Marriage has historically been the perfect occasion to round out your fish fork collection, to gather enough salad plates to host 35 for dinner, and to finally have the crystal decanter that 'dresses up' the boxed wine you love so well. But these days, many of us find our wish lists to be less focused on formal entertaining, and more on the everyday modern luxuries that make our homes the ideal foundation for our busy lives. Which is why we are fans of registering at the one-stop shop that is Amazon.com. They have the World's Largest Selection, so you can have all your bases covered, and with their Universal Registry, you can keep track of what you want from any website. Want to see what we'd pick for our registry?
1. Nest Learning Thermostat, $249.99
Does anything say “we’re nesting” more than the Nest? The energy-saving, remote-controlled-over-Wi-Fi device gets to know your mutual comfort levels. Follow our installation tutorial for a fun newlywed activity
2. Sonos Play:3, $299.00
Whether your space is small and cool or large and cool, this versatile bookshelf speaker offers killer sound quality and convenient controls from your smartphone. It won't settle musical disputes between the classic rock lover and the Top 40 fan (speaking from experience), but otherwise lets you listen to your newly joined music library, as well as internet radio.
3. Waterpik WP-660 Aquarius Professional Water Flosser, $79.99
Yes, getting married IS the time to finally let yourself go…but you still have to shave and shower and, yeah, brush your teeth. After all, is there anything sexier than gum health? (Don't answer that.) This water flosser leaves your teeth smooth and plaque-free, and is much more effective than string floss, so you can give your honey a bright smile as long as you both may live.
4. Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player, $35
This tiny streaming media dongle might actually convince you to get rid of your cable. It supports Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, as well as various music and movie apps, AND select content through your Chrome browser. Throw on your matching Snuggies and fire up the popcorn - it's date night!
5. Nespresso C91 Essenza Espresso Machine, $99.99
Nothing says "a Sunday kind of love" like homemade espresso for two. This compact, manual machine uses Nespresso capsules, but somehow manages to transport us to honeymoon-esque memories of actual European espresso served by white-jacketed men.
6. iRobot Braava 320 Floor Mopping Robot, $179.99
What better way to divvy up housekeeping chores than to give most of them to a robot? You probably already have the amazing iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner, so why not register for the mop version? You can snuggle on the couch, sipping Nespresso, watching Google Chromecast and listening to your Sonos while your little robots do the dirty work.
7. Kindle Paperwhite, $119.00 ($238.00 for two)
People keep telling us that this is the best e-reader out there, with no screen glare even in bright sunlight, a small and light screen size, and long-lasting battery life. OKAY, we get it, and now we want one, too. This would be the perfect gift for a honeymooning couple, with enough storage for 1,000 books - that's a lot of beach time! It also comes in handy for couples who don't always fall asleep at the same time, so one of you can read without disturbing the other, and without the dreaded blue-light glare of other tablets that is supposed to be so bad for your circadian rhythms.
8. Anchor Hocking Beverage Dispenser 2 gal. Heritage Hill Jar with Spigot, $28,99
Use this beverage dispense at the wedding, then take it home for all the future anniversary parties. In the meantime, take a leaf from the spa playbook and fill this with cucumber-lemon-mint water to make hydration more fun for everyone.
9. Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French Oven, $271.55
Of course, even the modern registry should include some traditional favorites. Round out your kitchen with the tools you'll need to create delicious, nourishing meals at every stage of life, starting now!
Don't forget to use Apartment Therapy's special link to receive a $20 Amazon gift card when you set up your registry and add an item to it within 24 hours. You will receive your Amazon.com Gift Card via email from Amazon one to two weeks after registering. You must be a new customer of the Amazon Wedding Registry in order to be eligible. Offer valid until 12/31/2015. For complete GC terms and conditions, see http://www.amazon.com/gc-legal.
What home essentials are on your list? Or what were the best modern items you received at your wedding? Let us know in the comments!
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