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Wedding Registry: Reinvent Your Registry

Give your wedding registry a facelift with these great gift sites.

    Where to click:
  • IDoFoundation.org lets you select a store that partners with a charitable organization, such as Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, and Macy's.
  • JustGive.org lets you create and customize your own web page and encourages gift givers to contribute to the couple's charity of choice.

DIYers

These days, when brides and grooms join hands, they often join assets and buy their first home. Whether it's an old Victorian in need of major renovations or a fresh-laid foundation in need of some serious character building, the right tools and hardware are required. Now is the time to accept Uncle Larry's offer to help with the housework without him actually picking up a paintbrush or washing the windows.

    Where to click:
  • HomeDepot.com lets you request shower heads and granite kitchen countertops.
  • Lowes.com offers the same competitive level of wish list service.
  • MyDreamHome.com allows you to ask for donations for a paint job or new countertop. This community-oriented site also offers tips, blogs, and forums for decorating and renovating projects.

The Hosts

Entertaining items are also topping the lists of dos for gift-giving. Couples are registering for box sets of their favorite TV shows, collector's edition books, and even activities that run a fine line between hosting and playtime. So while everyone else is buying the ever-so-practical presents like toasters and tea towels, give some gift-givers the option to play it differently.

    Where to click:
  • FrontGate.com to register for that Golden Tee arcade game system
  • ConranUSA.com for a foosball table or a badminton set
  • SharperImage.com for pinball and bikes
  • Felicite.com is another site that will have guests pitching in for that Coleman kayak or the mountain bikes you've always wanted. But if the game room isn't your top priority (at least for now), this site also lets registrants ask that monetary contributions be put toward a student loan fund that they've set up.

Design Duo

Maybe you and your spouse-to-be already have a fully furnished place and it's what's on -- or not on -- the walls that's missing. There are a ton of great websites that sell one-of-a-kind pieces of art that you'd love to hang above your fireplace. Request that guests put money toward a certain portrait or print that you both have your hearts set on but no budget to buy.

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Know Your Guests. A more traditional crowd may not be thrilled with strictly unconventional options. Be sure to register for a mix of goods in a range of prices so the items are appealing to all guests.

    Where to click:
  • MixedGreens.com let guests contribute money toward a work you've picked out, from artists like Mary Temple and Rob Nadeau.
  • MossOnline.com caters to the inner design diva with functional and decorative pieces like the Tord Boontje “Blossom” chandelier.
  • VelocityArtandDesign.com carries wall ornaments and decals.
  • MetMuseum.org will mat and frame your favorite Renoir print selection.

Environmentalists

From invites to cakes, couples are looking for stylish, eco-friendly wedding ideas. Continue this green vibe and add some items to your registry with all-natural appeal.

    Where to click:
  • BranchHome.com for a handmade wool
    trivet or recycled glass vases.
  • 3RLiving.com for bamboo cutting boards and paper placemats.
  • GlobalTable.com offers goods like a ceramic tea set and rosewood twig servers.

Food Lovers

Believe it or not, there are options out there that let you register for your palates too. Love Italian red wine? Handpick the varietals you sip most often. And if the two of you are major foodies, perhaps register for a gourmet food basket or cheese-of-the-month club.

    Where to click:
  • MorrellWine.com lets you create customized wine lists.
  • WineEnthusiast.com offers bottles, glasses, and accessories.
  • Amazon.com puts hickory smoked buffalo steaks or Belgian chocolates on your list.

The Beauty Queen (and King)

Whether it's the perfume that you've always coveted, luxury hand soaps for your home, or cologne or electric shavers, beauty-related registries offer brides and grooms some pre- and postwedding pampering. It's truly the gift you'll never buy yourself.

    Where to click:
  • Macys.com gives brides the opportunity to register for eye shadow, lipstick, mascara, and any other Clinique beauty products that they may need for the wedding day or beyond.
  • Sephora.com has it all: perfumes, wedding-day makeup, and tooth-whitening kits.
  • NeimanMarcus.com registry options feature luxe personal fragrances, as well as soaps and shower gels by Jo Malone.
  • Bloomingdales.com sells Braun shavers and electric toothbrushes.

The Honeymooners

No newlyweds want to start their new life in mounds of debt, so if a once-in-a-lifetime trip is a higher priority than a mixer, register for honeymoon perks. Let your guests with a lakeside cabin treat you to a day of sailing. Allow your foodie friends to pick up the tab for your first dinner as Mr. and Mrs. at a restaurant of your choice. In fact, certain resorts encourage couples to register for specific activities like afternoon hikes, spa services, and meals at any of the restaurants on the resort's premises.

    Where to click:
  • ArtisansofLeisure.com allows friends to
    make contributions for your dream honeymoon far, far away.
  • TheBigDay.com and TheHoneymoon.com both let guests contribute to your travel plans.
  • SPGHoneymoon.com is the registry home for Starwood Resorts. And because there are bound to be guests who feel uncomfortable giving cash, their “Honey Money” program is a sweet alternative.
  • Sandals.com lets you register for all of the perks you'll find at their properties.

-- The Knot

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