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So this is it, your first Christmas as an engaged or married couple. Whether or not you’ve celebrated the holidays together before, this year is different. You want to make sure your partner knows how excited you are to celebrate all your holidays with them from here on out. It's not all about the presents, of course, but you still want to find something that shows how much you love and appreciate them!
Ashly Juskus, a Senior Buyer in the Dining, Drinking, and Children’s Department at Uncommon Goods, offers this insight: “As cliché as it may sound, a good gift is one that comes from the heart. One that you ‘just have to get for [insert lucky recipient here]’ because you know they’ll love it; or because it commemorates some special moment in time.A good present is one that they’ll like to receive, but a great one is one you just can’t wait to give."
Meet the Expert
Ashley Juskas has 10 years experience as a food and lifestyle buyer, and is a Senior Buyer in the Dining, Drinking, and Children’s Department at Uncommon Goods,
That can be a lot of pressure to put on a present, and it seems like there are more and more options to wade through every year. If you’re wishing you had your own team of elves to help you sift through the season’s best offerings, you’re in luck. You’ve got us!
Read on for the best holiday gifts for your first Christmas together.
Wooden Engraved Shop Our First Christmas Personalized Picture Frame
Can you get your hands on their favorite photo of the two of you? Print a high-quality copy and put it in this festive frame as a sweet and simple token of your affection. The frame is crafted out of oak and decorated with snowflake and pine branch motifs. Your names and wedding date are recorded along the bottom for a personal touch.
Funky and Glitz Greenery Personalized Wedding Ornament
A personalized ornament is a perfect way to celebrate your love, and this handcrafted piece will definitely be treasured for many holidays to come. The couple is framed in a rustic, beechwood embroidery hoop—then customize the portrait with the appropriate hair color and skin tone, and add your names. Along the bottom of the piece, the message “Our First Christmas” and the year marks the occasion.
Minted "Our Vows" Print
Your vows are the most important promises you’ve ever made to each other. So, renew them, so to speak, with this gorgeous piece of custom photo art. In the center is a photo of the two of you with your wedding date beneath it. On either side are your vows to one another. Choose the size, frame material, and color theme to make it just perfect for the one you love.
Catbird Pearl and Black Diamond Necklace
If she loves jewelry, she’s going to be thrilled to find this necklace under the tree. This piece is classic—with a twist. The stunning pendant features a soft pink teardrop pearl next to a black diamond, and the chain and setting are made of 14k gold. She’ll cherish this one forever.
Leatherology Double Zip Toiletry Bag
With this premium toiletry bag, they'll never again have to open their luggage to shaving cream or hair gel disaster; its two compartments are lined with water-resistant fabric to contain any leaks or spills. The bag also has a topstitched handle so it’s easy to retrieve, even from the bottom of your suitcase, and it’s made of full grain Italian leather that comes in a variety of rich shades.
Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe
While you're wrapping your nearest and dearest in love this holiday season, you can also wrap them in this cozy robe. Made of 100% long-staple Turkish cotton, the Cloud cotton robe is light, fluffy, and irresistibly comfy. It’s got a snug waist tie and two pockets for all your lounging needs; it also comes in tons of gorgeous shades like mulberry, dusk, and amber.
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
If they would never dream of starting their day without a fresh cup of coffee, take their morning ritual to the next level. The Breville Barista Express is a top-of-the-line espresso machine that makes lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos just like the ones from their favorite coffee shop. It grinds beans immediately before brewing for the freshest results possible, and it has a ton of automatic and manual settings for everyone, from beginners to master baristas.
Jacqueline Schmidt Sea of Love Print
The Ocean lover in your life is going to adore this sweet and quirky print. It’s titled “Sea of Love” and includes the punny message “our love runs deep.” The rest of the print consists of sketches that look like they’ve come straight out of an explorer’s journal. There’s a dolphin, a sea turtle, an octopus, and more, all labeled with their common and scientific names.
Date Night In: More than 120 Recipes to Nourish Your Relationship
Maybe you already love cooking together, or maybe you’d like to start. Either way, Date Night In contains over 100 recipes for many wonderful, romantic dinners at home. Open a bottle of wine, tackle a recipe together, and enjoy the delicious results at your dining room table. The best part? You can do it all in your PJs.
William Sonoma Black-Handled BBQ Tool Set Storage Case
All of the grill masters out there will positively drool over this collection of BBQ utensils. This set includes a basting brush, tongs, fork, and spatula—all forged in durable stainless steel with extra-long synthetic handles to protect hands from the flames. Everything comes in a sleek, stainless steel storage case to boot, so the king or queen of the grill can take their tools with them, wherever their services are required.
Simply To Impress Boho Xmas Stocking
Personalized stockings are a wonderful way to make the holiday season your own. Hanging them each year becomes a cherished tradition, and you can add them to your collection as your family grows. These stockings in particular are simple and modern, making them perfect for any household. They’re decorated with geometric trees and patterns, and embroidered with the names of all your family members. Don’t forget to include the fur babies!
Mark & Graham Terminal 1 Zip Front Carry-On and Checked Luggage Set
Do they love to travel in style? Then get them a first-class luggage set. This pair of bags comes in matching checked and carry-on sizes. Both are spinners, meaning their wheels rotate a full 360˚ for ultimate maneuverability, and they’re made of high-quality materials. Their polycarbonate exteriors come with genuine leather detailing, and their stylish, striped linings are made of tough polyester. They’re even monogrammed, so they’re extra easy to spot in baggage claims.
