Re: Is there hope for the hope chest?
My oldest daughter is gathering her own things for the time she leaves our home. We like different colors,textures etc.
Maybe let your daughter add things that she likes and picks out? A lot of stuff can be picked up really cheaply when the time comes. We currently only add things that are harder to find (older dishes like pyrex mixing bowls,fire king etc) or thing that were made by family that have special meaning.
Also, does she have a pinterest account? Pinterest has really helped me get an idea for my oldest daughters likes. She has lots of albums. Everything from humor to an album for her wedding