Are Gift Registries Coming of Age in India?

If you ask any couple who got married a while ago about things they wish they had more agency over in their wedding, wedding gifts will easily make it to the top five in their list. We all have heard our parents, our cousins and our friends crib about the futility of receiving wedding gifts that they will never use. And we all know people who have passed on their unused wedding gifts to other people because well, better than those gifts just sitting in their homes. Same goes for birthdays, bridal showers, baby showers, anniversaries, retirement parties and pretty much any event under the sun one can think of.

When gift registries were introduced in India, so many of us breathed a sigh of relief because by then most of us had actually started making our own private gift registries as a way to combat bad gifting. I, for one, have been making my own gift registry for my birthdays for years. When I got married four years back, I was determined to find a gift registry for my wedding. I didn’t want to go through the hassle of carrying the zillion gifts around in the chaos of the wedding from one city to another. And then also deal with them sitting idle in my home forever until I (guiltily) give them away to someone else. I was lucky to have come across the Wedding Wishlist at that time, which led to a super easy gift registry process, and my becoming an absolute cheerleader of the good work they were doing. 

The culture of gifting has evolved so much over the last few years. It has become much more inclusive, much more subjective and experience driven rather than a matter of mere functionality. We like being gifted things we would cherish for a long time, or things that help us make great memories. And the same goes for when we are gifting to someone we love. Gift registries in India have also changed over the years to accommodate this cultural shift in gifting. The focus has moved a lot from what people want to gift to what people want to receive, and a good balance between these two makes for a great gifting experience for both the parties!

The choice to be able to add not just products of personal use, but also offbeat gifts like relaxing experiences, travel itineraries, adventures and staycations to our registries, along with a diverse range of things one would actually care about, like art, or a folk art inspired furniture piece, is exhilarating. For those of us who are not the biggest proponents of material gifts, there is also the option to have friends and family donate to a worthy cause as a gift to them, which is a heartwarming gesture of love and care.

Gift registries in India have indeed come a long way, and as more and more people open themselves up to the experience of hassle free, meaningful gifting through portals like The Wedding Wishlist, the culture of gifting will continue to evolve. There is something so beautiful about giving someone a gift that will always bear a thought of you. It is like leaving a small part of you with someone you love. A gift registry helps you choose this part wisely, and makes sure your effort will be cherished. We are indeed lucky to be in the times when gift registries in India are coming of age, because gifting has never been so easy and hassle free. 

If you are looking for a place to build a gift registry for your next big (or small) occasion, do explore our fully customisable gift registries here. They allow you to build a registry from a wide range of available options. You can even add any other options that you want from anywhere on the web. Your friends and family can choose their gifts, and after the occasion, on a date chosen by you. All the gifts will be delivered to you safely for you to be able to enjoy them in the comfort of your home. Just a few easy steps, and we will take care of the rest, Promise! 

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