Gone are the days when a wedding registry was a formal thing, designed to get a new bride and groom some fancy china they’ll pull out once in a blue. The last bunch of wedding and baby shower invitations I’ve received include some hip new places to buy gifts.
My relatives are big on registering at Target. When my sister got married, she even asked for a few of their favorite board games, in addition to the usual linens and kitchenware (so I got them Electronic Catch Phrase, plus some other stuff!).
My vacation buddy who’s expecting a baby is registered at Amazon, which has an extensive baby registry as well as one for weddings. My friends who are getting married this August are registered there, and they’re also offering the option to give money to charity—a pet cause of theirs, the Trevor Project, which offers support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. JustGive.org offers lots of other charity options.
If you go more traditional, you might save some money. Macy’s is offering $20 off any $100 wedding registry gift purchase through this Saturday, June 30. And if you shop Bed Bath & Beyond’s gift registries in stores, you can use your coupons (they don’t work online, though).
There are even sites designed to let people give money, rather than tucking some cash or a check into a card. Two examples are Starlight Registry and Deposit A Gift. How do you feel about giving money? What’s your favorite wedding or baby gift to give (or get)?