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I am giving a gift for a wedding of a 'first kitchen' items box.  It is for a couple who are moving out of parents homes and getting married.  I am collecting random things to include in the box. I have found most items in clearance sections to keep the price down, so I can get them more for the money.  They don't expect super expensive items, but I do like to buy nice very-usable items that are worth buying. I haven't even spent $70 yet, so I am happy to keep collecting, but am running out of ideas for look for. 

 

What I have so far:

 

mixing spoons: Calphalon plastic solid spoon (sturdy), slotted spoon and 2 wooden spoons.

metal pancake turner

OXO plastic spatulas

Corn handles

Citrus fruit juicer

Cuisinart grater

Cuisinart wash clothes, dish towels and hotpads

Pyrex 4 cup liquid measuring cup.

Metal dry measuring cups and spoons

Cutting board

Metal mesh strainer

Kitchenaid can opener and wine bottle opener

 

 

what other small items can I include? I am focus on the under $10 items that I can watch for on clearance and find on sale for $5 or so each. 

 

I am holding off on larger items thinking they may get some as wedding gifts. Mixing bowls, pans, small appliances, knives (family isn't superstitious), silverware, dishes etc. 

 

I think I will likely buy good cookie sheets and silpats at a cooking store to round out the gift.  It is hard to find traditional pans that are not non-stick so I will order them good commercial, lifetime quality pans and silpats.  :0)

 

 

 

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Funnel for pouring oil or spices into smaller containers

Plastic or ceramic or glass coffee filter cone if they are coffee drinkers. Useful when not wanting to use a coffee maker.

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Depending on their personalities / cultural affinities, Edouard de Pomiane's French Cooking in 10 minutes is a very charming little cookbook everyone should have. It looks adorable on a shelf and you learn how to make all the sauces and plate a dish.

 

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/french-cooking-in-ten-minutes-or-adapting-to-the-rhythm-of-modern-life-edouard-de-pomiane/1105440300/2674633539657?st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Core+Catch-All,+Low_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP79700&gclid=CjwKCAiAlL_UBRBoEiwAXKgW58VMjtDqFWnrtFLQoG71MME3N9zGR5ucWc7w4Ieq8lIv1zF2fRV4bhoC3HAQAvD_BwE

 

Also, a thingy for dispensing dish soap so you can buy the cheaper dish soap, is not only classy but frugal. 

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Garlic press

Measuring spoons

2 vegetable peelers (so one person isn’t stuck doing all the potatoes alone!)

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big plastic mixing bowl

a good paring knife

a manual can opener

a tiny rectangular spatula (the kind Pampered Chef sells -- I use that one almost more than any other!)

one of those round rubbery things that help you open jars that are tough to open  (I don't know what they're called!)

 

 

 

 

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I second the whisk and tongs, and I love Rach's suggestion of a second peeler! 

 

What about a nylon pan scraper? Pampered Chef sold them but I see them at Walmart now.

 

Kitchen stuff that I'm not sure lots of people use but we do:

Potato masher

Steaming basket

Salad spinner

those green bags or containers that keep fruits/veggies fresh longer

Pyrex glass storage containers or mason jars with plastic lids

kitchen shears/scissors

that thing you slam with your hand so it chops everything for you

I like multiple cutting boards - at least one large one, but also a small one for fruit or other quick, easy prep

stainless dish drying rack with drying pad

those food storage clips (like for closing up opened bags of rice, chips, whatever)
trivets - simple stainless, or fancy stone (I see these cheap at Ross/Marshalls)

 

 

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Chopsticks. They are incredibly versatile. Not just for eating.

 

Measuring cups for dry ingredients.

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Another rec for the whisk and tongs - I have several of each and use them constantly! 

 

Microplane zester - I use mine for lemon zest and parmesan cheese - it gets a surprising amount of use. 

https://smile.amazon.com/Microplane-40020-Classic-Zester-Grater/dp/B00004S7V8/ref=pd_sim_79_4?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00004S7V8&pd_rd_r=R9TKQ89N408PQNCGFCTE&pd_rd_w=7OCZI&pd_rd_wg=SzrE5&psc=1&refRID=R9TKQ89N408PQNCGFCTE

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Kitchen sponges, steel wool or a scrubbie brush, as well as a little dish or hanger to put those in

a small bottle of dish detergent like dawn, and/or a little bag of dishwasher tabs. 

Fridge magnets

Rolling pin

A cute set of salt and pepper shakers

 

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I second the microplane and tongs. I especially like my silicone coated tongs.

 

The funnel I use most is my wide mouth funnel (from the canning section).

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Is this person into cooking or just starting? My answer are different if they love cooking.

 

If they are just starting, I would just do the basics. That way after they discover if they like cooking, they could add along the way. I could just see the person become very overwhelmed with so many kitchen items. Even for basics, I highly suggest a shot glass measuring cup. So much easier for doing tiny amounts of liquid. Also, a jar opener. These are great as they adjust to certain common size lids (plus they run about 8 bucks on amazon).

