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The Best Kitchen Gifts for Newlyweds


These days wedding registries have all sorts of interesting requests, from honeymoon contributions, to furniture, to luggage. Fewer and fewer couples are registering for fine china, crystal, and expensive silverware. But just because some of the traditional kitchen items are losing popularity, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider kitchen-related gifts when you’re shopping for a wedding shower.

We’re taking it back to the basics today, sharing a list of go-to kitchen tools and gadgets that would make perfect gifts for newlyweds.

 

1. ThermoPro Meat Thermometer, from Amazon

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This digital meat thermometer is a must-have kitchen item, especially for someone new to cooking. In just a couple of seconds your newlyweds will know if their dinner is safe to consume or if it needs to cook longer. Buy it here.

 

2. Pioneer Woman Cast Iron Skillet, from Walmart

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A cast iron skillet is one of the most versatile items you can have in your kitchen. With this one tool, your newlyweds will be able to try recipes for breakfast all the way through dessert. Buy it here.

 

3. Lodge Dutch Oven, from Target

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 Similar to a cast iron skillet, Dutch ovens can be used for a variety of recipes. Your newlyweds can sear, simmer, bake, boil, and more – all with this one item! Buy it here.

 

4. Kitchen Linens, from Pier1

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Every kitchen needs a little bit of fun or color. Help your newlyweds show their personalities with dish towels, placemats, tablecloths, napkins – even aprons! These little accents add just the right amount of detail to any room. Buy them here.

 

5. How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman, from Amazon

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 This book is the best resource when it comes to making, well, everything. The instructions are easy to follow, the food is delicious, and the recipes are plentiful – your newlyweds will be prepared to feed their guests for any occasion. Buy it here.

6. The Basics, from R&M International

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We also want to make sure that your newlyweds have their essentials covered. Give them a gift basket with everything a kitchen should have (and a few extras!), including measuring spoons, measuring cups, a pizza cutter, tongs, a grater, a peeler, a corkscrew, a rolling pin, English Muffin rings, biscuit cutters, a set of corn cob holders, and a miniature masher.

With these ideas, you should be all set for your next wedding shower – and the newlyweds should be ready to get into the kitchen. If you have other kitchen-related gift ideas, share them on our Facebook page!

 

How to Make Bird Feeders Using Cookie Cutters

With summer on its way, kids will soon be home from school and looking for entertainment. We’ve got the perfect thing: A DIY kid-friendly bird feeder. They are super easy to make using items you probably already have around your house.

The best part is that your kids can customize their bird feeders into whatever shapes they want using cookie cutters! Your kids will enjoy making them and the birds will thank you for the tasty snack.

Materials:

– 1 small envelope of gelatin
– ¼ cup water
– Small saucepan or pot
– ¾ cup birdseed (use small bird seed mix)
– Cookie cutters
– Wax paper
– Straws
– Twine or string

Directions:

1. Mix the gelatin and the ¼ cup water in the small saucepan or pot. Bring this mixture to a simmer while stirring; continue stirring until the gelatin is dissolved.

2. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool.

3. Stir in the ¾ cup bird seed; add more seed if desired.

4. Lay cookie cutters – the shape is your choice! – on wax paper and fill halfway with the seed mixture. Insert a straw where you would like the hole to be. The hole will be where you tie the string to hang the feeder from a tree.

 

5.  Allow the mixture to cool and the gelatin to take shape. (You can put them in the freezer for faster results).

 

 

6.  Once the shape has cooled, you may remove the mold and the straw. Put your string or twine through the hole, and hang the bird feeder on a tree.

 

 

You and your little ones can check to see which of your feathered friends stop by for a feast. If your feeder is particularly popular with the birds, share it on social media using #randminternational. Have fun!