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Recent studies suggest that about 2.5 million weddings will occur in 2022. With these odds, you're probably attending at least one wedding in the coming months. As you shop for a dress and wonder about seating arrangements, you'll also need to pick out a present for the happy couple. A wedding registry is a great place to start, but sometimes they're full of several versions of the same items or, even worse, other guests have already bought everything on the list.
Still, you'll want to get them something special that they'll actually use. That's why celebrity chef Elena Besser stopped by the 3rd hour of TODAY to share her favorite kitchen essentials to gift newlyweds or add to a wedding registry. These kitchen necessities are items the happy couple will want (and actually use). Here are the best and most useful wedding gifts to get for the lucky couple, according Besser and newlyweds.
Best kitchen wedding gifts, according to Elena Besser
Besser recommends these glasses for their chic, ultra-thin appearance and low price point — $2.50 each! Available in clear, patterned and green styles, these cups are classy enough for couples to throw a dinner party with. When it's all over, you can put them in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
To accompany the glassware, Besser sees this flatware set as superior due to its shiny gold finish and hefty weight. Complete with a set of four dinner spoons, soup spoons, dinner forks, dessert forks and table knives, this silverware allows newlyweds to serve a three-course meal from the comfort of their home.
If you want to cook like a pro, follow Besser's lead by using this food processor to make dips and sauces or chop cheese (she recommends parmesan). The 3-and-a-half-cup bowl is the perfect size to cook a meal for two, Besser says. When everyone's stomach is satisfied, the blade, lid, and base are dishwasher safe, but Besser recommends handwashing the blade to maintain its sharpness.
Besser knows many people often overlook the merits of an electric kettle. Whether newlyweds want to make a quick cup of tea, whip up some pour over coffee or boil water quickly, this electric kettle is the best on the market, according to Besser.
Besser is a fan of this product because of their quality and their founders, who are Northwestern alumni. The reBoard comes in five different colors — sand, coral, tide, deep and to Pó-Po, with love. The cutting board is sustainable as it is made completely from recycled kitchen plastic scraps and renewable sugar cane, according to the brand. She recommends placing a damp kitchen towel under the board if it slides during use.
When a couple first gets married, Besser admits, most cooking is primarily for each other. She recommends this small, oven-safe and dishwasher friendly cookware collection that includes a Dutch baby, small frying pan, and little sheet pan. Although she recommends this set for new cooks, their color — blueberry, broccoli or taffy — and appearance will please chefs of all levels.
Best wedding gifts, according to newlyweds
"I'm handy enough around the kitchen, but I don't know the first thing about sharpening knives," said NBC News Shopping Editor Morgan Greenwald. "When I came across this knife block set with built-in ceramic sharpeners, I immediately added it to my registry and made it a must-have. It looks super sleek on my kitchen counter and so far all of the knives have stayed perfectly sharp!"
Newly engaged couple Oralia Lainez and Jakub Tutka are filling their wedding registry with what they call "household luxuries" like this Crock-Pot slow cooker. "These are things we'd like and would use but aren't necessities," Lainez said.
A slow cooker is a low-effort way to make a hearty meal. Just set the timer — for up to 20 hours! —and do anything else you need while the machine does all the work. It even keeps food warm when the timer goes off.
"Believe it or not, this is one of the best gifts I've received so far," Greenwald told us. "My fiancé and I regularly make our own pizzas, and this stone has allowed us to actually shape them into circles. The stone itself is easy to clean and relatively lightweight."
"Cooking for my fiancé is a daily stress because the man is literally always hungry," said Audience Development Analyst Halle Proper. "I love this bestselling Dutch oven because it is durable and will help make extra servings for leftovers. Not to mention, I don’t think I’ve ever seen prettier cookware."
"One of my favorite [wedding] gifts is the KitchenAid Stand Mixer," said Grudo. And, honestly, who doesn't want a KitchenAid mixer? This version comes with three attachments so you can make cookies, cake or brownies in a breeze! With dishwasher-safe parts, cleanup is just as easy.
Air fryers are a kitchen must-have. Anything from cookies to steak can be made in an air fryer with ease and little to no mess. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in minutes, and with dishwasher-safe parts, cleaning up is just as easy as cooking.
"If I could pick my favorite kitchen appliance, it would probably be this. Not only does it make cooking so much easier and faster, but it’s a healthier way of making all the fried foods that I love," Proper said.
This 320-thread count sheet set includes one flat sheet, one fitted sheet and two pillowcases for full-size beds and larger.
"Admittedly, I've never really splurged on sheets, even though I know I should," Greenwald said. "These West Elm sheets were one of the first things I added to my registry because not only do they have a silk-like texture, but the Tencel Lyocell fabric is also designed to keep you cool."
Proper also has these wine glasses on her registry. These are the perfect white wine glasses to have in your cabinets when you're ready to have a dinner party and entertain guests. They are dishwasher-safe and made with chip- and scratch-resistant glass.
When the party is over and the glasses are away, it's time to preserve the leftover wine. Proper has seen this wine refrigerator across many friend's registries and decided to add it to her own. It holds a dozen wine bottles and has removable racks that are easy to move around to accommodate bottles of different sizes. The built-in fan keeps temperatures cool and consistent to preserve the flavor for long-term storage, while the touch controls allow you to easily adjust the temperature, turn on the light and lock the cooler.
A mixer can be used for more than just baking. All it takes is the quick change of a disc to make six different pastas with this pasta press attachment. It also has a built-in wire cutter so you can customize the exact length of pasta to your liking.
"I already had a KitchenAid mixer before I got engaged, so I thought I could use my wedding registry to get some accessories I might not otherwise buy — like the pasta press," said Greenwald.
This Keurig coffee maker brews six 12 ounce single-serve mugs of coffee or a whole carafe. It can also be programmed to make a carafe up to 24 hours in advance, so each day can start with the smell of freshly brewed coffee. "The only thing my fiancé added [to our registry] was the Keurig because he wants that the most," Lainez said.
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