We asked Phoebe Lapine and Cara Eisenpress of Big Girls Small Kitchen to share their favorite gift items for the kitchen with us—take it away Phoebe and Cara!
For twentysomething wedding guests like ourselves, shower season can be quite the expensive few months, especially if you've waited too long and all that's left on the registry are high price tag items that you can't afford. Instead of going totally rogue with your gift—which can feel like too big of a risk, especially where the kitchen is concerned—we think it's best to select items that are as fun as they are useful. These cute and thoughtful kitchen gifts from under-the-radar companies will ensure that your gift isn't found in someone else's gift box, too.
1. Vintage Cake Stand
Usually we wouldn't recommend tableware that is bulky, fragile, and hard to store, but vintage cake stands are the exception. Top it with a homemade cake to bring to the shower! The space-friendly cake stands from OliviaRaeJames's Etsy shop are truly one of a kind.
2. DIY Dish Towels
Dish towels might seem too utilitarian, but if you personalize them, they can be downright adorable. Check out Design Sponge's tips for creating stamped dish towels. If you're not quite up for doing it yourself, have Claudia Pearson do it for you—her illustrated flour sack towels will brighten up any new kitchen!
3. Recipe Box
Though we live in an age of iPads and bookmarked webpages, a simple recipe box is a homey addition to a new kitchen. These Jack and Lulu Lucite recipe boxes can be customized with a monogram. To make the gift even more special, ask friends to contribute a recipe, and include them in the box.
Anthropologie has made frilly apron addicts out of us, and we believe that, as with dresses, you can never have too many. ASD Living makes a whole variety of colorful, fun aprons.
5. Vintage Champagne Glasses
Chances are the couple will have their glassware needs covered on the registry. But vintage Champagne glasses are such a whimsical, romantic addition, especially if you pair your gift with a bottle of bubbly. There are a host of Etsy vendors who sell beautiful vintage Champagne coupes—we especially love these sturdy versions.
Thanks, guys! I'd also like to add that cookbooks make a lovely gift for new couples—experimenting with recipes and discovering new favorites is an excellent bonding activity. I would definitely recommend Phoebe and Cara's brand-new cookbook In the Small Kitchen, especially if the newlyweds are kitchen neophytes. It has sections for getting started in the kitchen, as well as foolproof recipes for great food, both for everyday meals and for special occasions. —Lauren Matthews