Giftster is not another shopping site, there are plenty of those already. Giftster is a free, life time gift idea management system for your family and close friends.
Now with your whole family connected by the Internet, you can post each other’s gift wish lists - and an updated family events calendar - in one central place.
Giftster is that place.
Your family’s gift ideas and important dates go into Giftster – and out comes a better way to give and get gifts that matter most…without the usual anxiety that goes with it.
Designed for every member of the family — kids, parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, mom, dad — everyone.
Creating your own wish list, to help others make good gift choices for you, is as simple as jotting down a list of ideas. You decide how completely to describe each gift idea. Unlike a traditional gift registry, you don’t have to shop for anything first. Just make a list. It’s that simple. It makes absolutely no difference who sells the gift or service. You can even just jot down preferences, like gardening or golf, and let the gift giver take it from there. Optionally use the Add-to-giftster button to add items to your lists "on the fly" while shopping online.
You can restrict the view of your lists to people allowed into your own private group, or you can make public lists that anyone can view and shop by visiting giftster. Traditional family gift idea sharing is best done with the shared privacy setting; baby showers, wedding gift lists, and needs lists like classroom wish lists are best done with a public privacy setting so anyone can view and shop the lists.
I want to start by creating my own wish list
I want to create a Giftster group for my family to view each other’s lists and events
I want to join an existing group
Have you not already seen all the pretty pictures and giftster workings on the giftster.com home page? You still want to read more? Then this section is for you.
Define a group. Everyone who registers to that group can view and reserve items on each other’s wish lists in that group.
The group creator also gets the rights to administer the group, which means they get to decide who is approved to join the group, and who might just have to leave. They can even "email my group" to send out an update.
Visitors to giftster can discover your group and request membership by searching for a name or email address of a member of that group.
Group members also contribute to the group event calendar that all can see.
When using the giftster App on an iPhone, iTouch or iPad, or on Android from Google Play, invite people to join with one touch of your address book.
Create a personal wish list complete with item, price, image, star ranking, store, a URL web link to the item page at a store, and a description for each item. Be sure to try "Fetch" the magic way to auto fill your item with just a store web page link.
Choose who can view your list. Private - your eyes only. Shared - anyone in your groups. Public - anyone, including visitors to giftster who can find your list using member search or with Google, unless you uncheck that option.
The list owner cannot see the reserved or purchased status of items on their own lists.
Use this list privately as your own ongoing wish list. Or email the page link to others who can view your list. You don’t even have to register to use this part of the service.
Every giftster member has a special page where they can choose to list sizes and gift preferences to help others make smart gift choices for them. This page is independent of any gift lists. You can list shirt sizes, favorite colors, your preferred cultural attractions, charities and even a list of things not to get you. If you were thinking "I'm not going to make a list of things I want" because that is not your style, then this is your chance to at least make a list of your preferences to help others decipher your good tastes.
Once you create or are part of a group with one or more members, you can view and reserve gifts on each other's lists - select shop for others. This is the magic of giftster! When browsing other lists, you can see if someone else has already reserved an item on a list. You can click on an item to see all detail, you can click to add the same item to one of your own lists, and you can see how many of that item the person wants. If the list maker requests more than quantity one of an item, each time you click on reserve or purchase you decrease the quantity available by one until no more are available. Others can also reserve any remaining quantity.
With one click or touch you mark an item reserved, and can convert that into purchased at any time. Once you mark something reserved, others shopping for that same person will see that item is already reserved by someone else. They have the option to reveal the name of the other person that reserved the item.
You may mark items reserved or purchased on several different lists and for different people in your group(s). Giftster automatically collects all your reserved and purchased items in one place, called my shopping list. Press the print my shopping list and you get a summary list of each gift you reserved, no matter which list it was on.
To locate and purchase items on someone's list where the list maker didn't provide a link, Giftster provides two quick useful features. The first is that Google has already reviewed that list and is displaying the most relevant offers it has for the items on the list to the right of the list on the screen. For example, if your mother is asking for bed sheets, Google will likely be able to automatically display a couple of different stores offering bedsheets, perhaps on sale.
The second feature is a one-click slide out look up on Amazon. Just click on the magnifying glass next to an expanded item and instantly up to 5 suggested matches will slide out below that item on the screen available from Amazon. Sometimes Amazon cannot find any matches, like if aunt Tilda wants a mink fur coat. These two features that help you find the items on the list are for your convenience - you don't have to use them but we think you'll find them surprisingly handy.
One of the great things about giftster is the real time sync across all devices. Check and update lists and gift preferences from any computer or any smartphone or tablet and you'll always have the latest lists and item status. Discover giftster versions for the web, iphone, Android, and for other small screen devices with mobile web giftster. If you know another family member is out shopping for the same person you are, be sure to mark the item "purchased" on your smart phone while you are still at the store, and it will be the other person returning a gift if they bought the same thing.
Well enough reading already - time to get your family connected with giftster. Even the December 2016 print issue of the leading US consumer reviews magazine suggests trying giftster in an article titled Write a Better Wish List!