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25 Christmas Favor Ideas to Celebrate a Holiday Wedding

Christmas favors

“Making a list…checking it twice…!” Oh, the thrill…and special challenge…of selecting the perfect guest favors for your Christmastime wedding! Not only is there so much gift-giving going on at this time. But the sentiment of the season lends an extra-special aura to a holiday wedding celebration that calls for the most carefully chosen favors—whether it’s something that is entirely homemade or just given that extra special touch by yours truly.

Let us help! We’ve lined up a fabulous favor idea guide for every day of the Christmas calendar. 25 in all! Take a look, and make your choice…

Enjoy these Easy and Budget-friendly Suggestions:

Christmas favors

#1 – Make your own handcrafted napkin rings and present them in dainty ivy-embroidered sachets. For a fun touch, attach jingly Christmas bells to the sachet ribbons!

#2 – Fill vintage bottles or jars with fruit jams you’ve cooked up, following a treasured family recipe. Then, dress up the packaging with raffia ties and tiny bunches of berries.

#3 – Stuff heart-shaped woven boxes with foil-wrapped candies or any other favorite treat. Tie on leaf tags that say, “Heartfelt thanks on our holiday wedding!”

#4 – Choose scrumptious Macaron de paris in merry red and green, tuck them into cello bags, and bundle them up in shimmery organza wraps that match your wedding motif.

#5 – Search through a nearby stationery store for little notebooks, memo pads, and mini journals. Then, personalize each one by wrapping their covers in pretty paper in keeping with your theme: recycled paper for an eco-chic holiday engagement party, gingham-patterned wrapper for a country Christmas wedding, or sinamay sheets for a holiday wedding by the beach.

#6 – Extend the winter wonderland look of your wedding event to petite blue-and-white porcelain shoes as favors. Fill these with candy-coated chocolates or Jordan almonds, and present them to guests in their own beribboned gift boxes.

#7 – Recapture the nostalgia of Christmases past by giving guests little gingerbread cookies cut and decorated as a miniature bride and groom. Pop these into special cookie boxes or tins, adorned with a sprig of holly.

#8 – Mini flowerpots of roses make charming holiday wedding favors, with their ivory fabric blooms matching a winter-inspired tablescape. Simply add tiny favor tags personalized with your names and the wedding date, or in the shape of leaves or holiday cutouts.

#9 – Candles are a must for a festive yet romantic Christmas wedding. Allow your guests to bring some of that home with rose-carved candles paired with jeweled candle coasters, and presented in colorful fabric rounds.

#10 – Indulge, it’s Christmas! Give your guests choco-overload favors with packets of hot cocoa mix tucked into fun holiday mugs, along with fudgy brownie bites. And for an added treat, include chocolate-dipped peppermint candy canes. Yum!

#11 – Little ladylike tulle purses are perfect favor containers for a yuletide season bridal shower. Fill them with foil-wrapped chocolate balls or coins, and dress them up with fabric brooches you can make yourself—in Christmas prints and colors to mark the season.

#12 – Bowls of flavored popcorn—caramel, cheese, or barbecue—capture the fun aspect of the holidays. Choose containers glazed in festive Christmas hues, seal in the popcorn with food-safe plastic wrap, and finish each favor with a big, flouncy bow. Include a lovely tag greeting that says “eat, drink, and be married.”

Christmas favors

#13 – Sparkling silver is just the thing to glam up the tables at your Christmastime wedding party! Scoop multi-colored candies into tiny silver baskets and set them atop your guests’ place settings. How’s that for fun and practical?

#14 – Have Christmas in the air (literally!) with fragrant potpourri mixes as guest favors. Choose from the selection of holiday-themed potpourri sold at household decor outlets or lifestyle stores—pine, peppermint, and cinnamon are popular choices—and purchase these in bulk. Then, package them in pomander-style sachets just perfect for dresser drawers and linen closets.

#15 – Gift items that glitter are always welcome come the holidays. So delight guests with jeweled votive holders wrapped in colorful fabric circles. Add on favor tags declaring, “May your days be merry and bright!”

#16 – Homebaked goodies such as snickerdoodles or fudge bars have their own special charm, especially in the yuletide season. If you’re hosting a tea party-inspired bridesmaids’ brunch or engagement party, use tea cups to hold your treats—with a recipe card tucked in as well.

#17 – Who doesn’t appreciate a picture frame? Use handmade shell frames as stylish place card holders at a Christmas wedding with a nautical flair. Tie a tiny satin bow on each one to signal that guests are to take them home as party favors.

#18 – Be a responsible global citizen, even with your holiday wedding favors! Craft eco-friendly Christmas ornaments from recycled light bulbs encrusted with colorful glass beads and tied with raffia twine and matching beaded favor tags. Check out more eco-friendly favor ideas.

#19 – Not all holiday weddings are snow-bound. If you’ve opted for a tropical location for your December nuptials, seashell trays make the loveliest wedding keepsakes. Use them first as candy dishes or tealight holders on your party tables. Alternatively, have the trays wrapped in organza and filled with some peppermint chocolates for each guest to take home!

