The Best Old New Borrowed Blue Gift Ideas

Last Updated on February 21, 2022 by Guillermina

Today, we’re going to be looking at the best old new borrowed blue gift ideas. No matter how familiar you are with weddings and the traditions that go hand in hand with marriage, you’ll no doubt know of something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Even today, it’s still one of the most common traditions that brides follow on their wedding day. My wedding day wasn’t very traditional, but it was something even I did!

If you’re a bride and struggling with ideas yourself, or you’re looking for something to gift a bride for one of the old, new, borrowed or blue parts of the tradition – look no further! But first, let’s take a look at some examples, and where the tradition began.

Old New Borrowed Blue Gift Ideas

If you’re looking for gift ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Online sites like Amazon and Etsy are perfect for finding perfect gifts that you can order last minute. Let’s take a look at our favorite for each category.

Something Old

The Bride’s Sixpence Coin and Card is the perfect affordable gift that will cover the “silver sixpence for her shoe” part of the tradition, and the “something old”. It comes beautifully presented in a card for just $6.95 and will be something small that the bride can treasure after the wedding. The coin itself will be over 50 years old, making it the perfect gift for “something old”. The silver sixpence is said to symbolize love, wealth, happiness, and health on a wedding day – so it’s also a very thoughtful gift too.

Something New

If the bride is somewhat of a bookworm or feeling particularly anxious about her upcoming wedding, the book “Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride” by Lucy Knisley is a perfect idea. It’s currently $11.87, making it very affordable – and also a truly unique gift too. You may want to gift this graphic memoir prior to the big day, as it’s said to have some brilliant ideas and provides a great deal of comfort when planning your wedding.

Something Borrowed

With something borrowed, it’s better to borrow something from a close friend or family member. Whether that be the dress or something smaller like a piece of jewelry or a handbag. However, if you’re really struggling and are unsure whether someone will let you borrow something for your wedding, there’s an amazing film that was released in 2011 called Something Borrowed. While it’s slightly cheating…it’s the perfect way around it!

Something Blue

Something blue is certainly the easiest one to gift. I was lucky as blue was the color scheme for my wedding, so was very easy to slip into the wedding! However, if your color scheme isn’t blue, you don’t really want to be wearing or holding something that doesn’t match your wedding – I have the perfect alternative! This gorgeous Something Blue for Bride anklet from Amazon is $32.99, and something she can wear throughout her wedding (and afterwards too!). It’s customizable in gold or silver, to match the bride’s tastes and comes in a beautiful presentation box. The anklet itself is stunning and comes very highly recommended!


I hope this article has given you inspiration for the best old new borrowed blue gift ideas. When buying the gifts, consider the bride’s interests and it’s always lovely to gift something they can use or wear later in life. My mother gifted me a pearl necklace for my “something new”, and it’s something I still wear regularly and look at with fond memories.

But just remember, you don’t have to follow any traditions at your wedding if it’s something you’re not comfortable doing – just be sure your wedding is 100% authentically you and your partner.

Do you have any other ideas for something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue? I would love to hear any suggestions you have, or what you used for your own wedding. If you’re comfortable sharing, please let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!


What are Examples of Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue?

There is no set guide to follow for this tradition, it really can be absolutely anything! For example, your something old could be a vintage car that takes you to the ceremony, an old bible if you're religious or a family heirloom. Your something new could be your new name (little effort needed for this one!), a new perfume or a new piece of jewellery. Your something borrowed could be your dress (if it's a dress that has been passed down for generations), a handbag, or a piece of jewellery. Your something blue could be your garter, your bouquet or even your dressing robe as you're getting ready.

What Do You Get From Old New Borrowed Blue?

There are no rules you need to follow when planning the gifts, and they can even be aspects that are already incorporated into your wedding (such as the car and the bouquet), that way the cost of following the tradition is much lower. If you're looking to gift the bride and are unsure what to get, they'll be plenty of ideas within this article. 

Why Do You Need Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue?

It's a tradition that's been around for a while and each item is said to represent something important in your new marriage. Something new shows optimism and hope for the future. Something borrowed shows borrowed happiness. Something old shows continuity and growth together. Something blue shows love and purity. 

Do You Have to Wear Something Old New Borrowed Blue?

Absolutely not! You can pick and choose which traditions you have at your wedding. What's important to remember is that it's yours and your partner's day. You do whatever makes you both happy. While some brides believe it's bad luck not to follow this tradition, if you don't feel the same - it's totally fine to skip it! Don't feel under any pressure to compromise on anything on your special day. 

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