The 34 Best Handcrafted and Unique Wedding Gifts from Etsy of 2022 | by Brides

2022-10-25 17:38:14 By : Ms. Chunyan wu

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Honing in on a jaw-dropping wedding gift for loved ones (or a bridesmaid gift, bridal shower present, or wedding favor for guests!) is no easy feat. Thankfully, Etsy has no shortage of fantastic gifts for couples. Still, it can be overwhelming narrowing your quest for the perfect present. Folding Table

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Rule number one? Wedding planner Sarah Mastriano stresses that you can't go wrong with taking a sentimental approach. Searching for a favorite musical act of the couple, a chess set for the duo that is always studying their endgame, or a piece of artwork representing the city where they met are some ideas to get the wheels turning. Her other key piece of advice is to neglect the words “wedding,” “bride,” and “groom” in your initial search. “Skip anything that says something like ‘bride’ or ‘groom’ on it. They're going to receive so much of that and how many wedding related mugs does one household need?” offers Mastriano.

Sarah Mastriano is a wedding and event planner based in New Jersey. She also specializes in custom gifting for weddings and beyond.

What to do instead: “Take a moment and think about the couple, who they are, colors that they are drawn to in their home or within their wardrobe. Think about their taste and interests,” says Mastriano. “Getting your brain moving about the couple themselves will spark some keywords to start your search. For instance, if the bride loves Scandinavian-style art or the couple love to stock their home bar with cool glassware, start searching for items that fit those descriptions.

With these guidelines in mind, keep scrolling for our curated guide of the best wedding gifts you can buy on Etsy right now. Whether you’ve got a couple that’s all about maps or a pair that loves getting busy in the kitchen, we promise there’s something for everyone.

Read on for the best handcrafted and unique wedding gifts from Etsy.

Price at time of publish: $22

This USA-grown all natural soy wax candle is hand-poured in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and great for the newlyweds with a sweet tooth. Maybe throw in a dozen cookies from their favorite local bakery and a pie tin to round out the mix. This all makes for a fun option for a bridesmaid proposal gift.

Price at time of publish: $55

The couple may be set on the coffee mug front, but we doubt they have an elegant wedding photo lantern. Get it custom engraved with the couple’s names and wedding date, and if you feel like going the extra mile, print a photo of them (4”x6”) and stick in an engagement portrait of them as a placeholder until they get their wedding prints. When they’re relaxing at home, they can turn on the attached LED flameless candle and think of you every time. FYI: This wedding lantern ships out within one-to-two business days and has expedited shipping options.

Price at time of publish: $35

A wind chime is the exact kind of thing people don’t think to get for themselves, but once they have one by their kitchen windowsill or on the porch, they’re so glad they do. Here, enjoy this handmade beauty with a copper finish that includes three hooks for mounting and a wooden base on the top.

Price at time of publish: $4,850

We know, we know. You’re probably not spending nearly $5,000 on a wedding gift, but how could we see these delightful custom stained-glass wedding portraits and not put it on our wish list? The incredible designs are based on any wedding/engagement photo chosen by the customer and the details come to life with intricate fused glass and meticulous wire work, with a decorative twisted metal border. The coolest part is of course the way light permeates stained-glass so this art piece glimmers and changes color throughout the day.

Price at time of publish: $35

So coastal, so chic. “For the couple who loves to cook or entertain, opt for a gift that will level up their tablescaping game, like these coastal-inspired oyster salt and pepper dishes,” says Etsy Trend Expert, Dayna Isom Johnson. P.S. The blue-and-white color scheme makes these vessels wonderful Hanukkah gifts, too.

Price at time of publish: $39

This heartfelt gift of a mason jar with dried flowers and lavender comes with 24 personal affirmations that are sure to brighten the recipient’s day. If you’re a bride or groom looking for a gift to your wedding party, this also makes for a lovely choice. “Thank you for always having my back, and will you be my Maid of Honor?” anyone?

