” 11 Bride and Groom Absolutes!” 

Hey there guys, Jess here. I wanted to give some reviews and recommendations on some of THE BEST wedding gifts we received for our wedding, and wedding shower, almost 2 years ago (has it really been THAT long?).
One of my best friends, Kaitlyn had a wedding last October, and they received a large amount of wonderful gifts, and I have TWO best ladies, getting married in the next couple of months, so this is specifically for them and ideas for their guest. I have Kaitlyn joining me on this post, where we are going to give you OUR personal reviews on must have gifts we’ve  received, so I hope you enjoy!

I will attach a direct link to purchase from amazon, just to make it easy for you if you decide to buy any products. Happy reading/shopping!

#1) My PERSONAL favorite, is receiving amazon gift cards. You cannot go wrong with getting someone a gift card. Yes, it may not be as fun to open because its not technically a “gift”, but it NEVER expires, and this gives the bride and groom the option of using money where they want/to buy something they will ACTUALLY use! The wonderful thing about this, is you can use it for any occasion, and not only for a wedding/shower gift. You can get these ranging from 25-200$, and personal ways to “wrap these” or print them at your convenience are options at checkout.  Pretty great with a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.Your welcome.  Amazon giftcards ⬅️


#2). The Joseph Joseph Index cutting Board set with Storage Case 

It’s plastic, color coded, and intended to help hygienic prep without cross- contamination (Gross!) It includes 4 color boards, with index tabs for (raw meat, veggies/fruits, fish, and cooked food). Statement from Kait, “I love it so there is no cross contamination when cooking a variety of foods for meals!”. Index Cutting Board Set- Storage Case ⬅️ 

  • Set of 4 color-coded cutting boards with storage case. Designed to prevent cross-contamination of different food types: raw meat, vegetables, fish, and cooked food.
  • Features – Meat board: Juice-catching groove, Vegetable board: sloping rim for catching liquids, Fish board: integrated fish-grip, Cooked food board: crumb-catching grooves
  • Non-slip feet for stability, knife-friendly cutting surfaces
  • Large: 14.8L x 3.1W x 11H inches, boards: 13.25 x 9.25; Small: 13L x 3.3W x 9.4H, boards: 12 x 8; Mini: 5.9L x 2.75W x 9.4H, boards: 8 x 9
  • Cutting boards: Dishwasher safe, Case: Wipe with a damp cloth

#3 Also recommended by Kait, is their USA Pan set. It has a unique fluted design, that is engineered to enhance nonstick properties and add extra strength to the pan for warp resistance and durability. She states, “these are AMAZING, and so easy to clean, especially after working all day and cooking a full meal, which is great”. USA Non stick pans- Top Rated ⬅️

  • 6 Piece Set includes a 17 x 12.25 Inch Cookie Sheet, a 17.25 x 12.25 Inch Half Sheet, 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.75 Inch Loaf Pan, 9 x 13 x 2.25 Inch Rectangular Cake Pan, an 8 x 8 x 2.25 Inch Square Cake Pan, and a 12 Cup Muffin Pan- all commercial grade and heavy gauge
  • Unique corrugated surface design facilitates air circulation for evenly baked goods and quick release
  • Coated with Americoat – a silicone that is PTFE, PFOA and BPA free
  • 65% recycled steel and life-time warranty
  • MADE IN THE USA-USA Pan is a Bundy Family Company that has proudly manufactured high quality bakeware and provided jobs in the USA for over 50 years


#4 Calphalon 10 Piece Classic Nonstick cookware set, grey– These come in 8-14 piece sets, and her thoughts on these, is that the size of these, “can hold so much, and are SO easy to clean and use”. The colors they come in are very pretty on the eyes, as well. Cant go wrong with buying these!  Calphalon Nonstick cookware set⬅️

  • Dual-layer nonstick for easy food release, and quick cleanup
  • Convenient measuring marks, pour spouts & straining lids
  • Durable hard-anodized aluminum construction
  • Cast stay-cool stainless steel long handles
  • Oven safe up to 450ºF


