16 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Newly Married Folks

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It’s been a humongous year for marriage among same-sex couples. Just under 100,000 same-sex couples were married in the United States in the few months since full marriage equality was recognized by the Supreme Court.

That means there’s a decent chance someone you know (or you!) settled down, put a ring on it and commenced a new life as nesting newlyweds. Instead of passive aggressively griping about your friends’ new-found fondness for the couch and Netflix marathons, indulge it with the perfect gift for your happy friends.

Our Newlywed Nesting Gift Guide is full of gems for the newly married folks in your life, no matter their taste. With everything from DIY artisanal cheese to the latest great books from queer authors to the newest gadgets we can no longer live without, consult this list for all the home bodies in wedded bliss on your list. 



For the Foodies

diy cheese kit

Mozzarella & Ricotta DIY Cheese Kit, $25: Because sometimes a person wants a sliver of mozzarella to accompany the latest episode of “Narcos.” And when that person is a foodie, said person may want to make it at home. 


simply nigella

Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food, $19.64: Celebrated cookbook author Nigella Lawson offers sophisticated, yet (relatively) simple food in her latest cookbook. There are even comfort food offerings—perfect for winter nights spent e-window shopping for duvet covers.

kimchi making kit

Mama O’s Kimchi Making Kit, $31.96: What says “we’re nesting, building a home together and loving it” quite like fermented vegetables? Your Korean food-obsessed friends will appreciate the ease of creating this comfort food favorite at home. 

For the Bibliophiles

hunger makes me a modern girl

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein, $16.77: Famed guitarist turned sketch comedy cult favorite Carrie Brownstein offers her take on the world with her memoir. In it, she writes for the first time about being outed by a magazine journalist while promoting her band Sleater-Kinney. 


marlon james

 A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, $18.78: The highly acclaimed latest offering from Jamaican-born novelist Marlon James discusses the homophobia of his native island while narrating the story of singer Bob Marley’s assassination attempt. 


Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris, $9.63: This book of “essays, etc.” is the highly acclaimed latest tome of famed humorist David Sedaris, and oddly appropriate for newlyweds. A common thread among these seemingly disjointed stories is love—of family, of partners and of yourself. 


For the Beer, Wine and Spirits Enthusiasts


Ours Decanter Set, $118: What better way to show your guests that when “his” whiskey is mixed with “his” whiskey, it becomes “our” whiskey than with an engraved decanter set? (Bonus: personalize this with “hers” and “hers” or “his” and “hers.”)

bar cutting board

Bar Cutting Board, $48: The secret to bar-quality drinks at home isn’t just about how many parts vodka. Those splashes of citrus and garnishes of cherries or olives go a long way. (And so does this bar board!) 

champagne flutes

Monogrammed Gold Metallic Edge Champagne Flutes, $28 for set of 2: Commemorate your friends’ major life accomplishment with personalized champagne flutes. That way, the next time they “clink” in celebration, they’ll think of you. 

For the Gym Rats Turned Home Bodies


FitBit Charge Wireless Activity Wristband, $99.89: This highly functional, yet simple to use activity counter tracks steps, sleep and meals with the help of an app. Your newlywed friends who can never seem to make it to the gym and just wish there was a way to keep fit at home will thank you, profusely. 


For the Hippies

 french rose clay soap

French Rose Clay Soap, $12: For your friends who would never be caught dead with a simple bar of Lever 2000, this all-natural, scented clay soap will delight. 

tea kettle

Stainless Steel Classic Whistling Teakettle, $120: Piping hot mugs of herbal tea are made that much better when prepared in a shiny, stainless steel teakettle. 


Olive Wood Salad Hands, $24: When plastic isn’t allowed in the kitchen, these bamboo salad hands are perfect for all manner of kale concoctions. 


For the Tech Obsessed

go pro

GoPro HERO 4 Session, $199: Just because your social life may revolve around a couch and a footrest doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to document in the first year of marriage. Slap this tiny GoPro onto anyone or anything and see life from their perspective.


Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell, $199: Meet the home tech device that gets us that much closer to realizing Disney’s vision in the movie Smart House. It’s a doorbell that allows you to digitally interact with the person on the other side of your door from anywhere in the world. Sensor alerts even let you know when someone’s at your door, but not ringing the bell. 


Skullcandy Uproar Wireless Headphones, $49.99: Wireless headphones have been a thing for long enough that they’ve become much more affordable over the years. These fancy pants ‘phones are perfect for techies who prefer a sleek look. 


What gifts are you giving this year? Is there any nesting item you’re hoping to receive? Tag GayWeddings on Facebook or Instagram to show us your holiday list!

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