All you foodies out there already know that the best gifts in life are food gifts. So when it comes to creating your wedding registry, you’re going to want to add a bit more than silverware, kitchen towels and a kettle. Whether you already live together and want to upgrade the basic essentials or you’re moving into a new home to start life off fresh with your new spouse, you can (and should!) amp up your list to its fullest potential and add these 29 cool + innovative items that will bring you and your S.O. to ultimate foodie status. Think: DIY kits, monthly subscriptions and fancy pepper mills that will take your kitchen to the next level. Any way you slice it, you’ll be happy you added these wedding registry essentials for years to come.
1. The Orange Chef Co. Cutting Board With iPad Stand ($75): Up your cutting board game with this digital kitchen must-have. It combines a built-in iPad stand with a blade-friendly cutting surface — perfect for those days when you’re trying out new recipes or doing a full-on Netflix marathon.
2. GEFU Spirelli Spiral Slicer ($30): The zucchini noodle (or zoodle) dish has been in the game for quite some time now, and it’s time for you to get on board with a veggie spiral slicer — especially if you’re the kind of couple that likes to cook with lots of seasonal ingredients. It’ll make your dishes *ultra* healthy, low carb and super easy to make.
3. Urban Outfitters Smart Herb Garden Starter Kit ($60): If you’re dreaming of starting a garden as soon as you tie the knot but don’t have any space in your tiny apartment, then a smart herb garden is for you. The kit includes three basil plant cartridges, but you’ll want to snag a few other plants to add lots of flavor and variety to your meals.
4. PolyScience The Smoking Gun ($99): This handy tool will help you add a smoky flavor to foods before or after cooking without the hassle of having to use a smoker. You’ll be cooking up delicious foods and drinks with natural flavors like applewood or hickory in no time. Just don’t forget to invite us over ;)
5. Williams-Sonoma 22 Vial Spice Block Set ($180): Experimenting with flavor will get a lot more fun with these 22 unique vials of herbs and spices. The beechwood storage block is even customizable with a monogram, and means you won’t have to worry about finding cabinet space for your new collection.
6. Sir Madam Brass Slotted Serving Spatula ($30): You’ll want to make room in your utensil drawer for a welcome, brassy twist on plastic spatulas. This gorgeous slim spatula is perfect for turning meat and seafood or evenly browning both sides of a flapjack or fritter. Plus, it will add a *pretty* touch to your kitchen decor.
7. GrowlTap ($50): This is a must-have for any foodie couple who’s ready to change how they drink their beer — and keep it fresh longer. The clever device will ensure that the beer in your growler stays nice and carbonated, so you can enjoy your draft for days.
8. Pedal Happy Leather-Handled Wine Carrier ($65): The only thing better than a good glass of wine is enjoying a glass of wine wherever you go, so why not give it a fancy leather holder while you’re at it. It comes with a clip-on opener so you’re always prepared. Picnic away!
9. YIELD Copper Cups ($42+): Copper cups are not only for fancy occasions. You’ll want to reach for these for all the fancy cocktails you and your sweetie make — or even to recreate the signature drink at your wedding.
10. Supermechanical Ember Range Smart Thermometer With 3-Inch Sharp Tip ($60): It’s obvi that using technology will help you both cook, but this smart thermometer is the perfect example of how digital innovation can improve your cooking. Simply download the app, connect it to your device and get that perfect temperature in your steaks, turkey or any meat.
11. Blackberry Farm Copper + Brass Pepper Mill ($95): A true foodie couple doesn’t limit themselves to pre-ground spices. This copper and brass pepper mill makes a useful and adjustable pepper or spice grinder — not to mention a gorgeous addition to your table.
12. R. Murphy Knives Dough Scraper With Brass + Walnut Handle ($34): A bench scraper is one of those inexpensive utensils that will last a lifetime since it has a million uses, so go ahead and add it to your list. Think: delicious batches of scones, gnocchi and easy bread crumb removal.
13. Miyabi Birchwood Japanese Knife Collection ($199+): A good knife set is a lasting investment, and will be treasured from your first apartment to your first home. Manufactured in Japan, these Miyabi Birchwood knives are as pretty as they are powerful, so they’ll get you through all of your slicing, mincing and chopping.
