No one wants the present they’ve carefully chosen to be relayed to the back of the closet or (gasp!) returned or exchanged. But gift-giving can sometimes be a tough task for a wedding guest—sometimes even harder than deciphering that dress code!
One way though to ensure that your wedding, shower, or anniversary present will be thoroughly appreciated is to choose a useful gift for the couple of honor that is practical, yet still feels celebratory. We know, we know: It’s easier said than done. But there are tons of practical presents out there that are plenty fun and super special—and we found ‘em for you!
Below, you’ll find gift-worthy products that are so useful the lucky recipients will wonder how they possibly survived without them. And if you and your fiance are registering, you'll want to make sure these are on the list.
Read on for the best useful gifts.
Breville the Barista Touch Espresso Machine
The barista at their favorite coffee shop has nothing on this baby! With customizable brewing and steaming functions, this coffee machine’s touchscreen display offers an array of menu options that include espressos, Americanos, lattes, flat whites, and cappuccinos. They can also specify milk temperature, foam level, espresso volume, and brewing duration, making waiting in line for a cup of joe a thing of the past.
Price at time of publish: $1,100
Dyson V11 Outsize Cordless Vacuum
Make vacuuming their favorite chore with this high-tech, lightweight vacuum from Dyson. Clocking in at under eight pounds and completely cordless, it can be maneuvered around the home with ease—the 120 minutes of fade-free runtime can be tracked on the LCD. It automatically senses and adapts to different floor types, too, and an advanced filtration system traps over 99 percent of particles, dust, and allergens for a superior clean.
Price at time of publish: $800
Airbnb Gift Card
As far as gift cards go, few are as useful as one from Airbnb. It can be put towards a future vacation or honeymoon activities, and even redeemed for an online class or virtual experience: Your friends can learn how to whip up homemade pasta from an Italian chef or paella from one in Spain!
Price at time of publish: $25
Vinglacé Wine Chiller
Crafted from durable stainless steel and available in a trio of cool colors, this vacuum-insulated canister will keep a bottle of wine or bubbly chilled at the perfect temperature. The process will be the easiest part of any dinner party prep: Simply unscrew the top and insert the pre-chilled bottle to keep it that way for hours. Done and done!
Price at time of publish: $90
Dyson Pure Cool Purifying Fan
We’re obsessed with appliances that pull double duty: Their multitasking capabilities make them twice as useful and they can also save both space and money—what’s not to love?
One of our faves is this Dyson Pure Cool Purifying Fan that can cool down a room while purifying the air and eliminating 99.97 percent of pollutants that include ultrafine particles, pollen, bacteria, and pet dander.
Price at time of publish: $400
Vitruvi Terracotta Stone Diffuser
This stunning diffuser can serve as both a piece of thoughtfully crafted decor and a way to scent a space with your favorite essential oils. With ultrasonic technology, it expertly diffuses the aroma and boasts both a 3-hour setting and a 7.5-hour setting that’ll keep the diffuser continuously running (and those lovely scents flowing) throughout the day.
Price at time of publish: $123
Courant Dual Wireless Charging Block
Never again will they have to fight over a single USB cord, thanks to this charger built for two. The dual charging block can wirelessly juice up two phones or sets of AirPods simultaneously. Plus, with pebbled Italian leather and the monogram option, it’ll look smart and stylish sitting on the nightstand.
Price at time of publish: $168
Anthropologie Wine and Cheese Picnic Basket
Come summertime, they’ll constantly be reaching for this picnic basket before heading outside. It’s the perfect size for carrying bottles of wine and small snacks to the park, and the upright shape will keep everything safe and secure. Plus, the adjustable strap makes for easy carrying.
Price at time of publish: $55
Harrison 5-Piece Bar Tool Set
No longer will they have to wave down the bartender or cringe over the tab at the end of the night. With this handy bar toolset, they can craft delicious cocktails right at home. It comes complete with a jigger, strainer, bar spoon, and muddler, all of which can be stored on the sleek and compact stand.
Price at time of publish: $69
Sferra Pettra Throw
This gorgeous throw blanket can serve as a piece of darling decor (how great will it look thrown on the back of an armchair or folded at the foot of a bed?) and also keep the couple of honor toasty warm while cuddled up on the couch. We especially love the sweater-like, chunky knit and the lovely and warm color options!
Price at time of publish: $248
Our Place Always Pan
Yes, that pan that always catches your eye as you scroll through your Instagram feed will look equally as stunning in your friends’ IRL kitchen. Available in seven trendy colors, this multitasking pan does the work of eight separate pieces of cookware, so home chefs can saute, fry, boil, steam, sear, and braise with ease.
Price at time of publish: $145
Hello Fresh Gift Card
This ultra-useful gift will make dinner time a breeze: Hello Fresh sends easy recipes and all the required pre-measured ingredients straight to your door. With a Hello Fresh gift card, the recipient can apply the funds to whichever yummy, five-star recipes pique their interest. Then, once their Hello Fresh box arrives, they can cook the meals together for a stress-free, at-home date night.
