We sort of fancy ourselves as (future) DIY-ers: he has a little herb and vegetable garden growing outside of our apartment door, and I like to make things (both for fun and to save moneymostly we make a lot of our own household cleaners and usually cook from scratch). We also are both really into healthy living, but not because it's always pleasurablesometimes we have to find little hacks to make doing what's good for us into something we like doing.
Specifically, for me, giving up caffeinated, sugary sodas was (and continues to be) a huge strugglethe only thing I've found that helps at all is drinking coffee or tea in the mornings (getting my caffeine in, which I hear isn't that bad in moderation), and carbonated water with lunch. So I've got the healthy part, but what about the money-saving part? Bottles of San Pellegrino sparkling water are expensive, yo, especially when you go through as many of them as I do, so we both thought it would be great(!) to add a soda siphon to our Amazon.com registry.
Now Mama Spaniel likes to keep abreast of what has been purchased from our registriesit's like a new hobby of hers; she checks more closely than I do!but when she told me that the soda siphon had been purchased, she was laughing. I didn't understand whyit's such a cool and unique gift! But then she explained: apparently, the same way an American couple without a wedding registry is sure to end up with three toasters and two blenders (or so the warnings go), my step-father told her that in Israel, where he's from, every couple ends up with a soda siphon or two as a wedding gift. Huh... how useful! :) Who knew?
Did you learn anything interesting in the registry process?