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 canvas of your vows or a wedding Champagne cork safe, both of which commemorate your big day. You can also keep it light with hilarious items you'll use together—we're particularly fond of the alcohol advent calendar 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, a curated kitchen essentials set, 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.
Whether you're setting the table for just the two of you or hosting your first dinner party, this rubber placemat set (featuring four total settings!) brings a dose of modernity to your tabletop. Also included? Hexagonal trivets (they're perfect for piping hot serve ware!) and coasters.
Slash Objects Dinner Setting in "Gris," $275, slashobjects.com
Add a touch of opulence (and comfort!) to an arm chair or sofa with this wool throw, which features a classic chain pattern.
Frette Chains Throw in "Camel/Beige," $1,500, frette.com
You're proud of your new last name—why not make it the first thing people see as they approach your home?
Olive Creative Company "The Name" Doormat, $45, etsy.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.
Smeg Drip Coffee Maker, $260, 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.
Apple HomePod, $349, 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.
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.
Martha Stewart's Pressure Cooker Cookbook, $16.97, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Menu Stone Table Lamp, $259.95, 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.
Polaroid "OneStep 2" Instant Camera, $120, store.moma.org
Your first home isn't complete without a (fully-stocked) bar cart. This gold-tone, three-tiered option is neutral enough to match most décor and offers serious surface area—perfect for displaying your favorite bottles, barware, and more.
Martha Stewart Collection "Barware with a Twist" Bar Cart, $286, macys.com
Pair this novel gift with a bottle of fancy Champagne so you can commemorate your first holiday season together.
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.
Snowe "Edge" Stripe Throw, $148, snowehome.com
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.
Martha Stewart Collection 6 Quart Round Casserole, $179.99, macys.com
This mini but mighty speaker makes dancing to your wedding song in your living room even better.
Sonos Mini Speaker, $149, sonos.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.
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.
Hario Buono Copper Tea Kettle, $124.95, crateandbarrel.com
Spirits Advent Calendar
Kick off the holiday season a month early, so you can both enjoy 24 days of seasonal spirits.
Heritage Distilling Co. Spirits Advent Calendar, $59, heritagedistilling.com
Gift a personalized wedding vow canvas—perfect for hanging above your bed or in a favorite corner of your home—for a constant reminder of your love.
Canvas Vows Vow Canvas, $115 and up, etsy.com
Mini Waffle Maker
You'll likely have to switch to a bigger model in a few years (more mouths to feed!), but this mini waffle press is perfect for at-home Sunday brunch right now.
Dash Mini Waffle Maker, $20, westelm.com
Since you've already blinged out her left hand, bling out her wrist.
Elsa Peretti Diamond Hoop Bangle, $2,400, tiffany.com
Olive Oil Cruet
This hand-blown carafe is made of the finest Italian glass and is perfect for storing your favorite chef's cooking oil.
Ichendorf "Aria" Olive Oil Cruet, $25, jungleeny.com
Date Night Bucket List
This fun game will keep you out of that date night "dinner and a movie" rut.
Uncommon Goods Date Night Bucket List, $18, uncommongoods.com
Electric Wine Preserver
Perfect for the nights when you two just can't polish off the bottle.
Rabbit Electric Wine Preserver, $74.95, williams-sonoma.com
City Map Wool Throw
If you were married in a major U.S. city, one of these vintage street map throws would make a cozy memento.
Faribault Woolen Mill Co. Vintage City Map Throw, $200, faribaultmill.com
Spinelli Kilcollin Ring
This linked piece, with 18k rose gold bands and pavé diamonds, makes the perfect right-hand ring.
Spinelli Kilcollin "Sonny Gold" Ring, $2,600, spinellikilcollin.com
With hand-painted copper detailing, this sleek decanter makes a bottle of your go-to red that much better.
Tom Dixon "Tank" Decanter, $140, junleeny.com
"I Love You," "I Know" Mugs
His favorite Star Wars quote just created the ultimate couple's mug set.
Anthropologie "Perfectly Paired" Mug Gift Set, $36, anthropologie.com
Wedding Date Cuff Links
These wedding date- and initial-engraved cuff links are simple enough to wear to the office and also ensure that he takes you wherever he goes.
Blue Corner Creasigns Custom Brass Cufflinks, $28.50, etsy.com