So, if you are going to your Indian friends or relatives wedding and need some gift ideas for bride, I have made an attempt to find the best ones. Many people suggest gift cards but I personally don’t like as that sound like transaction, almost like paying to get into the wedding. I like something that is useful to couple or bride for many years to come or is useful some way or other. That way your gift will stay as a reminder of you and stay with them even if you are out of touch for any reason. Also your budget is the major factor that will play a role while picking a gift! Another alternative is to get a set of friends to chip in the money and buy a substantial gift that will be useful in the long run!
For non Indians , Here is good page explaining Indian Weddings
For our wedding last year, we received several gift cards, we don’t recall any of them ?
I only recall 3 gifts, rest is history, Not to offend or ungrateful but in our busy life, it happens, all 3 of them are my childhood friend with more than 60 years of shared friendship.
Gift # 1 –If you are giving gift card, make it big , like my best friend Prashant gave a whopping xxx$! Yes that is true, It’s too big of a gift that we tried to return it.
Gift # 2 – From my best friend Ajay , Again xxx$!
Gift # 3- From my best friend Nitin , he gave me a this amazing bluetooth speaker just before I left for India . I used this speaker extensively to dance in trains, hotels, baraat and everywhere we could find space. This speaker was one of the big reason my wedding was so much fun. Watch us having fun on train on our way from Nagpur to Pune .
Now that my friend has infinite value in my life, I cannot bring back time even if I had money. So I will always be thankful to that gift, without that I would have missed the fun which I value so much in my life. Ooh Btw, we still use it, so full paisa wasool .
So here are best gift ideas for Indian wedding bride that will have big impact on her life.
UPDATE : Recently our Bose speakers were damaged 🙁 . We left it outside and it rained …Now I bought these cheap water proof bathroom speaker for my wife :). No more expensive stuff
***My Golden Rule for Gifting : I will only gift something that I know will be used for several years to come ****
BIG TIP : Always buy gift 15 days before the wedding , that way you will be first one, gift can be useful before or during the wedding functions .
Shiastsu Deep Massager
I recently bought this for my wife for our second anniversary dec 2016 , she works pretty hard and I wanted to gift something that will relax.I heard great things about this one so I finally bought it! She goes to deep tissue massages quite often. So it was a perfect choice. She loved it as she could use it in her car during her commute. One can use this while sitting on a chair, while driving, while working on your office chair.
Corner of I and Do
This is really nice customized handmade wedding gift, a friend of mine gave it to another friend on his wedding, the Couple really like it. There is a new section that was started by Amazon called Handmade, Previously it was difficult to sell handmade items on amazon.
Instant Pot ( #1 Gift Idea )
I have written a post how we have ditched our unsafe Indian pressure cooker for instant Pot , Its so useful I believe everyone should have one , Its kind of perfect , Price range for is between 85 to 115 dollars , All desi Indian wife or their family use pressure cookers
Electric Pedicure Kit
Not sure why but Indian genes carry these problem of dry cracked feet and heels with calluses . I like this electric pedicure foot file for 19$ , Bride can use this for all the functions so look immaculate , You can combine this with this amazing Ayurvedic foot cream (20$) .
Mr and Mrs Aprons
Desi women cook (a lot ), its in their genes, you can’t do anything about it! Indian cooking can get very messy. Once you get haldi on your clothes, it can only be used to wipe your floors :), seriously its that bad! here is a nice apron set for new couple encouraging them to cook together.
Yes I know, these ideas are for a bride and projector kind of sounds manly, but trust me. First of all wedding functions need projector to display family and couple photos and moments , so this will be immediately useful. Second after wedding couple will most likely buy a house and need a some kind of projector in basement. Also they can watch movies over it and even wedding videos.Now you see the value, eh? I bought this one for my wedding and that one of the few good investments I made in life :). Again there are newer models available , This was 2014 and I bought only because, its the cheapest projector I could find .
Again if its little expensive for your budget, I would recommend you and few of your friends chipping in some money to buy this before the wedding.
Roomba or Vaccum cleaner
Most brides will end up buying a vacuum cleaner, We bought this hoovers vacuum cleaner and this Roomba animal version , Both of them are outstanding and are serving us really really well . Both vacuum cleaners were recommended by our friend who had very good experience with them .
