Post # 1
The other post I had about my registry got me thinking about what most people want to buy from a registry. For example, when I was in my early 20’s, I always scanned teh registry and went for something decorative like a picture frame or fun like wine glasses and then would put in a bottle of wine. I guess because I was young and didn’t understand how necessary household items were, I didn’t want to give a “boring” gift like silverware or kitchen utensils.
On my other posting, a lot of people were mentioning they gravitated towards something that would last a lifetime, like really good quality pots/pans, etc.
So, when you look at a registry, what is usually your preference to purchase??
Post # 3
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
- 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
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
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
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
@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
board games or camping stuff or
what ever is on sale shhhhhh
Post # 10
@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
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
@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
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
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
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.