If you’re planning a winter wedding, you’ll need to come up with some wedding favors that suit the season. And the great thing about planning your big day for this time of year is that you can kill two birds with one stone: while shopping for favors, you can choose some of your holiday gifts at the same time.
Here are some ideas for wedding favors and holiday gifts that are sure to be appreciated by anyone who receives them.
Unique favors for foodies
Listen carefully, EVERYONE with some sense of taste loves the flavour of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar (think the real stuff…from Tuscany and Modena, Italy). A gorgeous way to serve them is with totally original dipping dishes. Simply add the EVOO, balsamic and the very best crusty bread you can find. Rustic, hearty and serve the bread warm to make it the best comfort-food appetizer you’ve ever served.
Consider a salt cellar. This handy and attractive container is a beautiful and practical gift that’s perfect for storing precious sea salts. The love dove shape is a popular choice for weddings and affordable enough to buy in bulk as favors for all of your guests.
And since many foodies enjoy a drink with their meal, consider giving them personalized wine glasses, or rocks glasses. Shot glasses are a great choice for measuring spirits for delicious cocktails. For those who don’t drink, consider an attractive mug that’s perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. If any of these will be given as a wedding favor, you can engrave them with something special to commemorate the big day. And if it’ll be used as a regular gift, you can either keep things simple and skip the engraving, or put a seasonal motif on it.
Favors for the gift of relaxation
Scented candles are the perfect gift for someone who has it all. They can be used to add a warm glow to a room during a party, to relax with while having a nice soak in the tub, or for no reason at all other than to enjoy their scent wafting through the air during cold winter evenings.
For wedding favors, you may want to keep a lid on your budget by sticking with candles alone. That being said, if you’re on a tight budget and really want your wedding guests to have a holder to go with their candle, consider a candle tin – it’s an all-in-one solution that’s pretty, practical, and affordable.
If you’re purchasing candles as a holiday gift or stocking stuffer and have a bit more room in your budget, consider accompanying it with an engraved glass holder, a seasonal winter wonderland porcelain tea light holder, a trendy lantern, or a cute teacup.
Other gorgeous gift ideas include scented soaps.
Practical gifts that for the table
Whether you’re looking for an affordable favor idea, or merely a small holiday gift for someone special, here are some practical ideas that are sure to come in handy for the recipients. Think coasters with delicate snowflake patterns to protect the coffee table from that warm mug of hot cocoa.
Napkin rings and snowflake place card holders are always handy for anyone who entertains regularly.
Themed cookie cutters in all sorts of shapes, from crosses to the more secular snowflakes, will get lots of use when it’s time to bake up a batch of holiday shortbread or gingersnap cookies.
Holiday-themed spreaders are great to have when serving soft cheeses or dips at seasonal parties.
Placeholders are an affordable gift idea that come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. Winter-themed items like glass ornament placeholders are a delight to behold on any dinner party table.
Many people enjoy a good book from time to time – look into a fancy bookmark to add a dash of beauty to whatever they’re reading. Snowflake themed ones are particularly well-suited to the winter season.
Bottle stoppers are great for the wine lovers on your list. Themed measuring spoons are perfect for the good cooks you’re shopping for.
OMG chocolate favors are always welcome
The great thing about giving edible gifts is that they never go to waste. You won’t have to worry about them getting tucked away in a cupboard, never to be seen again or enjoyed. Holiday treat bags make great stocking stuffers. Mason jars or wine glasses filled to the brim with Hershey’s kisses, gumballs, jellybeans or other candy, nuts, or dried fruit are also popular. And if you want to have some fun this holiday season, get them engraved – for example, a mason mug that says “Making Spirits Bright” is a cheeky play on words. You can also go with the classic “Naughty or nice?” engraving.
And then there’s chocolate keepsake favors. Pretty much everyone adores the stuff, and if you wrap it in attractive snowflake packaging, it’ll be a charming addition to any stocking this year. It’ll also be appreciated as a so sweet wedding favor.
Decorative gift ideas
Sometimes, only a decorative keepsake will do. If you know that the recipient of your favor or gift loves collectibles, consider a love bird or cherub snow globe, adorable cherub figurines, crystal mini photo frames, or coasters.
Don’t forget the packaging
The wrapping is almost as important as what’s inside – it sets the tone and expectation of what’s about to be revealed. And it can serve as an inexpensive way to upgrade the gift you’re giving from just nice, to fabulous!
A do-it-yourself solution is to buy some inexpensive ribbon and tulle from your local fabric store, and use that. Cut the tulle into squares, wrap it around your gift so that that the ends are gathered at the top, then tie it with a pretty ribbon. If you want to take it up another notch, add a gift tag – you can either create your own with your home computer and printer, or buy more elaborate pre-made ones. For wedding favors, print the names of the newlyweds on it along with the wedding date. On the other hand, if you’re giving this as a holiday gift, do the traditional “To [name], Happy Holidays! From [name]”.
If you have a bit more to spend, consider an attractive gift bag or decorative box.
Tips for choosing your wedding favors and holiday gifts
Always keep the recipient in mind. If you’re giving to a minimalist, go for something practical or edible instead of a trinket. Speaking of edible gifts, always keep allergies in mind – many people today are allergic to nuts for example, so particularly if buying in bulk as wedding favors, it might be a safer bet to avoid nuts if anyone on your list has an allergy to them.
Remember that nice favors and gifts don’t have to cost a fortune. There are choices available in a wide range of prices – you can spend less than the cost of a cup of Tim Horton’s coffee on a gift, or go more along the lines of a Starbucks frappuccino or even fine wine budget. The trick to pulling off a great gift on a budget is to take your time when shopping – don’t rush into buying the first item you see. For wedding favors in particular, take advantage of bulk buying deals that are common with online stores.
Make it easy to shop for winter wedding favors and unique holiday gifts
Whether you’re buying favors for your winter wedding, or special holiday gifts, remember to make shopping as fun and easy as possible. Start by brainstorming and making a list of ideas. Then think about your recipients and whether or not they’d prefer a practical, purely decorative, or edible gift. Rule out the options on your list that don’t fit. Next, save time by hopping online and browsing to see all the options available – this is by far the fastest and most enjoyable way to shop since you can do it from the comfort of your own home.