Post # 1
People really make me nuts sometimes! 🙂
Why is it that SO many people love to just ignore the gift registry thinking that they will get you something creative, unique, …ie: something I don’t really need
My shower is today and we have about 30 couples coming. 3 things have been purchased off my registry.
Just wondering: Did a lot of people buy from your registry or did you get a ton of gifts that were just “random”?
Post # 3
I got a mix, but more off my registry. Some bought off the registry, but didn’t check it off on the sheet, so that may could have happened to you too.
Post # 4
For us, people mostly gave us clothes. From our registries, my mom gave us our crib (co-sleeper), my sister bought us our first aid kit, a cousin gave us a sleep sack, and so did an aunt. Everything else was clothes. That was even after people asked us what we wanted or needed and we said “basically everything– it’s all on the registry.”
Post # 5
Ughh that is so frustrating. I was just telling my Mother-In-Law who suggested going off registry for a wedding shower that then she will have to return it, lol, and not to do it. I say if you go off registry, get a gift card to the store you registered at to go with your “unique” gift. I hope you end up getting more stuff, maybe they were late to purchase or got it elsewhere? Keep us posted!!
Post # 6
That is so frustrating. You are giving them a pretty awesome guidline of what you want and need and then they get you something random.. ugh I havent had this problem at my first shower, we will see what happens at the one next month lol. We did have that issue with our baby shower though.. OH my is it annoying but people mean well!! Oh and sometimes people will forget to give the paper to the cashier or whatever so things dont get taken off the registry, also remember there will probably be some last minute shoppers and maybe even people that just get you gift cards to where you are registered.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2010 - MacLean Park
I know people can get all riled up about the whole registry issue, so I won’t even talk about that. I didn’t get much from my registry either. I got a few good useful things, but mostly clothes, whcih drove me effing NUTS! I know people get excited about clothes, but geez louise! Babies probably need clothes least of all on the list, and you get tons and tons of them. We took 75% of them back and put the credit on gift cards so we could buy things like bottles and bibs and a diaper genie. Basically everything we bought that was a necessity was used from returned clothes money. That may make me a horrible ungrateful person, but I’m sorry, my baby needs bottles and crib sheets more than fifteen dresses.
Post # 8
We had 4 people buy stuff off of our registry. We mostly got clothes from everybody else. It was kind of frustrating, because I’d been stocking up on clothes ever since we found out we were having a girl so we really didn’t need that much more clothing. We actually needed stuff that was on our registry more.
Post # 9
I was seriously annoyed over our registry. We spent hours working on it and registered for about 100 items like the store suggested. The items varied in price. They started off at $3 and went up to $170 (the stroller). There were only 3 things on the registry over $100. We wanted everyone to have options. We got 16 things off of the registry and the only reason it was that many was because my awesome aunts put together a basket full of the little things. It ended up being one of my favorite gifts! We also had so many people ask what we needed. That was the worst! This is our first child! We NEED what we registered for! We intentionally did not register for clothes because we knew we would get a ton of them! The only thing that bothered me what it came to clothes was that people did not pay attention to the seasons and how old he would be. We got a fleece snow suit type thing in a 9-12mo. That would fit him next summer and will be useless.
Post # 10
So, first I want to say that I don’t mean to sound ungrateful. I am thankful that people took the time to buy us gifts and I know they mean well.
BUT with that said….Geez! So frustrating! I got 4 things from the registery. Everything else was clothes or really random things. I even got one or 2 things that I already had. Some things don’t have reciepts or even tags so I can’t return them.
As someone else said, this is our first baby and we really need the stuff we registered for. So if people got us other things, like clothes…then we just have to buy all that stuff ourselves. I know it’s my baby and I am more than willing to pay for the things my baby needs. But I feel like if people are going to spend money, it would be really nice if they bought us things we needed and thus helped us out.
I spent a lot of time on my registry. Picking things of all prices and trying to not fill it with a lot of “fluff”. Everything on there we needed, and will buy if they are not given as a gift.
I loved our shower and am so thankful that people cared enough to buy us gifts, but I just wish people would buy from the registry, buy practical things we need, and not just buy all the cute baby clothes. Our baby is being born in Oct and some people even gave us newborn SUMMER clothes! haha!
Post # 11
Since my husband and I aren’t looking to TTC any time soon, we take great delight in spoiling and shopping for all our friend’s kids. That said, I have gotten into the habit of making gift baskets for each of my dear friend’s new babies and I always take care to include a mix of on and off registry items. We got our fair share of weird off registry wedding items so buying a little of each keeps mama happy and satisfies the urge to buy cute baby stuff.
For example, my friend is due in November with a little boy and we got her a great mx of things: a bathtub to use as the basket (on registry), a bebepod seat (she registered for bumbo, we got the bebepod because it had the seat strap, same color etc), a teething set (on registry) and then because we love her and again have none of our own to spoil, we added 5 onsies, a layette set, a fuzzy pants and jacket set (you can’t resist baby clothes, i swear they’re addicting), a no tears bath pourer, oatmeal baby wash, hooded duck towel, giraffe blanket, robeez shoes, lovie snuggle blanket, baby socks, baby mittens, a handful of books and a wooden pull toy. All useful things with the exeption of the lovie which was just cute.
We might have gone overboard but its great for satisfying the baby rabies. I know I can’t resist the tiny baby clothes so I try to get the registry stuff first and the “fun” stuff after.
Post # 12
Hmmm, this is interesting. Were any of you team green? Or did you tell them the gender of the baby? I wonder if them knowing this information affects the amount of clothes you get.
I know my brother and my friend both complained that they were sick of seeing blue or pink clothes because they got so many outfits of that particular color.
Whenever I do get pregnant I hope to do a gender reveal at the same time as my baby shower. I’m hoping this will cut down on the pink or blue clothes I get since no one will know (including myself) until the party if I’m having a boy or a girl.
I’m a long ways off but this is my plan. Whenever it does happen. 🙂
Post # 13
We had about 70 people at my shower, and 25 gifts were bought off registry. Luckily it was the big, expensive things at least so we didn’t have to purchase anything too crazy expensive after (except the cloth diapers). We got a ton of clothes, which is nice b/c we won’t have to buy any for at least a year. And we got lots of wash cloths and bibs, we ended up taking some of those back. We kept a lot of wash cloths though and I wish we didn’t, we do laundry so often that by the time bath time comes again we just keep using the same ones.
Post # 14
@ttn133: I’m Team Green and I think it did make a difference. We got clothes, the ones I registered for, but since they weren’t the cutesy stuff, more ppl bought others things.
I don’t mind buying baby clothes myself, so it’s no big deal. I LOVE cosignment shops!
Post # 15
This is my fear – and why I’ve been buying things from my registry myself. I started my registry as a list of things I would need or things that have been suggested to me. As a first timer, I didn’t really have a clue and babies need lots of stuff! We bought the crib, the sheets and breast pump. And I plan on continuing to check things off my registry list as I purchase them up until the shower, we need these things and if there’s a sale (or tax free weekend in Massachusetts), why not?