While the newlyweds tend to get lots of gifts at their wedding, they also have their fair share of gift-giving to do! Traditionally, the couple provides special thank you gifts to the wedding party and close family (parents, grandparents, godparents, etc.) and wedding favors for their guests! It can be a lot of fun to find the “perfect gift” that really captures the spirit of your wedding and shows your guests and bridal party how much you care about them. 

If you’re getting married in Lake Tahoe (which, let’s be honest, why would you ever get married anywhere else?), we’ve got your back when it comes to wedding favors and gifts for the people who’ve supported you through the years. We compiled some great Lake Tahoe-inspired gift ideas that are perfect for wedding favors, bridesmaid gifts, groomsmen gifts, and everything in between! 

Lake Tahoe spa gift certificates

After helping out with wedding planning, your bridal party could definitely use some relaxation time with massages and spa treatments. Check out The Landing Tahoe Resort & Spa, BioSpirit Day Spa, Elements Day Spa, and so many more for relaxing massages, facials, and more!

Craft brews

Lake Tahoe has some amazing craft breweries — including South Lake Tahoe Brewing Company, The Brewery At Lake Tahoe, and Sidellis Lake Tahoe. Consider treating your wedding party or 21+ guests to some of the best beer they’ve ever had in their life. There’s to-go and shipping options too! Customized can koozies make great favors and are a fun bonus with this gift!

Sweet treats

Everyone has a little bit of a sweet tooth, right? From cake pops, cookies, and cupcakes to chocolates and specialty candies, baked goods and sweets can make great gifts. Use them as wedding favors for guests or cute additions to a gift basket for your wedding party. Check out one of the amazing bakeries in South Lake Tahoe, including  Crazy Good Bakery Cafe, Flour Girl Wedding Cakes, Sugar Pine Bakery, and so many more! These bakeries are even listed as preferred vendors at some of our top wedding venues in Lake Tahoe,  including Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel and Valhalla Tahoe,  so you know you’re in good hands!

Outdoor essentials

Lake Tahoe is a year-round playground and the amazing views and recreational activities are why a lot of couples choose to get married here. With that in mind, encourage your guests, bridesmaids, and groomsmen’s sense of adventure with some must-have items for exploring the outdoors. Personalized sunscreen, bug spray, lip balm, water bottles, sunglasses,  and hats/visors are just a few ideas to get you started.

Outdoor experiences

While we’re on the subject of the great outdoors and adventure, why not treat your wedding party or guests to a special Tahoe recreational experience? Depending what time of year you get married, you could buy them ski lessons or lift tickets at Heavenly Resort or one of the other amazing Tahoe ski resorts or book a special cruise for the wedding party on the M.S. Dixie II at Zephyr Cove (which also happens to be a great wedding venue in South Tahoe).

Playing Cards or poker chips

Lake Tahoe is world-renowned for casino fun and entertainment. In fact, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is one of the best wedding venues in Lake Tahoe! Remind your guests or wedding party how “lucky” you are to have them supporting your new life together with customized playing cards or poker chips. You may even be able to snag a few from the Hard Rock itself as a special memento. They’re sure to spark memories of your special day and provide hours of fun in the future!

Florals

Flowers and greenery are a big part of any wedding decor, but they also make great rustic wedding favors and gifts for your bridesmaids and other special guests (that won’t just get tossed aside after the wedding is over)! Fragrant spruce seedlings, fun succulents, and other floral arrangements are a great way to capture the natural beauty of the Lake Tahoe area. Check out some of the amazing Lake Tahoe wedding florists — Enchanted Florist Lake Tahoe, Thran’s Flower Shop, Twine & Dandy Floral Design, just to name a few!

Lake Tahoe restaurant gift certificates

We all need to eat! There are so many amazing restaurants in South Lake Tahoe — and gift certificates make great gifts for pretty much everyone! A few of our favorite restaurants in South Tahoe include Jimmy’s at The Landing, Park Prime Steakhouse at Hard Rock Resort & Casino. Aleworx, Scusa, and Cold Water Brewery and Grill.

COVID-19 essentials

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on us all. Embrace the times and work some COVID-19 essentials into your event gifts! Customized masks, bottles of hand sanitizer, and even tissues are all timely and appreciated wedding favors right now. In fact, welcome boxes full of essentials are one of top wedding trends for 2021! They’re a nod to the current times and actually help keep your guests safe, whether they’re celebrating with you in person or watching virtually.

Flip flops

Planning a gorgeous Lake Tahoe beach wedding? Customized flip flops would make the perfect wedding favor, wedding party gift, or addition to a wedding welcome basket. Not only do they fit the theme, but they’ll also encourage guests to kick off their uncomfortable shoes and dance the night away at The Landing Resort & Spa or Beach Retreat & Lodge At Tahoe or one of our other lakeside wedding venues!

Pictures of Lake Tahoe

There’s no doubt that Tahoe is one of the most picturesque places on the planet. Why not use that to your advantage? A framed panorama of one of those breathtaking Lake Tahoe sunsets, a puzzle featuring  Tahoe’s beautiful mountainscapes, heartfelt thank you notes and messages on Lake Tahoe postcards or polaroids, or even customized coasters featuring different images of Lake Tahoe are all great gift options.

Tahoe-inspired jewelry

Jewelry is a great gift option for bridesmaids, flower girls, or even the mother of the bride or groom. Consider necklaces, earrings, and cufflinks featuring green and blue gems, like sapphires, turquoise, and emeralds, to represent Tahoe’s gorgeous natural landscape and crystal clear waters. Many of the local jewelers — like Bluestone Jewelry and Steve Schmier’s Jewelry — are inspired by the natural beauty and landscape of the Tahoe area. so they’ll help you create something truly special. The best part? Your loved ones can wear them at the wedding!

Soaps and lotions

Your skin can get extra dry when you’re spending a lot of time in the crisp Tahoe mountain air, which is soaps, lotion, and other bath products are practical and useful wedding favors. Plus, we’re all about sustainability, and you can find all-natural and cruel-free soaps from some great Tahoe-based companies. Tahoe Mountain Soap Company and Tahoe Soap Company are great options and are known for being very involved in the community and donating to local organizations, like Keep Tahoe Blue.

Hopefully, this helped you get some great inspiration for your Lake Tahoe wedding! Check out these wedding planning tips to help you plan the most picture-perfect Lake Tahoe wedding! 

We can’t wait for you to celebrate your special day with us, Sierra-style. If you want more information about great Lake Tahoe wedding venues or planning the perfect Tahoe wedding, we’d love to chat.