Registering for gifts is a really fun activity that you get to do only a few times in your life, so you may as well do it with class!
I’ve said before that I am unsure about gift registries. On the one hand, it’s like you’re saying, “Buy these things for me right now!” but on the other hand, it can be a nice way to point family and friends in the direction of things you need/desire in a socially acceptable way. So, you know. Registries. They exist. I will comment no more on how I feel about them.
Rather, this short post will discuss how to use registries without looking like a spoiled jerk who doesn’t care about other people’s feelings. Or, rather, how to be a person that other people don’t hate.
- Register at more than one place. Look, not everyone can afford the fine china section at Macy’s, and some of us don’t have a Target within 50 miles. Try to register at a couple of places that have different price levels, different geographical locations, or at least have a great internet shipping option.
- But really, don’t register at too many places. It’s greedy and grasping. Three should suffice. Really.
- Don’t put where you registered on the invites! This is a REGISTRY SIN. It is BAD MANNERS. First of all, everyone registers at more or less the same places, so your registry will be located through a couple quick internet searches. Second, the correct path is to tell a close friend or family member and let them filter the word through the circles. I guarantee you, the truth will out when it comes to your registry. And having all the little registry cards fall out of your invitation? Tacky.
- Please don’t duplicate. If you register for a Diaper Genie at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, please don’t register for it at Babies “R” Us, too. It’s a surefire way to get duplicates at the shower, which you then have to deal with.
- If you do get duplicates, someone gets you something you don’t like, etc. Receive the item graciously. Do NOT be snotty about this. Someone got you a gift. Say, “Thank You,” just like your momma taught you. Then return if you can, and donate or re-gift it if you can’t. And, don’t mention what you end up doing. And, for the love of God, send a thank you card anyway!
Gift registries. Not hard. Tell your friends.
I need a glass of wine.