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YumSugar's Top 10 Gift Registries

Yum's Top 10 Kitchen Registries

Earlier this week, we offered some wedding advice for finding a gift registry that's right for you, but even with our recommendations, there are so many stores to choose from. So, we've compiled a list of our favorite registries — for the most part, nationwide retail outlets with standalone stores, call centers, and online sites to suit all of your guests' needs. We also took stock of shops with a wide selection of products and convenient perks and benefits. To see the list of our favorites (in no particular order),

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  1. Williams-Sonoma: This tried-and-true kitchen store favorite boasts a thank you note manager, a solid return policy, and a 10 percent discount on items both remaining in your registry and outside it.
  2. Target: Despite your income bracket, you can't go wrong at this ubiquitous store, which proffers a huge assortment of practical, everyday items at bargain prices. Guests can shop online with a Target or an Amazon account.
  3. Crate & Barrel: This 160-store chain boasts a 10 percent completion discount on registries — and that includes furniture. Anytime an item is purchased or added, all changes, whether online, in store, or over the phone, will be reflected within a short window of 15 minutes or less.
  4. Macy's: This national network of department stores is everywhere in the United States and offers a number of perks, including a charity donation program, completion rewards of 10 percent off, and a Registry Star Rewards program, which rewards purchases in the form of a Macy's Gift Card.
  5. Bed Bath & Beyond: Aside from being practical and everywhere, this store offers a registry incentive program where you can register for or complete certain sets and get other items free. Need help? That's available anytime through the store's call center.
  6. Bloomingdale's: For a range of timeless kitchen pieces and fun kitchen gadgets, sign up for this high-end retailer, which pairs you with a personal registry consultant and also provides a 10 percent completion program and donations to charity.
  7. Sur La Table: Everything your kitchen ever wanted can be found at this culinary haven, which carries specialty items like DeLonghi grills, John Boos cutting boards, and Le Creuset cookware.
  8. Kohl's: This registry ups the ante with a completion program offering 15 percent off, as well as announcement cards that give guests discounts on in-store purchases.
  9. Neiman Marcus: Head here for the gold standard of gift registries, where you can choose from a massive selection of formal tabletop items. Gift packaging is complimentary on bridal registry purchases.
  10. Cooking.com: If you want to go virtual, you can find everything and anything kitchen at this one-stop online shop, which has an extreme selection of 80,000 products and a 10 percent off completion program.

Brides-to-be, where have you registered? Let us know if you have any other recommendations!

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ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 7 years
Not to be rude, but there is no way Target should be getting the 'YumSugar' stamp of approval. Sure, it's easy for the people buying b/c they're everywhere, but it is an ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE to return things. They are positively rigid about their return policy and refused to take back certain items. We got things in triplicate as well, so clearly their tracking isn't foolproof. I pretty much don't even shop at Target anymore because the experience was so bad. BBB is leaps and bounds above Target and they were fab about shipping and returns. If anyone has the option - I would not recommend registering at Target.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
I think we are doing BB&B, Kohl's, Crate & Barrel & possibly Target. As other's mentioned BB&B has great coupons that everyone gets, Kohl's is always having sales, and they are everywhere... it's essentially Macy's products at a lower price. And Crate and Barrel is just awesome!
javsmav javsmav 7 years
I'm not registering. If people feel compelled to part with their money in this economy, they can donate to a charity in our names. I was lucky enough to find a great guy to marry, I don't need a toaster, too.
care0531 care0531 7 years
Bed Bath and Beyond is the best! What don't they have these days! People are able to shop for you with one of the many 20% off coupons that are sent in the mail and you are sent a a coupon for either 20 or 30% off your entire purchase to help you get all the things off your registry that people didn't get for you. The last plus is they are part of the UPromise program so when people purchase their items from the store or online they can save money for their kids college education!
courtneyd courtneyd 7 years
Metrocat - I used Amazon's registry and it was super easy. My grandmother even purchased some stuff (she's not internet savvy, but decided she'd try it out) and was happy when our stuff showed up. Of course, previously when she had asked me a question about how to go to a site on the internet, I told her to never use spaces, so when she ordered the stuff on Amazon, she didn't use any spaces in her gift card message, address, name, etc. :-) It was so funny. Anyways, when some orders something from your registry on Amazon, you also get a notification, so you will expect the package, which was great for us since our UPS man sometimes leaves the packages at the office with no note on our door. I also registered at Williams-Sonoma and Crate and Barrel, and both were awesome - especially the registry completion program.
julieulie julieulie 7 years
I don't know if it has since changed, but as much as I love to peruse the store, almost everything we were planning on registering for at Williams-Sonoma was significantly cheaper at Crate&Barrel, Macys, or BBB, so we opted to not register there to save our guests some money. For some items -- like or All-Clad cookware -- the difference was up into the hundreds of dollars.
metrocat metrocat 7 years
Has anyone used an Amazon wedding registry? I started my list there, but I'm not sure how easy it will be for people to use...
Deidre Deidre 7 years
Go to www.weddingchannel.com to link up all your registries to a single website for your guests. It's easier to tell people how to find you, and WC will donate money to non-profits of your choice if people go through this site to get to your reigsitry :)
friedmli friedmli 7 years
We registered at Crate & Barrel, BB&B, Macy's, Bloomie's and Tiffany when we got married in 2007. If you have time to monitor your registries every few days, I highly recommended registering for the same stuff at each store (to the extent they carry it) and updating the quantities yourself when things are purchased. We ended up with very few duplicate gifts this way, and very little random crap that we had to get rid of. When we did get duplicate items, or when someone bought something at Bloomie's that was cheaer at BB&B, I'd simply return it to Bloomie's, use the credit for something unavailable at the other stores.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
target sucks! any of those other ideas is waaaaaaaay better!
flyingbaran flyingbaran 7 years
Fortunoff was the go to place for gifts and registries... But since I'm not getting married anytime soon I'll worry about that later.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Suzi, I was also going to discourage people from returning at Target. I've never had problems returning something I actually bought there, as I put everything on my debit card and they can easily look it up. But, I've had countless problems returning things other bought for me. And, because not all of their cashiers are as well trained/as used to registries as some other stores, I've known several people who have gotten multiples off their registry due to cashier error, then had trouble returning the duplicates. (It pains me to talk badly about Target because I get just about everything there; I just don't think it's a good place to register.) On the other hand, I think Kohl's is great. The same goes for Bed Bath and Beyond. I guess a lot of it also comes down to how much you already have. If you already have your basics, you'll want to register someone that has a wider variety of things, such as Kohl's. My sister was able to register there for a lot of fun appliances, such as a quesadilla maker. The same goes for Bed Bath and Beyond. She registered there for things like the Slider Station.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
BBB all the way!
suziryder suziryder 7 years
We're registered at Macy's, Crate and Barrel, and Bed Bath and Beyond. We almost registered at Target, but then we found out that they have a return policy that makes it difficult to return items - even if they were purchased off your registry! And if you are able to make a return, you only get store credit for that department within Target. Like, if you return some linens, your credit only counts towards the linens department. LAME!!
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