Weddings
The 8 Worst Wedding Gifts to Put On Your Registry
Consider this the Pre-Marie Kondo method: Ask if it brings you joy before you even ask for it.
Comments

It's the day you look forward to your whole life—the chance to "buy" and scan every kitchen gadget your heart desires. As glorious as it is, it's easy to go overboard, scanning every item that's up for sale (and, admittedly, trying to scan things that aren't)... and winding up with a bunch of stuff you don't actually need. Or want. Or ever, ever use.

Mandolines

Yes, mandolines are the secret to perfect, thinly sliced potatoes for your gratin, but they can quickly make your kitchen turn into the set of a straight-to-DVD horror film with one wrong slice. Just ask Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.

(If you really want one though, add a pair of kevlar gloves to reduce your risk of cutting a finger while slicing away.)

Votive-Powered Fondue Sets


 

Tiny, single-serving fondue sets? It's too cute for words—and seems to perfect for date night—until you realize how long it takes for cheese (or chocolate) to melt when powered by a candle. Even if you pour already melted fondue in there, using the candle to keep it warm and pliable, it's not long before you realize this is just one more awkward-shaped gadget to clean and clog your pantry. Pass.

Too Of-the-Moment Accessories


Remember 2011, when the answer to every decorating decision was to simply put a bird on it? It's easy to get so swept up in the latest design trends that you go nuts with it, applying that unifying theme to everything—and winding up with a kitchen and dining room set that looks dated in five years.If you love it just because it's everywhere on Pinterest, beware.


Cake Pop Makers and other Easy-Bake Gadgets


 

Mini donut makers, cake pop machines, mini pie bakers—all of these mini appliances promise to make it insanely easy to have bakery-quality treats at home, but they take up serious space in your pantry. You're better off baking pies in a muffin tin, or making cake pops using crumbled cake and frosting, Bakerella-style, anyway. (As for the donuts, think long and hard about how often you'll want to bake from scratch—versus hitting up Dunkin'.)

 

Ravioli and Pasta Makers


 

Married life seems to trigger these grandiose feels of domesticity: "Yes, I'll start making my pasta from scratch! I'll spend Sunday mornings at the farmer's market, then slow-cook my own homemade sauce before mixing and stuffing my own organic ravioli!" The problem? As romantic as the idea is, we hardly stop to ask whether we'd actually enjoy giving up football Sunday (or binge-watching The OA, or whatever you normally do) to wrestle with dough.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

 

Knife Blocks


 

They take up precious, precious counter space, and half of those knives you wind up never (or rarely) using. You're better off asking for three high-quality ones: a paring knife, a chef's knife, and a serrated knife. With that trio, you can accomplish just about anything in the kitchen.

 

High-End Espresso Machines


 

That $3,000 coffee maker can whip up a perfectly made latte, but if you're the type who hits up Starbucks three times a week, you probably won't change your habits just because you've got a high-end piece of equipment.

 

Single-Use Tools

Comments
View More Articles About:
About The Author
Candace Braun Davison
View Other Articles From Candace Braun Davison
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
Handsome prince meets beautiful non-princess? Not so long ago it might have been the end of the fairytale.
 
Share
 
Share
When it comes to raising her children, the Duchess has her own way of doing things.
 
Share
Luckily, a crown would still look great with the short new look.
 
Share
A look back at the life of the iconic actress, humanitarian, and style icon.
 
Share
Live like a king or queen by buying brands and products with royal warrants.
 
Share
Hope for Lupus hopes to bring awareness to the importance of early detection and proper treatment of the chronic autoimmune disease.
 
Share
Gladys and Paul Szápáry will no longer occupy a third-floor apartment in The Breakers, built by their great-grandfather Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Some say the move is payback for their opposition to a welcome center on the grounds.
 
Share
 
Share
In an Instagram-happy world, what's a modern mooch to do?
 
Share
Fingers crossed that 'Harry & Meghan' will premiere before the royal wedding!
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US