Since the holiday season is upon us, I wanted to share the gifts we got for our wedding guests, bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents of the bride, parents of the groom, and bride & groom gifts for each other! The holiday season is always a great time to show the ones you love most how much you care about them. The same thing goes for everyone that attends and plays a role in your wedding day, especially if they are traveling to a destination wedding! Some of the gifts in this post are more wedding-related, but others would make great gifts for the holidays, birthdays, or another special occasion for your loved ones. Happy shopping!
The Christmas before our destination wedding, we decided to get a little something for everyone who had committed to coming to our destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. To stick with our destination wedding / traveling to Cabo theme, I made luggage tags on Shutterfly for everyone. I uploaded a photo from Cabo on the front and put the guests name & phone number on the back. Shutterfly has a bunch of cute luggage tag templates too, so you could add your wedding monogram/date if you want to make them more customized.
To do something a little extra for our wedding party and immediate family members, we gifted them passport holders, too. Everyone LOVED these thoughtful, themed Christmas gifts! It made them even more excited for our destination wedding and they were useful gifts that everyone got to travel to Cabo with! Also, these were relatively affordable for me & Richie to purchase, but also really meaningful for everyone, too.
GIFTS FOR MOM
Mother of the Bride: Picture Frame
Mother of the Groom: Picture Frame
Mother of the Bride & Mother of the Groom: Since we were getting married shortly after Mother’s Day, we wanted to do a little something extra for our moms, so we got vases engraved for them from Etsy!
GIFTS FOR DAD
Father of the Bride: Picture Frame
Father of the Bride & Father of the Groom: Money Clips
I was able to send in a picture of my handwriting to have a saying engraved on the money clips, so we decided to write “to keep your money safe” as a joke for our dads financially supporting us all these years! We also got married on Father’s Day, so we wanted to get them another gift, & since we went deep sea fishing, we thought these were cute: FOB Fishing Hook & FOG Fishing Hook
WEDDING PARTY GIFTS
We got tank tops made for everyone since I thought it would be fun to get a picture, and who doesn’t love wearing a tank top when you’re in Mexico?! I ordered these tank tops for the girls & these ones for the guys, and we had the sayings added on at a local print shop.
Getting Ready Robes were ordered from this Etsy shop, but it doesn’t look like she is selling the exact robes anymore. I also added sayings on the back of each – Maid of Honor, Bridesmaid, Mother of the Bride, & Mother of the Groom. Since the girls were wearing peach bridesmaid dresses, I decided to get them robes in teal, which was our other wedding color, then I got the mom’s robes in a peach/coral color! I put them in these cute bags from Amazon and added a shot glass from Cabo to each bag!
The main gifts for our groomsmen were these flasks which had their initials & sayings on each – Best Man, Groomsman, & Dad. We put the gifts in boxes from Amazon & bought cigars to add to them when we were in Cabo. We also bought some Don Julio for the guys to fill up their flasks while getting ready on the wedding day!
MAID OF HONOR GIFTS
Taylor, who has been my best friend since first grade, is also a nurse, so this bracelet from Bryan Anthonys called "there in a heartbeat" could not have been more fitting.
Richie's brother Johnny recently turned 21, so we thought this bottle opener was fitting and we had it engraved with “from best brother to best man.”
GIFTS FOR ALL WEDDING GUESTS
We made these welcome bags for everyone! I also designed koozies with our monogram & printed them using imprint. When we got to Cabo, we went to Costco & added some essential snacks to our welcome bags like a bottle of water, chips, granola bar, etc. We also brought LiquidIV from home to add to each bag :) The welcome bags were really appreciated by everyone & they doubled as a bag to bring to the pool! I also made schedules & a custom map of Cabo to put in each welcome bag, so stay tuned for a blog post around stationary!
We also got maracas made in Cabo to use for a wedding decoration and to gift our wedding guests as a day-of wedding favor. I created the design myself and our wedding décor vendor worked with a local company to get them made. I loved how they turned out & the maracas were a HUGE hit, especially during our wedding. Everyone had fun shaking them when Richie & I would kiss, and no one left Cabo without brining their maraca home! We had 35 guests attend but we got 50 maracas made so we could bring some home to our grandparents that couldn't be there. These custom maracas ended up costing $5/piece which is such a deal!
BRIDE & GROOM GIFTS
We were super romantic & got each other Apple Airpods! We both needed new headphones for the gym, so this is what we decided to get. Not really wedding related, but very practical and we were both happy! More fun things for the bride can be found here & fun items for the groom here!
A NOTE ABOUT BRINGING GIFTS TO A DESTINATION WEDDING
Last but not least, a note to those of you who are planning a destination wedding, please keep in mind you have to carry all of this to your destination! We tried to buy small things that were easy to get to Mexico, but it ended up being a lot of stuff, and Richie & I basically packed two roller carry-on bags full of these gifts. It was obviously worth it to show our love to all of those coming to Cabo to celebrate our wedding, but it made packing a little stressful haha! Also, the bigger your wedding party, the more gifts you have to buy, so factor that into your budget!
Our luggage set linked here might have been one of our favorite gifts off of our wedding registry. Suitcases that stand out are the best thing to see when you’re heading towards baggage claim, especially with all this luggage for your destination wedding! Don't forget bride & groom luggage tags, masks for flying, items for your wedding day emergency kit, essentials to pack in your checked luggage & carry-on bags, or matching bathing suits for your honeymoon!
Looking for more gift inspiration? Check out more of my picks on liketoknow.it by clicking the pictures below!
We hope all of our gift ideas help you shop for your wedding and/or the holidays! If you are looking for more wedding planning advice from Rich & Kitch, sign up to receive helpful wedding planning emails every wedding Wednesday!