Price at time of publish: $80+

It doesn’t get much dreamier than this locket. Tug at a bride-to-be’s heartstrings by giving her this customized locket with complimentary engraving, photo printing, a gift message and gift pouch or box, and she’s sure to be delighted. The “Something Blue” Bridal Bouquet Locket is another great option, and the Etsy shop also has photo necklace lockets, too.

Price at time of publish: $298+

Speaking of those wedding day blooms, how about this gift to tug at a couple’s heartstrings after their big day? Be sure to let the bride (and/or groom, if you are pressing their boutonnière) you’ll need their bouquet after the wedding for a little special something. As Isom Johnson puts it, “a sweet way to send your congrats to the happy couple is through a wedding keepsake gift—like having their wedding bouquet pressed and turned into wall art—which allows them to relive their special day for years to come.”

Price at time of publish: from $66+

“Shoppers can work directly with this Etsy seller to create a custom, hand-cut map of the couple’s meeting place. This is a beautiful way to honor their love story,” shares Isom Johnson. In fact, we like this abstract design so much, this may very well become our go-to engagement or wedding gift.

Price at time of publish: from $50+

For couples that live by the motto “it’s better at the beach,” surprise them with this trio of decorative buoys that are made from Douglas Fir and hand-painted in a blue and green color scheme or other colors. Bonus: If you give it to them before their wedding, they

Price at time of publish: $52+

Yes, it’s a bible verse. Yes, it’s a Dave Matthews Band lyric. Either way, it’s a fitting sign for newlyweds to have in their home as they start their new life together. Choose from off-white or taupe when you order this handmade wooden frame that’s roughly 33 by eight inches.

Price at time of publish: $145

Summer wedding on deck? Or how about a celebration being hosted at a botanical garden? You can’t go wrong with this garden-inspired candle gift set that includes a complimentary wick trimmer, candle care card, and scent story card. Each set arrives in a handsome gift package made from recycled or recyclable materials (even the grosgrain ribbon is made sustainably from recycled plastic bottles), and the plant-based wax candles are packed in a reusable ceramic jar. The two sets your loved ones will be treated to are No.1 The Beginning, an homage to the Aerangis orchid, and No.7 Seven Miles, a scented dream reminiscent of Taiwan’s “velvety jasmine flower during a summer evening.”

Price at time of publish: $20

Okay, so this isn’t exactly handcrafted, but it sure is unique. “Something you may need to send post-wedding, but just as sweet is any type of gift that incorporates the couple's first dance song,” says Mastriano. To order, simply share the couple’s names, title and artist name of the chosen song, their wedding location, and date. Choose either 11”x14” or 16”x20”. FYI: This is a digital download, so you’ll have to buy a frame separately should you choose to present it in a frame to the recipients.

Price at time of publish: $40

This beautiful line of journals was created by high school sweethearts who used to pass notes to each other in school, and have saved them over their 20+ years together. These keepsake notebooks are now a hat tip to their ritual of jotting down funny quotes in their household as a reminder to savor and preserve life’s precious little moments you might otherwise forget. A fitting gift for newlyweds, you can buy a pack of four of these time capsules of sorts for a discounted price.

Price at time of publish: $95

When in doubt, walnut trays, y’all. This solid walnut wood serving board is a veritable beaut and you can engrave it with the words of your choice. The natural wood grain makes for a rustic look and the piece can be used for drinks, appetizers, cheese, and more. Note: Copper Fox Company is a Star Seller indicating an outstanding track record of impressing customers and over 70,000 of these boards have been sold to date. Will your friends be the next lucky folks to receive one?

Price at time of publish: $95

If you’re looking for an affordable gift with a bit of custom flair, allow us to point you towards these monogrammed glasses. Get the lovebirds a set of pilsner glasses, pint glasses, beer mugs, or stemless wine glasses, and they’ll love clinking glasses at happy hour and saying “cheers!” Throw in a bottle of their favorite beverage to complete the offering.

