If you’re heading to a wedding this summer but are struggling to find the right gift, or are uninspired by the smattering of random crockery left on the gift list, we’ve picked out nine nifty household gadgets that could be the perfect match for the happy couple.
Whether you’re buying a gift for an upcoming wedding, or putting together a wish list for your own big day, our selection could add something a bit different to the mix – or get you out of a last-minute fix.
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1. Cosy up with a compact slow cooker
Once wedding fever fades and the autumn chill begins to bite, a slow cooker will mean tasty, warming stews can be rustled up with minimum fuss. The Breville VTP169 slow cooker costs less than £20, and its compact 1.5-litre capacity is perfect for two.
Browse our best slow cookers for more options.
2. Give the gift of freshly ground coffee
For caffeine-loving couples, this handy gadget means they can grind coffee on demand for that fresh-brewed flavour. If the cafetière or coffee machine has already been snapped up, a coffee grinder could be the perfect addition.
They aren’t too pricey either. This stylish Bodum Bistro 11160-01UK grinder costs £35 and comes in a range of colours.
Check out our best coffee grinders for more options.
3. Go green with matching travel mugs
This is a good budget gift for the eco-conscious couple. A set of travel mugs or water bottles will allow them to keep hydrated on the go, and save money on buying coffee and water when out and about – which could be handy post-wedding.
The Eva Solo ‘To Go’ Flask (£30, above) has a built-in carry strap and a secure drinking lock. You could also opt for a cheaper reusable cup, some of which, such as the KeepCup Brew (£19, cork edition), can be personalised.
To see our top picks, head to our guide to the best reusable coffee cups and travel mugs for 2019.
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4. Give hot drinks a lift with a milk frother
For the couple who have everything, why not add a little luxury to downtime? Milk frothers can create frothy foam for coffees, hot chocolates and lattes. The Dualit DMF1 (£45) is one of few that can make enough for two or more portions at a time, making it a good prospect for couples or those wanting to entertain.
Take a look at our round-up of the best milk frothers to find out if we rate this model, and see all our top picks.
5. Get on-trend with a blender
Food processors and mixers may grace many a gift list, but a good blender can be a savvy and space-saving alternative. The Breville Blend Active Pro Food Prep Blender VBL212 (£50) isn’t just able to make smoothies and juices – it can also make soups, dips and sauces. It can even grind nuts, spices and coffee beans, making it a handy all-rounder.
For more choices, see our round-up of the best blenders.
6. Make a statement with muted metallics
A matching kettle and toaster will add instant style to any kitchen worktop, particularly if it’s in popular metallic shades such as rose gold or copper. The Breville Strata Luminere VKT057 kettle (£45) and VTT845 toaster (£33), tick all the right boxes. If they’re a tad too pricey, don’t despair – we’ve tested hundreds of kettles and toasters to find the best sets that suit every budget.
Discover more options, including our best cheap kettle and toaster set, in our round-up of the best kettle and toaster sets for 2019.
7. Dial up date-night feasts with an air fryer
Air fryers use hot air and little to no oil to cook fried treats, meaning all the fun with less fat. The Morphy Richards Health Fryer 480003 (£75) has a frying basket with a decent 3-litre capacity, so you can whip up a hearty batch of chips for a night in, and it’s not too expensive either.
See our air fryer reviews to find out if it’s a top pick.
8. Brighten up breakfasts with a bread maker
Waking to the smell of a freshly baked loaf could be the ticket to marital bliss. And you don’t have to stick to traditional loaves these days. Plenty of bread makers have options for gluten-free loaves, and even sourdough and rye.
Panasonic is the biggest brand, and its entry-level model, the Panasonic SD-2500 Bread Maker, will set you back around £90.
See if it makes it into our list of the best bread makers.
9. Stand out with a stand mixer
This one may well blow the budget a bit. But if you know a couple who love to bake, a stand mixer is the ultimate wedding present. It’ll take all the hard work out of making cakes, breads and desserts, and for many is top of the luxury kitchen wish list.
The Kenwood kMix KMX754CR (£188) has the retro charm of the popular KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer, but it’s usually significantly cheaper. It comes in an array of colours to suit different decors.
Is it the best for brilliant bakes? Check out our best stand mixers guide to find out.