Is it appropriate to have a birthday gift registry?

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Question by Sofia V: Is it appropriate to have a birthday gift registry?
We hear about wedding, baby shower, bridal shower gift registries. Would it be appropriate to have a birthday gift registry for a 30th birthday celebration event? What do most people think? Would you do it?

Best answer:

Answer by Auntie P
Just because people have registries for all of these events doesn't mean it is appropriate.

Generally by the time one is 30 celebrating a birthday is more a way to get together with friends, not a way to get presents.

No I would not do it.

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7 Responses to Is it appropriate to have a birthday gift registry?

  1. Ginger says:

    That’s overkill.

    People have wedding registries because the couple is just starting off their life together, and they need many things for their home. Likewise, babies require a lot of gear that is really expensive.

    At the age of 30, you already have your life together, so requesting specific gifts is simply unnecessary and rude. And besides, what’s the fun in knowing what you’re going to get?

  2. Nessa says:

    I think it all depends on the situation. If you are having a big party and lots of people have been asking for gift ideas, then I think it would be appropriate to make a wishlist using a website like and email it only to the people who have specifically asked you for ideas. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s probably a bad idea to just send it out to everyone you know unprompted. But if people have asked you for gift ideas, it would be helpful and not tacky.

  3. HappyDog says:

    It’s inappropriate and tacky. Registries are to coordinate for a very special one-time event so a couple doesn’t get 27 toasters and no plates. Gifts would not normally be expected for a 30 year old’s birthday.

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  5. Me says:

    Just because the stores have a registry for almost everything, doesn’t mean they are appropriate.

    After a certain age (10 years old) birthday gatherings should be more about enjoying your friends as opposed to thinking about the gifts you will get.

  6. Chantal says:

    If one is getting married or having a baby for the first time, the gift registry is to get the couple/expectant parents gifts they do not have and to help them set up. Never would i consider a gift registry for any birthday, they come about every year. And just because you want something, doesn’t mean you should expect it. A gift is a gift is a gift. If someone wants to give you a gift for your birthday, then they’ll either ask you or someone close to you for an idea. It might not be an expensive item, just a little something to show they are thinking of you. But to expect gifts for your birthday when you’re an adult is a bit childish. Even a surprise party shouldn’t leave you expecting gifts. They’re just added to a great occasion for your friends to come together and celebrate your birthday. Look at it this way, would you like it if any of your friends called you and said “i want this for my birthday” and I expect you to get it for me. Where’s the surprise or the fun in that? Sorta defeats the purpose.

  7. Marie says:

    No, it doesn’t look good. presents are for kids. Adults should not expect presents.

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