Choosing the best gifts for couples isn't easy, especially if you're on the hunt for couples who seemingly have everything they need already. Plus, finding a present that both of them enjoy can feel like an impossible task. But never fear—we've picked some of the best gifts across categories, whether they are fans of innovative kitchen essentials, designer dupes that rival luxury pieces or more niche products. Whatever the occasion, our curation offers useful and unique buys that'll make you the honorary third-wheel.
With more than 20 years of experience, wedding industry expert Kelly Mortimer shares the key to getting a good gift for a couple who "has everything" is to give them an experience over a material item."What does the couple do in their spare time or on their date nights? This will give you plenty of clues as to what they enjoy together," Mortimer suggests. If you want to buy them an item, Mortimer recommends sticking to something they might not know they need. "If they like traveling, for instance, you could get them some personalized passport holders or luggage tags."
Francesca Pittaway, a curator at the popular gifting website Not on the High Street, suggests finding a gift with a story behind it. "A great way to give a meaningful gift is to look for something that has a story to tell such as products made from unusual materials, gifts that have been made using interesting crafting techniques, or items that are environmentally conscious," says Pittaway."If the product has meaningful beginnings or a meaningful journey it will feel even more special to the recipient."
RETAILERS WITH THE BEST GIFTS FOR COUPLES
To further help you on your shopping journey, we've compiled useful destinations with a variety of the best gifts for couples to shop.
- Best retailers for couples who have everything: Amazon and Etsy
- Best retailers for funny gifts for couples: Amazon, Etsy, and UncommonGoods
- Best retailers for gifts for young couples: Amazon and Urban Outfitters
- Best retailers for gifts for retired couples: Amazon and Selfridges
- Best retailers for home gifts for couples: Amazon, Le Creuset, Selfridges, The White Company, and Wayfair
- Best retailers for gifts for couples who travel: Airbnb, Amazon, and Not On The High Street
- Best retailers for gifts for couples to do together: Amazon and Virgin Experience Days
- Best retailers for last minute gifts for couples: Amazon, Airbnb, and Virgin Experience Days
- Best retailers for virtual gifts for couples: Masterclass, The Bouqs Co., and Winc
- Best retailers for vouchers for couples: Virgin Experience Days
The best gifts for couples 2021
Ready to shop? Meet our hand-picked list of perfect gifts for couples, from gifts for couples who love to travel to gifts for the home, and, most usefully, the gifts for couples who seem to already have everything.
Gifts for couples who have everything
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
RRP: $99.95/£129.95 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day money-back guarantee
As one of the best travel coffee mugs, this gadget keeps drinks hot and toasty for up to an hour and a half on a single charge. Backed by a long-lasting battery, this innovative cup allows for smartphone control: Just connect it to the Ember app, and you'll be able to set the temperature (between 120°F - 145°F), customize presets, receive notifications, and more. Not to mention, it powers down automatically and features dishwasher-safe ceramic coating. Each cup comes in black and white, weighing in at two pounds with a capacity of 10 fluid ounces—the perfect size for your favorite cup of coffee.
CUSTOM SPOTIFY ALBUM COVER
RRP: From $18.99/£18.99 | Delivery: 5-8 days shipping | Refundable? No
For the concert-going love birds, this digital album portrait is a special token of appreciation. Better yet, it can be personalized by background color, artist, and song displayed, as well as the precise minute of pause. Each portrait is 50 centimeters tall and 30 centimeters wide. Since it's customized, it cannot be returned for a full refund.
De'Longhi Coffee Grinder
RRP: $54.49/£27.77 | Delivery: 6-9 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day money-back guarantee
This electric coffee grinder comes with a 12-cup grinding capacity to keep even the most avid of coffee drinkers caffeinated throughout the day. It weighs under one pound and comes in one, sleek-silver color. For a thoughtful, personal touch, why not include a bag of the couple's favorite coffee beans or some they may not have tried before from an independent roaster local to them?
Funny gifts for couples
Passive Aggressive Note Pad
RRP: $10.99/£6.99 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable? 10-day return policy
For the couples who often bicker (but can take it on the chin!) this is the perfect gift. And at $10.99/£6.99, it's an affordable alternative to couples counseling. Countless editions await, with titles like 'Awesome Citation,' 'Hang In There,' and 'Pep Talk' among others. Each offers 50 sheets and measures around 4 x 5.25 inches.
RRP: From $15.95/£15.95 | Delivery: 2-week shipping | Refundable? No
These socks will ensure the gift receiver's partner is always with them, wrapped comfortably around their feet. Select one of 25 color options, mark the number of faces you'd like, and add your text. Be sure to send your order number and desired pictures to email@example.com. However, be wary it cannot be returned given that it's a customized item.
Gifts for young couples
100 Dates Bucket List Scratch Poster
RRP: $17.25/£24.20 | Delivery: 1-2 week shipping | Refundable? 30-day return policy
Need inspiration? Let this poster serve as the Google at your beck and call. As a guide, it displays 100 date ideas from whimsical and traditional to romantic and unique. The concept is easy—once the couple has been on a date, they scratch off the respective box with a coin.
