The 28 Best Wedding Gifts to Give Your Bride Before She Becomes Your Wife

Say "I do" to one of these gifts.
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Emily Rumsey
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Updated Oct 05, 2023
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Don't miss an opportunity to spoil your wife! And that starts with a wedding day gift for your bride. A couple's gift exchange is a fun way to celebrate this new chapter of your lives. Do it before the "I do"s to instantly calm each other's nerves. Or, wait until after the reception ends for an exclamation point on an already awesome day. You could even exchange presents on the honeymoon to keep the celebration going a little longer. Whatever the case, it's time to find a special gift for your bride on the wedding day (or shortly before or after). Whether you go small, sentimental, splurge-worthy or practical (or you surprise her with the puppy she's been begging for), these are the best wedding gifts for your wife.

1. The Adventure Challenge: Couples Edition

Make good on your promise of a life full of surprises with The Adventure Challenge: Couples Edition book. Filled with a year's worth of date ideas, each adventure is a mystery until you scratch off its foil. From blindfolded cooking to impromptu road trips, this interactive scrapbook is your guide to a spontaneous and romantic married life. And make sure to snag the instant-film camera, too, to capture your memories along the way! (Psst, use the code THEKNOT20 for 20% off sitewide.)

2. Romantic Fill-in-the-Blank Book

romantic fill in the blank book for wife
Photo: Knock Knock

If your wife is a total romantic, then we've found the perfect wedding gift for her. This fill-in-the-blank book contains dozens of sweet and thoughtful prompts to help you express what she means to you. Warning: may cause happy tears.

3. Wedding Keepsake Library

From invitations and boutonnieres to her hairpiece and the cake topper, this filing box will help your wife organize and preserve all the wedding keepsakes. Designed to mirror a museum-quality book with cloth-covered casing as well as illustrated labels, acid-free drawers, fabric bags and stitched envelopes, all your memories will be safe for you to revisit fondly for years to come. Your wife will love that you thought ahead. Slipping your written vows in a folder early will be a touching start to a lifetime of mementos.

4. Cozy White Bride Pajamas

Ivory pajama set wedding gift for bride
Photo: Eberjey

If she's somehow gotten through all of the wedding planning without being gifted a pair of bridal PJs, it's time to fill that gap. This luxuriously soft pajama set is a cute outfit to wear while getting ready or to pack for the honeymoon. Best of all, the short-sleeve button-down and matching shorts are made out of temperature-regulating modal, so the set is not just cute, but also super comfy and breathable.

5. Love Note Letter Locket

Jewelry is always a good wedding gift idea for your wife-to-be. Make it super creative with this envelope-shaped locket. Inside, there's a sweet surprise: a mini metal letter that's printed with a custom word, name or date in your own handwriting. The necklace comes in a silver, gold or rose-gold finish, with a sterling silver or stainless steel base.

6. Forever Rose

A wedding band isn't the only symbol of forever you can give your bride on the wedding day. The Forever Rose takes real roses and preserves them in a durable lacquer and 24K gold as a symbol of true love and eternal relationships. Aww! The stem can even be engraved with a sweet message. Slip it into a bouquet of real flowers for an extra-special surprise in her getting-ready suite.

7. Personalized Bride Jean Jacket

personalized bride denim jacket
Photo: Bride Bikini

If you're looking for a prewedding gift for your bride, consider giving her some bridal swag. This custom jean jacket with fun pearl beading will complement any outfit, from the engagement party through the honeymoon. She can use it for her bachelorette party, throw it on for flower, dress or cake appointments and—of course—flaunt it at the wedding.

8. Travel Keychain Keepsake

This creative leather keychain is designed to hold charms representing different destinations, making it the perfect small keepsake to remember your travels as a married couple. Loop on symbols of all your vacation destinations, starting with the honeymoon. You can also add an "I Love You" ring for a touch of romance. It's a sweet and sentimental wedding present for your wife that she can add to every trip.

