40 Gifts for Couples (That Aren’t a Bottle of Wine or a Restaurant Gift Card)
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There is absolutely nothing wrong with gifting a bottle of wine or a gift certificate to a great restaurant. But when you think about it, it’s kinda the only gift you’ve been giving couples for the past five years. Your niece and her partner's housewarming party? A nice bottle of merlot. Your neighbor's holiday shindig? A gift certificate to their favorite hole-in-the-wall. Your work wife and her actual wife? A gift certificate to a trendy wine bar. So yeah, maybe it’s time for a remix.
From engagement parties to an anniversary gift to wedding gifts, finding the right gift for a couple is not an easy task. Do they love to watch movies for date night? Getting a few friends to chip in on a Lovesac will make their Netflix binges. Are they total cocktail fanatics? A new set of old fashioned glasses. Seriously, we’ve got you covered. Here are 38 easy gift ideas for couples that just so happen to not be bottles of wine or gift certificates, because as much as we love them, we’re changing the game this season.
Our Top Picks for Gifts for Couples
For the Entertainers
They love hosting parties and have perfected the art of the charcuterie board, but this bi-level entertaining board will give them a whole new slew of arrangement options. It also comes with four dip bowls and three cheese knives to make serving even easier.
For the Bougie Couple
This cashmere throw is impossibly soft and cozy, and even if they’re not rolled up in it, it also just looks luxe draped over the couch or at the end of their bed during warmer months. The cashmere is also sustainably and ethically sourced from Mongolia and has been treated with an odor-blocking finish, so they don’t have to stress over taking it to the dry cleaners or hand washing quite so often.
For the Board Game Aficionados
This two-person game is cute, easy to learn and takes only about 30 minutes per game. Players compete to build the best quilt by placing oddly-shaped pieces on a grid, kind of like Tetris. And based on the nearly 3,500 reviews and 4.8-star rating we think this one is sure to be a hit, no matter their gaming style.
Best for the Newlyweds
Gift your newlywed friends a personalized vinyl-inspired print that features the lyrics to their first dance song, along with their names and anniversary date. It’s a beautifully unique way to honor their special day. The frame and colors are also customizable so you can pick whatever will work best with their existing decor.
For the Coffee/Tea Snobs
They likely already own a fancy coffee grinder or French press, and you’re never entirely sure if they’ll turn their noses up at your tea leaf selection. But this electric kettle (which also has a stove top version) is bound to be a hit with its sleek design that’s engineered to give them greater control as they pour the water.
For the Romantics at Heart
Consider this the gold-standard picnic basket. It has enough silverware and glasses for four people, plus a cutting board, salt and pepper shakers, a wine opener, a blanket and a detachable, waterproof ice pouch. It also boasts a 4.8-star rating with more than 1,000 reviews. As one happy shopper puts it, “Romance in a backpack! I searched high and low to find the perfect picnic thing-a-ma-jig for my wife and I. Baskets are cool, but we sometimes like to be remote so carrying a basket to a secret hideout is just not all that practical—enter the picnic backpack. It comes with everything you need except the food and drink. An absolute must-have!”
For the Travelers
This luxe leather toiletry kit comes with two bags that easily stash travel-size products for a weekend away. Whether they decide to combine products for efficiency’s sake or each call dibs on their own, it’s the little nudge they need to book that three-day trip they’ve been talking about for months. And for $15 you can add a monogram for an extra personal touch.
For the New Parents
No need to go stalking your SIL’s Instagram account to find photos to fill this book. All you do is pay for the gift, then the new parents will get a link where they can upload photos electronically and answer prompts to help fill out the story of their little one. The final product is a gorgeous book (printed on eco-conscious paper, no less) that they can cherish forever. Plus, each baby book order includes a code for a free set of prints they can stick in frames to prop up around the house.
For the Indecisive Couple
We all know those people who spend their entire evening watching movie trailers but never actually deciding on a movie to watch. Take some pressure off their date night with these dice, which let fate decide for them. All they need to do is a pick a streaming service, then roll the first die to determine whether they’ll be watching a show or movie. The second determines which genre to scroll over to, and the third die will help narrow down the column and row. And voilà!
For the At-Home Chefs (with a Super-Chic Kitchen)
This multi-purpose pan is a cult-favorite for cooking basically anything (and taking the place of eight different kitchen gadgets, saving major space). If you always see your girlfriend and her boo on Instagram cooking up new recipes together, this pan will be a godsend. Plus, it looks wonderfully chic and comes in so many fabulous colors (with more always popping up) so you can customize it to fit their kitchen’s aesthetic.
For the Adventurous Couple
Sure, they can take a plethora of photos on their new iPhone, but there’s just something about instant film that feels more special and personal. This set has a booklet that features 50 scratch-off date ideas, as well as spots to keep your memories in a special place. So by the end they’ll have an adorable photo album in addition to all the new experiences and memories inspired by the book.
This may look like your average framed memory, but in reality, it’s so much more. When you order you’ll select both a still image and a corresponding video, so when the couple scans the framed picture with their phone they can watch it come to life. “I basically never watch our wedding video,” says Jenna P., who received this as a gift for her three-year anniversary. “But now that we have this beauty hanging in our home I can watch snippets of it much more easily if I’m feeling nostalgic.”