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Pyrex 1 cup liquid measuring cup - I know you are giving the 4 cup, but when a cup or less is needed, the larger measuring cup is a pain.

 

Pepper mill

Candy/deep frying thermometer

Frosting spatula

Small cake decorating set and disposable frosting bags

Turkey baster

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With whatever amount you have left from what you wanted to spend I'd get a gift certificate to their local grocery store.  Setting up a pantry for the first time with basics (i.e. flour, sugar, spices, baking soda, etc.) costs heaps.  What I've done for my dc when they first go flatting is I save the plastic jars from my favourite hot chocolate brand & refill those with basics.  Ds#2 was over-joyed when he saw his box.  This allowed him to cook from scratch right from the beginning as cooking from scratch requires a well stock pantry.  Refilling items as they get used fit easily into his weekly food budget.  Dd just bought a house, so I'm in the process of doing the same for her.

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With whatever amount you have left from what you wanted to spend I'd get a gift certificate to their local grocery store.  Setting up a pantry for the first time with basics (i.e. flour, sugar, spices, baking soda, etc.) costs heaps.  What I've done for my dc when they first go flatting is I save the plastic jars from my favourite hot chocolate brand & refill those with basics.  Ds#2 was over-joyed when he saw his box.  This allowed him to cook from scratch right from the beginning as cooking from scratch requires a well stock pantry.  Refilling items as they get used fit easily into his weekly food budget.  Dd just bought a house, so I'm in the process of doing the same for her.

 

Great idea. We used to have "poundings" at the church where I grew up for couples and housewarmings---like a shower, but everyone brings pantry staples (pound of this, pound of that).

 

I find I constantly use my tempura scoop/strainer/skimmer (not sure what it's officially called) for all sorts of things.

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Pastry cutter. I use mine to mix shortening into flour to make biscuits.

meat thermometer.

Basic spices - shop the local ethnic store for better deals than anything you buy t the supermarket. I use small canning jars to hold my various spices that come in cellophane bags.

 

 

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Kitchen towels.

 

Pot mitts.

 

Magnets for the fridge.

 

Magnetic hook or towel holder for the fridge.

 

Regards,

Kareni

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Toothpicks or something similar for testing cakes in a nice dispenser.

Microplane grater. I use mine all the time.

Tongs are always good.

I love oven gloves.

I didn't think I'd use my ice cream scoop, but I use it for more than ice cream. It measures muffin batter really well.

Muffin tin and or liners

 

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Bag clips.

 

Fridge magnet with all the ingredient conversions and/or meat cooking temps on it - very useful when I'm trying to do seven things at once and forget how to math!

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Not directly kitchen and not cheap but I would make sure they had a good smoke/fire/carbon monoxide detector.

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Not a gadget, but a simple cookbook might be nice. I didn't know how to use most of the items on these lists when I got married almost 20 years ago. (I am still not sure about a few of them😋)

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So, I finally hit a stopping spot....LOL 

 

mixing spoons: Calphalon plastic solid spoon (sturdy), slotted spoon and 2 wooden spoons.

metal pancake turner

OXO plastic spatulas

Corn handles

Citrus fruit juicer

Cuisinart grater

Cuisinart wash clothes, dish towels and hotpads

Pyrex 1 cup and 4 cup liquid measuring cup 

Metal dry measuring cups and 2x spoons

Cutting board x 2 (they often cook together)

Metal mesh strainer

wine opener

Kitchenaid can opener and wine bottle opener

Tongs

Oven thermometer (rental ovens can be less than accurate)

Ice cream spade and scoop (I like having both)

Whisk

2x half-sheet heavy duty cookies sheets, lids, silpats, cooling racks (one pan can cool, while one bake)

Corse skimmer

Frosting spatula bent and straight

bowl scraper

bag clips

ladle

knife sharpener

masher

heavy gauge cake pan and lid

pizza cutter

Pizza pan

veg peeler

digital thermometer

gravy boat

salt and pepper shakers

 

and a Cooks Illustrated cookbook for 2 people 

 

As I shopped, I bought double quantities of almost everything, so I already have another box ready to go. LOL  We have lot of friends getting married in the next few years, so I figure it will be nice to already have another gift bought. :0)

 

One of the hardest things was not buying the larger thing like knives, mixing bowls, storage containers etc.  I was focusing on small items, but it was really hard to do!  I bought a few specific(my  favorites) pans from a restaurant supply company but almost everything else was $5 or less. 

 

 

Thank you for all your help!  It really was nice to have some input in what people use day to day!

