Worst wedding gift you've ever GIVEN

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
1609 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Actually, this past November DH was a gm and we got them a plastic thing that holds soda cans in the fridge and a dish soap dispenser. To be fair they were both on their registry, but I could have picked better stuff. I had to buy gifts for two other weddings at the same time and I was 8 months pregnant, so I really didn’t care. 

Post # 4
708 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ll fess up…

Yhe very first wedding I was invited to on my own, I brought a card with only $20 (I was a very poor student who traveled 2 hours to be there) and forgot the card in my room. Aaaaand then I just never sent it

Post # 5
3113 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

This past November I was a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding, but it was a DW and I was pretty maxed out money-wise come time for the wedding. It honestly slipped my mind until about 1am the morning of the wedding that I hadn’t gotten her anything and I kept “intending” to go when I got the city of the wedding. My FI headed out early the next morning, but all that was open was a Walmart and we were still really strapped for cash (srsly, it was an expensive wedding), so we grabbed a thing of $6 tupperware that was leftover from Black Friday and wrapped that up for her. I felt so embarrassed, but when we got home, we sent her and her husband a really nice Christmas gift. 

Post # 6
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

MsGinkgo:  This one makes me a bit embarrassed to think about.  FI (before he was my FI) was a groomsman in his friend’s wedding.  I was about 21, he was about 24, but neither of us had been to more than one/two weddings prior to it. FI had to pay about $200 for his tux rental, we had to pay another $150 for the hotel, then probably $50 in gas to get out to the country club it was at.  I was still in college, we were BROKE…anyways, enough excuses.  We bought them a couple small items off their registry (cooking spoons and a serving tray if I remember correctly) but we bought them at Target on sale and texted them to say “we got X and Y items elsewhere, if you want to take them off the registry so there aren’t duplicates” and then FI insisted we get them a “funny” gift.  Which ended up being a cheap, crappy picture frame in which he put a “congrats on getting married” certificate.  Apparently it contained some kind of inside joke between him and the groom…but I was a bit embarrassed about it.

Off the gift topic, I’m still a bit embarrassed about the only other wedding we had been to prior to this one.  We got them a good gift, but we didn’t stay past the dinner.  They’re really, really good friends of ours (we used to all live together) but we had just adopted a dog the weekend before and couldn’t leave him that long.  It was about an hour and a half away from home, so we went to the ceremony, stayed for dinner and toasts, and about half an hour of dancing…and then left.  I still feel bad about that one.

Post # 8
1197 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

A Lowe’s gift card.  A close friend of mine from high school had “no boxed gifts” on her invitation, and I completely missed it.  At the time, I had no idea how wedding gifts worked.  Thankfully another friend clued me in during her reception, so I had to rush over to the nearest plaza to get her something that wasn’t a physical gift.  I still cringe at the memory!  Thankfully, she’s one of my BMs, so I have a chance to make it up to her with her BM gift.

Post # 9
6457 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

When I was in college I was mostly only invited to weddings that my parents were also invited to. I always just added my name to their card and didn’t actually give them any money towards a gift… I cringe when I think about that now.

For the most part I think I have given decent gifts since I’ve started attending weddings on my own. Most of those weddings occurred after I had my wedding so I was a bit more knowledgeable I think.

Post # 11
1327 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I wouldn’t say these are bad gifts, but now that I know how much weddings cost I feel like I should have done more.

I went to a friends wedding shortly after college.  I was working a crappy part time job at the time and had to travel to attend, so I was pretty broke.  I knew I couldn’t afford a great gift (and all the stuff left on their registry was really expensive) so I spent a ton of time trying to find creative ideas, came up with a gift basket that had a cookbook called like “Cooking for Two”, some wine, nice pasta, sauce, etc.  All non perishable.  I knew that the bride was not a great cook but was always trying to get better and cook him a nice meal so I figured it was a good theme.  It cost in total around $40.  I’m thinking now that would have been a good shower gift but maybe not right for the wedding.  Like I know the thought was good, but it might have seemed cheap.

Post # 12
2657 posts
Sugar bee

We bought these for friends of ours who got married last year:

It was a gag gift, of course.  They had just bought a hot tub and we all made jokes about the best ways to hold a beer in the hot tub.  The “real” gift was a nice decanter set with glasses.

Also, one time my FI brought a card to a friend’s wedding.  It was a sympathy card that said “Sorry for your loss” or something like that.  The husband thought it was hilarious, the wife…not so much.

Post # 13
2800 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


I bought superhero stuff off a friends registry that I know the groom registered for behind the bride’s back.  The bride was kind of a NSFW, so I didn’t feel too bad about getting something I knew the groom would like more than the bride.  I still feel slightly bad about it, but I did get her the set of pink towles she wanted for her shower, so it all works out in the end. 

Post # 14
2428 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I gave a coworker a Pepe Le Pew and Penelope Pussycat ornament. I had been at the company for 4 months and was actually surprised that she invited me. She loves Disney and for some reason when I was buying it I was like, this is perfect!! 😛

Post # 15
2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

When I just graduated college and wasn’t making a lot of money, I got one of my college friends these weird bag things that were on her registry. I honestly don’t know what purpose they served – I just got them b/c they were one of the cheaper items left over. In addition to that, they were HUGE, and I stupidly brought them to the wedding reception itself instead of shipping htem. I’d say I was embarrased, but honestly this “friend” never stayed in contact with me when I moved so I don’t really care, lol. I did learn for future weddings though.

Around that same time, I had another wedding to go to. These friends already had a joint shower to which I brought a nice gift. I didn’t realize that you have to gift at weddings as well so I went empty-handed. Again, these friends didn’t stay in touch with me, and the wedding was considered a DW for me as I had to fly cross-country for it. Again, I learned.

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