Frugal & Fun Wedding Gift Baskets

It’s wedding season, and we had several to attend this year! What a joy and delight to rejoice with others in the celebration of their union, especially when it is Christ centered. We attended a wedding this past weekend, and have another in a few weeks time. My sister-in-law, Larissa, has the gift of creativity and she is inspiring me in that direction! This is a testimony to that…as all these ideas for the most part are coming from her! Here is my frugal and creative wedding baskets for the bride & groom: a romantic dinner for two!

In the basket I included two cloth napkins and holders (depending upon their kitchen colors), a candle or two, two champagne glasses, a few candies, and a menu for a romantic dinner for two. I included recipes for our favorite dinner that I served on Valentine’s Day of this year. This basket cost under $10 dollars…just with a little thought put into it! Baskets will simple goodies can look so elegant and be creative and fun at the same time!

This basket included several of the same items above, plus two placemats and a red colander!

Any other fun ideas to include in such a basket?

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of four, homemaker, and writer. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

17 Responses to Frugal & Fun Wedding Gift Baskets

  1. Angela Alford April 27, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    I love this, I am going to a wedding next week and am now planning to give a basket to them. If someone could find a picnic basket at a yard sale for a good price that would be a nice addition also. Thank you again for this idea.

  2. Megan March 14, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    That is so neat! I will definitely keep this idea in mind for future wedding gifts. Thanks!

  3. Joanna August 8, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    These are great ideas – and especially useful when many of your friends are getting married around the same time! All those gifts really add up!

    My favorite way to buy wedding gifts is to find an item that I feel fits the couple’s personality on – a website where artists and artisans sell handmade goods. Then I’m supporting an independent artist instead of a corporation. Plus it’s tons of fun to look at the crazy and beautiful things people make!

  4. Holly April 6, 2009 at 8:50 am #

    I did one for an outdoorsy couple from my church who had registered for some picnic/marshmallow forks and a campfire sandwich/pie-maker. I tucked a red and black buffalo plaid fleece blanket from my gifting stash (purchased on sale at Christmastime) into a woven straw tote, and then placed the picnic forks and the pie-maker in there with all the makings of s’mores. It incorporated items from their registry (so I knew they would be enjoyed) with the means to enjoy them. The bride squealed with glee at the shower! Fun!

  5. Alison January 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    Another idea that I like to do for wedding gifts is to go to a Fairtrade store (Ten Thousand Villages) and buy a couple of really nice Christmas tree ornaments (on sale just after Christmas!). Or, you could make a few! I have found that most people get to their 1st Christmas and have next to nothing, besides matchy-match store-bought ornaments to decorate their tree! It might seem weird at the time, but when they actually put them on their tree, they’ll appreciate it, and remember your gift. Picking out really special ones that speak to the couple’s interests is a nice way to go! Just a thought. :)

  6. Janelle June 28, 2008 at 4:17 pm #

    This has nothing to do with the baskets…I have a question about plastics.
    Have you done any research on Tupperware and whether or not it is a safe plastic?

    • Lindsay June 28, 2008 at 8:36 pm #

      I understand most Tupperware is #5 plastic, but some are not safe. Check out this article from their website. The key: never reheat in plastic containers!

  7. Chrissy June 27, 2008 at 2:24 pm #

    I am so big into making baskets for gifts. Thanks for the idea. I love the colondar idea!

  8. Kate June 27, 2008 at 1:52 pm #

    A couple of good marriage books are good too. Coconut oil, massage oil, some nice washcloths, bath towels, hand towels etc. Stuff along those lines.

  9. Michele June 27, 2008 at 1:19 pm #

    Great idea! I’ve also done a “romantic picnic basket” for summer weddings. I pack the place setting (like you have), along with some inexpensive picnic foods (kettle chips, sparkling lemonade, etc.). I use either a picnic basket or a small insulated cooler (I keep an eye out for sales). I gave one to my sister-in-law (for her early Sept. wedding), and they loved having it for their honeymoon at the coast.

    By the way, I answered your question about my beauty/cleansing routine here: Frugal, Natural Beauty :) Thanks!

  10. Darla June 27, 2008 at 11:54 am #

    Those placemats and napkins are CUTE! And a colander is a great idea in place of a basket.

  11. April June 27, 2008 at 9:28 am #

    We received a gift like this for our wedding, and it was absolutely one of my favorite gifts! Anyone can pick something off a registry and put it in a bag, but this is so much more thoughtful!

  12. Sarah June 27, 2008 at 9:15 am #

    These are great ideas! Definitely more useful than some wedding gifts that I received . . . I’d also recommend adding in a waiter’s corkscrew – though you’re doing champagne flutes not wines, but it still comes in useful!

    Another idea is to do a “breakfast in bed” basket with mugs, maybe a pancake batter bowl and a nice small bottle of maple syrup and some special coffee or hot cocoa or tea with a pretty honey stirrer . . .

    Thanks for the inspiration and have a great weekend!


    • Lindsay June 27, 2008 at 11:21 am #

      That’s another wonderful idea Sarah! Thanks for sharing and giving me further inspiration as well. My use for the champagne glasses has always been mainly for sparkling cider (cheaper but still nice) at our romantic dinners at home, but you could definitely include a corkscrew as well.

  13. Becky June 27, 2008 at 9:09 am #

    I loved your baskets! What a very thoughtful and creative gift. It is so wonderful to give gifts like that instead of just buying a commercial item. I love reading your blog and in particular loved your simplifying posts. My DH and I are preparing to move to our first home next month and I want to have a simple, frugal, loving home – an area in which we are lacking right now. You are such an inspiration! God Bless!

  14. Maria June 27, 2008 at 8:47 am #

    Very nice gifts. I will have to keep your ideas in mind for my next wedding shower.

  15. Jeannie June 27, 2008 at 7:41 am #

    I too enjoy making creative baskets, and what a great way to help keep the young (soon to be) married couple still romantic to one another long after the honeymoon is over. You did a great job!!