June 22, 2022

Best wedding gifts

What are the best gifts for the wedding season? 

The most popular times to get married are May through October. If you’ve got a wedding to attend this wedding season, you might wonder what to get the couple.


While wedding gifts are not mandatory, most etiquette experts recommend you buy one to show the couple some love on their big day. But no matter how well you know them, this can be a daunting task. 


The majority of wedding gifts revolve around what the couple needs for their home or items to upgrade their current housewares. Cash or honeymoon funds are now widely accepted. If you’re at a loss of what to give, a monetary donation to the couple’s fund is always appreciated. 

Should I use the couple’s registry? 

If the couple has a wedding registry, this is a win-win situation for all. This provides a curated list of what the couple wants and needs, and it takes the guesswork out of gift giving. Registries may either be online or in-store and typically offer a range of price ranges, so you can comfortably give the couple something within your budget that they are guaranteed to love. 

Where else can I get gift ideas for the couple?

Besides the registry, an underused spot for clues into what the couple wants is their wedding website. These days, many couples create websites for the big day that include everything from the logistics of when and where it is, the dress code, and their love story. Pay attention to the couple’s story. For example, if they include travel photos of sipping coffee in Paris, consider getting the pair a French press or a certificate to a fancy French restaurant. 

When should I give a wedding gift?

The proper time to give your wedding gift is before the wedding or up to two months afterward. It’s best to send the gift to the couple’s home. Bringing your gift to the wedding or the reception can add extra stress to the newlyweds’ big day, plus it runs the risk of your gift getting lost in the shuffle.   

What are popular wedding gifts? 

The majority of wedding gifts revolve around stocking the couple’s home with new stuff. 


Kitchenware — such as kitchen utensil sets, nonstick cookware sets, and knife sets — is a top-performing category for wedding gifts. For the couple that loves to entertain, consider a wine glass set or bar set


New pieces of furniture, such as a mattress or sofa, are bigger gifts that you may consider going in with a group on. For low-cost gifting, anything decorative for the home — such as a flower vase or an attractive bathroom wastebasket — is appropriate. You can also help the couple upgrade to a smart home with smart home devices.


Gift certificates to airline travel or vacation rentals, including home-sharing sites, are always a welcomed gift for couples, especially if they spent a lot of money on the wedding with not much left over for the honeymoon. 

How much should I spend on a wedding gift? 

While there’s no hard-and-fast rule on how much you should spend on a wedding gift, the average is $120. If that’s above your budget, however, spend as much as you are comfortable with. It’s also appropriate to spend less on someone you’re not close with and more on close friends or family members. Aim somewhere between $50-$200+. 

Large wedding gifts 

Saatva Classic Mattress


This premium mattress offers state-of-the-art support and three levels of firmness. Best of all, Saatva offers a 120-night trial period in case the couple wants to return it for a different comfort level. 


Sold by Saatva



Christopher Knight Home Bridie Mid-Century Modern Loveseat 


A contemporary style, this burnt orange loveseat will comfortably fit the two lovebirds. The mid-century design makes it a statement piece for any room it’s in. 


Sold by Amazon



NordicTrack Commercial Studio Cycle


For couples with home gyms, this state-of-the-art exercise bike features an HD touchscreen for on-demand workouts. It’s comparable to Peloton bikes but with a slightly lower price tag. 


Sold by Amazon  

Wedding gifts for the kitchen 

OXO Good Grips 15-Piece Everyday Kitchen Tool Set 


This comprehensive set provides the newlyweds with every conceivable kitchen tool they could ever need. The stainless steel and silicone utensils are built to last. 


Sold by Amazon and Macy’s  

Cuisinart Classic Forged Triple Rivet 15-Piece Knife Set


For high-quality knives, at a reasonable price, this gorgeous set is sharp and sturdy. The white handles and attractive knife block make for a statement that the couple will want to display on their kitchen counter.  


Sold by Amazon, Home Depot, and Kohl’s



Calphalon 10-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set


A new set of pots and pans can be just the kitchen upgrade a newly married couple needs. This nonstick set offers high performance, and requires little oil, from a reputable brand in nonstick cookware. 


Sold by Amazon and Macy’s



KitchenAid 3.5-Cup Food Chopper 


For couples with cramped quarters, this compact food processor is a powerhouse for smaller chopping tasks. It comes in a whopping 10 color options. 


Sold by KitchenAid and Amazon 

Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor


For heavy-duty food processing, this high-capacity food processor features an extra-large feed tube and a 14-cup bowl. This is a popular wedding registry gift and a generous one at that. 


Sold by Amazon 

Wedding gifts for the bedroom and bathroom

Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set 


The sateen finish of these sheets is silky and soft. They have a slightly luminous sheen that’ll make the happy couple feel as if they’re sleeping in the lap of luxury. 


Sold by Amazon

Zipcode Design Abbate Accent Mirror 


This porthole mirror can be hung in the bathroom or bedroom for a decorative element that’s also functional. The simple, clean design works with most decor and adds dimension to any room. 


Sold by Wayfair  

Goodpick Large Cotton Rope Basket


This affordable basket is versatile and stylish with its two-tone weave. It can be used as a laundry hamper, a blanket basket, or a nursery bin for when babies come into the picture. 


Sold by Amazon 

Hall & Perry Modern Farmhouse Tassel Shower Curtain


Another affordable pick, this stylish shower curtain is striped and tasseled in modern farmhouse style. This is a fun but classy look to update the bathroom. 


