Sometime in the past few years, wedding registries evolved to include not just bed linens and place settings but tool sets and flat-screen TVs. âThe world has changed. Couples have changed. The way we register for gifts has changed,â said Nancy Lee, president of MyRegistry.com, a universal registry site that makes it possible to add any item from any online store to your wedding (or other) registry. âIâm calling 2015 âthe year of the groom,ââ Lee said. Other necessities Traditionally, bridal showers were held for the bride, and if the groom-to-be showed up at all, it was to lug the gifts home after. No longer. âThe time of the groom has been building up. Over the past five or seven years, the media and bloggers have started paying more attention to the groom,â said Chris Easter, co-founder of TheManRegistry.com. The site was founded in 2008 when Easter and two friends discovered a sad trend. Their pals were starting to become engaged and get married, but when they looked at the bridal registries, âwe saw that they didnât reflect what the couple was all about.â Instead of finding âcool guy toysâ like Kegerators and other fun items that both bride and groom would enjoy, they saw only typical, traditional household gifts. Practical items like mixing bowls and bath mats are needed, but so are weed whackers and ratchet sets. When it comes to numbers, half of the guests at a wedding are the groomâs friends, family and co-workers. âThey deserve to be able to shop for something for him, for something that he has picked out,â Lee said. âItems like flat-screen televisions are for both bride and groom, and the cost has really come down. Now you have the choice to buy a flat-screen or a Lenox place setting.â âTeam effortâ This gender-neutral approach makes registering for gifts just more fun. âYears ago, the couple would walk around stores like Crate & Barrel, and maybe it wasnât his favorite day. It was just part of the process. Sometimes, he had to be dragged along,â Lee said. Now, online registries allow couples to cozy up on the couch to register for gifts that will allow them to start their lives together, Lee said. Stores like Sears, Home Depot and Best Buy all have wedding registries available, and that makes registering âmore of a team effort,â Easter said. Guests on average plan to spend 6 on a wedding gift, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker. While the most common gift is cash, thatâs followed closely by gifts off a coupleâs registry. The most popular groom-centric gifts include bar items, grills and grilling tools, patio and lawn furniture, home improvement products and electronics, Easter said.