wedding-gifts.jpgWhen some people get married, they light a unity candle to symbolize two lives becoming one. But with more and more people moving out and buying their first home long before they find a potential partner, getting married means more than just two lives becoming one—it means two homes becoming one as well.

Two couches, two kitchen tables, and two toasters—couples will find they have a lot of the essentials but there are some things they’ll still need. That’s why if you’re merging two houses after a wedding, it’s an excellent time to upgrade a lot of things in your home you may have wanted but just haven’t picked up yet.

Here is a wedding gift checklist for the bride and groom who are combining two homes:

Upgrade your blender10279168.jpg

If you have a blender you inherited from your parents or you bought one just for basic blending, you’re going to want to add a new blender to your wedding checklist. Trust me when I say you’ll be in for a shock when you check out the latest blenders.

Take the Blendtec Designer Series blender for example: it has a 1560-watt motor that crushes ice, frozen fruit, or coffee beans, and it can blend anything including ice cream, meat, and will even juice your favourite fruit. I recently had a chance to test a blender with a 1000-watt motor and my older blender does not even come close to it! The difference was really impressive, so I can only imagine the speed and power behind the Blendtec.

new-bedding.jpgSwitch up your linens

A cozy bed is the crowing glory of every bedroom, and a wedding is the perfect time to upgrade your old bedding with new. If you want to update your entire linen set, start with the Milano Collection Comforter Set. It includes a comforter, bed skirt, two pillow shams, and a decorative cushion. Sheets are another great way to upgrade your bedroom, and the Maholi Bamboo Pattern Collection Sheet Set will let you cuddle up in 400-thread count Egyptian cotton.

Don’t forget about your bathrooms—most of us move out of our homes with a set of towels handed down by our parents, and until we get married and move in with our significant other, we don’t bother to upgrade. A wedding is a great time to toss those old, scratchy towels and trade them in for a new set like the Soft Touch Towels from Cambridge. Each set will deck your bathroom out with two bath towels, two hand towels, two washcloths and one tub mat.

 

Pick up the small appliances you’ve always wantedslow-cooker.jpg

Have you always wanted to have a bread maker? Were you waiting to get a rice cooker? A wedding is a great time to tick off all of those small appliances you’ve always wanted but never picked up before.

Most of us receive a slow cooker as a wedding gift, but if you don’t, it’s definitely time to pick one up. A slow cooker like the Breville Fast Slow Cooker is a two-in-one pressure cooker and slow cooker, so you can pressure cook, slow cook, sauté, steam and warm all in one.

Breadmakers have changed over the years too. The Breville Bread Maker has an LCD screen and 13 automatic settings to make every type of bread, buns, or desserts you’d like.

Why ask for a simple rice cooker when you can pick up a rice cooker that does a little bit of everything? The Hamilton Beach 20-cup Rice Cooker makes rice, beans, soups, and other one-pot meals. It’s the perfect appliance for newlyweds who want to make quick and easy meals.

Is it time to combine your two homes into one? Use this wedding gift checklist, pick out some small appliances and new linens, then get ready to set up one perfect home to start your new life in.