Why a Year-Round Family Gift Registry Makes Sense
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They are thoughtful.
The thought still counts, even if you use a gift registry. It’s the digital version of asking someone in-person what they have on their wish list.
A gift registry is a centralized location where you can go and research what a person really needs and wants. You may find things you never thought a person would ever really want or find useful. You may also discover that you have a shared interest with them that you never knew about simply by reviewing their wish list.
Buying off of someone’s gift registry could be considered more thoughtful when you really think about it.
They make good economic sense.
Remember getting that gift that you couldn’t use but you feigned delight and it’s still in your closet? Or walking into the mall to buy a birthday gift for your spouse and realizing you had no clue where to start? Once you got over that panic you ended up with a gift you’re still not sure they really wanted.
Well, when you add up all these gift “misses” – where money was spent on something that meant less than it costs to the recipient, that loss of value from “thoughtful” gift giving adds up to billions of dollars a year.
They reduce stress & anxiety.
Besides the economy of it, gift giving creates an emotional connection and when mistakes are made it creates what we call gift anxiety.
I bet you can recall a time or two when giving or receiving a gift felt stressful or awkward because it was a miss.
And let’s not forget the stress that comes from having to return gifts. A gift registry prevents duplicate gifts and helps to ensure the buyer chooses the right size, color or model too.
Tip: To get Giftster to “catch on” in your family, just get at least one approved member in your group. Once they see what it’s like to mark items purchased on your list, they’ll really see the value and the rest of the family will want in.