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Thoughtful Gift Ideas for the Bride or Groom

Whether you're searching for an off-the-registry present for an engaged friend or relative, or you're tying the knot and want to treat your spouse, we've compiled some of our favorite gifting suggestions for aisle-bound couples. Ready, set, I do!

By: Stefania Sainato

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  • Custom-Etched Bottle of Champagne

    Custom-Etched Bottle of Champagne

    Pop the champagne — it’s time to celebrate! Go for the gusto with Dom Perignon Vintage 2006 Champagne ($200) emblazoned with the bride and groom’s names and the wedding date. You don’t have to be an oenophile to appreciate this spirit's bold flavor, which contains irresistible notes of citrus, honey, and brioche. Cheers to that; we’ll have another glass, please.

  • Sparkling Wine

    Sparkling Wine

    On the more affordable end of the drinks spectrum is light and refreshing sparkling wine, and the new limited-edition Speak Wines x Thimblepress Trio ($25 per bottle) features festive labels that are practically synonymous with proposal season. Choose from fun sayings such as "Cheers, cheers, cheers," "Sparkle and shine, it's party time," and "Tonight's the night." 

  • Wine Tote

    Wine Tote

    At just $19.95, the Miss to Mrs. Wine Tote by Kate Spade New York is an irresistible add-on to a beverage gift. We can't think of a sweeter way to celebrate the bride's new relationship status.

  • Engaged Tote

    Engaged Tote

    Your favorite couple put a ring on it, and you couldn't be more ecstatic. Help them jumpstart the planning process with a Bridal Guide subscription ($9.99 for six issues) presented in this cheeky Canvas Tote Bag ($12.99). Later on, they can use it to schlep folders and paperwork from vendor meetings, toss in business cards from wedding expos, or even pack their emergency kit and other extras on the big day.

  • Planner

    Planner

    Getting engaged is just the beginning of what will be an incredible journey together. The bride will love the sentiment behind this "Best is Yet to Come" 2017 Planner from Horacio Printing, which serves as a joyful reminder even during planning-induced headaches. It comes with pockets, a snap-in bookmark, and an elastic strap to keep it all together. Ten percent of all proceeds go towards A21, a non-profit that is fighting human trafficking globally.

  • Border-Free Frame

    Border-Free Frame

    Transform the couple's favorite photo into a striking piece of contemporary wall art with the MPIX Modern Metals Print (starting at $24.99). It's printed on a 1/16" aluminum sheet with a glossy finish and vivid colors, making it look ten times more expensive than it is. Both grooms and brides alike will appreciate the sleek design, and it's easy to hang and store thanks to its featherlight weight.

  • Photo Book

    Photo Book

    Traditional photo books are an incredibly thoughtful present, but they can take a significant amount of time to put together. Nowvel ($10 - $60) removes all of the annoyance and guesswork out of creating a gorgeous, premium album by automatically analyzing photos and grouping the ones that belong together into collages. You can upload images from social platforms like Instagram or directly from your device, and their web tool is accessible both online and via their iPhone app. Best of all, the photo books lay flat, are printed on a thick matte paper stock, and they're fade, tear, and spill-proof. All users start with at least $10 in virtual coins, so the "brag book" size is always free, and all other books are at least $10 off.

  • Cleaning or Other Home Service

    Cleaning or Other Home Service

    Lighten the newlyweds' chore load and give them the gift of spending more quality time together with Handy. This platform connects couples with cleaners, handymen, plumbers, and other home service experts. Book a one-off cleaning (cleaning services start from an average of $35 per hour) or sign them up for a monthly cleaning plan. You can also book a pro to lend a hand with furniture assembly, painting, and other home improvement projects (handyman prices start from $45 per hour). Handy is currently available in 15 states, and prices are all-inclusive of tips and fees.

  • Cooking Class

    Cooking Class

    A pro cooking class where they can learn some new skills together and enjoy a romantic date night out is an experiential gift they'll never forget. The Cozymeal platform connects couples to top local chefs in their area, and their courses range from $65 to $95, on average. Fun offerings include "Italian Comfort Dinner," "A Night in Spain," "The Art of Sushi Making," "Pizza Making for Two," and more. The service is currently available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington DC, Seattle, and Boston, but they plan on expanding to additional cities in 2017.

  • Lingerie

    Lingerie

    Searching for lingerie that's sexy without A) costing a fortune and B) making Grandma fall over her chair at the bridal shower? Commando's Love + Lust Inset Slip ($118) strikes the perfect ooh-la-la balance, with ethereal lace cups, smoothing European microfiber, and adjustable straps. We're partial to the white for obvious reasons, but it also comes in black and ruby red.

  • Pajamas

    Pajamas

    Scrimping for the wedding is the number-one priority right now, so most brides don't have extra cash to burn on little luxuries for themselves. She'll appreciate lounging in the Colette Pajama Set by Blush Lingerie ($98), with its comfy fit and stylish design (no more answering the door in ratty sweats for fear of looking frumpy!). It also comes in a beautiful box.

