For some, salt and pepper shakers are just vessels for two basic condiments on the dinner table. For others, they’re collectibles. As a volunteer at West Overton, I recorded a lot of these in a Microsoft Excel worksheet along with their other items. Initially people only extracted salt and pepper from bowls or containers until shakers came out in the 1920s. But they’ve really became popular during the Depression. Nevertheless, salt and pepper shakers have come in a lot of matching sets in all shapes and sizes. They even have two salt and pepper shaker museums. In this post, I’ll try to give you a glimpse of all the salt and pepper shakers out there. You have ones pertaining to pop culture. You have ones that might be in poor taste and wouldn’t want to put on the kids’ table. And you have ones that need to be seen to be believed. But you see salt and pepper shakers as souvenirs, gifts, decorations, and what not. So without further adieu, may I present to you to the crazy table world of salt and pepper shakers. By the way, some of these might not be safe for work.
- Before you say grace, perhaps you can hold your condiments in shakers praying for the Lord.
Also, they come in 3 colors so you can praise Lord through your condiment holders however you like. Nevertheless, I think I’ll take a pass on these. I mean no disembodied praying hands are going on my table.
2. For all you Star Wars fans out there, grace your table with a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader shakers.
Of course, remember that your pepper will turn to the dark side. Also, when you use the salt, it won’t go on your food.
3. Remember the salt and pepper packs you get at restaurants. Now someone has made a larger home version of these.
Unlike the ones you get in a restaurant, they’re not disposable and are made from plastic. Still, pretty clever if you think about it.
4. These bottle salt and pepper shakers are fashioned into an ice bucket cruet like you see champagne.
Of course, the ice bucket is fake and won’t melt. However, I’m not sure if I’d want an arrangement like this on my table. I mean they look tacky.
5. It’s said that these grenade salt and pepper shakers really give you a taste explosion.
Now I don’t know what to think of this. In fact, I’d be afraid to pull the pins on these for fear they may explode. I really don’t want to be salt or pepper bombed.
6. For some people salt and pepper is as different as a hula dancer fork and spoon.
Of course, they might’ve went with knife, but too many people saw it as a weapon. Still, why they’re wearing grass skirts and waving their arms funny, I have no idea.
7. On this grill cruet, you can pour your salt and pepper from a hotdog and hamburger.
Now I know we put salt and pepper on hotdogs and hamburgers. But for some reason this is ridiculous and tacky. Not sure how it would work out at a barbecue.
8. Of course, you can’t make a great table for your guests without a salt and pepper shaker of Mr. and Mrs. Potatohead.
Unlike the toys, you can’t take off their parts. Not to mention, they aren’t made from plastic. Nevertheless, anyone who’s a fan of Toy Story will love them.
9. Of course, you’d never know that these aren’t cigarettes at first glance.
Of course, I wouldn’t recommend using these salt and pepper shakers for a cocktail party. Besides, I’m not sure about using an ashtray cruet. I mean that’s crazy.
10. Since you might have a matching stove and fridge, why not have your condiments match?
Now together they say, “Dinner is ready…when the smoke alarm goes off!” Then again, I’m not sure about having a salt and pepper shaker of a stove and fridge. Even if they are the same color of the stove and fridge.
11. Of course, these shells will keep your salt and pepper safe from harm.
Now they’re said to be grenades. However, I know what a grenade looks like. And these resemble either bullets or something you stuff inside some artillery piece.
12. For those who adore the adorable polar creatures or March of the Penguins, here is a lovely penguin pair for your table.
Of course, you can’t tell which of these is male or female. Then again, the one with the baby is probably the dad. They’re usually the ones who hatch the chick while the mom goes off to the sea to eat.
13. If you love pugs and tacky sweaters, I’m sure these pug salt and pepper shakers will strike your fancy.
Now I think these might be just the thing for some pug lover who doesn’t have much taste in interior decorating. Also those dog sweaters are atrocious. Still, it has its own unique charm.
14. Now for those working in chemistry, these flask condiment containers will do quite nicely.
Wouldn’t be surprised if you saw such a set on someone’s table on The Big Bang Theory. Do like the cork stoppers on these though.
15. Those who love Pepe le Pew will love this salt and pepper set with his cherie.
Of course, her name is more likely Penelope, not salt. However, Pepe should really get the memo that she’s a cat, not a skunk. But who cares?
16. Now with salt and pepper shakers like these, I’d suspect the owner must be from Florida.
Now I guess the pink flamingo is the salt and the red one’s the pepper. Nevertheless, they’re about as tacky as the lawn ornaments they imitate.
