Registries- give a 30 year old home owning bee some Ideas!

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We will ask for money, but I understood on the bee that this is completely inacceptable in the us. In Germany, it’s perfectly fine – what difference does it make, you’re asking for gifts either way. (we said that we didn’t invite guests to get presents but if anyone did want to make a gift we’d be glad about money for the honeymoon.) 

Post # 3
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Busy bee

We are also in our 30’s and pretty much have everything. We will register for a big kitchen mixer (I have wanted one for oh-so-long, but just can’t afford it) and, as stupid as it sounds, stuff for our walls for our house. That way the house will become ours and we can have a garage sale 🙂

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

lizzypoo96:  We recently attended a wedding of friends in a similar situation. They registered for upgrades of linens, but they also thought outside the box and registered for a stainess steel BBQ, various tools( skill saw, drill etc) and some other things from the Big Box home store.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

My DH and i are both in our thirties and both had two full houses of furniture and crap before getting married. We ended up registering for a new bedroom comforter and sheet set that we both liked, a few specialty kitchen items we didnt have and things like a steamer, a jewelry box, but most of all we put amazon giftcards on our registry (which was through amazon).  We ended up with many giftcards and we used most of that towards a new weber grill, the grill cover and grill set.  One of dh good friends got him power tools.  two folks got us art so you could pick out nice stuff to decorate your new home.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

Im constantly in awe of how much useful stuff has been invented and sold at BBB. I can’t wander around the kitchen gadgets section without going home with something new: i.e. stackable fridge organizing drawers and 2Liter holders, lazy susans for the pantry, reusable rubber cupcake cups, along with countless as-seen-on-TV things… Stuff I never had in the ~7 years I lived away from home but I find useful now that I have them. 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Kiawah Island

My husband and I just got married last week.  We are 31 and 36 and were both homeowners with tons of stuff.  We registered on Amazon and I loved it because we were able to register for perishable stuff.  Here are examples of stuff we registered for:

  • HVAC register filters in the size for our home
  • Refrigerator water dispenser in-line filters
  • Oil filters for our Harleys
  • motor oil for our Harleys
  • WD-40
  • Mr. Clean magic erasers
  • Cat toys
  • guitar strings (we both play guitar)
  • Terro ant baits
  • Cute garden flags for every season
  • cleaning gadgets
  • ear plugs (we use a lot of ear plugs for mowing, sleeping, shooting sports, etc)

I loved Amazon!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We live together and are paying for half of the cost of the wedding, so I don’t feel weird at all that we are asking for monetary gifts. We are also registering for a few items (since we know some people will insist on giving items). One thing we are doing which I LOVE is that we are registering at a liquor store for nice bottles of wine and a few top shelf liquors that we wouldn’t buy ourselves often. I hope people actually buy off that registry!!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I was in the same boat – FI didn’t have too much stuff, but I love to cook and have upgraded most of my kitchen items over the past 2-3 yrs. Some things I enjoyed were:

– specialty bakeware (springform pan, tart mold, angelfood cake pan, creme brulee kit)

– Kitchen aid attachments for mixer (ice cream, grinder, pasta maker)

– Seriously upgraded chef’s knives

– Down pillows and comforter

– Nice picture frames, throw pillows, candle holders and other decorative items (Michael Aram, Kate Spade, Pottery Barn etc)

– Matching bathroom accessories, bathrobes, bathroom scale

– Toasting flutes and cake cutter for wedding (plus 20% off for us if nobody bought them beforehand, so a win-win)

– We also registered for some furniture items at Pottery Barn, put gift cards on that registry too, and had our families share our interest in purchasing those items for our home with anyone who asked

We ended up having to register for a TON of stuff, and it was actually really hard. Clearly, if you don’t have a large registry, most people will give cash for the wedding. However, for wedding showers, everyone needs a gift and I was surprised at how generous everyone was and how quickly items flew off the registry.

Oddly, the thing I have used the most since my showers was a $5 wooden citrus reamer from Sur La Table. I put it on there out of desperation (similar situation to you!), and I now regret having lived without it for all these years.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are in the same boat. My man doesn’t have a great tool collection, so besides some new linens we are making a man registry for tools and garage organization stuff. We are also going to set up a honeymoon registry. 

Most of my girlfriends are super crafty and have already told me their gifts will be decor made for the wedding reception. I’m way more excited about that than getting a third set of measuring cups. 🙂

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

lovecacti:  Did anyone buy those things for wedding gifts?

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Kiawah Island

julies1949:  Yes — we received the Harley oil filters, motor oil, one garden flag, and cleaning gadgets.  Several of our guests got us Amazon gift cards because they are easily purchased at grocery stores.  Aside from one sorta “crafty” thoughtful gift, everything we received was either from our registry, cash, or gift cards.  It worked out really well.

BTW, we also used Amazon to register for gift cards to restaurants and we got two of those as well (Chilil’s & Outback).

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