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31 Thoughtful Wedding Gifts Newlyweds Will Actually Love (And Keep!)

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

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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 personalized memory box the newlyweds can use to store ticket stubs, special photos, and other sentimental trinkets.

Get it on sale from Dust & Things on Etsy for $40.38+ (originally $51.30+; available in three styles).
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Get it on sale from Dust & Things on Etsy for $40.38+ (originally $51.30+; available in three styles).

2. A set of fun margarita diagram glasses for the tequila-lovin' couple in your life.

Promising review: "These were a birthday gift for my father and he loved them! Such a great gift idea. They were such a big hit, I want to get him the Bloody Mary glasses as well now!" —TraceyGet it from Uncommon Goods for $25.Be sure to check out other glasses by the same artist like the Bloody Mary, hot toddy, and mimosa sets.
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Promising review: "These were a birthday gift for my father and he loved them! Such a great gift idea. They were such a big hit, I want to get him the Bloody Mary glasses as well now!" —Tracey

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $25.

Be sure to check out other glasses by the same artist like the Bloody Mary, hot toddy, and mimosa sets.

3. A stunning, salvaged wood cookbook and tablet holder to get them excited about cooking delicious meals together.

Promising review: "The stand is perfect for the kitchen, as my mother uses both traditional recipe books and her tablet as well. She also likes to watch videos or listen to music while she cooks from memory!" —MicahGet it from Uncommon Goods for $60, or a similar one with a splash guard from Amazon for $16.85+.
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Promising review: "The stand is perfect for the kitchen, as my mother uses both traditional recipe books and her tablet as well. She also likes to watch videos or listen to music while she cooks from memory!" —Micah

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $60, or a similar one with a splash guard from Amazon for $16.85+.

4. AND! A newlywed cookbook filled with recipes for different occasions from date nights to large parties and easy weeknight meals.

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Promising review: "This book is simply adorable. I found it for a bridal shower after they registered for a cookbook stand. I couldn't just give them a stand without a cookbook, so what a perfect gift this was! It's super trendy with great pictures and recipes inside. It teaches the newlyweds how to find the best ingredients, prep, and of course how to cook. The beginning of the book provides recipes for cooking for two, then how to cook for a small group, and finally entertain a large party. I stuck some of my own recipes in there on handwritten cards and added a nice message to the inside cover. I think it will make a great keepsake for the newlyweds!" —Teresa

Read a BuzzFeeder's review of the Newlywed Cookbook.

Get it from Amazon for $21.37, Barnes & Noble for $24.50, Anthropologie for $35, or through a local bookseller on IndieBound.

5. A heart-shaped pancake mold because love *is* breakfast smothered in syrup, and I won't hear otherwise.

Promising review: "I was thrilled to receive these in my Christmas stocking! I have used them a few times to make heart-shaped blueberry pancakes and they work great. They are easy to use, don't stick to the pancake (you may have to run a knife between the edge and the batter before flipping), and the little knobs stay cool so you don't burn your fingers. I rinse them off before throwing them in the dishwasher and it's been working great. They make the cutest little pancakes. Easy and so worth it." L. Wylde And if you're looking for something that'll last them a lifetime, you can find our pick for the best cast iron skillet in three different price points on BuzzFeed Reviews. Get it from Amazon for $6.60 or Walmart for $7.04.
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Promising review: "I was thrilled to receive these in my Christmas stocking! I have used them a few times to make heart-shaped blueberry pancakes and they work great. They are easy to use, don't stick to the pancake (you may have to run a knife between the edge and the batter before flipping), and the little knobs stay cool so you don't burn your fingers. I rinse them off before throwing them in the dishwasher and it's been working great. They make the cutest little pancakes. Easy and so worth it." L. Wylde

And if you're looking for something that'll last them a lifetime, you can find our pick for the best cast iron skillet in three different price points on BuzzFeed Reviews.

Get it from Amazon for $6.60 or Walmart for $7.04.

6. A set of custom, wine milestone labels so they can properly celebrate all of their special firsts — you know, like their wedding night, first house, first anniversary, and so on.

Get it from Studio B Label Co. on Etsy for $19+.
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Get it from Studio B Label Co. on Etsy for $19+.

7. A "love" soy candle for all of their...romantic evenings. *Insert winky emoji here.*

Get it on sale from Homesick Candles or Amazon for $29.95 (originally $34.95).
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Get it on sale from Homesick Candles or Amazon for $29.95 (originally $34.95).

