10 Unique Entertaining Gifts for Newlyweds Who Want to Give Back
New china, endless serving platters, maybe even a decanter or two—the typical wedding registry leaves couples (and their kitchens) stocked with the necessities that make at-home entertaining possible. But if your couple loves to host guests more than the average twosome, help fill their new home with unexpected and delightful entertaining wares. Even if they've already registered for what seems like every possible type of cocktail glass (coupe cups—why not?), there are still some fun gadgets that they've likely left off the list.
But what are these necessities? We asked Beth Helmstetter, an L.A.-based wedding planner and owner of Beth Helmstetter Events, to help us curate a collection of entertaining goodies that any couple with future dinner party aspirations would love to unwrap. Most of her picks are "are designed sustainably, benefiting global causes," says Helmstetter, founder of The Good Beginning, an online wedding registry for charitable causes, "while still being festive, functional, and stylish additions to your next celebration." That means these gifts don't just look good—they do good, too.
From bottles of wine that give back and fair-trade serving boards to unbelievably beautiful textiles that provide girls with an education and sheets that are kind to the earth, Helmstetter's selections will wow your newlyweds. Study, shop, and maybe stock up on a few for yourself!
For the host whose door is always opening, having delicious wine on hand is a must. OneHope is one of our favorites (try the bubbly, too) not only for its taste but also for the brand's commitment to global philanthropy; ending childhood hunger, providing clean water for communities, and fighting against breast cancer, just to name a few. Need a variety? These other wines are crowd pleasers and make an impact on the world as well.
OneHope Wine Gift Box, $54, onehopewine.com.
A pour over coffee set that will impress guests, this stand looks beautiful simply sitting on top of your counter when not in use, too. This single cup pour over set will deliver that morning buzz with style, and the Coffee Registry has a sustainable mission that started with a local delivery by bicycle. Its packaging is also recyclable and eco-conscious.
The Coffee Registry "The Professor" Pour Over Coffee Stand, $189, ahalife.com
When it's time to impress the in-laws, this matte black marble serving board is perfect for a quick cocktail hour spread. Handcrafted by master artisans in Puebla, Mexico, each piece is made from start to finish in a fair-trade environment and looks great piled high with local cheese and charcuterie.
The Citizenry "Puebla" Marble Serving Board, $95, the-citizenry.com
For the coffee lovers, these geometric scoops are sure to add a dash of luxury to their morning rituals. Each scoop is hand-carved in a fair-trade environment by a group of seven artisans in The Yucatán and will look great even when they're left out on the counter.
The Citizenry "Grano" Coffee Scoop, $55, the-citizenry.com
This super soft throw from Bloom & Give is perfect for nights spent around a fireplace with friends and family, or to adorn a guest room for extra comfort. Plus, half the profits from each purchase go to funding girls' education programs in India. The two-sided minimalistic pattern is versatile enough to complement many styles.
Bloom and Give Slate Jacquard Throw, $95, bloomandgive.com
Hand-glazed ceramic dishware exudes a sense of soulfulness, especially when serving piping hot family-style meals. Ceramicist Sarah Kersten makes each dinnerware set by hand and fires it in Berkeley, California—her pieces are great for entertaining and for everyday meals.
Sarah Kersten Handmade Ceramic Dinnerware Set, $92-104, food52.com
When simple silverware isn't enough, these wooden utensils carved in Kenya (from responsibly harvested olive wood) and fitted with recycled metal are built to last many a dinner party or quiet meal for two. We love Badala not only for their homeware, but because they employ artisans out of third world countries in an effort to assist in their rise out of poverty through dignified and safe employment.
Badala "Shaba" Utensil Set, $28, badala.org
Sustainable textiles, linens, and sheets are a great way to stay stylish and add luxury to your home without harming the earth. This classic sheet set from Boll & Branch is organic, ethically made, and just what the newlyweds need for slow mornings and restful relaxation. The manufacturing process supports a conflict-free supply chain, with purchases benefiting the fight against human trafficking.
Boll & Branch "Hemmed" Sheet Set, $200-$295, bollandbranch.com
Toast to the success of the newlyweds in years to come with wine poured from this handblown glass decanter made by an independent artisan in New York. The round shape and striking brass stopper can easily match any glassware collection the newlyweds may have and will keep them wanting to say, "I do."
Anna Karlin Handblown Decanter, $175, food52.com
Nothing is more welcoming than the scent of a candle. Prosperity Candle began with the mission to help people escape poverty. Each candle is scented with natural essential oils and is hand-poured by a woman refugee living in America.
Prosperity Candle "Lulea" 3-Wick Candle, $48, prosperitycandle.com