Top Rated Wedding Gifts For 2020

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Bath and Bedding

Parachute Down Alternative Mattress Topper
Parachute Down Alternative Feather Bed
From $229

 An entire bed is a lot to ask for (or gift), but this mattress topper that we adore is the next best choice. (And if you want to go ahead and put a mattress on there, we will not judge. Here are our favorites.)

FROM $229 AT PARACHUTE
Brooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set
Brooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set
From $129

These are the luxurious linen sheets that former Strategist writer Lauren Levy tried and loved. They feel expensive, but aren’t prohibitively so.

FROM $129 AT BROOKLINEN
Linoto 100% Pure Linen Sheet Set
Linoto 100% Pure Linen Sheet Set
$299

In addition to Brooklinen, Linoto, which is based in upstate New York, makes some of the best linen around.

$299 AT AMAZON
Bico Bed Blanket
Bico Bed Blanket
$245

Non-fusty quilts are hard to come by. This one, from Joinery, is crafted by a team of six weavers from of São João del Rei, Brazil.

$245 AT THE CITIZENRY
Marimekko Rosarium Duvet Cover Set, Full/Queen
Marimekko Rosarium Duvet Cover Set, Full/Queen
$150

The couple with bold taste will appreciate this bright and cheery comforter that Decorist designer Audrey Margarite says has a “whimsical painterly quality” that’s sure to add a “quick pattern pop” to any bedroom.

$150 AT BED BATH & BEYOND
Baloo Weighted Blanket 15-20 lbs, Full/Queen
Baloo Weighted Blanket 15-20 lbs, Full/Queen
$169

One of our favorite weighted blankets to gift, the Baloo is made from breathable cotton so its weight feels soothing, not suffocating.

$169 AT AMAZON
$169 AT BALOO LIVING
Claus Porto Deco Mini Soap Collection
Claus Porto Deco Mini Soap Collection
$75

When we asked 130 tasteful people about their favorite gifts to give, Tabitha Simmons, a fashion stylist and creative director, pointed us to these beautifully packaged soaps from Portuguese brand Claus Porto.

$75 AT AMAZON
$75 AT BERGDORF GOODMAN
Coyuchi Air Weight Cotton Bath Sheet

Coyuchi Air Weight Cotton Bath Sheet

$58

These lightweight towels are quick-drying as well as soft and cozy. Strategist senior writer Karen Iorio Adelson notes, “They actually dried me off quicker than my old towels and didn’t get wet and soggy in the process. Apparently the secret is the towel’s loose weave, which promotes air circulation.”

$58 AT COYUCHI
Parachute Classic Towels
Parachute Classic Towels
From $9

If you’re looking for something a little simpler, as big fans of Parachute’s bedding and linens, we can vouch for the quality of these towels, too.

FROM $9 AT PARACHUTE
Bambusi Bamboo Bathroom Shower Floor Mat

Bambusi Bamboo Bathroom Shower Floor Mat

$29
$60 now 52% off

Strategist editor Alexis Swerdloff owns this bamboo bath mat and much prefers it to her formerly soggy cloth one. “No longer must I step on a sad and flattened terry-cloth bath mat,” she says, “and my bathroom suddenly feels like a spa.”

$29 AT AMAZON
Frette Milano Terry Bathrobe
Frette Milano Terry Bathrobe
$150

Matching bathrobes make a nice gift. These plush ones from luxury linens brand Frette come recommended by Dinah Cooke, who directs social media for the Joanna Vargas spa. “I’m absolutely in love with mine. It’s luxurious yet simple,” she says. “I wear it after taking a long bath or while I’m sheet-masking.”

$150 AT BED BATH & BEYOND

Food and Kitchen

Marchesi de Frescobaldi Laudemio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Marchesi de Frescobaldi Laudemio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
$40

This eye-catching bottle of olive oil will complement all of their shiny new kitchen gear. And it’s not just a pretty package: The Tuscan oil is made from olives harvested only in October (when olives are green and just starting to ripen) for the most potent flavour.

