Attention lazy wedding guests: The Gift Network—an online wedding registry service—has launched in Toronto

Attention lazy wedding guests: The Gift Network—an online wedding registry service—has launched in Toronto

Gift registries for the internet generation, like these two crazy kids. (Image: Gene Chan) 

Toronto-based website The Gift Network launched earlier this month, providing a free online gift registry that features partnerships with over 100 stores across the GTA. Soon-to-be-wedded folk who want to skip the process of entering a few stores and scanning a few gravy boats can now avoid human contact altogether—that is, until the big night. The Gift Network offers products from boutique stores like Golda’s Kitchen, The Cookbook Store, Bohm Furniture, BlackBird Vintage Finds, Metropolis Living, Umbra Concept Store and Grassroots Environmental Products, and it also allows users to post links to registries from stores that are not offered by the website, which means maybe we’ll take one HBC multistripe point blanket for our collection after all. We’re intrigued by the idea of a catchall registry that allows brides- and grooms-to-be to register for a lot of what they need all in one place, but much like those wedge booties you bought online that you’ve never worn, the one downside to this whole project is that newlyweds might get things they never needed in the first place—online shopping is still hit or miss, and if you don’t hold it, touch it or scan it, it might mean a series of decorative collectibles that looked decent on a screen, but not in your home.