For the Tailgating Champions
This adorable cooler backpack will keep drinks and food cool for hours, even if they’re hiking to a special picnic destination. There are also handles on all sides so they can grab it and go with ease. As for the cheerful bright colors, they’re unique to each cooler—Cotopaxi uses deadstock and fabric scraps to pull together its designs, giving them a more eco-friendly, sustainable edge and the fun surprise of never knowing exactly what combo they’re going to get.
Best for the In-Office Dog Parents
It's hard heading back to the office after being with your dog 24/7 for the last couple years. But this camera will let them throw treats and keep an eye on their pup while they're at their day jobs and has two-way audio so they tell Fido what a good boy he is and hear his pleased barks in return. It can also be paired with other Amazon Alexa devices to complete their smart home set-up.
Bloomscape has tons of plant options for you to choose from, but we think this mini money tree is the safest pick. It’s petite, but not negligible, and it requires very little care or maintenance, so even those with no houseplant experience will feel confident they can keep their new green friend alive and thriving. Plus it’s pet friendly, so any curious bites from Fluffy won’t turn into an unexpected trip to the vet. (P.S. According to Chinese tradition, money plants are said to bring wealth and good fortune to those who care for them.)
For the Couple New to Cooking
Cooking for two doesn’t have to mean double the cleanup. This modern cookbook is chock-full of recipes (70, to be exact) big enough for two people, yet uncomplicated enough to cook in a single pan. We’re talking crispy sage pork cutlets, thyme-subbed salmon with caramelized cauliflower “risotto” and more yummy delights.
For the Soul Cycle-Obsessed
Your fitness fanatic friends are going to love their new stationary bike for an at-home workout, especially on those cold winter days when dragging yourself out of bed is already enough of a challenge. Just make sure you know if they have a spot for it before it arrives at their door.
For the Brunch Hosts
Got friends who always host brunch? They're going to love this newest addition to their kitchen. This four-slice toaster has a handy warming rack for everything from bagels to croissants. “I love the warming racks for warming my croissant in the morning,” writes one reviewer. “The browning feature is very easily controlled so you can achieve the exact level of warmth for any type of bread or pastry.”
Best for the Couple You Don’t Know Super Well
This customizable box feels special and thoughtful, even if you aren’t 100-percent sure what your new friends like. First, choose a fun box design, then add in a small treat like caramel popcorn, scented candles or even a seasonal piñata and lastly pick a gift card and voilà! An adorable little gift box that feels much more personal than a simple card with an Amazon gift card.
For the Duo Who’d Rather Be Camping
“My husband and I just recently got a Solo Stove and it’s become one of my most favorite possessions,” says commerce editor Olivia Dubyak. “I’m obsessed with a good bonfire and the pit is such a good size for a backyard or patio. We even took it with us to an Airbnb in Breckenridge and it was very easy to travel with. The smokeless technology is a huge design perk, and it even means we don’t wind up smelling like smoke for the next week.”
For the Music Lovers
This record player/Bluetooth speaker hybrid is just the thing for cozy nights in. It can switch from playing classic Nat King Cole records to shuffling Post Malone songs on Spotify in an instant, plus it will look pretty damn cool on display in their living room. And if they want to stow it away, it packs quite nicely into its own hardshell carrying case that can be slipped under the bed or safely in a closet.
Best for the Puzzle Fanatics
Maybe they’ve always loved a good 500-piece puzzle, maybe they just got into it during the pandemic. Either way, this personalized puzzle (which you can also order in 1,000 pieces for an extra challenge) is a super fun way to mix up date night. Plus, they can frame and display it once it’s complete.
Best Housewarming Gift
New house? Help them keep it looking new for longer, and with very little effort, with this cult-favorite cordless vacuum. The wall mount is very easy to do, even without professional help. This model comes with a crevice tool and a brush, but if you’re feeling extra generous you can tack on this six-piece attachment set as well for $38.
Lots of folks on the internet love to complain about the sound mixing on new movies and shows, but none hold a candle to your parents. Stop the incessant questioning of “what’d they say?” and “who’s that again?” with the help of this Bluetooth speaker that clarifies speech and improves sound overall. It’s also a cinch to install and works with basically any modern television. Plus, it has almost 6,800 reviews and a 4.5-star rating to boot.
For the Couple with a Full Bar
This cute wine rack is made from real wood and can hold up to four bottles and six glasses for easy access when guests come over. Reviews say it’s very easy to assemble and looks really elegant once all the slots have been filled. It can also be mounted to the wall if they don’t have much enough counter space to work with.
For Couples Celebrating Their Anniversary
Even if they’ve been together for ten years, they’ll be surprised at how much there still is learn about the other person with this Q&A journal. Each day features a question with enough room for both people to jot down a sentence or two. Think “Where would you like to travel with your partner?”; “What does your partner’s laugh sound like?” or “What is your top priority today?” It’s cute and sweet and sure to make them come even closer together, even after all these years.