RRP: £2,295 (GB only) | Delivery: Within 7 days (GB only) | Refundable? 30-day return policy (GB only)
If you're looking to really treat a couple close to you, this Hydrow machine would be a great gift for any exercise-loving couples you know. Just like fitness lovers have become big fans of the Peloton machines, that allow you to run and cycle in the comfort of your own home with an interactive screen, the Hydrow does the same thing for rowing. And what's even better, is that it's crafted to move smoothly so that it feels like you're actually on the water for a truly immersive exercise experience. Just make sure they've got space in the house first!
Trader Joe's Cookbook
RRP: $19.95/£14.19 | Delivery: 5-8 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day return policy
Older couples may scoff, but young lovers understand the hype of persuing a local Trader Joe's, a grocery store chain filled with trendy and niche seasonings and frozen meals. Gift them with this titular cookbook, which features a slew of hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
Dame Duo Couples Kit
RRP: $75/£75 | Delivery: 5-8 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day return policy
More often than not, sultry sex positions aren't enough in the bedroom. With the ever-practical Dame Duo Couples Kit, a TSA-friendly pouch with inner pockets, turn things up a notch. This bundle houses the essentials, such as a versatile bullet vibrator, aloe-based lubricant, condoms, and matching socks for donning post-climax.
Mr & Mrs Mugs
RRP: $69.95/£39.95 | Delivery: 3-5 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day return policy
Though ideal for newlyweds, this makes the perfect personal present for any young married couple. For both traditional and modern kitchens, these mugs are of hardwearing quality that is made to last, even if the lucky recipients are devoted tea drinkers. Each mug is dishwasher-safe, made of English Earthenware, and half the size of a traditional pint.
RRP: $94.95/£67.84 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day return policy
The AeroGarden Harvest is an in-home garden system that can grow fresh herbs or veggies all year round for the couple into the plant to plate lifestyle. At 12 inches tall, the sleek digital-herb garden can grow up to six plants at any time in the water, a cleaner alternative to soil-based indoor potted plants. It also comes with LED lights, which signal when it's time to add plant food and automatically power down.
Gifts for retired couples
W&P Homemade Gin Kit
RRP: $42.64/£47.59 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day return policy
Celebrate the end of the 9-5 lifestyle with this creative kit, designed to keep newly-retired couples entertained (and pleasantly buzzed!) This bundle is ideal for gin-obsessed beginners and masters since it features the essentials, like brief instructions for crafting homemade blends. Cheers!
The Book of Us: The Journal of Your Love Story in 150 Questions
RRP: $14.40/£17.13 | Delivery: 3-6 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day return policy
Memorialize their love story with this fill-in journal, with prompts to capture all of the big and small moments. Couples are invited to answer 150 poignant prompts and relive special events, trips, milestones, and more. Think of it as an heirloom.
The Big Cheese Making Kit
RRP: $53/£37.50 | Delivery: Depends on your region | Refundable? 28-day return policy
Most retired couples have too much time on their hands—why not help them learn the art of cheesemaking? This handy kit comes with a booklet of step-by-step instructions and recipes, a host of ingredients, a dairy thermometer, butter muslin, and three cheese molds. What's more, it's 100% vegetarian and gluten-free. Selfridges offers flexible delivery options depending on your region and a 28-day return policy for a full refund or exchange.
Gifts for couples for the home
Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Sauteuse
RRP: $180/£199 | Delivery: 3-5 day shipping | Refundable? 40-day return policy
Glossy and sleek, this sauteuse pan features a long-lasting and chip-resistant enamel exterior. Plus, it includes sloping sides and a large surface area for searing, sauteing, braising, and frying, along with oversized handles for a secure grip. Available in 17 colors. On the hunt for a discount? We have hunted out the best Le Creuset deals.
Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen Full Set
RRP: From $22/£65 | Delivery: 3-5 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy
This soft and silky bedding promises a great night's sleep. The White Company's classic, crisp white color includes a luxe pillowcase, duvet cover, and fitted sheet. Needless to say, it's the perfect addition to your favorite couple's best mattress and best pillows. The set is suitable for single, double, king, and super king-sized beds.
Boeien Salt and Pepper Set
RRP: $35/£35.99 | Delivery: 1-week shipping | Refundable? 30-day return policy
Designed by the Dutch homeware brand Puik, this set is made from hand-blown glass and features a base made from cork for a quirky homeware addition. A trendy present bound to make a statement in any couple's kitchen. Each shaker is 10 centimeters tall and weighs under one gram for a lightweight feel. The set will ship within one to seven business days, should you order on Wayfair.
Tower Scandi Saucepan Set
RRP: $94.49/£32.99 | Delivery: 1-2 week shipping | Refundable? 12-month return policy
Pans are a practical welcome gift for couples who share a humble abode. Available in various sizes (16, 18, and 20 centimeters to be exact), the set can be used with induction hobs, ovens, and cleaned in the dishwasher. Plus, it comes with a lifetime guarantee (if you're looking for the best induction pans, try our guide to the best induction pans).
