Today Monica Lindstrom stops by to talk about why she loves the idea of a Christmas Registry. Such a great idea for this time of year. Not sure how it works? Today she’s actually breaking down the Amazon Registry and making it simple to use.
You have heard of a baby registry and a wedding registry but I bet you haven’t heard of a “Christmas registry!” A Christmas registry is just that, you register for gifts you would like so that others will not be wandering around aimlessly looking for a present resulting in you receiving a random do-dad that will be featured at next year’s white elephant gift exchange. Before you say that a Christmas registry is ridiculous or greedy, hear me out.
I have two young sons, ages 5 and 2.5 years old and my husband’s side of the family all live out of town. Their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins only get to see them a few times a year and have no idea what my boys like, what they are playing with and what toys they already have. So I, like many parents, get the question “what are some ideas for your boys for Christmas?” To make things easy, two years ago I started creating a Christmas registry. This allows me to share what my boys like and makes my family’s lives easier so they do not have to guess and overspend. I do not have to take anything back and my boys get to enjoy their awesome new gifts. It is a win-win all around.
Creating this Christmas registry is a piece of cake and it can be done on almost any site that has a “wish list.” I personally like using amazon.com. With amazon.com you can create a wish list from an endless number of stores. If you have ever shopped online you would probably agree with me that you can get almost anything from amazon.com. There are three easy steps to create your Christmas registry on amazon.com:
- Create an amazon.com account;
- Create a wish list by shopping and clicking on the button that says “add to wish list”;
- Email your family to let them know you have a wish list on amazon.com.
Here is a screen shot that shows you the amazon home page after you sign in. In the top right hand corner are the words “Wish List” with an arrow for the drop down menu. As you can see, the “Create a wish list” option is there.
You will then need to tell amazon who the wish list is for, you will name it, and then indicate if it is private or public.
Once you answer these questions the screen will look like this:
Since I just created this wish list there is nothing on it. At this point you simply start a search for an item or browse. Once you see something you like you click on it and then click the button “add to wish list.” Here is an example of when I found a Hot Wheels toy and added it to my list, notice the “Add to Wish List” button on the right.
As soon as you add the item to the wish list a screen will appear that contains your wish list and the item you just added.
You can also add items to your wish list from ANY website! You will have to download a simple program to do so but it sure is handy.
Once your wish list is done you can share the list via email. This can be done by clicking on the “Share” button located about 1/3 the way down the page on the right side of the wish list.
Your family can also find it if you give them the name of your wish list, err Christmas registry.
Although there are other sites you can use, I have found that using the wish list function on amazon.com is by far the easiest. The sheer number of items that can be located and added to the list makes it my favorite. Another site that you can use is Pinterest. This allows you to save things throughout the year on different boards and then share those boards. However, it is not as easy as amazon when it comes to being able to buy the items, sometimes you really have to search for the purchase page.
So you see, creating a Christmas registry is not ridiculous or greedy at all. It is helpful, stress-free and makes sense. Not only does it help out of town family but it can also help your spouse. Just tonight my husband asked me what I would like for Christmas, now I can send him my wish list and all he has to do is click and buy. No running around, no guessing, no stress. Like I said above, it is a win-win for all. So I recommend using it this Christmas (it’s not too late) for your kids or even yourself.