‘Tis the season for showers. Not April showers but Baby and Bridal showers. This year – correction – last year – apparently something was in the water because I know at least a dozen people all due this summer with babies. Then on top of that there are weddings. It’s shower palooza over here which means the ever present registry. Oh… registries.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the idea of them. I think it’s SUCH a great idea and I even like that they do them for kiddos bday wishes now too. Since I’m childless, I am clueless when it comes to buying my baby niece gifts for birthdays and Christmas. The older ones are easy as pie (here’s some cash! don’t use it all on beer!) but the 2 year old is a tough one. I think they are a great thing so that you don’t end up with 3 different Forman grills or 4 Crock Pots. Wait. I had exactly that happen with my first wedding and I didn’t register for either item. Thankfully more people are sticking to registries since my first wedding in 2000 though so hopefully that problem has been eliminated.
Here’s my pet peeve when it comes to registries. Ideally you are going through all of this hassle (trust me, I know people say registering is SO MUCH FUN but they are mostly liars, the gun is cool but arguing with one’s fiance about what kidn of towels are more ideal for your home is not fun) to end up with items that aren’t doubled and are things you’ve chosen carefully. Same goes for babies, you plot out, stalk consumer reports, pinterest and Mommy blogs to make sure you are opting for the BEST of the best. Who has time for returns? I am dreadful at returns. They never make it back to the store. Then I end up with doubles of stuff. I never returned a smoothie maker from our wedding shower that was a double so we have TWO things that I discovered suck. Yay me! I’ve noticed lately though in my shopping that people are registering in multiple places (which is fine, I get that) but they are registering for THE SAME STUFF! Why on earth would you do that? Do you WANT to return that crib or stroller or grill? I know I don’t! I just don’t get it, why bother if you’re going to screw it all up. The current wedding I am shopping for is a case in point about this but instead of the exact items (we are talking Walmart vs Bed, Bath & Beyond) it’s very similar items at both places. *smh* Then there’s the ADD lists. You know what I’m talking about I think. The one I’m currently looking at has 4 bed in a bags, 2 comforter sets and umpteen different sheet sets. They still live (and plan to live) with parents so I’m really scratching my head on this one. Then there’s the bagillion towels. I’m more than happy to give but it always makes me raise an eyebrow when perusing a registry.
Fair warning to those that do this that invite me. I may get irritated and decide to do my own gift. Which is usually a creative gift idea I stole from a past bridesmaid at a wedding I photographed. She did a fully stocked bar b/c she couldn’t think of what else to get them (I guess the registry had been cleared – another pet peeve, make sure you register enough so people can BUY you crap – oh and not just all $100 items either). So my gift this weekend is going to be a bar: a bottle of all of the “main” alcohols, mixers and utensils. I’ve yet to do this for a baby shower though, somehow I don’t think someone would like me for that as it’d be a big tease. My default gift there tends to be getting every small $$ item on the registry, tossing in a shitbrick of diapers and thowing it all in a basket. Classy, no?