The 50 best wedding gifts of 2021
The perfect gifts for every couple.
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Let's be honest: finding the perfect wedding gift is no easy feat. Do you get them the essential kitchen appliances or something a bit more personal—like monogrammed bathrobes? How do you pick the best gift while ensuring you still get them something useful? If these questions are running through your head, then we got you covered on exactly what you can buy the newly married-to-be couple.
At Reviewed, we spend our days testing products to find the best ones money can buy, and it just so happens that many of the products we test are ones that end up all over wedding registries. While we do recommend selecting a gift from a couple's wedding registry, you may need some help selecting what to purchase—and if most options are already taken, you might be looking for a gift idea that they didn't already receive. There's also the chance that a couple won't have a gift registry. In that case, it's always good to give cash, but if you want to give a physical gift, below are the 50 best wedding gifts right now. From the iconic KitchenAid stand mixer to the best sheets that money can buy, each gift will surely be a hit and will last the newlyweds years to come.
1. For the couple who lives for Sunday brunch: A waffle maker
A waffle maker is a staple—it’ll craft the perfect waffles in minutes. It’s pretty much on every wedding registry, and we also named it our favorite waffle maker. We found it not only makes great waffles but is easy to fill and doesn’t overflow. Plus, its small compact design is easy to store and won’t take up too much space.
2. For the couple into one pan meals: A cast-iron skillet
A classic, well-designed cast iron skillet is a great gift for any couple, but they’re particularly handy for those who cook a lot of one-pot meals. According to our testers, the best-cast iron skillet is the Lodge one as it’s affordable, lightweight, and has great nonstick properties. It can easily cook everything from stews to pancakes, and more.
3. For the couple who loves cheese: A charcuterie board
For those who love cheese, a good charcuterie board is essential. This stylish cheese board from Crate & Barrel is not only gorgeous, but it provides the perfect place to put your meats, cheeses, and fruits—and it comes with three matching cheese knives. Your charcuterie-loving giftees will love it—trust us. It has a 5-star rating from 60+ reviews and one of our editors owns and loves the board and knives combo. In fact, she got it as a wedding gift.
4. For the protein shake and smoothie lovers: A Ninja blender
For those who make smoothies or protein shakes every morning, a personal blender would be an excellent gift idea. Our favorite personal blender at Reviewed is the Ninja Fit. It's not only fast and efficient but durable and easy to transport and store, too.
5. For the entertainers: A dinnerware set or two
If the newlyweds always hosted dinner parties pre-pandemic, then a dinnerware set (or two, or three) is just the gift for them. The look they go for—i.e clean and crisp, colorful, etc.—and what they use them for will determine what dinnerware sets work for them. In most cases, a couple will choose what they want on their registry, so it's best to go off of that. Some options we love include the 18,500+ Amazon reviewer loved Corelle 18-piece dinnerware set, the Our Place Dinnerware Duo that matches the aesthetic of the Our Place pan perfectly, and the bright and color Fiesta 4-piece place setting. Crate & Barrel dinnerware is also a favorite among couples.
- Get the Corelle Service 18-Piece Dinnerware Set at Amazon for $52.99
- Get the Dinnerware Duo at Our Place for $85
- Get the Fiesta 4-Piece Place Setting in Sunflower at Bed Bath and Beyond for $36.99
- Shop all dinnerware sets at Crate & Barrel
6. For the couple who needs kitchen basics: A cutting board
You may think that every cutting board is the same, but (spoiler alert!) they're not. Made from two-tone bamboo, this cutting board is tougher than other boards of the same size. Plus, it’s our favorite cutting board, and it’s super affordable at only $20!
7. For the couple who loves to host: The best casserole dish
While they can always default to a Pyrex dish, which we deemed the best value casserole dish when testing, why not give them an upgrade that's even better? Our tester found the Great Jones Hot Dish to be the best casserole dish on the market right now because of its contemporary style, easy-to-grip handles, and large size.
8. For the couple who loves wine: Decanter
If popping open a bottle of wine after a long day of work is their thing, then a decanter is quintessential to their evenings. Decanters allow the wine to breathe so they taste better. With a 4.7-star rating, reviewers love this one from Crate & Barrel for its beautiful design and easy pouring abilities. It's also a wedding registry favorite.
