It’s that season of the year again, the season of summer weddings. A season when you have your eyes peeled for just the nicect gift; one gift that hits that sweet spot of fun and definitely not cheesy, practical although quite not ordinary, showy but quite not precious. To assist you in finding the exact wedding present that is off the wedding registry, we asked a few dozen newly(ish) weds about the best gifts they received, from the wearable napping bag pack to the rarest on this world Japanese knife set. And for those that are getting married and want to put up a registry of your own, Amazon makes sure the procedure is very seamless.
Kelly Jess, a health-care director who got married in October 2015, recalls how her aunt surprised her with a pair of toasting flutes at her bridal shower. It didn’t even occur to her to add them to her registry. She was able to use them on her wedding day, one-month anniversary and even her one-year anniversary.
Another newlywed Levine Lauren talks about the robe she received. According to her, she wears it everywhere; at home, to the farmer’s market or the beach.
An editor who got married in July 2014, Wickman Kase tells us about the “game-changing” programmable coffee maker she received. It saves her the stress of having to wait for her coffee to brew in the morning and not to mention the endearing Kate Spade initial mugs that were sent with the coffee maker.
Caswell Jenna, a PR account executive about to get married received this vacuum cleaning which she included in her registry. She says that this was the only gift she was looking forward to as it would be a great replacement for her dated and heavy vacuum cleaner which she had to lug around her house. With the Dylan Ball vacuum, she could easily clean up with no hassle.
Ray Jess, a yoga instructor who got married in June 2017 thinks that having an astrologer who you and your partner can visit and get a “Relationship Reading” is the best present to give someone. The astrologer reviews the astrological charts showing both you and your partner and enlightens you on what aspects of yourselves are compatible and what parts you would need to do something about while together being partners. According to her, the book is enriching alternative for those that don’t possess a great astrologer in their area.
Kim Claire, an English professor who got married in June 2017, and didn’t have a bridal shower nor a bachelorette party believes indulging in a professional turntable would be nice. She fantasizes about having this turntable blasting in her newly bought fixer-upper while dancing the night away with her partner.
Wickman Kase believes this tool is a must-have in any kitchen. Although it serves a single purpose and takes up space, you won’t regret this decision when you can make perfectly toasted s’mores on demand.
Publicist Madeleine Fawcett, married in March 2015 suggests a set of artist towels from the Art Production Fund. These wonderful towels are made by artists like Brown Cecily and Julian Schnabel.
A wedding gift that stands out is this small marble frame. According to account manager Alexandra Chapman who is about to get married, this frame looks like the fanciest item in her apartment although it’s acrylic.
The owner of Flour Shop, Kassem Amirah who got married in 2017 is a huge fan of this ice cream maker, she owns one herself and a more old-school version and is completely in love with both. She also uses her ice cream maker to produce dairy-free sorbets and Icees. The end product is always to die for.
Anything monogrammed is always a hit with couples. According to King Rachel, she has been giving out engraved serving trays or cutting boards with the groom’s surname and the wedding year for over a decade and she hasn’t gone wrong yet.
No one really buys themselves big, super soft towels, according to Collins Jamie who got married in April 2017. Her personal favorites are white towels as they work for just about any room and can be bleached, not to mention the feeling you get from wrapping yourself in any one of these.
The general manager of Camp David, Madeline Rudin who’s about to get married, says she needs stationery to write her “Thank you” notes and would love this pen as a wedding gift. Aside from the fact that the pen is stunning, it also has great weight and stroke to keep her penmanship flawless.
Sabellico Alexandra loves this sous-vide which she got off her registry. According to her, it is a must-have for any couple’s home in the city.
Jamie Collins is head over heels in love with this blanket. She says ever since she received it, it has barely left her couch with everyone from her husband to their cat always utilizing it.
Publicist Conlon-Pavelchak Jenifer who got married in May 2017 first came across this mat in a SoulCycle bathroom. She uses it for the shower; she loves it because it does not require continuous washing and does not get moldy in small New York City bathrooms. The fact that it pretty much goes with any décor is a bonus.
Hale Lee Jesse who got married in June 2014 jokes about how she and her husband were both living like college students before their wedding. They were cooking with a condemned frying pan that had to be held with a plier as the handle had fallen off. After they started using the Mauviel pots and pans, it was as if they had instantaneously turned to professional chefs.
Physician assistant, Ramirez Snizek Laura who got married in June 2014 reminisces about her stay in Japan as she used her rice cooker daily while living over there. She loves how this rice cooker plays a kind of melody when it begins and stops and the fact that it just produces the perfect rice 10 times out of 10. It is also convenient for those that cook various types of rice (sushi, brown, white) because it can be caliberated at different levels for them.
Collin Jamie’s favorite kitchen utensils are for sure these silicone tongs. She says she uses them almost every time she cooks.
Ramirez Snizek Laura can’t get enough of this hammock. According to her, she didn’t know she wanted one until she got it as a wedding gift. It is portable, easy to set up and not to mention, super comfortable. She loves how setting up the hammock can transform her day; to her, it is the “gift that keeps on giving”.
