Post # 1
I just registerd at Target and when I got home, I was flipping through this little book they give you of things to register for. Listed, were all sorts of electronics and a grill, among the usual household items.
Is this bad etiquette? Obviously Target wants you to register for them so they listed them, but would/did you? I know the whole ‘make sure you register in all price ranges’ rule, but if you were a guest looking at someone’s registry, would you think it’s weird?
Have YOU registered for any electronics (TV, nice camera, camcorder, etc.)?
Post # 3
We did not register for any of those things. I think the point of a registry is register for those items that be used to set up a household. I would think that one would not need a camcorder to set up a household, but times are changing and technology is very important to people who are of the marrying age. Camcorders will record your child’s first birthday, most of us spend a great deal of time in front of a TV, and a grill-a cooking device that I would have loved to have gotten for a wedding present. So, no, I don’t think it weird to include those items on a registry, just don’t get carried away and keep the theme (of starting a life together) in mind.
Post # 4
Me and my FI started living together about 8 months ago, so there is little we actually need. We included a video camera on our list because it is important in setting up a household- to record memories! If they want to see their grandkids dammit, they are going to get us the camera. lol. (I’m kidding)
Post # 5
We did include a couple of electronics items. I was a little nervous, because they were big ticket items, so I put out some family feelers first. Basically the people I checked with said to include it- if someone wants to buy a big gift, or if a group want to go in together, it would be appropriate.
So, we registered for a camcorder and a HD TV. We didn’t wind up getting them, but I didn’t hear any rumblings from the fam that it was in bad taste or anything.
One plus to putting some of those items on there is that if you don’t get them as gifts, you can use your registry completion discount to purchase them yourselves.
Post # 6
we’ve been living together for a while now so we don’t feel like want presents..we haven’t registered anywhere but our registry fantasy is to ask for videogames!! at $60 a pop for some it would really help in our wallets!
Post # 7
I don’t think there is anything wrong with registering for a TV or a grill. I’d say many people would consider them necessities for their home. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t have a TV. If you are worried about how it looks spread the word that you’re thinking of it as a group gift.
Post # 8
i really wouldn’t worry about it – i do definitely think of it as part of starting a home together. you’d better believe that i care more about having a way to watch movies together than about having enough china to host thanksgiving! i think that what it means to "make a home together" has changed over the years, and it’s fine for your registry to reflect it. and if you get these things, make sure to highlight in the thank you notes the role that these items will play in your life together. btw, if they had them at one of our registry stores, FI and I would also be registering for board games, for the same reason.
Post # 9
We registered for things we needed.
We chose to add a small (and cheap) diginal camera and photo printer to our list. I ran everything past my mother, and she thought it was a great idea!
I had friends register for a plasma TV… which I thought was a bit extreme. I think there is a difference between a $100 camera, and a $800 TV.
BUT- this is my opinion. I don’t need a TV or video games- I want kitchen stuff. I’m sure some people think it is weird that we registered for a BUNCH of kitchen stuff and a sewing machine. But, to each his own. If someone thinks it’s strange, they won’t purchase it
Post # 10
We registered for some electronics. We got an iPod speaker system (that can go cordless too) and a GPS. They are two of our most-loved and used gifts. Even though obviously they won’t last forever, they are things we really wanted that are relevant to how we live our lives now. We got them from my hip young cousins and one of my husband’s college buddies. So electronics definitely can appeal to the younger set, whereas your parents’ and grandparents’ generation may still want to buy you china. But I don’t think it’s unreasonable to register for electronics so long as you don’t go way overboard.
Post # 11
I know that a good friend of the family *offered* to buy my sister a new TV/AV set up (which she hadn’t registered for) if she wanted it so I don’t think it’s weird at all. And especially not a grill which can be a bit pricey but be a really great way to make quick and tasty meals together (we absolutely *love* our gas grill and even though my FH was hesitant at first b/c he thought we wouldn’t use it, we use it like twice a week!). A good grilll can be an investment for many years, and I think it totally qualifies under "starting a life together"…many people would probably use it way more often than their stand mixer for example.