Some couples are so giddy about registering for new kitchen gear that they get carried away adding stuff that’s super-splurgy ($400 wine carafe!) or random and unnecessary (pancake batter dispenser!). A smarter strategy: Allow yourself some extravagances, but focus on the nuts-and-bolts appliances and other items you’ll reach for almost every day. We’ve got a list to get you started, with perfect picks for both shower and wedding guests.
Finessing an omelet, scraping the dregs from the peanut butter jar, moving cake batter from bowl to pan: These nifty tools can tackle dozens of tasks. Since repeated washing can wear out the wooden handle, you’ll be glad you registered for a few extras. And if you choose cute, colorful ones, your guests will be happy to buy them for you.
We can’t say why, but people love giving linens to engaged couples. Add double what you think you’ll need, because a year from now they’ll be looking pretty dingy.
Though its most obvious use is grating hard cheeses like Parmesan, this must-have item also works for zesting citrus, shaving chocolate and grinding fresh spices like nutmeg. We love how it’s long and sturdy enough to rest over the top of a bowl or pot so you can grate directly into the dish you’re preparing.
You’ll find a dozen ways to use them: Opening packages of meat, snipping herbs and cutting up a chicken are just a few. And unlike the pair you keep on your desk, most kitchen scissors can be easily unhinged so you can clean them thoroughly by hand or in the dishwasher.
Instead of fine china that makes an appearance twice a year, ask for a dozen (or more) settings of everyday dishes. Want to punch up your table for entertaining? Sign up for colorful accent pieces (platters, salad plates or small bowls) that will coordinate with your basic dinnerware.
Having the right cutlery makes prep work safer and more efficient. You’ll need at minimum a chef’s knife (which can do just about everything) and a few paring knives. But you’ll also want a carving knife, serrated knife (for bread and tomatoes), a fillet knife and a cleaver. Don’t forget to add a stone and steel to keep your blades sharp. You can be assured that with every slice and chop these pieces of fundamental kitchenware will pay lasting dividends.
Whether you choose a vintage-looking siphon bottle or a soda-making appliance, you’ll be spared the cost of buying seltzer, the labor of lugging it home and the guilt of using all those plastic bottles.
We know: You’ve already got a big-deal blender on your list. But rather than dragging it out (and having to clean it later), immersion blenders are what you’ll use on a daily basis to whip up smoothies and soups.
There’s something both luxurious and handy about having one of these genius gadgets dedicated to kitchen use, so you can immediately grab it to decrumb the floors. And if you’re planning to have kids one day, it’s non-negotiable.
Because sometimes you just want one truly reliable cupcake or roast chicken recipe and don’t feel like sifting through thousands of Google results. As with linens, people love to give books as gifts, so everyone wins.