Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Gifts We Won't Regift

Don't worry people, I don't make re-gifting a regular habit. Jeremy and I were recently talking about the wedding gifts that we use the most and I decided to make a list. I will preface by saying that we loved ALL of our wedding gifts. But it's fun to see the stuff that we can give other people knowing it's extremely useful. Sometimes the most practical gifts are the best!

Dyson Animal Vaccum
Best vacuum ever! Can I get an AMEN? We don't have a lot of carpet in our house, but this bad boy works on wood, tile, concrete, carpet, etc. I am convinced it would work on asphalt if we needed it to. Thank you Dyson for making our dog-ownership a little easier. Dog hair tumbleweeds cannot stand up against our Dyson.

Cuisinart Handheld Blender
We use this thing almost every day. Jeremy and I both love our Shaklee shakes. We have the Soy Protein and the Physique (a natural muscle recovery drink) on a pretty regular basis. This blender is perfect because we don't have to drag out our huge blender. I also love the little food processor attachment. My favorite wedding gifts are starting to have a theme...attachments!

Coffee Maker
Every. Single. Day. We love our coffee and we are a little snobby about it. We order our coffee online from New Mexico and it's a pinion bean. It's the most amazing coffee ever and we have our friend, Rick, in Dumas to thank for it. He has a cabin in Taos and he introduced Jeremy when he lived in the Panhandle. Anyway, my BFF, Amanda, got this for us and ironically she lives in New Mexico and drinks that coffee now too! It has a grinder so it sounds like an airplane taking off when we make coffee. So worth it!

Washer and Dryer
This one is obvious but it was a nice wedding/Christmas gift from Jeremy's dad and step mom that we couldn't live w/out. We realized that these appliances could have easily been a huge expense for us when we moved into our house, but we are lucky to have supportive parents. We love our washer and dryer even more now that we use our Shaklee laundry products. They are phosphate-free and smell so good! I know that's cheesy, but for real.


Remember that time I almost cut my thumb off? Or the other time I almost cut my thumb off? Yeah I love my knives and I use them every day, but I am so clumsy. Every time I use them Jeremy says "be careful!" My routine in the morning is to get up, make a salad to take for lunch and cut up some fruit for Jeremy and myself. I will say I don't think I have ever used that huge knife. If I can't handle a paring knife I think I should stay away from the machete. 

Board Games
It seemed silly when we were registering for these, but they have been awesome! We have a fun group of couple friends here in Austin, and we get together a lot. It's fun to drag out the games every once in a while. If you come across a wedding registry w/ games on it, buy one!

 Pearl Studs
This is what Jeremy got me for my wedding gift. I love pearls and I wear these a lot! There is nothing classier than a pair of pearl studs and you can wear them with anything. I have worn them to weddings with a formal evening dress, and I have worn them with shorts and a t-shirt. I have a feeling I will be using this wedding gift for as long as I live.
Other Practical Gifts We Use Every Day
Towels-Yes, we bathe every day (usually)
Pots/Pans-Calphalon gave us a free fajita pan w/ our set. I have never used it. I don't really get what to do w/ it since we make fajitas on the grill. Anyone?
Margarita Machine-I guess this isn't practical...I just wanted to throw it in since we love it! We didn't pull it out for about two years but hey, better late than never.

This is definitely not an exhaustive list. I have many more wedding gifts (and just gifts in general) that I love and use all the time. What gift have you received that you use the most?


The Houses

I LOVE my handheld mixer too! Have you ever used yours for creamy soups?? That's probably a dumb question.. but it's so much easier than throwing a pot of boiling hot food into a blender. We miss playing Cranium with y'all!