Congratulations on your big day! Now that the dust has settled, it's time to build your new life and new home together. When it comes to what you need, the list is long...but those gift cards come in handy. Keep your budget intact by shopping with your gift cards for those necessities you didn't receive as wedding gifts.
From cleaning equipment to kitchen tools, here are five items every newlywed couple needs that might have been skipped over on the registry:
A larger space means a larger mess. Make the post-wedding life easier by investing in good quality cleaning supplies, like a vacuum. With models ranging from $40 to $400, all of the accessories that come with it and the different technological advancements, shopping for the perfect vacuum can seem daunting. Do your research and use your gift cards to help budget your money for a model that meets your dust busting needs.
Now that you're responsible for your own home repairs and upkeep, you'll want a fully-stocked supply of tools to keep things running smoothly. Invest in a basic tool kit with essentials like a tape measure, hammer, drill, wrenches and screwdrivers. Don't forget the little things too, like nuts, bolts and nails... and the big things, like a stepstool and ladder. Grab your gift card, head to the hardware store and choose a kit (or separate compatible pieces) so you can handle any DIY project or home repair.
3. Ironing board and iron
Keep your dress clothes in tip-top shape with that home essential we all tend to forget: the ironing board. Don't have to leave the de-wrinkling to the dryer anymore - purchase an iron and an ironing board, and look your best for your new spouse and your new life together.
4. Serving bowls and platters
The celebrations don't end after the honeymoon! Friends and family will flock to your new home, and having the right entertaining supplies will make it much easier to serve in style. While a nice china set will be used maybe once or twice a year, a few stylish and durable serving bowls and platters will be a go-to for nearly every occasion you two host in your new space.
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Utensils and silverware sets frequently make the cut on registry lists, but a high-quality set of knives shouldn't be forgotten. Investing in a great set of quality knives can go a long way. With proper upkeep, expect your set to last for years. Check your gift card balance and choose a set that you can afford and that gets the job done.
While it would be fun to use those gift cards for whatever you wanted, investing in some household staples that were left off the registry is a much better choice.
Kerrie Kelly is an interior designer based in Sacramento, California. Through her design firm, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, Kerrie had advised many newlyweds who are setting up new households. She writes about her design expertise for Home Depot.