9. For the couple learning how to cook: A meal-kit subscription
Learning how to cook can be quite the challenge, which is why the gift of a meal kit subscription will be greatly appreciated. Our favorite meal kit food delivery service is Home Chef. It has high-quality ingredients, tons of user-friendly recipes, and quick meal options available.
10. For the movie lovers: The best streaming device
The Roku Ultra is the perfect gift for the newlyweds who are always streaming the latest and greatest movies and shows. It's our favorite streaming device as it has an impressive selection of streaming services, has an easy-to-use remote, and is relatively simple to navigate.
11. For the couple who buys weekly flowers at Trader Joes: A vase
Since they're buying the flowers every week, you might as well gift them a beautiful vase to place them in. With a 4.9-star rating, this glass vase is loved by reviewers for its beautiful design, durability, and functionality. It can hold any type of flower.
12. For the holiday pie bakers: A pie dish
If your giftees are looking to leave their Pyrex pie dish behind as they build a new home, the Emile Henry Modern Classics Pie Dish is the one to replace it. Its simplistic colorful design and deep inside make it the best pie dish we’ve tested. Plus, you can use it for more than just pies—it makes great casseroles and scalloped potatoes too.
13. For the couple who needs to unwind after a long day: An essential oil diffuser
Diffusers are a great way to add relaxation and a pleasant scent to the new couple's home. Our favorite essential oil diffuser is the Airomé Serenity Medium Diffuser due to its practical design and even diffusing. For a more simplistic design, the Asakuki Portable Essential Oil Diffuser is a great option, too.
- Get the Airomé Serenity Medium Diffuser from Amazon for $34.59
- Get the Asakuki Portable Essential Oil Diffuser (100ml) from Amazon for $23.99
14. For the couple who enjoys luxury: The most luxurious bath mat
Out of all the bath mats we tested at Reviewed, the Frontgate Resort Bath Mat was our favorite. Not only is it absorbent and stylish, but it becomes more comfortable each time you run it through the wash. The only con this mat has is that it's a bit pricier than others. However, that's what makes it such a great gift. A luxurious home necessity a couple wouldn't usually purchase themselves is always a win.
15. For the couple who loves florals: Bouqs subscription
Hear me out: what's better than fresh flowers on your table? Literally nothing. Instead of settling for the occasional bouquet of flowers on holidays and special occasions, the newly married couple can have one on their table every single month if you gift them a subscription to Bouqs. If monthly flowers are too much, you can always change the frequency along with the type of blooms they receive—anything from romantic roses to vibrant sunflowers.
16. For the couple who enjoys feeling pampered: Parachute classic bath towels
What’s better than wrapping yourself in a super fluffy bath towel after a nice, hot shower? Not many things. While bath towels are a household essential, there’s no reason why they can’t be luxurious. The Parachute Classic Bath Towels are our favorite as they’ll not only turn your bathroom into a lap of luxury but also feel super comfortable against your skin, too.
17. For the couple with a case of wanderlust: Personalized passport holders
Picture it: post-pandemic, the newly married couple together, matching luggage, and personalized passport holders—sounds cute, right? We agree. Personalized passport holders are both practical and adorable which is why they make a fabulous gift. They can be personalized with their new initials, different fonts, and a wide range of leather and letter colors.
18. For the coffee-obsessed: Coffee subscription
We all know that one couple who is always raving about new coffee blends and flavors. The best gift to give them? An Angels' Cup coffee subscription. The interactive blind tasting experience, adventurous coffee offerings, and beautiful presentation are just some of the reasons why we love it and they'll love it, too.
19. For the kitchen newbies: A knife set
Whether you're starting your first kitchen or upgrading your old set, finding a good-quality knife set under $200 can be quite difficult. Don't worry—we've got you covered. After running it through a barrage of tests, we discovered that the best knife set under $200 is this one by Mercer Culinary. It not only provides essential cooking knives but also performs as well as more expensive sets and has incredibly sharp blades.
