The Selfishness of Gift Registries

This is to all the party hosts out there.

Gift registries are extremely annoying, uh… I mean…. common today, but this has not always been the case. Macy’s (the famous parade sponsor) was the store that first invented the gift registry. Before Macy’s first started offering the service back in the 1920s, guests were not expected to bring a gift. Nowadays, people constantly use registries as a selfish act to ask for specific gifts. Not only do people ask for gifts that are not needed, but they also ask for gifts more often.

Let us walk through a few situations.

First, Wedding Gift Registry

A young couple decides to get married. The first registry begins! Five fairly common wedding gifts included on registries:

  • Dinnerware                 $99.95
  • Cookware                     $79.00
  • Blender                         $49.99
  • Vacuum                        $199.99
  • Electric Mixer             $34.99



Within the article The Most Popular Wedding Registry Items Are…, the Director of Strategy at Zola (a wedding planning company) describes the selfish nature of registries perfectly— “Even though over 80% of couples live together before marriage and already have the basics, the wedding registry is the perfect chance to upgrade these essentials,” she says.

There you have it, folks. All your money is not going towards helping a young couple in need. Instead, it is simply a chance for the couple to get fancy new appliances, because they are too lazy to buy them themselves.

Here is a general rule of thumb about gift registries:

If you, yourself, think the product is too expensive to buy, don’t put it on your registry and expect other people to buy it for you. The purpose of becoming an adult (getting married and having children) is to become independent and buy your own shit.


Second, Baby Gift Registry

The young couple recently married decides to have a baby. What happens now? The second registry, of course! Five fairly common baby gifts included on registries:

  • Vibrating Baby Seat                 $29.99
  • Swaddling Blanket                   $24.99
  • Booster Seat                              $39.99
  • Diapers                                       $39.99
  • Baby Bedding                            $9.99



Third, Birthday Gift Registry

The young couple’s baby is having a birthday. The gift registration continues! Five fairly common birthday gifts included on registries:

  • Hatchimals                          $59.90
  • Scooter                                 $35.49
  • Black Panther Figure        $17.61
  • Paw Patrol Vehicle            $16.00
  • Kid Cash Register              $24.99


Do you see how every one of the above situations was a decision made by two people, yet they requested specific items from other people? Ridiculous!

Giving Gift Registries

Quentin Fottrell of MarketWatch shares a story about how a flabbergasted mother was turned off when she was invited to a six-year old child’s birthday because the invitation included a gift registry. (I am instantly turned off by registries too, if you couldn’t tell).

The New York Times is also noticing an influx of gift registries. Jordan Weinstein, a common gift registry-er, declares “there is a social requirement that you give a gift.” What a pompous and inconsiderate person!


Even if gift giving is the social norm, gift registries are an additional step towards self-entitlement and selfishness. There is added pressure as a guest to give a gift when a registry is included.

So, Party Hosts,

Grow up, quit being selfish, and allow your guests to come empty handed. It is the least you could do.


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