Admin on June 1, 2015 0 Comments A wedding is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the lives and relationships of those closest to you. Naturally, when you receive a beautiful wedding invitation in the mail, you probably get excited for the couple. However, for many people that excitement quickly turns to anxiety when it comes time to pick out the perfect wedding gift. You know you want to give the couple something special, something that will help them remember their day. But finding the right gift to mark this special occasion often feels like a daunting task, even more so when there’s no wedding registry to pull from. Fortunately, gift giving can be easy by turning to the tried-and-true gifts of small kitchen appliances. For the new couple setting up house, kitchen appliances are not only practical and appreciated, but they also help the newlywed’s settle in and start their lives together. Because they may not have a fully functional kitchen, each gift helps build an inventory of useful appliances. Basic appliances, like coffee makers or slow cookers, can make great wedding gifts. Even for couples that already have established households, appliances can still be a good gift giving option. In this case, opt for higher end models of common appliances or choose a specialty appliance to compliment an already stocked kitchen. Let’s take a closer look at twelve of the most popular kitchen appliances you should consider giving as a wedding gift. 1. Stand Mixer Stand mixers have long been some of the most popular wedding gifts for a reason. Hardworking and versatile, a high quality stand mixer makes daily meal prep easy. From whipping up some mashed potatoes to mixing bread dough, a stand mixer is an appliance that can get everyday use. When buying a stand mixer for a gift, be sure to get a heavy-duty model with a motor capable of tackling hard jobs like mixing together bread dough or dense cookie batter. Kitchen Aid mixers, often thought of as the gold standard for stand mixers, can be a good choice. Some models, like the Kitchen Aid, even come with a wide range of optional accessories, transforming them into a multi-purpose kitchen appliance. Here are some popular stand mixer attachments: Ice cream maker Pasta maker Professional meat grinder Roto slicer and shredder Food grinder Consider going in together with a friend or family member to purchase a joint gift. With the expanded budget, you can give a stand mixer outfitted with several accessories. 2. Coffee Maker What better way to start off a couple’s mornings together than with a freshly brewed cup of coffee? From standard coffee makers to extravagant espresso makers, today’s coffee makers come in an impressive range of styles and models. For a new household, a basic coffee maker can be a good choice, but sometimes a new household requires an upgrade. Options range from a single cup brewer complete with an insulated carafe to go to a more traditional 12-cup drip coffee maker. If you really want to get something special for your friends, consider going for a coffee maker and grinder combo. Some models come equipped with the ability to grind beans for each pot, taking coffee making to the next level. For the coffee fanatic, try an espresso machine to add some daily luxury to their mornings. 3. Blender Not all blenders were created equal. For a memorable wedding gift, choose a quality blender with a large capacity, several blades, and a variety of settings. Be sure that the blender you choose has a secure lid and is easy to wash. Dishwasher safe is an almost universally appreciated feature. The best thing about blenders and what makes them truly wonderful gifts is that they are useful in all different types of cooking. Whether your newlywed friends like to bake and cook or simply like a healthy green smoothie every now and then, a blender is sure to please. 4. Juicer For health-conscious couples, a juicer can make a thoughtful wedding gift. Unlike a standard blender, a juicer is designed specifically to quickly blend fruits and vegetables into a fine juice. This product will help your friends get all of the nutrients that fruits and vegetables offer in form of a tasty juice. Options are available ranging from a large capacity juicer to models that juice directly into a grab-and-go container. Another option to consider is whether your friends would prefer a centrifugal juicer or a masticating juicer, both of which offer their own perks. If you’re not sure which model to purchase, ask the couple which they might prefer. 5. Toaster Sure, a toaster is a common wedding gift, but for good reason. Set your toaster apart by getting your favorite newlyweds a toaster that goes above and beyond the traditional appliance. Modern toasters can not only toast bread quickly, they also have the advantage of being able to accommodate more than the standard two pieces of bread at a time. Some toasters are even equipped to handle other types of foods. Knowing your friends’ appetites and taste can help you pick an appropriate appliance. 6. Slow Cooker Cooking for two can be a big change from the grab-and-go sandwiches of single life. Although preparing healthy meals may be a priority for a young couple, the last thing most newlyweds want to do is spend hours in the kitchen. This is where a gift of a slow cooker can come to their rescue. Many slow cooker models offer removable crocks for easy storage and cleaning. Other features, like a delayed timer and a warming setting, take an ordinary slow cooker to an indispensable kitchen appliance. 7. Rotisserie Oven For the couple that seems to have everything, consider giving the gift of a rotisserie oven. Available as a compact countertop oven, a rotisserie makes preparing flavorful, healthy meals a snap. Most people appreciate a good rotisserie chicken. However, many models also come with a removable basket, allowing users to cook a variety of foods in the oven beyond a simple chicken. 8. Waffle Maker Who doesn’t love waffles? A waffle maker is a fun and unique gift. Give the newlyweds a new breakfast option that is easy and convenient for them on rushed weekday mornings or leisurely weekends. Your friends and their growing family are sure to have fun with this appliance! Waffle makers are not necessarily considered to be a kitchen staple, so having one adds a level of extravagance that a newly married couple typically might not be able to afford. A waffle maker is a fun gift that your friends will be sure to love. 9. Microwave Everybody needs a microwave. Often times we buy houses or rent apartments that come with outdated microwave models. You can upgrade your newlywed friends with a new model microwave, giving them a nice looking option for quickly cooking food. There are many styles of microwaves, so be sure to do your research and get one that suit your friends’ needs. Are they more interested in the aesthestic appeal of the microwave? If this is the case, make sure their microwave matches the other appliances in their kitchen, and don’t get anything too ostentatious. If they are more interested in performance, you might end up spending a bit more money to meet their expectations. More importantly, be sure you get them the proper type–either built-in or free-standing–depending on their needs. 10. Bread Maker Nothing creates a sense of home quite like the smell of freshly baked bread. In today’s hectic world, bread-making is becoming something of a lost art. By choosing a bread maker, you will be giving newlyweds a gift that fills their home with the smells of baking bread and leaves their time free for other pursuits. A bread maker provides the ultimate convenience. You just dump in the ingredients and let the machine do all the work. Pair this gift with a cookbook filled with recipes specifically tailored for bread makers, and the lucky couple can enjoy years of home-baked breads and rolls thanks to your generosity. 11. Ice Cream Maker Add a little sweetness to the honeymoon period with an ice cream maker. Once they taste homemade ice cream, they may never go back to store bought. From old-fashioned crank models to ultra-convenient electric ice cream makers, there are a variety of ice cream maker models to choose from. This is even a good gift for when your newly married friends become new parents–little kids will love to make ice cream with mom and dad! Throw in a recipe book and a collection of syrups and toppings with this ice cream maker, and you will have a unique gift that is sure to be appreciated. 12. Rice Cooker Rice is one of the most versatile foods on the planet. Whether you opt for a side of fluffy white rice to go with a quick stir fry or want to create a flavorful pilaf to compliment a braised pork loin, rice offers endless possibilities. Although rice can certainly be made on the stovetop, a rice cooker is not only easy to use, it also creates consistently perfect rice time after time. The added convenience of a programmable rice cooker lets users fill it in the morning, set a timer, and come home to perfectly cooked rice. When you are shopping for the perfect wedding gift for friends or family, consider one of these 12 kitchen appliances. Whether you opt for a stand mixer or a rotisserie oven, the newlyweds will get years of enjoyment from your gift. Not only will you shower them with love, you’ll be giving a gift that helps them get their lives together off to a healthy start.