20. For the couple who needs a multifunctional pan: Always Pan
Aside from being incredibly stylish (it comes in seven gorgeous colors), the Our Place Pan does the job of eight pieces of cookware—a frying pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest—in one handy pan. It's ideal for the couple who lives in a small space but is a great pan all around for any couple that loves to cook. Plus, it has the seal of approval from Reviewed's senior kitchen and cooking writer, Valerie Li Stack.
21. For the couple that loves to relax: Bathrobes
Robes are always a great gift because people don't love to splurge on them for themselves. Parachute sells robes that our testers—and I—absolutely adore. Although it's dubbed as our favorite terry cloth robe for women, it's a great gift for both of them as it's unisex. It's absorbent enough for post-shower wear, but can also easily be worn all day on lazy Sundays. Just make sure to find out their sizes beforehand as it fits true to size.
22. For the meat lovers: Indoor grill
Sure, meat lovers in your life might like yet another meat subscription—but they'd love an indoor grill even more. This one is the best indoor grill that we've tested because it offers a lot of cooking options for the price (you can use it as a griddle, panini press, and more) and has tons of unique features like temperature control on both sides. Plus, isn't it amazing that you can have barbequed food all year-round?
23. For the couple that loves their beauty sleep: Brooklinen sheet set
A good set of sheets is imperative for achieving the perfect slumber. The newlyweds will treasure the Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set as it will last them a long time and feel incredibly soft to sleep on. We took many, many naps in these sheets and can confidently say that they are the best bed sheets on the market. Made with 100% cotton, we found them easy to wash, too.
24. For the couple who's always short on time: Instant pot
They love a home-cooked meal but simply don't have the time to prep and compile the heartiest stew. That's why the newlyweds will adore an Instant Pot. Our experts chose it as the the best pressure cooker because it cooks perfectly, cleans easily, and is intuitive to use—i.e. it's pretty simple to figure it out.
25. For the couple who adores impromptu dance parties: A smart speaker
If you're shopping for a couple who loves impromptu dance parties, consider giving them the gift of our favorite smart speaker, the Bose Home Speaker 300. It's the best smart speaker we've tested, and it's Bluetooth capable, meaning you can blast your favorite tunes from streaming service—Spotify, Apple Music, the like— from anywhere in your house or apartment. Since it's portable, it can be brought from room to room, used on hikes, or listened to while you're sitting outside. It's great for everyday usage or special occasions like an outdoor socially distanced gathering.
26. For the couple that loves kitchen upgrades: All-Clad Non-Stick Fry Pan
After testing them, we named the All-Clad 4110 NS R2 Non-Stick Fry Pan the best upgrade when it comes to non-stick pans. All-Clad is a luxurious kitchen brand to begin with, so why not give them a piece of All-Clad cookware that is actually good? A non-stick pan is a kitchen staple, as it gets used on a regular basis, so there's no chance this gift will be left to collect dust in the corner of a cabinet.
27. For the caffeine aficionados: Nespresso machine
You've definitely heard of, seen, or owned some form of a Nespresso coffee machine. They are a kitchen staple for adults everywhere and, like Instant Pots, are a top-requested gift by newlyweds. Here at Reviewed, we love Nespresso coffee machines—but our favorite is the Nespresso VertuoPlus. Since it's compact, it fits seamlessly into smaller spaces. But its size doesn't sacrifice luxury, as it brews quickly and distributes a foamy crema on top of each cup.
28. For the neat freaks: A simplehuman trash can
A garbage can isn't the coolest of wedding gifts, but it will be much appreciated by the bride and groom—especially if they love cleaning. Dubbed as the best kitchen trash can, the simplehuman garbage can repels fingerprints, eliminates odors, and is easy to store. For those who love a tidy kitchen, it's a dream garbage can.
29. For the pro-pit masters: An affordable smoker
If you're shopping for a couple who loves smoking on their barbeque, it's time to give gift them a well-deserved upgrade. Insert: our best valued affordable smoker, Cuisinart COS-118 Vertical 18-Inch Charcoal Smoker. It'll allow the couple to learn how to smoke so many things—like fall-off-the-bone ribs, brisket, apple-wood smoked roasted chickens, and more— and give them their new favorite dishes to serve during the holiday season or at summer BBQs. How fun would it be to learn how to use a smoker in the comfort of your own backyard?!