8. A pair of to-go French press mugs so the happy couple stylishly matches while they sip on their favorite brew.

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Get it from Food52 for $42 (available in three colors), or a similar one from Amazon for $34.

9. A cheese board with their names on it because they are adults now, and having one of these in their house officially makes them grownups.

Get it from Sugar Tree Gallery on Etsy for $28.95+. Available in four colors.
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Get it from Sugar Tree Gallery on Etsy for $28.95+. Available in four colors.

10. A spa gift basket with Burt's Bees natural skincare essentials that'll instantly upgrade their bathroom and give them everything they need for day of pampering.

Get it from Gift Tree for $34.95.
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Get it from Gift Tree for $34.95.

11. A portable hammock big enough for two that they'll adore if they love being outside (and snuggling, of course).

Promising review: "My partner and I have a khaki/olive Eno double nest and we love it! We have been backpacking all over the USA with it for almost exactly a year now. It is strong and durable with a good amount of room. One person fits with tons of room. Two people is very close cuddle space, it is nice for relaxing in, sitting side by side, and sometimes sleeping. If you want more comfort, you can spread out the ends for more room. We are thinking of getting a longer one for even more space. :) This one has made it through a ton of wear and tear, though!" —Ana B.Get it from Amazon for $69.95 (available in 45 colors).
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Promising review: "My partner and I have a khaki/olive Eno double nest and we love it! We have been backpacking all over the USA with it for almost exactly a year now. It is strong and durable with a good amount of room. One person fits with tons of room. Two people is very close cuddle space, it is nice for relaxing in, sitting side by side, and sometimes sleeping. If you want more comfort, you can spread out the ends for more room. We are thinking of getting a longer one for even more space. :) This one has made it through a ton of wear and tear, though!" —Ana B.

Get it from Amazon for $69.95 (available in 45 colors).

12. A fondue melting pot they can use to ~heat things up~. I am talking about chocolate! Get your mind out of the gutter.

Promising review: "Ordered this to make chocolate fondue for Valentine’s Day and we loved it!! Worked perfectly. It heated up to the texture I wanted in about five minutes, and didn’t burn the chocolate at all which is a problem I’ve had with other fondue pots in the past. I’d highly recommend this! I’d say you can serve about 3-4 people. (Bonus: easy to clean)." —RosieGet it from Amazon for $24.95 or Walmat for $22.49.
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Promising review: "Ordered this to make chocolate fondue for Valentine’s Day and we loved it!! Worked perfectly. It heated up to the texture I wanted in about five minutes, and didn’t burn the chocolate at all which is a problem I’ve had with other fondue pots in the past. I’d highly recommend this! I’d say you can serve about 3-4 people. (Bonus: easy to clean)." —Rosie

Get it from Amazon for $24.95 or Walmat for $22.49.

13. A waterproof travel blanket that'll make their picnic dates easy, and that's small enough for them to take on all of their outdoor adventures together.

Promising review: "It's a cool little blanket. Packs down even after initially taking it out. It's cute, waterproof, doubles as a tarp. You really can't ask for more here. I hate getting sand everywhere so I've found this to be great to put down before putting a towel on the beach and posting up. Tons of uses; the other day my husband was still out on the lake and I was hot so I came in off the water. I had this in the hatch of my kayak and spread it out under a tree and read a book while he finished on the lake. It is super handy and you never know when you'll have a new use for it." —Naturally AshlieGet it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).
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Promising review: "It's a cool little blanket. Packs down even after initially taking it out. It's cute, waterproof, doubles as a tarp. You really can't ask for more here. I hate getting sand everywhere so I've found this to be great to put down before putting a towel on the beach and posting up. Tons of uses; the other day my husband was still out on the lake and I was hot so I came in off the water. I had this in the hatch of my kayak and spread it out under a tree and read a book while he finished on the lake. It is super handy and you never know when you'll have a new use for it." —Naturally Ashlie

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

14. And to go with it, a deluxe heart-shaped basket packed with all the essentials they'll need for the perfect picnic: porcelain plates, wine glasses, silverware, napkins, and wine and cheese accessories.

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Promising review: "I purchased this basket for me and my fiancé, as we were having a picnic with three other couples in a park, celebrating Valentine's day. Everyone loved and complimented the basket. It's very well made, high quality and bigger than expected. I was able to fit everything I wanted to carry inside (see picture for everything I placed inside, with the exception of the champagne bottles, for which I carried a separate basket — the one on the right). I am very happy with the purchase and it was worth every penny!" —Shekymorena

Get it from Amazon for $79.19.

