How child accounts work

Want to manage an account for a child, parent or pet right inside your account? Now you can, with a giftster child account.

A giftster child account shows up in your group as an individual member, with their own lists and gift preferences, but under your account's email address, and only managed by you.


They may be called “child” accounts but that's just because you are the “parent” of it. Use a child account for a pet, a cause, a wedding, another adult family member, or a…child.

- For your young children

- For a techno-phobic family member that you still want to see in your giftster group

- For tweeners - old enough to use giftster but can’t keep a secret. If you give them their own accounts, they might snoop to see what brother or sister is getting. Create child accounts for them, they give you their wish list items and you enter them - some initial work for you but then their wish lists are available for the family, and they stay surprised.


1. From my lists view, under my child accounts, select +create account.

Enter the first name and last name for this account, which will be the name shown in group lists and in member search.

Enter the birthday. Like regular accounts, giftster will automatically remind you one month ahead of this birthday to update any birthday lists, and remind associated group members a week later. If you don't want this feature, leave birthday blank.

You can create as many child accounts as you wish, each has its own gift preference profile, I Got This list (to archive received items if you like) and as many lists as you need.

Select create child account. The account is created, and you are prompted to create a list.

2. Create one or more lists

These lists stay associated with the child account, and are visible in the my child accounts area under my lists. You can edit, add and delete lists anytime.

You can set list privacy settings for each list and preference page same as your regular account.

3. Update the Gift Preference profile

Here's where you share sizes, favorite colors, and other general gift guidelines to help others make thoughtful gift selections for this person. Fill in a little or a lot, but share something!

4. Get Grouped

A giftster group is required to get all the features of your child account. A group gives your family or close friends the best giftster experience. All the parent and child account members associated with your group(s) will display on the browse and reserve gifts page.

A group is simply a list of giftster accounts that have been approved by the group creator. This creates your private "club" of family where each member has access to view and reserve gifts and preferences on each other's lists just by signing into their own giftster account.

You can start this group yourself for your family. Or perhaps you are already in a group having been invited by someone else.

Tip: Child accounts lists have a unique feature - you can view them as others do and mark items reserved or purchased, and see the names of others who have shopped your child account lists...something you can't do with your regular account lists. To enable this feature you must have created or joined a group. At a minimum, on the my groups page, select + add a new group, type in a name such as "My First Group", and press create group & invite. You can invite others later, by default your group now contains you and your child account(s) and you can see them on the browse and reserve gifts page.

(ABOUT MOBILE: As of November 2015 we include full Child Account features on the mobile platform too.)


A child account works much like a regular account, except that it “lives” inside the parent account. Only the parent account can access the my list view to create lists, add items, etc. But to the rest of the family, it looks like another giftster account, except your child accounts are associated under your name so others will know they are child accounts managed by you.

A child account differs from your regular account in these ways:

- there is no separate login to a child account, it is accessed from your account’s my list view

- you can see your child accounts lists in the reserve and purchase gifts view, and you can mark items reserved and purchased (unlike a list in your regular account)

- child accounts display the child account name in the group list just like regular accounts, in addition they are associated with the parent account visually so others know that they are child accounts and that you are the parent account.

- by design, and to preserve gift receiving surprise, you are not shown the purchase status of items on your regular parent account. But child accounts do display the purchase status to you since they are visible in the browse and reserve gifts view.

- reminder emails sent from a child account list are delivered to the email address and news feed of the parent account, and include the name of the list or gift preference profile it references so you will know which child account it came from.

- member search will find a child account by name or by using the parent email address. Member search will not find a child account by using the parent account name, but will find an individual child account if you search by the child account name. Tip: To find the parent and all child accounts in one account, tell your family to do a member search using the account's email address, and it will return all the associated accounts. No child account lists are publicly available unless you choose to set privacy to public.

- by default, your child accounts are members of the same groups as your regular account. You cannot change that.

by default, child accounts are participants in your Secret Santa name draw just like a parent account. You can choose to exclude them when you create your draw if you wish.

- in a future release, we will add the capability to convert a child account into a regular account with its own email address.

Note: If you permanently close your parent account using the settings – close my account option, giftster assumes you also want to permanently close all associated child accounts.

If you read this far, you can now teach the class on child accounts!