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Jan 5, 2009 10:02 AM

Williams and Sonoma GC

I received a generous gift card to Williams and Sonoma this holiday season and I am having a hard time deciding what to buy with it. I have a very well stocked kitchen when it comes to utensils and cookware and I am a firm believer in the classics - not a huge fan of trendy or one use only items. I find W & S so overpriced that I never shop there so I am a little overwhelmed. If you had $200 to spend what would you buy?

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  1. If I had a Williams-Sonoma GC (there's no "and"), I would probably use it to replace old baking sheets or maybe invest in a few cookbooks I normally wouldn't buy, they have a nice selection in the store near me. Or maybe one or two good knives?

    1. I LOVE thier baking pans. The Goldtouch is really nice, so if I were you, I would invest in some new sheet pans, cookie trays and cake pans. They're really nice and will last you a while. If you don't like to bake, wine glasses are a nice investment and they have some lovely stemware - or a decanter, which could easily use up $200 there. Of course, if you truly don't want or need anything, a gift card is the easiest and most successful item to re-gift!

      1. All-Clad's Petite Braiser set we've used for everything--eggs, roasts, fritatas, steaks, pasta ($100) & their odd-sized measuring cups ($30), have been used on the stovetop for melting butter and warming milk. The Oxo stainless salad spinner was also useful for us ($50), particularly now that more of our produce is more dirt covered; the bowl actually makes a decent mixing bowl with the rubber-bottom, and can be used to serve salads or popcorn.

        I pick up my giant jar of Maille mustard there every year (was $8, but I believe is now $12).

        Glassware is also a nice option for yourself.

        If there's something you would like to try but haven't or have coveted but haven't yet gotten, here's your opportunity. Or let it sit for awhile--in your wallet--for when you're inspired or need a quick gift for someone else.

        1. Thanks for the suggestions. I am a pastry chef and a newlywed - the combo has resulted in a well stocked collection of cookware/bakeware/glassware etc. I think I may spread it around on some of those small ticket items I would never buy for myself - fancy hand soap/lotion, some exotic salts etc. Thanks!

          1. I got the cuisinart electric pressure cooker from there which had great reviews, it braises things and then you close the lid and pressure cook it. It's gorgeous and it was hard to find, glad WS had it, though I didn't like their customer service, it was quite rude.