$40 AT AMAZON
Dram Apothecary Bitters Gift Set
Dram Apothecary Bitters Gift Set
$30

Whether the newlyweds prefer cocktails or mocktails, these bitters (which include citrus, lavender lemon, and wild mountain sage) will add depth and flavors to any drink.

$30 AT DRAM APOTHECARY
Global G-2 Chef’s Knife 8”

Global G-2 Chef’s Knife 8”

$159 now 50% off
$80

Hands down, no question, this is the chef’s knife to get. We talked to more than two dozen experts and even tested some ourselves: It’s the best.

$80 AT AMAZON
$125 AT BED BATH & BEYOND
Swissmar Universal Cheese Knife
Swissmar Universal Cheese Knife
$15

Experts have told us to forgo the standard cheese knife set and instead buy a universal cheese knife, like this stainless-steel version from Swissmar.

$15 AT BED BATH & BEYOND
Atlas Copper Pepper Mill
Atlas Copper Pepper Mill
From $63

Forget the usual suspects (though if you are going to go with a usual suspect, go with this one), and instead get this copper-plated pepper mill. Writer Juliet Lapidos says it “always attracts attention at dinner parties. Once a guest asked if it was a family heirloom.”

FROM $63 AT AMAZON
Challenger Breadware Bread Pan
Challenger Breadware Bread Pan
$295

They likely already registered for a Lodge cast iron pan or Le Creuset Dutch oven which are both fine for baking bread, but Mia Leimkuhler, manager of audience engagement at the Strategist, tells us this is the best option for flavorful loaves with crisp crusts.

$295 AT CHALLENGER BREADWARE
Great Jones Holy Sheet Pan
Great Jones Holy Sheet Pan
$35

We predicted this bright blue sheet pan (made from aluminized steel and reinforced with steel rods to prevent warping) from startup cookware brand Great Jones would be a hit, and sure enough it became an instant Strategist reader favorite.

$35 AT GREAT JONES
Dansk Kopenstyle Casserole

Dansk Kopenstyle Casserole

$165 now 45% off
$91

One of our favorite gifts for home cooks, this Dutch oven (that’s made from carbon steel so it’s lighter than cast iron) can also be found in the kitchen of chef Samin Nosrat, author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and host of the Netflix show of the same name. She has a vintage yellow version.

$91 AT AMAZON
Mauviel 1830 M150C2 Copper and Stainless Steel 10.2-Inch Fry Pan
Mauviel M150C2 Copper & Stainless Steel Frying Pan
From $164

Sure, All-Clad is great, but this copper pan from Mauviel is a work of art. It’s the favorite of Vic’s, Rosie’s, and Cookshop chef Marc Meyer, who told us why he loves this pan: “It’s beautifully made, and the handle stays cool, even when using high heat. It’s a pleasure to cook anything in this pan.”

FROM $164 AT BED BATH & BEYOND
Matfer Bourgeat Black Steel Round Frying Pan
Matfer Bourgeat Black Steel Round Frying Pan
$66

Another alternative to the All-Clads and Cuisinarts of the world is chef-beloved French cookware line Matfer Bourgeat. This pan was recommended to us by John Fraser (Dovetail, Narcissa, Nix).

$66 AT AMAZON
Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables

Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables

$40 now 38% off
$25

As for what to do with all that new cookware, they’ll get plenty of ideas from this cookbook from chef Joshua McFadden. Janna Gur, author of Shuk, loves Six Seasons for its “beautiful writing, terrific (and meticulously developed and tested) recipes, mouthwatering photos, lots of veggies and seasonality.”

$25 AT AMAZON
Graphic Image Leather Bound Joy of Cooking
Graphic Image Leather Bound Joy of Cooking
$130

Sierra Tishgart, co-founder of cookware brand Great Jones, loves this leather-bound edition of the classic Joy of Cooking. While “it’s definitely a little bit more expensive than the regular edition, it’s really beautiful,” she says.

$130 AT FOOD52
Technivorm Moccamaster 59162 Moccamaster KBG Coffee Maker

Technivorm Moccamaster 59162 Drip Coffeemakers, 40 oz, Copper

$329

The coffee snob’s coffee maker, which is loved by not only aficionados, but hundreds of reviewers on Amazon.

