- Shared items or experiences are great gift ideas for couples, according to wedding experts.
- Booking them a tequila tasting or chef to cook them dinner is an experience they can both enjoy.
- This article is part of the “How to Holiday” series, which highlights the best ways to embrace and prepare for the festive season.
When deciding what to get for couples on your gift list — whether newly engaged or heading toward their 50th anniversary — a shared present or experience is a thoughtful way to honor their love.
Insider spoke to five wedding experts to find out the best things to gift couples this holiday season.
Book them a tequila or mezcal tasting
For couples who like to drink alcohol, Anne Woychak, the owner of àLouise Bridal, recommended switching things up from traditional wine tastings with tequila- or mezcal-centered experiences.
“It’s a welcome and unexpected alternative to wine tasting. There are so many varieties and flavors,” Woychak said. “Paired with a delicious meal, you have a perfect date-night gift on your hands for your favorite couple.”
Inspire a unique date night with a curated pizza kit or special gift card
Sometimes couples want to trade in their formal wear for a cozy night in, and a curated pizza kit can make the experience more exciting than just ordering takeout.
“This kit is easy to put together and doesn’t break the bank,” Woychak said. “The main component is a pizza stone, which is a great tool to use with a conventional oven since chances are, you don’t have a fancy pizza oven.”
“This idea is simple and most of the gifted items can be used for a lifetime,” she added.
You can also add a pizza slicer, some premium ingredients like sauce or marinated veggies, and a bottle of wine.
Wedding planner Hovik Harutyunyan recommended getting married couples a gift card to the bakery they bought their wedding cake from so they can purchase anniversary treats or delicious desserts that remind them of their special day.
Help them stay cute and cozy with matching robes
Nothing feels better than lounging in a plush robe all day, and it’s even better when you can cuddle with a significant other.
Rachel Silver, the founder and CEO of Love Stories TV, suggested gifting couples a set of matching robes, which are “cozy, romantic, and something people wouldn’t think to buy themselves.”
For a personalized touch, consider getting the robes monogrammed.
Treat them to a local experience, like a skydiving session or concert
Gifts of time are a sweet way to help the romance continue to blossom, so consider getting couples a spa session, concert and theater tickets, or a romantic dinner at a restaurant.
“An annual membership to a science museum or botanical garden will provide the couple with a year’s worth of experiences rather than tangible items that may go unused in their home,” said Laura Silva, director of event sales at HOUSEpitality Family.
And for outdoorsy couples, Harutyunyan suggested booking a day of nature and adventure, like a kayaking, parasailing, or skydiving session.
Hire a professional chef to cook them a luxe dinner date
Although a night of fine dining at a restaurant is romantic, it can feel even more special for just two people to enjoy each other’s company at home.
Harutyunyan suggested hiring a private chef to come to the couple’s home and cook them dinner so they can share each other’s company over a restaurant-worthy meal, plus take the night off from cooking.
Donate to a charity the couple cares about
For couples who seemingly have everything, Harutyunyan said you can donate in their name to the charities or causes that mean the most to them.
“This is especially great for older couples who not only have everything they need but also perhaps don’t need the financial help that monetary gifts provide for young newlyweds,” he told Insider.
Deck their halls with a customized holiday ornament
Elopement photographer Brianna Parks said to gift newlyweds a custom ornament with a wedding or engagement photo on it to celebrate their first holiday season together.
You can similarly customize ornaments to celebrate other milestones, like with the address of their first home or a reference to their most recent anniversary.
Honor the wedding location of couples who got married in national parks with a stylized sign
After photographing elopements for over four years, Parks has seen many people tie the knot in national parks, so a customized sign is a special gift for outdoorsy couples that celebrates their love.
Parks specifically recommended a wooden-carved national-park sign.
“Couples I have photographed who have received this gift couldn’t stop talking about it,” Parks said. “It’s very personalized and a great way to show the couple you know their interests.”
For couples who didn’t wed in parks, you can also opt for a more generic engraved sign with their names on it and the coordinates of where they wed or met.
Help couples document their favorite memories with the Adventure Challenge Book
The Adventure Challenge Book aims to keep things fresh with scratch-off date ideas.
Activities range from painting canvases to recreating grandparents’ first dates to creating a memory box together. Plus each idea will cost no more than $50.
“This is a book filled with different activities and date-night ideas for couples,” Parks told Insider. “Document the date with a Polaroid and save the pictures within the book so you can look back at your newlywed stage in a few years.”