11 Things You Never Thought to Register For

A couple sitting in a tent outdoors that they received from their wedding registry.

While it’s important to make sure you’ve covered all the basics of a wedding registry (plates, glasses, silverware, a crock pot), there are so many nontraditional or unexpected items that couples often completely forget about or simply don’t know are an option. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite wedding registry items that you never thought to ask for. Print this list out, have it handy on your phone, or have it up in your browser as you’re filling out that online registry.

1. Gear for the Great Outdoors

If you both have a love for the great outdoors but are tired of borrowing your parents’ gear, you might want to consider registering for your own. Places like REI or even Bass Pro have gift registries, which can help you stock up on a tent, sleeping bags, or camping kitchen equipment for your next big trip to the woods.

2. Cooking Classes

A couple in a cooking class learning how to make pasta.

Sure, you may have two cast iron skillets on your registry, but do either one of you know how to season it (or for that matter, do you know how to cook?) If neither one of you would consider yourselves the next Ina Garten, registering for a cooking class will help you learn how to use all the gadgets and cookware that you scanned. Plus, how cute will both of you look in those aprons?

3. A Humidifier

You’ll be promising at the altar to love each other in sickness and in health—so why not fulfill that vow by registering for a humidifier? This gift may not be the sexiest item on your list, but it’ll certainly be the most used come those blistering winter months.

4. Wine of the Month Club

If the two of you enjoy a nice glass of vino at the end of a long day, registering for a wine of the month club would be a huge treat. With the generous support of your friends and loved ones, you can dive into the world of malbecs, discover which pinot noirs go best with pasta, and help you determine what to serve at your next dinner party.

5. Stays at an Airbnb

A man and woman walking on a dock toward an Airbnb rental they received as a wedding gift.

If you and your partner are struck with wanderlust, there is no better gift than a night’s stay at an Airbnb. Have your wedding guests support your love of travel by registering for an Airbnb gift card that’ll help you explore the world just a little bit easier.

6. Board Games

Board games are a staple at most households, so why not start your own collection? Register for all the classics like Monopoly, Clue, and Trivial Pursuit—and don’t forget the new ones like Cards Against Humanity or Codenames. This will definitely get you more than prepared to host epic game nights every month.

7. Downpayment Help

While your mind may be currently on guest lists, table settings, and place cards, once the wedding is over and life starts to settle down, you may start to think about your next step: buying a house. To help you get started on this next big leap, your loved ones can contribute by assisting you with a down payment or closing costs. An easy way to do this is to register on websites like HoneyFund, which make it easy for your friends and loved ones to help you save up for your dream love nest.

8. Cozy Blankets

A couple in front of a fireplace and underneath a blanket they received from their wedding registry.

Marriage certainly has its ups and downs, but one thing is without uncertainty: there will be many nights spent on the couch snuggling up and watching Netflix together. Make your cozy nights in even cozier by registering for some comfy throws and blankets to use while you’re 5 episodes deep into Parks and Recreation.

9. National Park Passes

Have you always wanted to marvel at the beautiful scenery of Yellowstone or hike in the pine-y Muir Woods? Register for a couple of National Park passes to help you achieve those scenic dreams together.

10. Holiday Decorations

You may each have specific family traditions, but now that you’re starting a new family it’s high time for the two of you to accumulate some of your own holiday gear. Whether you need Christmas decorations (or a whole new tree) or you’d like a bright and shiny new menorah to commemorate the upcoming holiday season, adding holiday decor is an unexpected but special thing to add to the registry.

11. Museum Membership

A man and woman taking a selfie in front of a museum.

Whether you’re history buffs or art lovers, chances are you have a local museum that the two of you like to frequent on weekends (or when your mom stops into town). Registering for a museum membership for the two of you is a great way to support your local museum and also support your museum-going habit.

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