It’s hard to believe the items we received as wedding gifts are now 10 years old. It boggles my mind that I’ve been using my mixer for 10 years. After we got engaged, registering for gifts was such a thrill for me. I’ve always been an old soul and a planner, so creating our home was something I’d looked forward to for a long time. Not everyone is built that way though, so today, I wanted to share my tried and true registry list.
Some of our registry items are still available, because they are truly classic. I’ve been using them for a decade so you can feel confident adding them to your registry. If I couldn’t find an exact match, I’ve linked to what I would choose if I were building a registry now. Home goods are a lot bulkier, more expensive, and more difficult to replace than clothes. Research and quality really pay off in the long run because these are items that are meant to be put to good use everyday. However that does not mean you need to spend an arm and a leg, regardless of what some of the registry guides may tell you.
So, without further ado, here are the 20 items I would confidently put on a registry list today.
- White Dinnerware Set. I have these dishes and truly can’t say enough good things about them. Food looks better on white plates, and these are crafted from restaurant-quality porcelain that hasn’t chipped or cracked in ten years. I chose not to register for china, and instead purchased these higher quality (than Target) dishes. Not a single regret.
- Flatware. Our silverware still looks like new, which is saying a lot after years of use and dishwashing. This is a more traditional design, and if I was picking today I would probably pick a more streamlined set.
- Cafe Glasses. Originally we registered for Target glasses, which ended up looking murky or broken after only a year or two. So, we switched to this classic design from Pottery Barn, and they’re still going strong. They look remarkably better than the cheaper versions. We own the juice, double old fashioned, and highball. Bonus: They stack.
- Stemless Wine Glasses. These are beautiful and delicate.
- Cutco Knife Set. These three knives are the only ones I use. They can handle pretty much anything a recipe might throw at you. This brand comes with free sharpening and repair for life.
- 6 qt. Dutch Oven. If you could splurge on a Staub or Le Creuset dutch oven, by all means, go for it! We bought ours a couple years after getting married, and those brands weren’t in our budget. However, I’ve been very pleased with the looks and functionality of the Martha Stewart dutch oven. I use it all winter long for roasts, bread, and soups.
- Stand Mixer. This was one of the gifts I was most excited to open after our wedding. She’s been working for 10 years, making cookies, cake batter, pizza dough, and whipped cream. Ours is white, but the matte black is edgy in a good way.
- Tri-Ply Pots and Pans. Ok, this is another place where some registry lists would tell you to spend $500+ on a very fancy brand. As much as I wanted that “heirloom” brand, I just couldn’t justify the price tag. So, after a lot of research, I chose this Calphalon line of pots and pans, and they are a very hard-working part of my kitchen. Try to avoid putting them in the dishwasher, and use Barkeeper’s Friend to get them looking like brand new again.
- Trash Can. I love this trash can. For years, we used a smaller trash can, and it filled up obnoxiously fast. This splurge-y can was a game-changer. The lid is soft close, the bags fit super tight, and it holds a decent amount of trash. Note: regular trash bags work with this can just fine.
- Food Processor. For salsa, pesto, hummus, and shredding cheese or vegetables, you can’t do better than a food processor.
- Pepper Mill and Salt Cellar. Last year, after our third cheap pepper mill broke, my mom gave us a fancy peppermill. It’s a gift that gets a lot of love throughout the week. A nice salt cellar doesn’t have to be expensive, but using kosher salt will make your food taste much better compared with a salt shaker.
- Mixing Bowls with Lids. I’m always using these, either for mixing something up, serving a salad, or storing leftover soup. They’re super handy.
- Coffee Maker. Honestly, we have quite a collection of coffee making gear. While we use our thermal 10-cup maker most often, on weekends it’s a treat to use our french press or espresso maker.
- Popcorn Popper. It makes all of my gift guide lists because we use it all the time. Make your Netflix nights cozier. Pour on a few tablespoons of vegetable oil and a couple handfuls of popcorn. Once popped, add salt and butter.
- Clock. This is still one of my favorite wedding gifts. It’s had a special spot in every home we’ve lived in. If I was picking today, this one would be at the top of my list.
- Fire TV. For cozy nights in, this stick easily connects to your TV and wi-fi for streaming Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu.
- Drill Driver. Be sure to add tools to your registry, so you have the basics covered.
- Bedding. Our handcrafted white pick stitch quilt is still so lovely and classic ten years later. Your duvet or quilt makes up a huge part of your bedroom, so pick a neutral you won’t grow tired of.
- Lamp. Choosing a lamp for your registry can be something functional and beautiful to add to your new home. Here’s a great budget choice too.
- Faribault Blanket. Heirloom quality 100% wool blanket, but it’s also washable! Genius.
The fun part about registering and giving gifts to a new couple is seeing their personality come out on their registry list. Add camping gear if you’re outdoorsy, or board games if you are competitive, or a record player if you love chilling together with good music.
It’s best to give lots of options in the $20-50 range (and even little things like measuring cups and soap dispensers and a broom), but also to include some options up to $200 since some people will go together to purchase a larger gift.
Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask in the comments.