Price at time of publish: $9+

Choose from five sizes of this special candle that is a medley of natural oils, genuine crystals, rose petals, and herbs, hand-poured in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When the candle is done burning, the gift isn’t over: Folks can hold onto and even display the rose quartz tumbled stone and the other crystal chips and set intentions to live happily ever after.

Price at time of publish: $34+

Available on foam board, canvas, and poster with framed and unframed options for the latter two materials, this personalized map is great for the globetrotters in your life. Hand-drawn, you can choose to inscribe the couple's name, their wedding date, and location, and the artist adds a heart on the map at the wedding location or the place where they got engaged for another sweet touch. Every time they travel, they’ll look forward to adding push pins to mark the places they will go.

Price at time of publish: $31+ per plate

“Gone are the days of gifting formal china sets that end up sitting in cupboards unused,” comments Isom Johnson. “For a more modern take on this traditional gift, consider these heirloom-worthy, porcelain plates that add a touch of luxury to the newlyweds’ nightly dinner routine.” Our personal favorite of these Etsy Design Awards 2022 Finalist selections is the small plate (perfect for dessert!), but they are also available in medium and large sizes, up to sets of eight.

Price at time of publish: $68+

Crafted from olive wood, this makes for a nice display piece even when the couple isn’t noshing on cheese and crackers. The vendor also lets you decide if you want the engraving in the corner or the center of this best-selling product. Worth noting: The coloring, knots, etc. on each piece of wood varies, but we think the fact that no two are alike makes this gift all the more special.

Price at time of publish: $86+

How sweet are these prints? Choose from two sizes for this wedding portrait that brings to life the forevermores in artistic form. Note that these prints come unframed, so you’ll have to buy a frame separately or take it to a frame shop if you’d like to get it framed. To order, simply send the Etsy maker a photograph of what she would like to illustrate, any text you’d like to include, and any color preferences.

Price at time of publish: $86+

For another meaningful portrait, you can go this route. “A custom watercolor painting based off of a photograph of the couple's first home, apartment, or where they got engaged is always something they can keep and treasure as their life unfolds together,” says Mastriano.

Price at time of publish: $15

After planning and celebrating a wedding, a little TLC is in order. How about a relaxing bath with grapefruit and peppermint oils? You can even print a custom tag on the jar with their names. Accompany this gift with bubble bath, a loofah, chocolate, and candles to create an entire bath time relaxation set. Isom Johnson also likes these Himalayan bath salts as a party favor since it’s something “a gift guests will love to use.”

Price at time of publish: from $47

Lazy weekends in bed or time spent on the couch will be so much better with this peach, gray, and blue textured pillow cover that's handmade in India and accented with tassels. It's also possible to include a pillow insert for an additional cost. This Star Seller has many other pillow covers we adore here.

Price at time of publish: $65

Didn’t pick something up before the wedding? Ask the couple for a copy of their vows and order this vow display for them to cherish for years to come. Or, give it to your better half as a post-wedding present.“Many newlyweds are gifting themselves a little something special to celebrate their wedding. One super sweet idea are these acrylic wedding vow displays which easily blend in with any existing décor,” shares Isom Johnson.

Price at time of publish: $39

It’s time to do a little DIY project for the lovebirds du jour. Print some amazing 5”x7” photos of them over the years and place them in this handmade keepsake box made of, well, brass and glass. Note: If you buy 10 boxes to have on hand for various gifting moments, do so here and save money per box.

Price at time of publish: $90

“This beautifully-crafted glass flower ring holder is the perfect gift for any bride who wants to display her engagement ring like a work of art when it's not in use,” says Isom Johnson. With a variety of dreamy hues on offer, you might want to ask your loved one to share the colors of her bedroom décor scheme if you don’t know it, so you can pick the best hue for her room.

Price at time of publish: $161

“For the couple who seem to have everything, I suggest opting for something that’s equal parts functional and fashionable, like this ceramic fruit bowl,” says Isom Johnson. Whether they use it to store fruits or just put it on a coffee table as a piece of art, it’s a welcome addition to any home.

