Q: I have a friend who recently moved into a new home. They are having a housewarming party and on the directions they have a note of where they are registered for gifts. Isn’t that inappropriate first of all to have a housewarming where you’re expecting gifts and to put where you are registered. It didn’t seem appropriate to me.
A: You are correct– Guests may or may not bring gifts to a housewarming party– it is completely a personal choice. Usually when guests do, it is most often a bottle of wine, a plant, or a loaf of bread or other food item. Housewarming gifts are usually small tokens, not major items: this is, after all, not a wedding. Mention of gifts should not made on the invitation and one does not register for gifts.
If do you choose to bring a gift to your friend’s party, you need not feel obligated to choose something on the registry.