For the Couple Who Prefers to Work Out at Home
This super sleek mirror will fit in even the smallest apartments and can guide your fit friends through tons of cool new workouts. Catrina Yohay, Purewow’s managing editor, loves using it to shake up her routine “without having to risk looking silly in front of an entire fitness class,” she says. “My husband and I both love how many options there are, including a few of our favorite boutique studios like Y7 yoga (mine) and Rumble boxing (his). We switch off with who gets to pick the workout for the day which more often than not puts me out of my comfort zone, in the best way.” And if your budget doesn’t allow for the full set-up, you can treat your friends to just the compatible lululemon Studio App subscription for just $39 per month.
For the Adventurous Eaters
These meal-planning dice provide inspo for creating simple, seasonal meals for both vegetarians and meat eaters. There are more than 186,000 possible meal combinations, so they’ll never get bored.
For Plant Parents of Any Level
Candace Davison, PureWow’s executive editor, says, “I've sent live plants in years past, only to have them arrive banged up or already dead. Not the case with The Sill. The plant quality is top notch, the care instructions are easy to follow, and getting a ZZ plant is way less stressful than an orchid. They practically take care of themselves.” Indeed, they thrive in just about any light level and aren’t picky about watering schedules. (On the downside, however, these are not safe for animals to chomp on, so if they have a particularly curious cat, you might want to try the money tree above instead.)
For the Couple with a Standing Movie Night
Add a whole other level of comfort and fun to your BFF’s weekly movie nights with her partner. These customizable bean bags have a cult following for their extreme comfort, and the brand even makes options designed to fit two people at once.
For the Couple with Seasonal Allergies
This super chic air purifier will look beautiful in their bedroom (or living room or dining room or wherever they want to put it) and helps filter dust, pollen, smoke and pet hair so they can breathe easier, even during peak allergy season. But don’t just take our word for it—there are more than 76,000 reviews for this powerful little purifier and it currently has a 4.7-star rating overall.
For the Pet Parents
Upload a picture of their furry friend with its name for a customized portrait that any pet parent would be proud to hang on their wall. The artist, Viet Tran, can even make small adjustments if needed. As one reviewer says, “Viet did a beautiful job painting my granddaughter’s pet Yorkie. She was able to remove the leash from the original picture we submitted. The painting was very realistic and presented nicely on a mounted canvas.”
For the Gal Looking to Spice Things Up
Trust us, anyone with a clitoris will be thrilled to play around with this app-controlled vibrator. It’s designed to hit both the G-spot and the clitoris simultaneously and can even be used hands-free. Even if she’s not physically near her partner, they can control the vibrations and even create their own custom patterns via the app to make long distance feel a little less lonely.
For the Worldwide Explorers
They’re visited more countries than anyone else you know, but they’re not done traveling yet. Gift them a personalized map with their names and anniversary date on which they can place pins to note everywhere they’ve gone so far. It even comes with 100 pins to get them start, though depending on how adventurous the couple if you might want to supplement with another box of colorful pins.
For the Couple Who Loves Mixing Cocktails
They already have a full bar and a handful of cool cocktail cookbooks, and now they’ll have some super-chic looking glasses in which to serve their latest creations. This six-piece set has a timeless, elegant look to really let their garnishing skills shine, and comes in three different styles—double Old Fashioned, highball and the vintage martini glasses above.
For the Couple Who Hates Clutter
The last thing they want is another knickknack or tchotchke, but you also don’t want to get them any old goody basket. This box of 24 shortbread cookies is guaranteed to be a hit (who doesn’t love classic, buttery shortbread?) and has the added bonus of being totally unique to you and your gift recipients. Congratulate them on their new baby, wish them a very Merry Christmas or simply say hello. Either way, once they finish the cookies, all evidence of clutter is gone—perfect.
For the Couple Who Does the Crossword in Bed
Know some folks who like to spend their Sundays cozied up in bed reading and hanging all the way until dinner time? Gift them a set of these supremely comfy flannel sheets to make those lazy weekend mornings feel like even more of a treat. (P.S. Even a king-size set costs less than $200.)
For the Coffee-Lovers
Compatible with both K-Cups and loose grounds in a filter, this versatile coffee maker is ideal for lazy Sundays and dash-out-the-door weekdays. They can brew up to 12 cups in the glass carafe, or fill up their to-go mug on the single-serve side to take on the road. It can also be preset to brew at whatever time they like—ideal for anyone who wants to wake up to the smell of fresh coffee.
For the True Crime-Obsessed Millennials
Combine all the fun of ‘90s nostalgia and escape rooms with this six “episode” game box. Each box contains clues and activities to help them solve a murder mystery that takes place at a small-town high-school reunion. And the difficulty is rated a two out of five, making it challenging enough to make it a bit of a challenge but not so hard that it won’t still be fun.
For the College Sweethearts
Help them upgrade from cheap, itchy linens (or worse, the same ones they used in college) to a luxe new set of linen bed sheets or some fluffy new towels. It’ll help them feel more like real adults as they’re relationship graduates to the next level.