The Best Wedding Gifts in 2022: The New York Times’ Guide

Engagement rings, dresses, dress codes, venues and menus – there are many things to consider when planning a wedding. Hopefully there shouldn’t be any gifts among them. (Opening gifts, however, is a different story.) But whether you’re a couple compiling a list or a guest shopping for newlyweds, it never hurts to have a little inspiration.

Experts have already told The New York Times which wedding gifts they would suggest for foodies, new parents, people with enough stuff and those who want to be more socially conscious. Opinions in this article were solicited from other authorities — namely, 108 couples whose weddings were featured in The New York Times, each of whom was emailed asking them to share the best wedding gift they’ve received and why they loved it.

Read on for a selection of these gifts, as well as gift-giving tips and trends that we’ve observed in the couples’ responses. Among these takeaways: personalizing certain items (whisky glasses, cutting boards, even Monopoly editions) can make them special; Participating in a group gift can be just as meaningful as a gift of your own; and the thought behind a gift, as the saying goes, can be as important to the recipient as the gift itself.

Registry offices are always a good way to get a sense of what newlyweds want, but 55 couples told us the best gift they’ve received wasn’t from their registry office. One of those couples, Bridgette Summers, 34, and Andrew Wicks, 33, received a handmade marble set modeled after an heirloom version that belonged to their maternal great-grandfather. “We were totally surprised and incredibly grateful,” the couple said. “It was something we didn’t even think was possible.”

Bianca Turetsky, 43, and Peter Bach, 58, didn’t ask for a monthly cheese subscription to Artisanal Premium Cheese (prices vary), but Ms. Turetsky said the gift transported her husband “back to his Wisconsin roots.” She added that the subscription “provides the ability to travel the world without leaving home.”

The handcrafted Chinese teapot ($62) and teas gifted to Sarah Santucci and Kevin Zhang, both 28, were something the couple said they never thought to ask for. “The tea ceremony is a whole sensory experience that compels participants to slow down and enjoy,” the couple said. “When we make it, we appreciate not only the taste, but also the smells, the texture of the pottery, and even the cleaning and careful storage of the set.”

China seems as desirable as ever, with several couples naming sets purchased from their registers as their favorite wedding gift.

Lauren Weaver, 36, and Burnell Holland, 39, got a blue and white five-piece set from Wedgwood ($245) that the couple hopes to pass on to future generations. Erik Leibovitz, 32, and Dara Leibovitz, 31, also wanted timeless porcelain. The Bernardaud salad plates with 24-karat gold embellishments ($95 for one) that the couple received hit the spot, they said.

For something simpler, Caitlin Thompson, 36, and Richard Thompson, 39, suggested Juliska’s white four-piece Berry & Thread set ($156) that had been given to them. The pieces, they said, “are incredibly well made, wash and stack well, and are far more practical than a formal china set that might only be used on holidays or special occasions.”

Two couples said their favorite gifts came from Estelle Colored Glass, a black-owned company.

Alexandra and Bryan Scotland, both 35, received a set of six mixed-color wine glasses ($185) and a set of six mixed-color champagne coupes ($205). “It’s fun to choose whatever color you want based on the season, holiday, or even mood,” they said.

Chelsea Crowder-Luke, 30, and Emerson Luke, 35, also received a set of six stemmed wine glasses from the brand, which come in colors including blush pink, cobalt blue and mint green. They described the pieces as “heirloom glassware” and said the glasses are particularly fun at dinner parties.

The air fryer came up more often than any other kitchen gadget, with five couples citing it as the best gift they’d received. (Three of them had air fryers added to their registers, two didn’t.)

The gift of an air fryer, said Robert and Anessah Williams, both 42, is also the gift of free time. “We can reflect on our day sitting at the table instead of waiting an hour or more to prep and cook dinner,” said the couple, who received a Ninja Air Fryer Max XL ($170). . “After a long day, it’s a big plus that our food is quick and well prepared.”

Ninja was one of several brands mentioned. Sue Jin, 33, and Amit Seth, 43, gushed about their Kalorik Digital Air Fryer XL ($100); Joseph Iervolino, 35, and Meghan Louttit, 36, recommended their Ultrean Air Fryer ($70); and James Miles, 31, and Meron Miles, 29, suggested their Cosori Pro Smart Air Fryer ($130), which can be controlled via an app. Wynne and Christian Hendry, both 32, said a couple who live in a “small apartment with not a lot of counter space” might appreciate the Cuisinart hybrid air fryer and toaster ($230) they were given.