14. Mountain Feed + Farm Supply DIY Sour Cream/Creme Fraiche/Buttermilk Kit ($54+): Whether you want fresh sour cream for taco Tuesdays or buttermilk for your pancakes, this huge kit makes ‘em all, plus a few other types. Follow the kit’s instructions and you’ll have fresh dairy products in a snap.
15. Fellow Duo Pour-Over Coffee Maker ($100): A first-apartment kitchen needs multipurpose utensils, especially when you’re low on space. Not only does this duo pour-over coffee maker make a great cup of non-bitter coffee, it can also be used for tea or drink infusions on those lazy Sunday mornings with your new spouse, while the two of you bask in the lack of wedding planning.
16. Olympia Provisions Salami of the Month Club ($145): If you and your love are the kind to always host with the best of the best, make sure you’re eating nothing but the finest salami with this monthly subscription. It’s like a calendar, but better.
17. Wabash Valley Farms Original Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper With Non-GMO Popcorns ($42+): Any popcorn connoisseur knows to bypass the microwave when it comes to making perfectly popped corn. Once it’s done, top with some exotic truffle salt for your mouthwatering movie night in.
18. Especially Puglia Adopt an Olive Tree Gift Box + Subscription ($160+): Treat yourself to some quality olive oil by adding an olive tree adoption to your registry. Depending on the package you choose, you could receive a 3-liter can of fresh, single-harvest extra virgin olive oil + other goodies while supporting local farmers and producers.
19. Maxwell Ryan Fruit Bowl in Matte White ($10+): The perfect recipes deserve to be shown off. As food stylists, you two will want to showcase your creations in simple, white pieces like these beautiful bowls, so the food can still take center stage.
20. Lagostina Risotto Pan ($200): There’s nothing better than a good summer beer and some rich, creamy risotto for a backyard bash, and this classic Italian stainless-steel pan is a must for making it happen. Besides, that cherry wood lid is just too stunning to pass up.
21. T-fal OptiGrill Stainless Steel Indoor Electric Grill ($180): Whether you eat it rare or well-done, you can guarantee the perfect grilling every single time with this indoor electric grill. Just follow the cooking light to take the guesswork out of getting your steak the way you like it. Super easy.
22. Waring Commercial Electric Wine Opener ($100): Wine connoisseurs, rejoice. This fully automatic rechargeable wine bottle opener will remove corks in a matter of seconds. It requires no manual twisting or pulling and can even open 120 bottles on a single charge — perfect for entertaining large groups with lots of celebrating to do.
23. Hiku Voice-Activated Shopping Button ($59): This little round button will be like your own personal assistant in the kitchen. It can scan barcodes and recognizes your voice to create a shared shopping list on your phone. Start the marriage off right with a shopping list so advanced, you’ll *always* know what you need.
24. T-Fal 10-in-1 Multi-Cooker ($99): If you’re only adding a few items to your registry, make sure this one makes the list. It lets you make lots of different dishes (rice, oatmeal, soup…) with its ultra-convenient and easy-to-use design.
25. All-Clad d3 Armor Fish Pan ($250): Seafood lovers, this one’s for you. If you and your S.O. are wild about whole filets and delicate seafood, this plan will definitely be your go-to. Plus, the riveted surface on the interior makes it extra easy to clean up.
26. Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Makers ($30): Originally from Italy, this classic twentieth-century industrial design can help you start your mornings with a perfect latte or cappuccino without braving the coffee shop crowds. Best part? It doesn’t use electricity, so you can use it in a kitchen or take it with you for romantic camping under the stars.
27. All-Clad Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker ($300): Hangry be gone, thanks to this magical and misunderstood machine. We love how easy they are to use: Plunk in your ingredients, seal the lid, apply pressure, produce dinner.
28. ZALTO Universal Wine Glass ($59): When you unwind together with a good glass of wine, make sure you drink it from an equally good glass. These delicate stems are perfect for red wine, but we won’t tell if you use it for your Pinot Grigio too.
29. Sedona Dehydrator ($370): Sure, you can let your herbs hang, undisturbed, for 1 to 3 weeks to dehydrate them, but there’s no need to wait when you can simply use a dehydrator. Dry any type of fruit or make your own beef jerky. Talk about taking your mid-afternoon snacks to a whole new level.
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