The 11 Best Gifts to Buy for Couples in 2018

Perfectly tailored presents for two!

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When it comes to finding the perfect gift for your favorite couple, it’s important to pick something that speaks to both partners. Before you shop, consider the couple in question. Do they use their PTO days exploring the world? Is their house the designated hangout spot for Friday game night?

There are so many great gift options for a duo that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to finding the right one. But we’ve made it easy. Whether they love to eat, drink or they’re new parents who haven’t gotten out lately, we’ve rounded up our top gifts for couples.

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    Best for Every Couple: Instant Pot

    Instant Pot Ultra

    Courtesy of Amazon

    The best thing about the Instant Pot is that pretty much everyone can use one. This gadget has countless fans, and it’s not hard to see why. This Instant Pot can replace 10 common kitchen gadgets: It works as a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice, yogurt, cake and egg maker—and can warm, steam, saute, and sterilize. Basically, no matter what type of cook your friends are, the Instant Pot will quickly become the most-used appliance in their kitchen. You can pick from three, six or eight-quart sizes (three-quart is a great size for just two people) and features custom programming for precise cooking.

    Amazon reviewers say the Instant Pot is by far the most versatile kitchen product you can buy. Some note that the manual isn’t as detailed as they’d like, but with endless Instant Pot how-tos and hacks online, you can easily find tips and tricks to getting the most out of this popular kitchen tool.

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    Best for Travelers: Samsonite Winfield 2 Hardside Luggage Set

    This Samsonite Winfield 2 Hardside Luggage Set is a perfect gift for anyone who spends more time on a plane than at home. This three-piece set includes a 20”, 24” and a 28” hard side spinner suitcase. Each one has an interior divider to help keep everything in place and a side-mounted TSA lock. The 20” case is 20” x 13.5” x 9”, and weighs 6.7 pounds. The 24” is 24” x 16.5” x 11” and weighs 9.3 pounds—while the largest 28” case is 28” x 19” x 12” and weighs just 11.5 pounds. It comes in ten brushed colors (which helps to hide nicks and scratches).

    These suitcases are made from 100% polycarbonate and are made to last. The hard side construction keeps your stuff safe from damage, and they’re lightweight enough to make the commute to the airport easy.

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    Best for the Couple Who Entertains: What Do You Meme Game

    Looking for a gift for that couple that always hosts dinner parties at their place? The What Do You Meme game will keep them and their guests entertained all night. This card game comes with 75 photo cards featuring popular memes and 60 caption cards to come up with the funniest, wittiest (or, okay, raunchiest) meme possible. Similar to Apples to Apples, this adults-only game will leave everyone in happy tears by night’s end.

    Amazon reviews say Who Do You Meme is a party favorite and quickly becomes an addicting addition to game night.

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    Best for Coffee Lovers: Cuisinart Automatic Cold Brew Coffeemaker

    There are some people who, even in the dead of winter, drink a glass of cold brew coffee in the morning. But even if the couple of the hour isn’t that level of obsessed, we’re sure this Cuisinart Automatic Cold Brew Coffeemaker will make their morning a little better. Help them ween off that Starbucks addiction with this seven-cup carafe that makes a delicious cold brew in under 45 minutes (depending on the strength desired). The entire device is dishwasher-safe, so it’s easy to clean, and the glass carafe can keep cold brew coffee fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks.

    One Amazon reviewer calls this Cuisinart carafe “absolute magic,” and most owners agree that it’s a wonderful substitute for overpriced cafe cups. Unlike many cold coffee brewers, you don’t need to wait hours for this machine to produce a delicious cup of cold brew.

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    Best for the Couple That Cooks: Sushi Chef Sushi Making Kit

    You probably know that one couple whose casseroles you can’t wait to eat at potlucks. This Sushi Chef Sushi Making Kit is the gift for them. Most foodie couples who cook a lot probably have all the standard kitchen gear, but they might not have ventured into sushi making territory. This kit provides everything you need to make a 12-piece roll (except for the fresh fish), including a bamboo nori rolling mat and a rice paddle. It also comes with a bottle of dark soy sauce, sushi vinegar, rice vinegar, a bag of long grain rice, a jar of wasabi and ginger and a step-by-step guide to making your first roll.

