Gift registries are tools that allow people to ask for gifts that they really want or need and allow gift givers to give gifts that they know will be appreciated. These tools are often used by people who are engaged or couples about to have a baby. Gift registries are not maintained by gift recipients, but by the firm hosting the registry; in most cases, major department stores.
Registering for Gifts
The process of registering for gifts is determined by the store where the recipients are registering. However, certain similarities exist in gift registering processes. In many cases, recipients must first enter their names, addresses, date of the special occasion and other personal details.
After giving personal details, the individual registering is given a bar code reader. Once the individual registering sees the gift he/she would like to receive, he can use the code reader to record it. Finally, the individual is required to return the code reader to the customer desk once he finishes choosing the desired gift. At the customer care desk, the information about the gift is fed into a computer under his name.
Some stores do not have bar code readers. Such stores provide people registering with lists of items available to be offered as gifts. Gift recipients then fill out the list by hand and return them to the customer care desk. The information is then entered into a computer system under the name of the gift recipient.
Reading The Registry
Once gift recipients register for gifts and their choices have been fed into the computer system, their friends and families can view the list and choose items that the gift recipients would like for an upcoming event.
For instance, Expectant mothers normally register at certain department stores for gift items that they would like for their baby showers. Guests then travel to the stores and print out the expectant mothers list. The guest then chooses the item and presents the list to the checkout clerk who removes the item from the list of the expectant mother to avoid receiving duplicate items.
Gift Registry Etiquette
Telling people where you have registered a gift registry is not the best way to ask for a gift. It comes out as too direct or even rude. Consider telling close family and friends where you registered and ask them to spread the word among guests.
It is important not to mention the registry on invitations or in any other forms of direct communications. Doing such would indicate that you expect a wedding or shower gift from your guests.
Instead, ask the maid of honour to mention the registry on wedding newsletters as an update on the wedding or shower details. Some stores provide registry cards that can be included in wedding and baby shower invitations.
Consider keeping a gift record. This will help you organize thank you notes after receiving gifts. Once a gift is received, record the name and address of the gift sender as well as the store, short description of the gift, personal feelings about the gift and arrival date.
Such details can help an individual write more sincere thank you notes. On the same breath, make sure you send thank you notes to everyone who sends a gift. Most guests like to feel that their gifts were appreciated. Record the date when you send thank you notes and to whom, to make sure everyone who sent a gift receives a thank you note.
Register Gifts In A Wide Price Range
Keep the budget of the guests in mind when selecting items from a registry. Though many people like to receive high-priced gift items, it is also important to note that some people may be on a budget. Choose a mix of high, mid and low priced gift items.