Wedding Gifts – Alternative and Unique Gifts in NZ

So, you’re going to a wedding – how exciting! Time to get out your Sunday best and decide on the best wedding gifts for the newlyweds.

Whether you’ve known the engaged couple for years and years, or are the bride’s mother’s cousin twice removed, picking wedding gifts you know the bride and groom will love isn’t always easy.

Once upon a time it was customary to gift sheets, pots and pans and other things needed for the home. But now, many couples often already have everything they need and really don’t want another blender! We get it, you want to gift something unique and exciting to celebrate the biggest day of their lives. So, read on for our top picks for the best alternative and unique wedding gifts in NZ.

Chuffed Experience Box for Two

Experience gifts are one of the best wedding gifts to give the happy couple. Experiences give the newlyweds an opportunity to celebrate this next chapter in their lives doing something they’ll never forget. With a Chuffed Experience Box For Two the couple get to choose one incredible experience from a range over 40 exciting options across New Zealand. There are many different priced experience boxes to suit your budget too, so you can go it alone or pool you money with other guests for an amazing wedding gift they’ll love.

Giving the couple adventure, excitement and experiences is the perfect unique wedding gift that’s a good compromise between traditional wedding gifts and cash. Because no one ever complained that their incredible ziplining experience was taking up too much space in their kitchen!

Check out the Experience boxes for two here.

New Zealand Bucket List Experience Box

If you want the ultimate gift the couple will remember long after their wedding day, this next level Chuffed experience gift is just the thing. The NZ Bucket List Experience Box offers the couple the choice of over 50 of the biggest and grandest experiences you can do in New Zealand. Will they pick an epic weekend diving through wrecks, an exclusive private wine tour, or a breathtaking scenic flight?

And don’t just take it from us that experiences make the best gifts. Science proves that giving people adventures, excitement and experiences as wedding gifts makes them happier. You’re not just giving a material possession, you’re giving a gift that is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime. This epic Chuffed Gift will help them tick off a bucket list experience together that they’ll remember forever – and always associate the memories with you!

Check out the New Zealand Bucket List Experience Box.

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Wine Subscription

If the couple are the type that love a good glass of wine, why not pay for a wine subscription for the newlyweds? They may be the type of people that like to entertain guests or enjoy having a glass of wine paired with dinner. They’ll love being able to share a glass of wine together. You could sign them up to try a large variety of wines during their first year of marriage to find a favourite. It will be something the couple look forward to enjoying together each time a new bottle arrives.

Night Sky Print

A print from The Night Sky captures a special moment for the bride and groom. You choose the special time and place of significance (their wedding day and venue is a great one for the couple) and then receive a print of the starry night sky on that date. The custom star print is perfect for displaying in their home. You can personalise it with a special message too or a label of what the print is. It’s a super meaningful gift the pair will love. It comes on quality print on museum grade matte paper using archival inks which are designed to last generations.

‘Do one thing every day together’ Journal

Keepsakes are often touching wedding gifts. If you’re after something they can cherish for a long time, you can’t go past this journal. It may not be a gift for everyone but for those sentimental people it acts as a relationship time capsule for the first year of their marriage. Filled with daily prompts, it offers couples tons of ways to connect as well as ideas for spending time together. They’ll learn even more about each other and strengthen their bond even further. Plus, they’ll have fun on their special first wedding anniversary looking back at it all.

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For wedding gifts that are unique, sustainable and good for the planet, gifting a tree ticks all the boxes. If the couple own a home already you could give a tree to plant in their backyard. The tree will grow for years to come and gives them a beautiful reminder of their wedding day.

If the couple don’t own a home or don’t have space, a fantastic alternative is teaming up with a charity like Trees that Count and donating native trees to be planted in a region of your choosing. It’s the perfect thoughtful, waste-free gift, all while making a little change toward a greener New Zealand for generations to come.

There you have our top picks for the best alternative and unique wedding gifts. Hopefully our list has given you some inspiration for wedding gifts that are much more exciting than another set of towels or pots and pans! So go on, gift something truly meaningful the couple will love and remember for years to come.


If you’re still stuck for ideas, check out all Chuffed Gifts for weddings here.

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Experience Gifts for Two
Amazing experiences for the newlywed couple to choose to enjoy together
from $159 NZD

Bucket List
The ultimate box of bucket list experiences for the couple to tick off their list
$999 NZD

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