We’ve given you a hefty handful of gift guides for specific people this year, but gifting to one single individual isn’t always the case — that’s where couples gifts come in.
So, when is it acceptable to give a joint gift? Here are a few predicaments you might find yourself in:
You don’t know either partner well enough individually to give a personal gift, but you know you have to get them something
Your cousin married a horrendous guy but you can’t give a gift only to her right in front of him
They’re newly married and you forgot to give them a wedding gift
You need to buy one gift instead of two to disguise that you’re on a budget
But of course, there’s also the best case scenario: They’re both your best friends and you’d love to find your favorite pair a gift that they can both use together, forever.
Instead of gifting some atrocious teapot set that looks like it’s straight off your grandma’s wedding registry from 1940, we’re suggesting modern stuff that can improve their lives on a daily basis: Amazon Fire TV devices, double-duty kitchen appliances, personalized drinking items, and more. These are items to slow down mornings where they barely get to see each other, to spice up date night, to make keeping track of kids easier, or just to celebrate finding each other.
It may seem like just another tech gadget to you, but to them, it’s the helping hand their relationship deserves. Here’s what to get for the Jim and Pam in your life:
The Fire TV Cube
Some couples can watch a show at different times and discuss later — and some are “don’t start the next episode without me” type of people. Regardless of their binge style, the Fire TV Cube is a couch potato’s ticket to cutting cable for good. It’ll keep Netflix, HBO, and other apps all in one place, stream theatre-quality 4K content, and can control their smart home using new-and-improved Alexa voice controls.
A smart mattress
When a couple has demanding work lives and opposite sleep schedules, they can’t risk losing any shuteye. The gift of a good night’s sleep is invaluable, and it’s possible with a Sleep Number 360 smart mattress. These things are known for being customizable with support and temperature, perfect for couples with different preferences. No, it’s not weird to buy a mattress for someone else when it’s a Sleep Number — they’re the mattress for everyone.
A dual breakfast sandwich maker
Social media bloggers and recipe videos won’t shut up about healthy breakfasts lately — greasy food is out and kale smoothies are in. But if the couple you know doesn’t have such refined tastes, a dual breakfast sandwich maker can give them both a classic, quick meal without waiting in a drive-through. As long as they keep bagels, breakfast meats, and cheese in the house, this will save them serious time and money.
A Vitamix blender
Give your nutrition label-reading friends the gift of clean eating with the Vitamix 5200. In 10 minutes or less, they can whip up soups, yogurts, smoothies, and more, all in batches large enough to share and have leftovers. It even has a self-cleaning feature. (Mind blown.)
A portable fire pit
Summer and fall just aren’t complete without spending chilly nights cuddling by the fire (preferably with wine). If their yard lacks space or the landlord is a stickler, a portable fire pit is the perfect centerpiece to keep them warm without the commitment. This best-seller features a mess-free propane tank and can be assembled in minutes, no tools required. It’s also CSA-approved, making it safe to use at most campsites and places with campfire bans.
The Fire HD 10 Tablet
It’s 2018 and every house needs a tablet — we don’t make the rules, we just enforce them. The Amazon Fire HD Tablet is the ultimate starter tablet for sharing, featuring a 1080p HD display, hands-free Alexa for recipes, a 20-hour battery, and 64 GB to hold each partner’s content. Netflix, HBO, Twitch, and more are all in the same place, and profiles can be switched from adult to kid-friendly to keep everyone happy.
The Amazon Echo Show
We all know one of those constantly on-the-go couples who can barely keep up with their own personal schedule — let alone that of their bae. The newest Echo Show is about to make extreme multitasking possible: They can keep track of commitments, practices, and more (especially handy if kids are in the mix), watch recipes, order groceries, catch up on the news or TV, make hands-free calls. All they have to do is ask Alexa.
An at-home espresso machine
Your friends might hold their coffee shop dates dear, but getting Starbucks every weekday for a year costs about $1,300. They deserve to spend that money on a couple’s vacay instead. The De’Longhi Magnifica Automatic Espresso and Coffee Machine can customize their drinks like a barista — no lines necessary. The patented cappuccino system mixes steam and milk to create a rich, creamy froth, with numerous settings to create the perfect roast or latté.
A set of matching enamel pins
Pins on a denim or leather jacket? Can you get more hipster than that? (Actually yes, just include a growler of craft beer with your gift.) These matching pizza pins feature heart-shaped pepperoni and are two halves to a whole heart when put together. For the stylish couple who has tried every pizza and bar restaurant in the state, this is an adorable gift when they’re together or apart.
A digital picture frame
Every Facebook or Instgram feed has that one couple who bombards everyone with constant selfies or pictures of their kids (let’s not even start on joint accounts). But that constant documenting is lowkey cute — and when there’s no wall big enough for all of their memories, a digital picture frame is what they need to show it all off. A roomy 8 GB of internal memory, a smartphone app, and Alexa compatibility on this one make choosing the lineup seamless.
