How The Knot Registry Awards Will Help You Fend Off Registry Fatigue

We put in the work every year to find the registry items you'll love and actually use.
Collage of The Knot Registry Award items including pots and pans, coupe glasses, sheets, and stand mixer
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Updated Apr 01, 2024
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One of the coolest things about The Knot Registry is that you can add gifts from literally anywhere. While it's a great feeling when the world is your wedding registry oyster, there's also a chance you'll be hit with a big wave of decision fatigue. Enter: The Knot Registry Awards, our way of taking the burden of sifting through hundreds of different toasters off your shoulders (because it's already hard enough planning a wedding and figuring out what to watch on Netflix while you build your wedding website). Basically, we sift through the thousands of products we stock in The Knot Registry Store (offered from hundreds of popular brands, by the way) each year to find the very special few that you should include on your wedding registry. We envision these items to be your first line of defense against registry fatigue, saving you days of stress and research because you know they've been vetted by your registry fairy godparents (hi, that's us). And given that enchanted title, we also know that many to-be-weds aren't really into tangible presents, especially if you've been living together for a few years, so you'll also find our picks for special experiences and gift cards that'll make your registry feel personal to you. Learn how we work our magic and see some of our favorite award winners for 2024 below.

Noteworthy The Knot Registry Awards Winners: Gift Cards & Experiences | Kitchen & Tabletop | Bed & Bath | Home & Lifestyle

About The Knot Registry Awards: What Are They | Selection Process | Why You Should Care

What Are The Knot Registry Awards?

The Knot Registry Awards are yearly prizes that aim to relieve some of the decision fatigue of wedding planning by offering couples an extensively researched, hand-selected group of exceptional wedding registry gift ideas that serve as a helpful starting point as they build their wish lists. Going strong since 2016, The Knot Registry Awards are given to gifts from The Knot Registry Store that are both on trend and timeless—many of which are multi-year award recipients (though, our eagle-eyed registry team reevaluates a product's quality, value and popularity each year to ensure it still stands up to the hype).

How Are the Products Selected?

Every winner is selected by our registry team, a crew with an extensive background in buying, merchandising and styling in the home and lifestyle spaces that always has their collective ear to the ground for the most amazing must-have wish list items. And while their intuition is SO spot-on (it's scary, honestly), the team also relies on a rigorous five-month research process to determine what products deserve to be award winners that's data-driven and determined by the opinions of real couples.

Internally, we have a wealth of data, and that's where the picking process starts. The registry team looks closely at what our couples love registering for, what brands and products they regularly search for, what they're reviewing highly and what gifts guests are scooping up the second they land on a couple's registry page. We also determine the top three emerging trends surrounding wedding registries for the upcoming year, and ensure that those are kept top of mind during the selection process. (Inside scoop: 2024's are travel and adventure, health and wellness and colorful essentials.) Additionally, the selection committee digs deep into our detailed internal studies, like our annual Real Weddings Study and Wedding Registry Study, to decipher the price points and categories that truly matter to couples. Beyond our own data, the registry team also keeps tabs on trends across Google search, Pinterest and social media platforms to stay ahead of the curve.

Gift Card & Experience Winners

Maybe you've been cohabiting for a few years already and you already have your home stocked up, or perhaps your love language as a couple is more quality time versus gift giving. In our 2023 Registry Study, we found that 43% of couples say they're not looking to add physical gifts to their wish lists.* But these gift cards and experience gifts will still make newlywed life sweet.

Airbnb Gift Card

Airbnb Gift Card registry gift idea
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Oh, the places you'll go! Use this gift card toward your honeymoon accommodations or your first weekend getaway as a married pair. Choose from $50-$300 denominations. 85% of our couples in our Wedding Registry Study noted affordability is a priority,* so we love that gift cards like this one are available at a range of prices.

One-Month Hello Fresh Subscription

One-Month Hello Fresh Subscription wedding registry gift idea
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The last thing you'll want to do when you get home from your honeymoon is cook. And with this meal-box subscription, you won't have to worry about grocery shopping for another four weeks. (We're all for the prolonged wedding bliss.)

Delta Airlines Gift Card

Delta Airlines Gift Card wedding registry idea
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Whether it's for your own travels or to attend another loved one's far-flung nuptials, cash toward flights always comes in handy. Delta serves 320 destinations in over 60 countries, so it'll be easy to find your next adventure. Available in denominations from $50-$500.

Kitchen & Tabletop Winners

Whether you're into fine china or just want some matching dishware that's not from Ikea, registry help is on the way. See the small appliances, tabletop goodies and kitchen gadgets we love this year.

Caraway Cookware Set

Blue Caraway Cookware Set for wedding registry
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If you're feeling overwhelmed by your wedding registry, it's probably because of the absurd number of cookware sets out there and not knowing how to find the one that works best for you. (67% of couples in our 2023 Wedding Registry Study registered for cookware,* so you're not alone.) This stunning set expertly marries form and function, including three pans and a Dutch oven made from non-stick and non-toxic ceramic in addition to a nifty lid holder that's life-saving for apartment dwellers.

