Works For Me Wednesday: Digital Gift Wish List

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Two years ago, when we asked Tyler what he wanted for his birthday and Christmas, he started rattling off the names of the latest popular toys and characters and I had no idea what he was talking about. I figured my parents and in-laws wouldn't either so I came up with a solution that has worked really well.

A few weeks before his birthday, we take Tyler to the store (usually Target or WalMart but occasionally Toys R Us) and have him choose 10-15 items, then we take pictures of him holding each one. I upload all the pictures to Costco or Snapfish and then send out an email with the toy names and the link to the album. I CC all the grandparents and they reply back when they purchase an item so there are no duplicates or buying a Bionicle he already has (because they all look alike to me!).

Tyler gets exactly what he wants, the grandparents don't have to guess what is "in" that year, I don't have to explain what a Bakugan is and everyone chooses what fits their budget.

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  1. Great idea! Too bad they don't make birthday registries for this exact purpose.

  2. If you don't want to run around the different stores, I think Amazon's wishlist is really great too. They also have a universal wishlist button that you click, even when shopping on another website, and it adds that item to your amazon wishlist so everything is all in one place. I do most of my shopping online anyway, and this has really streamlined the process for me.

    P.S. You have the best blog title ever!

  3. Nicky from AustraliaOctober 14, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    This is a great idea, thanks. It makes me sad that my inlaws aren't so happy when you offer suggestions.


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