The happiest of holidays are often the first. And if this is the very first holiday season you're spending with your brand-new spouse as newlyweds (congrats, girl!), or the one where you and your honey are newly engaged and ringing in your future with the new year, it's a special kind of December. And an extra special holiday season calls for an extra special holiday gift. No pressure or anything...
Technically speaking, no one should stress during the holidays. But if the anxiety over making your first holiday with your husband, wife, or fiancé an unforgettable one is sending you into a Christmas craze—don't panic! Have some cocoa with a side of deep breathing. First of all, it's already unforgettable, silly! This is the first of countless Christmas mornings you'll spend waking up next to your love. It's special all on its own. And second of all, we got your back in the gift department.
Below, we've rounded up 29 of our favorite holiday gift ideas, perfect to exchange during your first holiday season. From honeymoon luggage to personalized barware, these goodies are so good, we wouldn't be surprised if Santa got one for Mrs. Claus back when they were newlyweds!
Why You’re So Awesome By Knock Knock
This Christmas, take turns filling in the blanks to remind your S.O. how high he or she falls on the awesomeness scale. Sure, it's cheesy. But it's the holidays! There's no better time of year to get a little corny.
SHOP NOW: Urban Outfitters, $10
"The Carry-On" Suitcase
Away's collection of luggage couldn't be more perfect for honeymoons or future post-wedding getaways together. This stylish and durable rolling suitcase has a built-in battery hidden inside for on-the-go charging—because nothing ruins a honeymoon glow faster than a fight over who gets the last outlet in the airport.
SHOP NOW: Away, $225
Wicks and Stones Yin + Yang Collection
For a modern [scent]iment that celebrates the yin to your yang, look no further. Two distinct fragrances in contrasting packaging balance one another out.
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $42
Make Your Own Wine Kit
There's standard, store-bought Merlot—and then there's an oh-so-meaningful bottle of Merlot that you and your partner made together. That's right: you don't have to be a sommelier to whip up your own at-home batch of vino, whether it be red or white.
SHOP NOW: Food52, $66
Filson Leather Dog Leash
If your family of two is about to become three with the addition of a fur baby, gift each other Christmas presents to aid in your new pet parenthood. For the chicest pooch on the block, accessorize with a sleek leather leash.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $85
Triby Smart Speaker
A house is not a home without a speaker, right? (Or something along those lines...) Go off the beaten path a bit with a fridge-friendly, portable number. Here's to many impromptu kitchen dance parties together.
SHOP NOW: Urban Outfitters, $199
Love Rug Waterproof Outdoor Blanket
Your outdoor lounging game will forever be changed for the better. Save for your beach honeymoon or a sunny day.
SHOP NOW: Food52, $109
Halogen Wool & Cashmere Eye Mask & Travel Wrap Gift Set
You can't go wrong with an impossibly soft wool and cashmere throw for your first holiday season together—especially one with an accompanying eye mask. Plus, it's the perfect excuse to cuddle up during those cold winter nights.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $149
The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook
If your date-nights-in look straight out of an episode of "MasterChef," then consider this staple from America's Test Kitchen the newlywed cooking Bible. Make your Christmas meal one for the books.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $25.23
Just returning from your honeymoon, or dreaming about your next getaway? This minimalist diffuser will evoke seaside memories with its "Staycation" scent of juniper berries, tonka bean, and cardamom.
SHOP NOW: Snowe, $40
Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Camera in Black
Of course you hired a wedding photographer to capture those big-day moments. But what about all the ones in between? A new camera should do the trick, especially when it's designed with your selfies in mind.
SHOP NOW: Bed Bath & Beyond, was $129.99, now $109.99
Stovetop Popcorn Popper Black
Movie night, meet next-level popcorn maker. Because manually whipping up your favorite salty snack beats the microwave route any day.
SHOP NOW: Crate & Barrel, $24.95
Herbivore True Blue Skin Clarifying Duo
After a year of wedding planning has wreaked havoc on your complexions, relax and rejuvenate together with a soothing skin-care set. It's like a couple's spa treatment in your living room! (Because TBH, who wants to leave the house in the middle of winter?)
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $29
Michael Mina Bar Tool Set
Packed with all the tools needed to craft a killer cocktail, this one's for your new forever bartender. Curated by a chef and restaurateur, you know you're giving the best of the best.
SHOP NOW: Frontgate, was $59, now $44
Gilded Monogram DOF Glass
Speaking of cocktails, kick your barware up another notch with a set of gold-rimmed, monogrammed glasses. Cheers to personalized libations!
SHOP NOW: Anthroplogie, $16
Custom Last Name Doormat
Up the ante on your outdoor decor via a new doormat—personalized with your specific wedding year, of course!
SHOP NOW: Etsy, starting at $40
Manduka PROlite Yoga Mat
Whether you're deep in the throes of wedding planning or just celebrated the big day, you deserve some much-needed time to unwind with your partner. Enter a few lightweight yoga mats.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $100
Vitruvi White Stone Essential Oil Diffuser
Inhale, exhale, and repeat. Tack some essential oils into both of your daily regimens to feel more at-ease—a crucial necessity if wedding planning has been dominating your days recently. Don't forget to breathe!
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $119
Marshall Major II Wireless Headphones
In an era of barely-there headphones, we encourage you to branch out from the pack and keep it old school. Save a set for yourself, then wrap one under the tree for your partner. And, just in time for winter, they're essentially glorified earmuffs—right?
SHOP NOW: Urban Outfitters, was $150, now $99
The Dyson V7 HEPA vacuum cleaner
No more excuses for shirking the vacuuming responsibilities—meet one cleaning tool you'll both actually want to whip out. Not having to maneuver around a chord makes alllll the difference already, but the design also means dust in even the tiniest nooks and crannies has met its match. Let's talk storage, too—we know how much you value your closet space, so know that this vacuum takes up the bare minimum.
SHOP NOW: Dyson, was $329.99, now $189.99
etuHOME Vintage Found French Champagne Ice Bucket
Behold—a champagne bucket so glorious that it can stake out permanent residence in your kitchen for immediate bubbly consumption. Each metal vessel has been sourced from Europe, making your Christmas champagne toast feel all the more suave.
SHOP NOW: Food52, $64
Wooden Multi-Device Charging Dock
No more jumbled phone chords! Your tech toys can stay fully charged and out of the way thanks to a minimal charging dock. With room for two iPhones, a smart watch, and a tablet, fighting over the charger will officially be a thing of the past.
SHOP NOW: Urban Outfitters, $36
Tiled Margot Monogram Coaster
Preserve your shared coffee table by kicking off your coaster collection in style (because your mom would flip if she saw one of her wedding presents mistreated). Pay tribute to both of your initials, or keep it straightforward with the ABC's.
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $10
Zodax Maha Bone Picture Frame
Hello, wedding photo display! If you're still sorting through the hundreds of snippets from the big day, force yourselves to pick a few frame-worthy favorites and show them off in your home.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, was $56, now $44.80
Chocolate & Wine Pairing Set
The greatest pairing of all (aside from you and your S.O., of course): vino and chocolate. This kit features a cutting board, caving knife, and four separate sweets with up to 17 recommended wine parings. Christmas plans, sorted.
SHOP NOW: UncommonGoods, $50