Registering for home essentials is one of the great perks of becoming engaged but some couples find that preparing their wish lists can be challenging.
Once you’ve checked off the traditional items—dishes, glassware, cutlery and classic cooking essentials—we suggest adding a few luxurious pieces then finish with something that tugs at your heart.
Need some inspirational ideas to get the process started? We targeted four popular wedding registry stores—Bed, Bath & Beyond, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Williams-Sonoma—then culled a list of gifts ranging from elegant to out-of-the-box.
No time to dry clean your clothes? Whirlpool’s new Swash ($499.99) is an advanced in-home laundry system that steams, presses and freshens up your clothes in mere minutes. Plus, it’s slim frame fits easily into most closets.
Once reserved for restaurant kitchens, home cooks everywhere are now embracing sous vide (pronounced “soo veed”), a culinary technique that cooks vacuum-sealed food in a temperature-controlled water bath. Tastes better than it sounds—trust us! The SousVide Supreme™ OvenStarter Kit ($499.99) features an 11-liter water system, a sealer, cooking pouches and more. Plus, the end results are unanimous: palette-pleasing perfection.
iRobot® Roomba® 880 Vacuum Cleaning Robot ($699.99) is the ultimate cleaning tool for neatniks. It removes 50% more debris than conventional vacuums, finds trouble spots with the help of navigational technology and its self-propelled design allows it to easily move around your home.
Cool conversation-starters, these provocative Bernardaud dinner plates ($350 for 4 dishes) are actually colorful portraits of four legendary French ladies.
Superior heat distribution, foolproof cooking results and its instantly-recognizable pumpkin-hued exterior are what makes All-Clad’s Copper-Clad c2 10-Piece Cookware Set ($1,599.99) a favorite amongst professional chefs, home cooks and culinary vivants alike.
Half full or half empty? Doesn’t matter. These whimsical 24K gold Daisy Place salt & pepper shakers from Kate Spade New York ($30) will charm any table they are placed upon.
Goldilocks would have loved this luxurious bedding! Bloomingdale’s My Warmer Down Comforter ($359.99 for King) is filled with soft white goose down, keeping couples not-too-warm and not-too-cold all year long.
Feminine and flirtatious, no registry is complete without something sweet to sleep in. These Flora Nikrooz Venise Lace Cami & Shorts ($98) makes a refreshing alternative to the traditional “ho-hum” cotton pajamas.
Inspired by two of his favorite themes: women and Art Nouveau, the Fantasia Vase ($995) was one of René Lalique’s most beloved fine art glass pieces. Keep it empty or fill it up with fresh cut flowers, French bon bons or treasured keepsakes.
Add this stunning faux phalaenopsis orchid ($105; mercury glass and silver metal vases sold separately) to any spot that needs a little dressing up.
Famed throughout history for their unique healing powers, Kathryn McCoy’s dramatic selenite sculpture ($4,900) works double time as a glowing fireplace display and a stand-alone work of art.
Savor your favorite vintages without ever opening a bottle. Coravin Wine Access System ($300) is simple: a small needle is pushed through the wine cork and argon pressure helps extract liquid from the bottle. The cork reseals itself before any oxygen can enter. Perfect for dinner parties and intimate wine-tastings at home.
Soft feet are sexy. Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation ($199) converts rough, dry skin into silky, callous-free footsies.
These luxuriously soft, floral embroidered sheets ($342) ranks high on our list for “early-to-bed-late-to-rise” bedding.
Keep Smythson’s “Bright Ideas” notebook ($60) nearby so you can jot down bursts of brilliance at a moment’s notice.