Price at time of publish: $65
Revolution Cooking 2-Slice High Speed Smart Toaster
A toaster is a classic wedding gift, but this one gets a modern makeover with technology like a touchscreen and heat settings that allow you to specify what kind of bread you're toasting and the exact shade and level of crispness you prefer. Other features include a reheat warming function, smart sensors, and a removable crumb tray. Who knew a toaster could be so cool?
Price at time of publish: $350
Rabbit Professional 6-Piece Wine Tool by Metrokane
Upgrade that old corkscrew they’ve been using since college with this Cadillac of wine openers: Rabbit wine tools are known for their ease of operation and superior design, and this six-piece set comes complete with everything they’ll need to pop open their favorite bottle of red or white wine. It includes Rabbit’s famous bottle opener, plus two wine pourers/stoppers, a wine sealer, a foil cutter, and an extra worm for the corkscrew.
Price at time of publish: $46
Big Agnes Big Creek 30 Sleeping Bag
Perfect for an adventurous, outdoorsy couple, this sleeping bag provides enough room for two. Toting such comfy features as 100 percent post-consumer recycled insulation, super-soft polyester lining, anti-snag zippers, and an internal hood drawcord, it’ll keep them close and cozy for the ultimate romantic night spent beneath the stars.
Price at time of publish: $270
The USB Lighter Company USB Rechargeable Lighter
Again, we’re sure there are some appliances and tools in your friends’ miscellaneous drawer that require an upgrade: Consider this slim and elegant USB rechargeable lighter the chic older sister of that old convenience store version. Available in six colors, it can deliver up to 300 uses on a single charge and is completely butane-free.
Price at time of publish: $34
Sonomas Roam Smart Speaker
They’re sure to get plenty of use out of this go-anywhere speaker that can be taken along on picnics, to beach trips, and packed for camping excursions. With perks like voice control, Wifi, Bluetooth streaming, all-day battery life, and water resistance, this speaker has everything but the tunes. (The happy couple will provide those, of course!)
Price at time of publish: $179
Cliff Spencer Noaway Countertop Wood Compost Bin
Help transform their kitchen into an eco-friendly space with this compost bin that’ll give them a sustainable way to dispose of such waste like banana peels, coffee grounds, and egg shells. The best part? It doesn’t look like a compost bin! Crafted from salvaged walnut, it’ll make for a stunning addition to any countertop.
Price at time of publish: $160
Instant Pot Duo Crisp Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer
If the couple hasn’t jumped on the Instant Pot craze yet, this is the perfect opportunity to gift them the beyond-useful appliance. This version does it all (and then some!) with both slow and pressure cooking capabilities, plus an innovative air fryer lid that offers additional functions like air frying, roasting, baking, broiling, and dehydrating.
Price at time of publish: $200
Fellow Stagg EKG+ Matte Black Bluetooth Electric Pour-Over Kettle
For those who prefer tea to coffee, look to this next-level kettle that’s as elegant as it is useful. Crafted from matte black stainless steel, it boasts Bluetooth capabilities that allow the user to turn on the kettle and set their desired temperature remotely, and even keep track of their favorite brewing times and temps.
Theragun PRO Percussive Therapy Massager
For couples who are always hitting the gym together or heading off on weekend hikes, this professional-grade massager will provide recovery to sore, tight muscles. With five speeds that offer up to 60 pounds of force, including attachments that allow for the targeting of certain body areas and muscle groups, and a Bluetooth-pairable app that provides treatment presets and real-time recommendations, relief is just the push of a button away.
Price at time of publish: $600
What should I look for in a useful gift for couples?
When considering a useful gift, steer clear of anything that’s purely decorative and would just add clutter to one’s home. Instead, be on the lookout for multitasking products and things that are both practical and stylish. Think a sleek air purifying fan, or a throw blanket that’ll look great displayed in their living room, but that will also keep them warm as the weather cools.
Is it OK to go off-registry for a gift?
It depends! Technically, there's no set rule that you have to buy off the couple’s registry—but it’s always encouraged when possible to ensure that you get them something that they truly want or need. If you’re especially close to the couple though and are confident in your knowledge of their likes and dislikes, then it’s a safer bet to purchase something that isn’t included on the wedding registry.
Of course, if everything on the registry has already been claimed by other wedding guests, then that’s another scenario where it is absolutely acceptable to pick something else out for the couple.
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Lifestyle writer Jamie Cuccinelli has several years of experience in the wedding, lifestyle, and home decor industries, first as an editor of Brides.com and then as a writer for websites like MyDomaine, where she’s seasoned in outfitting a killer wedding registry, kitchen cutlery drawer, linen closet, and carefully curated home.