As a market editor, I get to go to all these fun press appointments and see products before they hit the stores. I'm treated to a sneak peak of soon-to-be-released goodies at Target, World Market, West Elm, and more. It's also my job to write or oversee all the gift guides we do here at Kitchn. So you'd be correct to assume I have all sorts of personalized present ideas for everyone in my life.
And yet I have a go-to gift that I almost always give my friends at their bridal showers. (For what it's worth, I also have a go-to wedding gift. See: The Best Wedding Gift I Received.)
It's a two-part gift and it has never let me down. Here goes.
1. A giant bucket of Maldon sea salt flakes
This bucket is as useful as it is hysterical. Most people don't realize Maldon is sold in such a giant container (I actually didn't know until an old boss of mine ordered a bunch to give away to thank the chefs we featured in the magazine), so it's very funny to unwrap. We Kitchn editors also love to suggest using Maldon sea salt as a finishing salt on, well, practically everything.
And while 3.3 pounds is a lot to go through, the plastic bucket comes with a resealable lid, which keeps the stuff fresh for a long time. This bucket also becomes a makeshift souvenir: My best friend buys new salt and stashes it in this original container, and another friend cut a little slit in the lid and uses the empty bucket as a bank for loose change.
Buy: Maldon Sea Salt Flakes, $33 for 3.3 pounds
2. A cute salt cellar
For years, Williams Sonoma offered a wooden salt cellar, which I would have engraved with the couple's near-official new monogram. They no longer have one that you can monogram, but that's okay because there are still plenty of cute salt cellars out there. I like to pair the bucket o' salt with a smaller salt cellar, so that a more manageable amount of salt can sit out on a counter while the bigger vessel can hide in a pantry.
3 Giftable Salt Cellars
- Wood + Copper Salt Cellar, $16 at West Elm
- Walnut Salt Box, $30 at Williams Sonoma
- 4-Inch Canister, $26 at Le Creuset*
* Le Creuset is offering free shipping for Kitchn readers for the rest of 2018! Just use the code "KITCHN" at checkout and shipping is on them through end of the year.
In the card, I also like to include a cute note for the couple. Usually something about how they should never be salty toward each other. Or a line about being sweet and not salty. Get it?
Do you have a go-to gift for bridal showers? If so, tell us about it in the comments below!