Ah, the great wedding gift dilemma. Do you give the couple a few dishes or a new shower curtain? Or do you just call it a day and hand the bride and groom a wad of cash? And what if you want your present to feel a bit more personal?
With wedding season right around the corner, you will likely be faced with these conundrums more than once in the coming weeks and months. Fortunately, we've done the dirty work for you. From a museum membership to a luxe camping experience, these original gift ideas will make you the favorite guest of every newlywed couple in your life.
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For S'mores Lovers
This cast iron fire pit is a sleek way to enjoy a bonfire. The happy couple can keep it on the three-legged stand or place it directly on the ground for an earthier look. Hopefully they'll invite you over for roasted marshmallows sometime soon.
, Cast Iron Dish Fire Pit, $398, available at
For Trekkers and Campers
Couples who love extended stays in the outdoors will enjoy the chance to snuggle in a giant sleeping bag for two. This particular one has additional pockets for pillows and, if necessary, can even fit a dog. Now that's a pup tent.
NEMO Mezzo Loft Duo Double Sleeping Bag, $289.95, available online at
For The Oenophiles
Give the newlyweds a reason to think of you fondly every month when a package of wine selected just for them arrives at their door. Club W sends curated boxes of wine based on the receivers preferences, satisfaction guaranteed. Membership also includes videos on each bottle from one of Club W's curators — learning has never been so delicious.
Giftcard, starting at $60, available at
For The Hosts With The Most
Gift the epicurean couple a multipurpose cutting board with sleek serving potential. Perfect for everyday use, it can be easily dressed up with brie and figs for a party, and the marble inset makes for an elegant trivet.
Maple Duo Server With Light Marble, $180, available at
For The Homebodies
Chances are the newlyweds will be spending quite a bit of time in the bedroom. Why not help them luxe it up with some plush new bedding?
Duvet, $581, available at
Lulu & Georgia.
For The Philanthropists
For the pair who values giving back to others, a charitable donation in their name is the way to go. We've suggested an organization below, but you should opt for any cause you know they both support. It's the gift that really does keep on giving.
Donation, available at
For The Home Decor Buffs
Whether the couple is moving into a new home together or they just want to upgrade the space they already share, gift them a session with the interior pros over at Decorist. They will love you forever.
Gift Card, available at
For The Al Fresco Diners
A picnic in the park? Sounds pretty picture-perfect. Give your al fresco dining pals an adorable basket to tote all their gear.
Eliza Gran Studio
Topanga Basket, $110, available at
Eliza Gran Studio.
For The Sentimentalists
Framebridge will allow your pals to select their favorite image from the big day to be custom framed and delivered to their door. We can't think of a cuter, more personalized present.
Gift Card, available at
For The Urban Explorers
There are few things more romantic than exploring a city by bike. It won't be cheap (maybe a good group gift?), but if you give the newlyweds matching mint green bicycles, you will instantly skyrocket to the top of their "best friends" list.
c1 Dutch Bike, $349, available at
For The Art Buffs
Looking to give a gift that's a little more creative? Get your pals a membership to their favorite museum for some sweet, artsy bonding time.
Membership, $140, available at
For The Jet-setters
Do your friends love to travel? Gift them a subscription to a cool travel magazine (we love
, but choose what you think they'll like best) so they can stay in the wanderlust mindset even after the honeymoon.
Subscription, $20 for six issues, available at
For The Nature Lovers
If your buds love spending time in nature but aren't too keen on roughing it, a Shelter Co. experience is right up their alley. The glamping company will set up a luxe camping experience
the couple chooses.
Gift Certificate, available at