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11 wedding registry gifts that are actually worth adding to your list, according to married couples

An efficient countertop appliance

An efficient countertop appliance
Philips Starfish Technology Airfryer, $113.96, available at Amazon

This air fryer has completely replaced the need for an oven or a microwave and it does everything an oven does in a third of the time. I roast a lot of vegetables in the air fryer and I also cook frozen items in here, too, and they come out crispy and perfect. It requires no cooking skill either. You can just throw the vegetables in and turn on the air fryer. —Cathy Dinsmoor

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A must-have coffee maker for coffee lovers

A must-have coffee maker for coffee lovers
Berghoff Studio Espresso/Coffee Maker, $99.99, available at Amazon and Zola

Our most-used item from our Zola wedding registry (we got married three years ago) is by far our stovetop coffeemaker. We went with a $100 Berghoff Studio Espresso coffee maker (the biggest size) and have since used it almost every day for three years.

It's expensive enough that I would have balked at buying it for myself, but we both love coffee so much and it's proven to be the most-used item we received as a wedding present. It's high quality, easy to use, and makes two cups of perfectly strong coffee within minutes. —Kim Renfro

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A Le Creuset Dutch oven

A Le Creuset Dutch oven
Le Creuset 4.5-Quart Round Dutch Oven, $320, available at Le Creuset, Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Sur La Table

This was one of those items that I didn't originally have on my registry but my aunt kept pestering me about adding. Well, she was right. This is by far the best piece of cookware I received. It cooks meat and chicken to perfection and is large enough to make portions for eight to 10 people without needing to make a second batch of whatever dish I'd like to serve.

My husband did not understand why we needed such an expensive pot but once I told him it was the "Ferrari of cookware" and made brisket in it, he was sold on it, too. —Rachel Furst

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Luxurious dip bowls

Luxurious dip bowls
Michael Aram Ripple Effect Triple Bowl Set, $135, available at Macy's and Bloomingdale's

Nothing makes me feel fancier than having my friends over for dinner or just a plain ol' girls' night and being able to whip out my dip bowls. This is by no means a necessity (one could very easily just serve dips from the container they come in), but it just elevates any experience I host and brings me joy in a little but significant way. —Rachel Furst

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A handheld steamer

A handheld steamer
Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam GS54 Garment Steamer, $59.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond

I love this steamer, which my friend suggested we register for instead of an iron, and she was 100% correct. I find it so much faster than a standard iron and doesn't require space for an ironing board.

It's light and handheld so we can use it anywhere in our tiny apartment and even travel with it. It also has attachments for delicate fabrics, lint, and one that pulls the fabric taut for easier steaming. There's also a turbo mode for really wrinkly items. I've used it on T-shirts, dress shirts, delicate tops, bridesmaid dresses, and suits (there's even an attachment to create a crease). —Ashley Rodriguez

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A way to quickly slice fruits and vegetables

A way to quickly slice fruits and vegetables
OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer, $39.95, available at Amazon

I got a mandoline slicer that I use way more than I ever thought I would. My favorite use for it is julienning zucchini for zucchini bread or making nice slices of things for easy salads. I have a healthy fear of slicing my fingers with it because of internet horror stories of mandolines but this really easy to use and I've never actually cut myself. It sits on the counter rather than one of the handheld ones. —Meg Teckman-Fullard

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Another Le Creuset essential

Another Le Creuset essential
Le Creuset Signature Skillet, $120, available at Le Creuset, Amazon, and Sur La Table

The skillet is very versatile and we've made everything from grilled cheese to burgers to vegetable dishes with it. It's my main cooking implement — I wasn't a very experienced cook when we got married so it was useful to have something so flexible. It's durable (and heavy), easy to use, and it distributes heat well. —Marley Jay

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A professional-grade blender

A professional-grade blender
Vitamix 5200 Blender, $351.62, available at Amazon

We used to have a cheaper blender but the Vitamix is on another level. We use this for everything imaginable on a near daily basis: smoothies, custom spice and BBQ spice blends, frothing lattes, salad dressings, sorbets and more. It comes with various blades to allow both dry- and wet-ingredient blending, making it so versatile in the kitchen. —Erica Liu Williams, founder of gr8nola

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A sleek dish rack

A sleek dish rack
Simplehuman Kitchen Steel Frame Dish Rack, $79.99, available at Amazon and Bed Bath & Beyond

This Simplehuman dish rack remains my favorite item that I received from my wedding registry. Super convenient in a small apartment, and something I never would have bought myself. —Ashley Rodriguez

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A bag that holds your entire picnic

A bag that holds your entire picnic
VonShef Outdoor Picnic Backpack Bag Set, $39.99, available at Amazon

We didn't register for a ton of things but we have been loving our picnic backpack and convertible breakfast tray so much! They're definitely nice-to-haves but make it easier for us to spend time outside and help make the gesture of bringing someone food in bed feel a little more romantic. The backpack is nice because it's easier to carry than a tote or a basket. —Starr Chen

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A speedy kettle

A speedy kettle
Krups Savoy Manual Kettle, $59.99, available at Target and Williams Sonoma

I love having my electric hot water boiler. I find that it makes my mornings more manageable (literally fill it up, switch it on, and forget it until I'm actually ready for my coffee) and my evenings more relaxing (can brew a cup of tea in a minute!). This, for me, is a luxury that I feel helps me save time in my day without sacrificing the joy of hot beverages. —Rachel Furst

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