An attorney, Michelle Rego who got married in January 2015, thinks that getting a gift off of her registry is preferable to getting one that isn’t. She says that she took a lot of time to pick out what was on her registry so she definitely needed or a least wanted them. These old fashioned glasses are so cool looking and very durable according to her.
Married blogger, Hjelmeseth Liu Stephanie talks about how planning a wedding can turn anyone into a raging monster. She says she appreciated gifts like this ashwagandha antioxidant powder that helped her feel her best up until her wedding day. She especially likes this one because it helped lift her mood and made her skin glow.
Hale Lee Jesse never really knew the value of having good knives in her home until she got these knives. She is now finally able to cut tomatoes in her home that aren’t completely squished on one side.
Maffei Muir Heather, a director at Real Simple beauty who got married in October 2016 thinks the honeymoon bag pack is really a great gift. A tote such as the one in Mar Y Sol is very useful as it can be filled with items like beach overalls, sunglasses, a beach towel, or lingerie. It is a great gift for a bride that already has too much to plan for.
Ramirez Snizek Laura can’t imagine her life without one of these. She uses it every day. She loves how it is made of glass so you can see what’s going on and that it heats up quickly. Another “silly” reason for buying this kettle according to her is because she finds the sound calming.
Years into her marriage and Gorski Amanda, an interior designer at Gimme Shelter Designs is still in love with this copper tea kettle which has held up quite well over the years. It is also a safe bet if you aren’t really into purchasing anything on the person’s registry.
Rego Michelle appreciates having to grind fresh pepper or salt to grind in her kitchen so having a set just like this one is amazing to her. She also loves that they reflect the modern style and chic also. She also mentions how it’s a great wedding gift in that it’s not something she would spend her money on.
Sometimes something simple is the way to go. Another item that withstood the test of time are these olive wood-handled steak knives according to Gorski Amanda.
Anger Stephanie a Krupp publicist says this set of cookware is great due to the fact that it can be used on stoves and even in the oven.
Dr. Zuckerman Joshua, M.D., a plastic surgeon who got married in July 2016 was easily frustrated by his old set of knives. As a surgeon who deals with sharp instruments, he needed the apparatus in his kitchen to be in the same condition as the ones at work. With the Shun knives, he has been able to cut just about anything with precision. He says the knives are almost as sharp as his surgical instruments, they maintain their sharpness and can easily be re-sharpened. The set comes with various knives suitable for specific tasks.
Waks Hilary, PR account supervisor, got married in August 2012 thinks the soda machine that comes with either glass or plastic (BPA-free) bottles makes better drinks than LaCroix.
Stylist, Tasha Green Spice who got married in October 2015, received a lot of art for her wedding but the one that stood out to her was this pink neon heart. It emanates a warm glow similar to that of the red light district.
Rosenblit Rachel, a writer who got married in March 2014 acquired a range of such acrylic frames coming in many sizes. All forms of pictures work, from goofy Polaroids to vintage prints, this frame can make anything look cool. In as much as the edges of the frame are borderless, pictures and images aren’t just supposed to fit perfectly but will still have the stylish look — they look more like they are floating — and with strong, infallible magnets, photo switch-outs are easy. No matter their position they will definitely fit in with any décor.
Married photo director, Shome Michael and his husband, Justin are in love with this Ninja blender they received because of how utilitarian the gift is. He believes there’s no better wedding gift than one you use every day.
Velasco Cristobal, a designer who got married in March 2017 notes this wearable sleeping bag as one of the coolest gifts he and his partner received. This item is perfect for couples that enjoy camping and although unconventional, can be worn around the house.
Fawcett Madeleine describes a set of customized stationery from Happy Menocal as one of her favorite gifts. You can also buy postcards from Happy Menocal online.
Publicist Meredith Bichsel, got married in June of 2013 can’t seem to do without salt and this small bowl is actually the perfect item to keep right on top of the counter and fill with salt according to her.
Kelly Yeung, a physician about to get married mentions her latest favorite thing as this vacuum. It gets the job done and there’s just something fulfilling about seeing it move around according to her. In her words, it’s like a dog you can switch off.
Dr. Zuckerman Joshua realized how useful this Nest Cam really is, although it wasn’t on his registry, he got it as a present on his wedding and loves it. He uses it to check on his dog that is always restless especially when he’s left alone. According to him, it’s a smooth way to tend to his dog to find out if he’s stressed out and come home earlier than normal if need be.
Although it seems like an old style of wedding gift-giving, a piece of rolling luggage is a great way to “travel like a grown-up” according to Waks Hilary.
A designer at Cushnie et Ochs who got married in February 2017, Cushine Carly received the Tacopedia which is an encyclopedia of taco recipes as one of her wedding gifts. Initially, the gesture seemed hilarious but over time it became one of her most-used wedding gifts. A great pairing would be with a tortilla press and a molacajete.
Certified registered nurse anesthetist, Mlot Emily who got married in May 2017 had a lot to say about the Philips Micro Juicer. According to her, it was one of the best gifts she and her husband received. It is smaller than most of the enormous masticating juicers we see nowadays so it can easily be kept on a counter, but it is still powerful and fast according to her.