(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 # 17
50 posts
Worker bee

@chasesgirl: At least it’s not the team! Half of my family is from St. Louis and Cardinal paraphernalia is standard wedding-gift fare! I have a Cardinals ornament that was given to my parents for their first Christmas.

Post # 18
5323 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

A set of crystal candle holders, a giant pasta bowl and regular bowls to go with it (they’re nice, but we have nowhere to store them, so they’re at my mom’s house), about a million picture frames, none of them match, a couple of them were crystal, a gift certificate for a carved wood sign to hang outside our house (like the ones with your name and house number on them along with a carved bear or fish along side),and a ceramic decorative egg.

Post # 19
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I can’t believe you got wedding-themed gifts! That’s so terrible–why would anyone think toasting flutes are a good wedding gift, unless they arrive well before the wedding day? Probably if you planned to do a wedding toast, you’d have already bought the toasting flutes you were going to use! 

It reminds me of how I got a ton of graduation-themed gifts for my HS graduation–grad picture frames, tassel holders, etc. Those things become so dated and tacky so quickly!

Post # 20
1533 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I got a George Foreman Countertop Grill for my shower & I have to say it’s my least favourite object: My roommate & I used to spend hours mocking the GFG & its ability to instantly dry out food.  I simply can’t possibly think of a use for it other than for paninis. 🙁 It’s just going to take up space…

Post # 21
8373 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I received a modern-looking vase, a candy dish, a picture frame, a cake plate and server, some glass bowls/serving pieces, and a few other items for which we had not registered.  However, some of those pieces came from individuals who were not even invited to the wedding, and I was so touched that they wanted to give us a gift anyway. Most guests gave us gifts from our registries or cash or gift cards to area restaurants (those definitely came in handy!)

Post # 22
4771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

At the shower we received some amazingly hideous pictures frames. I actually put our wedding pictures in them and gave them to my in-laws, who loved them, but are in their 70’s 🙂 

Post # 23
30399 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mblab: The white towels are perfect as guest towels when you have company. Leave them in  a basket on the counter with a small bar of soap.

Post # 24
6610 posts
Bee Keeper

@bakerella: “a ceramic decorative egg.”

Hahahaha. Amazing. I can’t say that I own a ceramic decorative egg.

Post # 25
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We got a crystal punchbowl with cups and a ladle that we didn’t register for. And didn’t want. We have a 2 year old, so we can’t really have it out ever or it will get destroyed. And reviews say if you pick it up wrong it will shatter. Definitely not on the registry!! Also received bunches of wedding picture franes, most of them hideous (and I had already purchased the one I wanted), a bunch of candle holders which match nothing in my house, and only 2 things off my actual registry. TWO. Why did I bother spending hours on a registry for people to buy candle holders and picture frames!!! 

The best one I got was a check for $111.11 being that my wedding was 11/11/11. That was thoughtful!

Post # 26
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

  @kimbee23: Oddly, I inherited a crystal punch bowl with cups from my mother (she never uses hers) and one of my first thoughts was “how did this survive my childhood?” Nice one on the 111.11 check though!


My Future Mother-In-Law has a co-worker who gave me a cake-cutting set from Waterford. We didn’t register for it, didn’t want it, and certainly don’t need it. It’s absolutely HIDEOUS and in the worst possible, very dated taste — the crystal handles swirl up into a swans-in-the-shape-of-a-heart in true 1980s fashion. Also, we aren’t having a traditional cake at the wedding, we’re having a Viennese pastry table and will be “cutting” a Fenway Park cake.

This woman told my Future Mother-In-Law that she knows we will “cherish it forever.” We’re going to “forget” to bring it, and probably sell it on eBay or something next year. 

Also, my Future Mother-In-Law seems to think this is the most amazing gift in the history of gifts. I grew up in a formal household with fine crystal, and frankly don’t find Waterford in general and this stuff in particular to be of any kind of quality… but of course Future Mother-In-Law thinks it’s worth a million bucks. Sigh. What is wrong with these people?!

Post # 27
1041 posts
Bumble bee

We registered for some really nice sheets, and got them. However, my MIL’ sister bought us a very cheap, not matching set from an unknown place with no receipt for our shower. So it’s just sitting in our linen closet. To make things even better, my Mother-In-Law then got us the EXACT SAME SET (origin unknown, and no receipt) as a Christmas gift. So we now two of the exact same, unmatching, non-returnable sheet sets we’ll never use. Holla.

Post # 28
1191 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

We got a ton of those cliche “love” “family” frames too! I’ve had them packed up in a box in the garage since the wedding haha, I never really plan on using them, but don’t know what to do with them!

I know  she was tryin to be thoughtful, but my Mother-In-Law sent me a package of “gifts” for my shower (she lives a ways away so she was unable to attend), the gifts were random odds and ends from The Christmas Tree Shop! What?! There were all these awful dollar-store quality metal bowls, gravy dishes, flimsy plastic serving spoons, plastic measuring cups that, I kid you not, looked used and last but not least, a collection of greeting cards with ugly prints on the front, and her note inside that said “aren’t these pretty? I thought they’d look nice framed in your apartment.” ummm.. no thanks mom!

really just wished she’d looked on our registry. We don’t use any of the items, and half of them I threw out. I had registered for a lot of kitchen items from pampered chef that I REALLY wanted. But not many people bought things from that registry, so we ended up stuck with her cheap gifts since we didn’t get the other things. It was a huge disappointment. Oh well, I know she meant well, right? 

Post # 29
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

@AnneTossy:  they must shop at the same discount stores! Haha 

Post # 30
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We got a crystal vase with this crazy flower design cut/etched into it.  They brought it to the wedding… which was on the other side of the country from where we live.  Yay for transporting it.  Plus, there is absolutely no way that we can get rid of it, the gifter would be crushed and is family.  My spouse wants to say it was broken in our upcoming move.  Undecided  I’ll feel too guilty.  It sits on the shelf, behind the plain glass vases. 

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