6 Traditional Wedding Gifts and Their Modern-Day Counterparts
Have a wedding to attend and don't know what to get the newlyweds? We've got lots of ideas for traditional wedding gifts and a few new twists on old favorites.
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What are classic wedding gifts?
When it comes to wedding gifts, there are a few schools of thought. Some folks don’t want to sweat it and simply write a check. Others adhere to the registry. A few others stick with more traditional wedding gifts—you know, the kinds folks have been buying forever. These traditional wedding gifts, like flatware and linens, are practical but with an elegant twist. (Check out these kitchen wedding gifts that people are still using years later).
So in today’s wedding world, do these traditional gifts still have a place? Well, we say yes. Every newlywed appreciates a beautiful set of glassware or a new toaster. However, some folks want to break with tradition—which we also approve of! So check out some of our favorite classic wedding gifts and their modern-day counterparts. You might find that the couple you’re shopping for would enjoy both!
And after the wedding, be sure to keep these anniversary gifts in mind.
Traditional: China Dinnerware Set
A set of china is probably one of the most iconic traditional wedding gifts out there. Elegant dinnerware is wonderful to have on hand if a couple entertains regularly or loves to throw more formal affairs. In that case, classic white bone china with a subtle detail found in this 16-piece dinner set really fit the bill—and the table.
Modern: Organic Dinnerware Set
Formal dinnerware isn’t for everyone. If a couple prefers casual tapas parties to seated dinner soirees, opt for something a bit more eclectic but no less beautiful. These organic dinnerware sets (in a range of eye-popping colors) are an unusual and elegant fit for modern couples who appreciate a bit of an eclectic touch. Discover more of our top wedding registry ideas.
Traditional: Crystal Champagne Flutes
If you’re shopping for a couple that really enjoys the finer things, a set of Waterford crystal Champagne flutes is a special once-in-a-lifetime gift. Elegant champagne flutes are a real luxury to have at home—even if you’re popping an inexpensive bottle of Champagne to toast the new marriage.
Modern: Moscow Mule Set
A bottle of bubbly isn’t for everyone. If you want to stay within the traditional stemware box but color outside the lines, gift the newlyweds with everything they need to make a Moscow mule. The kit includes four beautiful copper mugs, four copper straws, a measuring cup, stirring spoon and straw brush. Just add ginger beer! Then, check out these amazing wedding registry items that couples will love.
Traditional: KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Most wedding registries are filled to the brim with traditional wedding gifts like small appliances. If a couple has their eye on something in particular—especially something as useful and long lasting as a KitchenAid stand mixer—it’s always a wise purchase. Psst, it’s also one of our Test Kitchen’s must-haves.
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Modern: Smart Thermostat
Help newlyweds upgrade their home to a smart home. A smart thermostat is the perfect modern gift for couples with a new home to furnish. The Nest is a smart thermostat that can be installed quickly (and looks nice in multiple color choices) and then programmed remotely for energy savings. They’ll think of you every time they pay the electricity bill.
Traditional: 1000-Thread Count Sheets
This traditional wedding gift isn’t going anywhere. There’s nothing like climbing into a bed outfitted with ultra soft sheets. High thread count linens—we’re talking 100% cotton sateen—are an ideal gift for anyone, especially newlyweds trying to recreate their honeymoon hotel bed.
Modern: Cozy Throw
The traditional wedding gift is sheets or bedding, but these days couples will appreciate a luxurious throw blanket just as much. This one from UGG has over 100 five-star ratings. It’s just the thing couples will want as they cozy up with a new Netflix series.
Traditional: Punch Bowl
Let’s get real: We should all be making more punches for parties! These easy drinks serve a crowd and look darn impressive doing it. If you’ve got a more traditional couple on your hands (and ones that love a great shindig), a traditional wedding gift like this pretty punch bowl with a ladle and 8 matching glasses, is sure to impress.
Modern: Bar Tools Set
For couples that bond over experiments in mixology, opt for a gorgeous bar tools set. This option—available in four finishes—includes an ice bucket, bottle opener, jiggers, long spoon, strainer, ice scoop and muddler. They’ll have all of the essentials for making fantastic classic cocktails and inventing new ones.
Traditional: Crystal Vase
Crystal vases are one of those enduring and traditional wedding gifts for a good reason. After all, when someone brings gorgeous flowers home, they need a home that’s just as pretty.