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The 23 Best Gifts for Every Kind of Couple

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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

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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

If you want to see two adults cry, gift them this stylish Swedish-made sparkling water maker that will not only look great on their counter but will also put a kibosh on any arguments over who drank the last can of LaCroix.

For the couple that fights over whose turn it is to clean

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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 those, like Don Draper, who enjoy a stiff drink after a hard day, consider this gorgeous walnut bar cart with lovely gold accents that can hold their entire bottle collection plus all the tools they need to make a decent cocktail.

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 many new parents, the identity shift from unencumbered adult to full-time caretaker of a newborn human being can be a jarring one. But this diaper bag that looks nothing like a diaper bag can help soften the blow.

For the couple that likes to go on road trips

Travel editor and writer Ashlea Halpern swears by this insulated cooler that can hold up to 36 12-ounce cans and has a bottle opener built into its zipper pull. “Dump a bag of ice in the bucket and it’ll keep everything chilled for up to 48 hours,” she says.

For the couple that really loves their dog(s)

If the couple you’re shopping for can’t stop talking about their cute rescue dog, then they will be thrilled with the gift of Embark. The saliva-based test will tell them what breeds their pup is most closely related and spotlight any diseases they might be susceptible to.

For the couple that makes art together

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Patti Smith’s gorgeous 2010 memoir about her years as a struggling artist living in 1970s New York City alongside her best friend (and, at one point, boyfriend) Robert Mapplethorpe is a beautiful ode to the power of art.

For the couple that likes to host movie nights in their backyard

In the midst of a pandemic, the onus is falling on most of us to create our own entertainment. Enter the ViewSonic, the best-rated home projector out there. All your favorite couple has to do is hang up a white sheet and press play.

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.