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Top 10 Best Wedding Favors for Under $3

Wedding favors can be one of the most expensive parts of a wedding, especially when you’ve invited a hundred or more guests. The cost adds up quickly.

You’re in the minority if money is no object for the tokens of your appreciation. If you’ve got a smaller budget to work with on that special day of yours, then you’ll want to pay attention!

Here are my top 10 suggestions for wedding favors costing $3 or less. They’re sorted into 3 categories: Edible Favors, Drinkware Favors, and Fun or Unconventional Favors.

Best Edible Favors for $3 or Less:

Whitaker Bountiful Bag

1. The Whitaker Bountiful Bag. No one will object to receiving a bag of snacks while they’re waiting for the reception to start. I like this product because it’s a good value for the money, and you can pick between salty or sweet fillings (like animal crackers or goldfish to jelly beans or Tootsie Rolls). The bags themselves aren’t personalized, but the cards are. If you’d prefer customized packaging instead of a mini card, try the Hansel Bagged Candy filled with jelly beans, M&Ms and more, or if you like the idea of individually customized candy pieces, you can buy customized Bulk Chewy Sprees and make your own gift bags for the ultimate personalization.

Rockwell Square Candy Pieces

2. Rockwell Square Candy Pieces. It’s a fancy name, but these edibles boil down to one thing…CHOCOLATE. They’re not full-size candy bars or anything, but I’d argue that’s almost better because you could scatter them on the tables instead of limiting them to one per place setting. The wrappers are available in versatile colors like gold, silver, and white, and your personalized message or thank you earns a special place on the front.

George Chocolate Cigars3. George Chocolate Cigars. People usually bust out real cigars when something monumental happens, but these cigars are safe for all ages! I’ve always been fond of pretending to smoke them before I eat them (don’t deny it; you do it, too), which is something the kids will likely enjoy as well. Chocolate cigars look a lot like real ones from a distance and they won’t make your guests’ lungs sad.

Want to see more edible wedding favors like these? Click here.

Best Drinkware Favors for $3 or Less:

Clear Shot Glasses4. Clear Shot Glasses. Adults can use these gifts for the obvious purpose and kids can use them for kiddie cocktails: That’s a definite win-win situation. These clear 1.5 ounce glasses won’t interfere with couples’ color schemes and there’s room for candy if you prefer. Anyone with an eclectic shot glass collection will appreciate it, at least!

Aztec Spooner Mug5. Aztec Spooner Mugs. People went crazy (in a good way) when we posted a picture of these unique mugs on our Pinterest page. If that’s not proof of their appeal, then we don’t know what is. Not only are these matte mugs available in 7 different color combos, but they each come with their own small matching spoon. Pair them with a packet of gourmet coffee or hot cocoa and your guests will stir up a thank you or two.

Iceberg Tumbler with Straw6. Iceberg Tumblers with Straws. Hard plastic cups like these only recently became popular but now we often wonder what our site would be like without them. Though they’re often referred to as “those reusable cups that look like fast food drink cups,” we call them acrylic tumblers with straws. You can order them in clear or choose from a few translucent colors. They make good wedding favors because they appeal to pretty much everyone, even the coffee-hating people you know!

Want to see more drinkware or barware wedding favors like these? Click here.

Fun or Unconventional Favors for $3 or Less:

Heart Squeezie7. Heart-Shaped Squeezies. Stress balls come in thousands of different shapes and sizes, but what could be more wedding appropriate than a red heart? Red doesn’t even have to be a part of your wedding colors to make these work as favors. Stress runs rampant during major life events, so it wouldn’t hurt to have a few of these around for yourself as well. Or, if hearts aren’t really your thing but you like the idea of a squeezie that reflects your tastes as a couple, then check out our other stress balls.

Neon Rubber Sunglasses8. Neon Rubber Sunglasses. These colorful favors garnered quite a bit of buzz on our Pinterest as well, and they consistently pop up in our monthly bestselling products lists. Sunglasses are fun! Are they top-of-the-line, designer brand quality? No. Will they last for years and years? Maybe, maybe not. But here’s the most important question: Are these sunglasses fun to have for wedding photo-ops and impromptu line dances? Yes. Yes they are. Enough said.

Bubble Baubles9. Bubble Baubles. Everyone loves bubbles, even the ones who won’t admit it. When rice isn’t an option (it hurts birds) and bird seed seems too messy (it takes forever to get out of carpeting), then bubbles are the best option! Besides, these are way more fun on the dance floor during a round of good songs. Kids can enjoy them, too, as long as they have adult supervision. (Don’t like bubbles? You might like Seeded Confetti Packets instead).

Custom Frisbees10. Custom Frisbees. Hear me out before you scoff at this one! Frisbees may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to wedding favors, but that’s part of their charm. Food is delicious but it eventually gets eaten and forgotten, and fragile favors sometimes get packed away. Hard plastic flyers, on the other hand, are practically indestructible and they aren’t likely to end up in the trash. I fully support Frisbees as fun and offbeat gifts! We even have a plastic flyer that changes color when it’s out in the sun. How cool is that??

Want to see more fun or unconventional wedding favors like these? Click here.

I know from experience — getting married isn’t cheap. If you aren’t careful with your wedding favor budget, then you could go over without even realizing it. Plan your favors or gifts around the number of guests who’ll be receiving them, not the other way around, and you should be just fine! If you’re looking for a particular wedding favor in a specific price range, then leave a comment and I’d be happy to help you find something you like.

