After three months, five in-store visits, and several hours comparing products online, Mr. MC and I finally finished our gift registries yesterday. Our feelings on registering were pretty conflicted: asking people for gifts makes us really uncomfortable (especially expensive ones), but it was fun to imagine us and our future family eating off certain dishes or showering in our newly decorated bathroom.
Right after we sent our save the dates out in November, family and friends started asking about our registries. I appreciated their generosity and wanted to give them enough time to purchase something on sale, but I didn’t want to try to register over the Christmas shopping season, so Mr. MC and I headed to Macy’s on the Sunday after Thanksgiving to get started. We were actually starting to get kind of excited”¦and then reality hit.
In our hurry to start the registry, we made two major mistakes. First, we put absolutely no planning or forethought into what we wanted and needed—we weren’t sure where to start and were on two very different pages about what was most important. Second, we chose to go to Macy’s on the Sunday after the Black Friday madness. The store was a little chaotic, employees were exhausted after marathon shifts earlier in the weekend, and there was a lot of unmarked “Black Friday Only” merchandise that we kept picking out and then realizing we couldn’t put on our registry. Also, I may have had the world’s worst headache due to too much drinking the night before. We lasted maybe a half hour before we went home, totally overwhelmed and exhausted.
Six weeks later, we were ready to try again after doing some research, having some long conversations about we wanted, and making sure we were both well-fed, hydrated, and wearing comfortable shoes. Here are my top recommendations, based on what worked and didn’t work for us: