Our Favorite Gifts for Your First Married Holiday
You'll always remember your first married holiday season. You've likely done all the seasonal stuff before—setting up a tree, lighting the menorah, opening gifts—but everything becomes new again now that your married. You're about to embark on a lifelong journey, one that will be filled with the holiday traditions you make together. To kick off this fresh start, find some alone time to exchange thoughtful, meaningful gifts that you'll both cherish.
Finding a present that appropriately marks the occasion can be tricky, which is why we've taken the liberty and rounded up some ideas for you. Go the emotional route with a wedding Champagne cork safe or a memory box filled with trinkets from the ceremony and ceremony, both of which commemorate your big day. You can also keep it light with items you'll use together—we're particularly fond of the wine opener, glassware, and cookbooks found inside this gallery. You could also use the holiday season to pick up the things you might have missed on the registry, like a ceramic sushi rolling kit, must-have kitchen essentials like a dutch oven, or high-tech speaker.
Whatever you decide on, we've made sure that the majority of gifts are things you'll both love. You live with the receiver, so these picks won't be leaving your home—you might as well both benefit from them! Click through to see all the fun, romantic, and couple-centric gifts perfect for your first married holiday.
If you didn't register for a Dutch oven, put it on your holiday list. This cast iron must-have is great for making just about everything, from stews to roasts.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Enameled Cast Iron 6-Quart Dutch Oven, $179.99, macys.com.
Upgraded Carry-On Suitcase
Whether you're taking a delayed honeymoon or an anniversary trip, a good carry-on suitcase is something you'll always need. This one is slightly larger than your standard carry-on suitcase, but still complies with most airlines' baggage limitations. It also expands to be a bit roomier, but you'll likely need to check it if you take advantage of the extra space.
Shop Now: Away "The Expandable Bigger" Carry-On, $295, awaytravel.com.
Pretty Coupe Glasses
There's a good chance you received your fair share of Champagne bottles as engagement, bridal shower, and wedding gifts. If you plan to pop a few this holiday season, you'll need the glassware to go with them. These coupes will make any occasion feel a little more special.
Shop Now: Stone & Beam Coupe Glasses, $47.99, amazon.com.
You're proud of your new last name—why not make it the first thing people see as they approach your home?
Shop Now: Olive Creative Company "The Name" Doormat, $45, etsy.com.
Breakfast in bed is so much sweeter when you don't have to make the entire meal from scratch. Gift your significant other this gift box and look forward to popovers, freshly-brewed coffee, apple bacon, and more.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart x iGourmet "New England Breakfast" Gift Box, $99.99, igourmet.com.
Retro Coffee Machine
Retire your old coffee machine and surprise your new husband or wife with this retro-inspired drip coffee maker. You'll both put it to good use.
Shop Now: Smeg Drip Coffee Maker, from $199.95, williams-sonoma.com.
Life just got a whole lot easier thanks to Apple's latest wireless speaker. Give your favorite newlyweds this smart speaker (which can even make calls, send messages, and set timers!) and an Apple Music subscription to ensure great tunes are part of their everyday life.
Shop Now: Apple HomePod, $299, apple.com.
New York City Print
There's nothing more quintessentially holiday than New York City's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, which makes this striking print the ultimate homage to the season.
Shop Now: Gray Malin x Rockefeller Center Tree Print, from $249, graymalin.com.
Pressure Cooker Cookbook
Your first year of marriage will be that much better with a pressure cooker and an accompanying cookbook (filled with recipes from the editors at Martha Stewart Living!) in your kitchen's arsenal.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's Pressure Cooker Cookbook, $16.84, amazon.com.
Ceramic Sushi Set
Gift this handmade ceramic set, which includes a tray, chopstick stand, soy sauce dish, sake carafe, and shot glass, along with a couple's sushi-making class so you can apply what you learn at home.
Shop Now: Lux-Eros Striped Sushi Set, $100, lux-eros.com.
Planning a one-year-anniversary trip to Paris (plane tickets technically fall into the classic paper gift category!)? This new-age city guide's photo essay style paints a portrait of the City of Lights—and incudes neighborhood maps, interviews from celebrated locals, and curated lists of to-dos and must-sees.
Shop Now: Cereal Paris City Guide, $31.99, oldfaithfulshop.com.
You registered for those fancy kitchen appliances but forgot to add on the smaller workhorses—tools! This sleek seven-piece set has everything you missed (tongs, anyone?) and looks elevated on your countertop.
Shop Now: Material "The Fundamentals" Kitchen Set, $175, materialkitchen.com.
Don't have space in your home for a mediation room? This natural stone lamp transforms just about any space into a relaxing retreat, thanks to its unique composition. When lit, the contemporary exposed bulb turns becomes an opaque, warm source of light.
Shop Now: Menu Stone Table Lamp, $325, dwell.com.
This innovation from Polaroid still has the vintage photo aesthetic you've come to expect from the brand but feels entirely new thanks to a few tech-focused updates. It's lens and viewfinder tool help create clearer images, while its rechargeable battery means it travels well for joint adventures.
Shop Now: Polaroid "OneStep 2" Instant Camera, $99.99, store.moma.org.
Pair this novel gift with a bottle of fancy Champagne so you can commemorate your first holiday season together.
Shop Now: Waiting On Martha Home Champagne Cork Safe, $13.50, shopwaitingonmartha.com.
Available in three colorways, this attractive throw (complete with subtly-fringed edges) is just as suited for travel as it is for your home.
Shop Now: Snowe "Edge" Stripe Throw, $148, snowehome.com.
Create a display of meaningful memories from your wedding day, or from your relationship as a whole! With the help of Boombox, you (and anyone else contributing) can have your photos and messages printed and organized into a keepsake box. You can buy a box with blank cards, and DIY the details yourself.
Shop Now: Boombox Memory Box, starting at $100, boomboxgifts.com.
This shiny copper kettle with wood brown accents is everything your pour-over coffee has been missing.
Shop Now: Hario Buono Copper Tea Kettle, $124.95, crateandbarrel.com.
Since you've already blinged out her left hand, bling out her wrist.
Shop Now: Elsa Peretti Diamond Hoop Bangle, $2,500, tiffany.com.
Electric Wine Preserver
Perfect for the nights when you two just can't polish off the bottle.
Shop Now: Rabbit Electric Wine Preserver, $59.99, williams-sonoma.com.