerce Editor
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Naoimh O'Hare
Naoimh O'Hare - The Knot Associate Commerce Editor
Naoimh O'Hare
Associate Commerce Editor
  • Naoimh writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in shoppable roundups from gift guides to wedding fashion
  • Before working on editorial content, Naoimh wrote storefront descriptions for some of The Knot Worldwide's many wedding vendors
  • Naoimh studied creative writing at the National University of Ireland, Galway
Updated Sep 07, 2022
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You've put a lot of thought into making your wedding extra special, so why stop at the party favors? On top of your venue, attire and entertainment, unique wedding favors are a great way to highlight the vibe of your big day and inject a fun dose of personality. In fact, we surveyed over 450 couples in 2022 and found that uniqueness was the most important factor for soonlyweds selecting party favors. It's your big day, and you deserve to put your own spin on things. And guess what? Nontraditional party favors can be practical too. We've put our heads together to come up with the most unique and useful wedding favor ideas that your guests will love.

1. Unusual Bottle Openers

Unique destination wedding favors airplane bottle openers

Need unique wedding favors for a destination wedding? Check out these quirky bottle openers in the form of vintage-style airplanes. Even if you're not jetting off to tie the knot, they're a great option for couples who love to travel or who work in the airline industry. Plus, it's a bottle opener, meaning it'll come in handy for guests at the wedding reception and beyond.

2. Creative Guest Portraits

Custom guest portrait wedding favors unique idea

If you're set on giving guests a completely personalized experience, you don't want to miss this unique wedding favor idea. This Etsy seller creates custom hand-drawn portraits of your loved ones, digitally printed on white cardstock and framed in clear acrylic. The best part? These practical wedding thank-you gifts for guests can double as escort cards. Just ask the maker to add table numbers to the back of each portrait.

3. Practical Pizza Cutters

Useful pizza cutter wedding favor

This one goes out to all the pizza lovers on your guest list, whether they've mastered making their own dough or just like to keep the freezer fully stocked. These adorable pizza cutters have to be one of the most practical wedding favors on this list (that still feel delightfully unique, BTW). Each one reads "a slice of love," so it'll always be a reminder of the love you shared on your special day.

4. Custom Candy Favors

Custom M&Ms unique wedding favor idea

The most unique wedding favors of all are customized to match your special day. If you didn't already know, you can design your very own M&Ms to gift guests. Create candy that matches your wedding colors and seal the deal with your initials, wedding date or portraits printed on each unusual, edible wedding favor. Just picture your loved ones' delight when they discover the custom surprise!

5. Quirky Measuring Spoons

Nontraditional wedding favor measuring spoons in whale theme

Encourage your guests to have a whale of a time with these funky wedding favors (that are actually incredibly useful). Each favor includes three whale-themed measuring spoons for mixing up a storm in the kitchen. There's a teaspoon, half tablespoon and full tablespoon measurement, and they all tuck neatly inside one another for practical storage.

6. Useful Trinket Dishes

Colorful trinket dishes for unique wedding favors

Have you ever seen a prettier vessel for storing keys, jewelry, or odds and ends? These colorful trinket dishes will add a bold splash to your reception decor and your loved ones' homes after the nuptials. Honestly, we'd be incredibly happy with this pretty-meets-practical keepsake. It's a truly unique wedding souvenir that your guests will treasure for years to come.

7. Funky Salt and Pepper Shakers

Funky pea pod salt and pepper shaker wedding favors

You and your fiancé are two peas in a pod, so why not embrace it through your wedding guest gifts? These unconventional wedding favors will add a light-hearted touch to your guest tables and put a smile on every face. And they don't just look cute, these salt-and-pepper shaker peas are 100% functional.

8. Elegant Cloche Favors

Elegant cloche wedding favors unique idea

Unique wedding party favors don't necessarily have to be quirky (though they certainly can be if that's your vibe!). For classic celebrations, consider these cute bell jars. You can fill them with an extra little treat for each guest (psst, they're perfectly sized for cupcakes) and they double as table decor. Afterward, each of your guests can take one to reuse as home decor. See, we told you we found practical party favors.

9. Heart-Shaped Cheese Boards

Heart-shaped bamboo cheese board wedding favors

Choosing wedding favors people actually want can feel like a lot of pressure. If you're stressed about impressing your loved ones, remember that they're there to support you and your soon-to-be spouse. Winning party favors are a nice touch, but they won't make or break your celebration. That said, there is one simple way to make sure your giveaways go over well with guests: Choose functional wedding favors. These mini cheese boards are perfect for personal charcuterie, and the heart shape is oh-so-precious.

10. Charitable Donation Favor Cards

Charitable donation card in lieu of wedding favors unique idea

Use your wedding celebration as an opportunity to spread a little love. If there's a charity that's close to your hearts, donating on behalf of your guests is a great way to support a good cause with your wedding. These cute printable favor cards will let your loved ones in on the good deed. Simply leave one at each guest's seat or frame a few and place them beside the centerpiece on each table. It's a creative wedding favor idea that'll instantly win your friends and family over.

11. Unusually Flavored Vodka

Unusual lavender vodka wedding favor

Keep the party going with a mini bottle of booze that guests can enjoy on the spot or take home and save for later. Heritage Distilling Co. sells tiny libations in ultra-unique flavors like lavender vodka (an excellent nod to your wedding flowers?) and chocolate whiskey. Write whatever you want on DIY favor labels—from a celebratory toast to a funny pun.

