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29 Thoughtful Wedding Gifts Anyone Who's Getting Married Will Actually Love

So you won't have to sell a kidney to buy them that fancy stand mixer.

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Editor's note: If the couple you're shopping for has a registry, you should probably check that first.

Going off registry when you're shopping for wedding stuff can be a gamble...they put the things they wanted on there for a reason, and if you happen to get something similar to what's already on the list, they might end up with unwanted doubles.

But if you know the couple well, you want to be creative or frugal, or they don't have a registry at all, we've got lots of creative options that will make almost any couple a little Happier Ever After!

1. A couples-friendly floating swan that's perf for a tropical honeymoon or lazy summer afternoons.

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This beaut sizes up at 75", aka the happy couple can get close as they float. This may not end up on their Amazon wedding registry — but then again, they're the coolest, so it might — but don't forget to check! After all, Amazon has most of these finds and most stuff, in general.

Promising review: "This thing is a beast. I'm 6'0" and it can hold both me and my partner on it. I tend to lay sideways, with my head on one of the wings and my feet on the other. Took about seven minutes to inflate with an electric pump; you would die before you could finish blowing this up without one. Great quality and very sturdy. Has held up to two months' worth of tropical weather! I keep Ron Swan-son out of the pool and the sun when not in use, (to preserve his life as much as possible). He's the best." —dave ross

Get it from Amazon for $27.99. Also available in gold and LED light-up.

2. Dishwasher- and microwave-safe china they'll use on the reg.

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Experts say you need a set of formal china and a set of casual china. Formal china is important, yes. But something the couple can use on the reg is essential. Stoneware is a safe bet for everyday use because it doesn't crack in the microwave and can withstand heat. Though they'll seldom be hosting a dozen people for "regular" events, place settings for 12 is ideal.

This 18-piece porcelain set (10.5" dinner plate, 7.5" dessert plate, and 5.5" bowl) has service for six people. It's BPA-free, the plates can withstand temps of 572 degrees (Fahrenheit), and it's dishwasher-, microwave-, freezer-, and oven-safe. This budget-priced set won't last forever, but it'll go a long way in getting dinner on the table and then microwaving the leftovers. Get them it Amazon for $30.49.

3. A plunger-style measuring cup to portion out sticky ingredients without spending precious food-prep time scraping them out.

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This cup twists with an easy-turn knob to adjust in size. The silicone seal keeps ingredients from seeping through so you get an accurate measure. Plus, it's dishwasher-safe and BPA-free.

Promising review: "Many power-bar recipes I make frequently call for nut butter or agave syrup, both sticky, gluey substances. Yes, you need a spatula to get the nut butter or sticky stuff into the measuring cup, but then you turn the outside, and the material spirals into your mixing bowl. Easy to use, your hands stay clean. When you're done, you can soak it or toss it into the dishwasher and let the machinery do the dirty work." —QuinnCreative

Get it from Amazon for $10.25+. Available in 1 cup, 2 cups, or 3-piece set.

4. A dozen sturdy AF Old-Fashioned glasses that cost about as much as the actual cocktail at a nice restaurant.

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These glasses sport charming embossed rings and are dishwasher-safe, so dropping one here or there will be NBD.

Promising review: "My girlfriend and I bought a set of these glasses last year and have loved them ever since! They were fairly priced, have held up well, and we are happy with the way that they look." —Srymer

Get them from Crate & Barrel for $15.95. Sets of 12 also available in cooler glasses ($20.95) and juice glasses ($9.95).

5. A Blue Bottle Coffee subscription so they'll never run out of the good stuff while trying their hand at all the new coffee gadgets on their registry.

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Customize orders for recipients with whole-bean options for a 6-ounce bag (one week's supply for two drinkers), 12-ounce bag (two weeks' supply for two drinkers), or 24-ounce (two weeks' supply for three drinkers).

Get a gift subscription for $26+.

6. And a quick, compact coffee grinder to turn whole beans into ground coffee in a snap.

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It has a 200-watt motor and stainless-steel blades that can grind 3 ounces of coffee beans and yield 12 cups' worth of coffee grounds. They can also use it to chop or grind nuts, herbs, and seeds.

