The thing was though, two of the showers were for people who I don't know *that* well. Like, I know them well enough to know what kinds of things they might like or use, but I had no idea whether they owned those things. I wondered what to get, and finally hit upon something I firmly believe that you can't have too many of.
I received two shower invites on the same day, so I ordered two of the same robe, one in navy, one in green. When they arrived, frankly, I liked them so much, I kept the green one. :) This was actually a good thing, because I wound up ordering a similar robe for my other friend, and at the last minute chose to monogram her new "married" initials on it, which was a gesture she appreciated from me (since I tried to talk her out of hyphenating).
The last time I went to one of their homes, I was thrilled to see the bathrobe hanging on the back of her bathroom door. I love it when gifts get used, and when going off-registry doesn't result in somebody having too many of something they never wanted it in the first place.
What off-registry gifts do you like to get?