Giftster gives you more control over your list of gift ideas - you create the list and decide what to put on the list. You don't have to shop anywhere first, just start adding ideas to your list. Then, if you do have specific items, like a specific bed frame you want, include a link to the page for that item online. And it's free!
Sign up for giftster, then go to my lists and start creating your wish list for things you need for your college dorm or experience. Here's the key: for the list privacy setting, select public. This makes your list findable by anyone that visits giftster. They can see what is still available on your list, and if they want to reserve a particular item, they can mark it reserved or purchased, without their own giftster account. You won't see the status of items in your own account, to keep it a surprise.
Want to give your family & friends a mailing address for sending a gift? Perhaps your new mailing address at school? It will be displayed along with your list once your gift giver makes a gift selection. To enable this, visit gift preferences on my lists, change privacy status to public, and add the address information you want displayed. To preview how this looks to your guests, while logged into giftster.com, use member search to find your own list and view it.
Tell them your collge registry is available at giftster.com on the Internet...they can access the list from their computers or from their smartphone if you provide them with the link. They also can click on Member Search and look up your name or your email address to locate the list. They can view the list immediately for ideas.
To mark an item reserved, they just select the reserve or purchase icon for that item. Giftster even sends them one email with a convenient link back to your list in case they decide to change their purchase later. No giftster account is needed to shop your list. They can also print out the entire list if they wish, or click to follow a link to a specific page if you provided one for a particular gift item.