Two couples — Olivia Barket and Cory Yeffet, both 29, and Jacob Rowton and Morgan Wolfe, both 26 — named the Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven ($399) they both signed up for as their favorite gift.

“This gift opened up a new hobby for us as a couple,” said Mr. Rowton and Ms. Wolfe. Ms Barket and Mr Yeffet agreed, saying the stove was “a fun way to bring people together”.

For a pizza-loving couple who live in (or like to visit) New York, Emily Maretsky, 34, and Isaiah Bryant, 36, recommend tickets to one of Scott’s Pizza Tours in the city (prices vary). A tour wasn’t on their list but they loved it. “It was so unexpected and fun,” Ms. Maretsky said.

A device that is almost as popular as the hot air fryer: the espresso machine. “This wedding gift changed our mornings — put smiles on our faces, connected conversations over coffee, and provided a daily boost of energy,” said Lindsay Martuscello, 33, and Jason Martuscello, 34, of the Breville Barista Pro ($850) that someone from bought during their registration.

The De’Longhi 15-Bar Pump Espresso & Cappuccino Machine.Recognition…via DeLonghi

Two cheaper De’Longhi machines were also recommended. Jennifer Valdes-Skogen, 37, and Brian Skogen, 41, suggested their 15-Bar Pump Espresso & Cappuccino Machine ($200), while Blake Song, 27, and Bailey Kinsolving, 28, recommended their Dedica Deluxe Espresso Machine ($380).

Coffee drinkers may appreciate subscriptions to Trade and MistoBox (prices vary for both), gifts that Ryan Watzel, 35, and Matthew Sipe, 32, didn’t sign up for but described as “very handy.”

Several newlyweds said the best gifts they’ve received have been items from their registers that address their favorite pastimes.

Eva Maria Janerus, 38, and Gautam Mukunda, 43, have a garden, and Ms Janerus said the Worx Aerocart Yard Cart ($230) was a welcome addition to the couple’s equipment arsenal.

Elizabeth Conway, 36, and Kyle Manley, 35, said of their Yeti Hopper M20 Soft Backpack Cooler ($325) that they “can think of very few trips that we haven’t put it on our backs or loaded it in the car.”

Jordan Hart, 32, and Sean Bredbenner, 41, another outdoor couple, suggested the North Face Eco Trail 3-Person Tent ($300) they received, which “offers some luxury if we can.” rough,” the couple said. “It’s great for new couples because it encourages a shared hobby and off-the-grid time together.”

Items from Brooklinen, a brand that our colleagues at Wirecutter have frequently reviewed, were mentioned more frequently than items from any other linen line.

Valentina Stackl, 37, and Alexander Campbell, 35, called the brand’s Hardcore Sheet Bundle ($363), which includes a sateen duvet cover, fitted sheet and flat sheets, and four pillowcases, “a treat we probably wouldn’t bother with.” would have spent”. Emily Black, 34, and Anais Ovalle, 32, also recommended the satin sheets, which come in a variety of colors and sizes, from twin to California king.

Two other couples praised the brand’s Super-Plush Robe ($99), which comes in four colors. “It was so nice to put on these robes and some Netflix when we got back from the wedding,” said Gabi Conti, 35, and Daren Johnson, 34. Deborah Levitsky, 34, and Matthew Levitsky, 32, said they wore their robes used “almost daily,” adding that the items “have held up incredibly well.”

Many couples put a lot of time and thought into designing their wedding invitations, and a handful of newlyweds said their favorite gifts recognize that creativity.

Heather Hwalek, 35, and Taylor Washburn, 41, said such a gift could be as simple as the “nicely framed set of our wedding invitation and high-resolution photograph” they received. For a more functional option, Mosheh Oinounou, 40, and Alexandra Sall, 33, recommended Current Home’s acrylic tray ($250), which presents an invitation. “We’ll cherish it for years,” they said.

The stone tile printed with the invitation from Candace Tucker, 36, and Iam Tucker, 39, was particularly unique. Mr. Tucker commented on the Artstones by Heavenly Delights custom tile (price on request).

For a gift that’s a little more personal than a donation to a honeymoon fund, consider an Airbnb gift card, which can be used for a post-wedding trip or subsequent getaway for two. “We’ve been able to use Airbnb gift cards on our honeymoon and future trips together,” said Jamie Drucker, 35, and Scott Huber, 36.

Adam Dalva and Alana Salguero, both 36, said their gift card “immediately gave us something exciting and new to look forward to after the wedding and let us talk about the future and how we would like to spend it together.”

Jack Kramer and Georgon Wollner contributed to the research.