12 Must-Have Registry Picks For Your Home

Outfit your newlywed nest with these homey must-haves.
by Sarah Newell

Before starting your registry, take inventory of what you already own. What do you want (or really need) to upgrade, and which home accessories are you pining after? Now's the time to swap out those throw blankets you've had since college, and spring for a heavy-duty vacuum. It's also a good time to wish-list anything that will help you blend your individual styles. We've rounded up some essentials to inspire your registry.

  1. Matching Frames

    Polished brass photo frames from West Elm

    You're going to need a way to show off all your wonderful wedding pictures. Hop on the gallery wall trend and register for chic frames to properly display your favorite moments.

    Register for: 3 or 4

    West Elm polished brass gallery frames, from $30, WestElm.com

  2. A Pair of Vases

    Registering for two matching vases allows you to use them together as a centerpiece or display them separately around your home. And two sizes come in handy more often than you'd think.

    Register for: 2

    Mikasa bloom vases, $30 and $50, BedBathandBeyond.com

  3. Luggage

    Expandable luggage set from Target

    Hello, honeymoon! Whether you're registering for your first grown-up luggage or upgrading the bags you currently own, register for a set of suitcases in different sizes for all your travel needs.

    Register for: 1 set

    Target dockland sonic expandable luggage set, $149, Target.com

  4. A Comfy Sofa

    Large white sofa from Pottery Barn

    Large (and more expensive) items are great for group gifts. So if it's time for a new sofa, go ahead and register for one. After the wedding, if it's not purchased, you can use your completion discount and any gift cards you may have received to spring for it yourselves.

    Register for: 1

    Pottery Barn Charlisle upholstered sofa, from $1,499, PotteryBarn.com

  5. Handheld Vacuum

    Handheld vacuum from Home Depot

    A handheld vacuum is just the thing for quick cleanups around the house. A cordless option means you won't have to deal with dangling cords or coming up short on reaching those hard-to-get areas.

    Register for: 1

    Ryobi cordless hand vacuum, $25, HomeDepot.com

  6. Throw Blankets

    Restoration Hardware throw blankets

    Add your new monogram your decor with a personalized throw blanket. And don't forget to register for two: one for you and one for your other half. If you like to picnic in the park, add a waterproof blanket to the list too.

    Register for: 2

    Restoration Hardware vintage linen throw, $149, RestorationHardware.com

  7. A Smart TV

    Smart TV registry idea

    It's okay to use your registry to upgrade your electronics—no really! Plus, a new television might just be the gift your fiance's groomsmen get excited about (Sunday football anyone?). A portable sound dock is another good bet.

    Register for: 1

    Samsung 40" HD smart TV, $500, BestBuy.com

  8. A Stylish Ottoman

    Don't shy away from registering for smaller furniture items to complete your living room décor. An ottoman can provide extra seating when company visits. Add a tray and it can serve as a bonus coffee table.

    Register for: 1

    Crate and Barrel Montclair ottoman, $449, CrateandBarrel.com

  9. Iron

    Rowenta steam iron

    You'll be amazed at how much more pleasant this chore is once you upgrade your iron. Select a model that offers all the bells and whistles, including a variety of fabric options, adjustable steam settings and an auto-off setting.

    Register for: 1

    Rowenta focus steam iron, $80, Amazon.com

  10. Table Lamps

    Target table lamps

    A table lamp is the kind of home accessory that will instantly elevate your interior style (and give you the best mood lighting). If you're registering for a lamp to use in a high-traffic area, go for a wide, stable base.

    Register for: 1 to 2

    Target harringbone ceramic table lamp, $35, Target.com

  11. Hamper

    Laundry hamper registry idea

    It's time to upgrade that plastic laundry basket that's been taking up real estate in your closet. Register for a proper hamper. Opt for a stylish container with a lid to keep things looking a little tidier.

    Register for: 1

    Bed Bath and Beyond athena hamper, $50, BedBathandBeyond.com

  12. Vacuum

    Dyson vacuum

    Bagless vacuum? Yes please. This lightweight model is perfect for anyone with pets—it was built with allergens and pet hair in mind. And the bonus attachments let you reach every nook and cranny.

    Register for: 1

    Dyson DC50 upright vacuum, $280, Target.com

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