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A lot of things have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak—including weddings. But does that mean your wedding gift should be cancelled, too? Probably not. In fact, a present is probably exactly what the bride and groom need to lift their spirits during this time. If you were invited to a wedding that has since been cancelled (or postponed or live-streamed), here are 14 great gifts to send to the newlyweds, from the best kitchen appliances to the cosiest home goods.
1. The best Instant Pot
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Since your friends likely aren't going anywhere anytime soon, homemade meals are going to be pretty common (if not necessary). So they'll appreciate the Instant Pot, which we chose as the number one multi-cooker out there. It has 10 different cook settings (from slow cooking to pressure cooking to steaming) and can have a meal that usually takes an hour on the table in just 20 minutes.
Get the Instant Pot from Amazon for £79.97
2. This top-rated robot vacuum
Cleaning is always important—but right now it's more necessary than ever for obvious reasons. Fortunately, robot vacuums exist to help take some of the work off your couple friends' shoulders. Our experts found the Eufy RoboVac to be one of the best thanks to its powerful dirt pickup (on all different floor surfaces!) and the fact that it's so quiet, you'll barely know it's there.
Get the Eufy RoboVac 11S from Amazon for £189.99
3. This iconic stand mixer
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Arguably one of the most popular wedding gifts ever, a KitchenAid stand mixer is almost always a good idea. Especially now, when your friends will have a lot more time to spend in the kitchen. They can use their mixer to do everything from bake cookies to make homemade pasta thanks to its variety of interchangeable attachments. And, according to its thousands of reviews and our experts, the KitchenAid is incredibly durable and will last for years and years to come.
Get the KitchenAid 185 Artisan 4.8L Stand Food Mixer from John Lewis for £599
4. These fluffy towels
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Those threadbare towels your friends have owned since college just aren't going to cut it in married life—particularly in the current times when personal hygiene is a top priority. Upgrade their stash with these super plush bath towels.
Get the Sheridan's Living Textures Towel from Just Linen for £15
5. The cosiest weighted blanket
Whether they're feeling anxious about everything going on in the world right now or simply want to score a better night's sleep, the couple is sure to love a weighted blanket like this one from Gravity. It's our favourite because it provides the perfect amount of pressure (not too heavy, not too light) and is super soft to the touch thanks to its velvety exterior.
Get the Gravity Blanket from Gravity for £149
6. This must-have for watching their favourite shows
With social distancing becoming the new normal (for now), your newlywed friends' date nights are probably going to be in rather than out. And for that, they'll need a great streaming device like the Roku Premiere. It delivers the best streaming experience—with the easiest-to-use remote—and has all of the major services, including Netflix, Now TV, BBC iPlayer, and others.
Get the Roku Premiere from Amazon for £39
7. This splurge-worthy coffee maker
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With coffee shops closing across the country, the Costa-obsessed couple still needs a way to get their caffeine fix. Enter the Technivorm Moccamaster, which we dubbed the number one coffee maker. It produced the tastiest, most flavorful brew of all the machines we tested (at a surprisingly fast speed!) and will look sleek and stylish sitting out on their countertop.
Get the Technivorm Moccamaster from Amazon for £209
8. This waffle maker every kitchen needs
They may not be able to go on their honeymoon to Bali, but the newlyweds can still treat themselves to a mini staycation instead. And that involves breakfast in bed, which they can make with this popular waffle maker.
Get the Breville DuraCeramic Waffle Maker from Amazon for £39.99
9. This blender for staying healthy
Chances are your friends have a freezer stocked with frozen food and a pantry stocked with junk food. To help them use up the former and balance out the latter, gift them a blender. The Ninja Nutri not only has a powerful 700-watt motor (that's also surprisingly quiet) but it's very versatile—they can use it for anything from soups to shakes to salad dressings.
Get the NINJA Nutri 700W Blender & Smoothie Maker from Amazon for £59.99
10. Our favourite essential oil diffuser
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First the coronavirus outbreak, then their wedding was cancelled, now they're stuck at home—your newlywed friends need something to help them relax and reset. Like this essential oil diffuser. Of all the ones we've used, we like the InnoGear the best because it has such a large capacity (it can run for 11 hours straight!) and even has a soft glowing light that changes colour for added ambience.
Get the InnoGear 150mL Diffuser from Amazon for £14.99
11. These glass food storage containers
It may not be the most exciting gift, but every couple needs a solid set of food storage containers. And like thousands of other shoppers, we like Pyrex the best. The popular containers—which are durable and super effective at keeping food fresh—will especially come in handy now, as your friends can use them to freeze big-batch meals for later.
Get the Pyrex 7 Piece Cook & Go Set from Argos for £70
12. These soft sheets
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Spending more time at home = spending more time in bed (sleeping of course!). That means a nice set of sheets makes a great wedding gift. These Brooklinen sheets are super soft and both wrinkle- and stain-resistant.
Get the Luxury 600 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen set from Soak and Sleep for £171
13. This subscription for book lovers
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The couple that reads together, stays together. For the couple who loves all things literary, get each of them a Mr B’s Reading Subscription. They'll get a book delivered to their home each month (excluding January). It's a great way for them to discover new books.
Get the Mr B's Reading subscription starting at £45.00
14. This sentimental decor
They may not have a wedding date but your couple friends do have a first date. And since they can't celebrate the former, help them celebrate the latter with a star map of the night sky the day they first met. It's something special that they can hang on their wall and, according to reviewers, the prints are high-quality and beautifully designed.
Get the DreamTree Prints Custom Star Map from Amazon for £32. 99
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