Whether you’ve just tied the knot or plan to in the coming months, the holidays are an especially important time for engaged and newly married couples. Families are joining together, and it’s a time more than ever to start building a life together. With all of the stress that comes with planning a wedding, shopping during the holidays can seem like a daunting task. That’s why we’ve searched high and low to eliminate some of your holiday-shopping stresses.
These items are perfect for saying “Happy Holidays” to new family members and letting loved ones know you appreciate them, so be sure to add your favorites to your holiday gift – or wish – list.
Personalized gifts are always a hit during the holidays, and Lisa Leonard Designs offers a selection of holiday ornaments for everyone on your shopping list. The ornaments are hand-molded from fine pewter and fasten to the tree with a festive red ribbon. Hand-stamped designs can be customized with a variety of sayings including “I Love You,” “Our First Christmas,” or a simple message of holiday cheer with names and the year. Prices start at $20; 805.549.8500, lisaleonardonline.com.
We love the “Luster Loft” blanket from American Blanket Company, and it’s one of the easiest gifts to give this holiday season! The luxuriously soft blanket is handcrafted in the USA, and pairs perfectly with a romantic night by the fireplace. Nine different colors are available, and a lifetime warranty of enhanced durability ensures that no shedding or pilling will occur even when placed in the washer and dryer. Gift wrapping comes standard all year long, so comfort and tranquility can be shipped directly to out-of-town loved ones in a decorative gift box tied with a satin ribbon. $59-79 plus additional $10 for embroidery; 877.750.5331, americanblanketcompany.com.
No matter how many watches a man has, he could always use another. The Double 8 Origin Collection by 88 RUE DU RHONE was designed to represent the ideologies of good luck and fortune – just in time for the New Year. Fine Swiss craftsmanship is married with stylish designs to offer timeless wristwatches featuring materials such as stainless steel that blend tradition and innovation for a luxurious gift that's perfect for a groom's best man. A rose gold and diamond style is also available and is an ideal gift for a bride's maid of honor. $400-2,550; 88rdr.com.
Luxury monogram shop, Bespoke Home has partnered with goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s digital media and e-commerce company, to offer a selection of chic linens just in time for holiday entertaining. What better way to tell your new mother-in-law “Happy Holidays!” than to gift her with a luxurious selection of dinner napkins and kitchen towels with a personal touch? The limited-edition City collection features classic linens in delightfully crisp hues with personalized monogramming available. $79-236; goop.com.
Ideal for wine lovers, new kitchen gadget CapaBunga essentially re-corks bottles with an easy slip-on seal. The reusable cap is made of silicone and conveniently comes in a pack of two. Simply place the cap over the mouth of your wine bottle and press into place. Store wine on its side without worrying about spillage, or easily place in the refrigerator door where bottles with corks would not typically fit. The “Bride” and “Groom” set works wonders for newlyweds and prevents spills in between glasses, or seals up bottles for nights when only a couple glasses of wine are consumed. $7.95; capabunga.com.
We can’t get enough of these adorable Lucite trays from Birdaria. Three sizes of serving trays are perfect for the hostess (or your maid of honor), and a smaller accessory tray adds a pop of color and style to any woman’s vanity. A variety of chic inserts are available for each style, with many that are reversible. Customizable designs allow gift givers to choose a design, nameplate, border, font, color, wording, and more. Everything from monograms, names, and mantras are available, with seasonal designs convenient for holiday gifts. $50-125; 800.545.2108, birdaria.com.
Artisan candles by Love Nature NYC are a go-to gift for the person who has everything. The Inspired by Nature Collection features a variety of scents in androgynous packaging that will appeal to the groomsmen and bridesmaids on your gift list. The candles in the collection are handmade in the USA and feature 100% reusable and recyclable materials. Hand-poured with natural soy wax, the candles provide 60 hours of cleaner and longer burning with no toxins, carcinogens, or soot. Holiday aromas include Spruce and Fir scents, while Pear, Vanilla Fig, and a limited edition White Peach fragrance delight all year round. $28; 718.624.6288, lovenaturenyc.com.
Let the libations flow this holiday season with award-winning sparkling wine from Le Grand Courtâge. A special ‘ME’vening package is a great gift for bridesmaids, mothers, or mothers-in-law. The pampering pack includes four 187ml bottles of Blanc de Blanc Brut by Le Grand Courtâge, bubble bath, and candles (rubber duck not included) for a relaxing winter evening. The sparkling wine pairs well with savory hors d’oeuvres, fruit-based desserts, and semi-soft cheeses, so gift recipients can easily enjoy their evenings with delectable treats leftover from holiday parties. $40; legrandcourtage.com.
It’s officially engagement season and while more than a typical holiday gift, wouldn’t it be lovely if your beloved said, “Will you marry me?” this season while presenting you with one of these beauties? Yael Sonia’s new bridal collection offers three gorgeous engagement rings and two wedding bands for brides- and grooms-to-be. Each piece is handmade in 18K white and yellow gold, and features diamonds and other precious gemstones including emeralds. Since Yael Sonia works one-on-one with each client, the stone type, size, and cut for each engagement ring can be customized to match every bride’s personality. Wedding bands start at $2,400 and engagement rings vary based on stone selection, size, and cut; 212.472.6488, yaelsonia.com.br.
Opening photograph by Justin Marantz