What type of gifts should I register for the Bridal Shower?

posted 2 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ve never seen anyone ask for beauty products and perfume, I thought the items were supposed to be for the couple.. unless you guys share makeup & perfume.

You can add items that you may have mismatched, or items that need to be replaced. Appliances, dishes, even towels or decor items.

If you don’t need any of those, you can ask whoever is throwing the shower to have a theme, like kitchen themed, or date night themed.

Post # 4
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2882 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

MrsPiggles:  Registring for personal items is highly frowned upon.  Showers are more to give gifts for the couple, even if the party is for the bride. 

My DH and I had a lot of stuff too, but we did have some stuff that was bought while we were in college still.  We upgraded a lot.  We got new plates to replace the goodwill ones that we had, and new towles because the ones we had where bought cheeply and didn’t match our new home.  We got curtans that matched our house better too.  And for some reason about a month before my shower, my DH started dropping and breaking glasses, so we replaced those as well.  I know a few of my five year old things that I got when I first moved out on my own where over due for upgrades, like my coffee maker and $5 toaster.

If you have the storage, you can always get things that are durable that you know you will need to replace one day.  Towles again fall into this catagory.  My aunts joked that they would love a second wedding to get new towles!

We also went a bit off script and registered for tools.  We own our house and run to the hardware store once a week to grab something we need for a project. 

I also like jenilynevette:  idea of throwing a themed party, like date night, or stock our wine cellar for more non-traditional gifts. 

Post # 6
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1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t think Macy’s lets you return gifts for cash, but I did use a lot of my wedding gc for makeup after my registry was fulfulled.  FWIW-I love my Hotel Collection sheets.  They are spendy but amazing.

Post # 7
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2882 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

MrsPiggles:  You could still register for the duvet.  We registered for a vacume cleaner that we were going to go back and buy with the store registry discount, but my FI’s family went in together and got it for us.  I wouldn’t register exclusively for expensive items, but one or two large ones don’t hurt. 

Post # 8
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5199 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

MrsPiggles:  Don’t register for things you don’t need!  The point of a registry is that people want to buy you things you actually want and need, so don’t go beyond that.  Also, the advice to register for 2 items per person is totally over the top.  Just stop when you’ve hit the max of items you actually need.

Post # 10
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852 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 

MrsPiggles:  Have you considered registering for the following:

  1. a new camera for your honeymoon (can set up a wish list with Amazon.com)
  2. gift cards to home improvement stores such as Home Depot or Lowes
  3. gift cards to your favorite restaurants that might be chain restaurants
  4. upgrades to items you already have (new microwave, coffee maker or toaster oven)
  5. new bedding is always nice to have as well as new towels

Some bees might also suggest registering for a Honeyfund….  I am not a fan of these but it is an option

 

Post # 11
Member
866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Sometimes people will go in together to buy more expemsive items on the list so go ahead and register for a few more $$ items! Also do you have a garment steamer? That’s like #1 on my list lol. Hmmm what about gardening things? Or update things like your hangers? It never hurts to have extra sheets. Do you have formal china set or crystal? 

Post # 13
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1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think it’s okay to have a handful of higher priced items, because people may want to go in on a gift together.  My mother’s friends generously gifted us a very expensive all clad cooking set that I had planned to just buy with wedding gc.

Post # 14
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Here are some things we registered for that might give you an idea.

Bedding sets [two so we could have one when one is in the wash]

Plush Blankets

Sheets

Heating Blankets

Random Household Gadgets [over the cabinet towel racks, over the washer & dryer racks, behind the door kitchen shelving systems, ect], A new Spice Rack, Carpet Shampoo-er, Deep Freeze, Towels, Area Rug, Magazine Rack, Drill & Drill Bit Set, Shop Vac, Air Purifier, Fireplace/TV Stand, Decor Items, Bakeware Sets, Hanging Pot Rack, Outdoor Misting System, Grill

 

Big Ticket Items include :

Gazebo

2 Person Outdoor Lounger

Vanity

Kitchen Table & Chairs

Bakers Rack

Storage Bench

Entryway Bench

Sofa

& Loveseat

 

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