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A wedding registry in the year 2018 looks a whole lot different than one created years ago. Thanks to an influx in tech-savvy products and an increase in more couples living together before marriage, the average engaged couple has a whole new set of must-have wedding registry items.

Here are some of the must-have wedding registry items that top the lists of the just-married folks we talked to—and ones that are less likely to be returned for cold-hard cash.


A host-worthy cutting board

One must-have wedding registry item, whether you live with your significant other or totally alone, is without a doubt a cutting board (your landlord’s likely not a fan of sliced and dices on his or her kitchen counters). But most cutting boards are relatively tiny and serve the purpose of small meal preparation. For the newlyweds who may host holidays like Thanksgiving in the future, they’ll need a large, thick cutting board capable of handling that giant, 15-pound turkey.
Buy it: John Boos Maple R-Board Round Cutting Board

An at-home spa experience

For the couple whose whom is already filled-to-the-brim with all sorts of stuff, consider gifting them something that’s not tangible, that they can enjoy together. And what’s more enjoyable than a spa experience right in the comfort of your own home. Straight through the use of their app, Zeel offers at-home (or office, or workplace or wherever!) massages 7 days a week, 365 days a year, from 8AM-10:30PM. Vetted, licensed and verified therapists show up right to the client’s door fully equipped with the massage table, lotions and relaxing music to transform a newlywed’s (or anyone’s) home into a relaxing spa experience.
Buy it: Zeel Massage on Demand

Upgraded cookware

One thing the newlyweds might set out to do more of now that they’re donning each other’s rings is cook more. It’s one of the easiest date night routines because it’s fun, cheaper than going out, plus you get to stay put in the comfort of your own home. For the food-loving and chef-inspired just-married couple, upgrade their cookware to ceramic, which has been shown to be better for you and is also more environmentally friendly than other options out there, like teflon.
Buy it: Vesuvio Ceramic Coated Nonstick Frying Pan

A subscription box

In 2018, there are subscription boxes for just about every style, habit, personality, you name it. One way to really impress the soon-to-be married couple is to wow them with a subscription box curated for them that gets delivered to their doorstep once a month. For example, if you know a couple who can’t get enough spice, subscribe them to Fuego Box, a monthly hot sauce subscription that contains curated small batch hot sauces, spices and infused honey. Perfect for spicing things up in the kitchen and giving the newlyweds a chance to get cooking together!
Buy it: Fuego Box

A digital photo frame

Once the wedding weekend has come and gone, all couples and their guests are left with to cherish the memories of the best day of their life is photos and a video documenting the experience. While they’ll most likely add a physical photo album to their coffee table for guests to flip through, it’s nice to add another continuous touch to their decor that showcases the incredibly moments captured that night. That’s why a digital frame like AURA is a must-have wedding registry item. You upload your favorite photos and they instantly appear on the digital frame. The coolest part? All of your friends and loved ones that add their own photos from anywhere and it will appear on your frame!
Buy it: AURA Frames

A virtual personal assistant

These voice-activated, speaker-powered assistants are the latest and greatest tech craze for good reason. They make your life way easier! They keep track of your calendar and everyday tasks, play music at the drop of a request, give you updates on the weather, traffic, finance, sports and everything in between, hold all your favorite recipes and deliver the instructions to you step-by-step and more. Any newlywed couple who doesn’t already own one will be psyched to receive this tech-savvy gift!
Buy it: Google Home

An espresso maker

Chances are, the couple about to enter matrimony owns a coffee maker. But unless they’re avid espresso sippers, they probably don’t own an espresso maker. Give them the gift of being their own barista and sipping on their own home-brewed caffeinated (or non-caffeinated) beverages. It’s a quick way to get their morning fix when coffee is too much to sip on the go, plus the more concentrated, the better!
Buy it: DeLonghi White Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System

A down comforter

Even the couple who’s lived together before saying “I do” deserves the chance to next-level their bedroom as they enter marriage. Especially if they live in a colder climate (shoutout to New England), they’ll need to seriously bundle up in the winter time. Check their registry for a down comforter, which is usually an expensive purchase that most couples avoid purchasing until it’s time to create their registry.
Buy it: Hydrocool™ Down-Alternative Duvet Insert, All Season

High-tech luggage

Here’s a must-have wedding registry item for every just-married couple about to jet off on their honeymoon: a sleek rolling bag complete with a TSA-approved lock, built-in batter that can charge any USB device (which seriously can come in handy when they’re spending hours in the airport on their honeymoon), a nylon laundry bag to separate and premium wheels that make it super easy to get around.
Buy it: Away Suitcase

An electric water kettle

Okay—this one might sound as basic as it gets, but one might not think that a water kettle is essential until they’ve spent 20 minutes waiting for enough H2O to fill their cup of tea to boil. Electric water heaters whip up boiling hot water in just minutes and are great for instant soups cooking rice or pasta, you name it. Because a wedding registry is all about making the married couple’s lives easier, right?
Buy it: Krups 6-Cup Stainless Steel Electric Hot Water Kettle