(Closed) Registry Review – One Year Later!

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: How Do You Feel About Registry Items Now That You've Used Them A While?
    Love them! I'm pleased with almost everything. : (8 votes)
    50 %
    Ugh! Wish I could do it over again. Disaster. : (0 votes)
    Pretty happy but thank God for the return policy for a few of my items! :) : (8 votes)
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  • Post # 3
    212 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Thank you for posting this. We are registering in the next month or so and I have no idea what to register for or where to register.

    Post # 4
    553 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Great post – so helpful! I hope others choose to review too!

    Post # 6
    1995 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We’ve only been married for a few months now but:

    what I love:

    kitchen aid food processor
    Everyday White® Rim 9″ Soup Bowl – it’s perfect for pasta or salad (NOT so much soup)
    bigger coffee grinder – Darling Husband uses daily
    frames – for our new wedding photos!

    what I could have done without:

    chip clips
    so many dessert dishes

    One thing I’m glad we didn’t get: the 2 piece cake cutting set.  It was really expensive and we rented ours for $2.  You could also borrow them or use use a knife and server from the kitchen of the venue.  I wouldn’t waste money on that.  But that’s just me.

    Post # 9
    2532 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Only married a couple of weeks but weve had gifts for a while.

    I love

    -our toaster oven
    -pizza stone (keeps oven temp regulated)
    -everyday glasses and dishes/bowls

    Could do without:

    -our everyday dishes that are too big for our dishwasher, but that we didnt realize until after we used them!


    Thats it so far!

    Post # 10
    1482 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    What I love:

    * Kitchenaid stand mixer- I love to bake!

    * Hotel Collection Towels: These were expensive, but Macy’s always has sales so we got two fantastic sets that are so fluffy and soft.  I have a set from two years ago that I’ve washed a million times and they are still in great shape- worth the money!

    * Williams Sonoma 10 pc Glass Bowl set: I love the smaller ones for prep while cooking, and probably use almost the whole set if I’m making a big dinner with multiple courses

    * Baking pans, cake pans, muffin pans- as I said, I love to bake. 🙂 

    I don’t really know what I could have “done without”.  Hubs would say all the silly dessert plates and probably the china, but I have found so many excuses to use most of our new stuff that I feel like we did a great job registering.  I probably didn’t “need” some of the things we got (culinary torch, cookie press, etc) but I love them 🙂

    Post # 11
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I haven’t used my stuff for too long yet but a couple things that really stand out to me that Darling Husband and I love are:

    • Toaster Oven
    • Board Games
    • Nice pots and pans set

    And to address the OPs concern with BB&B towels – I personally have had a great experience with their towels but you have to spend the money on the nice ones.  I don’t remember the specific name but go to the towels “row” and find the most expensive towel line and you will be in great shape.  I bought towels from this line before going to college and 5.5 years later they are still in pretty decent shape (1 set of towels, constant use).  Darling Husband and I got new towels from this line for wedding gifts and I’m confident they will last just as long as my last set!

    Post # 12
    1184 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    thank you! this is a great thread, can’t wait to see more reviews. and great advice about starting a list now, we are constantly saying “we’ll upgrade this when we register,” “we’ll throw out these towels when we get new ones off our registry,” etc., but i have a feeling all of those practical needs may fly right out of my head when i actually have that gun in my hand. at least if i have a list in hand i’ll be sure to get the things we have a need for on there before i start scanning every random thing.

    Post # 13
    1570 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    I was just reflecting last night on the fact that my husband and I use nearly every wedding/shower gift we received during about any given two-week period. A lot of it we use at least once a week. We seriously love our kitchen stuff.

    Having said that, though, last night I was digging in a cabinet for something, and discovered about three registry gifts I’d completely forgotten about after my husband put them away after the honeymoon. I’ll be using them now that I know they’re there!

    Post # 14
    2201 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @Mrs.KMM: We registered for some board games too. We’ve played one of them and I’m assuming the other one will be gifted at the wedding. And with winter around the corner, it’s going to be nice to have something else to do besides watch TV and rent movies.

    I may even use one of our Target gift cards to pick up a couple more.

    Post # 15
    372 posts
    Helper bee

    Great idea for a thread!  We’ve been married for 5 months and I definitely have some favorites.  We registered at Bed Bath and Beyond and Sur La Table (specifically for the purple Le Creuset – swoon).

    Our favorites:

    Kitchenaid Stand Mixer – Absolutely amazing – we never baked before, and now it is so fun and easy!

    Misto Dishes from Bed Bath and Beyond – I adore our dishes, but they are definitely fragile for every day.  Despite one chipping (after I banged it on our granite countertop) I still love them.  http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=117603  With the items being sold by the piece I was able to mix up the pattern I loved (the link) with green and dark brown so we have a great mix.

