19 Essential Wedding Gifts You Need to Have on Your Registry
The days of being gifted a fancy gravy boat and three sets of fine china on your wedding day are (hopefully) long gone. Modern couples are taking a more minimalist approach, opting for items that will serve them in the long run without cluttering up their space. Things like wall art and knickknacks will be accumulated along the journey of marriage; it's the practical items like kitchen supplies that are the true stars of wedding registries. Here are the essential home goods you'll want to have on your gift table.
Blenders are a traditional wedding gift because they're a kitchen staple. These days there are so many options, from inexpensive countertop blenders for smoothies and sauces to high-speed blenders that make flour from grains and ice cream from frozen fruit. Make this a splurge piece on the registry with a Vitamix ($400 for the 5200 Legacy Series model), which comes with a seven-year warranty.
A slow cooker allows you to make dishes that would normally require hours of hovering over the stove or oven with minimal effort. Crock-Pot is the original brand and still going strong with models such as the manual Crock-Pot SCV400 (starting at $20), a Cheapism top pick. The Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 33969 (starting at about $47) was named best cheap programmable slow cooker.
More than ever, couples are asking for cold, hard cash they can spend as they see fit. While it may be seen as nontraditional by some, this a way to ensure you get exactly what you want from generous loved ones.