Non-Traditional Gift Registries

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You have stuff.  Plenty of it.  You have every kitchen gadget, tech gizmo (within reason), and household appliance.  You don’t need more stuff.  Guess what, you don’t have to get more stuff.

Traditional gift registries are great for couples that are just starting out in life.  These couples need dishes, a blender, a vacuum cleaner, and countless other things.  If that’s you, then you should register for what you need.  Go to Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, Target, or some other national retailer, make your registry, and fill your home with the help of your friends and family.

However, not everybody needs this stuff for the aforementioned reason of already having it all.  These couples can get creative with their requests.

There are plenty of companies who are willing to help your wedding guests spend money at their place of business.  (Wait… isn’t that all places of business?)  It isn’t just the Walmarts and Targets of the world.  Plenty of businesses who are less known for wedding gifts are willing to create and help you execute a wedding registry (or any registry, for that matter).

Also, there are gifts to be given outside of physical, tangible gifts.  This has become especially popular in the past couple years.  Just because you don’t need a food processor doesn’t mean that you’re set and you don’t need anything.

Here are four alternatives to the boring Bed Bath & Beyond registry for you to consider:

Unique Stuff: You can ask for goodies that are more inspired than the traditional stuff.  Consider looking at your personality and hobbies and fill those needs.  Our suggestions list is hardly comprehensive.  Scope out your favorite store and see if they have a registry program.

Three options for you: REI | Etsy | Card Avenue

Honeymoon Fund: This is a very popular alternative to the traditional registry.  You’re probably going on a honeymoon of some kind, whether that’s immediately after wedding day or sometime down the road.  Have your friends and family chip in to send you away.

Three options for you: Wanderable | Traveler’s Joy | Honeyfund

Buy a Home: You have everything you need to go in your home but there’s just one thing missing: a home.  You can have your guests pitch in toward a downpayment on your new house or to renovate the one you already have.

Three options for you: Hatch My House | Feather the Nest | Upon Our Star

Charitable Donations: Weddings are all about you.  Your registry doesn’t have to be.  If you want to give back to your community or your favorite charitable organization, you can create a registry and route funds in their direction.

Three options for you: Deposit A Gift | Just Give | St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

You may get some pushback from Aunt Jane who doesn’t want to donate to your honeymoon or buy you skis, but whatever.  You do you.  The two of you can have a chuckle together while you’re going down the slopes in Aspen on your honeymoon with your new sporting equipment.  That’s way better than getting another Foreman grill.


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