25 Wedding Gifts for Your Best Friend That Show How Well You Know Them

"Only the best for your bestie," is our motto.
Four wedding gifts for a best friend: scented candle, electric mixer, friendship bracelet, bath caddy
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Updated Aug 25, 2023
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It's hard enough to pick a gift for your best friend in general (too many things you'd love to spoil them with), but for their wedding—the pressure is really on. A wedding gift from one best friend to the other should strike a balance between practical and personal. Our advice: Start by browsing the couple's wedding registry. While you know them better than the average guest and, thus, can take a bit more creative freedom, you want to get your bestie and their S.O. a gift they really want and will use—and that's the whole reason the couple made a registry. Next, supplement the registry item with a personalized wedding gift. Something small, but sentimental, like friendship jewelry or custom artwork, will make your best friend swoon. Need more inspiration? Shop our favorite wedding gift ideas for a friend below!

1. Personalized Photo Print

Personalized framed print from Uncommon Goods
Photo: Uncommon Goods

You can't go wrong with this best-selling art for your bestie. It features an intersection's street signs customized with the names of the couple, the year they met and the year they got married to commemorate walking down the same road together, forever. It can come as a stand-alone print or framed so it's display-ready in their newlywed home.

2. Beaded Friendship Bracelet

Beaded friendship bracelet from Little Words Project
Photo: Little Words Project

You're never too old for friendship bracelets. Little Words Project makes charming beaded bracelets for any loved one, including your "ride or die." We especially love the blue beads to wish them extra love on their big day and forever after.

3. Bamboo Bath Caddy

Bamboo bath caddy
Photo: The Knot

Planning a wedding can be stressful with a capital "s." Once it's over, the happy couple will revel in the chance to relax—and that's where your wedding gift for your best friend comes in. (Of course, their now-spouse can use it too.) A bath caddy is an easy way to make the most out of wash time. This one is designed to hold a glass of wine, a book or tablet and more, so everything they need to relax is within reach. Plus, it has slip-resistant, extendable arms to fit any tub.

4. Calming Scented Candle

"Best friend" scented candle from Etsy
Photo: KindredFires

Bring some calm vibes to the getting-ready suite with a "Tranquility" fresh citrus and eucalyptus scented candle (or choose from 24 other pretty scents). Bonus: The apothecary jar is personalized with a label that reads, "to my best friend on your wedding day" with a personalized note from you underneath. Every time they light it, they'll be reminded of your strong and calming presence in their life. Feel free to add bath salts for extra R&R.

5. Topographic Whiskey Glasses

Topographic whiskey glasses from Huckberry
Photo: Huckberry

If your bond is rooted in a love of adventure and whiskey, this is a thoughtful wedding gift for your best friend. Each handblown glass features the topographic impression of the world's most iconic mountains. Think: the Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountains or Zion. Consider handing over this wedding gift the morning of, so you can toast to the big day together.

6. NBA Tickets

NBA tickets
Photo: The Knot

If you don't mind third-wheeling with your best friend and their partner, plan a group outing after the wedding for quality time together. A gift card for NBA tickets (or NFL, NHL or MLB tickets) is just the experience gift for your sports-loving friend. They'll receive your voucher over email to use for any game that everyone is free for.

7. Personalized Rimming Board

Customized rimming board from Uncommon Goods
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Taco Tuesdays at the newlywed's house! If they have margarita glasses on their wedding registry, but not a rimming board, you can definitely take the liberty to buy them one. We love this particular option because it can come engraved with their names, an important date (AKA their wedding day) or a meaningful phrase. This wedding gift for your best friend will definitely take them back to your college days when you shared a bit too much tequila.

8. Mini Date Cards

Mini date cards from The Adventure Challenge
Photo: The Adventure Challenge

The secret to a happy marriage is to never stop dating your spouse, right? And, since you only want the best for your friend, this wedding gift idea will really help them out. They'll get 30 scratch-off date ideas that'll help them connect on a deeper level with their partner in just 30 minutes. Friday date plans, check! All thanks to you.

9. Custom Couple Sweatshirts

Custom couple hoodies from Etsy
Photo: LakeHouseDesignArt

As the best friend to the happy couple, you've got access to countless photos of the duo. Turn your favorite snapshot of them into matching couple hoodies. They'll definitely be slipping into the cozy 'fits as they venture to the airport for their honeymoon.

10. Retro Stand Mixer

Retro kitchen mixer from The Knot
Photo: The Knot

Why not gift your best friend one of their big-ticket registry picks? KitchenAid's stand mixer is a popular choice amongst newlyweds and guests alike. Not only does it come in 18 fun colorways to spruce up their counters, but it makes baking easier than ever. It comes with beaters, whisks, dough hooks and a mixing bowl, and has 10 speed settings to make cakes, cookies, loaves of bread and more. Hopefully, they'll give you some fresh baked goods as a thank-you.

11. YETI Cooler

Cooler box from YETI
Photo: YETI

If your bestie found their adventure buddy, they'll get lots of use out of this wedding gift. YETI's Roadie Cooler is another hot registry pick for couples. It can store 33 beer cans with a 2:1 ice-to-can ratio and is also tall enough to chill most bottles of wine. Plus, the sturdy design will last them their entire marriage (AKA a lifetime).

12. Custom-Stamped Spoons

Custom-stamped spoons from Etsy
Photo: LazeredGoodz

Stay with us, because we have a really cute wedding present for your best friend with a sweet tooth. First, pick up a set of two metal spoons that are stamped with the phrase "to a lifetime of ice cream together," on each. Then pair them with a monthly ice cream subscription (see below)!