    This is a great gift for the couple that loves to spend time in the kitchen. Reviewers say the how-to guide helps even a novice learn to make sushi, but some say there are better tutorials online.

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    Best for New Parents: Date Night Bucket List

    Date Night Bucket List

    Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

    For the couple that could use a date night, this Date Night Bucket List gift is the perfect inspiration. It can be hard to find​ the time (or energy) to get away for an evening alone, but this kit can provide the motivation they need to get out of the house. Each kit comes with 25 birch wood sticks with printed date ideas ranging from easy stay-at-home plans such as “create a piece of art together” to more time-intensive ideas like “travel to each other’s hometown.” Once the date has been completed, the couple can write a note on the back of the stick to remember the day.

    Though it seems simple, sometimes the hardest part of planning a date night is, well, planning. Pair this bucket list with a promise to babysit, and you’ll give the best (and most appreciated) gift they receive.

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    Best for Homebodies: Luxe Core Sheet Set


    Courtesy of Brooklinen

    While sheets might not seem like the most exciting of gifts—they're something a couple will actually use often and they're probably in need of an upgrade. This highly rated set from Brooklinen gives the couple in your life the ultimate luxury of sleeping in smooth sateen sheets that feel like a night away at a luxury hotel. They're made of 480-thread count cotton and come with flat and fitted sheets and two pillowcases. 

    Choose from over 15 different colors and patterns to suit the couples style (white is always a safe bet!), and they'll be sure to be grateful for this new luxury. 

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    Best for Memories: Umbra Prisma 4x6 Picture Frame

    In this digital era we often forget about actually printing out our cherished photos. Why not print out a cute picture of the couple and frame it in this modern picture frame that can be used as a tabletop or a wall frame. Available in black, chrome, copper, or matte brass, the recipients will love the thoughtful gesture and they'll be sure to display this promptly. 

    If you want to spend some more, why not buy a trio of frames and pick out some various images of the couple over the years. They'll be sure to remember this thoughtful gift for years to come. 

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    Best for Newly Married Couples: Over the Threshold Personalized Art

    Over the Threshold Personalized Art

    Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

    If you’re looking for a gift for that couple that just tied the knot, this personalized art piece is a wonderful statement gift that they’ll cherish for years to come. Created by artist Alexander Doll, this print is a nostalgic way to celebrate a couple’s big day. It features a hand-sketched drawing of the bride and groom, their names, wedding date and location. It’s printed on archival paper and comes in either 27” x 21” or 42” x 30” sizes. Each print comes framed and ready to hang.

    Owners say this art piece is a stunning addition to any home, noting the craftsmanship and vivid colors. Even if a couple has been married for years, they’ll love this wonderful celebration of their big day.  

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    Best for Audiophiles: Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Speaker

    If you love music, a great home speaker is key to a happy home. This Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Speaker is the best gift for those couples who would rather spend Friday night at a concert than camping. This wireless Bluetooth Bose speaker offers 360 degrees of rich ​sound, and is perfect for home or away. It features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts up to 16 hours, so you can take it on a picnic or to a party without worrying about cords. It’s water-resistant and also features both Siri and Google assistant.

    Many Amazon reviewers call the Bose SoundLink the best wireless speaker on the market, noting the deep bass and clear sound it provides. A few owners note that Bose’s tech support could be better, but if you’re looking for a great speaker for your favorite couple, you can’t go wrong with this wireless choice.

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    Best for Adventurous Couples: Picnic at Ascot Ultimate Insulated Picnic Cooler

    If your couple friends’ Instagram pages are full of daytrips and weekend adventures, this Picnic at Ascot cooler is the perfect gift. Both an insulated cooler and picnic basket, this piece comes with plates, flatware, and wine glasses for four, as well as a cheese knife and board, a corkscrew and travel salt and pepper shakers. The cooler has separate sections for bottles and food​ and measures 18" by 13" by 13" with adjustable straps for comfortable carrying.

    Owners say it’s great for concerts in the park, beach days and family picnics, and note the cooler’s high quality and construction. They note that it keeps food cold for hours and doesn’t leak or spill when tossed around.