15 gifts to send someone whose wedding was cancelled
Because yes, you should still get them a present.
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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 15 great gifts to send to the newlyweds, from the best kitchen appliances to the coziest home goods.
1. The best Instant Pot
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 Ultra, 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.
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.
3. This iconic stand mixer
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.
4. These fluffy towels
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 top priority. Upgrade their stash with these super plush bath towels. Our experts love that not only do they feel amazing against your skin but they're also absorbent enough to actually dry you off and hold up well over time in the wash.
5. The coziest 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 favorite 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.
6. This must-have for watching their favorite 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 our top-recommended streaming device: the Roku Ultra. It delivers the best streaming experience—with the easiest-to-use remote—and has all of the major services, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and even Apple TV.
7. This splurge-worthy coffee maker
With coffee shops closing across the country, the Starbucks-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.
8. This boozy subscription service to help them cope
"I'm so glad we had to cancel the wedding that took me over a year to plan," said no bride-to-be ever. I.e. they're probably pretty upset about the situation. Help them make it through with Firstleaf, a subscription service that will deliver a monthly box of wine right to their doorstep. One of our editors tried it out and liked that each box is customized and curated based on your own preferences.
9. 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. When we tested it, we liked that it produced perfect golden brown waffles and that it truly is no-mess, thanks to the moat around the edge that catches any extra batter.
10. 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 our favorite blender. The Ninja Fit 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.
11. Our favorite essential oil diffuser
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 color for added ambiance.
12. 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.
13. The softest sheets you can buy
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. Here at Reviewed, we're obsessed with these Brooklinen sheets, which are super soft and both wrinkle- and stain-resistant. Our tester loved them so much, in fact, that she said she was almost sad when she had to take them off her bed to wash them!
14. This monthly box for book lovers
The couple that reads together, stays together—am I right?! For the couple who loves all things literary, get them a subscription to Book of the Month. They'll get a curated box of books delivered to their home each month, from current best-sellers to beloved classics. It's a great way for them to try out new books, all of which have been vetted and approved by other readers just like them.
15. 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.
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