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Register at Home Depot or Lowes, target, REI (I think REI has a registry or wish list) and Amazon too for things like garden and BBQ stuff, all those 'other' things you want trust me you will be happy you did later. Plus it gives your guy friends a less girlie place to shop. I know I am a girl and I wrote this response. My NOW boss' wife registered at Home Depot for them and he got the best BBQ grill set from his NOW Personal Assistant (ME).

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Be careful about Home Depot & Lowes. Apparently their return policies/credits are difficult to deal with if you are registered there. I don't know the details...I just know that a couple of friends learned this the hard way. I've also heard that Bed Bath & Beyond is one of the easiest places to deal with.

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@glindagw: Thats why I registered there. Also they have incentives for recommending other newly engaged couples to them. My fiance and I were walking around the store and three different employees was us playing around with the scanner gun and congratulated us. I felt that they had really good on the floor customer service. I am really happy that we registered there.

@hobbit: Thanks for the suggestion. I never would have thought of those places. I was thinking maybe about IKEA or Raymore and Flannigan.

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Congratulations @sgoman5674 and a lifetime of happiness to the two of you.

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Get an alarm clock with a dual wake-up setting.

Mazel Tov! many happy years to you & the future Mrs.Sgoman5674

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Not sure it's a necessity, but I couldn't live without my KitchenAid stand mixer. The classic usually runs $169 or so, and our Lowe's carries them in small appliances. Also nice to have a good blender, slow cooker, food processor, and Foreman-like grill if you don't already have them. I've found the more power tools you have in the kitchen, the more likey cooking will be done by both partners! I also think the silliest thing for a registry (at least for me) is china and crystal. Get nice stuff you can use all the time without worrying about it and having to store it. Congratulations and hope you have a great future.

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@sgoman5674: Mazel tov! Based on other posts of yours, I suspect you are going to keep a kosher kitchen. Based on that, make sure to register for a set of nesting glass bowls such as these from Williams Sonoma http://bit.ly/blzwDl. I don't think there is anything off my registry from a million years ago that I use more. (For anyone not kosher reading this, these are useful for others as well but since they are glass they can be used for milk or meat meal preparation making them invaluable.) WS also has really nice kitchen towels in green, red and blue that are very useful.

In general, I vote for putting the most boring and utilitarian stuff possible on the registry because otherwise no one wants to buy them.

Erika

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@erikadyscern: Nesting bowls are very useful. Both of us will be cooking and baking so these will come in handy.

Thanks!

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@tweber: We registered for the 6 qt one. About $400. We will be making a lot of challah (bread for the Sabbath). Not sure if you are Jewish, so I am playing it safe with you and for the others who aren't, informing them.

We are getting lots of power tools for the kitchen! Lots of fun to be had for both of us.

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@erikadyscern: I agree with Erika. Utilitarian is always good, and you need so much of it.

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@sgoman5674: prefer a bread maker for challah. Put ingredients in, push "dough" button, walk away, come back three hours later braid and bake.

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@sgoman5674: Mazel tov!! and Woot!!

Down to the basics. Go to Target. Register for all the odds and ends crap that you think you will EVER need. Can openers. Crazy kitchen gadgets. Bathroom things. Some of the people purchasing things for you will be kids, and this will provide them an opportunity to get you an item that is within an allowance kind of budget.

Don't register for patterns of dishes at Macy's (or anywhere) that you aren't going to end up with a complete set of. You pick something high end, and that's precisely what will happen. Choose something that's attractive, and that a place setting will come in at around $100 (or less). This should depend entirely on how many crazy older relatives you have, of course. You must register at the nice places, not just the everyday things.

I recommend against places like Home Depot and Lowe's. Save those for some other time. Argh. I hates the character limit.

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@erikadyscern: thats not a bad idea. My Kallah is thinking about doing this. The problem is when we make shabbos, we need to make 6 loaves. Bread machines generally don't have the capacity for that much dough.

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You don't want things like Home Depot and Lowe's because it will put some of your more conservative relatives off. Yes. It will. Stick to the traditional household kinds of places. Erika's suggestion rocked, by the way.

BB&B has some lovely items. If there's a Crate and Barrel near you, that's another excellent place for crazy kitchen doodads that you didn't know you needed, until you saw one of them.

