Featuring unique, handmade and artisanal home goods, the Shop at Food52 is a wedding registry gold mine!
Have you ever found yourself mid-task thinking, there has got to be a better/more fun/easier way to do this? If your answer was yes, I want you to know that you, my friend, are not alone! When you’re planning your registry, think about those tasks or items you’d change if you could, then visit the Shop at Food52. When I tell you they’ve got the perfect tool for every task, I really mean it. There is something for everything you have ever thought about—a solution to any problem in the world—right there in that online store.
Specializing in handmade, artisanal everyday items—some more obscure than others—Food52’s shop features one-of-a-kind gifts you’ll love for years to come. They even have a handy registry creation tool so you can get started as soon as you find something you can’t live without! It’s at once brilliant and intimidating, and completely fascinating. That’s why I combed through the entire shop to share their must-haves, from the shop’s greatest hits to their best hidden gems—so you don’t have to!
Without further ado, get ready to register, because the items you’re about to see are everything you never knew you needed.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: register for items you already own, just better versions of them. Every product below is unique to Food52, so you won’t find them anywhere else!
If you don’t already own a salt cellar, you’re losing out on so much kitchen convenience. If you do, I’d venture to bet it’s not as cute as this one from Food52. This simple stone design won’t compete with your existing setup, and the open mouth makes it easy to grab a tiny pinch or a hefty scoop.
If you’re going to eat a steak, use the right knives. If you’re going to register for steak knives, make them French. Made in France by Laiton, this unique handmade set comes neatly packed in a convenient storage box. From the wood and brass handle to the serrated state-of-the-art blade, these knives will never do you (or your steak) wrong.
The French have a very well-kept secret: they leave their butter on the counter for easy access to spreadable goodness whenever the craving strikes. The good news? You can too. Add your usual butter to this hand-thrown ceramic butter keeper, pour some water into the lid, and you’ve got fresh, soft butter for weeks!
I love that these handmade bowls are at once rustic as they are versatile. Their smooth finishes and neutral color options complement just about any dining set, and with plenty of sizes to choose from, you can upgrade your entire presentation from dips to salads.
For those of you still using a cutting board as a cheese board (myself included), it’s time to upgrade. You can finally build the charcuterie board of your dreams with this handy all-in-one kit from Food52’s shop, which includes the slate board, a hand-carved serving knife and a soapstone pencil to fill all your guests in on those exotic cheeses you picked up at the farmers market.
Set the Vibe to Imbibe
Hosting at-home happy hour is one of life’s greatest pleasures. So is stocking your house with the right tools to get it started.
Put your new initials to work on these elegant but unfussy monogrammed leather coasters and make a gorgeous statement with any drink. The long-lasting Florida-made goods will age just as nicely as your Scotch, picking up flecks of coloration over time.
Sulfates make great preservatives, but they can also degrade the taste of your favorite bottle. Find out what you’ve been missing and pour a pure glass every time you make a toast with a stylish wine purifier. With a “chill” option, you can enjoy a perfectly chilled sip as soon as you’re done pouring!
If you’ve got a wine at the ready for any dinner party, it’s time to give those bottles the proper showcase. This sturdy, modern wine rack showcases 12 bottles so you’re always ready for a toast, and its minimalist design makes it an eye-catching countertop display that your guests are sure to comment on.
If you’re like me and sunset is your favorite color, then you already know that these wine glasses belong on your wedding registry. Classic shapes meet fun, retro pinks for a pop of color on the table whether you’re entertaining or enjoying an at-home date night, and with stemless and stemmed options to choose from, you can really have fun with the color combinations.
If you fancy yourself an adventurous home cook, you’ll be able to picture yourself using just about all of these next items—you’ve been warned!
If you’ve ever watched Top Chef, you know that cooking rice can be a chef’s kiss of death—which makes me scared enough to do it. That said, this Japanese rice cooker could convince me otherwise. It couldn’t be simpler to use: simmer your rice until it whistles and you’re good to go for fluffy, soft rice every single time.