$329 AT AMAZON
$300 AT WILLIAMS SONOMA
Grosche Frankfurt Pour Over Coffee Maker
Grosche Frankfurt Pour Over Coffee Maker
$100

There are few pour-over coffee makers more elegant than this Grosche version, which doesn’t require disposable filters, thanks to its mesh metal one.

$100 AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
Fellow Stagg EKG, Electric Pour-Over Kettle

Fellow Stagg EKG, Electric Pour-Over Kettle

$149

Nobody will not love a beautiful matte-black electric tea kettle.

$149 AT AMAZON
$150 AT WILLIAMS SONOMA
Calypso Basics by Reston Lloyd Whistling Teakettle, 2-Quart, Orange Marble
Calypso Basics by Reston Lloyd Whistling Teakettle
$33

A slightly more fun, splatterware alternative to the standard Le Creuset kettle.

$33 AT AMAZON
Coravin Two Wine Preservation System and Bottle Opener
Coravin Model Two Wine System
$210

Sometimes you want to finish a whole bottle; sometimes you don’t. The very best sommelier-approved system for preserving open bottles of wine is the Coravin.

$210 AT AMAZON
$210 AT BED BATH & BEYOND
Bormioli Rocco Bodega Tumbler 12oz (Set of 12)

Bormioli Rocco Bodega Tumbler Medium Glasses — 12 Ounce, Set of 12

$33 now 24% off
$25

These tumblers have already been called the best by designers and by us. And on a recent trip to Spain, we noticed that every restaurant had them, too. They’re perfect.

$25 AT AMAZON
Libbey Polaris 16-Piece Assorted Glassware (Set of 16)

Libbey Polaris 16-Piece Assorted Glassware (Set of 16)

$45 now 22% off
$35

Tracie Battle, a senior designer at online interior-design service Havenly, likes that these sleek drinking glasses feature a rounded, weighted base for some heft. The best part? A full set of 16 (eight tall glasses and eight rocks glasses) will only set you back around $30.

$35 AT AMAZON
$35 AT WAYFAIR
Ralph Lauren x Burleigh Midnight Sky Tankard Pitcher
Ralph Lauren x Burleigh Midnight Sky Tankard Pitcher
$100

Strategist writer Rio Viera-Newton says this pitcher would also be a lovely vase, so your recipients can break it out for dinner parties and keep it on display when they’re not hosting.

$100 AT NORDSTROM
Zalto Hand-Blown Universal Wine Glass
Zalto Hand-Blown Universal Wine Glass
$62

Hands down, the finest universal wine glasses you can buy. Adored by civilians and sommeliers alike.

$62 AT GOOP
Spiegelau 3-Piece Craft Beer Tasting Kit

Spiegelau 3-Piece Craft Beer Tasting Kit

$38 now 34% off
$25

These IPA glasses of various size and shape are made for different kinds of craft beers, which is just the kind of extravagant nonnecessity a wedding calls for.

$25 AT AMAZON
Heller Dinnerware Vignelli Rainbow Mug — Set of 6
Heller Dinnerware Vignelli Rainbow Mug — Set of 6
$60

These mugs will not be to everyone’s taste, but they are to ours.

$60 AT DESIGN WITHIN REACH
Pigeon Toe Matte Ceramic Mug
Pigeon Toe Matte Ceramic Mug
$42

A slightly more classic matte mug, courtesy of Portland’s Pigeon Toe Ceramics.

$42 AT FOOD52
Wilder Dinner Plate
Wilder Dinner Plate
$13

Nobody could object to these delicately speckled dinner plates that are reminiscent of the stoneware at Two Hands.

$13 AT CRATE AND BARREL
Our Place Main Plates
Our Place Main Plates
$50 for 4

These hand-painted plates look like the ones you’ll find from status-y ceramic brand Hasami, but at a fraction of the cost. They’re designed to stack up like bamboo dumpling steamers, nestling together into a tidy tower.