In addition to the fancy Kitchenaid that I'm sure others have recommended (me too), go for a bread maker. I know that I saw someone mention this peripherally, but you will NOT regret it. You should also find a place that will specialize in (I don't know the name for these, sorry) the kind of stone that goes in the oven, so that you can make that wonderful unleavened bread that I love the smell of. Get a blender; nothing fancy, something you'll use. You might want two of these (for the obvious reasons). Argh. Okay, back later, after breakfast.

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Since we are going on about all the kitchen things @sgoman5674 will need, he should get this invaluable book on kitchen gadgets, Alton Brown's Gear for Your Kitchen, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1584792965

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@shrdlu: Breakfast at 10:00am!? Man I wish I had your schedule. Yes I know you are retired, but I am up everyday before 8am.

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@sgoman5674: Actually, I will tell you that when I was working, I often had weeks of 90+ hours (and was paid for 40 of them, of course). I spent the last 3+ years being on call 24/7/365 (excepting leap year, which was 366, of course). I haven't worked at a job (other than when I was VERY young) that required me to be there at an early hour. I'm just not a morning person. I get up early (often by 4AM in the summer), but my mornings are slow, puctuated with coffee drinking, and then breakfast.

I am seldom asleep before 11PM or later, and am often up until very late, or even all night, in the winter, when there is no playing outside for me.

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@sgoman5674: Correct on the bread maker capacity. I get two average loaves out of mine. Suggestion doesn't work so well if you need more. Though you could just set it once Thursday night, once Friday morning and one more time. Excellent suggestion from @shrdlu on gadgets like can openers. On a lot of those, it isn't two it's actually four since we have pesach (don't even get me started). So on the nesting bowls, two sets. BTW, we have used the heck out of a step stool that we got so I would put that on the list as well.

Also, if you start looking for portable plastic containers and you run across a good answer to my challenge from earlier this month I will be eternally grateful. http://deals.woot.com/questions/details/f4e0d899-3ac0-4537-bc26-20ee76985e58/food-storage-containers#8

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@erikadyscern: Oooh a step stool is a great idea!!! Didn't even think about that one.

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@sgoman5674: 8am? try 5am, I was going to say 4:30 but that would be a lie since I don't actually get UP then.

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@sgoman5674: maybe get 2 folding step stools, I get tired of dragging mine around my house and my house is small.

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@hobbit: I am going to have a 1 bedroom apartment with limited space. I will bring it up.

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@sgoman5674: 1 might be enough for now then. I have an 800 sq ft house and I am always wishing I had 2, one just for the kitchen and one for the rest of the house.

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Ask for an equipped tool box for each of you. One of the most useful things I ever won was a toolbox packed with tools one might use in day to day household adventures, but on a slightly smaller scale. It's easily stashed in my kitchen. Saves me lots of trips to the garage to raid my husband's tools, plus being a bit smaller scale, they fit my hands better. Big girl but small hands.
(Still haven't lived down getting caught trying to hammer a small picture hanging nail into simple drywall with a coffee mug. Now I have no excuses)

When my eldest daughter moved out on her own, I found a nice little soft sided tool kit with tools geared for a woman's smaller hands. Unfortunately, some of the tools were pink, but actually, they're easier to spot.

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@lavikinga: I have enough tools to choke a horse. Amusingly enough, not one hammer!

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@sgoman5674: WE have lots of hammers, and evidently they each have their own special use. And none of those uses include smacking the built-up frost/ice from the interior of our deep freeze. You woulda thought I was smashing kittens by the hissyfit Himself threw. And yes, we do defrost it once a year. I was in a hurry and in a mood ;)

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@hobbit: She has a step stool!!! Who woulda thunk?

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@sgoman5674: You need this stool:

http://www.improvementscatalog.com/home/improvements/792927248-turtle-stool-folding-step-stools.html

It is the best stool for not-too-high stuff, and it folds easily and very small. We had two when we lived in a 1200-sq-ft house.

And consider this stool for the highest stuff:

http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?CatName=CleaningUtility&SubcatId=LaddersStepStools&Prod_ID=RP091065

It also folds very narrow (tall, of course)--it could slide into any closet.

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@sfeitler: you should post those as deals.

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@sgoman5674: Listen you. I am 5'5", I still need a stool. I also use the stupid thing to work on my truck, I can't quite reach the transmission fluid with out one.

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If you're going to be making several loaves of Challah or other breads check out either the Cuisinart mixers or the Professional Series of the Kitchen Aid mixers (600 I think). The lower end Kitchen Aid mixers are now made with plastic gears. They just don't hold up for bread making (shared by a friend who recently inherited the family challah making responsibilities).

