Essentials Lists

There's a time for things you want…but also for things you need.

Are you, or someone you know, facing uncertainty and in dire need of essential items? Would it be helpful to be able to share a list of these needs?

The Giftster service you already know and use could be a great way make a needs list for yourself, a family member or friend, or for a charity or medical facility.

When you share a public link to this list, others can view it and indicate which items and quantities they are committing to, and they do not need to be a Giftster member to do so.

The result is 1) the correct things are purchased in the needed quantities, and 2) store links you put on your list help the giver know where to find things.

In addition, you can optionally

  • Include a shipping address with your public list
  • Control who can discover or view your list link
  • View the name of who marked things purchased to follow up

How to make and share a public essentials list

If you’re new to Giftster, create a free account. If you’re already a Giftster member, log in to your account.

Wish list privacy options
Public list privacy options

Expert Tips

On Quantities  If you need more than quantity 1 of an item, consider this approach. Say you need 10,000 paper cups, don’t put in a quantity of 10,000 but for example put in a quantity of 20 500-packs from Costco, so each time a giver marks this purchased they are committing to one 500-pack.

For a list description  You could use the top item on a list for an explanation of how to use the list or what it is for in more detail, or include a photo of the person or organization this list is for.

To display a shipping address to those shopping your list  Go to My Lists, select Gift Preferences, and towards the bottom fill out the name and address fields. Then, set the privacy to public. Now your address will display to those shopping your public list.

To view purchase progress on your public list  If you chose the child account type of list, you view the status of items on your list by visiting your shop for page.