Cool stuff that should be on your wedding list

Get more than just pots and pans for your big day with these unique registry ideas

Planning a wedding is certainly exciting, but it can also be quite stressful. Luckily, there’s one task that’s usually nothing but fun: picking out items for your gift list.

We all know the practical items that make it onto most wedding registries – flatware, china sets, cookware and bedding, to name a few. However, if you already share a home with your partner, you may not need these basics. Even if you need some essentials, it’s always a good idea to include offbeat items in your registry.

Not sure how to choose the best items for your registry? Check out these product recommendations for cool items you’ll be happy to unbox after the ceremony — and some general tips for finding the best gifts for your registry.

How does a wedding registry work?

The traditional way to create a wedding registry is to visit the retail stores you want to buy items from and create one or more registry. However, these days you can find sites online that allow you to set up a single registry across multiple stores. This obviously saves time, but these universal registries also make it easier to request other gifts, such as cash, gift cards, or charitable donations. It’s also easier for your loved ones because they can shop from one place.

How to Choose Your Wedding Registry Items

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If you’re wondering how many gifts to add to your gift list, don’t just consider the number on your guest list. You should have plenty of choices on your list so your loved ones have multiple options when shopping. Try to have two gifts for each guest on your registry.

Select items for different budgets

While some guests on your list may want to splurge on your big day, others may be on a tighter budget. Make sure your registry includes gifts ranging from $25 to $200+.

Don’t feel greedy to add a luxury item or two. Expensive gifts can be a great option for loved ones who want to give a group gift.

Take inventory of what you have

If you and your partner are living together before the big day, you probably already have a home set up with essentials like cooking utensils and cutlery, you may not want to include these items in your registry. On the other hand, couples who don’t yet live together may appreciate the ability to choose these items together, making them perfect additions to the registry.

Even if you and your partner already have a home together, you might want to include some basics. For example, if you currently have a coffee maker but want to upgrade it, you might consider adding an espresso machine to your registry.

Be honest about what you want

Many classic wedding gifts are commonly found in the registry, such as china services, crystal champagne flutes, and linen services. While these items make great gifts, they aren’t necessarily the best options for you. On the other hand, non-traditional items like outdoor gear may be right for you.

Cool items for your registry

Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

Host ice cream parties at home with this fun soft serve machine. It can make up to 1.5 liters of ice cream at a time and has containers that dispense mixtures, such as sprinkles or mini chocolate chips. It also has a handy ice cream cone holder.

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The North Face Eco Trail 2 Tent

The North Face Eco Trail 2 Tent

This durable and eco-friendly tent is perfect for romantic camping trips. It has two doors for easy access and is made from 100% recycled materials, including ripstop polyester.

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Happy Ever After plate

Happy Ever After plate

This adorable ceramic tray commemorates your special day. It features a hand painted design with a dancing couple in the center and can be personalized with your names and wedding date.

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AeroGarden Farm 24Basic

AeroGarden Farm 24Basic

This compact hydroponic garden lets you grow your favorite herbs and vegetables indoors. It features a fully customizable LED grow light and companion app that allows you to control garden settings from your smartphone or tablet.

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Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity

Have the perfect activity for dinner parties and casual get-togethers with this humorous deck of cards. It comes with 600 cards, including 100 question cards and 500 answer cards, so you can play it repeatedly.

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Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System

Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System

Brew hot and cold coffee, as well as tea, with this convenient coffee maker. It can make a cold brew in as little as 10 minutes and features separate coffee and tea baskets to keep flavors pure. You can also choose from five brew styles to get the perfect flavor.

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Go Pet Club Cat Tree

Go Pet Club Cat Tree

Help your furry friend feel more comfortable after your wedding with this tiered cat tree. It has lockers, ladders and several scratching posts covered in natural sisal. It is an ideal choice for older cats, heavier cats and multiple cats.

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Hamilton Beach Double Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Hamilton Beach Double Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Enjoy cozy breakfasts at home with this sandwich maker that can make two servings at once. It only takes five minutes to make the sandwiches and includes removable, dishwasher-safe parts for easy cleanup.

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Karaoke USA portable karaoke system

Karaoke USA portable karaoke system

Be ready for any party with this entertaining karaoke machine. It plays traditional karaoke CDs and DVDs but can also connect to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. You can even save vocal and music mixes as MP3 files.

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Cuisinart Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven

Cuisinart Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven

This portable pizza oven lets you have pizza night in your own backyard. It features a 15,000 Btu burner to cook pizza in just five minutes and lets you add wood chips for classic wood-fired flavor.

Sold by Amazon and Kohls

Love + Magic Print by Adrienne Vita

Love + Magic Print by Adrienne Vita

This lovely artwork by Adrienne Vita depicts a couple in love holding hands, making it a perfect gift for your big day. It is available both framed and unframed and is printed on acid free paper so it will not yellow or fade.

Sold by Uncommon Goods

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