Ok, let’s get serious here. The ceremony that lasted the whole day hasn’t really left much strength in your body. If you still can have mind blowing sex, well – good for you, but most couples would probably be too tired for that. That doesn’t mean your wedding night can’t be amazing.
Whether you’re headed on a weekend trip, to the local trail system for a lunch ride or the top of your favorite descent, a good bike rack is crucial. These are the best available now, for any type of vehicle and bike.
14. Plan a surprise getaway. There’s no need to break the bank. Sign up for local deals from sites like Living Social or Groupon and enter “travel” as something of interest to you. Every time there is a travel deal, you’ll get an email. You may have to delete 100 of those emails before the right one comes but give it time and you’ll find a deal you can’t refuse.
“One of our friends bought us the Tacopedia — a.k.a. an encyclopedia of taco recipes. It was funny at first, but it’s slowly become one of our most-used wedding gifts, as we love to cook and (obviously) we love tacos. Would be great paired with a tortilla press and a molcajete.” — Carly Cushnie, designer, Cushnie et Ochs, married February 2017
Not every gift needs to be sexy — these reusable silicone bags are winners of the Red Dot Design Award. Plus, they’re just plain useful. File this into the category of gift you use more than any other gift.
“I’m typically a very calm person, but wedding planning threw me for a loop. I super appreciated the gifts I received that helped me feel my best up until the big day, including this ashwagandha antioxidant powder. A half-teaspoon of powder in hot tea lifted my mood and made my skin glow.” — Stephanie Liu Hjelmeseth, blogger, married November 2016
If you want something traditional that you know your groom will love, then you can’t go far wrong with a watch. If he’s an old-school type, then a pocket watch would be a great choice – particularly if you engrave it with his initials or the date of your wedding. For the more modern groom, a wrist watch is the perfect gift for the morning of the wedding. Attach a note with the time of the ceremony (along the lines of ‘See you at 1pm!’) for a cute personal touch. See some of our favourite wedding day watches here.
Ahead, a comprehensive assortment of gifts that are stylish, thoughtful, and unique. These presents work outside of the holiday season, too—you can give them to your wife on the wedding day, to your loved one at her bridal shower, or to a bride on her birthday. Best of all, we’ve included inspiration in a range of price points to suit various budgets.
“One of the best gifts we received was a Phillips Micro Juicer. It’s smaller than most of the huge masticating juicers out there so we can keep it on our counter, but it’s still powerful and quick. My husband made me an apple, pear, and mint juice yesterday and it was tasty as hell.” — Emily Mlot, certified registered nurse anesthetist, married May 2017
2. A message on the bottom of her shoes. Steal her bridal shoes and use a Sharpie to write something sentimental. It could be a quote, lyrics, a short poem like, “As we walk this journey from beginning to end, I’m glad to have my true love and best friend,” or anything that’ll make her smile. Warning: If your fiancé bought Manolo Blahnik’s, Louboutin’s, or another pair of fabulous designer shoes, permanent marker may not be welcome.
I first heard about Alexa while video chatting with one of my friends last year. All of a sudden she yells out, “Alexa, turn off the lights!” And I thought to myself, “wow, that was a bit rude. Who is this Alexa person that you are yelling at?”
Shop our selection of personalized cufflinks >> 10. Cigars Give him an excuse to sit back and relax before the ceremony—he’ll thank you for it. Make his present even cooler with a personalized, wooden humidor >> 11. Hidden stitches. Stitch something sweet on the back of his necktie or the inside of his shirt collar. A heart, “XO,” or a few words to remind him why you love him.
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For those who want to go the romantic route, a journal filled with love notes and letters is the ultimate wedding day gift. There’s nothing better than being reminded of all the wonderful reasons why you’re getting married in the first place, especially if he happens to be jittery with nerves the morning of. This could be a collection of letters you’ve written over a period of time, or just notes and lists of all the reasons why you love him. This is the type of heartfelt and personal gift that is absolutely priceless.
It doesn’t sound that special, does it, but it looks like there is something really big about it. And if you put a little effort, you can make it even better. Buying new lingerie for your wedding night is implied; the color and style are up to you. And since we’re talking about surprises here – do something to surprise your new husband. It can be anything – from simple champagne and strawberries to naughty sex toys. Whatever is your cup of tea. Make it a night to remember!
Who wouldn’t love to receive a matching set of plush robes as a pampering wedding gift? These babies are made of the finest Turkish cotton with an exterior textured weave, and a comfy terry lining—perfect for newlyweds to wrap themselves in on a lazy Sunday morning.
Avoid the stereotypical ‘Mr & Mrs’ silver frame (which you’re sure to get from an aunt or grandmother anyway!) and instead go for a piece that packs a little more punch. We think these photobooth-style frames are seriously cool – plus, they can double up as wedding reception decor! Just fill them with pictures of you and your h2b, display them in your venue, and then hang them in your home afterwards!