Nespresso Essenza Mini
RRP: $149.95/£89.99 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day money-back guarantee
A coffee machine is a staple for any caffeine-loving couple's kitchen, and a capsule machine is great for quick and consistent cups of coffee. Unlike manual espresso machines, this model is mess-free, and with such a wide range of coffee pods available, there are endless choices, from barista classic coffees to caramel crème brûlée and cocoa truffle. The Essenza Mini has the capacity to brew espresso and lungo drinks, as well as being available in three colors, and comes with a one-year warranty. Luckily, there are plenty of Nespresso deals to shop for if this one isn't quite to your taste.
RRP: $71.26/£57.99 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day return policy
Even if you think you don't need one of these nifty kitchen gadgets, trust us, you do. Soups? Sorted. Smoothies? Of course. Making your own pesto? Not a problem. Don't even get us started on DIY nut butter. The point is, even for a couple that hasn't asked for one of these, they will soon love it after crafting concoctions of their own.
Joseph Joseph Elevate Slimline 5-Pc. Bamboo Cutlery Set
RRP: $121/£100 | Delivery: Depends on region | Refundable? 28-day return policy
Ideal for food prep, this set comes with five knives with stainless-steel blades, designed with durability and convenience in mind. The knives are as follows: 3 ½” Paring knife, 5” Santoku knife, 6” Chef’s knife, 8" Carving knife, 8” Bread knife, and a Bamboo knife block.
Gifts for couples that travel
Airbnb Gift card
RRP: $25/£25-$500/£500 | Delivery: Immediate | Refundable? No
Every globetrotting couple deserves to be accompanied by an Airbnb gift card. Airbnb is an online marketplace for vacation rentals and tourism activities, boasting nearly 5.6 million places to stay and thousands of experiences. You can send this gift via text or email, and it'll never expire. Nonetheless, your gift card cannot be resold, reloaded, transferred for value, or redeemed for cash.
Personalized Leather Passport Case
RRP: $42.53/£30 | Delivery: 2-5 day shipping | Refundable? 28-day return policy excluding personalized items
Gift your favorite jet-setting pair with personalized passport covers, available in seven vibrant colors. The leather case can be engraved with initials in the bottom corner, or the couple's names across the front. Now all you need is the best sandals for your getaway.
Leather Charger Rollup
RRP: $19.99/£21.12 | Delivery: 2-4 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day return policy
A chic pouch for bundling small essentials, like phone chargers, keys, headphones, and more. This roll-up can be secured with a leather tie, keeping everything organized and safe as you mosey across destinations.
Gifts for couples to do together
Virgin Experience Days Couples Collection Voucher
RRP: from $149/£99 | Delivery: 3-5 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day return policy
Can’t decide what to gift a couple? Let them pick their present instead by giving them a voucher for a Virgin Experience Day of their choice. There are hundreds of experiences available to choose from, show the recipients of your voucher can pick between fine dining, a night away in a boutique hotel, workshops making everything from chocolate to pottery, or everything from dumper truck racing to llama trekking. Your order will ship within three to five business days and includes a 30-day return policy.
Mixtape Potluck Cookbook
RRP: $15.19/£15.76 | Delivery: 5-8 day shipping | Refundable? 30-day return policy
Couples who cook together, stay together. Curated by musician Questlove, drummer and joint frontman of The Roots—in-house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon—this cookbook is anything but conventional. Both fun and informative, the recipe book draws inspiration from a potluck dinner party in which famous chefs, entertainers, musicians, and actresses have all shared one recipe for the collection. Questlove has paired each delicious recipe with a song that he feels best captures their unique creative energy, resulting in a cookbook full of not just great food ideas, but a fantastic playlist to boot.
Roccbox Pizza Oven
RRP: $499/£399 | Delivery: 2-week shipping | Refundable? 30-day return policy
Did you hear? Back garden BBQs are so last year, it's all about the Italian-style pizza nights now, with homemade, stone-baked pizzas fresh from the comfort of your own home. Gift a couple that loves to host and cook at home their very own Roccbox—a restaurant-grade, portable outdoor pizza oven that when fired up can cook a Neapolitan pizza in just 60 seconds. Stupendo!
Dominique (Dom) is a very online shopping writer at Woman & Home, where she covers products, sales/deals, and market news across categories. Before joining the team, she penned stories as an editorial fellow at Insider Reviews, the affiliate commerce team at Insider Inc./Business Insider. The bespectacled NJ transplant specializes in commerce journalism, women’s lifestyle content, and hoarding makeup—much to her mother’s dismay.
Her foray into storytelling began in the early aughts, the era in which she developed a passion for fiction writing and an aversion to math. This passion, along with many failed math exams, led her to Marist College, where she studied public relations, creative advertising, and English.
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