Wedding season is upon us, which means you have at least one friend tying the knot between now and August. Like any good person, you reach into your cadre of these-are-what-I’m-supposed-to-ask questions and fire them off — “How’s planning going?” “Are you stressed?” “How many people are coming?” — and you think you’re helping. You’re not. You’re inducing more stress.
Here’s the proper question to ask: “What gift do you want?” Because that’s your chance to go beyond the mundane, pre-programmed wedding nonsense. In other words, beyond the registry. A thoughtful, personal gift is a welcome departure from china and KitchenAid mixers. So without further ado, here’s a collection of gifts that a guy getting hitched would actually want (and that he may be generous enough to share with a dear friend, too). – Caitlyn Girardi
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Baldface Lodge Snowcat Trip $2,543
Known as one of the best snowcat lodges in the world, Baldface Lodge offers all-inclusive powder missions in British Columbia. With the promise of deep, fluffy white snow, he’ll jump on the opportunity to head out there with a group of friends — or the new spouse.
Big Agnes Saddle Mountain SL $650
Big Agnes’s Saddle Mountain SL 15 features 700-fill Downtek down and is rated down to 15 degrees — keeping campers comfortable even in the winter. The bonus? It has space for two.
Garmin Fenix 3 $500
Garmin’s Fenix 3 offers everything you could want in a fitness tracker, with the added functionality of a smartwatch. For the serious outdoor adventurer, the built-in omni-directional EXO stainless steel antenna with GPS/GLONASS satellite reception also tracks your route in terrain that GPS alone cannot.
YT Jeffsy CF Pro $5,999
Normally a mountain bike would be a pretty risky gift, but the YT Jeffsy is so versatile that any mountain biker can put it to good use. With a modern trail geometry and 29-inch wheels, the Jeffsy can take on almost any terrain. And thanks to YT’s direct-to-consumer model, you can order it online and have it delivered right to his doorstep.
Lawn and Patio
The Big Green Egg $849
The Big Green Egg is a versatile outdoor cooker, handling everything from small desserts to massive quantities of meat. The XXL size can fit up to 40 burgers, 16 chickens, 20 steaks, 20 racks of ribs, or an entire suckling pig.
Scottsdale Croquet Set $220
When it’s time to move past cornhole (read: it’s time), Croquet is the logical next step. This set is made in the USA and has enough equipment for six players, so all the barbecue guests can stay entertained.
Planterworx Thornton Tapered Planter $254+
Steel planters are ideal for balconies, patios or front entryways. They are made with recycled and recyclable materials. The Charcoal colorway comes sealed and will preserve its color, but the steel colorway will patina over time, taking on character alongside the progressing marriage.
Husqvarna 220AC Robotic AutoMower 1/2 Acre Cut $2,399
This mower is ideal for a first home, with 1/2 acre capacity and 35 percent maximum incline. Its low noise level will please finicky neighbors and the pristine cut will keep HOA at bay.
MEAT: Everything You Need to Know $24
Outset Leather Grill Mitt $16
OXO Good Grips 16-Inch Locking Tongs $15
Pok Pok Thaan Thai-Style Charcoal $9
ACO Cornhole Boards $295
Lodge Cast Iron Pro-Grid Reversible Grill $75
Chateau Laguiole Waiter’s Corkscrew, Tasaki $280
A great wine starts with a great wine key. And in this regard, Chateau Laguiole is the only name you need to know.
Le Creuset Vitesse Decanter and Aerator $157
Not only is this a great decanter (which is the classiest way to serve wine), but it also includes an aerator that’ll cut down the time between opening a bottle and enjoying the wine.
Filson Vermonter Flask $325
Whether you use it or not (flasks tend to be purchased often and used rarely), this American-made copper beauty is the perfect flask for decorating your bar cart (until you need to sneak some whiskey onto the horse track).
West Elm Mid-Century Bar Cart $349
The difference between cleanliness and an unruly, shameful corner of the kitchen consumed by bottles, half-rotting citrus and shattered wine glasses, is the right bar cart.
Riedel VINUM Wine Glasses $150
Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon $65
Surname Boardwalk Coasters $90
Dorset Crystal Old-Fashioned Glasses, Set of 4 $72+
Riedel Vertias Beer Glasses $69
Whistle Pig 10 Year Old Rye $85
Belgian Shelter Arm Slipcovered Sofa $2,295
A respectable, comfortable couch, upholstered in Belgian linen, is an essential piece of furniture for a new marriage.
Timothy Mirror by Carlo Ballabio $2,995
Inspired by the full-length mirrors used by tailors, Carlo Ballabio designed this substantial mirror with a stunning canaletto walnut frame and brass hardware. And yes, of course, it is slimming.
Handcrafted Walnut Bookshelf $1,639
Match your walnut mirror with a handcrafted walnut bookshelf, made from solid wood. It’s hand-made with traditional techniques by Hedge House Furniture in Chicago.
