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The Coolest Wedding Gift Ideas of 2019

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.

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)

This pan takes the idea of a plain bundt cake and makes it 1,000% more beautiful and seductive. That’s right. I said a seductive bundt cake. 

 

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

Picnic Time Picnic Basket Set via Amazon ($139.95)

Planning the perfect picnic? Go all out and bring along the perfect picnic basket set. Stand out in a sea of sub par picnic basket. 

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)

CSA deliveries are like a present full of vegetable and fruit surprises delivered to your home. Weekly. For a great rate.  

walnut and metal compost bin with vegetables inside on counter

Walnut Compost Bin via Food52 ($175)

You may think you need a compost bin, but have you ever seen a compost bin that looks this beautiful? Probably not. Okay, definitely not.

Colorful kettle on white

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

Give me a B! Give me an ‘eautiful’! Because that’s how you describe this artful kettle from SMEG.

Green toaster on wooden counter by window

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

Sometimes you don’t want your toaster to be able to cook an entire roast chicken and bacon at the same time. Sometimes you want your toaster to just make damn good toast. 

 

maroon cast iron pot with lid and pig handle

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

There are people that say you don’t need a cast iron cocotte by Staub. Those people have never owned and used a cast iron cocotte by Staub.

Person sauteing eggs on stove with wooden tools

Wooden Sauté Utensils via Earlywood Designs ($35)

Make your regular wooden utensils of these new wooden saute utensils. Shhh, they’re not only minimalist and utilitarian, they’re also elegantly modern.

Glass tea pot with green tea inside

Glass Tea Pot via Amazon ($59.95)

Stop messing around with those single serving tea diffusers. Go big time and get yourself an entire pitcher tea diffuser. 

Five colorful tea towels on yellow background with leaf

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

Move away from the staid floral prints on your tea towels. Get these and fill your kitchen with gnarly colorful radness.

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

Cheese vault via Food52

Good cheese is a national treasure no matter which nation you’re talking about. They need to be adored, protected, and eaten. Get several of these cheese vaults and you can make little cemetery of cheeses. Trust me it’s a thing.

purple casserole dish that is flower shaped on white

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

Plain round shape cocottes have nothing on this flower shaped one. ALSO, it’s purple. 

Espresso machine with milk bottle on white

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

You NEED an espresso machine for your home, and your office, and probably your car. Go ahead, buy three of these. 

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)

If I had one of these in my house I would name the deer Horace and every morning I would tell Horace that he is a good boy, and then thank him for holding up that end of the buffet.

Illustration of couple with blue flowers in a frame

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

You can have these prints from Rifle Paper Co. customized with your names or the names of other people if you’d like. Or even the names of your pets. They probably deserve this more than you anyway.

colorful salt and pepper grinders on marble counter

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

Stop using those one-time temporary non-refillable salt & pepper grinders from the grocery store. Elevate your salt & pepper grinding to an art like the nouveau modern adult that you are. 

 

brass tea set on tray on white

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

If it’s good enough for Gatsby then it’s for sure good enough for you right? I’m not saying Gatsby used a brass tea set but if he did it could’ve looked like this one.

Pillows and a sheet in navy blue sateen on white

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

I know you’ve been tempted by those cheap-o t-shirt fabric sheet sets in the past. They feel so soft and comfortable. Don’t believe it! You don’t want cheap-o bedding, you want luxurious bedding!

 

 

Bamboo bluetooth speakers on white

Bamboo Bluetooth Speakers via Amazon ($199.99)

Did you know that Bamboo actually makes music sound so much better? I don’t know about that either but these speakers are probably more elegant than the rubber and plastic ones you were considering.

brass serving utensil pair on grey counter

Forged Brass Serving Set via Terrain ($128)

You may not think that having a forged brass serving set will be the catalyst to a life time of fabulous parties. But maybe you need to reset your thinking.

Framed map of constellations

Custom Constellation Map via Craft Oak ($60)

Remember when you were a kid and you wanted those glow in the dark star stickers to put on your ceiling? Well this is the adult version of that.

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

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

Sure you might have all of the essential ‘bar tools’ to make those very special cocktails from that book you own. But if you don’t have a bar cart, can you even say you’re serious about making drinks?

framed rothko print with navy and pink shades

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

It’s not just black and white clouds on a pink sky. It’s art and you love it and want it.

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

Smoke Grey Coupe Cocktail Glass via CB2 ($4.95)

You want a martini glass that looks like a martini glass and is a BIG martini glass. Like this one. 

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)

This is not just for steampunk or anachronism enthusiasts. This is also for you because you like belts, and buckles, and old (looking) things. 

sitting man in brown pants charging phone on rolling luggage

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

Some people don’t like suitcases that double as a battery charger for your phone. Some people don’t like suitcases that are useful and nearly indestructible. You are not those people. 

Ny Times 36 Hours in US and Canada book on white

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

There are 150 weekend trip itineraries in this book and even if you only complete 56 of them, you won’t regret it. 

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.)

Wooden crate filled with bottles, papers and limes

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

If you’re running low on Moscow Mule supplies than you definitely want to get this gift crate to restock, replenish, and start drinking again.

Marshmallows with champagne cork and gold marshmallows box

Gold Champagne Marshmallows via Wondermade ($24)

The USDA doesn’t think that gold is an appropriate part of the food pyramid, but what do they know about our basic needs as human beings?

Olive oil can, bottle, bag and funnel on counter

Adopt an Olive Tree Gift Box and Subscription via Food52

I think once you adopt an olive tree, you can officially add Olive Oil Vineyard owner to your list of job titles.

bowls of many colored pickles on counter

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

Don’t think about all of the tiny little bowls and plates you’ll need to buy, think about all of the great and varied pickled foods you’ll get to eat.

Pile of oysters on marble counter

100 Island Creek Oysters via Food52 ($150)

Living by the ocean has it’s benefits. But now you don’t need to live by the ocean to eat fresh oysters tomorrrow.

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)

Custom fragrances used to be the only way to go. Everything was custom and nothing was mass produced by machines that one day will rule the world. Go back to those days when machines didn’t rule the world and order a custom fragrance. 

Photo of Annie Leibovitz behind a camera

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

Learn how to finally use your camera to make artful masterpieces like the ones that Annie Leibovitz has been making for 50 years. Yeah, you’ll be able to do all that and more. Probably.

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)

You can be matchy-matchy if you want but these matching jackets will also allow you to be matchy-not-cheesy.

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)

We all want to be royalty and now you can finally BE royalty. 

colorful backgammon set on white

Colorful Backgammon Set via MoMA Design Store ($89)

Forget chess, backgammon is the game of kings and strategy. Now it’s also the most colorful game of kings and strategy.

Yellow cover of Love Letters of Great Men book

Love Letters of Great Men via Amazon ($29.95)

We all know that you can send emojis and they have the same impact as any words you could ever write. Right? Of course not. 

flat note and business card with custom illustration

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

Don’t just settle for the stock stationary from the bargain bin at the big box retail store. This is your name, and your business, and you deserve the best.

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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