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When it comes to wedding gifts, it can be tough to find great ideas for couples who already have kitchen appliances and silverware. And what if they don't have a registry at all? For those in search of something special, here's a few personalized items that couples will welcome at every stage of life.
1. Matching travel accessories
Whether it's for the honeymoon or a future trip together, inspire the newlyweds to go on new adventures with a set of personalized passport covers and matching luggage tags. These colorful extras are both practical and posh. ($74.50, binscreations.etsy.com)
2. Portable picnic backpack
The 30-piece "Happy Couple Backpack" from Personal Creations gives new meaning to "take out." The customized carryall has everything they'd need for a quick getaway, including a detachable wine cooler. Plus, it can be embroidered with their names and wedding date. ($99.99, personalcreations.com)
3. Belted beach blanket
When they're looking for some fun in the sun, the lovebirds will look forward to using Beach People's leather carrier — it can turn any bulky blanket, towel or even yoga mat into an easy-to-pack, easy-to-tote item. I suggest you upgrade the item even further with one of the brand's unique and chic round towels for a cozy, stylish spot on the sand. (Leather Carrier $39; Round Towels $79 and up, thebeachpeopleco.com)
4. Personalized pajamas
Here's a great gift that offers the newlyweds another reason to stay cozy under the covers. Monogrammed sleepwear is a great little luxury that most people won't splurge on for themselves. PJs from Pajamagram are as comfy as an old T-shirt, but add an extra bit of polish and sophistication. ($45.99 and up, pajamagram.com)
5. Bold bedding
Even if the couple already resides in a fully furnished home, odds are, their pillowcases are still fairly ordinary. So why not mix things up with witty designs like that say "Mr. Right" and "Mrs. Right"? (And, of course, their real names, too!) ($29.99, personalcreations.com)
6. Matching mugs
And speaking of the aforementioned coffee or tea, I fell in love with a coordinating two mug set which says "I stole her heart" and "So I am stealing his." Adorable! ($38.99, wayfair.com)
7. Breakfast in bed ...
Home decor website Wayfair.com is a wonderful wedding resource with a plethora of present ideas. I sifted through the site and one of my favorite gift ideas is the "Single Initial Lucite Tray." Simple, sleek and perfect for sharing tea or coffee in bed on a rainy day. ($73.99 wayfair.com)
... for two!
Here's another creative idea: Pair the above tray and matching mugs with a colorful, monogrammed card set from Mark and Graham and package it all together as the ultimate stay-in-bed basket. An added bonus: The monogramming is free at Mark and Graham. ($49, markandgraham.com)
8. Smart stationery ...
If you've ever been married, you know that those thank you cards can be a tough task to tackle. Help the couple out by getting them joint stationery. ($9.95 & up, confettistationery.com)
... that's extra personal!
And if you're looking to add a unique touch to the stationery above, consider gifting a personalized address stamp in the shape and style of your choosing. PSA Essentials has over 200 options available in the stamp and embosser categories, so you'll be sure to find something that suits their taste. ($40, psaessentials.com)
9. New name art
While home decor can be a tricky gift item, there are still some safe bets. Architectural photo art that subtly spells out the last name of the new pair will match almost any decor. If you're not sure that the couple is planning a name change, you can always spell out a favorite city name, sports team or even the wedding date. ($70, nameart.alphabeticalarchitecture.com)
10. Cute countertop boxes
For the couple who loves to cook, a customized wooden recipe box will look oh-so-cute in their kitchen. Consider pre-filling it with some of their favorites (to go the extra mile, reach out to relatives and add in family recipes to make it extra meaningful!). ($39.95, personalizationmall.com)
11. A get-out-there game
The "Date Night Bucket List" game makes a nice addition to any relationship by providing unique suggestions for fun outings. Once a date is completed, the couple marks it off on the included keepsake sticks, so that they can reminisce about the experience for years to come. ($18, uncommongoods.com)
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