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Wedding Planners Share Thoughtful Gifts For When There’s No Registry – HuffPost

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The Citizenry, Brooklinen, Our Place
The Citizenry, Brooklinen towels and Our Place pot.

You gleefully RSVP’d to an upcoming wedding when you realize that the happy couple isn’t registered for presents anywhere. Sure, you could give them cash, but you like the idea of gifting an actual present. And while you could ask the couple what they want, you may want to simply surprise them with something they didn’t know they needed. In sum, you need a universal-but-still-thoughtful gift to get a couple with no registry. If you’re as stumped as we would be, worry not — we asked wedding planners for their suggestions.

“I always think about gifts that people would love but wouldn’t necessarily splurge on for themselves,” Andrea Petrucci, wedding and event planner and owner of Lovehaus events in Philadelphia, told HuffPost.

While she goes into more detail below, Petrucci recommends things like luxury sheets, good thick towels or in-person adventures like cooking classes, wine tastings or dance lessons.

“These experiences are not only fun and educational but also help the couple create lasting memories and keep the spark alive by trying something new together,” Petrucci said. “It’s a fantastic way to remind them to keep dating and spending quality time together, long after the wedding festivities are over.”

If you’re heading to a wedding and don’t know what to bring, Petrucci and others break down their favorite well-received presents.

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Nordstrom
Unique glassware for celebrating
When asked about a really general but still desirable wedding gift, wedding planner Shannon Wellington said “A pair of beautiful champagne coupes and a bottle of champagne is thoughtful but covers mostly everyone!”

For something classic but still special, we love these gorgeous vintage-inspired coupes made by Estelle Colored Glass, a Black-owned luxury glassware brand. Really, everything from the brand is drool-worthy and would make for a great addition to a newlyweds’ home. If your spouses-to-be don’t really drink, their highball glasses just make for cute water cups.

The coupes come in sets of six and in six colors at Nordstrom, or you can get a pair on the brand’s website.

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The Citizenry
Or hand-cast mugs and a cozy beverage
If the couple of honor doesn’t drink, we selected these gorgeous hand-cast mugs that are made by artisans in Mexico from lightly colored, locally sourced clay. Send them along with some coffee beans, tea or fancy hot cocoa for a present they’ll use every morning.
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Parachute
Luxury sheets from Parachute
“Luxury bedding is a fantastic option — Parachute sheets, for example, are one of my all-time favorites!” event planner Andrea Petrucci told HuffPost. “These sheets are incredibly soft, breathable and durable, making every night’s sleep feel like a stay in a five-star hotel.”

We also love Parachute here at HuffPost, and recommend it frequently in gift guides and editor’s picks. It’s a woman-founded brand that launched in 2014, making high-quality bedding, linens and general home decor that’s super chic while still versatile enough to fit in all home styles. We love their linen sheets (pictured), that come in seven colors from twin to California king. We also enjoy their percale selection, though you really can’t go wrong with their cotton or sateen options either. Even if you don’t know a couple’s tastes exactly, it’s always nice to have an extra set of sheets around.

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Brooklinen
High-quality towels
Along with luxury bedding, Petrucci recommends getting your newlyweds a set of nice towels. “Imagine wrapping yourself in a beautiful, plush towel made from Turkish or Egyptian cotton. It’s something most people wouldn’t buy for themselves, but the comfort and quality are absolutely worth it, turning an everyday shower into a spa-like experience.”

We selected these handsome Brooklinen super-plush bath towels made in Turkey from 100% Turkish cotton. They come in sets of two in a bunch colors and are quick-drying while still being cozy. Again, even if you’re unclear on the couple’s exact color choice, quality towels can always be used in a guest room or to stock a linen closet. If you know the couple enjoys sunny days at the beach, pool or lake, the brand also has a great selection of fun beach towels.

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Etsy
A personalized cutting board
If you want something totally unique to the couple, Petrucci recommends a personalized engraved cutting board, specifically with the couple’s wedding date in Roman numerals. (Though we found a ton of cute options with names and other designs too.)

“This isn’t just a practical kitchen item; it’s also a piece of art that adds a personal touch to their home decor,” Petrucci said. “It’s a subtle yet meaningful reminder of their special day that they can proudly display in their kitchen or dining area.”

This piece comes in a light wood maple and dark wood walnut option.

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Fun cookware and a cookbook
Another simple but genius idea, Wellington suggests grabbing your couple some distinctive and good-looking cookware and a cookbook that means a lot to you or the couple.

We love literally everything from Our Place, a woman- and AAPI immigrant-owned kitchen brand that makes incredibly versatile and good-looking cookware, like this cast iron Dutch oven that comes in six great colors. We also love anything from the late Anthony Bourdain — like his “Appetites” cookbook, written for home chefs.

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Masterclass
A cooking class
Both Petrucci and Wellington recommended getting your couple a cooking class — either a local one in person, or something like a Masterclass, which they can use at their convenience and features many celebrity chefs, like the iconic Sohla El-Waylly.
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Etsy
A portrait of their home
Wellington suggests getting a custom portrait of the couple’s home or of their first shared living space. She notes there are a ton of great artists on Etsy and that Google Satellite can help you get a photo of the home if you want to surprise the couple.

We can attest there are a ton of amazing artists on Etsy, many of whom can frame the portrait for you or allow you to digitally download the file so you can then print and frame it yourself.

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Airbnb
An shared experience or special trip
Another great option for a thoughtful present is gifting your couple an in-person experience. Both planners recommended things like candlemaking classes, massages, dance lessons or anything that will let the couple spend time together.

We like gifting things like Airbnb or Stubhub gift cards, so people can choose when and how they want to make the most of your gift, whether it’s through a sporting event, concert, staycation or weekend getaway to a totally unique adobe like this geometric home in upstate New York.

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