“ Help thinking of gifts, and where to get them. „
I came across www.whattogive.com when I was trying to find somewhere to put my son's first birthday gift list. I didn't want to set up a list at a specific store and thought that surely someone on the internet has devised something which will help. I found a few sites that would allow you to set up a list that you could give people a link to and you could type whatever you want onto the list, but this was the only one where people viewing the list didn't also have to sign up to the list so I went with this. It worked fantastically, it is very easy to use, I added all sorts of items with as much description as I wanted to and if you want you can add a link to a store and a picture and it will fill in lots of the details. You can then give a link to the list to your friends and family and you can even put a name in the link to personalise it. Alternatively people can just go to the site and search on your email address. When people have chosen what to buy you they click on a button that says they have 'promised' that item. They don't actually buy it through the site but can buy it from any shop they want and by promising it they show other people that item is no longer available. You can set it up to let you know when things have been promised and by who or leave it as a surprise. I've now used the site for my son's and my christmas lists and my brother is using it too, so I've been on his list and promised him something. I find the site really easy to use and so have all my family even those who aren't as au fait with the internet. Its a brilliant idea and really useful and there don't seem to be any drawbacks with this site (adverts, spam emails, forcing people to sign up, etc)
When I was getting married, I was very excited about doing the gift list. We knew what we wanted, but the problem was is that the items we wanted came from about 5 different stores, and then there were items you could only get online. I considered having a few gift lists set up with different companies, but decided that that would get complicated, not to mention appearing greedy to our guests. Our solution? Whattogive.com It took a lot of searching to find this website, but what a find! You can compile a list for whatever occasion, birthday, wedding, anniversary etc. You search online for what you want and it's very easy to add to the list, simply put in the website link. It'll appear in the list, which you email the link to whoever you like. It's then up to the people you send the list to, to decide where they're going to buy it. For example, we had the game, Articulate, on there, and the person who bought it ended up getting it from Amazon, even though the link was to John Lewis-it saves your guests' money. You also get to decide whether you want updates when someone buys your gift, or you can leave it as a surprise. It's easy to use and is a very useful tool if you want items from various places. We were very happy with it for our wedding list. They also provide little cards with your details on, which we put into our invitations.
I used this site for my wedding list and then for Christmas too. Really love it. It was the only site I could find that let me put anything I wanted on my list. Also no ads!