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@hobbit: I will, if I can find a decent price. :)

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@glindagw: I received a Viking 5 qt. 800 watt mixer for Christmas and it's great! Just love it. I had been leaning toward a Kitchenaid but all of the reviews describing problems with the plastic gear housing warned me off of it.

@sfeitler That Rubbermaid step stool is really handy and the top step is just wide enough to wedge my fanny in when I get tired of standing.

@hobbit You're saying you're 5'5" like it's a good thing or a bad thing?

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Going on and on about mixers, if he plans to do bread in large batches, he should either be going for the 600 series kitchenaids or the mini Hobart with a 3 speed transmission (still a planetary gear set, but a lot stronger): http://www.hobartequipment.net/hobartg5/pr/n50.nsf/home

It also supports the wide range attachments for the Kitchenaid, unlike the
Vikings and Cuisanarts.

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@lavikinga: i am saying i am not that short

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@catbertthegreat: Yeah, that is a benefit. I've heard very good things about the Hobart.

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I have a Kitchenaid mixer that is almost 25 years old and I love it. I use if for everything (and have used it to knead bread dough).

I suggest registering for many linens-bath and bed-as you will always need these and we never seem to have enough.

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@hobbit: I'm not laughing. I swear. Ok, maybe a giggle or two. It must be nice to be able to walk into a store and find pants with an inseam that fits.

edit--@lynnaux: Towels! We never had enough good quality towels on hand. And the really good ones can be pricy but oh, so worth it!

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@lavikinga: If we had video I would probably be looking at you with a less than happy look, but not quite a glare, not the teacher look though. I am average height, I feel for you though I know what a struggle it can be for you giants to find clothes.

I concur on the linens. I love my bath towels and I still never have enough. Get them now while someone else is buying them, and don't get white unless you both REALLY like it because white doesn't stay white it ends up going kind of greyish. But I am guessing you have already picked your colours.

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@hobbit: Now, now, don't get all puffy. You little shortcakes always get the tall guys and don't have people ask you "how is the weather up there?" :P~

As for the towels, after having the family ruin beautiful coordinating color towels over the years, I switched to white. Easy to bleach back to the original color. Of course, we have guest towels in pretty colors, but I've promised to beat my family with sticks if I catch them being used by anyone other than guests. I'm a tyrant that way.

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Be careful about registering with Target. Their return policy stinks big time.

Let's say you recieve two identical toasters. Both Friend A and Friend B purchased the toaster at the regular retail price of $25. However, during the time you were registered the toaster was on sale for $15. Target will only refund $15, even though you have the receipts.

You're only allowed about three trips to the store with returns. You can bring back as many items as necessary during each return, but once you've reached your number of allowed return trips, you're out of luck.

If you received something ordered online and want to return it, you cannot return it to a store. You have to pay to ship it back.

If you don't have a receipt for several gifts, you'll be out of luck. You can only return TWO gifts without a receipt in a 12 month period, and those two gifts must be less than $20 in value.

I've learned this all from "victims" of Target registries.

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@debbiedunlap: I've read quite a few "Target returns" adventures over at consumerist.com. You're not kidding about it being difficult. I gather the change in their liberal returns policy came about after being scammed for so long by dishonest people.
See! This is why we can't have nice things. There's always somebody out there who has to ruin it for the rest of us.

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@sfeitler: She has the rubbermaid one already. Or something similar.

@glindagw: We registered for the Kitchenaid 600 series 6 qt mixer.

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@catbertthegreat: Yeah Hobarts are very good too. The school I went to in Monsey has one of their mid to small sized one and they have had it for at least 25 years.

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@catbertthegreat: oooooh Hobart, we used those in commercial size when I took a pastry class. Those are nice, I didn't know they made a consumer size. Sgoman should get one of those & invite us all over for shabbes!

@lavikinga: Have you tried Rock & Republic jeans? They typically have a 34-35" inseam

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When my kids were getting married and/or setting up house, I told them to look through my utensil and junk drawers. Corn skewers? Rubberized thingy to open stuck jars? Chip clips? Kitchen scissors? Meat thermometer? Cookie dough scooper? There are an amazing number of odds and ends in those drawers that you take for granted.

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@debbiedunlap: Oooohhh! Those are great ideas. I will add them to my list.