Kitchn Editors on Their Favorite Splurges of 2018 (Starting at $17 and Up!)
The best kind of splurge is one that’s totally worth it. And whether it’s cookware you’ve been eyeing for as long as you can remember, or a decorative piece that takes center stage in your dining room, splurges are a super-personal thing. Just like holiday presents, they can come in all shapes, sides, and prices!
For proof of that, just take a gander at the picks on our list below. These are the best splurges Kitchn editors made in 2018.
1. Bakken Trencher Dough Bowl, $80 at Wayfair
“I’ve been wanting a giant antique dough bowl for years, but most of the ones I’ve seen at antique stores are more than three or four hundred dollars. I’ll spend a lot on an antique, but I couldn’t seem to justify this purchase. Then, I saw this on Wayfair and my head exploded. I had to have it. Right now it’s on my kitchen table, holding a bunch of cloth napkins. I need to find a better home for it, but I’m sure I will.” — Lisa Freedman, Lifestyle Director
2. Artisana Cashew Butter, $17
“An Instacart mistake led me to this super-fancy cashew butter, but I’m not complaining. At almost $20 a jar, I definitely won’t be buying this on the regular. Once in a while, though? Definitely. It’s so creamy and worth every last cent.” — Ariel Knutson, News & Culture Editor
3. Threshold Wood & Glass Gold Finish Bar Cart, $150 at Target
“I’ve always wanted a bar cart because I love experimenting with new drink recipes, so when I spotted this one at Target I knew it was worth the splurge. It’s a great place to store extra wine glasses, and I love displaying beautiful bottles of wine or gin on it. When I have guests over, they always compliment it — and I know that’s not just the amazing cocktails I made talking!” — Emma Glubiak, Audience Development Associate
4. Staub Stoneware Rectangular Baker, $110 at Williams Sonoma
“To be clear, in no way, shape, or form did I need a new baking dish this year. But I make a lot of casseroles and I really wanted something a little prettier than my utilitarian glass 9×13. This was a little pricey, but it makes me super happy every time I use it (which is every week) and I know I’ll have it for years.” — Kelli Foster, Associate Food Editor
“I love these spendy sprinkles! I buy myself a big tub (it’s three pounds!) and sadly it only lasts me about six months. They just make everything more fun — pancakes, waffles, biscuits, smoothies, etc! I know there’s added sugar, but there’s also a ton of added fun, too.” — Meghan Splawn, Associate Food Editor
6. Saltwoods Custom Farm Table, prices vary
“I’ve been dreaming about a farmhouse-style kitchen table for basically my entire adult life. When we moved to North Carolina earlier this year, I knew we finally had the space for it. With money both saved and gifted to us from our wedding, we splurged on a custom table from Saltwoods. It’s a small company based just outside of Boston, where I am from, and we got to create the table of our dreams. It’s really more of an investment than a splurge because I know we’ll enjoy the table over our lifetime and then some. I also love that we have a piece of the Northeast down here in our new home.” — Sheela Prakash, Assistant Food Editor
What did you splurge on this year? Was it worth it?