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Gift giving is an all year thing, not just for the holidays

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Show of hands: How many times do you think to yourself while shopping, “oooohhhh….I hope [insert your gift giver name] gives me that for my birthday/anniversary/Christmas/etc?”

Another question: How many people have their minds completely go blank when someone asks them what they’d like for their birthday even though they’ve seen things that would make great gifts?  Or how many kids banter back and forth about what to give their parents for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or their anniversary?  I know I can’t be alone.

While the holidays are one of the most popular times people give gifts, they aren’t the only gift giving occasions.  It’s just as important to get the gift right in these situations and why keeping your Giftster updated throughout the year is a great way to help the gift givers in your life.

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No peaking! Make a private wish list for your eyes only

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

List makers are a special type of person.  I know because I’m one of them.  I would be lost without my shopping lists, my to do lists, my don’t forget to pack lists.  The same goes for the various things I think are awesome and I wouldn’t mind receiving as a gift.  But not everyone needs to see my huge, lengthy lists.  I don’t expect to receive everything on them but I also don’t want to forget where I saw certain things.  My solution: private lists just for me.

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STOP! There’s only 329 shopping days till Christmas!

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

It’s go time, people!  We need to get the holidays under control STAT!

I know what you’re thinking.  “Is she serious?  Why oh why are we counting down to Christmas already?”

GOTCHA!

No, I’m not serious about planning that far ahead with your gift giving but I hope I caught your attention enough to remind you that now is as good of a time as any to get yourself into the habit of updating your own wish list for gift giving throughout the year.

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Forgive me Giftsters – I bought my sister-in-law a gift not on her wish list

Monday, December 9th, 2013

I have a little confession to make.  Occasionally, I go off-list to buy a gift.

I can hear you all as I type this: “OH NO!  Not Aimee!  She always tells us to stay ON list, not go OFF list to give a great gift!”

It’s true.  Most of the gifts I do give since using Giftster have come off of others’ wish lists.  However, from time to time when it seems appropriate, I come up with a gift idea that someone did not wish for.

You may do the same or you may have someone in your life that just doesn’t like to use wish lists.  As we’ve discussed before, this can be tricky and can come with high risk.  But even if you plan to go off-list to buy your gift, you can still use Giftster as a tool to guide you in the right direction.

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Do you Black Friday or Cyber Monday? How your online gift registry can help.

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday.  I cook for two whole days, spend time with my family and enjoy the day of giving thanks.

And then I ponder whether or not I should venture out the next morning to go shopping.  After two busy days, do I really need the extra stress?

While many are enjoying Thanksgiving leftovers, many more are hitting the stores both online and offline.  Are you one of them?

If you’ve got your Giftster wish list already created, you’re ahead of the game.  Here’s my game plan for using Giftster to tackle all the holiday shopping without any stress.

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Bah humbug to those who think holiday gift registries are rude or not thoughtful

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

We’ve heard the occasional criticism that family gift registries are “rude,” “un-Christmas” or “take the joy out of gift giving.”  I even have a family member who gets offended and proclaims, “what…I give great gifts!  Don’t you like the presents I give you?”

Is this true?  Could it be that registries are the death of thoughtful gift giving?

No…I don’t think so.  The thought still counts (and probably counts more) even when you get your gift ideas from a holiday wish list.

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One year, he gave me a giant stuffed walrus for Christmas

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

When you give a gift to that special someone this holiday, ask yourself: will you be giving a gift that will make them squeal in delight or are you giving them a giant stuffed walrus?

Gift giving is exciting and thrilling and fun.  Many times, people put great thought and time into a gift while others fly by the seat of their pants as they scramble through the store to find the right gift in time to give it.  But which ones are more likely to get it right?  More accurately, how many will get gifts right this year all together?

Bottom line: gifts are given with the best of intentions and no one wants to give one that’s bad or unwanted, but almost one-third will not get it right and it will be the equivalent of receiving a huge stuffed walrus.

I know this because I’ve received such a walrus.  Literally.

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I’m not only the Giftster Tipster – I’m also a member

Monday, November 18th, 2013

You may have reached this blog and thought to yourself, “who is this incredibly intelligent woman who knows so much about gifting and why should I listen to her?”  Let me start by saying that your assessment is spot on and I’m glad we’ve found each other.  While you’re here, I thought I’d take a moment to introduce myself to those of you who are new to Giftster and why I’m not only the proud Giftster Tipster but also a very enthusiastic member.

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‘Tis the season for holiday toy catalogs and the beginning of my kids saying “Mommy, I want this…and this….AND this!”

Friday, November 8th, 2013

It seems that a new toy catalog finds its way into my mailbox every day igniting fits of excitement among my kids.  I can’t say that I blame them.  I get the same way when the jewelry catalogs arrive.  I’m glad that we started using Giftster to keep all of our wish lists in order.

Here’s how I manage holiday gift wish lists for my kids.

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Happy birthday to my husband – I’m sorry about your gift: A gift guide for those who say “I don’t need anything”

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Once upon a time (just last week), a wife (me) asked her husband (a.k.a. my usually fabulous other half) what he would like for his birthday.

“I have you so I have all I need,” he replies.

While this response is sweet, accurate and gains him loads of brownie points, it has also induced days of stressful pondering about what I should get him.  Seriously, couldn’t he just update his Giftster list and make my life easier?

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