30. For the couple who loves napping: Weighted blanket
Weighted blankets are great for so many reasons. Aside from being super warm, they allow you the ability to relax and unwind after a long stressful day. The best-weighted blanket we tested is the Gravity Blanket as it has good weight distribution and is easy to clean. It provided just the right amount of pressure without being suffocated and didn't get too hot—so sleeping under it is comfortable.
31. For the couple who loves cuddling on the couch: Throw blanket
If not a weighted blanket, throw blankets are a great gift for newlyweds as well, since they double as a wonderful piece of decor and the perfect place to cuddle under. For a splurge, try the Barefoot Dreams In The Wild Throw which Chrissy Teigen (she claims she uses it 365 days a year), Reviewed style editor, Amanda Tarlton, and I can't stop talking about.
32. For the wine-loving pair: Winc Wine Subscription
Hear me out: there are so many positive things to be said about a couple of bottles of delicious wine showing up at your door every month. That's exactly why a wine subscription is a fantastic wedding gift. Every month, like clockwork, they'll get personalized wine recommendations based on a flavor quiz they take with tons of options to choose from—like reds, whites, and sparkling bottles. According to our tester, the wine recommendations are delicious so don't be surprised if they want to continue the subscription when the gift runs out.
33. For the sentimental couple: Wedding album
If the couple you're shopping for has exhausted their time and money on the wedding planning process, do them a favor and help secure them a wedding album. Building an album with a wedding photographer is not only pricey, but it can be time consuming too. Just when the wedding is over and the relaxing and money saving can begin, who wants to worry about dishing out more money and time to make an album?! Artifact Uprising makes beautiful and quality photo albums for a decent price. One of our editors made wedding albums from Artifact Uprising, and she could not recommend them more. You can build the album for them, select the option for someone at Artifact Uprising to put it together, or you can provide the cash and let the couple create the layout themselves.
34. For the couple with weekly meal preps: A food processor
The couple who loves meal prepping will love the Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY. When we tested food processors, it was our favorite due to its compact size, quietness, and its ability to excel at every task—like chopping, kneading, and slicing. It's great for making meal prep go as smoothly (and quickly) as possible.
35. For the couple establishing their new kitchen: Cuisinart cookware set
A long-lasting, high-quality set of pots and pans is a necessity for a newly established kitchen. This Cuisinart cookware set is our top pick because it’s made of durable stainless steel, cooks food evenly due to its triple-ply construction, and is easy to handle—i.e they aren’t too heavy. Plus, it comes with everything you need to cook a meal and more—two saucepans, an 8-quart stockpot, a medium-sized 3.5-quart sauté pan, two skillets, and a steamer insert.
36. For the toasted bagel loving couple: A toaster oven
For the couple who loves a perfectly toasted bagel every Sunday morning, a toaster oven would make a fabulous gift idea. Our favorite toaster oven is Breville Smart Oven Pro as it toasts, bakes, and slow cooks incredibly evenly. It’ll become a kitchen staple and make a super practical gift.
37. For the kitchen that has everything: A sous vide cooker
Want to upgrade the newlyweds' kitchen with something they don’t already have? Get them a Sous Vide immersion circulator. The ChefSteps Joule is our favorite due to its sleek design, fasting heating, and very accurate temperature control.
38. For the couple that loves to bake: KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer
Cakes, cookies, pies, merenges—if it's a dessert, they're baking it. Give them a kitchen utensil they will truly cherish for years to come like the iconic KitchenAid Mixer. Year after year, we find ourselves always selecting the KitchenAid Mixer as the best stand mixer because of its durability, easy-to-use attachments (it can also grind meat, make pasta, and more), and its super quiet motor. Plus, it comes in tons of colors so they can match it to their decor perfectly.
39. For the couple whipping up healthy recipes: Air fryer
Air fryers are a great gift for the couple who loves whipping up healthy recipes, as they offer a way to make the crispiest vegetables and fried-tasting food without the oil. The Philips Airfryer XXL is the best air fryer we've tested as it has no preheat required, can cook a lot of food at once, and it makes super crispy food. It would make a great gift for any couple, but especially for those who love to cook and eat healthy or semi-healthy food.