#20 – Bring the air of a bygone era to your bridal shower with perfume-bottle favors given a vintage look through decoupage. Position one on each guest’s place setting, or group these creations mid-table, holding fresh or fabric flowers to mimic a charming centerpiece. See how to create these lovely pieces of artwork.

#21 – Use whimsical porcelain egg boxes to hide Christmas treats, like peppermint balls, gold Hershey’s Kisses, or traditional Jordan almonds. Simply finish each one with a satin ribbon and give them as stylish guest favors. After the party, they make the prettiest trinket or jewelry holders!

#22 – Plan a Christmas-themed wedding toss using tinsel confetti presented in the daintiest ivory handpainted pouches. These petite bags then become lovely favors themselves, as guests get to use them as mini make-up sachets or potpourri holders.

#23 – The gift of music is always welcome. Select a CD with a special meaning to you as a couple, or to remember the season or the location of your wedding—and create artsy, holiday packaging with organza wraps. Present these favors on a festive Christmas wreath, as part of the holiday party decor.

#24 – Celebrate the season with mini bottles of your favorite wine, wrapped in sleeves personalized with your names and the wedding date. For special members of the wedding party, you may prepare a holiday gift basket—containing the wine, packets of gourmet nuts, a wedge of fine cheese, wheat crackers, and decadent chocolate truffles. Merry “Marry” Christmas!

Christmas favors

#25 – The richness of gold makes carved picture frames extra-special as holiday wedding favors. From table accents as place card holders, they go home as luxurious keepsakes—perfect for holding photo memories of this wonderful Christmastime occasion!

Have a favor idea you’d like to share? Get into the spirit of giving by sending in your suggestions. Happy Holidays!

14 comments

  1. For our wedding this December 26th, we will be giving out Mexican wedding cookies in glassine envelopes. Each envelope will then be tied with a beautiful red tartan ribbon. It will be finished with a label with our monogram. My fiance has a Scottish background and I was born in Mexico. So, this is nice way to celebrate the unity of our heritage. I think this is a wonderful way to remember the wedding!

  2. My aunts and mother will be making cookie pops topped with M&Ms in Christmas colors. Each guest will get a bundle of 3 cookies that is placed in a clear box tied with red velvet ribbons. We are having a red and hunter green color combo for the wedding so I wanted to incorporate this into the packaging of the favors. Happy Holidays to you guys! Keep up the creative juices 🙂

  3. Make mini snow globes! These can be so nostalgic during the Christmas season.

  4. I suggest etched glass coaters with a snowflake motif. You can buy these glass coasters from places like Home Depot or any home improvement store. Even craft stores might have them.

  5. Thanks for all the great ideas! Keep ’em coming in. Here is a classic idea that you can make at home–gooey caramel popcorn! There is a recipe from foodnetwork.com:

  6. We’re giving out snowflake ornaments–tying each one with a ribbon and placing a tag that says “to be in love is one-of-a-kind.” I made this quotation because every snow is unique 😉

  7. If you’re from western Pennsylvania, you’re probably familiar with cookie tables at a wedding wherein loads of different cookie varieties (from biscottis to pizzelles) are laid out on platters and trays for guests. Imagine 6000 cookies at a wedding?! Some couples even supply their guests with Chinese-takeout boxes so they serve as the party favors! As for the rest of us new to this, read more about this tradition and make it a part of your own wedding reception:The Wedding? I’m Here for the Cookies

  8. For my wedding in December 2010, we are planning to give our guests star-shaped Linzer torte cookies. My mother you see is Austrian and she used to bake these for Christmas all the time. So it was only logical to give them out as my favors.

  9. Melissa (2010 winter bride)

    We’re giving out Christmas crackers filled with little toys for our guests. My fiance is British and his family will be bringing these from the UK. I’m so excited about them!

  10. Thanks so much for the information. As a wedding planner in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, I am always looking for new and exciting wedding information. I would love to explore the possibility of featuring you on my wedding website so that other brides may view your info. as well. I am sure they will find it as valuable as I did. If interested, please feel free to email me by visiting my site http://www.everafterplanner.com .

  11. For my rehearsal dinner party, we are giving little stockings filled with some ribbon candy! They’re so colorful and fits perfectly with the season.

    Merry Christmas!

  12. We are giving out the the lindor chocolate hazelnut truffles for our guests in simple, white organza bags. Then, we are making tags cut in the shape of a star that is sprinkled with some red and green glitter. thought i’d share this idea with you guys 😉

  13. Linda D. Horne

    Each year after our Christmas Eve service, one of the ladies holds a basket full of “trinkets” to distribute to those who attended the service. A couple of examples – she made macaroni angels, a see-through bag filled with three gold coins. Since this “job” has come to be my resonsibility could you please give me some ideas. Obviously, not much money is needed to be spent. They are just meant to be a rememberance of the reason we have come this night.
    Thank you for any help you can give me.

  14. Hello Linda! You’re planning early…but I can see why! Maybe little cones made out of paper doilies and filled with holiday treats, like mini marshmallows and a peppermint stick to add to their holiday hot chocolate?

    Or little star ornaments that the children had made in Sunday School, and labelled with a line from Christmas scripture or a beloved carol? Hope these ideas help. 🙂

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