  • Custom Cutting Board

    Custom Cutting Board

    What do you get the newlyweds who already have everything they need for their home? Consider gifting a Richwood Creations Custom Cutting Board from Afcra ($48) inscribed with their family name and established date. They’ll think of you every time they prep a meal, and it can even be used as a serving piece for festive gatherings. Available in maple or cherry wood, you'll want to pick up a second one for yourself.

  • Glasses

    Glasses

    Fact: Newlyweds can never have too much glassware. One of our favorite discoveries is this Double Old-Fashioned Set of Four Glasses from World Market ($24.99), which is glamorous enough for guests to sip stylishly at parties but can also be used as everyday drinking glasses. Thanks to their fancy gold lettering, you can even display them out in the open on a styled bar cart.

  • Video Camera

    Video Camera

    Your honeymoon will hopefully be the first of many adventures together. Capture magical moments like ziplining, visiting iconic museums, going on a safari tour, snorkeling, or just grabbing fruity cocktails by the pool (we won't judge) with the new GoPro HERO5 ($399.99). Dirt, sand, water, and snow are no match for this recording powerhouse, which is designed to withstand even the most action-packed activities and delivers professional-looking video and photography footage every time. The HERO5 model has great new features like auto-uploading footage to the cloud, advanced wind noise reduction, voice control commands, and more. Plus, you can preview and play back your shots, change settings, and trim your footage.

  • Scratch-Off Map

    Scratch-Off Map

    The Scratch Your Travels World Map ($29.99) by Etsy seller Kuulys is an inspiring way to show off all of the places that the newlyweds visit around the world. As they cross items off their bucket list, they use a coin to scratch off the foil of that particular destination, revealing bright watercolors beneath. The map fits any 30" x 20" size frame.

  • Passport Holder

    Passport Holder

    After months of hard work planning the wedding, it's finally time for the couple to get the relaxation they deserve on their honeymoon. Send the bride packing in high style with this pink Ban.do Passport Holder ($24), which is a great add-on to a luggage registry gift. Its metallic interior features room for three different card slots, ensuring she won't accidentally misplace her forms of ID. It'll give her the warm-and-fuzzies and make her think of you on every future trip, too.

  • Music Box

    Music Box

    Stumped about what to get the couple who already has everything? A one-of-a-kind home décor piece like this charming handmade Wedding Cake Wooden Music Box ($39.95) is just the ticket. The top layer of the cake spins while Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" plays.

  • Timepiece with a Special Note

    Timepiece with a Special Note

    You're both eagerly counting down until the big day; heighten the anticipation by giving your groom a classic watch that he'll wear forever. Include a funny note that now he has no excuse to be late to the ceremony...or for the rest of his life!

    Photo Credit: Leoni Bolt Photography

  • Wedding Extras

    Wedding Extras

    No matter what the budget is, financing a wedding is no small feat, so often, the most treasured gifts for soon-to-be newlyweds are practical in nature. Get together with the bridal party or other well-wishers, and pool your resources for a vendor gift card. You could even give them a fun add-on you know they’re dying to have, such as an engagement photo session, a brooch bouquet or a ceremony musician. If you’re crafty, take a DIY project like wedding programs off their plate, and they will be forever grateful.

    Photo Credit: Fresh Look Photography

  • Sentimental Ornament

    Sentimental Ornament

    Add a dose of holiday joy to your favorite couple's Christmas tree or mantel with this Beth Quinn Designs Ornament ($20) that says it all. At under $25, the price point is just as sweet as the sentiment. Bonus: This beautiful mercury glass decoration can also serve as a table cardholder, making it a must-have for holiday weddings.

  • Home Décor

    Home Décor

    Start the morning on a positive note with "hello there handsome" and "good morning gorgeous" Pillow Covers by Etsy Seller ZanaProducts ($54). They find a standard 18x18 pillow and consist of soft, 100% white or off-white cotton fabric.

  • A Sentimental Journal

    A Sentimental Journal

    Writing a heartfelt letter for your spouse-to-be to open on the morning that you say “I do” is a time-honored tradition. For a unique twist, use What I Love About You by Kate and David Marshall ($10.48) to capture your love story. With 150 questions and fill-in-the-blanks, it’s bound to get the creative juices flowing.

    Already married? The Book of Us ($14) is a great gift for newlyweds who want to document their wedding planning and honeymoon experiences.

  • Fitness Tracker

    Fitness Tracker

    Sweating for the wedding? Motivate yourself to reach your fitness goals and make healthier choices with the Fitbit Charge Wristband ($129.95). This advanced device delivers real-time stats including calories burned and distance traveled, syncing your progress automatically to Fitbit’s mobile and online tools. It even monitors how long and how well you sleep. Tracking your shape-up journey has never been easier or more fun; for an extra push, you can even share and compete in challenges with loved ones.

Thoughtful Gift Ideas for the Bride or Groom

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