Your friend (or colleague, or cousin, or boss, or person you never thought you were that close with) is getting married. Next week. And the only thing left on their registry is a $4,000 pink velvet couch and a $10 iPad Pro screen protector to go with the iPad Pro somebody else already bought them. You need a wedding gift. Now what?
Jonathan Adler Bar Cart
If you’re going to invest in a bar cart, it should be crafted from antiqued brass, nickel, and Lucite — and topped with sculpted horse-head finials and mirrored shelves.
$1,950 at Zola
“The Vitamix is amazing and literally does everything. Hot soups, cold smoothies, dips, and juices. You name it. We first saw it being demonstrated in a store, and my fiancé sampled everything that was made. I think he tried the soup three times.”—Ashley Yanover, publicist, and Marlon LeWinter, events manager, Boca Raton, Florida
Shun Five-Piece Knife Block Set
The only three knives you need — a paring, utility, and chef’s knife — all made with 16 layers of stainless steel, plus a sharpener and bamboo block to store them in.
$350 at Amazon
“We love to make elaborate dinners on the weekends, so this Le Creuset cookware set will be a nice upgrade from what we have now. Plus the pans last forever and will add a nice pop of color in the kitchen!” — Stephanie van Sasse, publicist, and Anton Anger, interior designer, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
“We love wrapping ourselves up in a cozy blanket on the couch. The Ferm Living mohair throw is amazing and something I would have never bought for myself.” —Jennifer Bronson, social worker, and Ryan Denholm, financial analyst, Park Slope, Brooklyn
“My favorite gift is the Dyson cordless vacuum. We have been dreaming of a fancy vacuum for years, and this will make us the domestic gods we aspire to be.” —Blythe Posner, MBA candidate, and Lee Kaplowitz, otolaryngology resident, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
SixthreeZero Beach Cruiser Bicycle
This beach cruiser, with its burgundy frame, sky-blue rims, and whitewall tires, looks great against the waves — and the comfy bucket saddle seat and rubber pedals make it easy to ride till the sun goes down.
From $370 at Amazon
“When I read about the ‘Cannes collection’ that was created by Jean Puiforcat in 1928, I realized that this was a benchmark for connoisseurs. It’s renowned for evoking the facade of Hôtel Martinez in Cannes, and Puiforcat chose this flatware for his own wedding.” — Claire Distenfeld, owner of Fivestory, and Michael Olshan, managing partner of O-Cap Management, Greenwich Village, New York