(Closed) Wrong to register for giftcards?!

posted 12 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Wrong to register for giftcards?

    Times have changed and it's totally okay (even for the TJ Maxx, etc. ones)

    Never okay

    OKAY only if there's an option with your other registry items, not on it's own (like TJ Maxx, etc.)

  • Post # 3
    1300 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    its your registry do what you want! 🙂 they dont have to get you the gift card…

    Post # 4
    91 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    i think asking for gift cards equates asking for cash to a lot of people, which is tacky

    personally, i wouldnt care if i saw a gf on your registry, but i know a lot of people would give it the sideeye

    you might say would “have loved to register for tjm since its my favorite store” and hope they get the point.


    Post # 5
    2492 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Alot of people consider gift cards to be the equivalent of cash, and it is rude to ask or register for cash in any form.

    Post # 6
    8941 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I don’t see the point of a registry with just gift cards.  You could have people spread the word that you like those stores and gift cards would be a great gift for you but there will probably be some people who want to buy presents.

    Post # 7
    348 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We had a similar problem and we decided to have the BM’s mention that we also could use some Ikea gift cards since they don’t have a registry (if people asked about our registry). I figure we will get duplicates and some cash at the wedding so we can just buy stuff with that.

    I don’t think it would be tacky to mention that you would have liked to register at t.j.maxx, homegoods etc. but they didn’t have a registry 🙁 I think some people will get the hint.

    Post # 8
    631 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think the only tactful way to ask for gift cards to non-registry stores would be through word of mouth – otherwise I do think it is like asking for money.

    I think its a different story if you include gift cards on your registry at the store you are registered at. I added gift cards to both my BB&B and Pottery Barn registries. Personally, I usually buy an actual item off registries when I purchase gifts, but my Mom and some other older people I know like to buy gift cards so that the couple can use them to buy the things they really wanted most off their registry.

    Post # 9
    128 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I feel like asking for gift cards to places that don’t offer registries would be more acceptable than to places that do.  So…I would think asking for gift cards from TJMaxx et al. would be ok, but asking for gift cards to Macy’s et al. would be less ok since if you want something there, you can register for it.

    I wouldn’t have a problem getting a gift card for someone if they asked for it, but as others have said, some people think it’s rude.  I think MissAB had a good idea. Ask your close friends/relatives to spread the word for you, just don’t list it on your website and whatnot.

    Post # 10
    1727 posts
    Bumble bee

    I think it’s ok as long as you have other options on your GR.

    Post # 11
    106 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I have a wedding to go to this summer and I looked at the registry and the only thing they had registered for was gift cards, and they registered for $200 gift cards only. I was pretty shocked so see that and honestly thought it was a little greedy and rude. If you add gift cards on to an existing registry as an extra option then I don’t see a problem with that, but it gets harder when you register for a specific amount and that’s the only thing you register for.

    I don’t mind giving people gift cards as long as I don’t feel like I’m being told that I have to. 🙂

    Post # 12
    292 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    We added a myregistry.com registry onto our website. It really hasn’t been touched, but we put things like books, Etsy items, and things from our favorite local stores to invite people to go beyond towels and dishes.

    In retrospect, I don’t know if I’d do myregistry.com again (mainly because it’s kind of a complex system for guests to use) but I did it because I know that I’d enjoy getting some of my friends some cool artwork off of Etsy or an IKEA gift card more than linens from BB&B. We did list gift cards to different stores whose inventory changes all the time or doesn’t offer wedding registries (i.e. IKEA).


    Post # 14
    84 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I totally agree with farmersdaughter.

    Post # 15
    342 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I don’t get what the big deal is about asking for gift card?!  Do they only let you register for one amount on all the gift cards..like people could only buy say a $200 gift card? 


    The only way I really see it being a problem is if you set the price on the gift card.  People should get to decide how much they want to give for a wedding

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