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On Sunday, my future stepmother-in-law and sister-in-law threw me a lovely little bridal shower. We had a good time, and even though I’m not a fan of showers, it was nice of them to do.
It made me start thinking about all the items I had put on my two wedding registries. Mike and I are adults. We have all the tangible goods we need. Unfortunately, no matter how much stuff you already have, some wedding guests prefer to give gifts over money. That means you need to have a wedding registry available.
So do you know what to put on your list if you already have everything? No worries! I’ve created a list of 25 items you should ask for no matter how much stuff you already have.
1. A nice set of dishes
No matter how many dishes you have, a new matching set with mugs, bowls, dinner, and salad plates is always useful. Choose a high-quality set that can be used during special occasions.
2. A fancy trash can
Admit it. You always admire those $60 trash cans in Target’s weekly ad, but you’d never actually buy one! Now’s your chance to nab the nicest receptacle in town. Add that jazz to your registry.
3. A set of quality sheets
This is another item you hate buying for yourself, but is such a necessity. Ask for the best. I’m talking 600 threadcount Egyptian Cotton. They feel amazing, last forever (mine have finally disintegrated beneath me at 8 years old), and cost a lot of money. Now is the time to ask.
4. A nice set of silverware
Like the dishes, leave this set as your special occasion silver. You never even have to pull them out of the box until it’s time to throw a party.
5. A patio set
If you have a patio/balcony/slab of concrete and nothing to sit on, this is the time to ask for that cute little number you saw at Target. Obviously, don’t go overboard, but there are a lot of nice two-fer sets at reasonable prices. It’s definitely something you’ll use on beautiful days.
6. A knife set
A good set of knives costs a lot. If you don’t have knives, or need a better set, it’s a great item to throw on your registry.
I hate buying new pillows. No matter how disgusting they look, I try to make them last as long as possible, and when the time to buy new ones comes around, I spend the least amount possible. Use your wedding as a chance to finally get some pillows that won’t kill your neck every night.
8. A cute shower curtain
Like the trash can, cool shower curtains can cost a pretty penny. Now you can get that shower curtain you’ve been wanting, and it won’t cost you a thing.
9. A new showerhead
This is mostly for people living in their own home, or possibly a rental. If you’ve been wanting to upgrade your nasty old showerhead, ask one of your guests to purchase a new one for you!
10. A lovely welcome mat
I put this on my registry, even though it may seem unconventional. I just didn’t want to spend the money on the door mat of my dreams, so my friend bought it for me! Ha! Love it.
11. An electric air mattress
Believe me, an indoor air mattress with its own pump is something that will be put to good use – a near necessity if you ever have people crashing at your place.
12. An electric can opener
If you’ve got the counterspace, this little gem is a must-have in the home. Other can openers break quickly and aren’t near as fun to use.
13. A clear glass pitcher
If you’ve been reusing juice jugs for your homemade lemonades and mixed drinks, it’s time for an upgrade. Ask for a clear pitcher so you can serve sangrias in style.
14. A nice towel set or two
Chances are, your towels leave something to be desired. Bring on the Egyptian Cotton. Register 2 or 3 nice bath towel sets that you’d like to see next to your new shower curtain!
15. A tool kit
You must ask for one of these. My ex got me one way back in the day, and I have to admit, it’s a legit gift. If I didn’t already have one, I’d be asking for one on my registry. There are lots of tool kits out there now that include hammer, nails, screwdrivers, pliers, etc. Trust me, you need this.
16. More cleaning supplies
We all know how expensive cleaning supplies are. Why not have someone else supply you with new Mr. Clean magic erasers, sponges, a mop, broom, bucket, and all the other necessities? It’s actually a pretty expensive gift.
17. Cutting boards
A cutting board is one of those things you reach for a lot, yet never seem to have. If you have one, it’s always dirty, isn’t it? They’re stupid expensive for what they are. Throw it on the list!
Do you dream of a new shag rug to anchor your living room or to put under your dining room table? Rugs are expensive, and your wedding is the perfect time to ask for one or two.
19. Accent furniture
The ones you’ve been meaning to buy for yourself, that is. When you already have a majority of the furniture you need, throwing that little side table you’ve been lusting after would make the perfect addition to your registry!
Whether it’s more table or floor lamps, you can never have too much light in your home. At least, that’s my opinion. Let your wedding guests help you out!
21. Address book
If you don’t have one, this is the perfect time to ask. You’re going to need to store all your new family and friends’ addresses anyways!
You really don’t like buying this, but it’s a necessary evil when you MUST send a note or letter.
23. A large platter
Maybe you’re not a Susie Homemaker, but you’d be surprised how many times you’ll need a large platter of some sort. Just put it on the list if you don’t have one yet.
24. A Ninja or Bullet
Forget blenders and food processors. Get one of these guys and all your problems will be taken care of. You can use it to chop onions, nuts, grind coffee beans, etc., as well make smoothies! It’s expensive, so put it on your list.
25. Stone bakeware
You haven’t baked until you’ve used stone bakeware. Ask for the pizza one, rectangle ones, quick bread ones… whatever you can get your hands on! Ask for it. They’re stupid expensive and the best thing for baking since the bread machine!
If you don’t have these items on your list, hurry and add them! They’re excellent additions to your home! Anything else you’d recommend adding?