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How to shop for those who can’t (or won’t) make a wish list

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We all have
that one family member (or two) who has no interest in sharing a gift wish
list. We also have those few family members who don’t have the ability to make
a wish list for themselves. Whatever are us list shopping lovers to do? Is all
wish list possibilities lost for them?


I have a few
ways to help create wish lists for those who can’t make them on their own (as
well as those who just won’t) so all your gift giving can still be tracked
through Giftster.

For those who can’t, use Child Accounts

While we
call this feature Child Accounts, it’s really a great way to create and
administer a wish list account for any family member who doesn’t have access to
the internet, a mobile device, or just has no interest in doing it on their
own. I thought about this often for my husband’s grandmother. Family members
would always ask what she needed most or what she could have when it came time
for her to be in a nursing home.

By creating
a child account for a family member like an elderly grandparent or anyone who
wouldn’t have the ability to create an account on their own, your family can
utilize everything that is Giftster for them. You can create a gift preference
profile with things like sizes and what they cannot have, and create a
shareable wish list for them with items they both would like and need. And best
yet, you can spend some quality time with your loved one while you compile the
items for their list. It’s a win-win!

For those who won’t make wish lists, use what tools you’ve got

While this
won’t be a perfect solution for every situation, you may find it helpful for
organizing your gift giving for those who just won’t share wish lists.

I have two
separate suggestions for you.

1 – Create yourself a private wish list with gift ideas.

This list is
solely for your personal reference, and is something that I do as a quick way
to jot down gift ideas for others. I simply title this private list “Gift Ideas
for Others.” If I’m with someone on my gifting list and they make a comment
about something or point out an interest or item they would like, I add the
item to this list so I don’t forget about it. Later on, if this person has a
Giftster wish list, I’ll add it as an Item Suggestion. If they don’t have a
wish list, then I have the item listed as a reference for when I start

2 – Share a list under a child account that others can add to.

This is basically the same as the first suggestion, but it is shared with your group. This way, everyone in the group can contribute the person and by utilizing the child account feature, you can also shop the list. It may even help the person realize how helpful sharing a wish list is. Make sure you communicate ground rules for the account and be sure to utilize the gift preferences to record sizes and other things of importance (allergies, color preferences, and more).

Ready to get organized? Log on to Giftster and start getting those gift ideas flowing!

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