11 Wedding Favor Ideas That Work for Any Season

These seasonless favors will never get left behind.
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Maggie Seaver
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Maggie Seaver
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  • Maggie Seaver is an Associate Digital Editor at RealSimple.com.
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  • Maggie was an editor at The Knot from 2015 to 2019.
Updated Oct 11, 2018

If you're in need of a great wedding favor idea, you can go a few different routes: Think seasonal and local, go with edible treats or stick to something that's foolproof year-round. But remember, when it comes to wedding favors, don't overthink it. Your favors are a little extra something to show your guests how much you appreciate them. To make sure they actually take them home at the end of the night, keep your favors fun, easy, small and useful. Here are a few perennial favorites everyone will enjoy, no matter the season.

1. Donate to Charity in Their Names

Girls Not Brides x The Knot VOW to End Child Marriage
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Instead of handing out physical favors, donate a certain amount of money to a foundation you care about in your guests' names. Need philanthropy ideas? Donate to VOW, the charity campaign raising money for the Girls First Fund to end child marriage worldwide. Every year, 12 million girls are married before turning 18, cutting off their education and putting them at risk for violence and poverty. VOW funds local organizations all over the globe advocating girls' rights and standing up against child marriage at the community level. (See how easy it is to link VOW to your retail registry though The Knot Gifts Back here.)

2. Custom Cookies

We don't need to tell you a package of cookies hits the spot any day of the year.

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3. Soy Candles

Whether you choose a neutral scent or one that suits the season, candles never fail as a favor.

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4. Monogrammed Matches

Since guests can never resist stocking up on cute matches, customize match boxes with your monogram and wedding date.

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5. Customized Tea Bags

Tea, please! Go the extra mile to personalize the packaging of your favorite blend.

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6. Picture Frames

A picture frame for every guest is the perfect blank canvas favor they can do with as they please. If you plan to stamp each frame with your wedding date, names or initials, we recommend doing it subtly on the bottom or the back.

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7. Colorful Candy

A build-your-own candy bar or prepackaged sweets are so easy to assemble and always please a crowd.

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8. Personalized Koozies

How great are these quippy beer koozies? A great favor for the chill couple.

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9. Morning Pick-Me-Up

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Spread your love of coffee around with preportioned packets of beans or grounds—because let's be honest, coffee love is a year-round kind of love.

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10. Mini Bottles of Bubbles

Winter, spring, summer or fall, it's never a bad time to hand out petite champagne or prosecco splits.

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11. A Meaningful Book

Think outside the typical shot glass or candle and send your guests home with a meaningful volume of poetry or another of your all-time favorite works. They'll appreciate how much thought you put into this favor and love being able to take a piece of you home with them.

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