Unclutterer’s 2016 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Long-lasting kitchen gifts

2016 gift giving guideThis year my husband and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. In honour of this occasion I am presenting a list of items we bought or were given early in our marriage that we still own and use all the time. These items have not only lasted through 25 years of marriage but ten household moves – four cross-continent and two trans-Atlantic.

Mixing Bowls

mixing bowls with lidsPyrex bowls with matching lids are amazing. Made from durable glass so they are oven, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher safe. They nest inside each other so they take up minimal space in cupboards. Because you can seal the bowls with a lid, you can mix ingredients and store them on the counter or in the fridge and do the final preparations later. They can also double as serving bowls or, snap on a lid and easily take a salad to a potluck dinner.


stainless flatwareGood quality stainless steel flatware means you will only ever need to have one set because it is durable for every day use and nice enough for meals with special guests. Stainless steel is dishwasher-safe (easy to clean after dinner parties) and unlike silver, it never requires polishing. If this is a gift option for someone you know, I suggest a classic design that is not likely to go out of fashion or out of production. Look for a pattern that also has matching serve ware (butter knife, slotted spoon, etc.).


If ceramic cookware had been available when we got married I would have appreciated a set with lids that fit both the pots and the pans. We did receive a lovely stainless steel pot that is still in wonderful condition. If you give or receive a gift of ceramic cookware, get a set of nylon cooking utensils – essential to protect the ceramic coating. Our set of utensils has lasted through our entire marriage.20161118_ceramic_pots_set


I love our bakeware set. It is dishwasher-safe, can be used in the microwave or oven, and can be easily transferred to the refrigerator or freezer. I wish our set had included plastic lids. It would be much easier to store items in the fridge or freezer, or to take them to potluck dinners. Since bakeware lasts a long time, if you’re considering this item, choose a classic pattern that will coordinate with all types of décor.20161118_bakeware


I recommend an excellent set of kitchen knives. Check out our post from 2011 for our list of recommended kitchen knives.

Feel welcome to explore our previous Gift Giving Guides for even more ideas: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

2 Comments for “Unclutterer’s 2016 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Long-lasting kitchen gifts”

  1. posted by Linda on

    My husband and I have been married 50 years and I still have a few things from when we were married. My girlfriends gave me shower gifts inside a laundry basket. The gifts inside I don’t remember, but the laundry basket is of a sturdy plastic that is unknown today. It has been used once or twice a week since 1966and is still in great shape.. I also have 3 Pyrex mixing bowls( unfortunately no lids back then). Only 3 left because one of the children broke the next largest one.

  2. posted by KittyLuvr on

    What a great list! Married 35 years and still going strong from our wedding registry 1. Set of 4 metal mixing bowls, 1 is slightly dented 2. Oneida Paul Revere stainless flatware 3. Polyester king size quilt- looks brand new despite hundreds of trips, 4. Electric knife- used 3-4 times a year but definitely worth the $12.99 when purchased 35 years ago!

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