#5 Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery Set with Knife Block, 17 Piece (2 pack).  Kait states, “these are a MUST, the set does not take up much space, and had everything my husband and I need right now, all in one spot. We love that it includes scissors, which are VERY VERY useful”!  Calphalon Knife Set⬅️

  • Qty is 2pk, Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery, Set with Knife Block, 17-Piece
  • Full tang design provides better balance and superior strength. Each knife is individually balanced for efficiency and comfort.
  • Includes 17 pcs Cutley Set per-box
  • Includes Assorted Knifes:
  • Includes: 4 ½” Paring Knifes, 6” Utility Knife, 7” Santoku, 8” Slicer


#6 The Scrub Daddy– This product is a MUST HAVE. We saw this first on shark tank, and realized how amazing it really is. You probably see these everywhere, such as Walmart, target, BBB, etc, but I must say this is a really good idea for a gift that people wouldn’t think of! They can be bought in a 1 pack up to a 9 pack. The texture is controlled by water temperature (how cool is that?) and is good for soft and hard scrubbing when you really have to put your elbows into it! Like normal sponges, the scrub daddy does not get stinky after multiple uses which is a plus in my books! Multiple Scrub Daddies- (2-9 set)                                                   Or Single Scrub Daddy⬅️

  • Organize your cleaning with 3 great COLORS. 9 counts in total
  • There’s nothing else like me. Hold me with fingertips to zip thru cleanup in the kitchen, bath, everywhere.
  • You control my FlexTexture by adjusting water temperature.
  • SOFT in warm water for gentle cleansing and FIRM in cool water for coarse scrubbing
  • I rinse clean and won’t cling to debris so I stay clean, bright and smell great after weeks of use.

#7 Aroma Housewares 8 Cup (cooked) Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer. This product in our house hold has been a MUST HAVE since we’ve had our daughter, and I decided to make her baby food, fresh and organic. The beautiful thing about this is you can use it for, cooking rice, and easy steaming for fruits and veggies! I mostly use this for veggies/fruit, and then throw the food into our magic blender, product #8, and BAM there is fresh baby food. This is great for instant rice, or rice that requires longer cook time, if your a stir fry fan like me! It might not sound like a MUST, but after you have it you won’t be disappointed. If you know someone is planning for children ,this is a great gift! Rice Cooker/Food Steamer⬅️

  • Capacity: Yields up to 8-Cup (Cooked) and 4 (Cup uncooked) Rice cooker
  • Easy-to-use functions: Programmable digital controls with Steam, White Rice, Brown Rice, Delay Timer (up to 15 hours) and automatic Keep-Warm.
  • Quick tip: when the cooking is done, the inner cooking pot and all accessories remove for easy cleanup
  • Included accessories: steam tray, rice measuring cup, serving spatula, and exclusive recipes and coupons for Mahatma and Carolina Rice.
  • Note: The item is 4 cups uncooked capacity, 8 cups cooked capacity. Please ensure to measure rice in the cup that comes along with the product Only

Example: I would normally use our steamer for veggies, but in this case I used just the oven for butternut squash, but our steamer is so much faster and easier! 

# 8 Magic Bullet Blender– This is something we use almost everyday and has so many different uses! It’s a definite must have! I enjoy having the smaller blender for everyday breakfast smoothies, making pureed babyfood, or in general just using it as a blender, without the HUGE size of a normal blender hanging around. The blending cups can be used right after blending, and has a handle for easy access smoothies on the go. If your planning on making your own baby food this is pure genius. The steamer above and the magic bullet is all I used to make fresh organic baby food, so if you know a couple are planning for babies in the future, this is great!  Magic bullet blender ⬅️

Recipe to come, but I use the magic bullet for my roasted cauliflower and red pepper soup 😍


⬇️comparison in sizes, large blender on the left, and bullet to the right. My baby making food days with my magic bullet! Amazing! 


