By Tricia Carr | April 26, 2016 | Lifestyle
How many monogrammed towels does a couple really need? Instead, give them something that'll elicit ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ at the shower or make them smile even wider when they open it post-reception. These 10 unconventional gifts will surprise even the most discerning duo.
Toulouse dartboard set, Jonathan Adler ($295). Multiple locations
When the couple has their first argument, they can turn to their designer dartboard to decide who’s right. The set includes a classic board and his-and-hers chalkboards to keep score, and it’s encased in a beautiful wood box with oil drop lacquer finish.
Cocktail Party in a Bag, Mouth ($300). mouth.com
Send the bride and groom Mouth’s Cocktail Party in a Bag and hope they add you to the guest list. The company’s goal is to introduce people to indie food and drink brands we may not have found otherwise, so expect bottles like Great Lakes Distillery’s Kinnickinnic Whiskey and Morris Kitchen’s Grapefruit Hibiscus Cocktail Mixer and snacks like Ovenly’s Maple Thyme Pecans and Whimsy & Spice’s Chocolate Gingersnap Cookies.
'Zip’ Mobile Instant Photo Printer, Polaroid ($130). nordstrom.com
What happens on Instagram, stays on Instagram, right? Not anymore when the newlyweds are armed with this portable instant printer for their smartphones. Using a mobile device’s Bluetooth or NFC capability, send a photo to the printer and out pops a 2x3" of your not-so-sober selfie from the reception.
Camera, Petcube ($199). petcube.com
Do you suspect that the bride and groom love their pet more than they love each other? If so, they can each keep tabs on their furbaby 24 hours a day with the Petcube wide-angle, wireless camera, which allows users to watch, talk to, and play with (using a safe laser) their pet via a smartphone app. Bonus: The app lets users watch and play with other people’s pets, too.
1928 Model E3 Small Speaker with Bluetooth, Restoration Hardware ($149).
If their claims are true—they really did listen to all those bands before they were famous—then the couple needs a smartphone speaker just as show-offy as their taste in music. This Golden Age-inspired piece is a conversation starter and high-quality wireless speaker in one.
Ice Ball Press Kit, Cirrus ($700 for 2" sphere; $1,100 for 2 3/4" sphere). williams-sonoma.com
Even the pickiest of spirits drinkers will be utterly impressed by this professional-grade ice ball kit. Simply put a chunk of ice inside the heavy aluminum press and watch it melt into an impeccably smooth sphere. (Watch this video to see how it’s done.)
Where to Eat Pizza, Phaidon Press ($30). phaidon.com
The couple who carb-loads together, stays together. Where to Eat Pizza, a follow-up to the bestselling guide Where Chefs Eat, includes commentary from more than 1,000 culinary pros on how to find the perfect slice around the world and will inspire the newlyweds to take a second honeymoon just to track down their favorite.
The Pineapple Co Tumbler in Copper, W&P Design ($35 each). wandpdesign.com
The bride and groom thought they registered for everything they could possibly need. But these chic tumblers are the one gift they didn’t think of themselves. Once you drink a cocktail from a pineapple, you never go back.
Connected 8 Cup Coffee Maker, Behmor ($299). crateandbarrel.com
All other coffee makers become obsolete once you’ve used one that you can power from a smartphone app. This life-changing appliance makes a cup according to the bride or groom’s preference and will send them a text when their beverage is ready.
6-Month Gift Subscription, Try the World ($198). trytheworld.com
If the couple is putting off their honeymoon for a few months, let them experience different parts of the globe with the chef-curated Try the World subscription box service. Each month, the package includes a themed batch of artisanal foods that are hard to find stateside, plus a Culture Guide with stories and recipes—it may even help them choose a destination.