10 Etsy Buys To Put Together A Killer Wedding Gifting Lounge

Wedding favors are a lovely gesture to express gratitude to your guests, but it's hard to nail down when exactly they should come into play. Handing out these gifts right before the ceremony only adds to the chaos, and there's a possibility that people will forget about them. On the other hand, sending them after the big day means that there will be a ton of work — and extra postage — involved.

To save all the hassle, more and more newlyweds are setting up gifting lounges at their receptions. They work very similarly to the gifting suites at awards shows and movie festivals: Guests are welcome to pick up a bag or container and curate their own goodie stash. This prevents people from ending up with something that doesn't pertain to their interests, and the drudgery of distributing is taken out of the equation. We've pored through the vast collection of products on Etsy — a bastion of wedding favors — and put together the most thoughtful collection of gifts your guests will never want to toss.

Your guests will need a bag to keep all their goodies. A personalized pouch — like this cute drawstring bag indicating the location of the wedding — will bring a smile to their faces.

Becollective New York Favor Bag, $1.40, available at Etsy.
For weddings taking place by a body of water, this nautical candle will make a polished and on-theme sendoff.

Pbpaperie Nautical Theme Favor Candle Sets, $34.95, available at Etsy.
When in doubt, something handmade and practical always works.

EntropicWoodWorks Personalized Handmade Wooden Bottle Opener, $6.75, available at Etsy.
These sophisticated luggage tags will come in especially handy for destination weddings.

TheLeatherExpert Personalized Luggage Tag, $19.99, available at Etsy.
This retro-style mug will serve as a reminder of all the fun adventures (and misadventures) your guests had at your wedding.

Laceandtwig Enamel Mug, $19.52, available at Etsy.
Because who doesn't love a good set of kitchen tools with a tongue-in-cheek message?

SSEngraving Engraved Utensil Set, $12.95, available at Etsy.
Salt-and-pepper-shaker sets are not a cheesy gift idea if they look this cute.

ForTheHost Mini Wood Salt and Pepper Shaker Set, $18, available at Etsy.
These pure-flax hand towels have a neutral color that easily blends into any wedding theme.

LinenForHome Batch Of Small Towels, $55, available at Etsy.
One can never have too many coasters — these commemorative ones will be put to good use.

GoldenDaysDesigns Rustic Wedding Coasters, $18, available at Etsy.
This engraved, monogrammed wooden cork will prolong the lifespan of any wine — and look good while doing it.

Reid's Engravables Monogrammed Engraved Wine Stopper, $4.50+, available at Etsy.