Holiday Essentials to Register For

Here’s what you need on your registry to coast through the holiday season.
  1. Fine China

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    You don’t need to register for formal, holiday-specific dinnerware, but you do want a pattern that works for formal occasions. This colorful collection’s red accents make it especially well-suited for the holidays, and it’ll also brighten up a springtime table.

    Simply Fine Lenox Scarlet Chirp, $143 for 4-piece place setting, Lenox.com

  2. A Smart Cocktail Shaker

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    When hosting a New Year’s Eve party at home, set up an bar station and play bartender -- this smart cocktail shaker makes it easy, because all the measurements for classic cocktails are etched on the side -- and impress your friends.

    Recipe cocktail shaker, $39, PotteryBarn.com

  3. A (Good) Cutting Board

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    Beyond chopping, wood cutting boards can be good for serving appetizers too. Use one of these as a cheese board while the turkey is roasting.

    John Boos cutting board, from $13, BedBathandBeyond.com

  4. Formal Dessert Plates

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    If you don’t plan on registering for formal dinnerware, either because you don’t think you’ll use it or you’re already inheriting a set, then consider registering for formal dessert or accent plates. It’s an easy way to add color to your table. And since they’re not as big of a commitment as a complete place setting, you can choose a trendy pattern without stressing over whether you’ll love it in 40 years.

    Lenox Chirp dessert plate, $72 for set of 4, MichaelCFina.com

  5. A Grown-Up Cooler

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    This elegant champagne bucket is tricked out with a hand-hammered copper body. It’ll keep two bottles chilled throughout your soiree.

    Mauviel hammered copper champagne bucket, $299, Williams-Sonoma.com

  6. An Oven Mitt

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    Don’t overlook the smaller items. You’ll want to have at least two oven mitts on your registry. They’re better than pot holders when grabbing large pans -- especially helpful when you’re fixing lots of side dishes!

    OXO silicone oven mitt, $15, Bloomingdales.com

  7. A Stand Mixer

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    Planning on making cookies for all your friends this holiday season? Give your arms a break and let the stand mixer do the heavy lifting (er, mixing).

    KitchenAid Artisan 5-quart stand mixer, $400, JCPenney.com

  8. A Single-Cup Coffeemaker

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    This is great for large groups -- make a beverage station and let guests brew their own. A single-serve coffeemaker is perfect for pleasing your picky cousin.

    Genio coffee machine, $130, DolceGustoStore.com

  9. Plaid Napkins

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    Table linens instantly make a dinner feel special, so register for a set that showcases your holiday spirit. These plaid ones in traditional holiday colors work with any interior’s decor.

    Lenox Table Linens, Holiday Gatherings plaid napkin and placemat collection, from $12, Macys.com

  10. Glass Pitcher

    You don’t want to play bartender all night, so stock up on a couple of glass pitchers. For a large dinner party (more than 10 people), you’ll need at least two of them for water.

    Glass pitcher, $18, SurLaTable.com

  11. Mixing Bowls

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    The best part about these is that they’re so pretty, you can take them from the kitchen to the table -- perfect for those savory side dishes.

    Melamine mixing bowls, $20 for set of 6, BedBathandBeyond.com

  12. A Funky Menorah

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    Register for gifts you know you’ll use, like this menorah.

    Peacock menorah, $120, JonathanAdler.com

  13. A Pretty Pie Dish

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    Take this pretty ruffled pie dish straight from oven to table.

    Emile Henry Auberge pie dish, $44, Williams-Sonoma.com

  14. Pretty Flatware

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    Matching flatware will showcase your refined side -- which, of course, you’ll want your family to see (even if it’s just for show!) when they come over for a NYE dinner.

    Oneida Harmonic, $30 for 5-piece place setting, Dillards.com

  15. A Roasting Pan

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    If you’ve registered for a cookware set, you won’t get a roaster. Try this large stainless-steel one that’ll come in handy whether you’re serving turkey, ham or beef this Thanksgiving.

    All-Clad stainless-steel everyday roaster, $160, Macys.com

  16. A Soup Tureen

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    Don’t forget to add a few serving pieces to your registry. They’ll be useful to have for any occasion and make great shower gifts. If you plan on making soup for Thanksgiving, serve it in a classic tureen like this one.

    Apilco Lion’s Head tureen, $139, Williams-Sonoma.com

  17. A Table Runner

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    If you registered for basic white plates, update your table with seasonal table runners and napkins.

    Amber runner, 14" x 90", $50, CrateandBarrel.com

  18. Toasting Glasses

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    These romantic, vintage-style glasses are ideal for a champagne toast on Valentine’s Day -- and anytime else, really. Bonus: The coupe, or saucer, style with a wide mouth is a hot trend in stemware.

    Waterford Lismore Essence saucers, $160 for set of 2, Macys.com

  19. An Ornament

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    Think of your registry as an opportunity to start building your life together. An ornament for your first Christmas as husband and wife is a sentimental gift you’ll treasure every year.

    Snowflake ornament, $65, Tiffany.com

  20. Pretty Pot Holders

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    Don’t forget about pot holders. Register for a couple of seasonal accents like these sweet little grippers to decorate your kitchen. They’ll come in handy when you’re baking dessert.

    Je t’aime mini grip pot holders, $10 for set of 2, SurLaTable.com

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