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Times have changed. Today, many couples choose to move in together before walking down the aisle. But how do you find wedding gifts for couples who have everything already?
Well, rather than needing all new home goods, they’re generally looking to upgrade. Think new cookware, bedding, matching luggage or even money for a downpayment on a house.
Modern traditions and rising housing costs have led more couples to move in together before getting married. In fact, a Pew Research Center Study found that 59% of adults ages 18 to 44 have lived with an unmarried partner at some point in their lives, and 66% of married adults saw living together as a step towards their marriage.
With that said, there’s a good chance you’ll be looking for a unique wedding gift for a couple who already lives together if you have a wedding to attend this year. You can always look to the registry or, of course, give them cash. But if most things have already been purchased or you want to give them something from the heart, you’ll have to get creative.
Upgrades to anything in their home could get kind of expensive. So if you’re looking for cheap wedding gift ideas, go with something more personal like framing their wedding invitation, getting them a gift card to their favorite restaurant or gifting them a set of matching passport holders and luggage tags for the honeymoon.
Need more gift for all price points? Here are a few unique wedding gift ideas for couples who already live together.
1. The Newlywed Table Cookbook, $29.95
A great cookbook can fuel better date nights at home. The Newlywed Table features 100 recipes for classic and modern dishes master. There are recipes for weeknight dinners like spring vegetable curry with rice noodles and recipes for fancier affairs like seafood stew with saffron broth. It’s a great gift for a couple who already lives together and might be stuck in a chicken dinner rut.
If the couple moved in together and combined their cookware, there’s a good chance that it doesn’t match. Upgrade their pots and pans to a high-quality set that will look good on the stove too. Greenpan’s set features recycled stainless steel handles, a recycled aluminum base and a safe nonstick ceramic coating that won’t release toxic fumes, even under high heat (up to 850° F!).
3. Calpak Ambeur 3-Piece Luggage Set, $425 (Orig. $540)
Luggage is a great gift for anyone about to go on a trip, like say, a honeymoon. This Calpak 3-piece set includes three hardside bags: a large, medium and carry-on suitcase. The aluminum set is a timeless style, lightweight and comes with a TSA-accepted lock for keeping any valuables safe.
4. Winc Wine Gift Card, $60+
It’s always a good day when wine shows up in the mailbox. Get the couple a few drinks to celebrate their nuptials by giving them a gift card for Winc. Winc is a wine subscription service that helps customers find the perfect wine for their palate based on a quiz. They can use a gift card for their first box, and either keep the membership or cancel after their first order.
Get the couple a blanket with their new shared initial. BaubleBar, known for making unique jewelry pieces, is now in the business of making custom throw blankets that are as warm as they are stylish. There are a few colors and styles to choose from, including neutral and bold, bright designs. (This one is the smaller throw, but there’s also a larger blanket size for $98.)
6. Getaway Gift Card, $100+
After the wedding, if the couple is waiting to take their honeymoon, give them a night to themselves in a tiny, yet romantic Getaway house in the woods somewhere. Getaway provides nature-filled escapes from major cities across the U.S. and a gift card could push them to finally unplug.
Your friends can make new memories together as a married couple, and take unique pictures along the way with an instant camera. The mini Polaroid-like photos can be collected into a photo album for reminiscing over the years or put into magnetic frames on the fridge.
8. Solo Stove Smokeless Portable Fire Pit, $279 (Orig. $349.99)
Give the couple a low-maintenance bonfire pit to sit around with friends and family. Place four to six logs into the Solo Stove and according to the product description, “strategically placed holes in the double-wall structure draw in air from the bottom and feed the heated oxygen to the top, resulting in a spectacular secondary burn.” It’s nearly smokeless, so they won’t walk away smelling like it. And, there’s very little ash to clean up. Oh yeah, and it’s only 20 pounds, so they can move it if they need to.
9. Emma Bridgewater Mr. & Mrs. Coffee Mugs Set, $69.95
OK, these mugs might be a little corny, but who better to use them besides newlyweds with a new title? If you’re going to get them any Mr. and Mrs. gifts, this Emma Bridgewater mug set includes sweet vows on the inside of the cup and on the back. They’ll be a sweet reminder of their love each and every morning.
10. Let’s Toast Homesick Candle, $34
Homesick makes candles that smell like different cities, memories and celebrations. Get the newly-wedded couple a candle that will remind them of their special day every time they light it. The Let’s Toast candle features cheery notes of mandarin, grapefruit, apple, pineapple and champagne grapes. For an additional $15, you can add a personalized note to the back of the candle.
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