?

Log in

current entries friends' entries archives about me Previous Previous Next Next
Gift registry - cellophane
the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
renniekins
Gift registry
Sometimes the internet is so useful. I am attending two weddings in the next two weekends, and hadn't gotten around to getting gifts for either. I just found out that both couples registered at Crate and Barrel though. Visited their website, and within a few clicks I was browsing pictures of the exact stuff the couples wanted to receive. I selected some nice items, a few more clicks and a credit card number, and now the gifts are winging their way to the recipients' homes. Just like that. I don't have to wrap or transport anything, and I never even had to leave my desk chair.

Granted, a lot of the personal touch is gone. I remember back in the Olden Days, when I was in college, we would actually go to stores to shop for weddings. We would carefully test each item we were considering purchasing. For example, when we were getting a marble rolling pin, we found the one that was weighted the best, and felt most appropriate in our hands. We then pulled out several of the same kind, and spun the roll part on the handles, judging which one spun the longest. That was the one we bought. When buying placemats, we spread them out on a table and picked out the ones with the most even pattern, and the cleanest weave. Then we would wrap the gifts in clever ways, with festive cards. We brought them with us to the wedding, leaving them on a gaily decorated table.

Of course, I had a lot more free time in college. And of course, the Happy Couple then had to lug all those pretty presents back to their home when the party was over...it's not like I ever got to watch them being opened or exclaimed over.

Current Mood: accomplished

read 8 comments | talk to me!
Comments
fjarlq From: fjarlq Date: August 15th, 2002 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just bought a gift for somebody a few days ago this way... it was super convenient, but it did make me think about the impersonal nature, especially the part where you could either type your own message for the gift card or choose from one of about fifteen stock messages. The stock messages were really yucky. :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 16th, 2002 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re:

Wow, they didn't have any stock messages at Crate and Barrel, at least that I noticed. That would be really tacky, not even coming up with your own message to be computer-generated onto the card....

I bought my bro' some egg-holder-things, and I put "have a happy eggy marriage". I bet that wasn't one of the stock messages! (Yeah, I'm a dork.)
fjarlq From: fjarlq Date: August 16th, 2002 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hehe... I bought my friends some towels and steak knives, and my message was "For when you shower with beef", which was also curiously absent from the stock message list.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: August 19th, 2002 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, does it help to balance things out that now that you no longer have time to shop, you can afford to buy much nicer things?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 20th, 2002 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, that's a very good point. Not only can I buy nice things, but I can afford to do it on my own, instead of chipping in with several other college students.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: August 20th, 2002 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, that is a big difference. We People who Buy Things have to keep these things in mind.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 20th, 2002 09:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes! ...although I just got a call from bro, and apparently Crate and Barrel sent them several giant boxes of glass jars, instead of the cute little egg cups I'd selected. *puzzled frown* The shipping list says egg cups, and all of my emails say egg cups, but somehow boxes must have gotten swapped or something. Odd. Sis-in-law says she'll call and hopefully get it taken care of.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: August 20th, 2002 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Very Odd.
read 8 comments | talk to me!