We did the same thing as some of the other brides...upgraded our dishes, some small appliances, good knives, etc. for my shower and donated our old ones to a good cause. We thought about a honeymoon registry with the travel agent we booked our DW through...but I had a long chat one day with my aunts and they said they would prefer to give us money, which was just fine with us. With our registries pretty much depleted after the shower, the majority of our friends and family who have given us wedding gifts already have given us cash or gift cards. Honestly, as hard as you try to gently guide your guests towards your preference, you will always have people who have "that special something" tucked away in their closet with your names on it! ; )
For example, we got two mismatched towels, an oval tablecloth (still in its' package but looks about 10 years old...ohhhh, and btw we have a ROUND table...which this guest knows because she's been over a few times for dinner!!!), a plastic levitating globe...yeah...that went back into the box and right down to the basement!