Post # 1
Hey bee’s I’m having my first bridal shower this weekend (FH sides) and then another one with my family on next Saturday. Just wondering did you bees get a lot of gifts from your registry or did most people just get you “something” that wasnt on ur registry.. Although I will be grateful for what I am getting, Im concerned about getting the cliche “2 of things” & cant take them backexchange or something that we already have. ***sn.. we both have homes & pretty much everything we need, so we preferred monetary gifts or gift cards… also registered at target***
… what did you see from your shower?
Post # 3
There were only 4 or 5 gifts that were off registry at my shower and all of them turned out to be useful (wine glasses, decanter, silicone spoons) so I didn’t return anything. I didn’t ever receive a duplicate gift so that has to be some kind of miracle. I got two gift cards, I wouldn’t expect a ton of those.
Post # 4
the last shower that i went to the bride got every single thing off of her registery and had to refill it even. registeries make it easy, i couldnt imagine people making their lives difficult… some friends of mine are stubborn and don’t like to be told what to get… hopefully they will include gift receipts if they stray from the registry!
Post # 5
Every single one of my gifts at my shower were from my registry. I had a small shower, with about 12 guests, so maybe if there were more people there might have been some off registry gifts. I also got 1 gift card to a place we registered.
Post # 6
Most of our gifts came from our registry. There were only a couple of things that we got that wasn’t on our registry. Some of it we kept and others we returned. My experience is that if you say it was a gift and you didn’t get a receipt they will give you store credit. Some stuff we had no idea where it came from and just kept it. But the majority was from the registry or was money.
Post # 7
I had a universal registry that turned out to kind of be a fail, so not really. But it meant that most gave $$$ which was OK by me! haha.
But, thanks to Mother-In-Law who looked at the registry ONCE early on, (she doesn’t have internet) then went back and reported the 3 things she could remember off it to her friends, who I guess also don’t have internet, I got a BUNCH of double gifts because they all got me the same thing. And I guess receipts interfered with their gift-wrapping, so those weren’t included. Ooops. I take most of the blame for that one, for not having a brick-and-mortar store on my registry, but it was still a little annoying :-/ Oh well, at least they meant well. And if I ever decide to throw a giant tea party, I am set!!
Post # 8
The only guests (2) who didn’t buy from my registry also didn’t RSVP to the shower. I had a couple other people add thoughtful gifts from the same store to their shower gifts too. Those were great but it was kinda awkward getting multiple of the same gift just because someone specifically didn’t buy from the registry, where it was cheaper!
Post # 9
I’d say we got 1/3 from the registry, 1/3 not, and 1/3 money or gift cards.
Non-regristry stuff was almost entirely dissapointing. I got two non-registry things that I liked. One was very personalized and from DH’s best friend and one was a gorgeous gift. The other stuff was just very kitschy–those little signs you can get at Ross for $5 that say “Family”, a weird framed clock thing, really ugly patterned mugs, etc.
I really don’t get why so many people buy outside of the registry. Regifting? Saving money? They think you’ll appreciate their taste better than your own? They think they know better than you what you want? They don’t care at all?
I think I’d honestly prefer not to get a gift at all than to get something that’s really weird and I have no idea how to thank them for it.