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

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?!

  • Knives

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    According to folklore, knives signify a broken relationship and giving them as a wedding present can bring all sorts of bad juju. Unless they're really nice knives?

  • Umbrellas

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    Everyone knows it's bad luck to open an umbrella inside, but according to Wonderopolis, it's also bad luck to gift them. Unfortunately for the couple, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck. So everyone may just have to resign themselves to getting wet.
  • Money

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    While money is actually a great gift to give and receive (in just about in any situation), there are a lot of superstitions about how that money should be presented to a couple. For example, according to Wedding Traditions, at a Chinese wedding the money envelope should have a gold-embossed symbol for double happiness and should be presented and received with both hands. At Thai Buddhists weddings, the giver of the money is expected to place the money in the same envelope in which they received the wedding invitation.

  • Clocks

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    As WikiHow explains, the phrase "give clock" in Chinese is pronounced the same way as "attend a father's funeral." Essentially, by giving a clock as a wedding gift, you're telling the happy couple you wish to attend their funeral. That doesn't sound like much of a well wish.