Post # 1
We’re just starting to put together a registry for the shower (two, actually–Amazon and Target. And Target’s really just there because some people like a brick ‘n mortar option) and realized that we might very well have like, 100 different items on the registry. We didn’t include clothes or toys, figuring a lot of people would opt to do that anyway, so we focused on a lot of utilitarian items–there are a lot of multiples (like 4 crib sheets) and a lot of “little things” (nail clippers, wipes, burp cloths, etc.)
Is a list of 100 or so items going to look bad, like gift-grabby? I’m thinking of my friends’ registries and I think they had more like 50 items.
It turns out that I’ll probably end up having 3 showers b/c this is the first grandchild and DH’s parents are divorced so Father-In-Law and stepmom want to throw one for their side and Mother-In-Law wants to throw one for her side. And my BFF offered to throw one way back in the day, which will be our “main” shower for my side + friends. I can’t say for sure how many guests we’re talking about in total, but probably around 40-50 for all 3 combined? I’m aware that a lot of people will go off-registry (not expecting someone to purchase my nipple cream, but it’s on there anyway) so I’m in no way expecting to exhaust the registry, and there are 8-10 “big ticket” items (+$100) that I’m sure only the future grandparents will be interested in, I just don’t want to come off as grabby.
Post # 3
I don’t see it that way at all. We just finished our registries on Amazon and at Babies R Us and we put as much as we could on both, because you get a discount for anything people don’t purchase. So this way you can buy the things after the shower for a discounted price! Plus, it is better to have too many things, rather than not enough to give people lots of options. So many showers I’ve been to haven’t had anything left in my price range when I went to purchase a gift (usually last-minute as I’m a proscratinator), so I think the more options, the better!
Post # 4
If you look at a registry checklist, they have 200-300 items on them. Thus I do not think 100 items is grabby. As long as there are a good mix of prices, I think it sounds just fine. One thing I always hate when looking at registries is that there is not enough middle priced things. Often I don’t want to buy 5 or 10 items to hit my $50 or $100 goal. It can be a pain sometimes when people do not register for enough stuff and there are only a few things left after the rush. I think people also understand that many stores give you discounts for things left on your registry, so that’s another reason to register for some extra things (that you want of course). Lots of people will go off the registry, but those who will buy from the registry will appreciate choices.
Post # 5
I think you need to stop worrying…..add what you think you will need.
I think when the times comes, I will register at Babies R’ Us. But I will go in and have an associate help me.
Post # 6
@BothCoasts: I appreciate a big registry because it gives people the option of getting an inexpensive gift or a pricey one….or a sentimental gift or a useful one. I like having the option of “personalizing” my gift registry option. I like to get something that it SO ME but yet something they want.
I only have 24 things on my registry and I am inviting 24 people….so I am trying to add stuff here & there to make it more option-friendly. So, you should be glad yours is stuffed!
btw: the “big ticket” items can and most likely will be bought! There are lots of close friends who will know you and know what you need and will go in on a pricey gift together! So don’t be shy. Put them on there:)
Post # 7
If you are having 3 showers, I think 100 items might be too few! you can always go back and add/delete items in between showers, if need be.
Post # 8
I say more the merrier! I’ve been to a few baby showers and they had lots of items. I enjoy buying multiple small items and making a bag/basket for the momma to be 🙂 or with my best friend from high school I went over board lol I stuffed a diaper bag full of stuff! She was sure happy!
I say try and have items of all prices because you might have someone who purchases a few cheaper items for you and then some who want to purchase a big item.
I also liked when they had multiple of one thing, like diaper bags (I remember my BFF having a large one a medium one and a few small ones and did they come in handy!)
Having only a few items can stink sometimes because if you go by the registry what happens when everything is already gone.. It wasn’t a baby shower but a wedding shower for my cousin and his wife. They registered at Target and there was only maybe 2 pages, by the time we went shopping everything was gone! So I bought what I thought they might like.
Post # 9
Don’t stress – people sometimes put things that they know no one would ever buy on a registry just so they can get them included in a registry discount! 🙂