Don’t forget to check out our wedding favor board on Pinterest for more inspiration and ideas! We frequently update it with new and exciting wedding favors.

What are your favorite wedding favors? Do you prefer gifts of the chocolate variety? Is there something you’d recommend that I missed? Comment below!

Image credit to Daggie W.


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  1. Amy Swanson

    In my book you can never go wrong with chocolate wedding favors- yum! They’re a favorite of mine.

    Fun post, Jill! I never really knew how expensive wedding favors could be, it’s nice that you founds some great affordable options!!

    • Jill Tooley

      Thanks, Amy! Favors add up so quickly in a wedding budget. We had 130 guests, so every dollar counted. 🙂

  2. Eric

    I’m always partial to things that are useful on an everyday basis. One wedding Shelley and I went to gave out laser-etched, glass drink coasters. Not something I’d ever think of picking up at the store, but they were more than useful, since we didn’t have any coasters at home. In the spirit of that idea, I think the spooner mug’s a nice choice. Drink from the mug and stir you hot cocoa with the spoon, or go all-in and use it as a soup mug. With winter just around the corner, it’d be a great item to have.

    • Jill Tooley

      Drink coasters would be cool, too. You’re right, they’re the type of item that people wouldn’t necessarily go out and buy themselves!

      I want a Spooner Mug in every color 🙂

  3. Cybernetic SAM

    I love those spooner mugs they are so cute! Speaking of cute, there are also a variety of really neat heart key-chains which could add some unique flare to your wedding Q37552 or Q45268 for example! Or you could even get something practical that everyone loves, bottle openers Q27107, I think that this key/bottle opener key chain would add something extra special all these items all under $3!!!!

    • Jill Tooley

      Aw, you could do a “key to our hearts” thing for that last one! Cute suggestions. Thanks for commenting! 😀

  4. Mandy Kilinskis

    All of the chocolate! Or the treat bags. The wedding I went to this summer had packets of trail mix at all of the tables. It was nice to munch on before the reception.

    Otherwise, in terms of things I’d enjoy taking home, any piece of drinkware would be awesome. I use my acrylic tumbler every single day, and I’d certainly love one of those spooner mugs to stir up some hot drinks this winter!

    Great choices, Jill!

    • Jill Tooley

      Yay! I made great choices! 🙂

      I’m a huge fan of edible favors, to be honest. As much as I like the idea of a long-lasting souvenir, candy and snacks tend to please guests above all else.

      Although, I’d make an exception for the Spooner Mug. Seriously. WANT.

  5. Wash

    I’m always a fan of something useful (like a shotglass) being filled with something edible (like candy) at weddings.

  6. Jenna Markowski

    I’m a pretty big fan of anything involving chocolate. That’s something that guests can enjoy throughout the evening while they wait for dinner or cake to be served! I also really love the idea of personalized bubbles. Besides practicality, that would be so much cuter than rice or bird seed!

    • Jill Tooley

      Me too! And I’m a total sucker for bubbles of any kind. No shame — I still pick up those containers and have a blast with them at weddings! One time I kept one in my purse for way after the day was over, and it ended up leaking all over my stuff. 🙁 That was the only bad thing. But I learned my lesson…

  7. Mikey

    I was recently part of a wedding with over 200 guests and, yeah, I can imagine that the favors cost a pretty penny. The couple ended up going with little boxes of chocolate distributed to the tables. However, since specific seating arrangements weren’t in place, the boxes were not personalized. Heh, which I personally wasn’t too upset about, since I could nab left over chocolates guilt-free. But, yeah, even small gifts like that can add up quickly when you have that large of a group to buy for. Heh, as for myself, well, not surprisingly, I’m partial towards chocolate but, then, I’m kind of a chocoholic. Thanks for the fun and informative post, Jill!

    • Jill Tooley

      Oh yes, it adds up! We wanted to do something like puzzles or Rubik’s Cubes, but they were too expensive even with both of us working here. We ended up going with cups and star stress balls (they looked like the Mario stars) and we were much better off. For a while there, we almost went with the larger chocolate bars and the shot glasses, which would have been good as well.

      Thanks for commenting, Mike 🙂

  8. Rachel

    My favorite suggestions would have to be the sunglasses and the bubbles! I can see those being really fun at the reception, especially if you and your spouse have families and friends who like to have fun. 🙂 I’ll also add my voice to the chorus of Aztec Spooner Mug fans! Thanks for the great ideas, Jill 🙂

    • Jill Tooley

      Thank you, Rachel. Extra pairs of sunglasses are always welcome in my home or in my car, since I seem to lose mine every other week! Plus, people have a lot of fun with them at the reception while they’re dancing.

      Have I mentioned how much I love the Spooner Mugs? Because I do! 😀

  9. Jana Quinn

    I’m a fan of the edibles (or something like crayons or soap that can be used up) or truly useful gifts such as shot glasses. Basically, anything that doesn’t take up space for the rest of eternity is a good choice for a wedding favor. I do have a really cool little lamp post from a wedding I went to last year that doesn’t really serve a purpose, but I dig it. I can see it becoming just-one-more-thing-to-dust-but-can’t-get-rid-of-it-because-of-sentimental-value for others.

  10. Lexi

    Wow, love me some dirt cheap wedding favors, those are lovely especially the Iceberg tumblers 🙂 perfect for summer weddings!

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