You’re getting married. There will be comments (jokes, hopefully) about your soon-to-evaporate social life, how soon you’re expecting children, how you tricked your spouse to-be into matrimony and so on. There are a great many items to consider before wedded life begins — not chief among them (that would be your spouse), but still tremendously important, is the wedding registry.
A registry is a collection of suggested gifts for the married couple, oftentimes items on it occupy an otherwise awkward buying space. What you request on your registry should be what you and your other half will get use out of together — whether that’s in the home, or within a shared interest or hobby. Oftentimes this takes the form of premium quality goods that you may want, but not typically be willing to spend top dollar on — think barware, pillows, an Instant Pot Ultra or a really badass cooler. There are some obvious, and some less obvious, go-to items that make up a great registry — below, we’ve outlined 50 of our favorite that span the length of the price gamut.
How do Wedding Registries Work?
Traditionally, a wedding registry is a collection of one to a small handful of stores where the engaged couple has registered. Larger retailers may offer discounts, dedicated registry customer service or benefits for registering there. The couple then makes a list of wants and needs from the stores and distributes that to the attendees. Upon visiting those stores (online or in-person), the attendees should be able to alert the store that their purchase is for the couple’s registry and both receive whatever discount they may be entitled to and be alerted if the item they’re buying has already been bought by another guest.
Where to Register
Not a classic registry spot in the sense that it doesn’t have stores near all your potential guests, but it certainly has a further reach than any one store or chain of stores may have. Seeing as Amazon is basically ubiquitous and offers extended return policies on gifts, it’s a solid place to start.
Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, West Elm
The bread and butter of Williams Sonoma and its umbrella of brands is the wedding registry. Each has a large online presence, stores across the U.S. and plenty of your classic nest-building items. Registering with any one of them gives you benefits and access to all of them.
Bed, Bath & Beyond
Another huge brick-and-mortar retailer with an identically huge web catalog. Bed, Bath & Beyond will typically carry products at prices a rung under the Williams Sonoma tree.
This registry site has a webpage with 13 different reasons to use their service, but the gist is they offer price-matching, group buying on pricier items or experiences and carry loads of high quality brands like All-Clad, Le Creuset and Sonos.
Local stores without (or with little) web presence are not to be discounted. Whether you’re in a big city or a rural town, it’s not uncommon for small shops to offer a wedding registration system.
Look the Part with The Black Tux
While building a registry is important, looking like you give a damn is inarguably more so. Apart from remembering vows and rings, few things at your wedding are more important and less understood than a clean, sharp tux. That’s where The Black Tux comes in — it’s a one-stop shop for renting made-to-order, quality tuxedos and modern-cut suits but at half the price of what even the budget rental companies offer. If you don’t want to look like a box with curtains draped over it on your wedding day, The Black Tux is worth a click. Learn More: Here
Best Wedding Gifts Under $50
Allex Letter Opener
A winner of Japan’s prestigious Good Design Award and a damn fine tool to boot. Cut from a single sheet on stainless steel, the Allex Letter Opener is a design classic that sports a rubber-lined handle.
Microplane 38000 Professional Coarse Grater
Few kitchen tools offer more utility in a more space-efficient, low-cost package than a quality grader. Microplane’s version makes quick work of zesting and cheese-grating alike.
Grovemade Wool Felt Coaster Set
Made from natural merino wool, these felt coasters dry out on their own and won’t attach to your drink — whether it’s a hot coffee or something with a bit more punch.
Stasher Reusable Silicone Bags
Not every gift needs to be sexy — these reusable silicone bags are winners of the Red Dot Design Award. Plus, they’re just plain useful. File this into the category of gift you use more than any other gift.
Yamazaki Tower Toilet Paper Stand with Tray
Add a touch of Japanese-grade organization to your home with this black stainless steel bathroom fixture. A subtle addition to your home that says “I’m an adult.”
Hasami Porcelain Mug
Hasami’s porcelain is world famous. These “natural” colored mugs, which are stackable and unpretentious, offer a speckled taupe look that’ll never go out of style.
Bormioli Rocco 17.25-Ounce Stackable Bodega Glasses
Speaking of things you’re going to use every day … these space-saving Bormioli Rocco glasses stack on top of each other and look good doing it.
Midnight Scoop Ice Cream Scoop
Leave it to an aerospace engineer to make an ice cream scoop that’s actually helpful. Crafted with aerospace-grade aluminum, the Midnight Scoop acts more like a shovel than a spoon, granting you less time scooping and more time binging.
