I must admit that the first thing I wanted to do after getting engaged was start a gift registry! I was so excited and could not wait to get started registering for all the kitchen gadgets I have always dreamed of having. Now that we have gone through the process, I wanted to share some tips, suggestions and some of our favorite registry items!
1. Register for gifts at varying price points
This allows for multiple options that can fit within each guests budget. Some guests will want to get you every small kitchen utensil you registered for and put it into a cute basket while others will want to splurge on that high end coffee maker you registered for.
2. Register at multiple places, but not too many
We registered at Crate and Barrel, Macy’s and William Sonoma. We got everything we registered for at Crate and Barrel, about 90% of gifts on our Macy’s registry and only a handful of items from William Sonoma. I would recommend registering at 2-3 places, this gives your guests options! Places like Macy’s always have great sales, so some of your higher priced items are likely to go on sale at some point, making it more likely that someone might buy them for you!
3. Track what you registered for and where
When registering at multiple stores, it’s easy to forget what you’ve already registered for somewhere else and end up registering for a similar item twice! I kept a spreadsheet of basic items that I wanted (crock pot, roasting pan, Dutch oven, blender, etc.) as I added these items to a registry, I would note which store I had it registered at. This helps reduce the chance of duplicating items across multiple stores.
4. Don’t be afraid to add some items that are a bit of a splurge
Don’t be afraid to add that wine fridge for espresso maker you’ve been eyeing. You may have some guests who will go in as a group and get it for you! You may also be surprised by some guests generosity. Keep in mind that if you don’t end up getting this, you can always return some gifts and use the credit to purchase the item later. Most stores will provide you with a discount code to use after your wedding to complete your registry, so if the item is on there, you can also get a discount!
5. Register for gifts that fit your lifestyle
If you don’t entertain, don’t feel like you must register for items required for entertaining! You will end up getting these things and never using them. Think about the lifestyle you live and register for things that fit into your life. Don’t feel like you should register for that fine china to make your mother happy if you’re never going to use it. If you are the entertainer, think about registering for fine china that is timeless, simple and can also be used every day. This eliminates the need for two sets of dishes. I did not register for any linens. I knew one day we would move out of our current home into a new one and didn’t want to get something to fit the style and colors of this house that might not work in the next one. Bottom line, go with your gut and get what works for you, not what you think you’re supposed to register for.
Here are some of our favorites! Links at the bottom of this post.
1. White Pearl Fine China – Crate & Barrel
2. All-Clad Deluxe Slow Cooker with Cast-Aluminum Insert, 7-Qt. – William Sonoma
3. Staub Cast-Iron Fry Pan, 12″ – William Sonoma
4. Lismore Essence Waterford Crystal glasses – Macy’s
5. Boulder Flatware – Crate & Barrel
6. Rowenta Steamer – Macy’s
7. OXO Mandoline – Macy’s
8. Vitamix – Crate & Barrel
9. Heritage Hill Glass Jars – Crate & Barrel
10. Tour wine glasses – Crate & Barrel
11. Homestead Utensil Holder – Crate & Barrel
12. Slate Cheese Board – Crate & Barrel
13. Beck Flatware Caddy – Crate & Barrel
14. Marin Oval Platter – Crate & Barrel
15. Le Creuset French Oven – Crate & Barrel
16. Cuisinart Food Processor – Macy’s
17. KitchenAid Mixer – Macy’s
18. Le Creuset Square Baking Dish – Macy’s
19. Le Creuset Stoneware Covered Rectangle Casserole – William Sonoma
20. Wüsthof Classic 5″ Serrated Utility Knife – William Sonoma