Fun Salt & Pepper Sets Make Great Gifts

Collecting Salt & Pepper Sets

Dorena Young has 3,645 of them. Do you know about Dorena Young? She is applying to The Guinness Book of World Records for the title of most salt & pepper sets in the world...and she has a shot at it because she has 3,645 pairs of salt-and-pepper shakers. The current title holder only has 3000 sets. Her house is filled with these shakers but it's all very neatly organized. Her kitchen has food-related salt-and-pepper sets or animals wearing chef hats. Her living room has an outdoor sportsman theme because her husband is an outdoorsman and has elk and deer heads as well as numerous antlers on display. Her bathroom as sea-themed sets such as fish, boats, frogs, lighthouses, etc.

I can see why she collects salt & pepper sets. They are fun, the designs can be very intricate, and collecting them relatively inexpensive compared to other hobbies. In addition, they serve a functional purpose.

Looney Tunes Salt & Pepper Sets

The very first salt & pepper sets that I thought were a lot of fun featured the Looney Tunes characters. Each pair reminds you of a moment in one of the Looney Tunes cartoon and you find yourself chuckling as you remember the absurdity. Bugs Bunny hiding from Elmer Fudd as he tries to track Budgs down. I like Taz, he comes in like a whirlwind takes in his surroundings and is very spontaneous. Here, Tax eats a hamburger in front of him. Sylvester and Tweety with their love-hate relationship as Sylvester tries and always fails to eat Tweety because that is one smart chick. And of course, Pepe and Penelope personify the aspects of love; sometimes he's in love with her, sometimes she's in love with him. Marvin the Martian is a character that I wish had more adventures because I don't really see enough of him. You see him here looking through a telescope for worlds to conquer. These sets are finely crafted from ceramic with vibrant coloring. The faces are very true to the rendering of their character. Strong magnets hold the pair together when not in use. Each set is approximately 3.75" high.

Peanuts Salt & Pepper Sets

Here are some whimsical moments captured from some of your favorite Peanuts cartoons. Here's These salt & pepper sets capture iconic moments in cartoons: Snoopy on top of his doghouse in contemplation as Woodstock looks on is something that you remember from all the Charlie Brown cartoons. Schroeder pounding away at his keyboard as lovesick Lucy tries to kiss his head is a never-ending frustration for her as he continues to ignore her, so engrossed is he with Beethoven. Charlie Brown and Snoopy stand--happy to be together again. Lucy behind her stand offering her psychiatric services, I get a kick over that each time. How she is able to have customers and have her only pay 5 cents is a tickler. The sets are approximately 3.5" high and come in a Peanuts-themed box.

I thought these kissing couples themed salt & pepper sets are great to give as gifts for a couple's wedding, anniversary, and homecoming. Made by Westward Giftware, the company has chosen some very iconic couples kissing. The Princess and the Frog comes to life at this kissing moment; she shuts her eyes to kiss the frog as he smiles. The rocking chair couple is a great present for a silver and even a golden anniversary; so heartwarming. The bride and groom kissing would look great on tope of a cake; if only it wasn't so weighty. But it would be a great reminder during the couple's first year as they use the salt and pepper set for lunch and dinner. The hippies kissing with free love is a great gift for the generation who grew up in the 60s; the long hair, the bell bottoms, the headband and beard -- it's all here in great detail. It's a great memorabilia from a memorable time.

Classic Characters from Yesterday and Forever

These salt & pepper sets are a blast from the past. Take a trip through yesteryear with Popeye, Betty Boop, and The Wizard of Oz and his friends.

I am very surprised by the resurgence of the Betty Boop character. How she has remained classy, sexy, and innocent at the same time and remains so over the years is amazing. Anyone who has seen her original cartoon can't get over her little-girl singing voice. She is one of the first sexy girls in the cartoon world. Jessica Rabbit had nothing on her! Westland Giftware has made an amazing rendition of this character who had her beginning in the 1930s. She wears her trademark red dress and hoop earrings. She also has her faithful and mischievous white dog. If you are a Betty Boop collector, any of these fine salt-and-pepper sets would be a great addition.

Popeye and his friends are characters from another stalwart cartoon era. "I'm Popeye the sailor man, toot-toot. I'm Popeye, the sailor man, toot-toot. I'm strong to the finish 'cause I eats my spinach, I'm Popeye the sailor man! I still remember that opening song from the old rereuns. Growing up as a girl, though, I always liked Olive Oyl. She was so down-to-earth that I could see being friends with her. I have always thought highly of Popeye because he was the kind of guy who thought that Olive Oyl was gorgeous, even with her stick figure. He seemed to be the kind of guy who was sensible and valued Olive's personality. Of course, Popeye can't help but look good when you compare him to Bluto. Bluto was such a brute that it was satisfying that Popeye was always able to clobber him whenever he kidnapped Olive. As for Wimpie and his penchant for being a moocher to eat his handburgers..."I'll gladly pay you Tuesday, for a handburger today." He's here with a handburger with fixins that's as tall as he is. It'll take him till Tuesday, just to eat it. Baby Sweetpea is adorable, enough said, even though Sweetpea has never said anything.

And who can forget these wonderful characters from The Wizard of Oz. These salt and shaker sets again portray the iconic moments in the movie. The sculpting of the four friends following the yellow brick road is marvelous; the detailing is very amazing in these little salt-and-pepper sets. Glinda's pretty gown and Dorothy's checkered blue gingham dress are beautiful as she tells Dorothy to tap her ruby red heels three times so that she can go home. You can feel the Wicked Witch's malevolence as she uses her crystal ball to spy on the group. Meanwhile the salt-and-pepper set of the legs from the Wicked Witch from the East sticking out from the house is comical, it will bring a smile to your lips every time you see it!

Westland Giftware

These salt-and-pepper sets are made by Westland Giftware, a leading manufacturer in the gift and collectible industry. They have made high quality giftware since 1972 and can be found in over 30,000 card and gift stores, national department stores, specialty stores, and the like. The company works with prominent designers and sculptors as well as popular and classic licenses to create these sets from the entertainment world.

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mtsi1098 6 years ago

what a great idea for a hub...I wonder if the kissing shakers have to be used at the same time due to the lip locking :)

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi mtsi, yeah I thought these salt & pepper sets were just fun to write about. Thanks!

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Yes, I remember Dorena Young - she was in the newspapers and then on the news many years ago with her amazing collection.

What a fun hub. Thanks so much!

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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi BK, it' amazing that she has so many around the house.

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