The 7 Best Finds Kitchn Staffers Recently Bought at IKEA

updated Jul 17, 2020
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The first time I ever entered an IKEA, I was on a Girl Scout trip to the Swedish megastore to learn how to design a bedroom and earn a highly coveted merit badge. The only things I remember about the experience are that I chose to outfit my hypothetical space with their now-discontinued Sultan Sundane round bed (RIP) and left with a warm cinnamon bun in hand.

In adulthood I have a newfound appreciation for IKEA, and I know that more than a few fellow Kitchn staffers feel the same. Here are some things we’ve recently bought and loved — aside from the meatballs!

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“We’ve written about this towel before and I’m a long-time fan. I have some that I’ve owned for years and I’m constantly picking up more whenever I make a trip to IKEA. In my house, they’re for drying dishes, wiping down counters, and even using as napkins. You seriously can’t beat the price.” — Lisa Freedman, Lifestyle Director

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“I recently picked up a pack of these glasses, but actually have yet to drink anything out of them. Instead, they have become my favorite little bowls. I snack on fruit or nuts out of them, use them as vessels for sauces and dips at the dinner table, and make individual panna cotta desserts in them. Sheela Fiorenzo, Assistant Food Editor

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“This serving bowl is the perfect size for a big summer dinner salad, filled with all the fresh farmers market produce! Next time I go back to IKEA I’ll be grabbing a few more of these for sure.” — Lauren Kodiak, Managing Editor

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“Whenever I go to IKEA, I pick up another one of these chopping boards. I have a love-hate relationship with these things. They are not pretty, but they are less than $2 and can go in the dishwasher.” — Ariel Knutson, News & Culture Editor

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“There’s no longer glass recycling pickup where I live, so I bought these to corral glass bottles and jars until I can drop them off at the county recycling center.” Patty Catalano, Contributor

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6. Daim Chocolate, $15 for 7.05 ounces

“I always buy a bag of Daim chocolates whenever I go to IKEA! I honestly love the size of the bag because I don’t go to IKEA super often. It lasts a long time (if I can control myself) and is my treat for making it through the trip. I always open the bag before I get home because I can’t resist. I’ve never tried the Daim chocolate cake, but that’s the next thing on my list.” Hillary Halter, Photo Editor

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7. SYLT LINGON Lingonberry Jam, $4 for 400 grams

“People are so obsessed with IKEA’s lingonberry jam that it has 413 reviews on their site (and a 4.9-star rating)! I’m one of those devotees. The jam is great on toast, in crumb bars, on PB&J, and, of course, with meatballs.” — Lauren Masur, Staff Writer

What have you picked up recently at IKEA? Tell us in the comments below!