$50 FOR 4 AT OUR PLACE
Alessi Biglove Ice Cream Spoons, Set Of 4

Alessi Biglove Ice Cream Spoons, Set Of 4

$35 now 11% off
$31

Heart-shaped spoons from fancy Italian homeware brand Alessi will make them feel classy even if they’re on the couch eating Half Baked straight from the carton.

$31 AT AMAZON
$46 AT MOMA DESIGN STORE
Sabre Tortoise Flatware in Brushed Stainless Steel
Sabre Tortoise Flatware in Brushed Stainless Steel
$17

Former Strategist senior writer Lauren Levy not only obsessed over dishes, but flatware sets for her registry, too. Although she didn’t choose these tortoiseshell ones ultimately, they were strong and worthy contenders.

$17 AT COMING SOON
Collo-Alto Flatware, 5-Piece Setting

Collo-Alto Flatware, 5-Piece Setting

$80 now 15% off
$68

This is the set that Lauren ultimately went with, which she calls “classic stainless steel, with a bit of an edge.” Seven months later, she still loves them.

$68 AT DESIGN WITHIN REACH
Ippinka Kishu Binchotan Charcoal Water Purifier Filters
Ippinka Kishu Binchotan Charcoal Water Purifier Filters
$21 for 3

For the activated charcoal aficionado.

$21 FOR 3 AT AMAZON
$21 FOR 4 AT ETSY
Handmade Wabi Sabi Ceramic Dinnerware — Salad Bowl, Milk
Handmade Wabi Sabi Ceramic Dinnerware — Salad Bowl, Milk
$45

If you’ve been to Blue Hill at Stone Barns, you’re probably already familiar with these ceramics by Julie Hadley. They’re so much more original than Heath.

$45 AT FOOD52
Mosser Glass Three-Piece Mixing Bowl Set
Mosser Glass Three-Piece Mixing Bowl Set
$85

These Mosser Glass mixing bowls are handsome enough to keep out on the counter.

$85 AT GOOP
Ironwood Gourmet Tulip Salad Bowl
Ironwood Gourmet Tulip Salad Bowl
$84

For those looking to channel the “1970s Upper West Side apartment” look.

$84 AT AMAZON
Ironwood Gourmet Wood Bear Claw Salad Servers
Ironwood Gourmet Wood Bear Claw Salad Servers
$13

Plus these handsy tongs.

$13 AT BED BATH & BEYOND
Echelle Mudcloth Napkins, Set of 6
Echelle Mudcloth Napkins, Set of 6
$75

Hand-loomed in Mali, these organic cotton napkins are bold without being overwhelmingly so.

$75 AT THE CITIZENRY
Huddleson Anfa Blue and White Linen Tablecloth
Huddleson Anfa Blue and White Linen Tablecloth
$210

The same can be said of this Italian linen tablecloth from Huddleson.

$210 AT HORNE
Caspari Blue-and-White Cocktail Napkins - Pack of 20

Caspari Blue-and-White Cocktail Napkins – Pack of 20

$9 now 44% off
$5

Someone’s great-aunt might be gifting them fancy cloth napkins, but we bet they’ll be grateful to skip the ironing and whip out these chinoiserie-style paper napkins recommended by Strategist senior editor Anthony Rotunno.

$5 AT AMAZON
$7 AT SUR LA TABLE
Sferra Festival Place Mats, Set of Four
Sferra Festival Place Mats, Set of Four
$54

These, from Sferra, are interior designer Delphine Krakoff’s favorite place mats because they’re “affordable and come in tons of colors.”

$54 AT AMAZON
YETI Hopper Flip 8 Portable Cooler
Yeti Hopper Flip Portable Cooler
$200

The beloved Yeti Hopper cooler (perfect for camping, tailgating, day-at-the-beaching, and afternoon-in-the-parking) will survive nearly anything. And it better, for $200.

$200 AT AMAZON

Home Furnishings and Accessories

Harimi Dustpan
Harimi Dustpan
From $44

No one wants to think about house cleaning when they’re getting married, but this dustpan (recommended by a Japanese Buddhist monk) brings some elegance to daily chores.

