Tacky or Tasteful? Registering For a Housewarming

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Friends of mine recently moved from a studio into a one bedroom apartment. The increased space means they'll need new things and, of course, all of their friends have been pestering them about what they want and need in their new home. They're considering registering for gifts. I think it's an awesome idea. I want to get them a gift but I'm racking my brain trying to decide what they'd like and use. Since their home is still small, a registry allows them to have some control over what comes in. Another thing to consider: Although they've been living together for 5 years and plan on growing old together, they've no plans to get married and this is a compromise between their beliefs and their friends' wish to celebrate their union in some way.

Mostly though, I believe that people should register for every holiday and avoid the whole awkwardness of giving gifts that disappoint the expectations of either the giver or the receiver.

What do you think?

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