Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Gift Registry 2008 Style

So, my good friend Kip is getting married in a month. I have the honor of standing with him as best man. We’ve got tuxes ordered, have a fun bachelor day planned in a few weeks and then it’s on to Edgefield for the ceremony in April.

A few days ago I asked Kip where he and Jen were registered. The response, “Sears and Kmart”.

Times have changed.

It used to be that couples would only register at Meier and Frank (now Macy’s) or another splashy department store. But 2008 people register now from places as varied as R.E.I. to Williams Sonoma to Joe’s, Sears, Target, Etc. I’ve even heard of people registering at Toys ‘R’ Us. No joke.

As people have migrated to getting married older it’s only natural that the wedding gift would migrate with. Couples who get together in their late 20s, 30s or even 40s have a significant amount of accumulated stuff. Many are already home owners and the old necessities of place settings, knives and such have given way to more durable practical items like barbeques, lawn furniture, hedge trimmers and laser levels.

I like it.

Tonight I perused the gift lists Kip and Jen compiled and there are lots of interesting things to choose from. I don’t want to spoil it as Kip reads this blog from time to time, but being able to choose between a chainsaw, fiberglass step ladder and lawnmower are my kind of wedding gift choices. But it begs the question:

How in the world do you gift wrap a chainsaw?



Dave said...

"How in the world do you gift wrap a chainsaw?"

Obviously: *very carefully*

And dang, I still need to send in my RSVP . . .

Whitney said...

I would say that it works best when unplugged.

Anonymous said...

Here's a tip: Just get a giftcard and write on there what it's for and let them pick it out.

(Anyway, that's what I've done in the past but with a Home Depot giftcard instead and it was liked quite well)

Good luck!

Bruce said...

I have a rule about gift cards. I am HAPPY to give them if they are requested, but if they aren't indicated as a preferred gift I try to choose something from the actual list. I figure they went to the trouble to register the least I can do is play along.

But that's just me.