My sister is going to create a registry this weekend, in advance of her wedding this fall, and she asked me if I had any suggestions. Oddly enough, a couple months ago I started but never finished a post that was kind of meant for her about which household items are most useful. So here it is now.
Things I Registered For That I Shouldn’t Have:
Deep fryer (it was really fun! For a little while)
Fondue set (see: deep fryer)
Wine glasses (I already had some, and between the registry ones and other ones people gave me, I have a lot now)
In general, just say no to those gadgets that seem so tempting but that you no doubt will be trying to unload at a yard sale five years from now: waffle iron, bread maker, margarita maker, whatever George Foreman is selling now.
Things I Registered for That Really Are Useful:
My OXO (Macy’s) manual can opener. Just broke after nearly 10 years of service.
My All-Clad (all stainless steel) cookware
My Kitchen-Aid stand mixer (although, I’ve been using a regular mixer more lately, and it gets the job done)
Handheld cheese grater
A double-burner griddle (now I have both a flat one and a ridged one)
Sheets. Get lots of sheets, all sizes, for all the beds you may not even have yet!
Microwave vegetable steamer (OK, that one was from Pampered Chef)
Nice china. I know a lot of people come to regret their fine china, but I’ve used mine a lot. I enjoy bringing it out on special occasions or just to fancify a dinner. That said, the fancy coffee cups and saucers never seem to get used, so I have packed them away. I also would not register for fancy silverware. I didn’t receive all the settings, and didn’t bother to buy them myself, so I just have a few slightly fancier forks, knives and spoons floating around. I recommend just getting the plates and bowls — and they don’t have to be “china,” per se. They could just be a second set that aren’t for everyday. And the accessories: gravy boat, butter dish, etc.
Other Good Things:
Mixing bowls of various sizes
Pyrex measuring cups/bowls with spouts, various sizes
Pyrex baking dishes
Colanders of various sizes and hole size
A mesh strainer
Various types of large spoons and forks
Cutting boards: one for meat, one for other stuff
A potato ricer (supposedly great for making lump-free mashed potatoes; I don’t have one) or a potato masher
A good classic cookbook (probably not needed in this era, but I’m old-fashioned)
Things I Wish I Had Registered For:
A food processor
Tablecloths and cloth napkins
A composter 🙂
A rain barrel 🙂
Sterno trays and electric food warmers
A quality vacuum and a dustbuster
A drying rack for clothes
And if I really could do it all over again, I’d buy everything at thrift stores and not register. 🙂
Like many people these days, my sister has been keeping house for a while now; she is not starting from scratch. But stuff wears out; I think it’s a fine opportunity to upgrade the tools of the household or get something you’ve always wanted. Be creative. Need a new blow dryer? Stick it on there. Most people just want to know what you need and are happy to get you something within whatever budget they’ve set. Some people will always just give you cash. Some people will get you something that they just thought you would like. It’s all good 🙂
Any household item you feel should be in one of these categories?