If you’re about to visit a friend who’s moved into a new house, you may want to hit the mall first. Trendspotters say there’s a rise in people creating housewarming registries, where they pick out household items they want. Everything from a marble cutting board, to an espresso machine, and then hold a party where they expect guests to bring one of their wishlist gifts.
Normally, gift registries are a tradition for people just starting out, like a couple getting married or parents expecting a baby. However, experts say the gift registry trend is catching on like wildfire with new homeowners. For example, one woman we read about recently bought a house, and immediately registered for housewarming gifts. After all, she bought countless wedding and baby gifts for friends. Since she’s single and doesn’t have children, a housewarming registry is the only way she can get presents in return. We also read about a couple who’ve been married for a few years. They decided to create a housewarming registry after moving into their first house, because when they got married, they were living with their in-laws. So, they missed out on receiving household items as wedding gifts.
Even though a growing number of homeowners are creating housewarming registries, that doesn’t mean the trend’s catching on with would-be gift-givers. Anna Post is the spokeswoman of the etiquette firm The Emily Post Institute. She says that many people hold by the tradition that only major milestones call for substantial gifts, like weddings, births, and graduations. So, asking your friends for a stainless steel Panini press just because you moved, seems plain old greedy.