It’s important to keep a well-stocked home bar, and there’s no better way to set yourself up than with a homemade liquor infusion that sets you up for the perfect cocktail. Put on your best stand-in for a lab coat, register for this 1pt Liquor Infusion Set and you’ll have everything you need for a totally custom spirit!
Anyone can buy vegetables, but how many people do you know who can say they grow their own? With this easy DIY veggie garden kit, you’ll reap the benefits of your own harvest of classic vegetables. Complete with 8 organic seed varieties, garden stakes, and instructions for growing, you’ll be on your way to hyper-local produce in no time!
A pizza stone is one of the more underrated gifts you should add to your registry. Designed to make a crispy crust whether you’re using it in the oven or on the grill, this flat slab of ceramic is any home cook’s secret weapon! Not only does it make everything from a perfect pizza to fresh bread, it’s also easy to clean, so you’ll find plenty of excuses to use it.
For Snackers & Sweets Lovers
When you snack, you snack hard on the best snacks. Give your taste buds the treats they deserve and upgrade your between-meals game for life with these next items from the Food52 shop.
Full disclosure: my jaw literally dropped when I saw this cookie maker. I love baking cookies, but I never eat them all in time before they get stale. With this set, all you have to do is form your cookies right in the mold, then remove as many as you’re ready to enjoy—then freeze the rest! I know you sweets-loving couples out there will find plenty to enjoy if you add this to your registry.
With every year of marriage comes a full season of summer—make sure you’re ready with chilled snacks in a pinch when you register for these gorgeous, grown-up Metal Popsicle Molds. It brings you back to childhood with that classic pop shape, but in a more controlled sort of way, since you can easily grab a cool treat and go without jumbling up the whole bunch.
If your couple motto is “do it for the cheese” (or something similar), then this treasure box from the Food52 shop has your name on it! Equipped with a moveable divider, this contraption is specifically designed to keep your cheeses breathing easy—which means they last longer—so fresh fromage is never far from reach!
From movie nights in to soundtrack-studded road trips or an afternoon in the backyard, popcorn makes everything a little more magical. Start your at-home date night with a recipe from a classic movie—courtesy of the Eat What You Watch Cookbook—then polish off a bowl of freshly popped popcorn while you watch your favorites.
For The Couple That Gets Invited Everywhere
There’s no shame in a jam-packed social calendar—just in showing up empty handed! Put your best guest foot forward with these no-fail entertainment enhancers.
Your next party trick? Transforming any old space into an elegant picnic spread! When I spotted this table, I knew it had to be on our list of must-haves because of its ease of setup. I mean, look at how quickly it’s put together, and how impossibly tiny of a size it collapses into! It’s practically begging to be added to your registry.
Complete with handles for easy transport, a grill grate for on-the-go cooking, and additional prep space on the side, this portable fire pit-grill combo makes a no-brainer wedding registry addition for any couple that loves to get outdoors. It’s sure to become a must-have for all your future camping trips.
If you’ve ever participated in a beach picnic, backyard barbecue or even a parking lot tailgate, you know how helpful the proper cooler can be in the grand scheme of packing. These sturdy nylon travel cooler bags take that idea to an entirely new level, made from durable scratch-resistant fabric and come in three different sizes to suit your social pursuits.
Don’t you just feel happy looking at this retro-toned set? If you tend to find yourselves hosting outdoor gatherings more often than the average couple, it’s time to invest in a sturdy set of servingware. This Recycled Bamboo Picnic Set doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it’s solid enough to hold up against your heaviest potato salad and do it all over again next weekend. Register for this and say goodbye to paper plates forever!
Now that you’ve seen the highlights, it’s time to start your Food52 and make the wish list of your dreams! Don’t forget to check out the fun GIFs that show the products in action—it helps to wrap your head around some of the more confusing contraptions!