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6 Classic 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 classic wedding gifts and a few new twists on old favorites.

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classic wedding gifts Womans hands holding gift or present box decorated confetti on pink pastel table top view. Flat lay composition for birthday or weddingKseniya Ovchinnikova/Getty Images

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.

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classic wedding gifts Tabletops Unlimited Otella Bone China 16 Piece Dinnerware Setvia bedbathandbeyond.com

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.

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classic wedding gifts Organic Porcelain Dinnerware Set Of 16 Zvia westelm.com

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.

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classic wedding gifts Waterford Elegance Champagne Trumpet Flutes Set Of 2via bedbathandbeyond.com

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.

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classic wedding gifts Copper Moscow B Weiss Handmade Hammeredvia amazon.com

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 jigger and four wood coasters. Just add ginger beer!

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classic wedding gifts Kitchenaid Classic Series 4 5 Quart Tilt Head White Stand Mixervia walmart.com

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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classic wedding gifts Google Nest Thermostat Smart Programmablevia amazon.com

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.

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classic wedding gifts Wamsutta Reg Dream Zone Reg 1000 Thread Count Pimacott Reg Sheet Setvia bedbathandbeyond.com

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% pima cotton—are an ideal gift for anyone, especially newlyweds trying to recreate their honeymoon hotel bed.

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classic wedding gifts Ugg Whitecap Throw Size Sealvia amazon.com

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 hundreds (really!) of five-star ratings. It’s machine washable, available in 12 colors and just the thing couples will want as they cozy up with a new Netflix series.

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classic wedding gifts Oregon Punch Bowl 10 Piece Setvia crateandbarrel.com

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 10 matching glasses, is sure to impress.

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classic wedding gifts Antique Brass Bar Tools Setvia williams-sonoma.com

Modern: Cocktail Shaker Set

For couples that bond over experiments in mixology, opt for a gorgeous cocktail shaker set. This antique brass option includes a shaker, strainer and jigger—all the essentials for making fantastic classic cocktails and inventing new ones.

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classic wedding gifts Marquis Reg By Waterford Brady 9 Inch Vasevia bedbathandbeyond.com

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.

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classic wedding gifts Eden Cross Base Standing Garden Planters Zvia westelm.com

Modern: Indoor Planter

Houseplants are all the rage. Treat the couple to a mid-century modern planter that will serve as the perfect home to their ivies, jade plants, ferns and more. The concrete planter is available in black or white—inspired by a tux or a wedding dress.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.
Mackenzie Schieck
Mackenzie Schieck is a Seattle-based writer and photographer focused on food and lifestyle editorial, as well as digital marketing. Her work has appeared on sites like Allrecipes.com, Apartment Therapy, FeedFeed and more. She is always in search of the perfect macaron or working on a new marshmallow recipe.
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