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Every marriage is bound to encounter a few bumps along the road, especially when you're first starting out. We're here to help you out with solutions to couples issues and common newlywed arguments. First, find out about the tried-and-true stuff your parents probably wish they'd known. We've sorted out the newlywed "rules" you can ignore from the relationship mistakes you need to avoid. Learn the right way to handle a fight and the solutions to the most common newlywed arguments. We've also got help for couples issues that are specific to the modern marriage. For example, the four rules of Facebook for couples, how to deal when you're married to a metrosexual, and handling coworker crushes. You can also read our expert Q&A for dealing with all kinds of couples issues. Find tips on making friends as a couple, managing work stress as a pair, and avoiding common newlywed arguments about stuff like cleaning and entertaining. We'll help you solve issues with everyone -- your honey, your couple friends, your in-laws -- and find solutions that work in every part of your life, from the bedroom to the office. From whether it's okay to tell friends about your issues to breaking out of a sex rut, we've got you covered. And don't forget your fellow Nesties! We've pulled together lists of real couple gripes and likes, Nesties' marriage secrets, and their most ridiculous fights -- you're sure to relate to something! Or find even more sympathetic ears with our relationships message board.

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This Wedding Gift Is So Ugly!

Life would be so much easier if all your guests just followed the rules and bought you gifts off your registry, right? While your first instinct may be to toss the offending item in the nearest trash bin, try to resist the urge.

A wiser solution: Simply keep the gift tucked away in a closet and set it out when your gift-giver drops by. After a solid year, you can discreetly let it “disappear” (though make sure it’s not on eBay or Craigslist if you know the gift-giver is an online bargain hunter). Most people only notice the items they gave the first few times they swing by -- after that, you’re probably in the clear.

We asked Nesties to reveal their most horrific wedding loot and what they decided to do with it. Get ready to laugh.

“We got a birdhouse shaped like a flip-flop. I put it out on my deck because I felt bad, but it fell down, and when I saw it on the ground, I just left it there. Our dog chewed it up.” --MrsLakos

“A padded toilet seat cover that read ‘Massage Parlor’ on it. What the hell?! We had a good laugh about it, but we ended up giving it away.” --dianetaylor

“A tea set that’s soooo not our style (pink flowers with gold trim). I did what anyone would do in this situation: I gave it away for free on Craigslist.”

“A rusty iron garden stake with our names scratched on it. I dropped it in the trash immediately because I was worried I’d need a tetanus shot.” --nycgirl31

“A regifted bride and groom cookbook from 2002…the same year the person who gave it to us got married (we married in ’05). Coincidence? I think not! When I returned it at Williams-Sonoma, the cashier told me it was worth two bucks.” --kelinjay6

“A heavy silver bowl with raised grapes all over it. We tried selling it at a garage sale, but no one wanted it. It went to Goodwill in the end.” --paith041

“A crystal figurine of a married couple dancing at their wedding. To my surprise, I found it at Walmart. So yes -- I returned that $20 baby.” --jsvb14

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