17. Now these kitty shakers have the salt and pepper come out from their rear ends.
Now I wonder why they’d have holes in their butts. Kind of seems a little in bad taste. Still, they seem to be quite cute from what I could see of them.
18. Dinner time isn’t the same without these dancing devil ballerinas.
Yes, they may be as evil as they come. But they seem so very light on their feet. Also, love their pronged forks.
19. As a rule, Her Royal Majesty the Queen always has to stand by her grenadier guard.
Of course, the guards always have to be very still and not smile. Still, looking at these makes me want to do my Monty Python pepperpot voice.
20. Hey, what the hell are those giant flies doing here?
Oh, they’re salt and pepper shakers. Nevertheless, I’m not sure why anyone would want them on their table. I mean they’re quite freaky.
21. In vampire love, it always starts with love at first bite.
I bet he’s trying to suck some blood from her neck. And she seems to enjoy it. However, it’s still a better vampire love story than Twilight. At least these make a more interesting couple.
22. Of course, you can’t serve dinner without having a couple of Chinamen salt and pepper shakers on your table.
I know this is supposed to be of a Chinese couple because of the guy’s hairstyle which was mandatory during the Ching dynasty. Nevertheless, these are depicted in a rather racist caricature. Yeah, wouldn’t be the kind you want to show to your Chinese neighbors.
23. Of course, it’s always easy to tell a good witch from a bad witch.
Now I hate to say this but this set up looks rather stereotypical. I mean good witches don’t always wear white and are blond. Bad witches aren’t always green and wear black.
24. Of course, salt and pepper shakers like these will immerse your table in sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.
Yes, all they want is peace and love. But I’m sure they wouldn’t be able to see how shitty things were at Woodstock. Well, the music was good but the accommodations were unbearable.
25. Now this salt and pepper shakers are made courtesy of New Orleans.
Okay, I don’t know about you. But these two seem to be rather racist caricatures. Seem like they’re done in a style you’d find akin to lawn jockeys. Yeah, as a white person, I wouldn’t want to be caught dead with these two in my possession.
26. Seems like Ms. Pickle and Ms. Tomato love to make music together.
Seems that Ms. Pickle is on vocals while Ms. Tomato is on lyre. Still, I love the matching outfits on these two.
27. Seems that Mr. Onion and Mr. Artichoke are tennis buddies.
However, I’m sure Mr. Onion cries every time Mr. Artichoke scores. Nevertheless, they both have layers you’re not sure you’d want to peel off.
28. A nun’s habit depends on its color. Judge wisely.
Let’s just say I don’t think either habit is bad. Just different. Then again, I might not say the same about personality.
29. You can’t have a biblical feast without salt and pepper shakers of Adam and Eve.
Sure Adam and Eve may look cute in this. But somehow I feel this is somewhat borderline inappropriate for a kiddie table. Not sure why. Oh, wait, they’re naked. Talk about making original sin looking adorable.
30. Sorry, Rover, only salt and pepper coming from these bones.
Yes, I’m sure Rover wouldn’t want to bury these in the yard. And if he does, then he’s bound to be in deep trouble. Also if he chews on them, too.
31. Seems like someone at this table is busted.
Well, at least the good thing about this cops and robbers salt and pepper shaker is that they’re both of the same race. Let’s just say if the robber had darker skin, you could have some unfortunate implications.
32. These two Smokeys say that only you can prevent forest fires. Courtesy of the National Park Service.
Of course, one Smokey has the bucket while the other has the shovel. Hope the bear has good use for the shovel because it can be a rather deadly weapon.
33. Seems like bread from this toaster comes out two ways: white or burnt.
Still, I wonder what guests would think if you put this cruet on the table. They might wonder if you’re crazy. Well, that is until they see that the bread slices are made from plastic and have holes in them.
34. Oh, my God, there are giant ants at our picnic!
Relax, those are salt and pepper shakers, not live mutants. Still, I’m not sure if I’d want to put them on a picnic table. They kind of look freaky for the most part.
35. Of course, bachelor pad can’t do without a cruet of a big boobed topless woman.
Actually he can. Really. Still, such condiment arrangement is bound to make dinnertime awkward. Except possibly in the Playboy mansion.
36. Of course, many people might think the idea of having a salt and pepper shaker depicting a kewpie on the toilet cute.
Now I wouldn’t want to see either of these on the dinner table. I mean that’s just tacky in my opinion. Seriously, why?
37. Presenting to you all, I give you butt shakers.
Now not only does this look rather inappropriate and out of proportion. It also kind of reminds me of a piece you see on the male anatomy. But I’m keeping myself mum on this.
