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registries are boring

Bridal registries are great for the couple, sure...but completely lame to give as a gift. Opening a present to find a pizza stone or set of spoons is slightly dull to say the least. The giftcard offers an easy alternative, but again, slightly dull.

May I suggest my recent gifting upgrades? Pairing the registered cookbook with fun pasta or pairing those crystal wine glasses with a local/favorite wine.

Gifts go from impersonal to personal, from lame to totally game. Still the best of both worlds, what they want plus a small surprise! This also allows for a lot of play when the budget is tight. A $15 toaster is not so cheap when paired with some homemade jams, and no one knows your favorite wine is $5 a bottle. Here is a quick list of pairing ideas:

Cookbook > pasta/sauce, or another relevant nonperishable
Wine glasses > wine
Toaster > homemade jam
Coffee pot > your favorite coffee beans
Beer/Margarita glasses > local beer or tequila
Cookie sheets > your favorite cookies or recipe
Tiered serving tray > various candies and snacks
Cloth napkins > napkin rings
Tea kettle > favorite tea
Bath towels > favorite hand soap

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YES! That is so much better than a plain 'ole registry item.

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah B.

love a personal touch!

when my brother got married i got them a new coffee pot (which they still use and love) and put it in a huge basket (which they still have) filled with coffee, a coffee spoon (which they still use), chocolates, etc, etc.

it was perfect!

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichael - Innkeeper

I just gave a wedding gift similar to this. I am anti-registry when it comes to family. I looove your ideas here!

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIn Honor Of Design

love this idea!! like you said, even if you're on a tighter budget, this is a great way to spruce up a more "boring" gift in your price range :) thanks for the idea!

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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