Wedding registries aren’t for everybody—plenty of people opt out of the orchestrated gift-grab tradition entirely. Other engaged couples understand they will receive gifts whether they select them themselves or not. Those people would rather register than end up with things they truly don’t want. So, maybe your head is already filled with china patterns and thread counts, but let’s get real: you need to upgrade your home tech just as urgently as your glassware.
And for some of us, up-to-snuff home tech is more important than having a dozen of each type of wine glass. If you’re already convinced that electronic accessories will perk up the start of your married life, you just have to decide where to register.
Plenty of registries, such as myregistry.com, offer “universal” options—meaning you can add items for any online retailer to the list—but these fall short when it comes to fulfillment. That is, making it clear exactly who has purchased "what from where", and "when".
If you’re going to register for a mix of items, including tech, we recommend sticking with a major online retailer like Amazon or Target. Many couples opt to create more than one registry, which means you can get your tech fix and your Crate & Barrel/Williams-Sonoma/department store stuff, too.
I’ve selected ten tech-related items below I'd consider for my wedding registry. I opted not to include anything over $350, as that’s a tough sell even for a generous group gift. That means computers, tablets, televisions, and high-end cameras are off the table. Instead, I’ve focused on home tech that might contribute to making your new home life with your beloved more seamless and enjoyable. Everything I’ve included is available at Amazon.com, with free shipping and returns, at prices below MSRP.
1. Nest Learning Thermostat, 2nd Generation, $249.99
Does anything say “we’re nesting” more than the Nest? The energy-saving, remote-controlled-over-Wi-Fi device gets to know your mutual comfort levels. Follow our installation tutorial for a fun newlywed activity.
2. Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker, $117.92 for two
This lower-end version of the now ubiquitous goal-oriented exercise motivator is my most-wanted registry item. But, don’t forget to register for two. There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition.
3. Crosley Cruiser Portable Turntable with Built-In Speakers, $147.99
While it isn’t an audiophile-grade turntable, it’s hard not to see this 3-speed record player as supremely romantic. Retro-style couples can pack this briefcase up as luggage for the honeymoon.
4. Amazon Kindle, $138 for two
My fiance and I just started our own private book club on our iPads. The iPad screen is sufficient for reading, but nothing beats Kindle’s e-Ink screen—its far easier on the eyes.
5. Belkin WeMo Home Automation Switch & Motion Sensor, $79.52
We already like IFTTT recipes for automating social media. Why not use it with this super-easy sensor pack to automatically or remotely turn lights on and off, or have it send us messages when something moves at our front door? The number of simple home automation projects WeMo enables is limitless.
6. Audyssey Wireless Bluetooth Speakers, $185.99
Bluetooth docks and bricks are great, but you’d never want to use them with a TV. With these, you can plug TV audio into the aux port, and use the Bluetooth feature for streaming from your computer, tablet, or phone. Hooray for multitasking!
7. Roku 3 Streaming Player, $99
If there’s one powerful streaming device out there that will let you consider ditching cable, its the Roku 3. As long as you have login access to Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Amazon Instant Video, and your favorite sports packages, you’re ready to set yourself free.
8. Dyson AM04 Heater Fan, $325
This is the older model of Dyson’s miraculous space heater/fan combo. Since the newer model just came out, this one has been reduced in price to about $325. Its a bit over our stated budget, but if you don’t register for the Nest thermostat, this device could come closest to giving you true climate control.
9. Sanyo Eneloop Ni-MH Charger and AAA/AA Kit, $49.99
Think you don’t use batteries? Just wait until the remote control dies. These super-powerful rechargeable batteries save energy and money.
10. Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote, $349.99
Speaking of remote controls, this one charges in a base station. It also replaces up to 15 of your existing remotes (its compatible with 225,000 home theater device models). It is the most expensive item on this list but if you and your spouse are the types to spend a lot of time in front of the TV, it will help your honeymoon period last a little longer.
*The “bride and groom texting” cake topper can also be purchased at Amazon.
(Images: Cake Topper: Amazon, Products: as linked above)