Take the Guesswork Out of Gifts

December 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

If you’re like me, you like to give good gifts.  Sometimes, however, it’s difficult to decide what to buy for the people you love.  Luckily the internet has stepped in and made shopping easy for all of us.  I’m sure that most people are familiar with the idea of “wish lists.”  These days it is quite common to have registries for bridal showers, baby showers, bachelor parties, birthdays– you name it.  You can usually find a way to register and create a shopping list on most major department store websites.

One of the tools that I find most effective in ensuring that I give– and receive– the perfect gifts is Amazon’s wish list.  It’s a great resource because it allows you to list out a variety of items, and should you find something you want on another website, such as Etsy or Home Depot, that is not listed on Amazon, you can import that information to your wish list as well.   This makes Amazon a great central tool for keeping track of all the things you want.

Of course, this is the time of year when we’re mostly busy BUYING presents for others.  The good news is that Amazon makes that easy for you as well.  If your friends and family have wish lists in Amazon, they are easily searchable.  Also, once you’ve purchased something on their list, you can have it discreetly removed so that they don’t get the same thing twice.  And thanks to Amazon’s Gift Organizer, you can easily search and save gift ideas for people in your life.  Let’s say your friend’s birthday is months away, but they mention how much they’d love a copy of a book that is coming out in February.  You can search for it in Amazon, add it to a list of gift ideas you create, and even set a date in the future to remind you that you need to purchase the present.

There are so many things you can do to help take the pressure off yourself when it comes to giving and receiving gifts.  Using the Wish List helps me ensure that I am getting people things that they want, and by using the tools and settings, I get to keep gift giving at the forefront of my mind without getting stressed out about it.  Not only do I know I’m getting people good gifts, it also increases my chances of getting the things I want myself.  Try out the Wish List with your friends and family.  It will add an element of fun and certainty to your future purchases.  Happy shopping!