Ah, young love. It’s a pure, beautiful thing, even if more and more people are waiting until later in life to tie the knot. The average age for a first marriage was 27.4 years old for women in 2017, up from 24 years old in 1990, according to U.S. Census data. And while it seems most of us are holding off, that isn’t always the case! Some people basically go from college graduation straight into planning a wedding.
For young couples especially, married life can come as a bit of a shock. Many of their friends are moving back in with parents or starting internships in new cities; meanwhile, they’re figuring out how to register for bedsheets and kitchen appliances.
On that note, what does one gift the young newlyweds? The way I see it, you can take one of two paths: fun (“we’re still kids, pretty much!") or practical (“yikes, we need stuff for our first home together!”). Skip the fancy adult wares (e.g. expensive espresso machine or engraved champagne flutes). Help them start their lives together in a way that’s authentic to them. Below are some of my suggestions for the perfect gifts to celebrate young newlyweds.