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).
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!