Price at time of publish: from $122

Isom Johnson lives by the wedding present rule of thumb that when you’re in doubt, opt for something personalized. “It offers the couple a thoughtful and unforgettable gift that stands out from the typical registry item,” she says. “I love this custom-made memory box which can house mementos from their wedding day — like dried florals, Polaroid pictures, cards, and more.” Even better, this Etsy’s Pick selection comes from a Star Seller.

Price at time of publish: from $98

Another Etsy Design Awards finalist, any dog lover is sure to appreciate this one-of-kind-gift, best presented in advance of a couple’s nuptials. “Some modern couples are incorporating their fur babies into their big day. A fun way to make their pet feel included and pampered during the getting ready process is with their own adorable little robe,” says Isom Johnson. Choose from several sizes and black, white, blue, red, purple, or bronze to accommodate a variety of dog breeds and color preferences.

Price at time of publish: from $53

Everybody could use a nice luggage tag. Road trip enthusiasts are sure to swoon for these monogrammed leather tags available in nude, caramel, or black. Or, consider this as a guest favor for an intimate destination wedding. “Many couples are taking the opportunity to get hitched in paradise or, with all of the unknowns surrounding traveling over the last few years, bringing the destination right to their guests,” says Isom Johnson. “These personalized luggage tags are the perfect favors for a destination — or destination-inspired — wedding.”

Price at time of publish: $49+

This handmade vase comes in bud, straight, and bubble shapes. Isom Johnson suggests pairing them with dried florals. If you’re not sure about this color scheme but love the idea of a glass vase, shop Maria Ida Designs’ collection here for a host of colors and ethereal patterns.

Price at time of publish: $74

Think outside the box and get game aficionados or chess enthusiasts this attractive handcrafted set. The chess pieces come with a wooden, felt-lined box and the board can be customized. Even if the married couple isn’t serious chess players, it’s a gorgeous accessory for a living room or bedroom nightstand—and it may just inspire them to start learning the game together.

Price at time of publish: $145+ 

They’re going to need somewhere to display all those photos! This 30- or 40-sheet wedding album hand made with wood and leather comes with magnetic photo sheets. Customize the cover with a wedding date and names and get ready to wow your friends.

Zoom in on a gift that feels specific to the couple. You’re browsing Etsy, after all, because you want to think beyond a traditional wedding registry gift and/or supplement a wedding registry purchase with something hand-tailored to the pair. As with online shopping anywhere, look at the star ratings of a product and customer reviews.

When shopping on Etsy, try this smart rule of thumb from Mastriano: In addition to reading the reviews, also look at them for photo examples of the purchases. “This is a great way to see an unedited version of what you will be potentially purchasing to do some quality control.”

“Going the more handpicked route for a couple's wedding gift is always a nice touch especially if you know the couple's individual taste and lifestyle well,” says Mastriano, noting that if the couple is big into home decor or super sentimental items, working with a local artisan or even a small business or artist that they already support could be an incredibly personal gesture.

On Etsy, you can also search for products by location, which might be a nice way to include a hat tip to where they live. While shopping beyond a registry is totally fine, Mastriano cautions that you should always consider purchasing something from the couple's registry or contributing to their honeymoon fund in addition to getting more creative with your gift selection.

Yes, you should probably allot more time than you think you need. Mastriano says to always check the location of the Etsy seller to make sure it aligns with your purchase timeline (i.e., if the maker is selling from overseas and you need the gift within a week or two, try to find someone more local).

Perri Ormont Blumberg is a travel and lifestyle writer who has written countless product reviews. To write this article, she’s meticulously tested products firsthand, worked with public relation pros, and liaised with the Etsy team to unearth amazing finds on the ecommerce platform. A former freelance editor and writer for The Knot, she’s also covered weddings and written gift guides for the New York Post, BestProducts.com, and Reviewed.com.

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