(Closed) Resurrecting the Registry discussion! Need help!

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
3261 posts
Sugar bee

I think you’d be doing good by moving most of everything onto the BB&B registry. As far as options go, I registered at two places and I ended up receiving 90% of the items off my BB&B registry.. I think most people end up getting gifts there because they ALWAYS have coupons (and you can use expired ones) and the sales people are pretty helpful. 

I recieved a henckel’s knife block set at my shower (though I had registered for individual knives), but I returned it because it had pretty horrible reviews online. I ended up going with a Calphalon knife (block) set.. it was $200 but it was purchased with a 20% off coupon, so it ended up being about 160. The knives are really sharp and seem like they’d work great. It was a better deal than buying the seperates I had originally planned on getting, since they were all in there anyways (chefs knife, steak knives, santoku knife, bread knife, etc).

I didn’t do China, because we’re going to be living in an apartment out of state where we don’t know anyone. So its not like I’m going to bust out the fine china for classmates. Instead I chose a really nice “every day” set, and registered for 4 boxes of them (they each come with 4 place settings).

Post # 4
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

To answer the second a third question, definitely buy open stock knives.  Knife blocks are a terrible waste of money because you won’t use all the knives.  You need a decent chef’s kinfe, a bread knife, a paring knife, and perhaps a boning knife if you eat a lot of meat (good for carving poultry, etc.).  Not sure what you mean by a curved tip chef’s knife, but you really only need one chef’s knife.  Western chef’s knives are pointy and eastern chef’s knives (santoku knives) are less pointy and I think this might be what you mean.  I personally prefer a santoku over a Western chef’s knife, but you really only need one of the two.  Wusthof knives are very nice and definitely register for them because they can be expensive!

We did not register for china because it seemed like a waste of money to us and we couldn’t ever imagine using the china.  We’re not fancy people, and we don’t have a ton of space to store stuff.  Plus, my tastes change a LOT and I get tired of patterns etc. a lot, so I like to replace dishes every few years.  With china, I wouldn’t be able to do that.

Post # 5
1243 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I agree with the above poster about open stock knives.  If you cook a lot, I would also try to handle the knife in the store.  I have one knife that was given as gift that does not sit that well in my hand and makes it difficult to cut really large or heavy things (butternut squash for example).

We did register for formal china and received all of it (10 place settings and serving dishes).  We also received all of our crystal.  I grew up using china regularly and couldn’t imgaine not having it.  I will be inheriting a least one set as well and, yes…storage can be a problem…especially if you’re not using the china.  lol  We have it out in a cabinet.  We probably use it once or twice a month because we get it out for fun or for nicer than average dinners.  We use it for birthdays, dinner parties and the occasional Sunday dinner.  My husband didn’t get it at first (he did not grow up using china more than once or twice a year), but now is fully on board.

If you register for simple china, you can always add fun additonal pieces to it to keep it fresh for you.  It’s also good to know that while formal china seems delicate, it’s made of bone china, which is actually extremely hard and durable.  If you do get it, don’t be afraid to use it!

Post # 6
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Knives: We bought a second chef’s knife with a Williams-Sonoma gift cert.  It makes us happy.  We have open stock wusthof knives and are quite happy with them.  I also have used good henckels ones and think you’re good either way.  That said, some of them will make cheaper blocks that aren’t as good.  Good knives (in my opinion) are so totally worthwhile!  I do get a little queasy when I realize how much money is sitting in that little block of wood, though!  Thankfully virtually all of them have been gifts.


China – like a PP, we use ours a fair bit.  I’d say 3-5 times a month.  Also, my spouse loves to have cappaccinos from the china, which is basically daily when home.  I would say that china is totally up to you and how you feel you will use it, or resent it for taking up space and $$s.  

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