The pandemic may have created a backlog of weddings. But Americans see the summer of 2022 as the summer of “getting back out there” and celebrating, according to our recent survey. Most (70%) say they plan to attend one to five events between Memorial Day and Labor Day. And, while only 17% said they had to decline a wedding invitation due to inflation, about 65% said that inflation does make it harder to attend celebrations like weddings and parties.
So if you’re attending a wedding this summer and want to give the happy couple a gift, but funds are short, we have you covered with the best affordable gifts from a place you might not have expected — Home Depot. While it may not have been the first store you thought of for shopping wedding gifts, it has everything couples need to start (or upgrade) a household together. Be sure to check whether the couple has registered somewhere specific. But if they haven’t, if their registry is completed (lucky them!) or if they held a small pandemic wedding and you want to give them a gift the next time you see them, these gifts from Home Depot are ones that anyone can use.
Also: Our survey found that more than half (56%) of Americans say they’ll spend less than $250 on wedding gifts. So the gifts we chose are close to or under that amount.
If none of the gifts below are the right fit, consider a Home Depot gift card. It’s a guarantee that a newly married couple will find a way to use it.
The Best Gifts for Newlyweds
StyleWell 18-Piece HygroCotton Bath Towel Set in White – $85.40
Yes, they probably registered for towels. But towels (especially high quality ones) are something a household can never have enough of, especially if the couple hosts overnight guests or needs to replace their cheap towels after they wear out. This 18-piece set is made of HygroCotton, which is extra absorptive and durable. In addition to classic white, they come in a variety of colors (although we suggest going neutral).
Stainless Steel Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven, Convection Oven, Toaster, Air Fryer, Flip-Away for Storage – $229
This gift is a bit more splurge-y. But if you know the couple well, it’s a fantastic gift for anyone with limited counter space. This product is truly multi-functional and combines eight settings that cover pretty much anything you’d need to do in the kitchen: air fry, air roast, air broil, bake, toast, bagel, keep warm and dehydrate. It can hold a 13-inch pizza, up to 9 slices of toast or six chicken breasts. So it’s plenty big for dinner for two (plus meal prep).
KitchenAid Cordless 7-Speed Passion Red Hand Mixer -$99.99
Give the gift of KitchenAid for a lower price tag. A hand mixer offers a lot of advantages over its stand-mixer counterparts. First off, this one’s cordless. So you can move around the kitchen freely, rather than remaining trapped near an outlet and hoping you won’t accidentally blend the cord in with your cookie dough. Hand mixers also allow you to blend soups and bisques in the container you cooked them in, leading to less transference of hot sloshing liquid.
Pyrex Ultimate Storage 10-Piece Glass Storage Set with White Lids – $69.99
If you’re hesitating to get the newlyweds food storage containers because they’re not an exciting gift, know this: The couple will be grateful. Glass storage containers don’t absorb stains or food odors like plastic ones do. The tight-fitting lid (this is Pyrex, after all!) prevents spills. The design is sleek, which will make their fridge less cluttered-looking. And they’re microwavable, making them ideal for food prep; the same container you store the food in is the one you pop in the microwave.
4-Piece Longchamp Goblet Set – $23.99
The gifts above are practical, but now it’s time to have a little fun. Getting married is a great excuse to get fancy drinkware — and a time to replace the mismatched plastic cups each person has acquired over the years with matching drinkware for every occasion. This goblet set is a great fit for date night or a dinner party. The happy couple will love the vintage design as well as the fact that these glasses are dishwasher safe.
Cuisinart 2-Waffle Stainless Steel Flip Belgian Waffle Maker – $119.95
If the couple didn’t think to register for a waffle maker, it’s up to you to make sure they have this delightful addition to their kitchen. This machine makes two waffles for at-home brunch dates. And it’s perfectly calibrated to perfectly cook both. That means less mess and less guesswork for the newlyweds.
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