(Closed) If you give registry gifts, what do you prefer to give?

posted 4 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: If I give a wedding gift off of a registry, I prefer to give: (choose as many as you like)
    A "big ticket item" (expensiveish stand mixer, vacuum, grill, set of nice things like pans) : (6 votes)
    10 %
    A smaller component of a nicer set of items (a nice pot/pan, 1-2 sets of dishes, etc.) : (5 votes)
    8 %
    Something that lasts pretty close to forever (nice dishes, pots, appliances, etc.) : (9 votes)
    14 %
    Whatever I think/know the couple likes/needs a lot : (17 votes)
    27 %
    Nice dishes/china, glassware, and/or flatware : (9 votes)
    14 %
    Linens/towels/sheets : (6 votes)
    10 %
    I don't care, I just pick whatever's left : (6 votes)
    10 %
    other described below : (5 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
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    7272 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @Shkragoldfish:  I think the key is to have a range of prices, regardless of the permenance of the item. I generally know what I’m going to spend before I see the registry, so I just try to find something right at my budget. If there’s only big ticket ($200+) items and a bunch of hand towels, you’re getting a big bag full of $100 worth of handtowels.

    Post # 4
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    3170 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    People want a choice. You will have some who want to spend a lot of money and some that can’t afford a whole lot. If it’s a close friend or family, I will spend more, but if it’s just an acquaintance then I won’t buy something as nice. Register for all the stuff you would like to have, big or small, and people will buy it.

    Post # 6
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    2420 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    @Shkragoldfish:  I like to do sets or groups of things: like a bunch of kitchen tools or towels or something.

    Post # 7
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    4442 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    @Shkragoldfish:  I think most things on other peoples registry are BORING.  So I pick either the most exciting thing to me (wall art, vase, etc.) OR whatever fits closest to the budget I set for the gift.  Either one big thing (hopefully on sale!) or several smaller things I can arrange together nicely for them.

     

    I think sets are better as compared to individual items, a few family members or friends could always go in together on a bigger item!

    Post # 8
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    1776 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    A lot of times people like to chip in for larger items (if you are having a shower), so putting a set of pots/pans is a good idea.  You can also get a discount at most stores for anything that is not purchased from your registry that you purchase late.  So I would put on anything you think you might want! 

    Post # 9
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    8148 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    it reall depends on the registry.  what is on it, what is left, etc.

    i have $X that i want to spend and that is what i get them.

    if you register for something and decide you don’t want or need it, return it.

     

     

    Post # 10
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    3918 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    also remember that you can register for things that are not “home goods”. My cousin got married last year and registered for a tent! That is what my mom and I bought him as it was interesting and fun 🙂

    Post # 11
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    7272 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @Shkragoldfish:  If you have enough of a price range and enough gifts with only things that will last “foreverish”, then do that. Most people need to “fill out” the registry more, so they add towels and bed linens. Yeah, these are things you’re going to replace many, many times over the course of your marriage, but they are not things people are likely to gift you on other occassions… may as well stock up now!

    Post # 12
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    40 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    For a shower, I agree with @arsing89. I like to get a bunch of things and package them together nicely, like an oven mitt with utensils sticking out of it and a kitchen towel tied on top. More than anything, I want the bride/couple to feel special when opening the gift so I’d rather it be something put together in a creative way than a place setting in a box. I also like to use coupons and sales and if I purchase multiple items, there’s a better opportunity for coupons vs. an individual item.

    For the wedding, I go more towards a single item like a place setting, money in a card or a gift/activity for the new couple. I figure that’s easier for the bride and groom to transport a boxed gift or card from the wedding itself.

    So I like to see a registry that has a wide variety of items. I once saw a chart on Pinterest that had the number of items of what value you should register for depending on guest list. I’m sure that’s just a matter of opinion but it might be helpful as a starting point.

    Just for the record, these things make sense in my brain and are just how I do things. By no means am I saying these are the way things should be done. I am no Emily Post. 😛

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