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17 Thoughtful Wedding Gifts They’ll Cherish Forever

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The best wedding gifts are the ones the couple will use and treasure for years to come. Not everyone uses a wedding registry, and many loved ones prefer to find the most personalized gifts to help the newlyweds settle into life together. Whether the wedding is a small, intimate event or a massive party, we found the most thoughtful wedding gifts for any nuptial event.

Even if you cannot attend in person (here’s how to decline an invite), we found loads of items on the ever-popular Amazon wedding registry to make your gift-giving easier than ever. Engaged couples can add practical requests, so even far-off loved ones can send gifts. As a bride-to-be myself, I stand behind each of these options!

Our list is also a terrific source of ideas for when you just can’t figure out what they might need, even as anniversary gifts. Keep scrolling for the best thoughtful wedding gifts ranging from home accessories to sentimental gifts.

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KitchenAid Classic Series 10 Speed Stand Mixer
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For the classic couple: KitchenAid Classic Series Stand Mixer

Perhaps the most popular wedding gift of all time, this KitchenAid stand mixer is a classic for a reason. No kitchen is complete without this wedding registry gift staple. It’s a household essential that helps the couple whip up all their favorite desserts and recipes with professional precision. This stand mixer includes three attachments for beating, whisking and making dough, and will quickly become a prized family possession.

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Back To That Night Custom Glassware
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For the love story written in the stars: Custom Sky Glassware

If their union is truly like no other, celebrate them with one of the most unique and thoughtful wedding gifts in the world. Back to That Night custom glassware features actual star maps of the sky above on any given date. Pick the day of their wedding, the night they first met or another significant milestone in their relationship.

You could also surprise them with this gift at a dinner party. Choose stemless glasses, beer pints or mixed glasses too.

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Big Blanket Co. Premier Plush Blanket
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For the homebodies: Big Blanket Co. Premier Plush Blanket

Staying in is fun when you’re a newlywed. This oversized Big Blanket Co. throw is a plush cuddle essential that offers enough room for two without playing tug-of-war. Opt for the soft cream shade for a dose of bridal elegance or any of the other 12 trendy colors.

The massive 10-by-10-foot size leaves them with more than enough room to invite future kids, dogs and other family members into the snuggle fest. After all, buying thoughtful wedding gifts that both couples can enjoy is always the goal (this also makes a lovely engagement gift).

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Super Plush Towel Move In Bundle
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For first-time roommates: Brooklinen Towel Move-In Bundle

When the couple is moving in together after the ceremony, give them the gift of upgraded towels (great housewarming gift idea too). You can’t go wrong with these fluffy white ones. This Brooklinen ultra-plush move-in bundle helps any couple turn an ordinary bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary.

It comes with four bath towels, four hand towels, four washcloths and a matching bath mat. Each item is made from cuddle-worthy cotton that rivals towels at the best hotels.

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Aura Mason Luxe Digital Frame
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For those who live on memory lane: Aura Mason Luxe Digital Frame

Our lives are constantly evolving, and an Aura digital picture frame lets the couple preserve and showcase their best memories. The frame displays images in crystal-clear resolution on a color-calibrated 9.7-inch screen. Using their email or the free Aura app, they can add and swap an unlimited number of images to this Wi-Fi-enabled digital frame.

It’s a beautiful reminder of how love grows, and one they’ll happily show off to visitors. Hot tip: Include a photo card in the frame and write one of these thoughtful wedding wishes for the new couple.

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Nesting Serving Bowls Ecomm Via Uncommongoods.com
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For the hosts: Nesting Serving Bowls

I’m a sucker for maximalist home decor, and these nesting serving bowls add a decadent touch to like-minded kitchens. My registry is full of serving trays and dinnerware for future get-togethers (you can never have too many). Handmade by artist Bruce Larrabee, these different-sized bowls come in a set of five.

Your couple can use this hosting gift for appetizers or entrees during dinner parties or as decorative fruit bowls. They’re dishwasher and microwave safe too.

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Homesick Newlywed Cheers Bundle
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For the trendy couple: Homesick Newlywed Cheers Bundle

Searching for thoughtful wedding gifts for couples who have it all? The Homesick candle bundle lets them fill their newlywed nest with comforting scents. The set comes with the “Let’s Toast” and “Just Married” candles with fruity and sultry notes, respectively. Along with gift-giving, here are more wedding etiquette tips for guests to follow.

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Bissell Crosswave X7 Wet Dry Vacuum
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For practical homeowners: Bissell CrossWave X7 Wet Dry Vacuum

It might not be the most sexy, but we guarantee any couple will be thrilled to receive this easy-to-use vacuum mop. It’s a perennial bestseller thanks to its moderate price point and ability to clean most types of floors. While it’s a vacuum designed with pets in mind to pick up hair and fur, the swivel steering and edge-to-edge cleaning has made it a runaway hit with pet-free homes too. It’s just the thing to turn a clean house into a clean home.