Promising review: "Small enough to sit on the counter next to the coffee maker, quiet enough to use early in the morning without waking sleeping roommates. This grinder is perfect for entry-level coffee enthusiasts who want the rich favor of their favorite bean and are willing to take the extra step in brewing a delicious cup of java." —ashepal86

Get it from Amazon for $15.57.

7. A framed photo that captures their true love.

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Upload an Instagram or digital photo and pick one of nine frame types to give this gift they'll cherish forever and ever. Need some photo inspo? Creep on their Facebook profile pics to find a couple shot they already adore.

Get it from Framebridge for $39. Available in nine frame styles.

8. A camera lens attachment for getting that detailed safari shot via a smart phone.

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The 3-in-1 kit has a universal clip designed to fit a wide range of cell phones. It includes a macro lens, fisheye lens, and 0.4X super-wide-angle lens. AKA this little kit is preferable to toting around a pricey camera that screams TOURISTS on adventures.

Promising review: "The ONLY con (still deserves 10/5 stars) is that the macro lens needs to be very close to whatever you're trying to get a focus on. The eyeball? Almost impossible, just because the lens is almost IN your eye. BUT, the ridge detail in your fingers? No doubt about it. You can find every minutia. If you have unsteady hands (which I do), I recommend buying a tripod, because to get an up-close detailed picture that's NOT blurry, you have to be very very still. BUT STILL. Holy moly!" —Liz

Get it from Amazon for $11.99. Also available in white.

9. A Shaker & Spoon subscription for expanding their "grown-up" cocktail palate beyond Crystal Light and vodka.

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Each box includes three recipes and enough ingredients for four drinks of each. Just choose which kind of liquor the lovely couple prefers and make sure they get a bottle of that, too.

Promising review: "My husband and I each received gift subscriptions and have had a great time trying out new recipes and learning about different liquors! We don't always love each drink, but we've yet to have one we outright didn't like, and we love all the different ingredients and being forced to try new things. AND we now have several new favorite drinks. LOVE Shaker and Spoon!" —JenniferStewart

Get a monthly subscription from Crate Joy for $50+. Use code FIRST10 to receive 10% off your first order at checkout.

10. A packing cube set for sharing a suitcase and saving on baggage fees.

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These lightweight, water-resistant bags are made to make living out of your bag easier. The set includes three packing cubes and three laundry pouches, so enough to split with a partner in one — or two — suitcases.

Promising review: "I did about three months of backpacking abroad and these cubes were the best thing about my trip. I could stuff these bad boys to the point I would think 'Okay, now this will bust the zipper,' but it never did! They seem very cheaply made but lasted me my entire five-country trip of packing, repacking, and being contorted inside of my travel backpack!" —emily

Get them from Amazon for $15.99. Available in eight colors.

11. A versatile vinyl-storage rack for flipping through their newly joined music collection.

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The metal stand can be positioned two ways and wiped clean with a damp cloth.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39.

14. A portable hammock primed for optimal outdoor snuggling.

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This portable outdoor hammock is built to hold two adults with a total maximum of up to 450 pounds. It's washable with 100% cotton construction and durable with a weather-resin steel stand, so it can easily transition from backyard to campsite to backyard.

Promising review: "I got this for my parents as a Christmas gift for them to use at the lake over the summer and to take with them on camping trips. After they opened the box, they set it up in their basement as another couch for family members to watch holiday movies. People fell asleep on it instantly. Whoever used it didn't make it past the opening credits." —Kyle

Get it from Amazon for $64.94. Available in four color combos.

15. A washable baguette bag perf for the gluten-adoring couple.

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The washable, 100%-cotton canvas bag is meant to replace wasteful paper goods.

Promising review: "Whenever I pull this bag out at a bakery, people fall all over it -- it's a brilliant invention. It keeps the crust of a baguette crisp and protected if you're biking or roaming around a city. And it's the best little treasure to pull out at a picnic." —T. Darlington

Get it from Peg + Awl on Amazon for $18.