38. Now this salt and pepper shaker set is fit for Picasso’s dinner table.
Well, at least these two fit together. However, I doubt these were made by Picasso. And they’d probably wouldn’t be on his table. However, they were probably inspired by his art.
39. Of course, if you want to throw a really fancy dinner, then you must have fancy salt and pepper shakers to go with it.
This is the Salieria piece by Benvenuto Cellini. It was made in the 19th century. However, unlike most of the pieces on here, it’s a museum piece, and therefore, not for sale.
40. Would you want your dinner served by Mr. S. Dolphin or Mr. P. Shark.
Of course, dolphins are porpoises. Thus, I think dolphin should be pepper while shark should be salt. Then again, I do love their tuxedo waiter outfits.
41. Nothing graces your dinner table like salt and pepper shakers depicting a baby doll’s head.
Okay, now there’s no way in hell I think anyone should put these on their table. Seriously, they’re going to make your guests think that there’s something wrong with you. Like you’re Hannibal Lecter.
42. Of course, you can always put your salt and pepper in paint tubes.
That is, unless you have paint tubes that might read Saffron and Persian Red. Then there might be some confusion.
43. When it comes to dachshunds, it all has to come out somewhere.
Now I’m sure people might find wiener dogs cute. But I’m not sure whether these salt and pepper shakers are among the best in table decor.
44. Out of the goodness of their hearts, I’m sure Brother Simon and Brother Peter will bless your meals.
Love how these monks seem to look the same and how their holes are used as facial features. Kind of look like they’re singing a chant. But I’m sure they’re on a vow of silence.
45. Press S for salt and P for pepper. It’s easy.
Now I’m sure these are still in the packaging. However, they’re keyboard keys so I’ll allow it. Still, not sure what they’d look outside the box.
46. In this bowling cruet, the ball sits between two pins.
And I’m sure the pins contain the salt and pepper. I’m not sure about the bowling ball though. Might just be for decoration.
47. Of course, you can’t have a monster Halloween party without some eyeballs to hold the condiments.
Now that’s creepy and kind of gross. Actually it’s really gross. But hey, I bet this would be a hit with the Addams family or in Halloween town.
48. Of course, you can’t have a great dinner party without putting your condiments in rings.
Now how they get the salt and pepper in these, I will never now. Must have some sort of device to open them. Not sure how you can funnel the stuff through the holes.
49. Seems like Pa is full of piss while Ma is full of shit.
Well, these shakers have been around for a long time. And yes, they’re tacky. But hey, people seem to love them despite their terrible taste.
50. You can always have fun in the sun with these salt and pepper shaker flip flops.
Now I’m sure they’re not as cheap as real flip flops. Nor are that as destructible either even if made from ceramics. And no, you probably can’t wear them on the beach or in the shower.
51. Excuse me, but can you please pass me the heroin and cocaine?
Let’s just hope that you don’t use these during a dinner party where a cop is present. Because the police officer might get the wrong idea. Still, why make shakers like these? Seriously.
52. When it comes to whether Jesus was white or black, perhaps you might want both renditions on the dinner table.
Actually it would be fairer to say that Jesus was Middle Eastern who’d more or less have in common with the black image than the white one. Of course, he also had short hair as most men in 1st century Palestine.
53. Guess salt has the whiskers and the pepper has the mustache.
Yes, these are LEGO head salt and pepper shakers. I’m sure they shouldn’t be played with. But they do look cool, though.
54. Nothing makes dinner better than putting your salt and pepper in llama heads.
Not sure of what some people might think of these. However, I kind of find them amusing and somewhat creepy. Have no idea what the appeal among llamas is these days though.
55. With salt and pepper shakers like these, I’m utterly stumped.
Okay, they may be logs. But I’m sure they’re not made from wood even though they sure look like it. Then again, maybe they are. I can’t tell.
56. Why choose between Gandalf the Gray and Gandalf the White when you can have both at your second breakfast table.
Because both can be rather equally badass. I mean Gandalf the Gray says, “You shall not pass!” Also, Gandalf the White has a pretty cool horse and staff. Then again, Gandalf the Gray rocks in his wizard hat.
57. Nothing graces your garden party table like a cruet of a mooning gnome.
Now it’s one thing to have a mooning gnome in your garden. But it’s another thing to have one on your dinner table. Not sure which is worse.
58. Of course, no hunting lodge table would be complete without these gamey condiment containers.
Now I guess salt is moose and pepper is deer. However, what they’re used to flavor depends on where you live in North America.
59. At dinner, you can’t ignore these cute ninja salt and pepper shakers on the table.
Yes, these were adorable. But real ninjas usually didn’t dress this way and were usually spies. Oh, and they tended to improvise when it came to weapons.
