super practical registry items to help start us off…

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@jgtexas22:  Here are a few things you might want to consider:

– Organizational stuff. Couples starting out tend to live in small spaces, so if you have things for drawers and cabinets that make the most of what space you have, it’s a win!

– A lot of registries will have an option for you to accept gift cards. This could be particularly helpful at Target if you decide to go with it.

– Do you have enough silverware?

– What about dishes? Glasses?

– Bath mats? (I’m big on replacing them every few years)

– Oven mitts?

– Spatulas? (I think it’s a good idea to have more than one)

Sorry to be making kind of wild guesses. I think those are just a few things people often overlook when registering.  

Post # 4
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1194 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Something I like to do is look at other people’s registries and see if they’ve added things I forgot. I’m lucky that a bunch of my friends are getting married right now, too, but you can also just search for like “Matt Smith” on Bed, Bath, and Beyond and see what comes up. I realized we hadn’t registered for wooden spoons (I use them a lot to cook, I know not everyone does) or measuring cups (I constantly lose them) until I looked at someone else’s registry.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

It’s a great suggestion to look up other registries. Silverware, plates, glasses, cookware, etc., are all excellent suggestions. A microwave. Lamps (lighting for all of your rooms, if they don’t otherwise have light fixtures); end tables; tools (if FI is a handyman…even if not, the basics can really come in handy). If you’re living in a house or another area where you might need to maintain the property, a lawn mower is essential; shovels for snow (I see you’re in Texas; are you living there after the wedding, or do you ever get snow there? I’m gonna go with “Most likely not,” but I’m not a southerner). Leaf blowers, snow blowers, and other garden/pavement tools aren’t necessary, though. 

Organizational things are a good idea (bins, filing cabinets, etc.). Maybe a desk — eitehr for a laptop or writing things. Maybe an entertainment center to hold your TV or something. A coffee table. Curtains (if you’re already in your place and you know the dimensions — curtains can be costly). Bedding sheets. 

As far as more frivolous things:

Picture frames. Shelves. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

Organizational stuff for sure, hangers, laundry baskets, take a look at every room in your home and find out what you are lacking that would make life easier (or needs an upgrade). 

The basics that you really NEED in your kitchen…silverware, plates and glasses, mugs, pots and pans (including a big-ish frying pan), a baking dish or two, a mixing bowl, cookie sheet, spatulas, ladle/serving spoon, a whisk, a strainer, and some decent knives and a cutting board. 

The rest is extra. But definitely register for towels, facecloths, a bath mat and new sheets and a duvet/comforter and some pillows. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

 

@jgtexas22:  register for both essentials and a few splurge items towela sheets pot holders flatware knives dishes Vacuum mop, iron

our splurge items were  a mixer, deep dryer and the serving platters you can cook and serve with not necessary but would be awesome to have 🙂

Post # 8
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852 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@jgtexas22:  The items that I found to be the most important on my registry were:

  1. toaster oven
  2. microwave
  3. keurig
  4. new skillet and pasta pot
  5. new towels
  6. new comforter

I use the above items daily……..

I did not register for glasses or dishes because i was very happy with my set.  I did not feel the need to register for china or crystal since I do not have the space for these items and really do not entertain that often where I would pull out these items. 

 

Post # 9
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328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

food storage, travel mugs, trash can, crockpot, storage/0rganizatuon in general, blankets, napkins, tablecloth, dish towels, salt and pepper grinders, spatulas, 

Post # 10
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2657 posts
Sugar bee

FI and I have lived together for 3 years and have a lot of the super essential items already.  These are some of the things we consider indispensable around the house:

  • Good quality cookware and knives
  • Pyrex cooking dishes
  • Tupperware
  • Tools – a set of hand tools is key, but it’s nice to have a good power drill set handy too.  Will cover a lot of basic home repair stuff and you can always add on later as needed.
  • Slow Cooker – these save us tons of time with meal prep during the week, and there are some awesome slow cooker recipes out there.
  • Food Saver (vacuum sealer) – this is one that I didn’t think I would use until I actually received one.  When produce and meats are on sale at the store, we stock up, seal it, and freeze it for later.  Also great for meal planning because you can store pre-made meals in the freezer.
  • Dustbuster – this is really helpful for keeping the house clean in between vacuumings (especially since we have a dog and she gets hair everywhere).
  • (If you have carpet and/or a pet) Bissell Spotbot – this thing is so amazing for cleaning up carpet spills.  We have a full upright carpet cleaner too, but we rarely use it because it’s much easier to bring out the spotbot to clean up a mess.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@jgtexas22:  Towels, picture frames (if you dont have many), dishes, silverware (Im talking like every day use stuff here!)…bedding, throw blankets and pillows, pots and pans…..spatchulas and such….bath mats….

Post # 12
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2871 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@jgtexas22:  One of our favorite and most used wedding gifts is our rice cooker. It also steams veggies.  We make one big pot of rice and have it with meals throughout the week. It’s been very practical for us.

Post # 14
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1826 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

We just bought a Griddler for ourselves. We were going to try to wait and put it on the registry, but it was a great deal on Amazon we couldn’t pass up. I really recommend it, especially if you live in an apartment and don’t/can’t have a grill. We make amazing grilled cheese, pancakes, bacon, paninis, steaks, burgers, pork chops, etc. on it. SO amazing.

 

Post # 15
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1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

These are the things I would recommend to stock a kitchen from scratch:

Good knives- we have a set of Wusthof Classic knives that will last a lifetime. To start, get at least a paring knife, a chef’s knife (6 or 8″), and a serrated bread knife. The kitchen shears are so useful, too.

Pots and pans- at least a small and large skillet, a medium saucepan, and a large stock pot

Enameled cast iron dutch oven (5qt)

Slow cooker- so helpful for having dinner cook while you’re at work

A big cutting board

Tongs, silicone spatula (small and large), slotted spoon, whisk, offset spatula, and serving spoon

Cookie sheets and a casserole dish or two, maybe a loaf pan and cake pans if you’re a baker

Food storage- I like the Pyrex glass ones because they seal really well and are microwave/dishwasher safe

Measuring cups and spoons

Mixing bowls, Colander/strainer

Can opener, vegetable peeler, ice cream scoop, pizza cutter, food thermometer (digital instant-read)

Oven mitts and dish towels

Dish drying rack

Dinnerware, silverware, glasses

 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@jgtexas22:  We registered for cleaning supplies. Everything from sponges (like those OXO sponges with dish soap in the handle) to swiffer kits. Those are “needs” that will help out but still lets someone buy us a gift over cash if they want.

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