FROM $44 AT ETSY
$44 AT RT1HOME
DII Swedish Dishcloths

DII Swedish Dishcloths

$16 now 6% off
$15 for 3

The same goes for these Swedish dishcloths that weaned Strategist contributor Ashlea Halpern off her (not-so-environmentally-friendly) paper towel habit.

$15 FOR 3 AT AMAZON
The Floral Society Lovely Taper Candles
The Floral Society Lovely Taper Candles
From $72 for 12

Tapered candlesticks are having a moment (even among minimalists), and Strategist writer Hilary Reid discovered these colorful candles are a top pick among interior designers.

FROM $72 FOR 12 AT FOOD52
Forbidden-Fruit Puzzle
Forbidden-Fruit Puzzle
$36

For game night with friends or a cozy night in, here’s a modern puzzle that’s worth framing once it’s finished.

$36 AT GOOP
$36 AT PIECEWORK PUZZLE
Tiffany & Co. Harmony Bowl
Tiffany & Co. Harmony Bowl
$135

Not only is this bowl from Tiffany & Co. surprisingly affordable (at least compared to the jeweler’s other offerings), it’s Judy Collins’ go-to wedding gift: “I’ve given it to people all over the world,” she says. “It’s a beautiful, simple, elegant shape, and inexpensive in terms of glassware.”

$135 AT TIFFANY & CO.
Costa Farms Snake Plant, Sansevieria
Costa Farms Snake Plant, Sansevieria
$33

A plant that you can order from Amazon that isn’t hideous and won’t wilt in the mail? Yes, it’s true! This one comes with a lovely ceramic planter.

$33 AT AMAZON
Tom Dixon Bump Tall Vase
Tom Dixon Bump Tall Vase
$260

Former Strategist writer Lauren Levy evangelized about this Tom Dixon vase for months, before finally biting the bullet and buying it.

$260 AT LUMENS
Yamazaki Home Tower Leaning Ladder Rack
Yamazaki Home Tower Leaning Ladder Rack
From $55

Big furniture pieces are weird to register for, but this Strategist favorite, a Yamazaki Home wall ladder that serves as an alternative to everyone’s dreaded “clothes chair,” feels fine on a registry.

FROM $55 AT AMAZON
Byer of Maine Pangean Glider/Sling Chair
Byer of Maine Pangean Glider/Sling Chair
$97

Same with this folding chair, which is meant for outdoor decks and terraces, but can be used when extra folks come over for Vanderpump Rules viewing parties or for movie-in-the-park outings.

$97 AT AMAZON
Norwood Stacking Stools

Norwood Stacking Stools

$60 now 17% off
$50

Another extra seating solution that we’ve written about before. They also make wonderful plant stands.

$50 AT AMAZON
Isaac Jacobs Clear Acrylic Tray with Handle
Isaac Jacobs Clear Acrylic Tray with Handle
$38

A Lucite tray (with chic gold handles) for breakfast-in-bedding.

$38 AT AMAZON
Davek Elite Umbrella
Davek Elite Umbrella
$149

A splurgy set of fancy matching umbrellas makes a fun and useful gift. We tested more than 30 umbrellas and determined this was the best of the bunch. Strategist writer Liza Corsillo raves, “The Davek Stick umbrella looks and feels like a Bentley or some other fancy but tasteful British thing. Even its nylon sheath has been designed with precision and grace.”

$149 AT NORDSTROM
The Original L.L.Bean Boot, Women’s
The Original L.L.Bean Boot, Women’s
$139
$139 AT L.L.BEAN
L.L. Bean Men’s 8-Inch Bean Boot
L.L. Bean Men’s 8-Inch Bean Boot
$139
$139 AT L.L.BEAN

This isn’t exactly a home item, but since you store them in your home, it felt close enough. Besides, Bean boots are a great couples’ gift.

Electronics

Audio-Technica ATLP120X USB Direct Drive Professional USB Turntable

Audio-Technica ATLP120X USB Direct Drive Professional USB Turntable

$249

The couple with a record collection will swoon over this vinyl geek-approved turntable.

$249 AT AMAZON
Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager

Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager

$130 now 9% off
$118

The totally amazing, totally unexpected, out-of-left-field gift that changes everything. We talk about this a lot because it is good for moms, good for dads, good for anyone who has feet.

