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!
1. TELKA Dish Towel, $1
"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
2. IKEA 365+ Clear Glasses, $4 for six
"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
3. BLANDA Serving Bowl, $5
"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
4. LEGITIM Chopping Board, $1.50
"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
5. SORTERA Recycling Bin with lid, $10
"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
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
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!