12. Fairytale Candle Favors

Nontraditional fairytale candle wedding favor

Does your love feel like a fairy tale? This classic-turned-unconventional wedding favor will definitely be put to good use (who doesn't love candles?!). Each candle is in the shape of Cinderella's famous pumpkin carriage. We spy a gorgeously on-theme (and totally unique) fall party favor.

13. Funny Coaster Favors

Unconventional coasters for wedding favors with mistaken lyrics

As far as creative wedding favors go, these might just be our favorite. Bring some humor to your guests' tables by gifting each person one of these hilarious coasters. Each one is printed with a snippet of commonly misheard song lyrics like "sweet dreams are made of cheese."

14. Picture-Perfect Frames

Useful photo frame wedding favor idea

Mini picture frames are an undeniably useful keepsake (and one you definitely don't see every day). Choose between white, black and wood-inspired frames to suit your wedding style, whether it's a contemporary soiree or barnyard bash. You can even DIY these favors to double as place cards by inserting guests' names or photos.

15. Unique Spice Blend

Unique spice blend wedding favors

Any spices will make for useful wedding favors, but these hilarious containers take the cake for creativity. Get them personalized with you and your future spouse's faces superimposed on cartoon chefs' bodies. The Etsy seller offers a choice of different blends, from tangy seasoned salt to zesty Italian seasoning. What better way to spice up your reception?

16. Unconventional Favor Boxes

Quirky treasure chest wedding favor boxes

There are lots of ways to make your wedding favors for guests feel more unique. Instead of the favor itself, look to the presentation. These fun favor boxes are shaped like little treasure chests and can be filled with pretty much anything as "treasure," from mini bags of bath salts to gourmet chocolates (or chocolate-coated coins, if you're going all-in on the treasure theme). It's a particularly fun idea for a beach wedding.

17. Engraved Chopstick Favors

Useful chopstick wedding favors in elegant silk pouches

The best wedding favors are unique and useful, and these elevated chopsticks hit both nails on the head. If you're serving East Asian-inspired cuisine at your nuptials, loved ones can put them to use right away. Each set is handmade and comes beautifully packaged in a sophisticated silk pouch. Like we said, nontraditional favors don't necessarily have to feel quirky.

18. Personalized Golf Balls

Custom golf ball wedding favors unique and useful

Whether you're having a fully-blown golf-themed wedding or the sport is just a big part of your lives, you'll love these golf ball souvenirs (and your guests will too). Each ball can be printed with your names, new titles and the date. Who could say no to such uniquely practical party favors?

19. Tasty Cocktail Kits

Unusual cocktail infusion wedding favors

Order your guests a round of gin and tonic to toast with at dinner so they can try out these unusual cocktail infusions. The set comes with six different infusions that are bursting with botanical flavor. It's a modern take on party favors that your loved ones can enjoy right away.

20. Decorative Wooden Ornaments

Unique rustic wedding favor escort cards

These customizable wood slices work well as Christmas ornaments (hello, unique winter wedding favors), but you can also get them without the hole to gift them as coasters. In that case, they also work well as rustic wedding favors. Either way, they can moonlight as place cards, making them an excellent option for couples on a budget.

21. Eco-Friendly Pollinator Pops

Unique eco-friendly wedding favor pollinator seeds

Looking for unique spring or summer wedding favors? These unusual push pops are filled with a delightful surprise for guests to take home with them. Each one includes a clever concoction of seeds to attract either bees, butterflies or hummingbirds. Trust us, your guests will definitely want these environmentally friendly favors.

22. Functional Notebook Favors

Useful wedding favor notebook personalized

On the hunt for unique wedding favors that are affordable to boot? These farmhouse-style notebooks are a useful way for guests to remember your nuptials thanks to the personalized cover. They can fill the inside with whatever they wish, from journaling prompts to friends' contact details.

23. Kid-Friendly Wedding Favors

Kid's activity book practical wedding favor idea

If you're going to have little ones in attendance, think about picking up some fun favors just for the kids. An activity book like this one is sure to keep them busy during speeches. It's personalized with you and your fiancé's names throughout and includes fun games like "I spy."

24. Vintage Favor Boxes

Unusual vintage-style book wedding favor box

Unusual wedding favors call for equally special favor boxes. Book lovers, hold onto your hats. How about gifting guests a pocket-size book or collection of stories? You can stow them inside these gorgeous vintage-inspired boxes designed to look like old romance novels. Another great idea? You could fill them with treats inspired by your favorite stories, like jellybeans for Harry Potter fans or Turkish delight if you've always dreamed of escaping to Narnia. Just make sure to double-check the measurements to make sure whatever you plan to put inside will fit.

25. Surprising Candy Delivery

Sugarfina candy cubes in unique mailbox favor boxes

Sometimes, the most useful wedding favors are the ones your guests can enjoy right away. Instead of placing little bags of candy at their tables, get creative with the help of Sugarfina. The brand's grown-up candy can be presented in adorable mailbox-inspired containers. Each one holds two cubes of delicious candy, so you can put enough mailboxes on each table for every guest to get one cube or be extra generous and gift each person their own mailbox.

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