If you’re having a baby shower or your child has a birthday coming up, you’ll likely be inundated with requests about what to gifts to buy. Far from encouraging over indulgence, a gift registry can help avoid guests doubling up on pressies or spending more than you feel comfortable with. The good news is that there’s a growing number of gift registry services to choose from in the UAE. Here are some of our top picks.   

The JustKidding Gift Registry allows you to search for products by stage, criteria and brand. Simply create an online account, add your chosen items and let your guests know. It’s super easy for them to access your list by using your name or registry ID. justkidding-me.com/ae/gift-registry.

Especially great for first time mums, Db Babies’ gift registry allows users to pick from its fab range of essentials and gifts. Plus, it provides access its bespoke embroidery service that can be used to add special names or dates to keepsakes such as blankets. The registry service is available online and in all Db Babies boutiques if you prefer a helping hand. There’s a handy ‘Under Dh150’ collection for those who want to reign in the spending. dbbabies.com/gift-registry.

The Mumzworld.com Baby Registry automatically updates when someone makes a purchase, cutting out hassle for your guests. Simply login to your account, start shopping and, when you see a product you like, click ‘Add to Baby Registry’. mumzworld.com/gift-registry.

For the VIP treatment, let the experts at Level Kids help you devise the perfect nursery and gift registry. If you need inspiration, ask to see their Nursery Essentials Checklist, which lays out everything a new mum could possibly want and more. Email concierge@levelkids.com.

For oodles of variety, check out MyList, an online multi-store gift registry that provides access to hundreds of top brands and thousands of products. There’s no registration, shipping or bank fees or hidden charges. Plus, each customer is assigned a dedicated personal gift advisor who can help set up your registry and even go in store to purchase your gifts. MyList.ae.

The Baby Collection Gift Registry takes a hybrid approach. You can register for an account online, then visit the shop to add items to your list. Once it’s uploaded, you can email it to friends and family and you’ll receive a notification email as purchases are made. babycollection.ae