(Closed) Housewarming registry?

posted 4 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
3277 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Yikes, definitely not common. Seems very gift grabby and inappropriate. 

Post # 4
1420 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

The housewarming parties I’ve been to, people bring small household items (small kitchen appliances, decorative pieces).  I have no idea if it’s regional or not.  All of the ones I’ve been to have been in the mid-atlantic region.  

EDIT: Oh I see we are neighbors! 🙂

Post # 5
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@hollyberry4:  IDK if it’s a weird regional thing, but in general terms that’s incredibly gift grabby and inappropriate. I can’t imagine how a housewarming registry could come across as anything but rude since gifts aren’t really expected like they would be for a wedding. Bring a bottle of wine if you go.

Post # 6
7218 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

In my circle people usually bring some kind of alcohol. I’ve never seen a gift registry for a house warming party before.

Post # 7
2649 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

@hollyberry4:  housewarming parties are not meant to be gift giving events.  The new homeowners invite their friends over to warm their home with fun/laughter.  Attendees can certainly bring something if they like,  but to expect gifts is declasse. I hate how places that offer registry have added a housewarming category. 

Post # 8
5662 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

YUCK! That is so tasteless!!! You don’t deserve gifts because you bought a house!

Post # 10
5371 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

I think it’s normal to bring a small gift to a housewarming party, but definitely not normal to have a registry! Super gift-grabby!

Post # 11
255 posts
Helper bee

That’s odd.  I would bring wine and nothing more.  Especially since she’s just a coworker.  What the hell?!

Post # 12
4044 posts
Honey bee

Bed, Bath and Beyond has registries for housewarmings, college graduations, high school graduations, etc. I’d much rather know what they really need, then buy a gift that I think they would like. I would never attend without bringing a gift, and as a person who was raised in an alcohol-free home, it wouldn’t be wine. If anyone feels offended in any way, about the invitation you receive, you can always politely decline the invitation.

Post # 13
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

That’d be a big fat decline from me. I like BBB, we’re registered there, and I get they need sales tactics, but it is absolutely ridiculous to have a housewarming/graduation/dorm room registry.

Post # 14
547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

No way. And from a coworker no less.

If it’s me, I’ve got wine or a plant in hand. 

Post # 16
46408 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would normally take a gift to a housewarming, but I have never seen a housewarming registry.


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