It’s high time to go beyond boring wedding registries and give couples gifts that reflect how they actually live. These days, an heirloom should strike a balance of special, enduring, touching, and useful
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- RSVP Endurance Stemless Wine Glass, $30 for set of 4
Delicate-stemmed wine glasses and fancy flutes are one way to go. But let’s be real: these unbreakable stainless steel stemless wine glasses are the only ones with a chance of making it to the crystal anniversary. Plus, they’re camping-friendly.
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- Terrain Insignia Fire Pit, $1,498
Guarantee that home fires will keep burning long after the honeymoon with this personalized, heavy-gauge metal fire pit. Made in the U.S. from raw, hand-welded steel, this backyard centerpiece develops a protective rust patina over time and will endure through the decades.
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This classic porch swing made by longtime outdoor furniture makers Uwharrie Chair. It comes in a choice of sustainable solid pine (the long-lasting caliber used for decks and docks) or polymer, made from pre-consumer vinyl – but the wooden ones have a lifetime guarantee against rot.
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If the soon-to-be-weds cook, bake, or drink with lemons and at least one of them has a green thumb, this gift could keep on giving for many years. This dwarf Genoa Italian lemon tree grows indoors up to eight feet or outdoors up to 10 feet tall. It blooms with white flowers in the spring and yields full-sized lemons in the winter.
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- ImagineNations™ by Wendy Gold, from $149
This vintage-style U.S. National Parks map comes with 100 push pins for the adventuring couple to mark off the sites they’ve explored. It can be personalized with the name of the bride and groom, and as a bonus, it’s handmade in California with a portion of sales donated to local charities.
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If you have a keen sense of the couple’s aesthetic tastes, very few gifts are more special than an oil painting. This one, in cool shades of blue by California artist Janet Bludau, evokes an ocean horizon in its landscape-oriented scene.
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