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Using a Williams Sonoma Gift Certificate

Reddyrat Jun 23, 2007 08:16 PM

I recently got married and have about $80 worth of gift certificates to Williams Sonoma. I love looking around W-M, but rarely buy things there because I think most things are overpriced.

Can you help me spend the $80 wisely? I'd like to find one or more things that I either could not get elsewhere or that is clearly better quality than something I could get at Target or Bed Bath & Beyond.

Any suggestions?

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    cecilia RE: Reddyrat Jun 24, 2007 05:04 AM

    If you can't find anything at Williams Sonoma, you can always use the gift card at Pottery Barn.

    1. MMRuth RE: Reddyrat Jun 24, 2007 05:56 AM

      One option is to use it at a sale - then you'll get more for your money. They carry Riedel glasses - you could probably get four of them for the amount you have. Or buy two special glasses for the two of you. Hard to know what you might need - but they also often have pretty place mats and napkins. If you bake - you could "splurge" on some interestingly-shaped cake molds - they often have seasonal ones. Or just buy some great olive oil and some of their other food products that you might not splurge on otherwise.

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        mwills RE: Reddyrat Jun 24, 2007 06:13 AM

        They carry expensive things, but if you compare apples to apples (same products) the prices are the same. Also, if you hold on to your receipts, they take anything back with no questions asked. Get something that you can't get someplace else-great pie dishes, bakeware. Their dishtowels (striped) are the BEST, and last forever. Good Luck!

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          sivyaleah RE: mwills Jun 24, 2007 06:38 AM

          Or, use it to buy something that never or hardly goes on sale anywhere, like a Kitchenaid mixer. I had about $100 of certificates and used them to get my Kitchenaid. In the end, with a rebate, I paid about $100 total for it. Where was I ever going to get a Kitchenaid mixer for under $100? It wasn't the top of the line model, but I didn't have a need for that one anyway.

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            Hungry Celeste RE: sivyaleah Jun 24, 2007 02:49 PM

            Bed-Bath/Beyond routinely has KA mixers on sale, plus they offer frequent 20% discount coupons (in case you ever want another one, or to give as a gift). I got the 600 pro for ~$125 after coupon, sale, and rebate.

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              emily RE: Hungry Celeste Jul 2, 2007 10:06 AM

              Wow, that's a great deal. I got the 600 at WS last year for $274 (plus free extra bowl) and thought that was good!

        2. ccbweb RE: Reddyrat Jun 24, 2007 08:51 AM

          We bought a reversible Uno waffle maker with gift certificats to Williams Sonoma. It isn't available anywhere else....one side makes round, deep, Belgian waffles, the other side makes thin, crisp, (heart shaped...but its kinda cute) waffles. It was $100 total...we love it.

          1. jinet12 RE: Reddyrat Jun 26, 2007 06:56 AM

            The Mario Batalia panini grill is very nice, and it is around $80...I know that Sur La Table sells it, and I would bet that Williams Sonoma does as well....

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              jzerocsk RE: Reddyrat Jun 26, 2007 09:03 AM

              When I get W-S cards, I usally keep a watch on the clearance racks until I find something awesome at a discount.

              1. The Dairy Queen RE: Reddyrat Jun 26, 2007 09:12 AM

                If you have a gas grill, I have really enjoyed their grill-top pizza stone. It's about $100, though, so you'd have to spend $20 of your own.


                Congrats on your wedding, by the way!


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                  THenderson RE: The Dairy Queen Jun 26, 2007 10:12 PM

                  We also have the grilling pizza stone and , ironically, purchased it with $100 gift certificate at WS. We use it all the time, and we also use it inside - we just store in it the top oven so it's there when we want to make pizzas. When we want to do them on the grill, it's fairly easy to transfer it.

                2. roxhills RE: Reddyrat Jun 26, 2007 09:07 PM

                  The Mail Order croissants- plain and chocolate. My MIL gave us a panini maker which I had no space for on my counter and after I returned it, I decided to splurge and get the croissants that I had seen on Oprah's favorite things. They made for a lot of delicious breakfasts over the course of last winter. They wind up costing about the same as buying a great croissant from a bakery but they were incredible! I dream about them.

                  1. ktmoomau RE: Reddyrat Jun 28, 2007 01:49 PM

                    Get a Le Crueset they are expensive everywhere, but wonderful... Also something small I love from WS are there pop up sponges, they last forever and you can put them in the dishwasher to keep them sanitary and they are very thin in the package but puff up under water to full size, they really are worth the money they last so long, plus I am germaphobic and love the dishwasher thing. I wash mine a lot.

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                      TonyO RE: syferium Jul 2, 2007 09:13 AM

                      When the veal demiglace is on sale, it is a great deal (normally it is $29 but I have seen it fro $10). A little goes a long way but it makes a great sauce for veal or beef with some Madeira, butter, and a few Shitakes.

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                      itstangy RE: Reddyrat Jul 6, 2007 12:35 PM

                      I'd go for a variety of things...some nice wooden spoons, a good peppermill, apron (I really like their quailty), bakeware (silpat), random but useful tools and gadgets (eg. lemon reamer). But I've also been eying the All Clad Wok (round bottom).

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