$118 AT AMAZON
$133 AT MACY’S
Hyperice Hypervolt Cordless Vibration Massager

Hyperice Hypervolt Cordless Vibration Massager

$349 now 14% off
$299

Newlyweds always nagging each other for back rubs will appreciate this powerful handheld massager that’s beloved by physical therapists, professional athletes, and even Rockettes.

$299 AT DICK’S SPORTING GOODS
$299 AT BEST BUY
Etekcity Voltson Wi-Fi Smart Plug Mini Outlet
Etekcity Voltson Wi-Fi Smart Plug Mini Outlet
$10

Here’s a tip — put ten of these smart plugs on your registry, and you’ll be able to transform your home. Turn on the AC before you arrive. Start the slow cooker from work. Leave the lights on when you’re on vacation. The possibilities are endless.

$10 AT AMAZON
Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier
Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier (SPA-550A)
$370

This allergist-approved air purifier is the cream of the crop, the best at removing allergens, pollutants, and dust from sneeze-inducing air.

$370 AT AMAZON
Philips Wake-Up Light
Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock
$113

This “natural” clock (it wakes you up with a soft light as opposed to a blaring alarm) is a Strategist favorite, and good for SAD-inclined couples.

$113 AT AMAZON
Sonos Playbar

Sonos Playbar

$596 now 8% off
$549

Strictly speaking, nobody needs a Sonos Playbar, but nobody would be upset about six or seven friends chipping in to buy one to make TV-viewing cinematic.

$549 AT AMAZON
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush

$200 now 24% off
$152

Duh. You don’t even need to get two of them — just two brush heads.

$152 AT AMAZON
Ring Video Doorbell 2 with HD Video

Ring Video Doorbell 2

$199 now 30% off
$139

A smart-camera-assisted doorbell for the added layer of security. They’ll never lose a package or worry about who’s at the door again.

$139 AT AMAZON
Miele Complete C2

Miele Complete C2

$599 now 33% off
$399

It is not the cheapest vacuum on the market — just the longest-lasting and best-looking. It will make them actually want to break it out and use it.

$399 AT AMAZON

Travel Accessories

Arlo Skye The Zipper Carry-On Max with Front Pocket

Arlo Skye The Zipper Carry-On Max with Front Pocket

$375

This frequent-flier-approved rolling suitcase is honeymoon-ready — and sturdy enough to take on years of adventure.

$375 AT ARLO SKYE
Rimowa Original Cabin Small 22-Inch Suitcase

Rimowa Topas Cabin MW 53 Suitcase

$1,000

Then there are those of us who want elegant, long-lasting luggage that will never go out of style — also useful for the days when they (of course inevitably) fly first.

$1,000 AT NORDSTROM
Aspinal of London Luggage Tags, Set of Two
Aspinal of London Luggage Tags, Set of Two
$75

And here are some sophisticated leather tags so they’ll never lose their luggage.

$75 AT ASPINAL OF LONDON
Baggu Travel Cloud Bag

Baggu Travel Cloud Bag

$76 now 30% off
$53

We are obsessed with this unisex bag, which pretty much works just as the ultimate everyday bag that happens to be big enough for short trips.

$53 AT AMAZON
$74 AT BAGGU
Patagonia Black Hole 55L Duffel Bag
Patagonia Black Hole 55L Duffel Bag
$139

Experienced travelers love the Black Hole duffel’s laminated fabric and water-repellent coating that protects it from the elements. It’s also surprisingly roomy. “It fit everything I needed for a nearly two-month trip with room to spare,” says travel writer and photographer Michaela Trimble. “And it barely came back with a scratch.”

$139 AT BACKCOUNTRY
L.L.Bean Boat and Tote, Open Top
L.L.Bean Boat and Tote, Open Top
From $25

You can’t go wrong with a classic L.L.Bean tote bag. It was one of Strategist writer Hilary Reid’s best purchases of the decade, and our columnist Chris Black uses it as a backpack-alternative. A monogrammed set would be an especially good gift.

FROM $25 AT L.L.BEAN