At the Strategist, we’ve compiled gift guides for every wedding anniversary of note, from 1st to 50th, and for every kind of husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, or partner. But giving gifts to the couples in our lives isn’t always about a wedding or anniversary. There are couples that just moved in together, couples that love to hit the road, and couples that are expecting their first kid; there’s also the easier-said-than-done task of giving shared gifts around the holidays. Ahead, 23 great gifts for all those occasions (and then some) for every kind of couple.
For the couple that likes to snuggle up and watch Netflix
Watching TV together is a big part of coupledom, and with the colder months fast approaching, blankets will be in high demand. This massive, micromink blanket is made for beds and can easily fit two people.
For the couple that likes to do crosswords together
Anyone with intimate knowledge of the New York Times crossword puzzle knows that Wednesdays are challenging — but not too challenging — which makes this a perfect gift if you’re not quite sure whether your favorite couple does their crosswords in pen or pencil.
For the couple that always has the radio on
Copy editor Lief Nielsen told us that one of his favorite couples gifts came from his wife, who gifted him these speakers that work with both his decades-old turntable and (via Bluetooth) his Spotify account. “My old Denon turntable (and records) had been sitting around for two decades, and now I play them all the time,” he says.
For the couple that likes to hike
It’s hard to ask for hiking boot sizes without giving yourself away, but you can easily surprise an outdoorsy couple with a yearlong subscription to AllTrails and its 100,000-plus hiking, running, and mountain-biking routes, which are searchable by region, difficulty, and length. The service itself is free, but the plan allows users to download maps for offline use and one percent of every subscription benefits the environment.
For the couple that geeks out over Star Wars
Indigenous tiki expert Chockie Tom put us onto Geeki Tikis’ line of Star Wars–themed cups, which includes this adorable set of three mini-muglets perfect for sipping coffee while taking in the latest season of The Mandalorian or rewatching Episodes IV through VI.
For the couple with a seltzer addiction
For the couple that fights over whose turn it is to clean
Strategist writer Liza Corsillo swears by this robot vacuum, which she says saved her from spending money on couples therapy. “When we first moved in together we were bickering so much about household chores, specifically how often the apartment needed vacuuming,” she says. “I love to watch it roll around our living room eating up dust and crumbs, and two years in, it still works just as well.”
For the couple that loves Mad Men
For the couple with a lot of books but not a lot of space
Couples just starting out may not have an ideal amount of space, but that doesn’t necessarily mean throwing out beloved books to make room. Lisa Zaslow, a New York–based professional organizer and founder of Gotham Organizers, recommends this bookcase with a small footprint but plenty of space.
For the couple that likes to cook together
New York editor Christopher Bonanos told us one of the best gifts he received as a couple was this cutting board, given as an engagement gift in 2007. “It seems boring on the surface, but it’s not,” he says. “It’s the kind of gift you keep on the counter for decades, and it literally has been used every single day since.”
For the couple expecting their first child
For the couple that likes to go on road trips
For the couple that really loves their dog(s)
For the couple that makes art together
For the couple that likes to host movie nights in their backyard
For the couple that works out together
Strategist contributor Jason Stewart calls this battle rope a dream buy for the respectable home gym he’s been putting together. “The simple but explosive activity of repeatedly whipping the thick ropes helps work out muscles you never even knew you had,” he says. Any workout-loving couple that hasn’t been able to go to the gym in a while will appreciate these ropes.
For the couple that never misses date night
Another recommendation from Strategist writer Liza Corsillo: fancy candles for the dining table. “During quarantine, we have gotten into the habit of watching TV while we eat dinner,” she says. “So to reinstate actually talking to each other over dinner, I bought a bunch of very nice-looking beeswax taper candles. They smell nice and they set a calming mood that helps us both decompress from our days and connect with each other.”
For the couple that doesn’t own a dishwasher
If the division of dishwashing duties are a pain point for a couple you know, this countertop dishwasher can shoulder at least some of the work. “It’s big enough for four 12-inch dinner plates, sleek enough to leave out on a counter, and, best of all, with its five-liter built-in tank, it doesn’t require a hookup to a water source,” says Strategist contributor Alyse Whitney.