(Closed) Useless wedding gifts

posted 4 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
9181 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I sent a very appreciative thank you note and donated the things to charity. Of course don’t tell the gifter that though!

Post # 3
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

We kept our useless gifts, but only because Darling Husband felt bad getting rid of them. They have been taking up space and collecting dust in our 800 sq ft apartment for four years now, lol!

Post # 4
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

we only recieved one actual physical gift, the rest was money (getting gift-gifts in our area isnt common). We kept it but Im sure over time it may wiggle its way out of our house  at some point. It isnt our style even though it was super super thoughtful

Post # 5
2511 posts
Sugar bee

Karina83:  Return it (if you can), donate it, see if anyone you know (not mutual to the giver) could use it. If it’s from someone who visits often, like an in law, keep it in a box and decorate with it when they come over 😉

Post # 6
297 posts
Helper bee

sell it on craigslist

Post # 7
910 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


Karina83:  I received a few useless items as well.  I was able to return some of the items to the store and got a store credit (I was actually able to figure out where the stuff came from).  I would try this approach first before giving stuff away or regifting. 

Other stuff I just donated to good will. 

Post # 8
1123 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My parents spread the word that since my husband and I are moving to a new country soon after the wedding we would prefer the guests just come and enjoy themselves and not worry about gifts. We ended up with a bunch of cards and gift cards (that one gift card for $25 for the local AMC theatre was awesome!) and were thankful for all of it. But one couple I’ve known my whole life gave us an obviously regifted item – A decorative bowl with a chip in it.

We toss our mail in it for now, but when we move we’ll probably toss it out or donate it.

Post # 9
2018 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would return them if they came with a gift receipt, or donate them if not.

Post # 12
10600 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Karina83:  You/they didn’t actually word it as the ‘most money’ did you?

Post # 13
1141 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Karina83:  if someone told me to give their kid cash (“the most” or otherwise) as a wedding gift, you can damn well bet that I’d buy that kid a set of teddy bears dressed as a bride and a groom.  Or something equally useless.  I can be a bitch that way. 

You know how it feels to get a useless gift and you still think it’s ok to do that to your friends?   Really? 

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by  Ellicott.
Post # 14
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i think it’s a misplaced modifier. i bet she means that they would appreciate money “the most.”

Post # 15
2055 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Some people feel uncomfortable giving cash as a gift.

Some people don’t even like shopping off a registry.  There were a bunch of very affordable gifts on our registry that weren’t purchased, and we still got a heck of a lot of ugly picture frames and vases.  We wrote nice thank you notes and the gifts were returned to Bed Bath and Beyond for store credit (if BBB sold the gift) or given to good will.

I think a ‘bride and groom’ mug might be nice as an engagement gift for someone!

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