By Real Simple
Updated January 07, 2010
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Dinner table setting
Credit: Michael Paul

In-store vs. online: When you register at, you can use a kiosk in one of the nearly 4,000 stores to access your online registry.

Return policy: Registry items can be returned for store credit. If an item was paid for in cash and a gift receipt was given, you can return the gift for cash, says Becky Cikoch, e-commerce product manager of gifting for Sears Holding Corporation.

Length of time the registry’s active: Thirteen months after the wedding date.

Discount: There’s no discount currently offered on remaining registry items.

Most popular items: Dinnerware and Craftsman tools.

Perks: The company offers a Give Together feature that allows a group of people to contribute to a gift online, so you can register for the new appliance you need―and actually get it.