By Bobbi Burger Brunoehler of .
Are you looking for a wedding present that won’t cost a fortune and will actually be used? Here are five wedding presents that will become staples of the new couple’s life, even if they don’t get “oohs and ahhs” when opened. Prices vary greatly depending on where you buy them and the quality you go for.
- A pair of kitchen scissors. How in the world did I ever live without these? I use my kitchen scissors five times a day to cut veggies, meat, items destined for my compost and all sorts of packaging. They are super easy to clean under hot water and soap, or I pop them in the dishwasher. I hang them on a wall hook near my food prep area.
- An electric mini food chopper. I always thought these were silly machines. After all, if I wanted to chop a little something I would do it by hand. If I had massive amounts to chop I would use my massive Cuisinart that is on the bottom shelf collecting dust. One day I saw a brand new still-in-the-box electric at a yard sale for $5. I snapped it up and have used this little gem once a week for more than three years. It makes chopping onions and garlic tear-free. Clean up is simple. Plus I can tuck this machine into a tiny corner of my counter.
- A set of rechargeable batteries, a charger and a batter checker. I used to go through AA batteries by the carton-load. I’d buy the large economy size at the big box store and go through them in a couple months. Not only was this a huge amount of money spent on batteries, but it was also horrible for the planet. Now I use almost exclusively . This really makes sense for me. However, as great as those batteries are, an even better gizmo is my . I bought it for a few dollars at a hardware store. This wonderful item lets me know if the battery is dead or the item I was using it in is dead. I use it to test batteries I find in a drawer that I can’t remember if I just charged them or they need charging. I love my battery tester.
- A good set of knives in a wooden block. You can sometimes pick this up brand new at a yard sale. People who don’t cook much don’t use their knives. The good ones are meant to last for a very long time. It’s worth finding out the good brand names so you know them when you see them. I use my knives every day. Note, this isn’t a great present for folks who prefer to eat out.
- A folding card table and chairs. For a wedding gift, I received a good set of Samsonite tables and chairs. I remember thinking what a weird gift it was. But there has not been a week in my 20- year marriage that I have not used either the table, one of the chairs, or the entire set. I had no idea what a great present this was. Without a doubt, it is the wedding present I thought I would use the least that I use the most. The recipient might look at you weird when they open this, but years down the road they will thank you.
OK, those are my five ideas. How about yours?