16. A 65-piece tool set with every basic item they could desire.

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The box includes a hammer, 16' tape ruler, 18mm snap-off knife, torpedo level, long-nose and one slip-joint pliers, Phillips screwdriver, standard-tip screwdriver, 8 SAE and 8 metric hex keys, 1/4-inch round-head ratchet, 8 SAE 1/4-inch sockets, 1/4-inch spinner handle, 1/4-inch bit holder, and 30 bits.

Promising review: "I have bought three or these, all for folks who have two left thumbs, just bought houses, and who I know do not own any tools and need just the basics. Everyone should have a toolkit around, even an inexpensive one, because you never know when a nice, friendly neighbor will come over and offer to fix stuff for you...you just need the tools! I have had one for four years and I go into this toolbox at least twice a week, even if it is just for the tape measure." —Dr. Oceanfront

Get them from Amazon for $41.99.

17. A folding cutting board so all their chopped veggies'll actually land in the skillet.

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Simply squeeze the handle to transform the flat cutting board into a food chute. And it's dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: "I love this cutting board. My roommate had one and when she moved out I had to buy one of my own. It is a great size, doesn't take up too much space, and great for chopping veggies. I am a big fan and am buying another one for my boyfriend as a housewarming gift for his new apartment." —Whit

Get it from Amazon for $16+. Also available in red and blue.

18. A quarterly PlowBox packed with organic seeds and gardening gifts for amping up the curb appeal at their new digs.

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Boxes arrive in March, June, September, and December. Each contains seasonally appropriate and climate-specific items like certified-organic, non-GMO seeds, aka the start of healthy ingredients for their home-cooked meals.

Promising review: "The seeds are chosen perfectly for my climate so that I can plant them immediately. The garden and house gift items are always top-notch quality and super cute. I look forward to my next box showing up for the next season, and if you're a beginner in the gardening world you should do the same!" —Merith

Get a quarterly subscription from Cratejoy for $14.95+. Use the code TRYPLOWBOX to receive a 20% discount on your first box at checkout.

19. A personalized pillow that you can sneakily order using their engagement pics or pics you sourced from social media.

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The machine-washable cover comes with an insert. You have the option to customize the front only or front and back with the picture-perfect couple's memories.

Get it from Shutterfly for $34.99+. Available in four sizes and a variety of styles. See more custom pillow options.

20. A rapid egg cooker because they won't think they need it but they'll be glad they own one.

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This small countertop appliance will make 6 hard, medium, or soft-boiled eggs, individual omelets, 2 poached eggs, and scrambled eggs. Plus, the non-electrical parts are dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "As a Klingon said one time, 'IMPRESSIVE.' So glad I bought this cooker. Perfect for my two eggs in the morning. No hassle, no fuss, just push the 'on' button and let it do the rest. The eggs slide out very easily with a little cooking spray, so there is no problem in removing the poached-style eggs. Very happy with my purchase and may end up buying another one just to have a spare on hand." —GuitarBob

Get it from Amazon for $15.53+. Available in six colors.

21. A trio of indie bourbons for the folks who are complete booze snobs but you still love them for it.

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These three non-Kentucky bourbons are perfect for solo sipping or work beautifully in Old-Fashioned recipes. Oh, the Instagram posts they'll create with these swoonworthy bottles!

Get them from Mouth for $168.50. Indie trios also available in whiskey, gin, pinot noir, and white wine.

22. A quilted-fleece heated blanket for nights in spending "quality time" together.

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The controller has 10 heat settings and a 10-hour auto-off function.

Promising review: "I haven't had an electric blanket for YEARS. I have two down comforters but one was so old the feathers started coming out. I didn't want to shell out another $200 (or more) to get the quality comforter that I liked, so thought I would try just the one with a thermal blanket. Faghetaboutit as we say here in NYC — it was too darned cold. It was just what was needed. I keep it on 3. My two cats absolutely loved it. One of them who slept under the blanket didn't want to get up this morning." —NYC Guy

Get it from Amazon for $44.99. Available in four sizes, seven colors.

23. A pan-organizer rack to protect the nonstick coatings on all the pans listed on their registry.

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Promising review: "I was skeptical about racks designed like this due to the large heavy pans I own, but this rack held them up like a champ! I tried the different ways the rack can be adjusted to hold my pans and found that standing the rack up is the most efficient and space-saving position. Love it!" —Ya Juan Zhao

Get it from Amazon for $16.87.

