(Closed) help me pick a wedding gift for my friends!

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll:
    Get them the Etsy Personalized wood sign + a registry gift : (11 votes)
    31 %
    Spend $100 on registry gifts, they registered for this stuff that means they want it! : (23 votes)
    64 %
    I have another super gift idea that i'll explain below1 : (2 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    3671 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I always like it when people get me personalized gifts so I picked the etsy gift

    Post # 4
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    2781 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think that the Etsy sign would be great on its own. I tend to pair stuff with a really good bottle of wine or champagne if it’s a very close friend as then they have something that they can share together and then something that they can look at to remember. Otherwise how about including some cash in their card and saying something like “have a great dinner on your honeymoon on us!”. 

    Post # 6
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    1570 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    The personalized sign is a lovely idea, but it may not be quite their taste, and for something you are going to hang up on the wall in your home and look at every day, they’d really have to like it. I’ve seen my parents receive countless little items like that sign as gifts from relatives over the years, and every single one goes into the attic (or worse, even the trash).

    My mini-rant about registries: buying a gift from the registry is NOT cheesy, it’s not impersonal, and it’s not thoughtless! I was so frustrated every time we received an off-registry gift – I mean, sure, a few of them were wonderful and exactly what we never knew we wanted, but on the other hand we also received (for example) an entire set of flatware we hadn’t registered for, didn’t need, don’t have room for in our kitchen drawers, and aren’t even certain we like. People make registries for a reason, they know they like that stuff and they want it and plan on using it! Can you tell I have some opinions about this? 🙂 I vote just spend what you were going to spend on whatever’s left on their registry, and write a thoughtful card. By the way, you’re very nice to want to give such a nice and personal gift to your friends; there are many, many people who, in your shoes, would simply forget about giving a gift at all. (Yep, these people exist, and they are all around us.)

    Post # 7
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    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I think the idea of the sign is nice, as long as you know that it’s their taste. Personally it’s not something I would pick for myself, but if it’s something you know they would like I say go for it.

    I think getting stuff off of the registry is fine though. I’m excited to receive any of the stuff on the registry, even the random small stuff, so I’m sure they’ll love anything you get them.

    Post # 8
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    2463 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    after our experience, i don’t think i’ll ever buy stuff off registry unless i REALLY know the couple and their taste. not to be too blunt, more than half the stuff people bought us not on our registry is totally tacky and worthless to us (especially those that didn’t give us a gift receipt with it…). there are a couple things we got off registry that are really wonderful and special, but honestly we really wanted the things on the registry

    Post # 9
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    46414 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @IvyClimb:I totally agree with your opinion.

    The items on the Registry are what they want. If you are not happy with what is left, either get them a gift card for the stores they registered with, or supplement the gift with a nice bottle of wine, a dinner gift card to their favorite restaurant  etc.

    I would never risk buying a personalized item that cannot be returned.

    Post # 10
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    202 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I think the sign is very very sweet, but personally it’s not my style…unless you’re positive they’ll love it, it might end up in their attic in a few years.

    I think it’s perfectly fine to go off-registry, as long as you give a gift receipt!  I think Tiffany’s (or some other fine store) is always special:  you could get 8 handblown champagne flutes or a nice wine decanter or platter for under $100.  Those pieces people keep forever…and if it’s not their style, she can always return it for a nice Honeymoon piece of jewelry:-).

     

     

    Post # 11
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think the ETSY sign is really cool in theory, but I am really into design, and would only hang something in my home that had my personal modern design asthetic. So, while I can appreciate it, I wouldn’t actually want it, if that makes sense. I would go with the registry or a gift card to a store they registered at.

    Post # 12
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    124 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Give money 🙂 

    Please don’t give them something personalized, because they can’t return it. If they don’t like it and you go to their house and don’t see it up, how will you feel?

    How about something from Tiffany’s, you can get beautiful candle sticks for $100 and if they don’t like them them can return them.

    Post # 13
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    124 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Give money 🙂 

    Please don’t give them something personalized, because they can’t return it. If they don’t like it and you go to their house and don’t see it up, how will you feel?

    How about something from Tiffany’s, you can get beautiful candle sticks for $100 and if they don’t like them them can return them.

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