KitchenAid Five-Quart Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Five-Quart Stand Mixer wedding registry idea
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Ahh, the classic KitchenAid mixer. This item has won a Registry Award year after year, and still stands the test of time. Equipped with 10 speeds as well as attachments that'll tackle everything from cookies to bread, this beloved appliance is a ninja in the kitchen (and likely why 34% of our Registry-Study couples made a stand mixer a must on their wish lists).

Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven

Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven wedding registry idea
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Another multi-year award winner, this is the Rolls Royce of Dutch ovens (and one of the most versatile pieces of cookware you'll own). The iconic French brand is favored by home cooks, our couples (19% of participants in our Wedding Registry Study registered for a Le Creuset piece*) and celeb chefs alike (including Ina Garten). And with sturdy enamel and cast-iron construction, it'll last long enough to be an heirloom.

Villeroy & Boch Champagne Coupes

Villeroy & Boch Champagne Coupes wedding registry gift
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You can't beat a classic coupe glass, especially one made from tinted, lead-free crystal. This pair is perfect for toasting to all of your couple milestones. (That includes completing your registry, sweat-free.)

Balmuda Toaster Oven

Balmuda Toaster Oven wedding registry idea
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This unbelievably sexy toaster (it's true) operates using steam technology, so your bread won't lose all moisture as it cooks. It also has three different temperature settings and five cooking settings that give it the same functionality as an oven. And yes, it's the identical one influencer Emily Mariko has.

Bed & Bath Winners

You pulled off your dream wedding—you deserve to have your home feel like a luxury spa. See the award-winning bed and bath goodies that should be at the top of your wedding registry checklist.

Brooklinen Luxury Four-Piece Cotton Sheet Set

Brooklinen Luxury Four-Piece Cotton Sheet Set bed and bath wedding registry idea
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Buttery-soft, 480-thread-count sheets? Can we sleep over? This set from Brooklinen includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet and two pillowcases—all of which will add a touch of elegance to your nights and naps.

Boll & Branch Spa Bath Towel Set

Boll & Branch Spa Bath Towel Set bathroom wedding registry gift idea
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This six-piece towel set is giving serious luxury-hotel vibes. Available in five soothing colorways, the fluffy towels are made from 100% organic cotton (and the stuff of dreams). And with two bath towels, two hand towels and two face cloths, it's perfect for couples.

Parachute Percale Duvet Cover

Parachute Percale Duvet Cover
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Parachute is known for its luxury linens, and this duvet cover is a must-have. It's woven entirely from long-staple Egyptian cotton, which is equal parts long-lasting and luxurious. Plus, it's easy to pop in the wash.

Home & Lifestyle Winners

Even the most basic household items could use an upgrade. And sometimes, there are useful home gadgets that you never knew you needed, but won't be able to live without. See our favorites here.

YETI Roadie 24 Cooler

YETI Roadie 24 Cooler wedding registry idea
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One of the most popular registry items with our couples, this cooler functions just as well on a camping trip as it does on your back deck. It'll hold 33 cans (or eight wine bottles, if that's your speed) and keep them icy for hours. Not to mention: the cool neutral colors it comes in.

Ooni Koda 12 Gas-Powered Pizza Oven

Ooni Koda 12 Gas-Powered Pizza Oven
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Imagine hosting pizza parties with all of your friends and fam' in the summer? The vibes are unmatched. This small, but mighty gas-fueled pizza oven makes it so easy. It's designed to cook a single pie in 60 seconds, so you'll have plenty of time to eat, lounge and share funny stories from your honeymoon while you host.

Kodak Wireless Mobile Photo Printer

Kodak Wireless Mobile Photo Printer
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You're probably great at capturing your "Kodak moments," but do you have a way to print them out? This wireless beauty is the size of your palm, and makes it simple and speedy to print photos right from your phone. (Bring it on your honeymoon to print some shots—your parents will appreciate flipping through the stack when you're back.)

Artifact Uprising Wedding Layflat Photo Album

Artifact Uprising Wedding Layflat Photo Album wedding registry idea
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Artifact Uprising makes some of the most lovely, minimalist photo albums around. Available in four sizes, this wedding album features a textured linen cover and your names and wedding date stamped in foil. You'll never want to take this baby off the coffee table.

Why You Should Add These Winners to Your Registry

Real talk: There are countless lists out there that tell you what you should add to your wedding registry (we know, we've written quite a few), but our whole mission with The Knot Registry Awards is to help you cut through the noise, so you don't have to look at 50+ ideas if you don't want to. One of the best registry tips we can give—besides to stick with what's timeless, quality and feels personal to you—is to not let anxiety over choosing "the right things" take the fun and excitement out of the process. You're getting married—focus on the joy and let us take care of the wish-list legwork. Our trustworthy pros will keep putting in the work year after year to keep your registry experience seamless, so you can spend less time trolling Amazon reviews and stressing over sheet sets and more time basking in that to-be-wed magic.

*The 2023 Wedding Registry Study represents feedback among over 5,000 respondents ages 18+ in the US. The survey was sent to couples in April 2023 with an email address on file with The Knot.

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