What do you like to buy off a registry???

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I usually try to give something that I think is quality.  I will try to personalize it to the person or our relationship a bit.  For a friend who loved to bake, I tried to find baking stuff in my price range.  If there was someone where we would go out for drinks all the time, I would pick up her martini glasses.

After being on here for a while I discovered so many people want their flatware, so that’s been my new plan if it fits the price I had in mind.

 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I look for something that I think the person will actually keep for a long time, or something I know the couple really needs.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I always get the weirdest thing on there. They registered for it, obviously they want it. Board games, a bamboo cheese plate with glass dome, etc.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Towels, no real reason but my Mom always bought towels so it’s something I got from her. I think it’s something that always gets ignored on a registry, too.

ETA: Lately DH and I have been favoring alcohol related gifts, though, haha.

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

as of late i’ve been giving a place setting.  Unless there’s something on there that I see that instantly makes me think of that person or the couple and it’s a ‘they NEED to own that and I need to be the one to give it to them’ situation, I get a place setting (my friends have all chosen ones in the $60 range)

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@jennygrl070: I usually go for an entire gift if it’s within my price range, like a Keurig coffee maker or a blender. I try to stay away from getting a couple of things from a larger set (i.e. four of 12 china plates) and definitely anything for the bedroom. I know – it’s silly, but for some reason, it weirds me out.

In the future, I’d probably just give a gift for the shower and cash for the wedding. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

board games or camping stuff or

what ever is on sale shhhhhh

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@jennygrl070:  So far I’ve been underwhelmed with the registry options available to us.  We’ve been getting people pots in the $80 range since those are usually the most expensive items and we’d rather buy the biggest item on the registry than give a measly check.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

So true! my younger friends gave us fun items (like a toaster that makes eggs and our wine glasses), and DH’s older friends all gave us cash!

DH and I prefer to give bizarre gifts… Like the $80 Dutch oven that was apparently magical because holy moly, it was $80!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@jennygrl070:  I usually try to buy something fun or unique.  Like something that they would never buy for themselves.  But if the entire registry is just household goods, then I get the most used thing on the list…like mixing bowls or measuring cups.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

If I know the bride/couple really well, then I normally go off the registry with something I’m 100% sure they’ll like and appreciate.  I love being “crafty” or making baskets, so I’ve done things like the wine basket for all special ocassions/holidays during their first year of marriage + engraved toasting flutes.  If I don’t know the couple as well, I go for something really boring but necessary off their registry that DH and I really wanted…toaster, coffee pot, pots/pans, silverware. 

For the wedding we always give $$$.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m assuming it won’t be a stand-alone gift, but I stalked my registry and I’m getting an egg-separater that hooks on the edge of the bowl.  I’ve been using my fingers (just haven’t gotten around to getting one) and I’m thrilled.  My second favorite all-time gift was a vacuum cleaner that I wasn’t expecting.  Mine was a pain in the ass to work with.  So, I’m a fan of practical.  I’m 37.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

First it depends if I/we know both of the couple or just one of them really well.  Like if I’m just good friends with the guy I’ll buy the stuff he obviously picked out.  I got a pocketknife off a registry before.  And a patio firepit (which I’m jealous of).

For couples we know I try to stay with stuff I know they really want, will use, and will last (not a fan of decorative stuff that they’ll donate in 5 years when tastes change, or candles that will burn up, etc).  My family always buys dishes (meaning I couldn’t or I would), but I got my brother a really nice knife sharpener, a food saver, set of towels, and a set of silverware.  I know they use them all in their home. 

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