Here is my latest blog on which robotic vacuum cleaner to buy
Do you how many photos they take in weddings these days, My photographer took 2000, I had to literary spend 8 hours to sort which ones to print . Now that album is lying in some corner and I dont even know where that damn thing is . Blame it on my wife 🙂 , who conveniently has kept her side of wedding album in living room .
So it would have been very convenient if I had one of digital picture frames , I would have uploaded the best ones and kept in living room ( add few pictures of your wifes family so that she dont complain 🙂 lol . but alas , nobody gifted me and I don’t have that budget after huge wedding expenditure ,
Check out these digital photo frames , Its wifi and cloud enabled , Can you believe they have a app , A app for digital frames, who would have though ? , Now you can upload and change picture sitting in India , How convenient is that ? , They also have non cloud version for 69.00 which is also #1 Best Seller Digital photo frame in Amazon .
Guest Book OR Polaroid camera
Although these are more popular in US than in India , most of Indian weddings specially if bride is brought up here in USA will have this . Make sure to give this 15 days before the wedding and also make sure bride has not already bought this .
I really like one because you can hang the guestbook on wall. Generally guest books tend to disappear somewhere in house . You only see them while moving 🙂 , after that they tend to disappear again .
You can even gift this instant camera / Polaroid camera which are rage these days , Lot of people are making polaroid guest book which is really cool .
Here is my wifes picture we took with this polaroid instax
*****If you looking for best gifts ideas to send or to take with you to India , NOT just for wedding then Go to this page ****
I kinda like this personlized engraved pen , I am not sure where you should put old or new name for the bride .
If in doubt just buy 2 as set , one for groom and one for bride , Come with Parker Gift Box and Leather Pen Case
Update Oct 2016 : NO LONGER RECOMMENDED …Try this out of world thing instead ..
Pressure cooker or slow cooker
Most of us have grown with that sound of pressure cooker , 3 whistles to cook , In fact out mom assigned us very important task of counting number of whistles , On count of 2 slow down and on count of 3 ,turn if off . I still think food tastes much better with pressure cooker , Depending upon the person, If its Indian raised bride, she would prefer pressure cooker. South Indian bride generally would prefer as they cook dal for rasam and sambhar . Here one good one .
There use to ad that was aired on TV several times which said , ” Jo Biwi se kare pyar , wo Hawkins cooker se kaise kare inkar ” . O, those 90s amazing ads .
If its American raised Indian bride, new craze is all about slow cooker , I had slow cooked potatoes and they are really yummy . Try this slow cooker
I kind of like this presidential soap collection, Make an very elegant gift
This is one of most thoughful and useful gift nobody ever though off , Most likely new couple is going to move to new house or apartment and they will need a door mat.
Here are my 2 favorates ,
First one is personalized mat with name ” Welcome to house of Sharmas ” , will be awesome .
and the second one is monogrammed with letter , both are cool .
So whenever new couple enters their house for several years to come , they will think about you .
Here is a list of personalized engraved gift ideas
If I have to pick one gift right now for the Indian couple , its going to be this . These toolkits are really handy and made for day to day regular use which makes them perfect wedding gift idea for Indian wedding for me.
There are 3 kinds of toolkits
General Homeowners Toolkit
This toolkit will be useful if couple if planning to buy new house or going to move to new place, this will be very useful for hanging paintings, fixing furniture and decorating.
Every house hold irrespective have to have this tool kit , Mandatory .
If new couple has home or townhouse with backyard , this will be very appropriate one . Let the husband be busy doing all the yard work : )
If couple likes doing barbeques or like to cook etc , then this toolkit is most appropriate
Now we know once you get married , you get lazy and fat 🙂 , true for majority of us , for others who can maintain themselves, I salute your self control and discipline
This laptop table is one of lazy ones who like breakfast on bed and refuse to get off the bed unless its emergency 🙂 . For new couple who just want to cuddle and watch movies, its perfect addition to bed to get atleast some work done ( Read : facebook surfing etc )
I specially like this one , beautifully designed and functional .
Its no secret that desis love yogurt or dahi . I personally don’t like dahi but pretty much all Indians around me seemed to obsessed with Dahi , they mix dahi will everything
Dahi Rice –Check
Dahi Puri- Check
Dahi XXX ( any damn thing ) — check
just like I put ketchup on everything .