Nordic Ware Sheet Pan Set
These sheet pans are widely used in professional kitchens because they’re heavier than the flimsy pans that come when you buy an oven. Made of aluminum, they’re also quick to heat.
Soma 10-Cup Pitcher
An essential for anyone who’s not living in a place with quality water on tap. Its wood handle and minimal design help the Soma blend into any fridge.
Native Union 4-Port USB Charger
Native Union’s badass wall-charging block detects your device’s input and automatically adjusts to charge it at full capactiy. It can also do that for four devices at once.
Classic Peugeot Pepper Mill
It’s been the staple of pepper grinding for nearly 150 years and shows no signs of being dethroned. The French pepper mill easily adjusts grind size and has retained its iconic curvy look.
Chemex Classic Pourover
Because you and your guests deserve a better cup of coffee — even if you only use it on the weekends.
A tumbler with a snifter shoved inside. The Norlan glass leaves the casual drinker just as satisfied as the whiskey-obsessed.
Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Machine
The Dohm has a long track record in assuaging even the most rabid minds into some shut-eye. A staple whether you’re living in a loud city or just need an extra push to pass out.
Best Wedding Gifts Under $100
Kalamazoo Quebracho Charcoal
Quebracho charcoal is in a class of its own — it burns hotter, longer and cleaner than your typical lump charcoal. Kalamazoo’s is all-natural, low-sparking and low-smoking, too.
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set
A trio of countertop-gripping mixing bowls that stack better than a set of Matryoshka dolls. OXO created these with the classic stainless steel interior for easy cleaning, but added a plastic exterior to shield your hands from heat when mixing hot ingredients.
Zalto Denk’Art Universal Glass
A set of perfectly balanced, beautiful wine glasses is requisite to hosting your family and friends, and they know that, too.
Kvell Rollo Hamper
A crushable, foldable, bendable synthetic fiber makes up this low-key laundry hamper. It also allows plenty of airflow, meaning it’ll take longer for your pile of dirty clothes to make their presence known.
Misen Chef’s Knife
A western-eastern-hybrid of a chef’s knife from a Kickstarter-backed brand with loads of hype. Misen’s chef’s knives will last you however long you need, and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Best Made 15-Inch Toolbox
Whether for tools or art supplies, perhaps what’s most exciting about the humble tool box is its penchant for housing tools for creative endeavors. Best Made Co.’s simple tool box is made with 22-gauge powder-coated steel, so expect a lot of endeavors to come and go before you wear it out.
Mizuyama Two-Sided Sharpening Stone
Having a knife-sharpening tool isn’t admission that you’re using your knife wrong — it’s a statement that you use it all the time. This one was built for the beginner home cook, and employs a medium grit and fine grit sharpening zones.
Morihata Ishikoro Pebble Stone Bath Mat
The pebblestone design of this terrycloth Ishikoro bath mat brings a subtle and interesting texture shift in an otherwise forgotten space of your home. Not to mention it’s far more absorbent than a typical bath mat.
IKEA Ogder Chair
An IKEA product that’s easy to assemble? Yes. The Ogder requires no hex key, rocks a bucket seat and is nearly made entirely of recycled material.
Fellow Stagg Pour-Over Kettle
A pour-over kettle used by professional coffee brewers (it’s a thing) and for the most precisely-heated tea you can conjure up in a home kitchen. It doesn’t hurt that it looks better than any other kettle on the market.
Pilgrim Teo Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser
An aroma diffuser that isn’t gaudy or hospital-plain is a hard thing to come by. Pilgrim’s Teo device — made of beechwood and handmade ceramic — sits pleasantly in the middle.
Field Company Skillet
A machine-smoothed cooking surface and light in the hand, Field’s cast-iron skillet represents a value proposition that’s hard to beat: a use period measure in lifetimes at a price a fraction of its competition in boutique cast-iron.
Teakhaus End Grain Butcher Block
Cook’s Illustrated called the Teak end-grain cutting board “the last cutting board you’ll ever need.” We’re calling it a damn good-looking kitchen essential that doubles as a rustic charcuterie platter.
Best Wedding Gifts Over $100
Nest Bedding The Easy Breather Pillow
A secret blend of materials creates a pillow that’s as soft and light as down yet supportive like memory foam, and if it doesn’t quite fit your comfort level you can easily remove fill.
Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder
Ask any coffee nerd what bean grinder to buy and they’ll likely bring up the Encore. It’s the go-to gateway grinder, and it’s capable of 40 separate grind levels — coarse to ultra fine.