15. A five-piece barware set so their new cart isn't so lonely.

Get it from Target for $29.99.
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Get it from Target for $29.99.

16. And a trio of indie bourbons that'll look so good next to that gold bar set, any whiskey-aficionado will swoon over it.

These three Wyoming bourbons are distilled from non-GMO corn, wheat, and barley, and are perfect for solo sipping or work beautifully in any whiskey recipes. And just think of the Instagram posts they'll create with their picture-perfect cocktails!Get it from Mouth for $174.50. Indie trios also available in whiskey, gin, pinot noir, and white wine.
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These three Wyoming bourbons are distilled from non-GMO corn, wheat, and barley, and are perfect for solo sipping or work beautifully in any whiskey recipes. And just think of the Instagram posts they'll create with their picture-perfect cocktails!

Get it from Mouth for $174.50. Indie trios also available in whiskey, gin, pinot noir, and white wine.

17. A Brie baking dish to *subtly* let them know their crib is the new place for future dinner parties.

Get it from Crate & Barrel for $19.95.
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Get it from Crate & Barrel for $19.95.

18. And a hilarious ADULT party game because they will also be hosting all game nights from here on out.

Promising review: "This game is a blast!!! I played once with friends and after going through all the meme photos, I dug into some wedding pictures I had printed. That was hilarious and a game changer — literally! The second time I played was with a huge group and I stole funny awkward pictures from their Facebook pages before we met and sent them to Walgreens to be printed. The look on their faces when I pulled out some gems of pictures was almost as fun as meme-ing them!! My 85-year-old grandma even got into the fun and only wanted to play with the family photos I had printed. We'll definitely be playing again soon!" —E. JensenGet it from Amazon for $29.99.
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Promising review: "This game is a blast!!! I played once with friends and after going through all the meme photos, I dug into some wedding pictures I had printed. That was hilarious and a game changer — literally! The second time I played was with a huge group and I stole funny awkward pictures from their Facebook pages before we met and sent them to Walgreens to be printed. The look on their faces when I pulled out some gems of pictures was almost as fun as meme-ing them!! My 85-year-old grandma even got into the fun and only wanted to play with the family photos I had printed. We'll definitely be playing again soon!" —E. Jensen

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

19. A sweetheart brownie baking kit for the evenings when they just want to stay in, relax, and make a delicious dessert...so probably most nights.

This kit comes with organic mix and glaze, plant-based dye, and a heart-shaped silicone pan. Get it from Foodstirs for $18.99.
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This kit comes with organic mix and glaze, plant-based dye, and a heart-shaped silicone pan.

Get it from Foodstirs for $18.99.

20. A pretty watercolor print of the state their wedding was in, the date, and their names to forever commemorate their special day.

Get it from Apple Blossom Print on Etsy for $15+ (available in 12 sizes and five colors).
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Get it from Apple Blossom Print on Etsy for $15+ (available in 12 sizes and five colors).

21. A pair of ~rockin'~ agate bookends that'll look so classy next to their newly joined book collection.

Promising review: "I bought this gift for my boss who has anything he could ever want. These were unique so I decided to go with it. He immediately put them on his desk when I gave them to him. So I would say they were a hit. They were well packaged and I was very impressed with how beautiful they truly were. **Be sure to pay attention to the weight/size that you order. The smaller ones aren't meant to hold very big or very many books." —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in four sizes and six colors).
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Promising review: "I bought this gift for my boss who has anything he could ever want. These were unique so I decided to go with it. He immediately put them on his desk when I gave them to him. So I would say they were a hit. They were well packaged and I was very impressed with how beautiful they truly were. **Be sure to pay attention to the weight/size that you order. The smaller ones aren't meant to hold very big or very many books." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in four sizes and six colors).

22. A bathroom guest book for their first home as a married couple. Each visitor signs in and completes one of the hilarious pages in this book so the pair has an entertaining read when it's all filled up.

