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16 Bad-Luck Wedding Gifts to Save for Couples You Hate

Updated September 30, 2019 22.9k views16 items

What do you get the couple who have already found the most important gift of all – love? Well, maybe something on their IKEA registry and most definitely NOT anything on this list of 17 bad luck wedding gifts. 

Weddings are about love, happiness, and the future, right? Wrong! Weddings are actually all about superstitions. Unless you hate the couple whose wedding you are attending, you should probably steer clear of these presents that are bad luck. Gifts like knives or scissors are a big no-no, even for people who love to cook and craft. According to superstition, gifting either object invites the couple to “cut” their relationship. No one wants that, especially since the happy couple probably dropped thousands of dollars just to tie the knot. 

Scared of cursing your friends? Why not throw them some money in a cute little card, right? Not so fast. If you’re handing over that money in an unlucky way (like in the wrong kind envelope) you could cause financial ruin. Lucky for you, placing that money in a wallet is a great way to ensure good luck, since gifting the couple an empty wallet is also a bad luck wedding gift.


Check out this list of gifts you shouldn't get for a wedding. And then just stick to the registry... unless any of the following items are on there. Who knew marriage had so many rules?!

  • Mirrors

    Photo: LISgirl / flickr / CC-BY 2.0
    Most people know that breaking a mirror means seven years of bad luck, which is why it's so unlucky to give one as a wedding gift. The myth of breaking a mirror most likely evolved from the belief that the image people you see reflected back at you is a projection of the soul. So breaking a mirror meant risking injury to your soul. 
  • A Single Rose

    Photo: My Photo Journeys / flickr / CC-BY 2.0
    In Italy, giving a single rose means wishing death upon the receiver. 
  • Scissors

    Photo: Dean Hochman / flickr / CC-BY 2.0
    A good pair of scissors is something everyone needs - unless you're a new couple. Just like giving knives is a no-no, scissors are a bad idea for a present.
  • Handkerchiefs

    Photo: Adair733 / flickr / CC-BY-ND 2.0
    Thai people believe that a handkerchief is mainly used for wiping tears. So if you give one as a gift, you're implying that you want the couple to cry. Even if you're hoping for tears of joy, it's probably not the best present.