Picking out items for a registry is like creating the (slightly more) sensible, adult version of your childhood holiday wish list: You select the items you
think you need and then return post-honeymoon to your normal hectic life and quickly realize what is (and isn't) necessary. But here's the thing: Sometimes the most unexpected gifts become your most beloved household items, and a foolproof registry is one that includes both standard and not-so-normal gifts in equal measure. Whether you meticulously plan your registry or are more prone to leaving some things to chance, the best kind of gifts stand the test of time and continue to be useful years after you say "I do." With that in mind, we partnered with Bloomingdale’s — the ultimate platform for any wedding registry — and asked five real women about the unexpected registry items they've come to love the most. Wine Chiller
Nix the styrofoam cooler you bought in college and replace it with this much more aesthetically pleasing
: a sure-fire way to win best host at all your future neighborhood get-togethers. Whether or not wine is your drink of choice, having a beautiful chiller handy to whip out in the event of a long, leisurely dinner or backyard hang is one of those things you'll thank yourself for later.
Karin Genis can attest to its usefulness; soon after she got married, her home became the site of many a potluck dinner with friends. Luckily, she had registered for a wine chiller before the big day — unbeknownst to her that it would come in so handy after tying the knot.
“I never used to be a big wine drinker, but soon it was a part of my nightly ritual. Within our first few years of marriage, it became my favorite drink — the absolute best way to unwind with friends over a shared meal."
Nambé Tilt Wine Chiller, $, available at
Bloomingdale's More Kitchen Tool Set
The old adage “it’s the little things” is especially proven true when it comes to wedding registries. Consider an
OXO kitchen tool set
: Its tiny but mighty components (of which there are 15!) are the reason that Emily Ryan and her husband can keep their baking tradition alive — even in the smallest of New York City apartments. And while you might think that you already own the requisite kitchen items to fulfill whatever cooking needs you have, owning a tool for every kind of situation imaginable makes a massive difference.
“I love this whole set, but the peeler in particular is so well-designed; it has a wide rubber handle that feels so natural in your hand and an eyer at the tip to easily remove blemishes without switching tools or grip,” Emily explains. “To be perfectly honest, I owned one of these before I met my husband. We registered for a second so we could make pies together. What's more romantic than standing elbow to elbow in a tiny apartment with the shared goal of mastering America's favorite pastry? I know, we're gross.”
OXO Everyday Kitchen Tool Set, $, available at
Bloomingdale's More Hotel-Quality Sheets
If you’re in the throes of planning a wedding, then you’re probably acutely aware of how important it is to prioritize SLEEP. Sometimes, though, you don’t get any
ZZZs until after you tie the knot — and, consequently, scoring the pillows and
from Bloomingdale’s that you always wanted (and weren’t sure you’d ever get your hands on) feels like the ultimate win. These SFERRA sheets will give you the added bonus of feeling like you're in a hotel
night of the week.
“Whether it's the fact that we are finally out from under the stress of the season or the epic new sheets, pillows, and duvet set we got, no one will ever know,” says newlywed Olivia Bitetti. “But what I do know is, I've been sleeping like a baby ever since.”
SFERRA Grande Hotel Sheets, $, available at
Bloomingdale's More Waffle Maker
might not be top of mind when creating your registry, but trust the lure of a delicious Saturday-morning brunch you don't have to leave your home for.
“I added the waffle maker [to my registry] with this far-flung idea that one day I’d have kids, they’d love waffles, and we’d make them together,” says Cate Bateman. “A decade later, and it turns out the kids can’t get enough!”
All-Clad Classic Round Waffle Maker, $, available at
Bloomingdale's More Double Old-Fashioned Set
You might already be stocked up on glassware, but these
double old-fashioned crystal glasses
imbue the exact mood of an old-school West Hollywood jazz club — consequently, they’ll be the cherry on top of any cocktail party you throw for years to come. They're not your average cocktail vessels: Each of the six glasses is cut with a different pattern and can stand alone as a unique addition to your table setting.
“My wife has always been an avid whiskey drinker, but she refused to treat herself with nice glasses,” says Leigh Mauve. “This set was one of those registry items I just knew we’d keep forever.”
Lismore Connoisseur Heritage Double Old Fashioned, Set of 6, $, available at
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