The Furbo Pet Camera
Human baby, fur baby, same thing — couples with either count as parents, and you know your pet parent friends wish they could bring their pet with them every time they leave the house. The Furbo is a pet camera and app-operated treat dispenser that lets them watch, talk to, and fling treats at their pup or kitty when one or both of them are away. Its barking sensor will also alert them if there’s an issue at home.
A picnic backpack
Picnic dates definitely still need to be a thing, and this adorable picnic backpack makes it easy. It comes complete with knives, forks, spoons, dinner plates, plastic wine glasses, and cotton napkins (all in twos, of course), as well as salt and pepper, a cheese board and cheese knife, a bottle opener, and a fleece blanket to sit on.
A set of touch-activated lamps
You don’t need to have experienced it to know that not seeing your boo on a regular basis sucks. Help your LDR friends feel a bit closer with these long distance touch lamps: After each person connects their lamp to Wi-Fi, a tap on one signals the other to give off the same glow. It’s a subtle way to say “Hey, I’m thinking of you,” without the usual text message — plus, they make pretty decorations.
An 8-piece pots and pans set
A new marriage probably means a new house, and a new house means new everything. Calphalon is one of the most iconic names in the kitchenware world, due to the fact that their pans last forever. This eight-piece set includes omelette pans, sauce pans, and a stock pot, plus matching lids. Each is coated in heavy duty hard-anodized aluminum for long-lasting durability — they’re even said to be able to withstand oven temperatures up to 500°F.
A matching undies subscription
Matching items for couples are a given, but T-shirts get boring real quick. IMO, there’s nothing more romantic (slash funnier) than a couple with matching underwear, and MeUndies has got them covered. Choose from matching undies, socks, pajama pants, and ridiculous(ly cozy) onesies, all with men’s and women’s size and style options in a ton of adorable, goofy patterns. The pairs can be a one-time thing, or you can make it a monthly subscription.
A decanter set for couples
The only thing better than unwinding with a drink after a long day is doing it with your boo. If you’re gifting to a couple whose home bar is their prized possession, a decanter set is probably on their wishlist. This three-piece one is made of fancy-looking, lead-free crystal and works for the poison of their choice. “Ours” is written on the actual decanter while “Yours” and “Mine” are on the matching glasses.
The Amazon Cloud Cam
Having even one kid in the house can get crazy — let alone multiple. Parenting couples could definitely use an extra hand, and we’re not talking about some creepy nanny. The Amazon Cloud Cam and Alexa can help them keep tabs on the most important rooms in the house, like the kitchen or kid’s bedroom. The Cloud Cam’s night vision allows chaperoning around the clock, and phone notifications will be sent when the camera detects motion.
The SNES Classic
Couples who Twitch stream together stay together — which means they probably have all of the new consoles out right now. Help them bond over the good old days with the Nintendo SNES Classic. The upgraded version of the ‘90s console comes pre-loaded with Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, and more, complete with two controllers for some friendly (er, romantic) competition. These things are always sold out, so they’ll be impressed that you swiped one.
An at-home beer dispenser
If they’re life partners who double as pong partners, an at-home beer dispenser is 100% up their alley. The Fizzics Waytap blends in with any other small appliance, but instead of juicing or blending, it adds bubbles, aroma, and great taste to even the cheapest six packs. The Waytap is portable, so they can bring the party with them everywhere they go. It’s the experience of a beer garden without paying $14 for an IPA.
A personalized cutting board
Cooking together is the best time spent together — because what’s sexier than a food baby? From Amazon’s handmade section, this personalized cutting board will be the perfect unique addition to a couple’s kitchen. You can customize the two names, the year, design, font, and the size. The nicer the wood or more intricate the carving, the more expensive it’ll be — but won’t cost you more than $60.
The Ring Video Doorbell
In the first few months living in a new house, it’s easy to get sketched out by every noise. For couples who have recently moved, the Ring Video Doorbell can bring some peace of mind — especially when one partner is home alone. They can ask Alexa to see the camera and check who is at the door, and they’ll be alerted if motion is sensed outside.
The Nest Smart Thermostat
Know a couple passionate about the environment? Help them get their energy spending in order with a Nest thermostat. These little guys learn and adapt to behaviors, adjusting the temperature accordingly. So instead of leaving heat or AC on all day (and running up their electric bill) the Nest will remember to turn it on an hour before they come home. It’s Alexa compatible, so they can adjust the temperature inside without having to get up.
An electric corkscrew
If the couple you know is obsessed with wine, chances are that they already have a wine rack and just about every wine-related decor you can find. But an electric corkscrew may be the one thing they don’t have, and something they’ll wonder how they ever lived without. This well-reviewed one is stainless steel to match appliances and can open even the most stubborn bottles with the push of a button.