24. An Echo Dot for doing everyday things like playing music, controlling smart home devices, learning the weather forecast, and more by simply asking Alexa.

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They don't need the Amazon Echo to use this. It'll work with apps like Spotify, Philips Hue, Domino's, and Nest, among others.

Promising review: "My wife hated the idea of the Echo. After seeing this at a couple of people's houses I was sold. I have a very nice but old Bose Wave Radio in my kitchen, so I really didn't need the full-blown Echo or want to spend that much money. When it arrived and I began using it, my wife was not happy. After I showed her how to add things to the shopping list and play music, she began to come around. We now use the Echo Dot and app to manage our weekly grocery list. I even come home to find her using the Dot to play music. Next I need to sell her on the idea of connected bulbs, switches, and outlets. Asking for forgiveness is probably the best policy." —Les Martin

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

25. And an Amazon Fire TV Stick that also uses Alexa so they can easily stream all their combined app logins for hands-free entertainment.

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This new version of the Fire Stick has an Alexa Voice Remote, so Alexa'll switch between apps when you stay stuff like "Play Game of Thrones."

Promising review: "I am SO GLAD I bought this Fire TV Stick with Alexa. It has literally made my life happier. As I write this review I'm listening to 'soft classic rock.' All I had to do was say, 'Play soft classic rock' and music started playing. For people like me who are elderly, tech illiterate, perhaps disabled, and who love music, movies, and TV shows, let me explain a few things. I've been looking at this stick for some time now but was scared to buy it. Then one day I said, 'The heck with it, if it doesn't work for me I can send it back.' So I purchased a Fire Stick. I'm still learning. I know there's more I can do with this and it will get easier to find exactly what I'm looking for as I play around with it. I bought mine during the introductory promotion for the 'All-New' version...think it was $29.95. Now it's $10 more but still worth every cent. Don't hesitate to buy it because you think it's too complicated. They really made a good little device here and it's very easy to use for anyone who has a TV and Wi-Fi, which you probably have if you have a computer." —P. Smith

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

26. A Brie baking dish because this cheese deserves its own dish.

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The stoneware dish has built-in handles and a ventilated lid that's perfect for baking and serving up gooey cheese. It's dishwasher-, microwave-, and oven-safe up to 350 degrees (Fahrenheit).

Promising review: "I love that you can bake and serve Brie in one dish. Makes clean up super easy! It is especially useful when transporting your baked Brie over to someone else's home. After cooking at home, I just keep the lid on, wrap it in towel (because it's hot), and bring it with me to wherever I am going." —DelishnNutrish

Get it from Crate & Barrel for $19.95.

27. A cube surge protector with two USB ports and four outlets, so they won't be tripping on wires.

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The USB charging won't interfere with the use of the outlets, and you can even (safely) connect several cubes together.

Promising review: "Love these little cubes. You can find similar items a bit cheaper, but I find their quality to be hit or miss. These are reliable and sturdy, and I like their look and function. I'm willing to pay a buck or two more for the ease and quality." —Chris Canto

Get it from Amazon for $19.99. Available in seven colors.

28. A breakfast sandwich maker built for two.

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They can use fresh ingredients from their farmers market haul to DIY a fork-less, fancy brunch. Sandwiches are ready in five minutes, and the timer's loud enough so they won't burn.

Promising review: "I had this item in my cart for about a month. I have a husband and two teenage boys who were tired of the same breakfast morning after morning. So I finally pulled the trigger and bought this. First time was a breeze. Everything came out perfect. Easy cleanup with the removal hot plates. I highly recommend if you were like me sitting on the fence. It's also a small countertop footprint." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $34.

29. And finally, some Domino's for when they don't feel like cooking.

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This is not a drill! Domino's launched a wedding registry website where you can build your own registry or loved ones can gift you one-off meal deals. It may seem ridiculous, but not having to cook for a meal or two can feel like a #blessing.

Get a Thank You Card-a-Thon package for $30 or a Low-key Date Night for $25.

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