(Closed) What kind of gifts did you get that you neither registered for, nor can return?

posted 10 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

For my first wedding, I received 3 glass pitchers.  I cannot tell you how many times I (and friends) have used those damn pitchers.  Who knew!?!  Sometimes the random gifts surprise you.  🙂

Post # 5
44 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

We got a lot of off-registry large servings bowls.  They are all really nice but unfortunately we don’t really need 4 of them. 

I also got some duplicate items similar to what I registered for without gift receipts or from a store where I registered and I donated all that stuff to goodwill.

Post # 6
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@red_rose: You can do what you want, but I’m serious that mine have gotten a ton of use over the years.  Anytime we have a bbq/party/family get-together, I fill one up with iced-tea, one up with lemonade and one up with jungle-juice.  I have two kids now and it is nice to be able to set out a couple of pitchers of drinks for playdates.  My sister and friends borrow them when they have parties.  The list goes on.  They are one of the most most-used serving pieces!

ETA — it’s super nice if they match, because I’m ocd like that

Post # 7
755 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I got 3 sets of crystal toasting flutes, none of which I registered for, and none of which matched – not that I need 6 crystal toasting flutes.  Thankfully I was able to return 2 of the sets for gift cards.

Post # 8
3132 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

My parents got us a set of cheap bakeware for Christmas and didn’t give us a gift receipt.  The thing that makes it really weird is that my mom gave me the nice Pyrex bakeware we registered for at my shower just a month before…

We immediately regifted the cheap bakeware to Future Sister-In-Law, who’s about to move into her own new apartment and actually really needs kitchen stuff.

Post # 10
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

Well I haven’t got married yet, but I thought I’d chime in from horrible holiday gifts this year. 

We used to have a “black and white” decor theme going on in our living room… we had a black couch, and a white couch… and a few black and white decor items.  

My FI’s mom took that and RAN for Xmas gifts this year.  We got THREE horribly ugly black and white blankets that are a random print… and then 2 huge black and white ZEBRA lamps.  Zebra? Zebra?! Ugh.  FMIL doesn’t know our style at all.  Worst part is, she asked what we wanted for Xmas, and we said we’d love to get the drinking or wine glasses off of our registry.  She said ok. We didn’t get them from her. 

Worst thing is we recently redecorated and we’re not black and white anymore.  We are white,pink and gray….

I don’t think we can return the blankets and I’m really desperately going to try to return the lamps, as they had the store sticker on them.  I really don’t want to ask Future Mother-In-Law for the receipt, so I’m going to try to reason with the store. 

Post # 11
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We got a chafing dish which we thought that we’d never use, and we have extremely limited space for appliances. It is pretty similar to this: http://www.sears.ca/product/bella-cucina8482-bella-cucina8482-round-5-qt-chafing-dish/611-000882928-13495 Nice looking, we just didn’t think we’d use it.We found a store that would give us last sale price on it: $5, I guess because it was a slightly older model? So we just kept it, and it was a total life saver at Christmas this year with a full house! I used it for apple cider, and then to keep eggs and toast warm, etc! 

Sometimes you never know!

Post # 12
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Oh we got a few of those!

My in laws got us a chafing dish. The holder, the water bath, the lid, a thingy to hold to tongs, the whole nine yards. I’m sure (read: really hoping) we’ll use it and love it at some point in our lives and be thrilled we have one and didn’t need to buy it but we never asked for anything like it and we were totally surprised when we saw that’s what they’d given us!

We also got 4 gold rimmed glasses (still not sure if they’r glass or plastic) from my grandmother-in-law. They’re  not exactly wine glasses and not exactly drinking glasses, we’re not really sure what they are. 

We also got one set of bamboo towels from my husband’s best friend. This guy is incredibly flaky but really sweet and asked several times where we were registered to make sure he’d get a good gist. Instead he got us these towels made of bamboo (really soft!) he got while on a cruise: one hand towel, one wash cloth, and one in-between sized towel. While we know they’re soft (we visited that store while on our honeymoon) it’s only one of each of those white towels. What are we supposed to do with that!?!

We didn’t get any glass pitchers, but from the sound of it I guess I wish we would have! We actually wound up using a few of my neighbor’s glass pitchers as vases around the cocktail hour and it looked so beautiful!

Post # 13
1208 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

A carousel picture frame from Target with a date on it from 2004. I’m sure it came from her mom’s gift closet. I’m waiting for someone, anyone, to get pregnant so I can get ride of it. It fits a baby shower so much more than a wedding.

Post # 14
972 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

This is so horrible but I returned most of what I got from my bridal shower, which was really small to begin with so out of like 12 gifts, about 7 of them went back. Luckily I was able to get gift cards back.

Worst of the bunch was a couple sets of autumn/thanksgiving themed decorative kitchen towels.

Post # 15
8943 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Hmm let’s see if I can remember.  I got some towels and household things that I ended up giving away and my favorite gift, a homemade quilt from my bestie’s family.

Post # 16
3631 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Chyrstal bowl and pitcher (we are college kids, what do I want with a $50 pitcher when I need real dishes??)

Towels that don’t match anything and from a store that isn’t around here

A set of cardinal (like the bird not the team) mugs and napkins

EIGHT sets of our dishes, Luckily those are returnable but seriously, we asked for 3.

Lots of papered Chef stuff. Would be nice if we didn’t already have that stuff. And can’t return it.


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