Bridal registries are a godsend during wedding season — they take the guesswork out of choosing a gift.
But what if you’ve waited until the last-minute and all of the couple’s pre-selected gifts have been scooped up?
When going off the registry, there are a few things to steer clear of.
1. Any piece of art
Unless you have intimate knowledge of the couple’s taste in art (and home décor), step away from the wall hangings and conversation pieces. That butler dog statue is not your friend.
2. Bulky kitchen appliances
A simple rule is to avoid anything larger than a coffee-maker. So walk away from the industrial-size margarita machine, please. Most first homes are small, meaning there is no space (and no need) for counter-crowding appliances.
3. Quirky or funny-to-you gag gifts
Speaking of taking up space, just say no to eclectic gifts that serve no purpose; think funky lamps, knick-knacks, etc. And avoid all “joke gifts,” including anything baby- or sex-related. Self-help books of the “how to be the perfect spouse” genre are out of the question.
4. An empty picture frame
The only exception to this rule: if you have an amazing picture to put inside of the frame. Otherwise, this gift is highly generic and will likely end up being re-gifted. A digital frame, however, is something the bride and groom can put to use as soon as they return from their honeymoon.
5. Crystal or silver anything
Silver requires maintenance (read: frequent polishing), and crystal is heavy and takes up space. Not all couples want to decorate their new home with shiny objects.
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