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The best wedding gifts under $250

Everything from dinnerware to a personalized pushpin world map

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Left: Love Potion #9 Candle, Spring; Right: Zalto Hand-Blown Wine Glasses, Ahalife

Wedding season is here, which you most likely already know from scrolling through your Facebook and Instagram feeds. You probably have a wedding—or five!—to attend this summer, and with that comes the responsibility of gifting the happy couple.

I chatted with three recently married friends and colleagues to pick their brains about the best wedding gifts they received. The consensus? Their favorite gifts turned out to be the practical ones they use regularly at home.

Here’s what they had to say.

I have wanted a KitchenAid mixer since I discovered my love of baking. Stand mixers are what serious bakers use, and KitchenAid makes the most iconic one of them all. My mixer (which is teal) looks gorgeous, and it's super powerful. I use it weekly. — Adam Moussa, Senior Social Media Manager, Eater

The SodaStream was by far the most exciting wedding gift I received. While items like toasters and serving platters fill up the registry, it was nice that it broke up the monotony of typical home necessities. Not to mention, who doesn't love making their own soda, especially with no-calorie options? — Melissa Reamer, Assistant Director of Finance, Stanford University

I used Amazon’s Wedding Registry and was happy with all my gifts because I was able to select pretty much anything I could possibly want. I use this Swissmar party platter ALL the time and it’s super fun for groups! — Kristine Hsu, Counsel, Vox Media

Below, I’ve rounded up 16 great gifts for the newly married couple(s) in your life—all under $250. Happy gifting!


Gold Cole 3-Tier Rolling Bar Cart, $120, World Market
Zalto Hand-Blown Wine Glasses (Set of Four), $225, Ahalife
Love Potion #9 Candle, $40, Spring
Best Day Ever Catchall Tray, $35, Izola
White Coupe Dinnerware, $11-$16 per piece, World Market
Astier de Villatte Flatware, $18-$32 per piece, ABC Home
KitchenAid Classic 4.5-Quart Stand Mixer, $221, Target
Walnut Salad Bowl, $37-$110, World Market
Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother, $123, Amazon
Classic Towels, $9-$39, Parachute Home
Brass Wall Frame, $17, Target
Kate Spade Love Story Pillow, $99, Spring
Prezioso Double Old Fashioned Glass, $30, Wayfair
SodaStream Sparkling Water Maker, $67, Amazon
Personalized Songbird Vase, $150, Uncommon Goods
Personalized Pushpin World Map, $149, Uncommon Goods

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