I bought my first house 5 years ago, and I had several people ask me where I was registered before my housewarming party. I was shocked, as I had never heard of doing that before. I didn't think it was right, so I never registered. (When people asked, I just said something generic like "my kitchen is blue with sunflowers.") It just seems too gimme to me. Housewarming gifts are more "tokens" than registry-type gifts. I mostly got bottles of wine, with the occasional houseplant or something similar.