The $20 IKEA Hostess Gift That Doesn’t Look Like It’s from IKEA — IKEA Shopping Guide

Happy Wednesday! And also, happy IKEA catalog day! That's right — IKEA's 2018 catalog hits stores today. (If you're not planning a visit to a store any time soon, you can request your copy here and you can also browse it online starting on August 7.)

Got a catalog in your hands? We suggest turning to page 245. If you don't have one yet, just keep reading this post.


8 Things to Know About Registering and Shopping on Zola — The Happy Ever After Kitchen

Whether you're getting married or shopping for the happy couple, chances are you've heard of Zola. The company launched in 2013 and quickly rose to fame as one of the top go-to registry sites.

Here's what you need to know about registering on the site or just shopping on it.


Spread Some Love to Your Local Fire Station with a Thank You Box — Make More Good

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Hopefully you've never had to (and never will) use their services, but you should still consider spreading some love to your local fire department with an extra-thoughtful gift basket. After all, whether they're volunteers or paid employees, these men and women often risk their lives to save other lives in your community. That's pretty darn special and deserving of a good, home-cooked meal — at the very least.


7 Homemade Gifts Kids Can Help Make for Dad — Father’s Day

A big hug for Dad from his kids on Father's Day is enough to make him smile, but have the kids surprise him with an edible gift and he'll really be grinning from ear to ear. These simple treats are easy enough for kids to assemble and, with a little help from a grown-up, they're a sweet way to make Dad feel special.


15 Essential Items Every Couple Should Register For — The Happy Ever After Kitchen

We've already covered why wedding registries are a necessary evil. (For those who missed it, the abridged version goes something like this: Everyone is going to ask where you're registered, people are going to buy you stuff no matter what, you might love being able to pull out a platter that your grandmother gave you long after she's gone, etc.).

Convinced? Yay! Staring at a blank computer screen wondering where to start? Boo!

Don't worry — we've complied a list of the 15 essential kitchen items you should register for, and we've gone as far as to list the exact product you should ask for, sometimes even with options based on your tastes. Consider it our wedding present to you. We'll just assume our invitation must have gotten lost in the mail?


7 New Cookbooks That Make Great Father’s Day Gifts — Father’s Day Gift Guide

Having grown up with a dad who spent a lot more time in the kitchen than most men of his generation, I am very happy to see that he has proven to be a man ahead of his time. As more and more guys take on the responsibilities of getting a family meal on the table, or at least delve into obsessive preoccupations with baking bread or fermenting things, we can now add cookbooks to the list of Father's Day gift possibilities.

This season, there are several new volumes that will appeal to the dads on your list, and thankfully they offer a larger perspective than the clichéd slabs-of-meat-on-the-grill cookbooks usually marketed to dads.


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