Promising review: "I love this! It seems to make guests feel less awkward in the bathroom, plus you get lots of entertainment reading it! I can honestly say it is one of my favorite bathroom purchases! (Also, if you have to poop and don't want to be embarrassed about coming out followed by stench because you are meeting your in-laws for the first time; you just stay in there longer and tell everyone you were just filling out the book. Just actually do fill it out or you are caught red handed and people will actually know you poop!) *gasp*" —Breanna GannGet it from Amazon for $9.99 or Barnes & Noble for $14.95.
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Promising review: "I love this! It seems to make guests feel less awkward in the bathroom, plus you get lots of entertainment reading it! I can honestly say it is one of my favorite bathroom purchases! (Also, if you have to poop and don't want to be embarrassed about coming out followed by stench because you are meeting your in-laws for the first time; you just stay in there longer and tell everyone you were just filling out the book. Just actually do fill it out or you are caught red handed and people will actually know you poop!) *gasp*" —Breanna Gann

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 or Barnes & Noble for $14.95.

23. A date night box they can fill out with ideas that they'd *actually* want to do together.

Get it from Joessa on Etsy for $16.23.
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Get it from Joessa on Etsy for $16.23.

24. A super soft, luxurious blanket that'll make snuggling up on the couch for movie nights so much better.

Promising review: "I searched for 'softest blanket ever' in the Amazon search box to see what would come up, and this one did. It was on sale, so I figured sure, let's try it out. Amazon wasn't kidding. This blanket is so, SO soft. Definitely the softest blanket I've ever had. It's like a baby blanket. It's so warm and pleasant to snuggle with in bed." —Stephanie JohnsonGet it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in two sizes and six colors).
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Promising review: "I searched for 'softest blanket ever' in the Amazon search box to see what would come up, and this one did. It was on sale, so I figured sure, let's try it out. Amazon wasn't kidding. This blanket is so, SO soft. Definitely the softest blanket I've ever had. It's like a baby blanket. It's so warm and pleasant to snuggle with in bed." —Stephanie Johnson

Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in two sizes and six colors).

25. Speaking of movie nights, a microwave popcorn popper to take the cinematic experience to the next level. The lil' compartment in the lid drains butter evenly into the bowl!

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Promising review: "Our family loves this for convenient and perfectly sized snacks. It's especially great because the melting butter is distributed evenly over the popcorn, yum!" —AmyMay

Get it from Uncommon Goods or Bed Bath & Beyond for $12.99, or from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two sizes).

26. A simple ring dish with their initials so there is no losing their wedding bands down the sink drain.

Get it from The Painted Press on Etsy for $15+ (available in eight styles).
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Get it from The Painted Press on Etsy for $15+ (available in eight styles).

27. A Poo-Pourri set because they will forever be sharing a house...and bathroom.

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The set comes with a two 2 oz. bottles: vanilla mint and lavender mint.

Promising review: "It actually works! My husband thought I was nuts when I suggested he use it. As usual....I was right! Works great!" —M. OWEN

Get it from Amazon for $16.54.

28. A monthly gardening subscription box so they can start ~planting some roots~. Every month they'll be sent a live plant or bulb, house-blend soil, and a decorative planter.

Promising review: "This is the third box that my mom received from me for her Christmas present this year — the plants are always in great condition, the container has always been something that she likes, the instructions for putting everything together is simple and easy to understand. You definitely get your money’s worth for purchasing this subscription service. My mom is so happy with it; this will be her gift for Christmas every year from now on. Thank you!!!" —DanicaGet it from Crate Joy for $21.50+/month.
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Promising review: "This is the third box that my mom received from me for her Christmas present this year — the plants are always in great condition, the container has always been something that she likes, the instructions for putting everything together is simple and easy to understand. You definitely get your money’s worth for purchasing this subscription service. My mom is so happy with it; this will be her gift for Christmas every year from now on. Thank you!!!" —Danica

Get it from Crate Joy for $21.50+/month.

29. A door mat pawfect for the couple who loves their dogs more than their friends, and really all humans.

Get it from Adoorable Mat Co. on Etsy for $40.
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Get it from Adoorable Mat Co. on Etsy for $40.

30. A galvanized and wood mail organizer to easily organize important documents, and so they never again have to scream, "Honey, where did we put the cable bill?!"

Get it from Pottery Barn for $29.50.
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Get it from Pottery Barn for $29.50.

31. And a hilarious daily calendar that'll bring some joy (and fear) to their mornings.

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My coworker has this on her desk, and we get a kick out reading it each day! I want to give it to everyone I know.

Promising review: "While some of the facts are unsettling, there are some that are hilarious! I like it so much that I'm tempted to peek ahead!" —sbodie29

Get it from Amazon for $10.69.

Cheers to the happy couple!

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