    Two Glass Lazy Susan’s (about $10 each from BBB) – these are on two different shelves within our fridge.  We lose a tiny bit of space b/c they need room to twirl, but no longer lose things in the back of the fridge or knock things over trying to get at something in the back.  We would have done this in the cabinet we keep spices in as well but there wasn’t room.

    Le Creuset Two Piece Baker Set  – don’t let the size of these fool you – they look small, but they are awesome!  I initially registered for them for the color and the price – $35.  I now give this as an “off-registry” gift to friends getting married b/c it is so amazing, and will probably become this years holiday gift.  The smaller one is the perfect size for two chicken breasts to bake, or the larger holds enough for 4-6 people.  I also have the larger, 9 X 13 size one, but we actually haven’t used it yet (I insisted on buying it after our wedding so we had all three sizes, but we really didn’t need it).  Here is a link  to the awesome cassis (purple) color we got:  http://www.surlatable.com/product/kitchenbakeware/ceramic+baking+dishes/le+creuset+cassis+rectangular+baker+2-piece+set.do

    Also Le Creuset – the Oval French Oven – perfect for cooking roasts and is just beautiful sitting on the stove.  One of my two splurgy registry items – thankfully my work gave this to me as a shower gift!   http://www.surlatable.com/product/cookware/casseroles+%26+ovens/le+creuset+cassis+oval+french+oven.do

    Shun Chef’s Knife – while a $100 knife feels frivolous, it really is amazing what a good knife will do.  Instead of registering for a block we registered for one good chef’s knife and one set of really good steak knifes (we already had a good paring knife and bread knife).  This gave us all of the knives we really needed without one of those wood blocks (I think they are ugly).

    Kapoosh – speaking of knife blocks – I hate the wood ones, and I hate not having a slot for a knife I purchased separately – so this is awesome!  Any type of knife can go in it since it doesn’t have specific slots and conforms to what you have.  http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=14024263

    Epicurean Cutting Boards- after the bamboo ones I mentioned below were so bad, we did research on cutting boards and decided we had to have these – we love them!  We use cutting boards all the time so I’ve actually gone back and bought a few more.  And a cutting board organizer to keep them upright and organized within our cabinet.

    Cusinart Smart Stick Hand Blender – for the little jobs (smoothies, soups) this is so easy and handy to have around.  http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=14915265

    Pure Beech Sateen Sheets – at BBB-  these are the softest, most comfortable sheets ever and they are holding up ok after a few months of using and washing them.  And they have great colors.  I am bummed that out of the two sets we have registered for, only one was given to us.  Someone is holding onto the other color we registered for and I really hope they give them to us!  Or return them so it zero’s out on my registry and I’ll go buy them myself.  🙂   http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=113688

    What I shouldn’t have registered for:

    Coffee Maker – I registered for a big nice one to make coffee for large groups – normally I use one that fills a travel mug, and my husband doesn’t drink coffee.  So far I haven’t used the bigger coffee maker b/c I just don’t need a full pot.  Shh, don’t tell my friend who was SO excited to buy it for us.

    New Blender – we had a decent $20 one but I registered for a super deluxe $100 – opened it, tossed the box – and in 5 months have used it once.  I like, but kind of wish I had exchanged it for a food processor (one of the few registry gifts I wanted that we didn’t get).  My husband refuses to toss the $20 blender as it’s perfectly fine (it’s only fault is that it doesn’t match our kitchen). 

    Set of 12 martini glasses-  our crowd is full of wine drinkers – not sure what I was thinking.  The box had not been opened as of a few weeks ago so I took them back for a store credit – and they gave me cash! (This is BBB)

    Tru Bamboo Cutting Boards-  these warped and were horrible after just one or two uses – thankfully BBB took them back. 

    Not on my registry – but to weigh in on the towel debate:  I really wanted to register for towels but couldn’t find a color that worked with our existing bathroom at BBB, and I didn’t want to change rugs, etc.  It turns out I found great colors at JC Penney (the Cindy Crawford Collection) and they have been great.  I’ve used them for about 7 months (bought them myself before the wedding), and they aren’t pilling or snagging or any of those other annoying flaws towels can have.  They are also super plush and comfy.  The  best price I found on them after stalking them for a month or two was when  they run towels 50% off, which seems to be fairly often.

    Another item I bought a while ago that is a registry standard is a nice set of pots and pans. We have the Circulon Infinite set and love them – plus they are dishwasher safe.  I did a lot of research on them and price shopping about a year ago and we found the best price for the set was on amazon.com, with free shipping. 

    Hopefully this helps someone out there!

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