60. Now these film canister shakers seem so picture perfect.
However, if you’re not using a digital camera, remember that you not mistake them for your real film canisters. Luckily they’re probably much bigger than the real things.
61. Of course, these skulls are sure to lighten up a dead audience. Or maybe not.
Not sure if these would be good for reciting Hamlet’s “Alas poor Yorick,” but they might do. Still, some people might find skull shakers a bit disturbing or creepy.
62. Of course, why not salt and pepper your meal with pee and poop?
Still, despite their cute faces, they’re kind of disgusting if you think about it. Seriously, some people might find these in very poor taste indeed. Also, might crush a few appetites in the process.
63. With shakers like these, they will be a nice gift for any school teacher or co-worker at the office.
Well, at least you know where you can refill them. But I’m sure you can’t use the pink parts as erasers.
64. Hey, I didn’t know they had unicorns in two different colors.
I’m sure your guests would love these graceful shakers on your table. If not, then they’ll certainly make a fine conversation piece.
65. These battery shakers have indicators that remind you when to refill.
And it seems that they’ve been used quite a bit since they’re both half filled. Of course, it’s apparent that they may soon run out of juice if used often enough.
66. Nothing makes a great addition to the dinner table than having your condiments in disembodied baby arms.
As if baby head salt and pepper shakers weren’t disturbing enough. Granted they were derived from doll parts, but still.
67. Your dinner table is never complete without salt and pepper shakers derived from severed baby legs.
Now that’s disgusting. Seriously, who the hell designs these things. And why would anyone want such demented stuff on their table? People might think you’re a serial killer.
68. Of course, these salt and pepper shakers will bring the ornate sense of wonder from the Middle East to your dinner table.
Then again, these might perpetuate some Arab and Muslim stereotypes though. Yes, people still dress like that there, but not everyone. Also, I’m sure women can show their faces in most Middle East countries even if they can’t show their hair.
69. Ladies and gentlemen, the Beatles.
Nevertheless, they kind of divided the group into shakers between the ones who are dead and the ones who are still alive. Of course, this is the Fab Four in their early years.
70. May this medieval cruet make a fine royal and holy addition to your table.
Actually this set looks as if it was either made by somebody or bought from a Renaissance Faire. Either way, doesn’t look like the condiment set people in the Middle Ages would use. Still, love the crowns though.
71. Nothing makes a table look better than squirrel salt and pepper shakers.
Now I’m sure squirrel shakers might look cute if they consisted of the whole animal. However, these only consist of their heads which is kind of terrifying.
72. Of course, Spock wouldn’t think these kind of shakers would be logical.
Yes, these are Star Trek salt and pepper shakers. Yes, they consist of Kirk and Spock. No, I don’t know which one is which.
73. I’m sure you’re summer luau will be a hit with these bongo drum shakers at your table.
Now I’m sure they’d go well not just at tiki parties but also beatnik jam sessions, too. However, not so sure if anyone would want to see them though.
74. Of course, you can’t have dinner without a place to go on.
Now I’m sure you’ll find both of these in a men’s room. And only one of these in the ladies’ room. Still, they’re probably fairly tacky for a dining room table.
75. Now these would be perfect for any table during road season.
Now I’m familiar with the classic orange traffic cone. However, I’m not sure if traffic cones even come in black. I mean they need to stick out so people can see them. If I were the designer, I’d go with fluorescent yellow.
76. Not sure if you want to roll these dice. You might spill something.
Yes, these are dice salt and pepper shakers. No, they aren’t used for games or gambling. They’re used for food.
77. Now I wonder how these women walk with big TV screens on their heads.
It’s said that they come from the Victorian Era but I highly doubt it. Still, there’s something a bit either sci-fi or dystopian about them. Also, they’re quite freaky, too.
78. “I’m a doctor, not a pepper shaker.”
Yes, these are salt and pepper shakers of Uhura and Dr. McCoy. Yes, they’re from Star Trek. One is the chief medical officer who clashes with Spock. The other is the communications officer who translates stuff and got kissed by Kirk.
79. Of course, you can’t have a super dinner without Superman and Wonder Woman.
Now I’m sure one is from the planet Krypton and the other’s from an island of Amazons. Still, they’re both from the DC universe and everyone wants them to be together. Also, wear stuff normal people wouldn’t be caught dead in.
80. “Pepper, my dear, I don’t give a salt.”
Yes, I’m sure this is an antique set for the movie. If it was made at the time. Still, I’ll put it in since Gone with the Wind is such an iconic film.