Let’s be real, shopping from the wedding registry is safe, but it can be kind of boring. Plus, we all know the couple is sitting at home, checking their registry at least once a week to see what friends and family have bought.
There’s no fun in that, so you go off registry, but what if they not-so-secretly hate what you got?
What do you get for friends and family that’s unique and will actually get used? Check out our recommendations for unique wedding gifts for five different types of couples.
The Couple Who’s Sentimental
These gifts are sentimental and specifically selected to celebrate the couple’s wedding day and remember it forever. From a custom map of the sky on their wedding night, all the way to a personalized whiskey barrel, these gifts are thoughtful, a little mushy and perfect for the newlyweds.
- The Night Sky Star Map – $60
- Customize this star map with the location and date of the wedding. It’s thoughtful, unique and will look great hanging on their wall!
- Anniversary Journal – $115-$130
- For the sentimental couple, this anniversary journal is something they can update each year to record their story together. It’s something they could even pass down to children or grandchildren one day.
- Mr. and Mrs. Etched Wine Bottle – $75-$85
- Weddings are a celebration, and what better way to celebrate than with a personalized wine bottle?
- Wooden Keepsake Box – $99
- Help your loved ones cherish the memories they’ll make together with this personalized keepsake box. Get them started by included the wedding invitation or maybe even an ornament for their first year of marriage.
- Personalized Whiskey Barrel – $85-$200
- These mini whiskey barrels are perfect for the counter and you can customize them with the couple’s name and wedding date! What a great way to remember their special day.
The Couple Who Hosts
For the couple who loves to have people over, get them something that can help them host their famous gatherings! Something like a classy tabletop game or new bar cart will take their next dinner party to the next level.
- Marble Tic-Tac-Toe Game Set – $40
- This marble tic-tac-toe game elevates a classic game and makes it oversized for your tabletop. It will be a crowd-pleaser at their next backyard bash.
- Wooden Wine Trough with Monogram – $209
- Speaking of backyard bashes, a wine trough helps keeps beverages cool on a hot day. Gift them a stylish monogrammed one so they can rosé all day.
- Dunloy Bar Cart – $110
- A beautiful bar cart helps move the party inside. Consider additional gifts you or a group could get to stock the cart with drinks, mixers, accessories and barware.
- Monogrammed Gold Pineapple Bottle Opener – $16
- Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality and are considered an expression of welcome in the south. A gold pineapple bottle opener is a great gift for a couple who loves welcoming guests into their home.
- Monogram Marble and Wood Serving Board – $63
- Every host has their go-to serving board. Gift them one that is monogrammed with the letter of their last name to make this gift a little more personal.
The Couple Who Travels
If you’re looking to celebrate a jet-setting duo, or at least aspiring jet-setting duo, give them a gift to help them remember their travels and maybe make them a little easier.
- Personalized Anniversary Pushpin World Map – $150
- Help them track their travels with a pushpin map. They can pin every place they visit and relive the memories whenever they look at it.
- Two of a Kind Set of Two Luggage Tags – $26
- The tags are cute, stylish and perfect for the newlyweds to take on their honeymoon.
- Coolife Luggage 3-Piece Set – $170
- Every travel-loving duo needs a nice luggage set. Get them something that’s functional and stylish like this Coolife luggage set.
- Airbnb Gift Card – starting at $25
- Send them on their next trip by helping pay for a great place to stay. Airbnb has rentals all over the world and gift cards start at $25.
- Worldwide Travel Adapter – $15
- This is perfect, especially if they often travel internationally. This adapter can be used in more than 150 countries and fits two USB chargers as well.
The Couple Who Has Everything
If the newlyweds you’re shopping for are a little more established and don’t need another blender or toaster oven, try something a little more fun or luxurious. These gifts are things they’d enjoy but maybe wouldn’t spend the extra money to buy for themselves.
- Monogrammed Turkish Cotton Bathrobe – $110
- Turkish cotton is known to be a luxurious cotton and softer, because of how it’s spun and woven together. Get it monogrammed with their initials for a personalized touch.
- Picnic at Ascot Wine and Cheese Cooler Bag – $40
- A wine and cheese cooler bag is not something most people have on hand, but how fun would it bring to stock this and bring it on a picnic? Perfect for a weekend date.
- Bocce Ball Set – $150
- Yard games are great for couples who enjoy entertaining and having people over. This bocce ball set has a sleek, modern design. Not only is it fun, it will look great at their next backyard dinner party.
- Floating Frames – starting at $79
- Who can ever have enough picture frames? Get one of their wedding photos or engagement photos printed in a gorgeous floating frame for a keepsake they can display in their home.
- Winc Subscription – starting at $60
- This one is just fun. Help the couple continue celebrating with a Winc wine club subscription! Gift amounts start at $60 and give them access to unique and seasonal wines.
The Couple Who Needs Everything
These gifts are perfect for the couple who is just starting out. Gift them what they need to make their new home feel complete.
- The Newlywed Cookbook – $35
- If they’re moving into their first house or apartment, they may not have a ton of recipes in their repertoire. Give them a cookbook to help them plan meals and learn new recipes together.
- Blue Apron Subscription – starting at $60
- Speaking of new recipes … Blue Apron will send them the couple just enough groceries for the recipes they hand select. It’s the perfect gift for someone who is busy and wants to try some new styles of cooking.
- 16-piece Porcelain Dinnerware Set – $50
- Of course, they’re going to need something to eat the food on. A porcelain dinnerware set is simple, classic and will last them for years to come.
- Ninja Coffee Brewer – $80
- New house, new marriage, more coffee. A coffee maker is a must-have for any kitchen (given they drink coffee, if not, maybe a nice teapot!).
- A. Henckels International Classic 8-Inch Stainless-Steel Chef’s Knife – $44
- When you’re just starting out and paying off a wedding, spending nearly $50 on a knife seems crazy, but a good chef’s knife will make working in the kitchen so much easier. This one is only $44 on Amazon and reviewed as one of the best chef’s knives by Food and Wine.
Do you have suggestions on what to buy couples for their wedding gifts? Share your ideas in the comment section.
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