What Gift Do You Give at a Jewish Wedding?

MyJewishLearning's Official Wedding Gift Guide

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So you've been invited to a Jewish wedding, but don't know what to give the couple? We can help. 

Of course you can always buy something off their registry, if they have one, but there are some special traditions when it comes to Jewish wedding gifts. 

We've outlined five categories of useful and appropriate gifts for Jewish newlyweds. We hope they ease your gift-giving angst!

1. Friday Night Essentials

The benefit to giving a Shabbat-related wedding present is it enables the couple to use and appreciate your gift every week for years and years to come. 

Shabbat begins with candle-lighting and the accompanying blessing. A pair of candlesticks, like this gorgeous crystal set will shine in any couple's first home. 

We're firm believers that a table full of guests doesn't have to mean a ton of work for the hosts. A lever-style rabbit corkscrew makes opening wine bottles a snap, and this kiddush fountain with 9 cups does the work of pouring the kiddush wine for guests.

Traditionally after kiddush, guests wash their hands in preparation for the blessing over the challah. With this beautiful, lightweight stainless steel washing cup, the couple can observe this custom in style. 

Another gift that could brighten up their Shabbat table is a gorgeous hand-painted challah cover, like this one. All these gifts can be used week after week, setting your gift apart as something special and kadosh (holy), just like Shabbat.

2. Keeping an Organized Kosher Kitchen

Another genre of wedding gifts that we're fond of giving (and, yes, receiving) are those that ease food preparation and kitchen organization--both important considerations, especially in a kosher kitchen. 

A good and inexpensive way to help the couple stay organized is a 3-piece cutting board set to prepare meat, dairy, and pareve foods. This colorful set of 3 cutting boards is bright and fun. 

Everyone's into fresh, healthy cooking these days, but what if the couple wants to make a good old classic dish like, say, brisket? Get them a Dutch oven! This Lodge 6 quart red dutch oven is a steal compared to some of the fancier brands. Or, if they want cholent on a cold Shabbat day, a crockpot like this Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Slow Cooker is a needed addition to make those yummy Sabbath stews. 

But don't forget the potatoes. You can make their potato-grating for latkes unbelievably easy with this Black & Decker 8-cup Food Processor. And have you ever seen something as ingenious as this nifty Non-Stick 3-Tier Cooling Rack? It's just crying out for some piping-hot treats.

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