• Articles or experiences shared are great gift ideas for couples, according to wedding experts.
  • Booking them a tequila tasting or having a chef to cook dinner for them is an experience they both can enjoy.
  • This article is part of the “How to Spend the Vacation” series, which highlights the best ways to hug and prepare for the holiday season.

When deciding what to get the couples on your gift list, whether they’re newly engaged or heading towards their 50th anniversary, a shared gift or experience is a thoughtful way to honor their love.

Insider spoke to five wedding experts to find out the best things to offer couples this holiday season.

Book them a tequila or mezcal tasting

For couples who enjoy drinking alcohol, Anne Woychak, owner of àLouise Bridal, recommended replacing traditional wine tastings with tequila or mezcal-centric 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’ve got the perfect date gift in your hands for your favorite couple.”

Inspire a unique date night with an organized pizza kit or special gift card

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A pizza kit can last a long time for a couple.

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Sometimes couples want to swap their formal wear for a cozy night out, and an organized pizza kit can make the experience more exciting than just ordering take out.

“This kit is easy to assemble 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 as chances are you won’t have a fancy pizza oven.”

“This idea is simple and most of the items offered can be used for a lifetime,” she added.

You can also add a pizza slicer, premium ingredients like gravy or pickled vegetables, and a bottle of wine.

Wedding planner Hovik Harutyunyan recommended that married couples give a gift card to the bakery where they bought their wedding cake so that they can purchase birthday treats or delicious desserts that remind them of their day special.

Help them stay cute and comfy with matching dresses

Nothing better than lounging in a plush robe all day, and it’s even better when you can cuddle with a significant other.

Rachel Silver, Founder and CEO of Love Stories TV, suggested giving couples a set of matching dresses, which are “comfy, romantic and something people wouldn’t think of buying on their own.”

For a personalized touch, consider having the dresses monogrammed.

Give them a local experience, like a skydiving session or a concert

Time gifts are a sweet way to help romance continue to blossom, so consider giving couples a spa session, concert and theater tickets, or a romantic restaurant dinner.

“An annual membership to a science museum or botanical garden will give the couple a year of experiences rather than tangible items that might not be used in their home,” said Laura Silva, director of events sales at HOUSEpitality Family.

And for outdoor couples, Harutyunyan suggested booking a nature and adventure day, such as a kayaking, parasailing or skydiving session.

Hire a professional chef to cook them a luxury dinner

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They can also take advantage of the night off to cook.

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While an evening of fine dining at a restaurant is romantic, it can seem 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 house and cook dinner for them so that they could share each other’s company over a restaurant-worthy meal, and have a night of cooking.

Donate to a charity the couple cares about

For couples who seemingly have it all, Harutyunyan said you can donate on their behalf to the charities or causes that matter most to them.

“This is especially good for older couples who not only have everything they need, but who may not need the financial help that monetary gifts offer to the newlyweds,” he said. he told Insider.

Decorate their rooms with a personalized holiday ornament

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You can order a personalized ornament with their photo on it.

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Elopement photographer Brianna Parks said she is giving the newlyweds a personalized ornament with a wedding or engagement photo to celebrate their first holiday season together.

You can also personalize adornments to celebrate other milestones, such as the address of their first home or a reference to their most recent birthday.

Honor the wedding venue of couples who got married in national parks with a stylized sign

After photographing runaways for more than four years, Parks has seen many people marry in national parks. A personalized sign is therefore a special gift for outdoor couples celebrating their love.

The parks specifically recommended a wooden carved national park sign.

“The couples I photographed who received this gift couldn’t help but talk about it,” Parks said. “It’s very personalized and it’s a great way to show the couple that you know their interests.”

For couples who didn’t get married in the parks, you can also opt for a more generic sign engraved with their names on it and contact details of where they got married or met.

Help couples document their favorite memories with the Adventure Challenge Book

The Adventure Challenge Book aims to keep things fresh with scratch date ideas.

Activities range from painting canvases to recreating grandparents’ first dates to making a memory box together. Plus, each idea won’t cost more than $ 50.

“It’s a book filled with different activities and dating ideas for couples,” Parks told Insider. “Document the date with a Polaroid and record the images in the book so you can look back on your stage as a bride in a few years.”


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