Here is a dahi maker or yogurt maker that Indian bride will definitely love
Again newer instant pot can do this job
Indians brides receive a lot of gold and silver jewelry and dinner sets etc for weddings . We also received a quite a few , Since we didn’t had a nice big jewelry box , our stuff is lying all over the place . This gift is very useful and practical .
Bride can collect everything in this jewelry box to safely store everything.Also if she is travelling to India or honeymoon , this can be very useful . Again give it atleast 7 days before wedding so that she can use this box as collection point .Her mother might give her gold ear rings, uncle toe rings etc, collect and organize is name of the game .
I love this one , not bad for 50$
Can’t afford 600 dollar rotimatic ? , Try this Cast Iron Roti Maker ,its actually tortilla press but same thing. I actually bought one when I came from India, Yes , my mom really thought I am going to make rotis with silly thing, but for new brides trying out home made rotis , this is perfect . Combine this with casserole for storing hot rotis .
Update: Rotimatic has started shipping, Its 1000$, too much , its even more expensive on amazon, people are selling it in black.
As soon as wedding is over , couples would love to get some weight down from eating all those ladoos and gulab jamun. First thing is to get on juicing and blending .
Vitamix was the best investment I made for myself .I use it quite often that it has recouped its value . Its the best thing you can do to yourself . Its damn expensive but totally worth it .
Here is receipt of my vitamix . Last year its 5200 series, Now they have latest 5300 series .
Here is my post on experience on buying Vitamix and why its the best investment I made on myself
If bride is into running or marathons, give her this Apple Watch , If you don’t have budget fitbit is your best option . Make sure you know bride is outdoorsy person otherwise she will think , you think that she is fat .
Skillet Cooking Surface
Lets face it, all desi brides want to cook after marriage , sometimes pure out of love, sometimes to impress in laws and sometime just pure pressure as their is no more money left after that lavish marriage expenditures .
Here is nice electric skillet ,Its kind of multipurpose or you can give some really nice pans .
This will make a good gift , My suggestion would be instead of giving 20 mediocre knife set , Get 1 or 2 really good ones such as these
Mostly chefs knife which are sharp and sturdy and easy to use . Since desis spend half of their in kitchens cooking, a good knife would be pretty helpful in chopping those onions 2 times a day :).
Anyways us Indians will never buy that kind of expensive knife on our own .:) ,One of the real useful wedding gift for her .
Mr and Mrs Pillows
I really love these pillows, very cheesy , they can use this anywhere , on the bed or sofa or couch . I would buy 2 pairs of these to make it a set .
Hair Straighter Mini Travel Set
This is nice gift specially for destination wedding or wedding where girls might have to travel to different locations or India . Handy travel hair kit is kind of handy .
Other Honorable Mentions ( I personally don’t Like These but you are free to give , Everyone is different)
Tour and Travel Gift -Honeymoon package
I dont like this gift because couple might have their own plans .
I don’t like this for following reason
– Not sure if watches will fit them
-Not sure if they will like it or not
– Its quite common gift so they might get from somewhere else
I tend to pick bad ones so I stay away from these but there are plenty of amazing perfumes , I just don’t have much knowledge what women like
I always see huge ads for Jadore by Dior , Must be good . I saw a really super huge poster hanging in middle of Tyson’s mall for Jadore .
Check out this really really cool ad in mall
I have created a blog post on best selling perfumes through data collected from our site .
Still need more ideas, Try this forum for Indian wedding gift ideas
Its actually a good useful gift but I hate ironing and laundry to the core .
This one is really high end iron for 90$ since you cannot give like 20 dollars iron for wedding , unless you are crashing the wedding or its friend of a friend of friend or far fledged relative which in that case 20$ is good enough .
Make Up Kits
Make up kits are very personal and depends on skin sensitivities , so unless you are buying these expensive chanel or dior make up kits , don’t bother.
Point is if you are buying anything that touches skin but reputable big brand stuff .
Check out these really amazing gift beauty kits for women
I am not sure how much desis are into coffee , most of them I know prefer tea , Here is a nice Coffee maker
Even better is Keurig Coffee maker + Add
3 K-cup of Chai flavors 🙂 Heaven
***Here is list of bridal shower return gifts ideas *****