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The real reason anyone gets married -- gifts!

Wedding presents

Offbeat wedding registry ideas
 

If you opt for a financial registry, also register for physical gifts for people who want to give you a tangible object.

Home improvement -- The joining of households may lend itself to room upgrades, additions and other DIY construction projects, making hardware gifts more useful than new sheets or china. For tools and gadgets, consider registering at a home improvement store such as The Home Depot.
Home office -- Another popular category for couples is furnishings for the home office. Gifts can include office supplies such as shredders, ergonomic leather chairs and the latest computer equipment. Possible places to register for office necessities include office-supply stores and general retailers such as Amazon.com, Wal-Mart or Target.
Honeymoon registries -- These registries work much the same way other financial registries do, by collecting money for the couple in a separate account. Others will let guests purchase gift certificates that help pay for various honeymoon expenses. Either way, the couple can then put the money toward excursions, massages, dinner cruises and other celebratory costs. You can set up a honeymoon registry on a site such as Weddingchannel.com.
Linens -- Linens are very big right now, Naylor says, noting that some people just register for new bed linens.

If you're loading up on linens, make sure you buy for all seasons, especially bedding, she says. When you register in the spring, for example, you are only seeing the spring sheets, so be sure to register for flannel sheets and warmer comforters for winter.

Find linens at virtually any general registry, such as Macy's, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn or Bloomingdale's.

Movies, music and books -- At traditional retailers, couples are registering for nontraditional items, such as movie or music collections. "They are registering for boxed sets of the 'Godfather' series," says Naylor. They're also selecting books, including coffee-table books and cookbooks.

Spruce up your entertainment collection with a registry at any traditional store or with an anything-goes site such as Felicite.com, which lets couple register for any item from any store.

Museums -- What could you possibly register for at a museum? It's very new and not a trend yet, but at some museums, couples can register for artwork, books and home decor. Check with your favorite museum to see if you can register there.
Sporting goods -- Modern grooms are catching the registry fever but might not care about the traditional decor as much as they do about active gear that the couple can share. Naylor says they are going for sporting goods supplies, such as mountain bikes, golf clubs and tennis rackets.
-- Updated: July 23, 2007
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