Okay, so we’ve established that you don’t have to get married to start a gift registry — what a relief! Turns out, all you must do is have a birthday. Or move into a new apartment. Or, honestly, feel free to push the limits of what’s registry-worthy as far as your social circle will allow. But the latter, especially if it’s your first or second adult home, is a crucial one. If you do it right, you can manage to set yourself up with furniture and home accessories for years to come. If you do it wrong, you might end up with a lot of useless stuff that you feel too guilty to get rid of.
In the spirit of ensuring your first apartment registry is both useful for you and not burdensome for your friends and family, read on for a guide to exactly what to ask for.
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The Expensive Stuff
Just in case you weren’t broke enough from putting down your security deposit and first month’s rent, guess what? Moving into a new place, especially if it’s your first, means you likely need a lot of big-ticket items. This is where your registry can serve you especially well.
If you have parents, grandparents, and other relatives who are willing and able to contribute, that’s great. If not, or if they’re not able to purchase a whole item, places like Zola, Target, and Blueprint allow for group gifting, which means multiple people can contribute to the cost of an higher-priced item.
Since these items are big asks, stick to stuff that’s …read more