Samoke Silk & Wool Rug $8,220
A nice rug is an investment that a newly married couple may not be able to make, so this hand-knotted silk and wool rug should sit atop the registry list. Desaturated colors and an abstract design evoke the Samode palaces of Jaipur.
Kuhn Rikon Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker $164
Pressure cookers are not often a priority for new homeowners, but good ones can churn out hearty stews and bean soups in a fraction of the time as conventional stove top cooking. This one, from Swiss manufacturer Kuhn Rikon, carries the reputation as “the Mercedes-Benz of pressure cookers” from The New York Times’ Test Kitchen.
All-Clad Small Stainless-Steel Roasters with Rack $160
No kitchen is fully equipped without a good roasting pan, the workhorse of a holiday-ready kitchen. Though some cooks might argue that they’re superfluous, those deep-sided walls are necessary to catch turkey and pot roast drippings. Your newlywed friends do make their own gravy, right?
East Fork Pottery Large Shallow Serving Bowl $149
Founded in 2010, East Fork Pottery is the name of an artisan collective making durable and timeless pottery near Asheville, North Carolina. This large, shallow serving bowl is perfect for salads, and available in eight different glazes, including indigo, orange ember and white eggshell.
Laguiole Bone Handle Table Knives $800
From the town of Laguiole in the Massif central region of France, these are among the finest steak knives in the world. Though they carry a hefty price tag, each knife is made, from start to finish, by a single craftsman, with handles made from different materials, including rosewood, pinewood and expressive cow horn.
Vitamix Standard Blender $329
Finex 10-Inch Cast Iron Grill Pan $150
David Mellor Provençal Black 5-Piece Place Setting $100
Snowe Set of Dinner Plates $80
Hasami Porcelain Natural Mug Set $40
Hand-Blown Stackable Glasses $48
Vintage Linen Bedding $322
Matteo, based in L.A., claims that their linen sheets are the softest in the world. With a matte finish and natural heat-absorbing qualities, this bedding will both look good and feel good during the warm months.
Alpaca Wide Stripe Throw $199
This throw is woven in Peru from the fleece of baby alpacas, and is the perfect accompaniment for a new neutral-colored couch. It’s lightweight, warm and has a subtle woven pattern that will always look good.
Constellation Brass Lantern $150
This brass lantern is both eye-catching and unique, a conversation piece to set on a new bookcase or hang in the kitchen.
Berkeley Dresser $2,399
With the theme of beautiful walnut furniture for the house, this handmade dresser has enough space for the couple’s things, and a simple, elegant design.
Sony RX1R II $3,298
Sony’s followup to the RX1R released in 2013 is one of the most impressive compact shooters ever made, equipped with a full-frame 42.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor along with a built-in electric viewfinder and a tilting LCD screen on the back of the body. Though pricey, it’s still roughly $1,300 cheaper than the Leica Q.
Globe-Trotter 21-Inch Safari Ivory Trolley Case ~$1,638
Manufactured in Hertfordshire, England, this off-white Globe-Trotter case harkens back to a classic colorway offered by this iconic brand in the early half of the 20th century. It’s also finished with natural leather handles, straps, and corner saves that will darken into a deep chestnut patina over time.
Monocle Travel Guide Series $15
Inaugurated in 2015, Monocle‘s Travel Guide Series is a collection of thoroughly researched travel guides that cover hotels, restaurants and shops in the world’s most attractive travel destinations. With new guides every year, they’re an excellent jumping-off point for future honeymooners.
Ural Sportsman Package $15,999+
Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, Ural is an official affiliate of the Irbit MotorWorks Factory in Irbit, Russia, renowned for its heritage-inspired motorcycles with sidecars. The Sportsman Package is the camp-ready version of Ural’s flagship Gear Up motorcycle. Upgrades include high-visibility LED fog lights, blacked-out engine, gearbox and drivetrain, and full ceramic undercoating under the sidecar and fenders to protect against snow, salt and grime.
Xbox One $299+
Xbox One is the best gaming console out there, in our opinion, and it also boasts the best selection of games. Right now you can get it with a game (like Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider or Gears of War) for under $300. A couple that games together stays together.
Kindle Oasis $289
The Oasis is the ultimate e-reader. It’s Amazon’s thinnest, lightest and brightest Kindle, and even at that, it’s still adjustable to not wake a sleeping partner.
360Fly 4K $500
If VR is the future, then 360-degree action cameras are soon to proliferate. These cams let users create their own VR content, from the reception to the honeymoon, this cam’s ready to record the memories.
Oculus Rift $600
No smartphone VR headset compares to the Oculus Rift. It’s extremely comfortable, it comes with an Xbox gamepad, and setting it up is a breeze. There’s also very little learning curve. First-person shooters and galactic flying missions will never be the same, and it’s the perfect escape for some alone time.