9. Handwritten Message Clutch

This wedding day gift for the bride is the best way for her to store her lipstick. The Italian leather clutch comes in a champagne, white gold, dusty lavender, French blue or cinnamon hue and the polycotton lining is imprinted with your handwritten message. Pro tip: Fill this clutch with a bag of tissues, she'll probably shed a few tears when she reads your loving note. And now, she has a sentimental purse to carry on every date night out.

10. Rhinestone Smart Watch Band

If your future wife is attached to her smartwatch—like you have to remind her to take it off for wedding photos—you can opt for luxe watch accessories to send the same message instead. This crystal pavé herringbone band comes in gold, rose gold or silver to add extra shine to her daily style. Just don't forget to add a set of open-face cases and, if you're feeling generous, a matching bracelet.

11. Milestone Maps Wall Art

Milestone map art wedding gift for bride
Photo: Modern Map Art / Etsy

Looking for something sentimental to hang up in your new home together? Map out your love story with this custom wall art. This gift celebrates the day you first met, the day she became your fiancée and the day you'll exchange wedding vows all in one adorable package. For a budget-friendly gift, print your dates and locations on poster paper or, for a higher price, order your art as a canvas print or framed.

12. Birth Flower Heart Earrings

You're so grateful for the day she was born, so why not celebrate that? Did you know that every birth month is associated with a flower (similar to how there are birthstones)? These heart earrings are crafted to display a few petals from her birthday's unique bloom. It's an undeniably thoughtful and romantic wedding gift idea for the bride.

13. Washable Silk Robe

Yes, your future wife absolutely needs more bridal swag and this silk robe is one she'll wear long after the wedding. Not only are the bishop sleeves, removable belt and side slits the most flattering loungewear she'll own, but the classic white fabric is thermoregulating to keep her comfortable. Plus, the silk is washable for low-maintenance luxury. Use code FOR-TK20 to receive $20 off your first order of $100 or more!

14. Wedding Vow Art

Vow art print wedding gift for wife
Photo: Sara Cristina Design

Here's more sweet home decor to gift your wife. If you're writing custom vows, memorialize them with this sentimental wedding gift for your bride. It's also a great way to present your other half with private vows you may not want to recite at the actual ceremony.

15. "Mrs." White Wedding Converse Sneakers

If your bride-to-be likes a little more subtlety, turn her favorite white kicks into wedding shoes. These high-top Converse are outfitted with white satin laces, light blue soles and say "Mrs." on the side. While you're at it, how 'bout snagging matching sneaks for yourself?

16. Funny Wedding Day Card

Some couples exchange letters in lieu of (or alongside) other gifts. If you know that a handwritten note will be the most impactful, this is an excellent wedding gift idea for your bride. There are lots and lots of cards to pick from—here's just one cheeky example. If you fell for each other's sense of humor, the message "I'm going to marry the h*** out of you" is a playful way to start the wedding day. More to say? Don't stop at just one card. A series of notes for your future wife to "open when" will keep the sincerity going your whole first year of marriage and beyond.

17. Versatile Leather Travel Bag

So, you're marrying an over-packer…Good wedding gifts for your wife don't have to be ultra-romantic. Show her how well you know her with a practical travel bag that'll help her fit a few more clothes for the honeymoon. This trendy luggage has three interior pockets with a padded laptop sleeve, a double-zip bottom compartment for shoes, an external zip pocket and a trolley sleeve with a zipper to create another pocket when not in use. It comes in eight different colors for a chic personal item.

18. Personalized Floral Stationery Set

Gift your bride new stationery with her "Mrs." title. Especially perfect if you're shopping for a writer, this blue floral gift set comes with a personalized hardback lined notebook and 20 custom notecards with envelopes. Toss in an ink rollerball pen for extra oomph.

