The 61 Coolest Wedding Gift Ideas For 2018

To add to your registry or buy for a friend with no registry

Let’s talk wedding gift ideas. Sure, nine times out of ten, you’re probably popping a check in an envelope with the cutest seriouslysofun card you could find at Papyrus. Or, ordering that thing from that one place (yawn) off the wedding registry and putting all your creative effort into the prettiest gift wrap you can find at Target. Yes, it’s semi-heartbreaking not being able to buy that heart-shaped Le Creuset Dutch oven for your to-be-wed babes. That would be nice, but so is being respectful of your friends’ actual wants and needs.

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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We’re not going totally hog wild here (I left that to the bridal shower gift roundup), so we’re going to try to stick mainly with items to help the couple build up their “new home,” as tradition goes. After all, even if they’ve been living together for a decade, chances are they don’t yet have a pair of ultra-luxe, sleek-AF, Scandi pepper and salt grinders that are basically works of art. Or hand-hammered brass serving spoons. Or a cooking pot with a little piggy for a handle! And they need it, obviously. I’ve also included travel-themed items, because honeymoon! And wanderlusting life together!

And then of course, there are just the Fun and Awesome Wedding Gift Ideas. But a warning: These may not apply well to some, or even most, friends. But if you do have that one couple in your life that actually would appreciate the magic of getting an absurdly expensive duo of action figures that look just like them, trust us, no amount of Farberware is going to top that in their book. You just won the gift-giving game. *high five*

Now, let’s shop. (And if you’re still building your own registry, boy do I have some ideas for you.)

Wedding gift Ideas for the kitchen

Take your friends’ kitchens to the next level with all those things they want to buy but never actually do, AKA blossom bundt pan, designer Smeg appliances, and OMG: Cheese. Vault.

 

wedding gift ideas - a copper bundt pan with petals

Blossom Bundt Pan via Nordicware ($40)

copper pot sitting on marble counter

Vintage Copper Saucepan via Food52 ($550)

white plates - organically shaped

Organically shaped earthenware tableware via Zara Home ($14.90–$17.90)

 

wedding gift ideas - a picnic basket on white filled with plaid towels and dishes

Picnic Time Picnic Basket Set via Amazon ($139.95)

peppers, vegetables and fruits from Chelsea CSA website

A local CSA membership! Like Chelsea CSA in New York City, which runs ($17–$24 per week)

walnut and metal compost bin with vegetables inside on counter

Walnut Compost Bin via Food52 ($175)

Colorful kettle on white

Smeg Dolce & Gabbana kettle via Neiman Marcus ($600)

Green toaster on wooden counter by window

Smeg Vintage Chrome Toaster via Crate and Barrel ($149.99)

cast iron and wood dish on white

Scandinavian Cast-Iron Casserole Dish via MoMA Design Store ($295)

maroon cast iron pot with lid and pig handle

Cast-Iron Cocotte via Sur La Table ($319.95)

Marbled blue baking dishes on marble countertop

Enamel marbled baking dishes via Amara ($26–$49)

Person sauteing eggs on stove with wooden tools

Wooden Sauté Utensils via Earlywood Designs ($35)

copper stand mixxer on counter next to plant and wooden board

Copper Kitchenaid Stand Mixer via Zola ($379.99)

Glass tea pot with green tea inside

Glass Tea Pot via Amazon ($59.95)

Five colorful tea towels on yellow background with leaf

Cultivate Hawaii Tea Towels via Owens & Co. ($18)

two cheese vaults with cheese on marble counter next to cutting board with veggies

Cheese vault via Food52

purple casserole dish that is flower shaped on white

Lavender Provence Le Creset Casserole via Saks Fifth Avenue ($200)

raw edged wooden knife rack on wall with knives

Raw Edged Wooden Magnetic Knife Rack via Etsy ($140)

Espresso machine with milk bottle on white

Luxe DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Machine via Best Buy ($595)

 

Wedding gift Ideas for the HOME

Your friends are married, so why would you let them continue existence with a buffet that isn’t a carved woodland creature, or sans diffuser spouting NYC fashion folks’ fragrance du jour, Le Labo Santal 26? I mean, don’t you love them? (Price points, um, vary.)

