Why I Gave This Magnolia Hearth & Hand Product a Thumbs Down

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NOTE FROM COLLIN:

Similar to how we do our Try Me Tuesday posts with product recommendations, I thought it would be also fun to do basically the complete opposite. With that said, I introduce “Waste of Money Wednesday!” This post will be exactly that – the Hip2Save team will be sharing products that they aren’t happy with, products they feel are a waste of money – basically product UN-recommendations.


Hi all! It’s Michelle here, one of Collin’s sidekicks!

Like many others, I was so excited to make my first Hearth & Hand purchase at Target after the launch of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ new Magnolia line.  I was on a budget so I opted for a simple, yet practical item to add to my kitchen. Little did I know this purchase would make my sodium intake rise drastically! 😳

I bought this House Salt and Pepper Shaker Set from Target.  I thought they were so cute, clean, and classic and they would fit great into my super trendy farmhouse decor I have going on at my house.

Well… they ARE very cute, but not practical.

First of all, a stopper was missing from the bottom of one. Nothing a little duct tape couldn’t fix though, right? Well the stopper in the other was ridiculous. It was so squishy and soft, the second you filled the shaker up with pepper, it popped out. I placed duct tape on that one too. So now my super cute farmhouse looking S & P shakers already have duct tape holding it together. But oh well. It’s MAGNOLIA!


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Then for the real test! As I began to fill up the salt shaker, and of course had to turn it upside down to fill it, the salt immediately poured through the holes in a continuous flow all over my countertop. I sat there for a second thinking I was doing something wrong, but come on, how hard is this? When you design a salt and pepper shaker, do you not test it with real salt?

I’m thinking the positive reviews on Target.com are from customers who use these for decor purposes only?! 🤔


Anyway… I tried to think of a way to fix the problem since the holes are MUCH too large in both shakers then remembered that I already had duct tape on the bottom, and started thinking maybe this wasn’t a very smart purchase. I do enjoy salt, but not to the point of my food looking like a snow blizzard has hit! #saltpocalypse

The takeaway: These are NOT practical but are still very cute.  I will not be filling these and placing them on the dinner table for fear of drastically spiking my kids sodium levels. I will, however, rip the duct tape from the bottom and place them on my shelf to enjoy as decor (mostly because I don’t want to hassle with returning them).


I still love Chip and Joanna and the Hearth & Hand product line – so don’t hate me – but I’m pretty sure anything I buy from the brand will be for decorating purposes only and not for anything I actually intend to use in a practical way.


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Comments 131

  1. Tessa

    Isn’t it common practice to put your finger over the hole when you fill? And it is a salt shaker, not a salt pourer. Turn it on it’s side and lightly shake.

    • sealybear

      I don’t know about other people but this is the first time I hear about such “common practice”. And, by the way, I have a vintage salt shaker I found in Goodwill. Ceramic, egg-shaped, with tiny hand-pained flowers on it, and on feet. You’ve probably seen something like it, I think it was a common design in the olden days. Three holes on top. The bottom never falls out and to sprinkle the salt you actually have to turn that thing upside down and SHAKE! That’s why it’s called a shaker! Not because you have to painstakingly make sure you don’t spill it.
      Yes, these Magnolia shakers are cute. But come on, they have to be functional first! Even if they are by Chip and Joanna and everybody loves them.

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