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So, I finally hit a stopping spot....LOL

mixing spoons: Calphalon plastic solid spoon (sturdy), slotted spoon and 2 wooden spoons.

metal pancake turner

OXO plastic spatulas

Corn handles

Citrus fruit juicer

Cuisinart grater

Cuisinart wash clothes, dish towels and hotpads

Pyrex 1 cup and 4 cup liquid measuring cup

Metal dry measuring cups and 2x spoons

Cutting board x 2 (they often cook together)

Metal mesh strainer

wine opener

Kitchenaid can opener and wine bottle opener

Tongs

Oven thermometer (rental ovens can be less than accurate)

Ice cream spade and scoop (I like having both)

Whisk

2x half-sheet heavy duty cookies sheets, lids, silpats, cooling racks (one pan can cool, while one bake)

Corse skimmer

Frosting spatula bent and straight

bowl scraper

bag clips

ladle

knife sharpener

masher

heavy gauge cake pan and lid

pizza cutter

Pizza pan

veg peeler

digital thermometer

gravy boat

salt and pepper shakers

and a Cooks Illustrated cookbook for 2 people

As I shopped, I bought double quantities of almost everything, so I already have another box ready to go. LOL We have lot of friends getting married in the next few years, so I figure it will be nice to already have another gift bought. :0)

One of the hardest things was not buying the larger thing like knives, mixing bowls, storage containers etc. I was focusing on small items, but it was really hard to do! I bought a few specific(my favorites) pans from a restaurant supply company but almost everything else was $5 or less.

 

Thank you for all your help! It really was nice to have some input in what people use day to day!

Even at $5 or less each this is an impressive gift! And young people getting married probably don't even realize ( yet) how impressive.

 

I think I am going to copy your list and try to get all that stuff for my self! Lol

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What a generous gift!  I hope the recipients use all these items with joy over many years.

 

I was thinking recently that practical gifts may seem ho hum upon receipt but can really prove their worth over the years.  One of our wedding gifts was something akin to this Glass Utility Cutting Board; we use ours every day to protect the counter from hot pots and the like.  It's still going strong after close to thirty years of use while many of our other wedding gifts are long gone.

 

Regards,

Kareni

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Is this person into cooking or just starting? My answer are different if they love cooking.

 

If they are just starting, I would just do the basics. That way after they discover if they like cooking, they could add along the way. I could just see the person become very overwhelmed with so many kitchen items. Even for basics, I highly suggest a shot glass measuring cup. So much easier for doing tiny amounts of liquid. Also, a jar opener. These are great as they adjust to certain common size lids (plus they run about 8 bucks on amazon).

 

Neither me nor DH cooks, and especially did not when we were first married.  We got a TON of stuff, and lived in a very small apartment.  Not that we were ungrateful, but we did not use hardly any of it and had no where good to store it.

 

I remember moving a really nice marble rolling pin with us from place to place, until finally I thought, "I have no where to put this and I never use it!"  I felt so bad getting rid of it though.

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I was thinking recently that practical gifts may seem ho hum upon receipt but can really prove their worth over the years.  

 

My grandmother bought us a pair of kitchen shears. My mom hadn't had any, so I didn't grow up using them, but I can't believe how useful they've been. 

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My grandmother bought us a pair of kitchen shears. My mom hadn't had any, so I didn't grow up using them, but I can't believe how useful they've been. 

I use mine all the time too!!! In fact I have two sets.  One for medium duty like snipping herbs and cutting open plastic containers and a really heavy duty set that I use for heavy stems and cutting meat. 

 

I didn't add them because I know they sometimes come with knife sets. But i have looked at them several times and made myself put them back.  LOL

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Neither me nor DH cooks, and especially did not when we were first married.  We got a TON of stuff, and lived in a very small apartment.  Not that we were ungrateful, but we did not use hardly any of it and had no where good to store it.

 

I remember moving a really nice marble rolling pin with us from place to place, until finally I thought, "I have no where to put this and I never use it!"  I felt so bad getting rid of it though.

I completely agree!  This particular couple, love to cook together. They live with someone else right now and when they move out, they will have nothing.  They know what gift I am working on, because I asked if they already had a collection started.  It is an informal affair, so I will likely give this main gift at her shower so she knows what items to leave off on her registry, (of if I see them on there, I can note that they are already purchased).  Then I have another small, more sentimental gift for the wedding itself. 

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What a generous gift!  I hope the recipients use all these items with joy over many years.

 

I was thinking recently that practical gifts may seem ho hum upon receipt but can really prove their worth over the years.  One of our wedding gifts was something akin to this Glass Utility Cutting Board; we use ours every day to protect the counter from hot pots and the like.  It's still going strong after close to thirty years of use while many of our other wedding gifts are long gone.

 

Regards,

Kareni

Isn't it funny what we end up keeping over the years.

 

I have a small heart shaped bowl from my wedding that has lived on my counter for years.  It holds my jewelry when I'm in the shower.  

 

I also still use a simple glass 9x13 baking dish that was part of a set and a few glass ramekins. They have been used weekly for 20+ years and are still going strong.  :0) 

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