Studiopatró Cross-Back Linen Kitchen Apron
If they’ve been known to emerge from a holiday baking marathon covered in flour and egg yolks, this linen apron is going to be a very welcome gift. Its cross-back design makes it secure and comfortable, and it has a handy pocket for utensils and a loop for a kitchen towel. It comes in 13 gorgeous shades that would look fantastic on anyone, and it has sleek design details like nickel-plated grommets and slate gray ties.
Shinola The Canfield Sport 45mm
Is it time for a better, bolder wristwatch? The Canfield Sport is as sleek and sexy as it gets. It has a black sandblasted PVD case, matte ceramic bezel, dial, and set of three sub-dials; its white and orange accents provide a vibrant, sporty contrast to the black background. This watch comes with a classy dark cognac leather strap to complete the look.
Vitruvi Stone Diffuser
Honestly, who doesn’t need a little aromatherapy these days? With the right essential oils, this ultrasonic stone diffuser is just what they need to turn their home into a calming retreat from the outside world. Its high-quality ceramic cover will keep their space looking as incredible as it smells too.
Linoto 100% Linen Sheet Set
Great sheets are a luxury that they deserve, and these are some of the best. Linoto’s linen sheets are smooth, sturdy, and easy to care for. This set includes all of the basics—a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and two pillowcases—and comes in beautiful, muted shades like terra cotta, sage, and plum.
Rocksbox Monthly Jewelry Gift Subscription
So, you know she loves glitz and glam but you have no idea how to pick something out for her? Buy her a 3, 6, or 12-month Rocksbox membership, and your work is done. A stylist will get a sense of her taste and select luxury pieces from top brands just for her. When she gets tired of the pieces she has, she can trade them in for new ones, and if she gets attached to a piece, she can buy it at a discounted price.
Fitbit Versa 2 Health and Fitness Smartwatch
If you already know their New Year’s resolution will be to get in better shape, give them a head start with the Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch. It tracks workouts with over 20 goal-based exercise modes and is water-resistant to 50M, so you aren’t limited to land-based exercise. The Versa 2 also tracks your heart rate, sleep time, and level of restlessness to give you insight into the quality of your sleep. It will give any fitness lover the edge they need to take their routine up a notch.
Urban Outfitters Heart-Shaped Mini Waffle Maker
This waffle maker might be the cutest in the world. Its exterior is cheery, bright red with tiny heart details on top, and it makes the most adorable heart-shaped waffles you’ve ever seen. On a more practical note, its non-stick coating and compact design make it easy to clean and store. Whenever your partner makes breakfast with this gem, they’ll feel the love with every sweet, fluffy bite.
Johanna Howard Home Dip-Dyed Throw
Add some color and comfort to their favorite lounging space with this gorgeous dip-dyed throw. It’s made of 100% baby alpaca for the softest cuddles imaginable, and its ombre design is positively chic. This throw comes in almost 20 striking shades, so it’s easy to find one that will look perfect on that chair or couch they love so much.
Iconoclast Fitness Virtual Training
If they’ve tried a lot of exercise and diet regimens and just aren’t satisfied with the results, a subscription to Iconoclast Fitness might be exactly what they’ve been looking for. Owner and Founder, Ngo Okafor designs 7-, 14-, and 28-day programs to dramatically transform his client’s bodies. He personalizes his programs according to his individual client’s goals and needs and leads them through 1-on-1 training sessions (virtually or in-person) to help them get on the path to reaching their lifelong health and fitness goals.
What to look for in a gift for your first Christmas
This year’s Christmas gift is all about staying in the honeymoon phase and making your new spouse feel special. There are a few foolproof ways to do that, depending on your partner’s personality.
If your partner is sentimental type, a personalized art piece or an item that expresses your affection will surely warm their heart. Have a customized ornament made, preserve your vows into a high-quality piece of art, create a collage of favorite photos together, or write them a sweet letter.
How do I make sure that my Christmas gift to my new fiancé or spouse is memorable?
Take the time to think about what they really want and need. And don't be afraid to go the extra mile this holiday–it's momentous one! But don't sweat it too much—they’ll love anything that shows them how much you value the bond you share.
What are some other holiday gift ideas for my spouse?
"Think about your partner," advises Juskas. "Are they the sentimental and romantic? If so, go with something that celebrates your love! Are they more into their gadgets, goods, and games? Get them something luxe and thoughtful that reflects their interests.” And if you’re feeling unsure, it never hurts to get your partner several gifts to cover the bases.
Experiential gifts are also great. If they love to hike, plan a weekend trip to try out some new trails. If they love arts and crafts, find a sculpting or painting activity kit that you can complete together. Or maybe there’s something new they’ve been wanting to explore like horseback riding or paddle boarding. Get lessons so that the two of you can learn something new together and maybe even develop a new hobby!
Why Trust Brides
Mckenzie Eggers is a seasoned Christmas shopper, and she puts a lot of time into selecting gifts that her loved ones will enjoy. She has written extensively about lifestyle and personalized gifts and is an expert in the field. Every year, her mother tells her, “Don’t get me anything,” but she always ends up admitting that the items Mckenzie carefully picks out help her feel that holiday comfort and joy.