Carved buffet with deer image in a pink room

Animal Carved Buffet via Anthropologie ($2,998)

 

Illustration of couple with blue flowers in a frame

Custom Illustrated Portrait Art via Rifle Paper Co. ($350)

colorful salt and pepper grinders on marble counter

Salt and Pepper Bottle Grinder set via Food52 ($75–$140)

gold fork, knife and spoons on white

Gold Flatware via H&M ($9.99–$12.99)

Round shag rug on grey floor with leather chair

Lush Shag Rug via CB2 ($699–$1,199)

brass tea set on tray on white

Brass tea set via Third Drawer Down ($92.39–$250.22)

Pillows and a sheet in navy blue sateen on white

Sateen Sheet Set via Parachute ($109–$149)

wooden diffuser on grey

Le Labo Santal 26 Diffuser via Le Labo ($590)

Three plants in brass stands on wood floor in grey room

Metallic Plant Stand via Anthropologie ($48—$98)

Glasses with pressed flowers sitting on table in front of curtains

Pressed Flower Tumblers via Urban Outfitters ($16)

Bamboo bluetooth speakers on white

Bamboo Bluetooth Speakers via Amazon ($199.99)

brass serving utensil pair on grey counter

Forged Brass Serving Set via Terrain ($128)

Framed map of constellations

Custom Constellation Map via Craft Oak ($60)

Framed map of London leaning against wall on table

Custom City Map via Craft Oak ($60)

leather coasters stamped with pineapples on colorful table

Leather Andrew Mau Pineapple Coasters via Owens & Co. ($56)

Carafe and two cups in front of white

HAY Gold Dot Glass Carafe via Amara ($42)

metal, wood and leather bar cart next to chair in elegant room

Metal, Wood, and Leather Bar Cart via Target ($119.99)

Vintage NASA posters on white with orange shades

Limited edition NASA posters via Best Made Co. ($78–$228)

FLoral rug on floor with chairs

Wicklow rug via Anthropologie ($298–$498)

Bed in tan room with watercolor sheets and duvet

Watercolor Duvet Cover Set via Crisp Sheets ($86.19)

cheese and grapes on carved board on cloth on stone counter

Carved Teak Serving Board via Terrain ($78)

framed rothko print with navy and pink shades

Framed untitled Rothko print via MoMA Design Store ($200)

grey coupe glass on grey counter in front of white brick wall

Smoke Grey Coupe Cocktail Glass via CB2 ($4.95)

TRAVEL-THEMED WEDDING GIFTS

Honeymoons are only the beginning of a life of destination-hopping (hopefully), so they’ll definitely need a set of swank luggage + all the travel tips. Here are our best wedding gift ideas for the traveler (or aspiring globetrotter) in your life.

piles of metallic luggage sitting on a shadowy table

The Alchemist Metallic Luggage via Steamline Luggage ($230–$630)

sitting man in brown pants charging phone on rolling luggage

Aluminum Carry-On Luggage with Battery via Away ($495)

NY Times' 36 Hours in Europe book on white

The New York Times’ 36 Hours: Europe via The New York Times Store ($39.99)

Ny Times 36 Hours in US and Canada book on white

The New York Times’ 36 Hours: USA & Canada via Taschen ($40)

 

rose colored luggage set sitting in entryway on brown tile

Pearl Rose Rimowa Luggage via Neiman Marcus ($545)

Treats as wedding gifts

It’s always a good time for treats, but weddings call for a very special brand of them, like panettone from America’s resident panettone master or, the obvious: 100 oysters. (Imagine your friend’s face when they get this gift and try not to immediately rush out and order them.)

Panettone on white

Chocolate Hazelnut Panettone via From Roy ($50)

Wooden crate filled with bottles, papers and limes

Moscow Mule Gift Crate via Olive and Cocoa ($98)

Marshmallows with champagne cork and gold marshmallows box

Gold Champagne Marshmallows via Wondermade ($24)

Olive oil can, bottle, bag and funnel on counter

Adopt an Olive Tree Gift Box and Subscription via Food52

bowls of many colored pickles on counter

Olympia Provisions Pickle of the Month Club via Food52 ($195)

Pile of oysters on marble counter

100 Island Creek Oysters via Food52 ($150)

OTHER WEDDING GIFT Ideas

Hi, fellow weirdos and eccentric-gift-givers: Welcome to your section of wedding gift ideas! Where we have custom-made perfume, online photography classes from Annie Leibovitz and, well, backgammon. (Yes!)

Perfume bottles scattered on table

Custom Fragrance via Waft ($79–$99)

Photo of Annie Leibovitz behind a camera

A Class from Masters like Annie Leibovitz via Masterclass ($90–$160)

Man in black leather jacket and woman in red leather jacket in front of leaves

His and Hers Matching Leather Jackets! via Wilsons Leather ($80–$695)

Highland Titles logo with gold and maroon

Title of Scottish Laird, Lord, or Lady and a Mini Plot in Scotland via Highland Titles ($46–$770)

colorful backgammon set on white

Colorful Backgammon Set via MoMA Design Store ($89)

Yellow cover of Love Letters of Great Men book

Love Letters of Great Men via Amazon ($29.95)

flat note and business card with custom illustration

Custom Illustrated Stationery via Rifle Paper Co. ($85–$280)

Action figures of various size on counter

Custom Action Figure Doll via That’s My Face ($79)

What’s the best wedding gift you received? And if you’re in a situation where you can buy off registry, what’s your favorite wedding gift idea?

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