19. Lavender Spa Gift Set

Give the gift of relaxation! Wedding planning can be a stressful task. If your future wife has put a lot of time into planning the perfect day, help her unwind with a spa night. This lavender-infused gift set includes two appropriately shaped heart bath bombs, hydrating shea butter cream with a wooden spoon, flower-shaped body soap and a cotton towel. It's the kind of gift that can be given right before the wedding day as an unexpected surprise.

20. Engraved Crystal Champagne Flutes

Your first "cheers" with your wife will be special—make it even more memorable by toasting with custom champagne flutes. Waterford has a wide selection of glasses available for engraving, including wine and tumbler sets if bubbly isn't her drink of choice. Personalize your gift with a monogram, a heart icon or even a heartfelt message and your wedding date. *Clink.*

21. Pearl and Diamond Bracelet

Pearl and diamond bracelet jewelry gift for bride
Photo: FARFETCH

Diamonds and pearls are two of the most popular bridal jewelry adornments, and this elegant bracelet has both. Your bride can wear it on the wedding day or, really, any day after. It's understated enough to become a staple piece.

22. Custom-Engraved Stainless Steel Watch

Watches are traditional wedding gifts for brides and grooms for a reason: They're a fun way to say, "It's time!" and honor the future you plan to spend together. This stunning watch features a mother-of-pearl dial, circumferenced with crystals and a two-tone silver and gold stainless steel bracelet. The three-hand date movement will help her count the seconds, minutes, hours and days you've been married. Best of all, the case can be custom engraved for free (!) with a loving message. Think: "I will love you until the end of time."

23. Custom-Etched Perfume Bottle

A signature wedding day scent is becoming a must-have accessory for soonlyweds—and there are a million reasons why we love this perfume for your bride on your special day. First, it's modeled after the French expression "la vie est belle," which means "life is beautiful." As such, the unique bottle is shaped to represent a smile. It has a floral, iris scent mixed with earthy notes of patchouli and warm vanilla for an iconic fragrance you'll both be obsessed with. Better still, the bottle can be custom engraved with a romantic note and your wedding date for free. Add to cart for the best of the best wedding gift for your bride.

24. Monogrammed Leather Luggage Tag

Honeymoon-related items are some traditional wedding gift ideas for the bride, which is why we're featuring a few on this list. This faux-leather tag will elevate her luggage (all while celebrating her new last initial, if she has one). There's a matching passport cover and bag tassel, too. Bon voyage!

25. Sapphire Stud Earrings

Make sure your wife has something blue with this heirloom-worthy wedding day present. This gorgeous pair of stud earrings features ethically sourced sapphire gemstones that are set in 18K white or yellow gold, or platinum. As the tradition states, the touch of blue stands for love and fidelity—things you both hope for in the marriage. She can wear them right away to outfit her bridal look with a touch of color or save them for your first date as a married couple.

26. Engraved Glass Jewelry Box

This vintage-inspired jewelry box beautifully puts her baubles on display, giving them the spotlight they deserve. Heck, it may even make it into some of your styled wedding photos! Bonus: You can get it engraved with a special quote. The one pictured says, "You truly are the fairest of them all." How's that for a wedding day gift for the Disney lover?

27. Custom Name Necklace

Take a hint from Hailey Beiber and Jennifer Lopez Affleck and gift your lady a bridal necklace. From "wifey" to "Mrs." or even one featuring your names, she'll love the personalized and super-trendy bauble. Start by choosing one of BaubleBar's nameplate styles, like one with pavé cubic zirconia stones or a gold-plated lowercase script bubble font, then choose what you want it to read. Our personal favorite if she's changing her last name: "Mrs. [last initial]."

28. Personalized Video Book

Scrapbooks are a classic day-of-wedding gift to brides, since they can reminisce on your love story to calm their nerves before walking down the aisle. Take it up a notch and make a video montage instead—no picture printing and artsy arranging necessary! Heirloom will help you compose a 10- or 20-minute video, then load it into a book that contains a small HD screen for viewing. You can even write a custom message in the cover. Talk about a super unique wedding gift for your wife.

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