Breakfast on the go😍



Puréed butternut squash and carrots using the magic bullet. ⬇️

#9 Here is another product that Kait highly recommends, which is the Collapsible Colander- Over the Sink w/Handles. Strainer for Kitchen 6 Qt. Capacity. She informed me that she is currently using this for tonights dinner, and states it is very useful! “The sides come out to adapt to ANY sink. Its easy to use and clean, but this HAS to go into the dishwasher to make sure its nice and clean for the next use.” (This is the easier route in my household, so fine by me :)!) Colander/Strainer⬅️ 

  • ✔★ RUGGED CONSTRUCTION GUARANTEE AND SAVE TONS OF SPACE – Sturdy Silicone Material and design to withstand everyday use, fits almost all sink shapessizes. – Amazingly versatile over-the-sink colander folds to Just 1 & 5/8 inches to Store almost Anywhere! Perfect for Small Kitchens or Apartments where Space is at a Premium.
  • ✔★ LARGE-CAPACITY-The Kitchen Strainer Holds 6 qts – Rinse your favorite pasta, vegetables, fruit, canned food with ease. HANDS-FREE – Can be used Over-the-Sink or Standing on its Own.
  • ✔★ SMART OVER THE SINK DESIGN-This colander can stand over the sink and hold itself with its sturdy expandable arms. DRAIN QUICKLY-The holes on the colander are the perfect size they are large enough to drain quickly, but small enough for things to not fall threw.
  • ✔★ HIGH QUALITY AND DURABLE SAFETY – Heat-Resistant up to 122° F 60° C. Fold it up and Toss it in the dishwasher for Easy Cleaning! ✔★ BPA-FREE – Made from High-Quality Food-Grade-Silicone so it is SAFE FOR YOUR FAMILY to use everyday!
  • ✔★ MONEY BACK GURANTEE- We think you would like this high quality Fareway Over-the-Sink Collapsible Colander, but if you don’t , free return within 30 days, money back, no question ask.


#10 Cuisinart WMR Round Classic Waffle Maker. Kait says, “My husband and I not only use this to makes waffles, but we also use it to make Cinnamon Rolls, and they cook in less than 2 minutes.” Thats pretty awesome if your having a family breakfast, or just wanting to splurge on your weekend with  some great breakfast/brunch! This is easy to use, and appealing with the stainless color choices! This is must have on Kait’s list!  Waffle/Cinnamon Roll maker

  • Round nonstick cook plate with four quarters
  • Stands on end for compact storage
  • 3-Year warranty
  • Voltage-120V

#11 Cast Iron skillet- this is probably in my top 3 FAVORITES. We use our cast iron for everything! From steaks to desserts, you can use this to create beautiful dishes, and get the perfect sear. I highly recommend this product! I Will share some meals that I have made on my cast iron, it WILL NOT disappoint! If you do purchase this, I recommend researching the right way to clean this because it can get ruined if not cleaned correctly. Cast iron skillet⬅️

  • Cast iron cookware is less smoother than the Non-Stick cookware.
  • Iron deficiency is fairly common worldwide especially among women so cooking food in a cast iron skillet can increase iron content by as much as 20%
  • Hand wash even before first use and dry immediately; rub with a light coat of vegetable oil after every wash
  • Allow cast iron skillet to cool completely before washing them in hot soapy water with a sponge using regular dishwashing liquid soap; it is not dishwasher safe
  • Its superior heat retention will keep your mouth watering food warm for a long time



Here are some extra wedding goodies that I think you would enjoy whether you planning for a wedding, or buying for one! The wedding shop has amazing gifts for wedding parties, handmade invitations, etc. it’s basically etsy, but by Amazon. The others are top gift ideas. I hope you enjoyed this guys! Goodnight ⬇️❤️

The wedding store: //rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?o=1&p=12&l=ur1&category=hmwedding&banner=0DMM93EV93Y91QJS2FR2&f=ifr&lc=pf4&linkID=11c63782716ec81769a7e9837bb89754&t=3149524139-20&tracking_id=3149524139-20

Wedding giftcards: //rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?o=1&p=12&l=ur1&category=gcwed&banner=16FRKPVDK6K37Y1EVMR2&f=ifr&lc=pf4&linkID=dfb102b2012063c53cd64d0f0c0f4f3d&t=3149524139-20&tracking_id=3149524139-20

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