The other day a woman stood in the return line at Target with an overflowing cart of baby items. When she reached the cashier, she said, “I’d like to return everything in my cart.”
“Most of these are duplicates,” she said, pulling out items and placing them on the counter in front of her. “They are all on my baby registry.”
Returning Baby Shower Gifts
The cashier began chatting with the mom-to-be.
“You want to return all of this?” the cashier asked.
“Yes,” she said. “I’d rather have a Target gift card. I don’t need all of these baby clothes and blankets.” She told the cashier that she was returning almost everything she received from her baby shower.
The cashier probed for more information. At first, the mom-to-be said, she didn’t need that much stuff. She was happy with the basics, including a few onesies, diapers, wipes, and a baby sling.
Then she confessed to creating a registry even though she planned to return the gifts.
“I know my friends and family want to buy me stuff, but I don’t need it. I couldn’t ask for money,” she said, “so I made a baby registry. Now I’m here to return everything.”
How to Return Baby Shower Gifts Without Receipt
It turns out this mom-to-be created a registry with the full intention of returning just about everything she received.
“I can buy what I want when I want it,” she said. “Then I can buy what I want later,” she said with a grin. “I can even buy groceries.”
How to Return Baby Shower Gifts to Target
Before walking away from the register, she told the cashier a trick. “Some people bought stuff that wasn’t on my baby registry. I was able to scan the bar codes and add them after the fact. I returned even more stuff than I thought I would!”
Registering and Returning Gifts
When I got married nearly five years ago, I considered not registering for gifts. My husband and I didn’t need much stuff in our lives.
Eventually, friends and family convinced me to create a registry. They rightly assumed that people would buy us things, so we might as well get stuff we wanted.
I suppose most bride and grooms and parents-to-be want cash and gift cards in place of household and baby items they may or may not want or need.
I can see why this mom-to-be wanted the flexibility to purchase what she wanted. Somehow it still feels wrong, though. It’s sad to think that her friends and family went out and purchased items she fully intended to return.
Do you think it’s wrong to create a registry with the full intention of returning the gifts you receive?