I find that most people in our circle who are from my grandparents' generation prefer to shop at a store where they can see the actual item they are buying. Even though it is on your wish list the gift giver wants to like the gift too.
When helping people pick out wedding gifts I almost always hear them say that they personally like the item they are giving. In fact I don't remember one person giving a gift that they thought was ugly or not useful. I remember registering for items that I personally didn't like but I knew that some of my relatives loved and just as I suspected they bought them and I got a great credit towards my All Clad pots and pans.
Now I know some of you are thinking that it was wrong of me to do that but I knew that if I didn't I'd end up with similar style gifts that they purchased at stores I wouldn't be able to exchange them at. The gifts would have ended up at a thrift store or neighborhood garage sale.