Sold by Amazon



Seville Classics Water Hyacinth Lidded Oval Double Laundry Hamper


For newly cohabitating couples, they may want to keep some things separate, such as laundry. This hand-woven hamper features two compartments complete with two bags to keep things sorted.  


Sold by Amazon



Brooklinen Super-Plush Bath Towels


A set of two, these luxurious towels will elevate the happy couple’s bathroom game. You can’t go wrong with a pair in white. 


Sold by Amazon


Red Barrel Studio Marveen Handloom Bath Rug


This fluffy bath rug is a gamechanger. Not only is it comfy and super plush underfoot, but it also maintains its softness and shape after multiple washings in the machine. 


Sold by Wayfair 

Wedding gifts for entertaining 

Winesome Wooden Entertainment Cart


This elegant cart is perfect for serving coffee after dinner or drinks beforehand. Its comprehensive design features a wine rack, glass rack, and cabinet. 


Sold by Amazon



Riedel Vinum Wine Glasses


This eight-piece value set is made of dishwasher-safe, high-end crystal. These built-to-last glasses are versatile for everyday use or for entertaining. 


Sold by Amazon



Barfly 12-Piece Deluxe Cocktail Set 


This chic cocktail set will not disappoint the experienced home bartender. It contains every conceivable tool you need to make drinks, whether for your significant other or guests. 


Sold by Amazon 

Oneida Chef’s Table 20-Piece Everyday Flatware, Service for Four 


This sleek and contemporary flatware is the perfect starter set for a couple who throws an occasional dinner party. The smooth, stainless steel has good heft and is dishwasher safe. 


Sold by Amazon 

Kota Japan Premium Marble Cheese Board Slab 


To host a variety of cheeses, this 12-inch-by-16-inch marble board is an instant classic. Whether in use or not, you can leave it out on display. It also keeps cheeses cold. 


Sold by Amazon 

Urban Villa Cuisine Stripes Dinner Napkins


These striped cloth napkins add a festive flair to the table. They are high-quality and stay bright, even after multiple washes. 


Sold by Amazon 

Wedding gifts for the health-conscious couple

KitchenAid K400 Variable Speed Blender


Blenders are a popular wedding gift, and this one won’t break down a year into the marriage. It is an expert smoothie maker and comes in an array of attractive colors. 


Sold by KitchenAid, Amazon, and Home Depot



Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender 


This generous gift will last for a lifetime of smoothies. It’s great at making not only smoothies but soups and puree recipes as well. 


Sold by Vitamix, Amazon, and Macy’s



Breville Juice Fountain Cold Plus Centrifugal Juicer


Breville’s centrifugal juicer offers powerful cold extraction of fruits and veggies without taking up too much countertop space. Plus, its brushed stainless steel design makes for a stylish addition to the kitchen. 


Sold by Amazon



GreenPan Lima Hard Anodized Healthy Ceramic Nonstick 12-inch Frying Pan 


For nontoxic cooking, this ceramic pan will never release toxic fumes into the kitchen, even if you accidentally overheat it. You don’t even have to use oil with its truly nonstick coating. 


Sold by Amazon and Wayfair

Smart home wedding gifts

Aluratek Distressed Wood Digital Photo Frame


Undoubtedly, newlyweds have photos from their big day. This rustic wooden frame displays their digital photos in a slideshow with an easy-to-use USB port. It’s also priced well under $100. 


Sold by Amazon  

Amazon Echo (4th Generation)


Another budget-friendly smart home gift, this voice-controlled device can play music, make calls, and is Alexa-compatible. This home hub is tiny but mighty. 


Sold by Amazon and Kohl’s 

Sonos One Smart Speaker


This high-end smart speaker supports Alexa, Google Assistant, and AirPlay 2 and is easy to connect with Apple devices. It features voice control, and the sound is superb.  


Sold by Sonos and Amazon 

Hamilton Beach Smart Coffee Maker 


For those who are not morning people, this smart coffee maker is a lifesaver. Just ask Alexa to start brewing your coffee while you lounge in bed or use the Alexa app. 


Sold by Amazon 

Wedding gifts under $50 

Apsoonsell Shabby Chic Metal Jug Vase 


While affordably priced, this charming vase adds a rustic accent to the room. It is great to have on hand for flowers and can double as a decorative pitcher. 


Sold by Amazon



Household Essentials Woven Seagrass Wicker Wastebasket


Sometimes the best presents are the most practical, such as a bathroom wastebasket. This wicker-style basket adds charm and class to the space. Most importantly, it doesn’t hold an odor. 


Sold by Amazon and Wayfair



Veken Coffee Canister


For java lovers, this elegant canister keeps coffee beans fresh in its airtight seal. It comes with a stainless steel scoop and is offered in a variety of attractive colors. 


Sold by Amazon 

INK + IVY Bree Chunky Knit Square Pillow Cover 


A throw pillow can make or break a room, and this knit pillow cover adds both coziness and style to the living or bedroom. Be sure to also purchase pillow inserts to complete the gift. 


Sold by Amazon and Macy’s 

Kalinco Wooden Acacia Salad Servers


This classic serving set is handmade from beautiful acacia wood. If you can swing it, also purchase the matching salad bowl


Sold by Amazon  

Songmics Large Bamboo Bed Tray 


For a surprise breakfast in bed, this beautiful wooden tray is adjustable and multifunctional. It doubles as an ergonomic laptop stand and can fit two laptops side by side. 


Sold by Amazon 

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