Custom koozies, Jordan almonds, personalized matchboxes...when it comes to wedding favor ideas, we've been there, done that (and you probably have too). Handing out wedding favors at your reception is a nice gesture, but finding meaningful items that, A). won't end up collecting dust after the reception and B). break your budget, can sometimes be tricky. Luckily, it's possible to do it with a little help — in the form of our favorite tried-and-true ideas from real couples.
Get gifting with these creative wedding favor ideas.
Mini champagne bottles
To keep the celebration going after your wedding ends, send guests home with mini champagne bottles. Choose your favorite brand of bubbly or add extra personalization with custom labels. Alternatively, you could use mini bottles of wine, beer, juice, or even cold brew coffee!
Get the look: Shopwwd champagne labels, from $16, Etsy
This is one of the best unexpected wedding favor ideas we've seen. If you're particular about your kitchen decor, you know the difference between the everyday towels you use for cleaning up spills and wiping the counter, versus your ~fancy~ tea towels that are purely decorative. (Anyone else with us?) Either way, decorative tea towels make lovely wedding favors, especially if you or many of your guests enjoy cooking. Personalize the towels by having a professional calligrapher decorate them with a romantic quote that guests will want to show off in their own homes!
Get the look: PCBHome tea towels (bulk listing), from $96, Etsy
Similar to mini champagne bottles, cocktail shaker favors will remind guests of your wedding whenever they're whipping up drinks at home. A classic stainless steel cocktail shaker is something they'll use for years and years after the big day.
Get the look: Williams Sonoma stainless steel cocktail shaker (set of four), $35, Williams Sonoma
Miniature pumpkins are adorable take-home wedding favors for any couple having a fall celebration. Once September rolls around, mini pumpkins and gourds are relatively easy to find in a variety of colors. Plus, they double as decorative place cards!
Get the look: G2Plus gift tags (set of 100), $7, Amazon
Packets of garden seeds are wedding favor ideas that keep on giving. This idea is perfectly appropriate if you're having an outdoor wedding at a garden or farm venue. For the most useful seeds, choose easy-to-grow plants that flourish both indoors and outdoors — some options include lemongrass, basil, chives, lavender, and mint.
Get the look: Terrain Chinese chive seeds, $3, Terrain
Hot cocoa mix
Hot cocoa mix is a wedding favor idea that guests of all ages will love. Package the powder and marshmallows in miniature glass bottles for an extra-cute and personalized touch.
Get the look: Otis Classic glass jars (set of 12), $17, Amazon
Handmade artisanal soaps are one of our favorite wedding favor ideas if you're getting married outdoors or during the summer. Consider purchasing them from a local small business or making your own using scented wax and oils — stick with all-natural ingredients for the safest, allergy-friendly soaps.
Get the look: LeBoxBoutique mini wedding soap favors, from $24, Etsy
Whether you box them up individually or hang them on a custom wall display, doughnuts are always a crowd pleaser. Your guests will be so excited to take these wedding favors home — if they don't eat them first, that is!
Get the look: California Containers white bakery boxes (set of 25), $21, Amazon
Repurpose your wedding centerpieces at the end of the night by letting your guests build their own arrangements using the flowers and greenery. Tin pails are perfect wedding favor ideas for a rustic setting, but you can also use simple glass vases for a more classic look.
Get the look: Kicko galvanized buckets (set of 12), $23, Amazon
Moscow mule mug
Forget personalized shot glasses and pint glasses — chances are, your guests already have more than enough of both. A copper Moscow mule mug is unique but still functional.
Get the look: Kitchen Science copper mugs (set of eight), $45, Amazon
Caramel-covered apples are one of the best wedding favor ideas if you're getting married in the fall.
Get the look: OrangeUmbrellaCo "appley ever after" wedding stickers, $7, Etsy
If the weather is going to be chilly on your wedding day, keep your guests cozy by providing fleece blankets. Personalize them with your wedding monogram, date, or initials. After you're married, everyone will be reminded of your special day whenever they curl up with the blanket at home.
Get the look: PCBHome throw blankets (bulk listing), from $240, Etsy
Infused olive oil
Foodie couples will love what's next on our list of wedding favor ideas. Treat your guests to bottles of gourmet infused olive oil that they can use when cooking at home. You can even include a card with your favorite recipe or tips about how to use the dressing. We especially love this idea if you're getting married at a pastoral venue, like a farm or vineyard.
Get the look: OrangeUmbrellaCo favor tags (set of 24), $11, Amazon
Get the look: Moda Home cloth handkerchiefs (set of 16), $30, Amazon
Macarons make an elegant and chic wedding favor, especially if you're having a Paris themed wedding. Package them in boxes so they're easy for your guests to carry at the end of the night.
Get the look: Comfecto plastic boxes (set of 50), $16, Amazon
Parasols are fun wedding favor ideas for a beach or summertime wedding. Choose ones that match your wedding color palette, or mix-and-match for a whimsical look. They'll keep your guests comfortable in the shade, not to mention that they're also adorable props for your wedding photos. If you think it might rain on your wedding day, swap the paper parasols for umbrellas. Your guests will thank you!
Get the look: Paper parasols (set of 48), $145, Oriental Trading
For a crowd that loves to party, miniature cocktail kits serve as fun wedding favor ideas. You can personalize them to match your signature drink or even include your favorite locally made spirits. Kits like these also make great additions to your wedding welcome bags if you have out of town guests.
Get the look: Mesha paper gift boxes (set of 100), $20, Amazon
What's better than a chocolate chip cookie? A chocolate chip cookie sandwich, of course. Tempt your guests with delicious buttercream-filled cookie sandwiches (and a cute sign) to remind them of how sweet love can be.
Get the look: TheFoilStationeryCo "love is sweet" wedding stickers, from $7, Etsy
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