50 Best Wedding Favor Ideas for Every State in the Nation
Chances are you're expecting a host of out-of-towners for your big event, so why not thank them for their travels with a taste (literal or not) of local flavor?
Personalize your party with send-offs for guests that celebrate your home turf—whether it's a twist on Mississippi mud pie or a fine California wine.
Quarried and cut from in-state rock, each Natural Sandstone Coaster is unique. Give one with an ice-cold beverage to beat the dry heat ($4 each for 100 to 300 coasters).
No need to turn to France when the lush Napa Valley—and its Honig Vineyard and Winery—is nearby. The 2015 sauvignon blanc makes a crisp, fresh summer sipper ($16.25 each for 12 bottles or more).
Fuel day-after hikes (and help any lingering hangovers) with Olde Man Granola, hand-baked in eight flavors, including a mix free of gluten and nuts ($6 for 12 oz).
Bells will be ringing from the moment you say "I do" with chimes from a custom Bevin Bros. Brass Tea Bell, produced by a historic family firm and topped with New England wood (from $5.25 each).
Rehoboth brewpub-turned-brewery Dogfish Head crafts many good ales, but we suggest Midas Touch for a special draft—it's nothing short of liquid gold (from $3 a bottle).
Anastasia Confections' Fruit Squares from the Sunshine State are like grown-up gummies, but with a citrusy tang (call or email for pricing).
Ripe peaches and hints of orange and ginger make Emily G's Peach Marmalade a piquant morning-on-the-porch treat—or a tasty afternoon pairing for a soft cheese like Brie ($8.50).
No small potatoes here: Idaho Candy Co.'s Idaho Spud candy bar—marshmallow coated with dark chocolate and coconut—has been a local favorite since 1918 ($22 for 24 bars).
You're sweet; he's salty (or vice versa)? Mirror that dynamic with Garrett Popcorn Shops' Garrett Mix, an addictive medley of flavored CaramelCrisp and CheeseCorn ($141 for 6 1/2 gallons).
In a farm state where pork rules, it's only fitting to let your guests pig out on hard Bacon Candy. The tin alone is a worthy souvenir ($7 a tin).
Natives sip Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey on the rocks or with mint, sugar, and water for a classic Derby cocktail; this mini lets guests pick their poison ($5 for 50 ml).
A staple in any self-respecting Cajun kitchen, the original Louisiana Hot Sauce has a historic pedigree and will bring major heat to guests' marinades and gumbos ($4).
Locals swear by Old Bay Seasoning, named after a U.S. steamship that once cruised the Chesapeake, for spicing up crabs and seafood alike ($6).
In a state known for this super fruit, Cherry Republic, a family-run company for more than 25 years, adds a tart, sweet coating to its Sour Cherry Patches ($6 for 8 oz).
An ancient grain that has never been modified (unlike most), Moose Lake Wild Rice grows naturally before being hand-harvested ($2/bag).
Jubilations' Mississippi Mud Cheesecakes marry two sinfully delicious desserts into a creamy, chocolate-topped confection. Here's mud in your eye! (from $37.50).
Turn to books by local literary greats to help guests pass travel time home. Consider works by natives Mark Twain, T.S. Eliot, Maya Angelou, or Langston Hughes ($5).
An order of Huckleberry Haven's Wild Huckleberry Buttermilk Flap Jack Mix includes a jar of jam, made with the indigenous berry, to flavor pancakes or use as a topping ($7).
Cool off your Cornhusker State guests with eCreamery Personalized Ice Cream Party Cups. You can create your own flavor—three toppings included—and have your names printed on the container ($120 for 24).
Without having to play the tables, your lucky friends will hit the candy jackpot with a bag of Milk Chocolate Poker Chips ($60 for 340).
Give a chill gift with Sea Stones On the Rocks drink stones, cut from the Granite State's namesake slab. The ready-to-freeze cubes keep revelers' refreshments cold without watering them down ($24.25 for 6).
James' Original Salt Water Taffy will give loved ones a taste of the boardwalk (minus the sand). Choose from nearly 30 flavors, like Bay Breeze, to fill a custom box ($10 for 1 lb).
Handcrafted using just four ingredients, Big Spoon Roasters Peanut Butter has wildflower honey already mixed in—so guests can skip the jelly and bread and just dig in ($10).
This Great Plains state produces more honey than any other. The sweet liquid in A Touch of Honey's Honey Jar goes straight from the hives into bottles at this family-run operation ($6/lb).
Anthony-Thomas Chocolates' Buckeyes, named not for the football team but for the domestic nut they resemble, will win plenty of fans ($5 for 6).
With their blend of Kansas City and Texas barbecue traditions, Okies take their sauce seriously—and they've been flocking to Head Country Original Bar-B-Q Sauce since 1947 ($20 for 6).
Pendleton Woolen Mills Notebooks interpret the textile brand's popular heritage blanket patterns onto paper with a quality as long-lasting as the century-old family business ($13 for 3).
The original sourdough recipe for Uncle Jerry's Handmade Pennsylvania Dutch Pretzels was written 100 years ago and tastes just as good today ($28 for 12 bags).
Hot southern nights call for cold G&Ts with Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.'s Small Batch Tonic, a mixer sweetened with cane sugar. Gift one per couple to stretch your dollar ($192 for 12).
The organic cacao beans in Olive & Sinclair's Smoked Nib Brittle are cured at the famous Benton's smokehouse in Madisonville, then coated in brittle and dark chocolate ($15 for 6 oz).
Larry's Bag-of-Smoke belies the notion that everything is bigger in Texas. Guests can throw a wallet-sized cotton packet of Lone Star wood chips onto the grill to flavor barbecue with hickory, mesquite, and other seasonings ($5).
Give your friends and family something to write home about with personalized Peak & Pine Handmade Burned Pine Pencils, made from foraged local wood ($4 each).
The amber hue of Syrup Souvenir Shop's 100% Pure Vermont Maple Syrup is a perfect match for New England's fall colors—and for a stack of country-style pancakes ($4 for 2 oz).
Loved ones will be "full of great enthusiasm" (the translation for West coast coffee staple Espresso Vivace) after a night of revelry. Keep them buzzing with Northern Italian Roast ($14 for 12 oz).
Say a final "cheese" with Fromagination's Wedding Favor Package, a trio of the dairyland's award-winning artisanal fromage, crackers, and preserves (from $9).
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