10 Off-the-Registry Gift Ideas Newlyweds Are Sure to Love

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Going off-registry for a wedding gift can be a risky thing. Chances are, the bride and groom spent tons of time picking out specific items that they either need or really want. If you’re gonna get them something that’s not on the registry, you’ve gotta be sure it’s really going to surprise and delight them — in a good way. We don’t know your friends, but we’re guessing a custom-made platter with their faces emblazoned onto it is not going to do that. But any of these gifts will!

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  1. Kitchen Starter Set, $200 at Zingerman’s: With a good foundation, any couple can eat well. This gift box includes cooking ingredients that will be used all the time, with everything from gourmet vinegars and olive oils to nut butters and pasta sauce.
  2. Anniversary Wine Box, $99 (not including wine) at Artificer Woodworks: This three-compartment wine box has a simple, modern design and holds the bottles to help the couple celebrate future wedding anniversaries. You can even customize a personal message to be displayed underneath each lid, corresponding to each anniversary. And the option to add wine to your order will appeal to one-stop shoppers.
  3. Snack Boxes, from $19 at Try the World: Returning from a honeymoon and jumping back into reality can be tough for newlyweds, but a delivery of international foods from Try the World will quickly remind them that married life is anything but mundane. Gift options include Countries (ingredients, snacks, and drinks from one featured country a month) and Snacks (five snacks from various countries delivered each month).
  4. Pairings Box, from $25 at Turntable Kitchen: For couples who love to entertain, this monthly gift provides party inspiration along with one or two premium ingredients, three seasonal recipes, tasting notes, and hand-selected music to match. Gifts subscriptions can be given for one ($25), three ($75) or six ($150) months.
  5. Gift Card, from $20 at OpenTable: Make sure the newly married couple remembers to keep the romance alive with date nights and dinners out. You can either choose a specific restaurant or let the couple decide where they want to dine.
  6. Food and Wine Adventures, from $20 at Xperience Days: Give the gift of food tours, wine tasting classes, dinner cruises, or numerous other food-related experiences. This database is searchable using location, activity type, and/or price, and gifts have no expiration date.
  7. Personalized Classic Cookbook Collection, $350 at Juniper Books: This set of five classic cookbooks is a staple for anyone who spends time in the kitchen, but when you personalize the color and names printed on the spines, it becomes even more special. The higher price tag makes this the perfect gift for a group to give.
  8. Couples’ Cooking Classes, $160 per couple at Sur la Table: At Sur la Table stores nationwide, couples can hone their cooking skills with classes for any experience level. From instruction on classic sauces and homemade pizza to global street foods and advanced skills, every couple will find a class to improve their nightly nosh.
  9. Olive Tree & Oil, from $79 at Nudo Adopt: For the couple who appreciates quality olive oil and originality, this gift makes the recipients the proud mama and papa of an Italian olive grove for one year. Every gift includes at least one delivery of olive oil from the couple’s grove.
  10. Local CSA Share, prices vary: Fresh produce is a staple in every kitchen, and this gift allows the newlyweds to support their local farmers while making healthy eating a priority. Search the database for links to CSA opportunities local to the bride and groom.