(Closed) do you prefer registry or off-registry gifts?

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: registry or off-registry?
    Stick to my registry list- I chose that stuff for a reason! : (47 votes)
    71 %
    I love off-registry surprises! : (5 votes)
    8 %
    Both. Give ALL the gifts! : (14 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
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    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think you will end up with things you don’t like that you can’t easily exchange instead of registry gifts (which you should theoretically love since you picked them out).

    Post # 4
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    911 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia

    I love my family, but they do not know my taste, which is radically different then theirs. I would welcome off-reg gifts from my close friends, but they would be more inclined to do that anyway, I guess.  

    In either case, I would hope for a gift receipt!

    Post # 5
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    750 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’m so picky that I would rather guests stick to the registry list! However, if it is just really close family members that know me very well, then I can trust them and I would appreciate the surprise! So I guess it depends on how well they know me.

    Post # 6
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    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I got some awesome off registry gifts, and some absolutely terrible ones. The best ones were a couple of casserole dishes, a sign that says “The Peppers – established July 7, 2012” (insert our last name there), and a couple of restaurant gift cards. 

    Post # 7
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    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Depends on the taste of the person giving it… I don’t want someone else’s idea of a lovely house decoration or weird crafty thing. I’d feel bad after because anytime that person came to my house they’d probably expect to see it but if it was something I hate I’d probably want to get rid of it. 

    Post # 9
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    2239 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I say it’s nice to get stuff you registered for but I also really enjoyed receiving a movie date night kit with popcorn/candies/soda from my cousin.  Also loved getting an icecream date kit too.  Those things were constructed with some things I had on the registry but I wasn’t expecting them to be put together like that.  It was pretty darn special.  AND, Future Mother-In-Law + Future Father-In-Law bought us additional knives/cutting board/knife sharpener which was a darn good off registry surprise.  Loved it!

    Post # 10
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    583 posts
    Busy bee

    The stuff we’ve gotten off registry has been stunning – beautiful toasting glasses, and an hand made quilt.  I love off registry!  But my biggest preference would be cold, hard cash since we are broke as a joke right now.

    Post # 11
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    6574 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I say stick to the registry unless you know the person’s taste.

    For my bridal shower my close friends got me things they knew I’d love for myself (not generic house stuff off the registry). One got me a new coach wallet and a personalized hanger for my dress. Another got me a monogrammed bag, new tervis coffee tumbler w/ my new monogram, and gift cards to the coffee shop and nail salon.

    At my ILs shower, his aunt gave us a beautiful serving tray. Unfortunately, while beautiful, it doesn’t in any way match the decor of our home or other pieces. 

    Post # 12
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    6892 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I got some totally weird stuff that wasn’t my taste at all when people went off-registry. I’d much rather they just gave me cash at that point. Not to be rude, but the weird stuff will end up in a garaga sale or at goodwill within the next year or so. I had one off-registry gift that was fine – an older lady from church got me some pretty crystal things for the dining room. I mean, I’m not going to use it for much, but I appreciated it and display it. But that was 1 out of like 7. Not great odds! haha.

    Post # 13
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    1326 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Registry just makes everything so easy, especially as the buyer. Wen I have a wedding to attend to, it’s nice to know there is a list of all the itmes someone truly wants or needs, so there is no way of buying something they are not going to use. It’s really helpful too for the new couple, thsi way you get everything you need to start out your new lives together, registries are so helpful, love em!!

    Post # 14
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    5428 posts
    Bee Keeper

    To me, there’s just no personalization or surprise in registry gifts. You already know what you’re getting and years down the road are you going to think “Oh, that KEURIG coffee maker was given to me by Aunt Flo” Probaby not.

    Post # 15
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    6892 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @happyface:  Better than the really weird water system thingy that is supposed to go in my front yard. 😉 haha. But I get what you’re saying.

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