Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Registry Rant

Why do people feel weird about registries? I'm from a part of the world where you register for everything, including the kitchen sink, so I just don't understand this mentality. It's like people don't want you to feel like you have to buy things for them. Um, you put me on a list for a party FOR YOU, so I HAVE to show up with a gift. I don't understand soon-to-be-married couples who don't register for much. I mean, the people you invite are going to buy you something. They are obligated. So give them a hint so you save on trips to return things you didn't want! I understand if people don't really need anything, just register for a few things or for cash or something. But baby stuff, that's a different story. There is all this 'stuff' you need that you DON'T already have when you have a baby. The problem is, the market is flush with so many different things, it's hard to pick which one. And, how are those of us without children supposed to know about bottles and nipples and baby clippers and Boppies and things like that? I am lucky to have several friends with new babies, so I've just asked them, but seriously. Just register for stuff. It's a win-win situation....you get stuff you picked out that you don't have to waste time trying to return after-the-fact, and I don't have to spend all this time trying to figure out what to buy you. I just look up the list, make my decision, and it conveniently gets checked off as 'bought' so you don't get duplicates. Easy.

6 comments:

Timmie Smith said...

I understand your frustration of trying to buy without some idea of what the parents think is "appropriate" toy-wise. The feeding and bathing themes are good ideas. I'd recommend a nice set of colored blocks personally. https://www.babyeinstein.com/Store/ProductDetail_152.asp?CurrentPage=2&Grouping=Category&ThemeID=0&AgeRangeID=0&ProductTypeID=6&IsOnSale=0&ProductQuery=

We were given these as a gift have have just about worn them out. When the baby is just able to see colors and vague shapes these are great because they're big and bright. Then as baby learns to touch they have multi-textured surfaces. The yellow block qucks when you press it, something the baby has to be older to do, and the green block vibrates when you pull the frog's leg. Basically, these blocks are great toys for a long time, not something baby quickly loses interest in.

Pigs said...

Go gift card. If they don't give you the courtesy of registering, then they should be happy with picking out what they want/need later. I'm with you. I wouldn't know where to begin.

japruf said...

dangerous things to write when one's blog is so easy to find...

katielady said...

You think, japruf? I doubt it's a problem, but maybe I'll do some editing.

Mike said...

These non-registerers are the same people that gripe when they get the hand-knitted kleenex box cover doilee.

Eddie said...

I agree with Pigs. Get a gift card (I prefer those anyway, as you can spend it how you please). Or!