(Closed) Inappropriate gift registry item?

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Camping gear and bikes on the registry; inappropriate?
    Totally tacky! A registry is for household items only. : (27 votes)
    16 %
    I wouldn't do it. But if it's what the two of you want and will use, go for it! : (45 votes)
    27 %
    Not tacky at all! Awesome idea! : (93 votes)
    56 %
  • Post # 3
    4284 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @Hannahmn88:  I wouldn’t. They are pretty large ticket items. I would purchase those with gift cards you receive.

    Post # 4
    381 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I say do it!!!!!!  why not? whats the worst that can happen??  people do registrys for houses, honeymoons, cars, so why not!!

    Post # 5
    3574 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I wouldn’t do it.  My husband and I gave each other bikes as our wedding gift to each other. 

    You should add a poll!

    ETA:  Whenever I see large items on registries (bed, couch, etc) I always think the couple did it so they could get the discount afterwards when nobody bought it.  Kind of tacky.

    Post # 6
    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    I think they’re totally fine.  From what I understand, a lot of couples register for camping gear/activity items/games etc. these days because they already have a lot of the housewares they need from living together.  And I think big ticket items are actually not bad to have, because groups can all pitch in for one big thing, or if you don’t get it, depending on where you register you might be able to buy what’s left on your registry at a discount.

    Post # 7
    1293 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2018

    @RoyalLime:  +1. That’s exactly what I was going to say. I don’t care what the item is, but expensive items in general are off putting. Yes, people can do group gifts (but they are so annoying to coordinate), but I think your best bet is using the gift cards you receive to contribute to your more pricey wish list.

    Post # 8
    930 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We registered for camping gear, because camping is something we love to do together.  

    Post # 9
    340 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We have dog stuff on ours. He is part of the family, and we already have the normal wedding stuff like china

    Post # 10
    9955 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Etiquette Snob here…

    Actually those items are quite acceptable nowadays (sporting goods)… especially so if someone is planning to throw a Couple’s Shower for you.

    BUT do bear in mind that the primary reason for having a Wedding Registry is to receive items that will help you set up your home together

    (And if that means you are in a situation where you have a lot of stuff already, then the school of thought is… use the opportunity to upgrade / get better stuff… OR don’t register at all.  Sort of NO Middle ground on this subject)

    IF you don’t register the “implied” idea is you would appreciate Cash

    Also the tasteful amount of Registries is two… and they should be quite different.  So in your case say one Sports Good Store… and one Housewares Store.

    AND of course… never any mention of CA$H and that would include Honeymoon Registries.

    Hope this helps, if you need more info just ask.


    Post # 11
    11234 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @elysion:  Agreed. We have games on our registry and a couple of big items. I’ve said it before, but my aunts yelled at me for not registering for appliances or more big stuff so people can go in on things together (we only have 6 things over $100).

    Post # 12
    9142 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @Hannahmn88:  I have seen camping equipment on registries (R.E.I. even has its own registry for that purpose.)  I don’t see anything wrong with adding bikes and camping equipment.

    Post # 13
    430 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I’m probably a year away from actually making a registry, but I do plan on putting a few camping items on it when we put one together.  They will be at one store which is specifically a camping store and range in price from $20-$350 and they will be things that will last us for years and be well used.  To me, I’d rather put a $350 tent that I will use and enjoy multiple times a year than fancy silver or china that would cost the same amount but be used less.  I still don’t expect anyone to actually buy the higher priced items, but at least they’d have a good idea about what store to get us gift cards to if they want to take that route.

    A lot of my friends are getting married in the next year or so and most of their registries are already up.  One of the things I’ve noticed as “double take worthy” is when there is only super expensive stuff on a registry, like nothing under $100.  For that reason we plan to be wary of this and only have maybe 10 or so things over $100 and the majority of our items in the $25-$40 range.

    Post # 14
    3755 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    This is a good question. My Fiance and I will have lived together for 2 years by the time our shower rolls around, and each of us lived on our own for years before that. We have all of the traditional items that would be on a registry. It would be nice to be able to register for some non traditional items that we would love to have but don’t buy for ourselves.

    Post # 15
    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I honestly think it’s tacky.  Just because you are getting married doesn’t mean people owe you anything (expensive “toys”).  Stick to the essentials you need.  If it’s not much, then don’t register for much!!  You’ll just receive cash, then!

    Post # 16
    8530 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Hannahmn88:  register for anything YOU want.  if no one buys it, then maybe you will have some cash gifts to buy it for yourselves.

    i know people who are campers/outdoorsy people who only registered at REI. they had everything else they needed.


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