13. Monthly Ice Cream Subscription

Monthly ice cream subscription from Goldbelly
Photo: Goldbelly

We all scream for ice cream and true love! Make every night of being newlyweds extra sweet with this wedding gift for your best friend. The duo will receive five to six pints of ice cream or six to 24 ice cream sandwiches in delicious flavors like Chocolate Ginger Snap or Cookie Dough and Caramel Swirl each month. (*Mouth watering.*)

14. Embroidered Afghan Blanket

Embroidered Afghan blanket from Personalization Mall
Photo: Personalization Mall

Things you know as the best friend that other wedding guests might not: if the couple will be sharing a last name. If so, gift them a blanket personalized with their new monogram and wedding year. This 100-percent-cotton throw has an elegant, knitted chevron design with delicate fringe on all sides for a neutral piece that'll go with any home decor.

15. Wood and Marble Serving Set

Wood and marble serving set from Mark & Graham
Photo: Mark & Graham

Monogrammed gifts are kind of your thing—you've known their middle name for years, after all. This wedding gift is perfect for any aspiring hosts. It comes with a rectangle cheese board, a wine chiller and four coasters—all handcrafted from polished white marble and acacia wood. Our favorite part: Each can be personalized with the couple's initials.

16. Funny Matching Coffee Mugs

Funny avocado-themed matching mugs from Etsy
Photo: MugzyMugs

If their breakfast routine is a cup of coffee with a side of avocado toast, this set of mugs is the perfect wedding gift for your bestie. The avocado illustrations aren't just cute, they're also punny. One says "and they lived," while the other says "happily avo-after." Pair it with a coffee machine from their registry for a thoughtful present.

17. Monthly Coffee Subscription

Monthly coffee subscription from Atlas Coffee Club
Photo: Atlas Coffee Club

How about a wedding gift for your close friends that'll last their entire first year of marriage? Atlas Coffee Club will send the couple a bag of whole beans, ground coffee or Keurig cups (depending on the coffee machine they register for) each month for a full year. It's not just any ol' cup of joe, though. They source the world's finest single-origin coffee. Along with their fresh java, the couple will also get postcards from each country, tasting notes and some facts about the blend's history. It's the best wedding gift for your best friend who's addicted to caffeine.

18. Picnic Backpack

Picnic backpack for two from Amazon
Photo: Amazon

A picnic in the park has never been easier! This backpack effortlessly holds two sets of utensils, plates, plastic wine glasses and cotton napkins as well as a corkscrew and a chopping board, so they can have a perfect set-up in the park. It even has an insulated wine bottle holder and comes with a waterproof fleece blanket. They'll be having romantic outings with their spouse in no time—or they can use it with you whenever you want to catch up.

19. Travel Keepsake Library

Travel keepsake library from Uncommon Goods
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If the honeymoon is only one small piece of the couple's travels together, consider a keepsake library as a wedding gift. They can store airline tickets, hotel key cards, postcards and souvenirs from all their adventures safely in this organizer. The cover can even be embossed with their names for a personal touch.

20. Hotel Gift Card

Gift card from Hotels.com
Photo: Hotels.com

With this wedding gift for close friends, you're already planning for their one-year anniversary. A Hotels.com gift card can be applied towards bookings in 200 countries and territories, from international hotel chains and resorts to local inns and bed-and-breakfasts. Plus, it can be used alongside any members-only deals and promotions for even more savings. They can start planning their first-anniversary trip right away—and you can offer to watch their house, plants or pets for free. How nice!

21. Custom Night Sky Glasses

Custom night sky glasses from Uncommon Goods
Photo: Uncommon Goods

As their most frequent house guest, you know who in the relationship is drinking what. Use that knowledge to your advantage with this idea for a best friend's wedding gift. Choose between a set of two beer pints, two wine glasses or one of each, then have them custom engraved with the constellations that were visible in the night sky when they said: "I do." Each is additionally personalized with their names and the very special date.

22. Personalized Clay Planter

Personalized "love grows here" clay planter from Etsy
Photo: glassgirljen

Here's a wedding gift for your best friend that we recommend handing over after their honeymoon. The keepsake planter is engraved with the fitting phrase "love grows here" as well as their names and wedding date. We definitely recommend adding a flower or leafy plant if your bestie has a green thumb.

23. Pet Portrait Cuff Links

Custom pet cuff links from Uncommon Goods
Photo: Uncommon Goods

For a unique wedding gift from their best friend (you and their dog you're pet-sitting while they're on their honeymoon), check out these custom cuff links. Made from sterling silver, they're hand-stamped with an image of their furry friend for some one-of-a-kind formalwear. They'll show these off every chance they get.

24. Engraved Picture Frame

Custom engraved photo frame from Personalization Mall
Photo: Personalization Mall

Picture frames are classic wedding gifts for couples. But for your best friend, it's totally acceptable to forgo including a photo with their spouse for a photo of the three of you. Better still, this stainless steel frame can be custom engraved to note all your years of friendship.

25. Handwritten Card

Handwritten wedding card from Etsy
Photo: BekCustomDesigns

If you want to fully stick to your friend's wedding registry, that's A-OK. We just recommend tacking on a handwritten card to express your love for them on this momentous occasion. This simple stationery reads "To my best friend on her wedding day," with the date of their nuptials underneath. It's finished with an elegant ribbon in a color of your choosing (we recommend blue). Just remember to address the note to both members of the couple.

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