Oh yeah. That makes more sense when explained in the correct order, haha. That said, I still stand by my “just donate” stance.
I can’t imagine anyone in my family ever making a big stink over my needing a registry (or anything else traditional to weddings, for that matter), so all the comments I see on this site about family members getting bent out of shape over weddings that aren’t even their weddings are very foreign to me.
ETA: I know Christmas gifts are of a different nature, but I received a couple gifts this year that I could not return or exchange, and they immediately went into my donation pile. No regrets on my end.