15 most popular registry gifts for 2018 wedding season

WASHINGTON — The years pass and the seasons change, but the tradition of the wedding registry remains.

Couples-to-be share their wish lists, loved ones grant those wishes, and the newlyweds get what they need for a fresh start.

That time-honored tradition, of course, has evolved somewhat. The internet makes it convenient for all involved. And demographically, a growing number of couples-to-be already living together (with their possessions already “merged”) has meant that appliances aren’t the wish-list sure thing they once were.

Instead of a kitchen gadget, a couple might want something that provides an experience, said Jennifer Spector of Zola, an online wedding registry.

“The gift of travel — for example, an Airbnb gift card — is something that newlyweds can treasure long after their wedding date,” said Spector, Zola’s director of brand marketing and “resident newlywed-at-large.”

That said, requests for physical gifts still dominate registries — and one appliance, um, stands above the pack.

“The KitchenAid Stand Mixer will be the most wanted gift by engaged couples until death do us part,” Spector said. “Couples still want traditional upgrades as much as they want more modern gifts, like experiences or contributions to a honeymoon fund.”

Both the stand mixer and the Airbnb gift card are among Zola’s 15 most popular registry gifts for the 2018 wedding season. See the rest in the gallery below.

Top 15 registry gifts

15. iLuv Aud shower Bluetooth speaker (Courtesy Zola)
14. Bulbrite indoor/outdoor string lights (Courtesy Zola)
13. Canvas Home Dauville five-piece place setting (Courtesy Zola)
12. Pyrex 18-piece storage set (Courtesy Zola)
11. Royal Doulton Gordon Ramsay Maze pasta bowl (Courtesy Zola)
10. Kate Spade Malmo five-piece flatware set, service for one (Rose gold is the most popular.)   (Courtesy Zola)
9. Calphalon nonstick 10-piece bakeware set (Courtesy Zola)
8. Le Creuset Signature round Dutch oven (Courtesy Zola)
7. Fortessa Arezzo five-piece place setting, service for one (Courtesy Zola)
6. Cuisinart Round classic waffle maker (Courtesy Zola)
5. Lodge cast-iron skillet (Courtesy Zola)
4. Parachute Classic bath towel (Courtesy Zola)
3. Chilewich linen napkin (Courtesy Zola)
2. Airbnb $100 gift card (Courtesy Zola)
 1. KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-quart tilt-head stand mixer (The most popular color is aqua sky.) (Courtesy Zola)

WTOP’s Jack Pointer contributed to this report. Read more from Elly on Facebook, follow along on her blog at ByEllyJane.com and on Instagram.

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