40. For the practical couple: A cordless vacuum
Here at Reviewed, we tested all sorts of vacuums—cordless, robot, handheld, corded, the list goes on. Because of this, we can safely say that the best cordless vacuum is the Dyson V11 Torque Drive. Not only does it clean exceptionally well due to it's powerful suction, but it also has no pesky wires, and an incredible battery life. Basically, we can concur in confidence that it's a present all newlyweds will love.
41. For the couple who loves to cook for a crowd: Staub Dutch Oven
From braising meat to creating the perfect sourdough, the Staub Dutch oven is essential for all newlyweds. It's our favorite Dutch Oven (yes, it outranked the famous Le Creuset) because its round size doesn't take up too much burner space on the stovetop, it's easy to clean, and it will last forever. Plus, its sleek appearance allows it to double as a beautiful serving dish for whatever you cook inside.
42. For the couple who likes to keep it cozy: A down comforter
A comforter instantly makes any bed cozier—which is why a comforter is an amazing gift for a newly married couple. This one is our favorite down comforter because, in the words of our tester, it's like sleeping on a luxurious cloud.
43. For the grill masters: A grill
When thinking about wedding gifts, a grill immediately comes to mind since it’s practical, functional, and versatile. When testing grills, this Weber Spirit Grill was our favorite gas grill. It cooks evenly, perfectly sears meat and vegetables, and has a sturdy, well-built design.
44. For the couple hosting pizza night: A pizza oven
There are few things better in life than a fresh, wood-oven pizza. If you're shopping for a couple who loves pizza and has outdoor space, an outdoor pizza oven is a gift they'll love and appreciate. Our favorite outdoor pizza oven is Gozney Roccbox as it has a gorgeous design, heats quickly, and—most importantly—makes delicious Neapolitan and New York-style pizza.
45. For the espresso fanatics: Espresso machine
If your giftee can't go a single day without a cup (or three) of espresso, then an espresso machine is just what they need. Our testers dubbed the Breville Barista Touch the best espresso machine due to its beginner-friendly usage, high-quality espresso, and easy-to-clean machine. However, if it's out of your price range, the Gaggia Classic Pro is a great alternative with its espresso customization and optimal extraction—i.e discarding the espresso is easy.
- Get the Breville Barista Touch from Amazon for $995.95
- Get the Gaggia Classic Pro from Amazon for $449
46. For the tech-loving couple: The best robot vacuum
You can't go wrong with the gift of a robot vacuum. Not only does the IRobot Roomba i7+ have really cool technology within it, but according to our testers, it's also the best robot vacuum for cleaning hardwood floors. Although it is a tad pricey, it's a worthwhile investment for the new couple as it boasts excellent cleaning, navigation, and is able to empty itself into a self-sealing bag.
47. For the couple who love traveling: Luggage
The travel lovers in your life probably already have a suitcase, but who doesn't enjoy an upgrade? According to our testers, the Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 29" Expandable Spinner Suiter is the best-checked luggage. It held up well during our rigorous testing and has excellent build quality and organizational tools.
48. For the couple with a wine collection: A wine fridge
Regardless of whether it's red, white, or róse, chances are your sommeliers in training are pouring it. Aside from keeping their wines at an ample temperature, our favorite wine fridge has a fantastic storage capacity—it can hold more than 32 bottles—and can be used to age wines when they advance their skills.
49. For the adventurers: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark 111
You probably can't fund an entire vacation for the newlyweds, but you can purchase them an incredible camera to snap photos of their travels. Dubbed as our favorite travel camera, its small compactable size is easy to throw in your fanny pack or purse without compromising on photo quality. Bonus: it also offers the ability to shoot in 4k video so they can film little travel VLOGs for their friends and family.
50. For the couple who loves to exercise: Peloton Bike+
If you're shopping for a couple into fitness, then a Peloton Bike+ is exactly the gift they'll appreciate. It's our favorite exercise bike because it has an auto-adjusting resistance, informative and customizable metrics, and great sound and video quality—i.e they'll really feel like they're taking the class in person.
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