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Cleanforce Air Purifier
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For the city dwellers: CleanForce Air Purifier

A quality air purifier is a must for city couples. This CleanForce model has an impressive 4.7-star rating on Amazon. It’s triple-filtered and controlled via a phone app. Best of all, it blends in with different home decor aesthetics with five color options.

Crossing off appliances from a couple’s gift list saves them from splurging all at once and they’ll definitely thank you for it. To prevent adding dirt to the couple’s home, keep these house guest etiquette rules in mind.

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Personalized Couples Print Wedding Gift
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For the artistic couple: Personalized Couples Print

Searching for a creative gift for couples? They’ll swoon over this customized print that showcases the happy duo as their most adventurous selves. You can personalize every detail—hair color, scenery, pets, clothes and everything in between.

This Etsy gift was selected by the website’s style and trend editors as a top pick, so you know it’ll be one of those adorable and thoughtful wedding gifts a couple will love showing off to guests.

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Maps International Scratch The World Travel Edition
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For the world travelers: Scratch the World Travel Map Print

This budget-friendly wedding gift offers a pair of world-traveling lovebirds the ultimate to-visit list. They’ll scratch off locations on the interactive map one destination at a time over a lifetime of fun together. The memories will be endless: they can start with their honeymoon and continue with romantic weekend getaways.

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Yeti Tundra 45 Hard Cooler
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For the weekend warriors: Yeti Tundra 45 Hard Cooler

Some of the best and most thoughtful wedding gifts are actually the most practical. I’ve added a Yeti cooler to my own registry, thinking ahead to future family beach days or sports game tailgates. This one holds up to 54 cans, 37 pounds of ice or a mix of the two (or about a weekend’s worth of camping cooking supplies). Here are even more gifts for nature lovers.

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Viking Cast Iron Fry Pan
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For the chefs: Viking Cast Iron Fry Pan

Pots and pans are another foolproof wedding gift. This classic Viking cast iron fry pan distributes heat evenly, holds temperatures for long periods of time and has a non-reactive glossy enamel interior that makes it easy to clean. It can also handle metal utensils, resisting chips and cracks even with the most frequent use.

Wedding gifts can be fun and practical, and this will serve as both for the couple who loves to cook. If you’re on the fence about a kitchen gift, check out these presents for people that are impossible to shop for.

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American Tourister 3-Piece Luggage Set
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For the honeymooners: American Tourister Luggage Set

A set of three matching American Tourister suitcases is one of those splurge wedding gifts they won’t soon forget. We love the easy-to-use push-button handle and 360-degree spinner wheels. Choose from seven shades, then sit back and wait to see just how happy the newlyweds are with this Amazon luggage that seemingly stands up to anything.

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Casper Sleep Super Soft Sheet Set
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For those who sleep in: Casper Sleep Super Soft Sheet Set

For the couple that values sleeping in over early mornings, start their forever off right with this lightweight and ultra-soft 100% cotton Casper sheet set. It comes with a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, two pillowcases and a duvet cover. These are the best bed sheets they’ll reach for time and time again and will never go out of style. They’ll give the happy couple a better night’s sleep, and isn’t that truly the best gift? Next, learn these must-follow wedding gift etiquette rules.

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Wedding Keepsake Library
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For the sentimental couple: Wedding Keepsake Library

After spending months (sometimes years!) and thousands of dollars on wedding planning, couples will want to make sure their memories are preserved as best as possible. Instead of putting flowers, written vows and accessories in a cardboard box in the attic, they’ll love this wedding keepsake library. It comes with a file compartment for paper goods and acid-free drawers and pouches for all their priceless keepsakes.

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Wyze Robot Vacuum
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For the smart home couple: Wyze Robot Vacuum

If your couple bickers over who’s in charge of sweeping the floors at the end of the day, a Wyze Robot Vacuum could be a lifesaver. It maps the layout of the house and schedules through a phone app. Choose from different cleaning modes across different floor types. If I didn’t already have a robot vacuum, I’d definitely add this one to my wedding gifts registry. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Any of these options make for thoughtful wedding gifts that are guaranteed to get you a handwritten thank-you note and a premium seat at the next big event.

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Andrea Carrillo
As Associate Shopping Editor at Reader's Digest, Andrea is a lifestyle writer covering all things e-commerce. She has covered streetwear, sustainability and culture for a variety of publications. When she's not on deadline, you can find her reading, collecting vintage fashion and furthering her goal of visiting every country in South America.