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Please suggest a wedding gift

I'm shopping for a nice wedding gift for a family member. I've looked at some of the cookware sets at Williams Sonoma---nothing is jumping out at me so far.

The couple is just starting out--in their early 20's.

I'm open to suggestions for the perfect gift!

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  1. How much are you looking to spend? Do they cook / bake? If so, do they spend a lot of time cooking, and already have a lot of kitchen basics? Do they like to entertain? What kind of food do they like to cook?

    Off the top of my head:

    Basics for cooks / bakers:
    - a nice set of kitchen knives
    - KitchenAid stand mixer
    - stainless steel skillets / pans (All-Clad)
    - food processor
    - Le Creuset dutch oven / other cookware

    For more advanced cooks:
    - sous vide circulator
    - smoker
    - ice cream machine
    - meat grinder

    For non-cooks:
    - dinnerware/ flatware / serveware for entertaining
    - vases
    - decanters

    8 Replies
    1. re: sharebear

      I think these are all great suggestions. It really depends on the couple and their situation/preferences though. I have a Sous Vide Supreme and love it, but admittedly it is a bit unconventional, so I wouldn't necessarily recommend a sous vide circulator as a gift unless you know the couple is really into the whole modernist cuisine movement (even if they are advanced cooks). A safer, though more boring gift might be a crock pot.

      Another suggestion might be a pressure cooker like the Fagor Duo (recommended by America's Test Kitchen). Saves alot of time, very versatile, and is easy on the utilities bill - which is great for any couple, newly married or not.

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

      1. re: trillen

        Ah, but see, if I were given a PC, I'd take it back as I have no interest in it. I understand they can be wonderful but just don't turn me on. Registry!

        1. re: c oliver

          Agreed. It really depends on the couple and what they're interested in.

          Just thought of another suggestion - a high-end coffee or espresso maker. For my wife's bridal shower, one of the gifts she received was a Nespresso machine, which she absolutely loves. I'm not a coffee/espresso drinker at all, but she says it's the closest thing to what we had in Europe on our honeymoon. It's also very convenient - load the capsule, press one button, and you have espresso in under a minute. We also have the foamer to make the milk froth. She got the CitiZ model (same as shown in the link but in silver).

          http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009...

          1. re: trillen

            And that was on the registry? What they're interested in is found there.

            1. re: c oliver

              Or you could just do what my uncle did- the nitwit gave us a bottle of hard liquor. My husband hasn't touched alcohol for over 10 years and I have a mixed drink maybe once a year. He got all bent out of shape when I gave it to my brother.

              Please buy a gift from the registry or write a check!!

              1. re: Hobbert

                Oh lord, yes :( I understand that people think buying from the registry is boring or shows no imagination but honestly our kids anyway put a lot of thought and effort into figuring out what they were missing and wanted. And it really is a PITA to go all over town (or the internet) returning things you don't want.

                1. re: c oliver

                  I'm not sure...you are for a registry, right?

    2. You mention you looked at WS. Is the couple registered there?

      If so, the gifts they registered for should give you some big hints.

      1. A basic set, like All Clad with a skillet (10 inch or 12), a 2 quart pot with a lid and a 6 quart pot with a lid would be a great start. Then you can add on from there. A 3 or 4 quart pot would be good. A 1 quart pot would also be good. A non-stick skillet would be a nice addition. A roasting pan. Basically, just depending on how much you want to spend. Also, taking into account how much kitchen space they've got and such.

        Personally, I prefer the stainless steel line because it's pretty much indestructible and I like how it looks and you can, if you wish, put it in the dishwasher.

        1. Do you want a traditional wedding gift or something more suited to the couple's interests?

          Is this couple registered anywhere? Can you ask them what they would like?

          Approx how much do you want to spend?

            1. re: Hobbert

              Exactly!! Money talks..........I don't know how many food processors we were giving between her shower and our wedding. Show me the money, I'll decide what I want!!