Today’s post isn’t one that most of you will use right away, as it only directly applies to those of you who have a baby in your near future. If that doesn’t describe you now, you can pin it for later or pass it onto a friend or daughter who is expecting.
Is a Baby Registry Worth It?
Gift registries are becoming more and more popular. The idea of making a list of the gifts you would like to receive used to sound childish and tacky, but now it’s seen as a favor to those who wish to give gifts. We all want to give gifts that will be used, appreciated and loved by the recipient. Your creating a gift registry allows your friends and family the opportunity to do just that!
In addition to making gift-giving easy, a registry increases the likelihood of receiving gifts that will be the most useful to you, which means you won’t have to buy them yourself. The items you do end up buying yourself can usually be purchased at a discount if they’re on your registry.
Creating a baby registry can definitely be worth the time and hassle. Here are some tips to help make your baby registry worth it:
–> Do the product research
Creating a baby registry is a great excuse to research baby products and decide what you like and what fits your parenting style. Ask other new parents or experienced parents what they loved and what they would avoid. Having a well thought out and researched registry will mean fewer returns and more gifts that you sincerely love. Even if you don’t receive a single gift from your registry, having done the research will make shopping (and looking for deals) much easier.
–> Focus on what you need
While you might be tempted to go crazy with the scanner and add everything that is cute or looks interesting, it’s not a good tactic for making the most out of your baby registry. Be intentional about the items you choose. A good test is to ask yourself “Would I spend my own money on this?” If the answer is no, then I wouldn’t put it on my registry (I’m also the type who spends gift cards like they are hard-earned cash). If you do, you might end up with a bunch of fru-fru for your baby, but left to buy all the essentials on your own.
Don’t be afraid to register for diapers, wipes, and other basics. I’ve found that people love to give diapers and moms love to receive them. While not a very original gift, they are definitely useful and appreciated. Having the basics on your registry reminds people that simple, useful gifts are appreciated.
–> Register items from a wide price range
It’s fine to have a couple of big ticket items on your registry, in case your friends from work want to go in on a gift together, or grandma wants to get something extra special, but the bulk of your gift registry should be in the lower price range. Having lower priced options allows people to shop on their own budget. People who want to spend more can buy multiple items or put together a gift basket.
–> Don’t register for clothes
You will get clothes whether you register for them or not. Many people won’t look at your gift registry and will just choose baby clothes that they think are cute. Another reason not to register for clothes is that different store locations have different clothing inventories. Friends will have a hard time finding the exact item you are looking for because the store might not carry it. Finding clothes from your registry can be very frustrating.
–> Learn the programs, but keep it simple
Lots of major retailers have baby registries. Each store has different perks or bonuses for registering with them. Learn about the programs before you decide where to register. For example, at Babies R Us you get up to 10% back from purchases made from your registry, even purchases you make yourself. Target gives you a 15% off completion coupon so you can buy what’s left on your registry (another great reason to put basics like diapers and wipes on the list).
While every store has their own perks, keep it simple (for you and your shower attendees) by not registering everywhere. I think more that two places is overkill. People will wonder if you don’t have anything better to do than run up and down the aisles of six different stores with a scanner, drooling over baby gear.
–> Make Amazon one of your choices
Registering with Amazon’s Baby Registry is a no-brainer. Not only can you stay at home in your pjs, but you can literally add anything you want. With Amazon’s Universal Registry Capability, you can add items for anywhere across the internet to your registry.
The standard completion discount for Amazon’s baby registry is 10% off, but if you join Amazon Mom any time up to actually using your discount, your completion discount goes up to 15%! You can use your completion discount on up to $5,000 of eligible merchandise (maximum discount of $500).
Amazon makes it super easy on your friends and family. They don’t have to go on a wild goose chase through the store looking at bar codes to find the exact items on your registry. They can be at home in their pjs too. Plus, out of town folks can just have gifts sent directly to you.
Sometimes a registry isn’t right
I was not planning on having a baby shower for the baby I just had. Since this was going to be our fourth, we really didn’t need anything. On top of that, the gender was a surprise, so that makes it hard to buy anything ahead of time. A good friend insisted that she was going to throw me a shower. I would have felt presumptuous making a gift registry, as I really didn’t need anything and didn’t want people to feel obligated to bring a gift.
My friend had suggested that those who wanted to bring a gift could bring a freezer meal instead. I was showered with freezer meals! My deep freeze is jam-packed with homemade convenience foods. And trust me– they are coming in handy when life gets extra crazy with these four little ones! I got diapers, wipes, blankets, clothes, and gift cards, too. It was perfect!
How about you?
- Did you do a baby registry? Where did you register and how did you like it?
- What tips to you have for making a gift registry?
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