By Lindsay Tigar
June 08, 2019
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The average age of a first marriage in the United States for both men and women continues to grow closer and closer to 30. Many millennials are choosing to delay getting hitched as they focus on expanding their careers — and their worldview.

This means by the time they walk down the aisle or find a partner to share their life with, they likely have nearly everything they need to build a home (or an apartment) already. Or maybe they don’t even crave a home base and would rather have travel gear to see the world with their number one.

Honeymoon-related wedding gifts have become trendier in recent years, and it’s a great — and well, practical — way to celebrate the happy duo. From timeless luggage to camping goods, consider these meaningful purchases the next time you’re invited to a nomadic nuptial.

Away Luggage Set (in Coast)

Courtesy of Away

Every traveler knows there’s nothing better than a solid, reliable suitcase. That is, unless you give a coordinated luggage set that makes both short and long getaways easy. Away has gained a cult following in recent years for good reason — their suitcases come with ejectable batteries and polycarbonate shells that can handle the wear and tear of travel. Plus, they're always on trend, and even our editors love them. With this set, available in a slew of colors, you can pay for a monogram or initial to be adhered to the side. If one or both parties in the couple are changing their name, it’s a sweet nod to their new adventure together.

To buy: awaytravel.com, from $450

Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket

Courtesy of Amazon

If you're shopping for a couple who's all about making a date with Mother Nature — you know, the type likely to forgo the beach or the cobblestone streets of Europe for a honeymoon spent hiking through national parks or driving around Australia in a camper —  this blanket will definitely get ‘em excited. It’s big enough for two and uses the same material you usually find in sleeping bags. It comes with a water-resistant nylon shell, as well as a blanket insert that doesn’t attract water, dirt, or odor. Best of all, it folds up neatly into a sack for easy packing.

To buy: amazon.com, $99

Sunski Dipseas Polarized Sunglasses

Courtesy of Amazon

Whether your friends are heading for a sunny or snowy honeymoon, sunglasses are a necessity. To protect their eyes from UV rays, reflection, and other dangers, consider buying a set of sunglasses for the new spouses. These are affordable and highly rated, offering a laundry list of options, ideal for any face shape regardless of gender. The return policy also makes it easy for them to swap out the shades in case your taste wasn’t exactly what they had in mind.

To buy: amazon, $58

Filson Medium Rugged Twill Duffel Bag

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Not everyone has a generous paid time off policy, and if the newlyweds can only take a weekend away, they’ll need a bag to match their trip. With Filson, you’re giving not only a wedding gift, but one that’ll last them through many anniversaries to come. Not only does it meet the maximum airline carry-on size restrictions to give extra room, but it’s made of bridle leather you can depend on for quality. The rust-proof brass zipper and storm-flap closure are great peace-of-mind features, too. Since a marriage requires flexibility, this versatile bag will at least take some of the stress out of jet-setting.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $395

‘The World Is Magic’ Print

Courtesy of Uncommongoods

While they probably wouldn’t want to bring this print with them on the ‘moon, it is a nice gift to hang when they return, right next to the wonders they collected on the trip. This colorful statement piece says a lot by saying little — not only is marriage a magical experience, but so is exploring new lands and cultures. So when you find a lifelong travel buddy? That’s something to celebrate in your home. Make sure you splurge and buy it framed.

To buy: uncommongoods.com, $130

Personalized Passport Holders

Courtesy of Etsy/WITHLUVFROMJULIE

If there's any way to make going through customs romantic, this is it. With these customizable, faux-leather passport holders, you celebrate the lifetime of trips the couple will take together. You can monogram, write their full names, or even choose nicknames if you're on that level. Perhaps slip in a gift card as well.

To buy: etsy.com, $35

Airbnb Gift Card

Courtesy of Amazon

For the couple who truly values authentic local experiences when they travel, an Airbnb gift card is permission to keep trekking together. They can use it to either book a unique space to sleep or an immersive experience led by a local — from a horseback ride that leads to a secret beach to a lesson in foraging that ends with an unforgettable meal.

To buy: amazon.com, from $25

Bose SoundLink Wireless Around Ear Headphones

Courtesy of Amazon

After months (or, let’s be real, years) of talking about it, your best pals are not only getting hitched — but they’re finally making it to the far-flung destination of their dreams. Celebrate two big wins by making their long-haul flight more bearable. These noise-cancelling, around-ear headphones are great for tuning out noisy seat neighbors or watching a movie miles high in the air. It’s a big splurge for two, but it’ll definitely be a wedding gift that warrants a major thank you card.

To buy: amazon.com, $230

GoPro Hero7 White

Courtesy of Amazon

What’s better than a cheesy, gooey, romantic video chronicling the couple’s relationship that plays on a loop at the reception? A compilation of honeymoon adventures thanks to this nifty new GoPro. Even if they aren’t exactly schooled on photography, this gadget makes it easy to capture every moment of their first trip as a married duo: jumping into the ocean, scaling a bell tower, eating pizza as big as their face — and whatever other memories they make.

To buy: amazon.com, $193

Mod Selection Brut Reserve with Gift Box

Courtesy of wine.com

Honeymoons are amazing, but you know what isn’t? Coming back from them. Though they can’t put this bottle of bubbly in their carry-on, they’ll be thrilled to come home to it once they return from their adventure. It’s one of those bottles that goes down easily, allowing them to really relish in their newly married life, even if it's not a non-stop vacation.

To buy: wine.com, $300

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