David Mellor Pride Flatware
The first set of flatware designed by famed British designer David Mellor (including the stoplights used across all of Brittain), they are thin yet heavy, and provide a quiet hint that you know what you’re doing.
Quiet Town The Orient Shower Curtain
No one notices a shower curtain unless it’s either dirty or dirt cheap. This two-toned, Brooklyn-made curtain rocks pure brass grommets and a sturdy canvas material, ensuring it stands out just enough.
Instant Pot Ultra 6-Quart
By now you’ve surely heard of it. The Instant Pot is the machine that promises to replace 10 different kitchen tools, and actually delivers.
Tantuvi No. 8 Amethyst Hand-Loomed Indian Rug
Affordable rugs that don’t look like garbage are surprisingly difficult to find. Tantuvi’s are hand-loomed in a classic Indian style and employ minimal flourish in favor of striking colors and geometric design.
Onsen Bath Bundle Large Towel Set
Long-staple cotton is to thank for the weave on this waffle towel that’s equal parts airy and soft. Onsen’s bath towels dry you (and themselves) just as quick as any towel out there.
Baking Steel Double Burner Griddle
At nearly two feet long and more than 20 pounds, Maker’s double burning griddle is not for the compact kitchen. It is, however, for the couple who remedies a night of celebration with all the pancakes and bacon a crowd could eat.
Parachute Linen Sheet Set
Why linen sheets? They’ll last you longer, become softer over time and keep you cooler than any other bedding material. Parachute provides a great color selection on sheets that are garment-dyed, so every set it makes is ever so slightly unique.
Snowe Four-Piece Table Settings
Limoges porcelain is sourced in France and made in Portugal. This 16-piece set of dinnerware collection is lightweight and anti-fuss, fired at extreme heats to increase durability.
The Sonos One is a compact bluetooth speaker that’s simply a head above the crowd around it. It’s voice-enabled and has no restrictions on what apps you use to stream music.
Breville Quick Touch Microwave
A dial adjusts the power level inside Breville’s Quick Touch microwave — or, leave it to the Sensor IQ system to weigh the food you’re reheating or cooking to automatically adjust cooktime and power level.
Nest Learning Third Generation Thermostat
A self-programming thermostat is the least threatening version of learning AI. Nest’s thermostat takes digital notes of your preferred temperatures during the day and reprograms itself based on that infomartion. Of course, you can take over and change it from anywhere through your smartphone.
Made In Starter Pack
Made In blends the low prices of a direct-to-consumer model with the reliability of a company that’s been run for decades. Its stainless steel cookware starter kit is made from premium, five-ply steel that’s fast to heat, and both oven- and dishwasher-safe.
Orca 40-Quart Cooler
You can’t spend all your time indoors. Orca’s 40-quart, supremely insulated hauling cooler is the perfect third wheel for an outdoors trip.
Anglepoise Original 1227 Desk Lamp in Dove Grey
This lamp’s bonafides span nearly a century. Designed in 1935, Anglepoise’s original desk lamp is heavyset, flexible and balanced.
Lighthouse AI Smart Security Home Camera
An AI security camera that can tell the difference between shadows, pets, your children, you and … strangers. You can set it up to send you as much or as little information as you want, from when someone walks up to your front door to a full recounting of what your dog did all day.
Technivorm Moccamaster 59616 KBG Coffee Maker
Technivorm’s home coffee brewer is among a tiny, elite group of coffee makers to be certified by the rigorous standards of the SCAA of Europe and America. It uses a proprietary copper heating technique to make absurdly precisely heated water far quicker than your typical brewer.
Vitamix 5200 Blender
The Vitamix 5200 is not just a blender. The blades in the 64-ounce container are capable of spinning fast enough to create enough friction to heat and make soups, pulverize seeds and easily make your own peanut butter. And yes, it will make a smoothie smoother than any machine out there.
Away Carry-On: The Aluminum Edition
Away’s Aluminum carry-on is a game-changer. Where its competitors easily charge double, Away sells its new aluminum luggage at a price that’s less sweat-worthy.
Dyson Cyclone V10 Vacuum
Pound-for-pound, this is easily the most powerful Dyson ever made. And the kicker? It’s a cordless handheld. The V10 Absolute weighs six pounds and comes with enough vacuum heads to clean every surface your home throws at it.
PK360 Grill and Smoker
Made from a single piece of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum and sporting all Marine grade stainless steel racks and kit pieces, this charcoal cooking grill is a durable as it is functional.