After promptly RSVP'ing to a friend's nuptials, it's more likely you'll spend time figuring out travel plans for his or her wedding weekend, sorting out wardrobe decisions and selecting bachelorette party or bridal shower giftables before turning your attention to the registry. By the time you're ready to add something to your cart, portions of place settings have already been purchased and the gorgeous tray you finally decide to indulge your friend in is discontinued. Buying off-registry is typically passé, but you can easily get away with it by utilizing your amazing taste. Stop stressing about finding the perfect wedding gift—we've got you covered. Here, 21 chic gifts to splurge on.
While large scale dinner parties won't merit anything more than basic flutes, these jazz-age coupes are best pulled out during the holidays or for intimate cocktail hours at home. Set of 4 Soiree Large Stemmed Coupes, $108, .
Linen bedsheets in a soft hue like buff, ivory or dove grey bring a cozy, textural feel to any master suite. Parachute Home linen sheet set, from $149, .
A super chic cake stand will wow your guests when it's time for dessert, but they can also be used as to create a chic display on your vanity; showcase jewelry, fragrances and sentimental objet when they aren't being used for entertaining. Seletti Hybrid Moriana large porcelain cake stand, $221, .
If you don't know the groom or the bride, splurge on something personal that your friend will love and cherish in their married life. Jil Sander velvet slippers, $388, .
Couples likely would never think to put this on their registry, but the mere luxury of owning it is an excuse to indulge in a romantic date of champagne and caviar on special occasions. Barneys New York caviar serving set, $380, .
You have to really know the couple to buy something as sentimental as a piece of art, but this is the time to splurge on something from their favorite artist to grace a wall of their newlywed home. An Huong artwork, $4,500, .
Buy one or more chic urns that can serve as at-home ornaments when they're empty, and entertaining centerpieces when full of flowers. Aerin vases, from $520, .
A mismatched set of cocktail glassware can decorate a corner bar cart on the daily, and serve as an impressive serving set during dinner parties. Also, owning this set will likely inspire many romantic after-work cocktail dates. Moser 12-piece liquor glasses set, $2,065, .
Couples who have been living together for years will likely not need kitchen, dining or decor gifts. What they'd really like are help purchasing the pieces of furniture they couldn't splurge on when they first shacked up. Interior Define 'Caitlin' custom-made sofa, from
When in doubt, go for a cashmere throw–your friends are going to get use out of it in so many ways by draping it over the edge of a sofa, on the edge of their bed and eventually, when they set up a nursery. Denis Colomb cashmere long fringe throw, $2,150, .
A Gatsby-esque bar cart is by far one of the chicest storage methods, looks incredible in living rooms of any size and encourages newlyweds to entertain. Society Social 'The Sedgewick Bar Cart,' $700, .
Rather than an opulent chandelier, surprise your friends with a fixture that will compliment their modern furnishings. Atelier de Troupe light fixture, $4,250, .
Most couples will register for silver flatware, but surprising them with a gold set to style their china and stoneware in a whole new way will get them excited about their next dinner party. Cutipol 'Moon Mat' 24-piece cutlery set, $438, .
Pick prints that will compliment most palettes and objet that couples would likely not want to ask guests to splurge on if you're looking to achieve the ultimate off-registry gift. La Fornasotta murano glasses, $580 for 2, .
Fur pillows and throws will immediately update any space–and your friends are going to anxious to adorn their living spaces with anything this soft. Tenfold New York red fox fur pillow, $595, .
Art Deco nesting tables are both useful and incredibly chic–but your friends may not realize that they're just the thing to accent their small space. West Elm round nesting side table set, $299, .
Purchasing his and hers bicycles will encourage active couples to get out more and gives them a newlywed update on weekends spent exploring. tokyobike (his and hers), $695, .
Nothing makes reading the morning paper or cozying up with a magazine and a cappuccino on the weekends cuter than pulling your reading materials out from this magazine rack. Carl Aubock magazine rack, $1,195, .
When registering, couples typically neglect al fresco entertaining. Luckily, they have you. Laboratorio Paravicini Set of 3 Iznik Plates for Two, $990, .
To make furniture purchases extra special, have them approved by the couple before you purchase and opt for custom or vintage pieces. 1950's Italian armchairs, $13,500, .
For a bride or groom with an at-home office, choosing stylish desk accessories are both a practical and thoughtful purchase. VeniceM 'Zoe' gold table lamp, $1,800, .