One of the most enjoyable parts of engagement and marriage is registering for items to start your new life together. Kitchen accessories, appliances, and bedding suddenly become exciting because they represent the start of life with your forever roommate. We spent hours making lists and talking about what we would need. I know that every couple is different and uses things differently. We eat fairly healthy, so we, for example, would never need a deep fryer, but for some people, deep fried Oreos might just be a family tradition. After a year of living with the things we were so blessed to receive at our showers and reception (seriously, THANK YOU to everyone who supported us. Your gifts were so generous and so appreciated), we now have a good idea of what we see as those necessities of wedded life.
Whether you are looking for the perfect gift to give someone else or you are trying to decide what you want for your own registry, I hope our little list will be of some help!
I'm going to skip things like silverware and dishes because everyone knows you need a plate to eat from. Although I will say, we love our French Perle dishes by Lennox. We didn't register for fine china and instead went with something that could work in both a casual and more formal setting.
1. MOST LOVED KITCHEN APPLIANCES
Our food processor was a gift from my Grandma, and we didn't know how much we would love it. We both grew up in homes without food processors; I didn't really know why I would need one, but I use it at least once a week (sometimes more). For the healthy eating types like us, it totally steps up our game. I make salsa, homemade nut and agave bites, homemade almond flour, zucchini bread, riced cauliflower, and so much more. It has saved me so much time and money.
Vitamix All hail the Vitamix. If you don't know anything about this amazing contraption, you will probably think it is just a blender. Oh no sir. It is so much more. This is a splurge item, but it is carried at Bed, Bath, and Beyond (premiere wedding registry destination), and for healthy eaters, it is a fabulous way to put those leftover gift cards from the returns you make to good use. My in-laws graciously gifted one to us, and we use it so often!
You have probably seen the Vitamix presentation at Whole Foods or Costco. It is a super high powered blender that is designed for a whole foods lifestyle. We make fruit & veggie smoothies every morning, and it is unlike any blender I have ever seen. Learn more about the Vitamix on their website here: www.vitamix.com
2. MOST LIKELY TO BE PART OF LIFELONG MEMORIES
One of my former Sunday School teachers gave us a gift that was both sentimental and practical. I hope to do the same for someone else. She gave us a beautiful quilt and included a note about how we should make memories with this quilt. Don't worry about getting it dirty. Take it on picnics and camping trips and use it to snuggle with in the winter. I love the idea of a quilt following us through our marriage and can't wait to see what adventures we will have.
3. MOST BEAUTIFUL CHINA DISPLAYED IN OUR HOME I absolutely loved receiving beautiful dishes and fine decorative items that weren't on our registry because I have specific memories of who gave me that gift, and as a girl with the love language of gifts, these simple and beautiful items are priceless. I love the gold glazed turquoise bowl from my high school English teacher and mentor and the white china bowl set from my Grandy (a china connoisseur), just to name a few.
4. MOST PRACTICAL This was something we actually purchased with gift cards after the wedding but our Shark Vacuum was a winning buy. It was affordable (at least as far as vacuums are concerned), it is compact, and it works like a charm. It is funny how becoming an adult makes you excited about things like vacuums.
5. MOST OFTEN RECEIVED I've heard for most brides, there is one item you seem to receive in spades. For us, that was bowls. Above is pictured just a very small sampling of all the bowls we received. We got lots of mixing bowls, serving bowls, salad bowls, and all-purpose bowls at every shower. And, a year later, I use almost every single one on a regular basis. Apparently a couple can never have too many bowls!
6. MOST USED ITEM WE DIDN'T REGISTER FOR A chopping block! This was something that would not have had space to sit out at our tiny apartment kitchen, but now that we have more counter space, and now that so much of our diet consists of fresh veggies and fruits, I decided to use some of that leftover gift card money and head back to Macy's where I invested in this amazing Martha Stewart chopping block. It looks beautiful, and it gets so. much. use.
7. LEAST GIFTED REGISTRY ITEM
Linens! Eventually, between the showers and the wedding and the gift cards, we were able to get all the towels and sheets we needed, but for those looking to purchase gifts for a bride and groom in the near future, keep in mind that many people seem to go for the kitchen items and forget about the bedroom and bathroom!
8. MOST AWESOME ITEM NOT MADE IN THE USA
Our Bolivian hammock from my Aunt and Uncle who live in Bolivia. I don't have a picture of it hanging up, but it is handwoven in beautiful blue colors. Sometimes the best wedding gifts are the ones you didn't register for at all!
9. MOST USEFUL FOR BOTH HUSBAND AND WIFE
Tools! In a world of water pitchers, bedskirts, and salad spinners, a good old-fashioned cordless drill is just what a newlywed couple needs to maintain relational balance. We received several tools as wedding gifts, and we loved not having to buy those things with our own money when it came time to work on our new home!
10. BEST COMBINATION OF AFFORDABILITY AND SENTIMENT A framed wedding Invitation is a simple way to give a bride and groom something they'll remember. For the budget conscious guest (that means me), you can pick out a pretty frame and insert the invitation you received in the mail for less than $15. Winning. We had someone do this for us, and it even made its way onto our gallery wall in the living room.
So there are the superlatives for our first year of marriage year book. BTW, Jeremy wins MOST LIKELY TO STEAL MY HEART DAILY. Way to go, babe.
In addition to the items listed above, here are some other practical items from our registry that we wouldn't want to live without:
1. A non-stick wok. This came free when our large Calphalon pan set was purchased, and we seriously use it almost every day. Not only is it great for Asian food, but it works great for pancakes, ground meat, sauteed veggies, and most things we want to make.
2. Our knife set. We love having nice knives for cooking. I hope these last forever.
3. Our Keurig. Because coffee is the nectar of life.
4. Analon Baking Sheets. These things work like a charm, are truly nonstick, cook evenly, and aren't that pricy. Win.
5. Our beautiful Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Not an every day item, but comes in handy when
we I want to bake. And it is so pretty.
6. A crock pot. We love our Hamilton Beach Set N' Forget because it is fully programmable, it comes with a meat thermometer, and it locks on the top to make traveling easy.
So there you have it. Our personal perspective on wedding gifts. And there are so many things I couldn't even mention that we use regularly. We truly are grateful for every gift we received and every gift that the Lord blesses us with daily!