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Do You Purchase Off Gift Registries?

Whenever I'm shopping for a wedding present, I try to buy items included in the bridal party's gift registries if possible. But recently, I attended a wedding without any registries and was forced to come up with an original gift idea. My solution? The not-so-original but always foolproof gift card. Have you ever come across a similar situation? Do you believe going the gift registry route is always a smart idea?

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jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
for weddings I either go off the registry or gift card. for baby showers I check the registry but if nothing really seems suitable I will make a gift basket filled with all things for bathtime can never go wrong there lol
doogirl doogirl 7 years
ALWAYS!!! I want to spend my money on something that the couple wants and needs. When I got married, very few people bought off my registry and I ended up with five toasters and more bakeware than I could ever use. It was wonderful to receive gifts, but it would have been easier for me if people would have used the registry.
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
It depends on who it is, like lilkimbo said - my best friends, I can afford to shake it up a little, but for others I stick to the registry. Although in my experience it's more common here to give money at the wedding, and registry gifts at the bridal shower. I guess that isn't everywhere, though?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Oh, and in the latter situation, I generally go with a gift card for the store where the couple is registered so they can put it toward the more expensive item and then a small (non-decorative) item they can use in the kitchen, usually something I love but a lot of people won't have even thought to buy or register for. There are so many fun gadgets out there!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I said it depends on the situation. If I am very close with someone (my sister, my best friend of 21 years), I'll purchase something not on the registry because I know that they'll like it and because I want to get them a gift that means something to them. The only other time I will get something not on the registry is if there's nothing in my price range left, which has happened to me a couple of times when I waited until the weekend before the wedding to buy a gift.
Skkk Skkk 7 years
Not sure why anyone wouldn't give off a registry. For any occasion where there is a registry - it is best to give from there. It takes quite a long time for people to set up a registry. They have put a good deal of thought into the things they need. Perhaps they already have a blender, maybe they hate chunky glass vases. Not trying to sound ungrateful, I know a gift is a very gracious and generous gesture but why would anyone go and buy something that they are assuming a couple would like or need?
suziryder suziryder 7 years
YES. Always. I'd much rather spend my money getting them something I know they'd like, and that they could easily return if they need to. We had a few people go off-registry for our wedding, and most of it was a disaster. I don't want to sound ungrateful, but there were things that really weren't our taste that just went down to the basement to await a yardsale (the gift-givers still got a lovely thank you card, though!). One person went off-registry and got us beautiful silver candlesticks, which was amazing! But going off-registry seems like it would be a bad idea (and a waste of money) more often than not.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Always -- it's a good way to ensure the couple really wanted it. Things like artwork are so subjective, and unless you know the couple really well, you risk a gift that will sit in the basement or be given to Goodwill.
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