Iron — the traditional sixth-anniversary gift material — might have more in common with your marriage than you think. The same way iron is forged under superhigh temperatures, your bond has likely been strengthened by high-pressure situations (like when you first moved in together and discovered your vastly different definitions of a “clean bathroom”). And both are quite durable. However, iron isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to give as a gift. To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best iron products we’ve written about over the years that would make great gifts for your wife or husband.
Since cast iron is a kitchen staple for its ability to conduct heat and easily go from stovetop to oven, you’ll find lots of cookware on this list, but there are plenty of other options — like iron plant stands and kettlebells — if you and your spouse are more of the Seamless type. If you’re not at the six-year mark yet, we can still help you. We also have guides for first-, second-, third-, fourth-, and fifth-anniversary gifts; as well as ones for seventh-, eighth-, 10th-, 20th-, 25th-, and 50th-anniversaries if you’re looking ahead.
For the couple with a tiny kitchen
For the couple short on storage space
For the couple just getting into cooking
For the couple with a fully stocked kitchen
For the couple that bakes their own bread
For the couple unsure how to clean their cast iron
Maybe you got a cast iron pan off your registry but have been scared to use it because the cleaning process seems so intimidating (you want to scrub it thoroughly, but not so thoroughly that you’ll lose the built-in seasoning). This handy chainmail tool, one of our favorite gifts for home cooks, simplifies the process.
For the couple that obsesses over their plants
These sienna-red planters with iron legs mix Southwestern style with industrial design. Your cactus will look lovely in it.
For the couple that grills together
For the couple that goes all-out on Halloween
If you’re more into Halloween than July 4th, fill this cast iron “cauldron” with candy to delight trick-or-treaters.
For the couple building a home gym
For the couple that observes Taco Tuesday
For the Francophile couple
For the couple that likes to color-coordinate
While you’re at it, why not get a full set of matching enamel-coated cast-iron cookware from the status-y French brand?
For the couple with impeccable style
For the couple that takes brunch very seriously
Here’s a stovetop waffle iron that makes serving waffles to a crowd a breeze. Amazon reviewers like that it makes waffles with “nice deep squares.” And, they say, compared with an electric model, “you get more of a crisp exterior and soft interior with this flip iron.”
For the couple into industrial décor
For the couple into Instagrammable décor
For the couple nostalgic for the ’60s
Fondue pots were a registry staple of the Mad Men era, but we think it’d still be fun to break one out to nosh on melted cheese (or chocolate) and dippables with a group of friends.
For the couple upgrading their window dressings
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