The wedding gift you never opened…

posted 4 months ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 46
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Bumble bee

I havent had my wedding yet, but yesterday at our family BBQ FFIL was trying to get me and FI to pose for a picture together. I wasnt wearing makeup so asked that he not. He wants to get us a crystal vase with our faces engraved on it.

Like, can you not? Thats so weird lol. And how to re-gift something like that? Ugh. Im going to keep pushing it off and hope he gets the point.

Post # 47
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1601 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We still haven’t used the food processor — something I thought we should have, but haven’t yet had an occasion to use (or even assemble!)

Post # 48
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615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We use pretty much everything we registered for/received, except for our fine china. I’m still happy we have it, though, because it’ll be perfect for when we do start hosting “big” holidays for family at our place.

Ironically, we did get an immersion blender, ending up returning it….. And then two years later, my husband got super into cooking and ended up buying one! He uses it fairly regularly too.

Post # 49
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

of all the things we registered for only one has gone totally unopened  -a juicer – that trend sort of passed for me and in general we are more “smoothie” ppl than juice (or rather when I do drink juice it is usually a last minute splurge buy vs making it at home)

we got one off registry thing (mantle clock – not our style and no mantles in this house) that we haven’t used/opened and to add insult to it all due to a shipping mess up we ended up having to pay like $50 in fed ex costs to get it re-delivered.

and then I have one gift that I wish I hadn’t registered for – immersion blender – not because I don’t use it (I do I love them! use it all the time) but because my old cheap $20 one was a million times better than the fancy $100 one I registered for but now I feel bad tossing that one and going to get the cheap one again so I suffer though it (though maybe not any more ….I needed something on amazon today and well life is too short for crappy pesto making!)

Post # 50
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Bumble bee

I’m sucker for kitchen stuff and ask for them for every occassion, so I’ve used everything. However, when I was first married to my ex, we lived in a tiny city apartment and had to take back a beautiful vodka-tasting glass set. I still think about that and yearn to have a vodka tasting party. We did keep the totally impractical, but gorgeous green blown-glass margarita glasses and 15 years later, I still use them on margarita nights. 🙂

Post # 51
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1858 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

A set of steak knives. We only cook vegetarian/vegan meals…

Post # 52
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528 posts
Busy bee

A door knocker engraved with the wrong last name – I would have totally installed it on our house though if it was blank and actually thought about sanding off the engraving.  

I had a friend though who followed etiquette and didn’t register for anything – expecting cash. She got a bunch of odd things, including book ends, carvings and a decorative glass bowl (she’s not artsy at all either) as well as a bunch of gift cards to random stores. All stuff that she would never use – I guess not everyone understands the meaning behind the no registry thing. 

Post # 53
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Bumble bee

An immersion blender is the one kitchen gadget I wish I had. I never think of it until I’m half way through a recipe and realize it would be way easier if had one.

 

Post # 54
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We use pretty much everything we registered for, but someone got us a fox fur when we got married. It’s just a large piece of real fur. We had no idea what to do with it, so I think it’s in the original box in the attic. When our first anniversary rolled around, she gave us another white fur piece (idk what animal this one is from) and told us it was for when we have a baby. Idk what I would do with a piece of fur and a baby, but this one is just sitting kinda draped over the back of the chair in our guest bedroom. 

Post # 55
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Oh! I forgot the most awkward gift!

My mom, while well meaning, completely failed on the gift giving. lol! I have a really nice set of Calvin Klein silverware from before DH and I married and somehow a bunch of forks and spoons have gone missing. Completely bizarre. I’m not sure if my ex took some when he moved out? But I *love* this set. It is high quality and durable, but also modern and beautiful. My mom, knowing that I am missing some pieces, bought all new silverware. But she bought generic sets from Macy’s that are way lower quality and quite frankly, ugly.

After we got married, she asked if we kept it or returned it. (How awkward!) I was honest and told her we returned it for a gift card and are going to supplement the set I already have. I couldn’t lie. She would have seen it the first time she came to visit. Ugh.

Post # 56
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I can’t believe immersion blenders are getting knocked here! I use it regularly for soups, smoothies, chopping nuts and marinades. Works better than my food processor and blender, and easier to clean up too.

Post # 57
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Helper bee

lula0508 :  Not gonna lie, that sounds amazing.  But it’s so $$$$!  Maybe I should give it a little more thought 🙂

Post # 58
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2404 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

We didn’t register, so most of our guests gave cash. We did, however, receive a couple of actual gifts. Some we love (like the high end pressure cooker from DH’s grandfather – which he picked out all on his own lol – and the tea service from my childhood best friend’s parents) and some we probably won’t use (like the espresso maker from one of DH’s friends – it’s nice but neither of us are that into coffee; my sister and her BF gave it a whirl when they house sat for us). I think the only gift that we haven’t actually opened and likely never will is a towel set from one of DH’s uncles – there’s nothing wrong with them, it’s just that there’s no bathmat or hand towel! There are 2 towels and 2 face washers, nothing else. We found out the store that the uncle bought them from and they no longer stock this colour. I’ve been keeping my eye out for the same colour so that I can make up the set but so far no luck.

Post # 59
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Helper bee

teacher-bee-in-the-sea :  I use my immersion blender all the time when I make pureed soups (butternut squash, tomato, and broccoli are three pureed soups that we love). It’s much easier to clean up than using the regular blender or food processor, just blend it in the pot.

I don’t use the vegetable chopper. I just chop everything normally, with my chef’s knife. I probably should have returned that one.

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