You may be expecting a few prettily-wrapped packages from your guests come the wedding day, but don't forget to buy a wedding gift yourself — for your soon-to-be spouse, of course. A wedding gift exchange between the to-be-wedded couple is a sweet way to commemorate the day (besides you know, the vows and rings, of course). We wouldn't necessarily call it a tradition, but it's a common gesture just the same. But what on earth do you get someone to mark this moment? A honeymoon gift might just be your passport to success.
Consider honeymoon gifts the new wedding present. If you find picking up a small trinket for your hubby or wifey as a pre-"I do" gift a little, well, odd, getting them a present to specifically be used on your upcoming getaway is a great twist on the gift gesture that's not only romantic, but totally practical as well. And better yet, years from now, it'll not only spark the memory of your "I dos," but of all the sunny, sandy fun that came after them, too.
Need some suggestions (besides the obvious little white lingerie)? Look no further. Earn yourselves the title of 'that jet-setter couple' and pack these babies away to surprise your new spouse on your honeymoon adventure.
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A Monogrammed Weekender Bag
Marriage means sharing the carry-on, so this buttery leather overnight bag is technically a gift for both of you! Stash all your must-haves inside before boarding the honeymoon plane now, and later it'll be you and your hubby's go-to carryall for business trips and romantic weekend getaways. Best of all, you can have it personalized with your new joint monogram — we know you can't wait to use it! ("The Transport" weekender bag, $298, Madewell)
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A Waterproof, Diving Watch
A sleek new timepiece has been the go-to wedding present from wives to new hubbies for what seems like forever. Throw a honeymoon twist into the old gift, by snagging your spouse a watch that'll standup to all of your adventures. This Tudor timepiece is made for scuba diving up to 500 meters, so it'll stand up to splashing in the pool or exciting underwater escapades. Plus, it's damn stylish. *("Pelagos" diving Swiss watch, $4,300, Tudor) *
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Splash-Proof iPhone Camera Lens
Capture all the mushy-gushy moments and your epic escapades with this collection of interchangeable iPhone lens that transform your phone into a crisp, professional camera. Plus, the case and lenses are totally waterproof up to 15 feet and drop-proof up to 20 feet, so have no fear bringing it along wherever your adventures take you. (Four lens iPhone kit, $149.95, Optrix)
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A pair of high-quality sunnies will last your spouse far beyond the honeymoon. Plus, you'll feel like total celebs sunning yourselves in your luxury shades! We love Maui Jim for their patented lens that wipe out 99.9 percent of glare (perfect for a golf game or just staring lovingly into each other's eyes like the ooey-gooey newlyweds you are) and block 100 percent of harmful UV. Plus, they're ridiculously stylish. For men, go for the Kawika shades for a retro-cool look he'll love. And for the ladies, the refined cat-eye shape of the Coco Palms style are totally trendy and feminine. ("Kawika" and "Coco Palms" sunglasses, $299 and $279, Maui Jim)
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A Wine Travel Bag
Surprise your spouse by bringing a bottle of your wedding wine along for the ride! The VinniBag lets you tote your precious cargo in your suitcase with no fear of it spilling or breaking. Just imagine sipping on your wedding wine while soaking in your hotel room's whirlpool bath and reliving the magic of your big day... ("VinniBag" wine travel tote, $28, Ellessco)
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Cutesy Travel Toiletries
No need for your hubby to wonder if he remembered to pack his razors after the wedding — you've already done it! For something small, sweet, and inexpensive, we're obsessing over this cheeky "Hey Handsome" shaving bag for gents. Stash away his fave products inside and you'll start the morning after the "I dos" on the right foot. For women, the Aesop Jet Set Kit is our personal go-to. The shampoo, conditioner, body cleanser, and body balm are all the essential carry-on components rolled into one luxe little kit. ("Hey Handsome" shaving kit bag, $68, Owen and Fred; "Jet Set" travel kit, $37, Aesop)