Best gifts for couples—thoughtful and practical finds that they'll actually use

We've picked the best gifts for couples that they'll both love, even those who seem to have everything

best gifts for couples collage: Gin Making Kit, Spotify Custom Portrait, and Sex Kit
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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, unusual 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."

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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

NEW Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2, 10 oz

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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. 

• Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug at Amazon for $99.95/£129.95


CUSTOM SPOTIFY ALBUM COVER

Custom Spotify Album Cover

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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.

• Custom Spotify Album Cover at Etsy from $18.99/£18.99


De'Longhi Coffee Grinder

De'Longhi Coffee Grinder, £32.99

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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?

• De'Longhi Coffee Grinder at Amazon for $54.49/£27.77

Funny gifts for couples

Passive Aggressive Note Pad

Knock Knock Passive Aggressive Nifty Note Pad

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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. 

• Knock Knock Passive Aggressive Nifty Note Pad at Amazon for $10.99/£6.99


Personalized Socks

Custom Face Socks w Text, Personalize Photo Sock w Face for Men and Women

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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 etsy@giftbygifty.com. However, be wary it cannot be returned given that it's a customized item.

• Custom Face Socks at Etsy from $15.95/£15.95

Gifts for young couples

100 Dates Bucket List Scratch Poster

100 Dates Bucket List Scratch Poster

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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. 

• 100 Dates Bucket List Scratch Poster at Amazon for $17.25/£24.20


Hydrow Rower

Hydrow rower with screen

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RRP: £2,295 (GB only) | Delivery: Within 7 days (GB only) | Refundable? 30-day return policy (GB only)

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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!

• The Hydrow at Hydrow for £2,295


Trader Joe's Cookbook

The I Love Trader Joe’s Cookbook: 10th Anniversary Edition By Cherie Mercer Twohy

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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.

• The I Love Trader Joe’s Cookbook: 10th Anniversary Edition By Cherie Mercer Twohy at Amazon or $19.95/£14.19 


Dame Duo Couples Kit

Dame Duo Couples Kit

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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.

• Dame Duo Couples Kit at Anthropologie for $75/£75


Mr & Mrs Mugs

Mr & Mrs mugs, £39.95

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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. 

• Mr & Mrs Pint Mugs at Emma Bridgewater for $69.95/£39.95


AeroGarden Harvest

AeroGarden Harvest Indoor Garden, £129.95

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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. 

• AeroGarden Harvest at Amazon from $94.95 /£67.84

Gifts for retired couples

W&P Homemade Gin Kit

W&P Homemade Gin Kit

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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!

• W&P Homemade Gin Kit at Amazon for $42.64/£47.59


The Book of Us: The Journal of Your Love Story in 150 Questions

The Book of Us: The Journal of Your Love Story in 150 Questions

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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 Book of Us: The Journal of Your Love Story in 150 Questions at Amazon for $14.40/£17.13


The Big Cheese Making Kit

THE BIG CHEESE MAKING KIT The ultimate cheese making kit

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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.

• The Big Cheese Making Kit at Selfridges for $53/£37.50

Gifts for couples for the home

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Sauteuse

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron 3.5-Qt. Sauteuse Round Oven in multiple colors

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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.

• Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Sauteuse at Le Creuset for $180/£199


Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen Full Set

Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen Full Set, from £65

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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.

• Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen Full Set at The White Company from $22/£65


Boeien Salt and Pepper Set

Salt and Pepper Shaker Set"Boeien" | Dutch Design by Puik Art | Made from Cork and Mouth Blown Glass

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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. 

• Boeien Salt and Pepper Set at Wayfair for $35/£35.99


Tower Scandi Saucepan Set

Tower Scandi Saucepan Set, gifts for couples

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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).

• Tower Scandi Saucepan Set at Amazon from $94.49/£32.99


Nespresso Essenza Mini

Nespresso Essenza Mini, £79.99

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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.

• Nespresso Essenza Mini at Amazon for $149.99/£89.99


Nutribullet

Nutribullet in red, £57.99

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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. 

• Nutribullet aat Amazon for $71.26/£57.99


Joseph Joseph Elevate Slimline 5-Pc. Bamboo Cutlery Set

Joseph Joseph Elevate Slimline 5-Pc. Bamboo Cutlery Set

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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.

• Joseph Joseph Elevate Slimline 5-Pc. Bamboo Cutlery Set available at Selfridges for $121/£100 

Gifts for couples that travel

Airbnb Gift card

Airbnb Giftcard

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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.

• Airbnb Gift card at Airbnb for $25/£25-$500/£500


Personalized Leather Passport Case

Personalised Leather Passport Case, £30

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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.

• Personalized Leather Passport Case at Not On The High Street for $42.53/ £30


Leather Charger Rollup

QEES Travel Cord Roll

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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. 

• Leather Charger Roll Up at Amazon for $19.99/£21.12

Gifts for couples to do together

Virgin Experience Days Couples Collection Voucher

Virgin Experience Days Couples Collection - More than 90 Experiences in Over 200 Locations

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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.

• Virgin Experience Days Couples Collection Voucher at Virgin Experience from $149/£99


Mixtape Potluck Cookbook

Mixtape potluck cookbook

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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.

• Mixtape Potluck Cookbook at Amazon for $15.19/£15.76


Roccbox Pizza Oven

ROCCBOX by Gozney Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven - Gas Fired, Fire & Stone Outdoor Pizza Oven, Includes Professional Grade Pizza Peel

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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!

• Roccbox Pizza Oven at Amazon for $499/£399