Pros of online:
-When you register online, you know it’s definitely going to be available online. A lot of the stuff we registered for in store turned out to be available only in store, which was super annoying.
-It was easier for us to compare the quality of products by registering online. I got a little overwhelmed with trying to choose which cookware, how many, which quality, etc. when we were standing in the store. It’s easy to do it online and have your other online resources open at the same time (e.g., “Buying Crystal 101”).
-If you don’t want to be harassed or talked into something you didn’t really want, then there is no pressure–no sales people, etc.
-You can play around with your registry for five minutes every day, or for the entire day on a Sunday, or as often (or not) as you want (as opposed to having to go to the store, park, get the gun thingy etc.)
Pros of instore:
-There are usually freebies–like Macy’s will give you a bag and a magazine and all of these mail-in things for free gift with registry and stuff like that.
-You just can really FEEL stuff–like what the knives will feel like in your hands, how soft the towels are, how big/small a 2 Q saucepan really is, etc.
-If you want someone to help you choose some things (like cookware), it’s easier to work with someone in person
-You get to use the gun 🙂
You probably already know this, but C&B and Macy’s both have online registry management. So whatever you end up doing, you’ll be able to update it both on line and in-store. We started our C&B and Macy’s registries online, but when we went in to check out some stuff and add to it, we still got the “first-timer” treatment/goodies/etc.
Have fun! I loved registering for gifts!