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Updated on September 11, 2014
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Jeff Johnston is a medieval reenactor and avid history fan. He is also the publisher at Living History Publications. Logo used with Permission Logo used with Permission

Getting Married, Having a Baby, Is For You

In two years time I am getting married to the love of my life, I couldn't be happier. On the road to planning my fiancée and I decided we'd look into where we'd register, we know it is ridiculously early to start registering for gifts, but the more we get done ahead of schedule the better off we are. In the process we found, and I have to say, wow it's ideal.

I am in no way affiliated with, this is not an advert.


What its Got

With you can register for any product advertised online at ANY store. You can even register for cash gifts if you wish and you'll receive the gifts via paypal (more about this later). Any online store in the world becomes a viable place to register, and your guests only have to go to one site to get the registry. One of the other cool things, is you can manage more than one registry with, you can sync your registry at linked stores within the system.

The coolest thing (in my mind) is the ability to create surprise groups. This is for items that you don't have a specific model in mind for. For example if you want a TV but there are several that you would be fine with, register for them all and create a surprise group to bind them together. When someone buys any one thing from a surprise group the entire group is marked as purchased.


Why it sucks

-If you register for cash they take a percentage off the top, just as paypal will, so why do this? Besides registering for cash is kind of tacky.

-Some people may not trust a website for a registry, and you have to rely on the guest to return to after they buy the product to mark off that they bought it.

Linked Registries

If you register at any one of these stores you can merge your registry and manage it all from

  • anthropologie
  • Bloomingdales
  • Crate & Barrel
  • CB2
  • Dillard's
  • Giggle
  • Kohl's
  • Land of Nod
  • Macy's
  • MoMA Design Store
  • REI
  • Sur La Table
  • Target
  • VivaTerra
  • Walmart
  • West Elm
  • Williams-Sonoma

Final Thoughts is an ideal site for a gift registry, it has some inherent flaws, but really all gift registries have flaws. It allows you to register in any store, and my fiancée and I have some pretty offbeat hobbies so being able to register in stores that aren't generally considered wedding shopping sites is pretty cool. I highly recommend this site.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      7 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Congrats on all kinds of wonderful things happening in your life right now and the near future! :) Great review. :)


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