So, it’s that time of the year again. Buying Christmas gifts for friends, family, and acquaintances can be stressful. Especially if one of them is recently married! You know your best friend and what she”ll love and appreciate, but finding something that her man will get a kick out of, too? And what about all the great wedding gifts that they just received?

These are questions you have to figure out how to answer before you head to the mall or start shopping online for your list of Christmas gifts. It’s probably best to have an idea of what they”ve already gotten to start out so that you can find them something different and special.

Another thing you”ll want to take into consideration is the type of couple they are and what they like to do together: are they very active and outdoorsy? Do they love to host get togethers and dinner parties? Do they travel a lot?

Narrowing down their style can also help you determine the best way to spread that Christmas gifts cheer this season. That being said, some things just seem universal. Below are the top five gifts to give your newlywed friends:

Topping our list of Christmas Gifts: Sirius XM Radio Annual Subscription, $199

Does anyone really listen to the regular radio nowadays? Okay, just kidding- tons of people do. But honestly, sometimes it’s nice to have a break from all the noise and commercials. XM satellite radio, installed in many recent car models, is a godsend for anyone who spends a lot of time on the road for work or road tripping, or just wants an uninterrupted listening session with their favorite station.

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<p>There is pretty much a station for everything…90s music? Check. C-SPAN Politics? Check. Comedy? Hockey? Radio Disney? Check, check, check…you get the idea. XM Premier [<a href="http://www.siriusxm.com/subscriptions/packages/xm/xmpremier?intcmp=PACKAGESCONTROLSEPT242013" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer">link</a>] has over 150+ stations to play around with, meaning both everyone can always find something to listen to, even if they don’t always agree. If your newlywed couple loves to road trip together, this may just be the Christmas gift to make their trips that much more exciting!</p>
<h4>2 – A Wool Blanket, $245</h4>
<p>Nothing says cozy like cuddling under a warm blanket with a steaming cup of tea and a good movie on Netflix. A wool blanket is a great Christmas gift because it’s practical, it’s durable, and it’s something your newlywed friends can use over and over again through life changes, moves, and more. This 100% virgin wool blanket [<a title="Book Farm" href="http://www.brookfarmgeneralstore.com/" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer">link</a>], from the Brook Farm General Store based in Brooklyn, New York, comes in an oatmeal heather color with a beige or black stripe; a perfect neutral for the bedroom or family room. Brook Farm uses locally sourced wool from a small family farm in Canada, which is a nice feature if your friends are consumer conscious and would definitely love is as their Christmas gifts.</p>
<h4>3 – Personalized Holiday Cards, $75 for 25 cards/envelopes</h4>
<p>If you”ve never heard of <a href="http://riflepaperco.com/" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank" rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer">Rifle Paper</a>, you need to take a peek at their website right now. All designs on stationery, cards, prints, journals, and more are hand painted and designed by husband and wife team, Anna and Nathan Bond. There is a classic charm and whimsy in every single item in their store and online (you can also find some of their products in stores like Anthropologie!).</p>
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<p>What you might not know is that Rifle Paper can also create custom designs for clients on a limited basis, and this set of holiday cards is the perfect kick-off for a newly married couple to send their “<em>season’s greetings</em>” to all of their loved ones. Order and gift well before Christmas, of course. Your friends will love the personalized portraits and lettering that really make these designs unique. Sets of 25 cards and envelopes start off at $75. Order up to 200 cards.</p>
<h4>4 – Xbox One, $499</h4>
<p>This is just the next iteration of the Xbox gaming console, from Microsoft. But trust me: it’s not just for gaming anymore. The <a title="Buy Xbox One from Amazon" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CMQTVK0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00CMQTVK0&linkCode=as2&tag=wajeez-20" target="_blank" data-wpel-link="external" rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer">Xbox One</a> focuses more on integrating entertainment options, too, like split-screen multitasking of applications and built in Skype integration for video chatting your besties.</p>
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<p>Another significant feature is the upgraded Kinect sensor, which can track up to 6 people at once during multiplayer games. The Xbox, in its latest form, is truly a family entertainment system that can become the center of family events, get-togethers, and cozy nights in. It will be officially released for purchase on November 22nd, 2013 at all major electronics stores -just in time for Black Friday, so if you think this is the route you want to go, get ready to fight for your right to…game.</p>
<h4>5) Cooking Classes, $100-$200 (varies)</h4>
<p>Traditional gifts can get, well, boring. Maybe your newlywed friends are the adventurous type who love to learn and try new things. A cooking class in their area is a unique gift that will allow them to spend time together, bonding, over something really universal: cooking a fabulous meal. I suggest finding a local cooking institute or even classes at a local college in their area where you can sign them up for once-a-month classes for a year — or a similar ‘subscription”.</p>
<p>Since this type of gift isn’t tangible like a gaming console or a blanket, you might want to create a fun basket for the actual gift exchange with the class sign up certificate plus a few culinary goodies – fancy pasta, wooden spoons, and matching aprons, maybe? There are endless possibilities. And after they finish the culinary course, I’m sure they”d invite you over for a delicious dinner party to show off their new skills! Win-win.</p>
<p>So there you have it, the top 5 gifts for a newlywed couple. Newlyweds can be hard to buy for because they”ve probably just gotten a ton of new stuff after the wedding, and you don’t want to buy something they already have. But, you can still gift them something unique, long-lasting, and meaningful with just a little bit of extra thought and by considering what kind of couple they are – or want to be.</p>
<h4>Happy shopping!</h4>
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