20 Great Wedding Gift Ideas
Looking for something truly impressive and unique for a soon-to-be-married pair? We combed through the inventories of our favorite retailers to find gifts that are heartfelt and creative but also useful. Some of these gifts are things they never knew they wanted, and others are luxuries they've always wished for. Help them start their life together on a happy note with a gift they'll treasure forever—plus, learn how to wrap it perfectly.
Le Creuset Ombre Round Dutch Oven
Beloved cookware brand Le Creuset is famous for its iconic cast iron cookware, and the company most recently launched an Ombre line This round Dutch oven in Ombre blue is a one-pot wonder—not only will it make meal prep a breeze, but it will also makes a major style statement in their kitchen. Form plus function at its finest.
To buy: $310 (4 1/2 quarts) or $380 (7 1/4 quarts), lecreuset.com.
Booklinen Hammam Towel
The newlyweds might have registered for their share of bedding and bath towels, so gift this on-trend Turkish towel from one of our favorite linens brands, Brooklinen. It's made of super soft long-staple Turkish cotton and is extremely absorbent. Plus, it doubles as a beach blanket, so don't be surprised if it makes its Instagram debut during their honeymoon.
To buy: $65, brooklinen.com.
Monogrammed Organic Spa Robes
The lovebirds can take comfort in the fact that these cozy his-and-hers robes, with three-letter monograms, are made of 100% organic cotton. The generous three-quarter length and shawl collar adds that extra bit of luxury.
To buy: $119, potterybarn.com.
Covered Nesting Bowls
Hand-glazed, heirloom-quality nesting bowls to dress up dinners. Each has a lid that doubles as a trivet. The covered ceramic bowls can also be used to easily transport dishes to potlucks or dinner parties and keep leftovers fresh. Bonus: The bowls can be stacked for convenient storage in small kitchens.
To buy: From $65 (medium bowl), food52.com.
Oysteria Half Dozen Oyster Plate
Now that the world is their oyster, why should the newlyweds’ tableware be any different? This glossy ceramic show piece, handcrafted in New Orleans, is designed for serving shellfish, of course—but its distinctive style makes it suitable for display, too. It’s oven-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe, too—but please note that pearls are not included!
To buy: For a similar product: $112, food52.com.
Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill
They’ll get fired up about this outdoor tabletop tool that puts the grilling in their hands—literally. It’s perfect for the couple who enjoys camping trips and picnics. The portable charcoal grill has two adjustable heights to control cooking speed. And since it's made of durable cast iron, this piece will be used for years to come.
To buy: $86, amazon.com.
Help the happy couple travel in style—for richer, for poorer, in sea sickness or in health. These sturdy canvas bags are handy for the honeymoon but will also—like the marriage, knock on wood—go the distance. Interior pockets help with storage and organization. Available in a variety of colors and patterns.
To buy: Bedford bag, $135; Sister bag, $150, sisterparishdesign.com.
Rosenthal Mini Porcelain Vases
Supersizing? So last year. Rosenthal’s Studio Line vases, known for their quirky, playful shapes, now come in diminutive dimensions (three to four inches high). Displayed alone or in clusters, these petite porcelain vessels marry eccentricity and elegance, and their small size makes a disproportionately big impact.
To buy: $35 each, bloomingdales.com.
Marble Edge Serving Board
Polished mango wood meets white marble, mixing both texture and tone—not to mention form and function—in this rustic, sleek serving board. Forget Marcona almonds and brie: You could serve salted peanuts and string cheese on this thing, and it would probably still impress your mother-in-law.
To buy: $88, shopterrain.com.
Old Dutch Hammered Water Pitcher
Pour on the charm with this hammered stainless steel pitcher, featuring a sleek copper finish and a brass handle and ice guard, for mess-free serving. It holds 2.25 quarts of liquid—you can even use it as a flower vase when not entertaining guests.
To buy: From $34, amazon.com.
Ernest Chrome Bar Cart
This retro-chic bar cart (think Studio 54 circa 1977) is a portable thirst-quencher and a statement piece all in one. Adding a little glitz and glam to even unexceptional abodes, this shiny chrome cart on wheels, complete with interchangeable mirror and tempered glass shelves, brings new meaning to the term “on a roll.”
To buy: $199, domino.com.
All Clad Perforated Multipot
Whether you’re serving a big batch of pasta or a seafood boil, this eight-quart stainless steel pot—complete with a perforated insert for easy draining—will more than take the heat. (It can be used for canning fruits and vegetables, too.) Add the couple’s new monogram for an extra special touch.
To buy: $150, williams-sonoma.com.
Square Lacquer Tray in Gold
Whether this versatile wooden tray is used to serve drinks or corral magazines and other accents on a coffee table, it’s a glamorous addition to any space. Add a monogram or name on the tray for a small fee to personalize this gift.
To buy: $34, westelm.com.
Cook's Books Set
Five classic cookbooks (Joy of Cooking, James Beard’s American Cookery, The Essential New York Times Cookbook, How to Cook Everything, and Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook) meet high style in this shelf arrangement that’s so striking, the new couple won’t even feel guilty if they never use the books.
To buy: $250, ahalife.com.
The coffee-loving couple’s daily wake-up call, this six-month subscription brings freshly roasted beans from San Franciscos’s Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters to the newlyweds’ doorstep every month. (The company picks its favorite brews month to month.) Available in filter and espresso roasts, the beans will make “the daily grind” something to look forward to.
To buy: $126, wreckingballcoffee.com.
Joey Roth Speakers
A widely acclaimed mix of high style and high-fidelity, these ceramic, wood, and cork speakers sound as good as they look. No, they’re not cheap, but neither are the materials or the technology. More than that: haute decor has never sounded so good. The price includes speakers, amplifiers, and all necessary cables.
To buy: $550, ahalife.com.
Brooklyn Slate Cheese Board
Say “cheese!” Or write it, anyway. The slate cheese board (available in red or black) comes with a maple knife (hand-carved in Vermont) and a soapstone pencil, so that you can identify the cheeses you’re serving by writing their names directly on the board. The board is padded with cork on the base to avoid scratching surfaces.
To buy: $56, food52.com.
Japanese Brass Trivet
This brass trivet does double duty: it protects surfaces from hot dishes, but it’s also a beautiful décor piece, so it can be left out on display on a kitchen counter or dining table. It’s an investment piece, too—over time it will develop a deep patina, giving it an antique or vintage look.
To buy: $79, objectsofuse.com.
Glass Cloche Terrarium
If the groom has a green thumb and the bride has a sweet tooth, this glass cloche with a matching stand is two gifts in one: It can be used as both a terrarium and to display cakes and pastries. Either way they use it, it will look elegant on a tabletop. Plants (and cakes) are not included.
To buy: $76, amazon.com.
Related: How to Perfectly Wrap a Gift
Are you one of those people who finds the perfect gift but can’t get the wrapping right? Follow the easy method in this video, which will teach you how to wrap a present like a pro. Don’t forget to embellish with decorative items, such as a pretty piece of ribbon or a few bows!