Organize gift giving with a great family wishlist maker

November 14th, 2011

It’s that time of year again.  Time to make your holiday plans with family and friends.  For so many, part of that includes how to react to receiving presents that will end up taking up space in closets, garages, and storage units all over the country.  This year, take a cue from your friends at ZapTel and use to help give and get great gifts. Family Wishlist Registry, a sister company to, is a free online family gift list and wishlist maker created to help families give better gifts, spend money more effectively and stay within their holiday budgets.

You may be asking “doesn’t the thought count for anything?”  In Joel Waldfogel’s book Scroogenomics, he examines what he calls a $14 billion problem with gift giving.  The amount a person pays for a gift versus what the recipient values the gift at is a difference of $14 billion.  This kind of makes the thought count after all.  In this economy, who has that kind of money to waste?

For the past couple years, we’ve been beta testing to be that $14 billion solution reducing the stress around gift giving, making it affordable for everyone, and bringing back the joy that goes with giving gifts.

This is a great way for any family member to use - from young children to grandparents.  One of my favorite aspects of Giftster is that it’s not tied to any one retailer.  You can put anything - literally anything - on your wish list and share it with your group.  It’s not only great for holiday gift giving, but is also fabulous for any gift giving occasion like birthdays, graduations, weddings, and baby showers.

Creating a wish list is easy and sharing the gift list is even easier.

1) Press Sign Up on to set up an account. All you need to enter is your name,  email address, and birthday.  You’ll also be asked to set up a password for your Giftster account.  You can also set up your account by logging in with Facebook.

2)  Create a list by clicking on New List under My Lists. Here, you can add any items you want from websites, regular stores, salons or barber shops, even your mom’s or grandma’s recipes.  You can get as detailed as you want as well by entering in the price, where the item can be found, and further description so the gift givers in your life know exactly what you’d like to receive.

3)  Share your list by creating a group for your family and asking others to create lists, too. Click on My Groups and Add a New Group.  You’ll be able to send an email to everyone you’d like to invite to view your gift list and in turn, they can share their list with you in this group.

4)  Go shopping! View the lists of others in your group.  Mark items as reserved to add them to your shopping list (don’t worry - the recipient won’t see what you’ve reserved or purchased, but others in the group will see that the item is no longer available).

5)  Give great gifts. When gift giving rolls around, you’ll know for sure that you’ve chosen something meaningful for the recipient and have wisely spent your money.

You get all this from for free.  FREE!  Can’t get better than that.

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