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.
“We received a membership to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where we live,” says Kristina. “Single tickets are expensive, so it’s a great way to see exhibits or even just walk in for one quick thing without feeling guilty.”
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.
“Two and a half years after my wedding, a few of the standout gifts that I still love today and have held up are this olive wood-handled steak-knives set and this beautiful copper tea kettle. All of those are also pretty neutral, so if you’re not feeling something on the person’s registry, they’re a fairly sure bet.” — Amanda Gorski, interior designer, Gimme Shelter Designs, married November 2014
Choosing a poem and reciting it on your wedding day could be really cool. However, if you’re not into this, writing your own vows will do the trick. Don’t try to make them sound pompous; just write down all those little things you love about your husband. Speak truly and from your heart and make sure that your guy hears the vows for the first time on your wedding day.
The wedding night is in most cases not what it used to be. Really a small number of us have sex for the first time on their wedding night. But what has stayed the same, and what will never change is that you will have your first sex like husband and wife.
But then, there are those golden times when it’s all up to you. The couple is blasé about the gifts, couldn’t be bothered with a registry (or it’s all been snapped up, weee!), and doesn’t really need the cash, tbh. (You know—those friends.) Those times when it’s socially sanctioned and actually downright encouraged to get any gift we want? To get daydreaming on the coolest wedding gift ideas on the planet? GET IN, WE’RE GOING SHOPPING.
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A waxed canvas and leather carry-all duffle might just be the wedding gift for a groom you’ve been looking for. This rugged-style, Elk Cove Duffle thoughtfully designed by Will Leather Goods is made of weather-resistant materials and has superb functionality.
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Let’s be honest: Before the wedding, most couples are using mom’s hand-me-down muffin pans. (You know, the ones with the burnt-to-a-crisp surface that you have to coat with an inch of Pam.) This nonstick beauty touts hassle-free food release and a lifetime warranty.
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3. For those of us who are still learning to cook The Newlywed Cookbook ($34.99). Or if you’ve got the cooking thing on lock, fancy hardcover versions of your favorite books anyone? Or maybe fancy cocktails?
Bean Boots have been around for decades, thanks to their impressive durability. He’ll love these if he has to walk to work—they expertly protect from rain and snow. Try this version for extra comfort.
There are a lot of anniversary gift lists out there. Most hit the major milestones with traditional and modern themes. But this is the one and only, official Hallmark wedding anniversary gifts list. It blends tradition with fresh inspiration, and since we think every year is important, there are creative gift ideas for every single anniversary, from the first to the sixtieth. A couple celebrating anniversaries after that can start all over again!
A trendy canvas wine tote with flirty black and gold lettering—made by Kate Spade—is a cute way to package an extra special bottle of bubbly for the bride. Move over groom, this creative wedding gift idea is specifically for her!
I love love love this blog! My fiancé and I were thinking about doing custom gifts that we’d only get to see in person on our honeymoon- on the wedding day we were thinking we’d give each other small hints as to what was going to happen. We love surprises, so it’ll be exciting and fun!
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“This is one of those single-purpose tools that everyone tells you you don’t have space in your kitchen for, but when the single purpose is setting things on fire, you definitely have room. You also have perfectly toasted s’mores on demand.” — Kase Wickman
These beautiful DIY botanical coasters, made with easy-to-use polymer clay and pressed leaves, can pass for a designer-quality houseware gift. This inexpensive wedding gift idea is far from looking cheap and is sure to complement any coffee table.
This soft linen find, in a classic blue and white stripe, will be a favorite for eternity. Beyond the pool or bath, it works as a beach blanket or soft throw. It comes with a matching drawstring tote so it’s easy to take on beach trips or summer vacations. When it gets dirty, just toss it in the washer and dryer.
5. Hidden stitches. Sew something thoughtful on the inside of her dress (anywhere it won’t show). Could be a heart, your wedding date, her new initials, or even a love note. Use blue thread and you’ve also given your bride her ‘something blue!’
This wedding gift idea is ideal for the cocktail connoisseur couple that appreciates striking design. Found on the Mark and Graham website, the bold copper barware piece can be customized with laser-engraved monogramming, making it an outstanding personalized wedding gift idea.
You and your bride will be raking in some serious loot on the wedding day. Naturally, it’s important that you remember those who are also deserving of gifts: the members of your wedding party. From travel to renting tuxedos to planning the bachelor party, they’ve put a lot of time and money into your big day. It’s only appropriate to show your appreciation by thanking them with thoughtful gifts. This guide will walk you through the common etiquette associated with gift-giving for the groom. Remember, you should have all gifts ordered no later than a month before the wedding. The last thing you should be doing on the wedding weekend is running around the mall like a madman.