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Congratulations, you’re engaged! Your head is probably spinning right now with all the things you need to do to prepare (choosing a date, selecting a place, picking out a dress...sorry are we stressing you out?). Relax, because there’s one very important part of prep that you can do right from your sofa and that's making your registry.
Your registry is an opportunity to finally upgrade your college toaster oven, threadbare sheets, and mismatched glasses. It’s also a time to choose plates and barware that are all your own style (and not your MIL’s—remember that). What’s more fun than spending hours online shopping without spending a dime?
We've put together a list of the best registry items out there to get you started with one of the most fun parts of being engaged—registering!
Kitchen Tools: All-Clad d3 Tri-Ply Compact 7-Piece Cookware Set
The pieces in this stainless steel set conveniently nest inside each other, making them perfect for a smaller kitchen with limited storage. With its excellent heat conductivity and non-reactive surface, stainless steel is ideal for searing meat and making sauces.
Kitchen Tools: Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender
Your $10 juice bar days will be over the second you bring this incredible, blend-anything machine into your new life together. It may seem like a lot to spend on a blender, but 10 variable speeds and a powerhouse motor makes it 100% worth it (and guests can go in on it as a group gift to make it more affordable!).
Kitchen Tools: Wusthof Classic 7-piece Slim Knife Block Set
With high carbon steel blades and Wusthof’s amazing edge retention, these knives are a cut above (pun fully intended). The seven pieces include everything you need to excel in the kitchen, from chopping onions with the chef's knife to cutting bread with the serrated blade.
Entertaining: Libbey Signature Kentfield All-Purpose Wine Glasses
It’s rare to find a glass that brings out the best in any variety of wine. Plus, these glasses are both chip-resistant and dishwasher-safe, so they're easy to take care of after many a gathering.
If you're looking for more glassware ideas so that you're party-ready, take a peek at our list of essential pieces of glassware you have to register for.
Entertaining: Zuo Mirrored Bar Cart
This modern cart will hold all your cocktail gear and spirits so you can create gin fizzes or bourbon cocktails on the fly at your next party.
For more bar accessories, take a look at our list of products you need for the perfect bar cart.
Coffee & Tea: Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker
This coffee press comes in a chic, Instagram-friendly copper color and makes your kitchen table feel more like a Parisian cafe. Just add hot water and ground coffee and you'll have a fresh cup in under five minutes.
Looking for more products to make your morning better? Check out our list of registry essentials for the perfect breakfast in bed.
Coffee & Tea: Royal Doulton 1815 Mixed Patterns Mug
We’d never tell you to throw out any of the random mugs in your cabinet (souvenirs from your 1998 trip to Disney World included), but why not invest in a cute matching set too? The bright colors of these mugs ensure that you'll always know which coffee is yours.
Baking Gear: KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
We know this pick will come as no surprise, but this stand mixer is still one of the most coveted (and rightly-so) wedding gifts. This 5-quart wonder can do everything from kneading dough to whipping perfect egg white peaks. It's a must-have for anyone who loves to bake.
Baking Gear: J.K. Adams Maple French Rolling Pin
The perfect gift for baking aficionados, this streamlined French-style rolling pin allows you to roll out pie dough, cookies, and other tasty confections. This variety of rolling pin has a lower profile than the American version, making it easier to store.
Bedding: Cultiver Linen 3-Piece Duvet Set
Linen is a luxe material that only gets better with time. This incredibly soft set includes a duvet cover and two shams—just what you need to give your bed a warm and inviting makeover.
For more great sheets, pillows, and other bedding accessories, check out our round-up of best bedding essentials.
Household: iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum
Make your cleaning routine a thousand times easier with this smart vacuum—it can be scheduled through Alexa, Google Assistant, or just using the app on your phone. It's also a great option for anyone who lives in a smaller space (who has room to store a giant machine?).