Gift giving & wishing made easy

by Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

I know there’s differing opinions, but I love the concept of registries for weddings and upcoming babies. My personal gift-giving preference is to give something practical together with something “just for fun,” and registries help me give just what someone would need and what they want. Brilliant, I say.
Gift Ideas I’ve started using Wishpot, which I think is a great concept. It’s a site that allows you to register for anything on the internet. No longer are you tied to one or two stores for your baby-to-be or during your engagement. And the fun thing is, you don’t need to be engaged or pregnant to create wish lists! When you create an account, you can drag an “Add to Wishpot” button at the top of your Firefox, Safari, or IE browser. When you’re shopping online and you find something you like, just click on this button, and you’ll be able to add it to your list.

You can also create multiple lists. I recently made a wish list for my upcoming birthday for my faraway family, and I made one a month ago for my husband’s. And because books are my favorite gifts for my kids, I created lists of our favorite children’s literature.  (You can always find my latest recommendations for books and home goods in the SimpleMom Shop, by the way.)

I’ve been designated a “Simple Mom Expert” on the site (they’re kinda fast and loose with the word “expert,” if you ask me), so I’ve made a few lists. They also asked the “experts” to create a baby registry, so you can see what I recommend. If you know me at all, you know I’m not a fan of clutter, so this list is what I truly consider only the essentials.

I think Wishpot will be a great resource for our family’s Christmas this year. If you want to create a free account to start your wish lists, be sure and add me as a friend over there. And if you use the Wishpot button on this post or on the sidebar to sign up, you’ll be supporting this site.

A little side note… I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s post here on Simple Mom. I don’t want to spill the beans, but get ready for another great giveaway!

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  1. Okay this is the greatest thing since sliced bread! I just set up my account in seconds…so easy to use! Thanks for the info!

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  2. @Jen A – I know, right? I love it.

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    Stephanie says:

    This is a great tip on Wishpot, thanks. And in return I just thought I would share that Lansinoh Lanolin Nursing Cream is an item I use all the time and I have 5 kids and did not nurse any of them. One of my favorite uses for it is when the kids have colds and wake up with a “crusty” nose. Just slather some of the LLNC all around their little noses and wait for about 10 minutes. All that stuck on, hurty stuff just wipes right off. No tears, squirming, or fussing. It is fantastic!!!!! We use if for cuts and scrapes, dry lips or dry skin, all kinds of things. I just thought I would share. Thanks and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

  4. This is a wonderful discovery! Thank you so much for suggesting it! I’m a new reader and already a huge fan.

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  5. Great tip! I constantly struggle with what to get my family for Christmas. At various times throughout the year, members of my family will tell me that they’d like “such and such” and I try and keep a mental log, but really? Mommy brain kicks in and I forget as soon as I’m starting my car. So if I write it down and then log on to put it on my list, then I will definitely not only remember but won’t have to worry about tracking down scraps of paper all year round. Brilliant!

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  6. i was using amazon’s wish list, but i just switched – i love it!!! thanks!!! and they made it so easy to import my lists from amazon, too!!

    Jennifer’s last blog post…Crunchier with age?? And a bit more frugal…

  7. We used The Things I Want last year for Christmas, which sounds like it is pretty similar, and it was a great success. Not only could people buy off of the list online, but they could also access the list after shopping in a store to mark it as purchased. We had separate lists for my husband, my kids, and me. We are expecting our third in October, and I started making a list for anyone who wants to help out.

  8. @Jennifer – Excellent point, and one I forgot to mention. I effortlessly imported my Amazon wish lists into Wishpot. So great!

  9. My only problem with sites like wishpot and wishlistr is that they don’t keep track when an item on your wishlist has been purchased as a gift for you. I used wishlistr last year for Christmas and wound up with a lot of multiple gifts that needed to be sent back. I contacted wishpot about this issue and whether or not they were any different from wishlistr and they never got back to me.

    I know that at least when I had a wedding registry at Target items that were already bought from the list were greyed out.

  10. Thanks for letting us know about this! I love the Robeez you chose on the site.

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  11. Great idea. I have to do this one because my in laws always seem to send the same gifts and then we have to return them or they will send things we dont want our boys to have. One time my BIL sent me a silk night gown Weird! so I think it will go up very soon. Thanks for the link!

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  12. Lovely! I think registries are important, and it’s about time that folks were able to register for exactly what they want and need instead of just what’s available through one retailer.

    After all, that’s why some people end up with outrageously expensive items on their wedding registry. Having multiple registries can be too much hassle and come off as greedy, but have you ever tried to find affordable sheets at Macy’s? This sounds like a decent alternative.

    Sara at On Simplicity’s last blog post…Bad Timing Kills Good Habits

  13. That’s a great idea! Thanks so much, I have my account set up already…

  14. I love registries! I like to buy someone a gift that they actually want as opposed to something I think they should have, which unfortunately isn’t always reciprocated. :-) However, I’ve run into the problem with family/friends who feel offended when I’ve set up a registry for my birthday or Christmas. I get the impression they think it’s tacky or selfish. I don’t feel that way, but I try to respect other’s feelings. How do you handle that?

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  15. This is so fantastic!!!

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  16. I keep a {closet} full of gifts – candles, wine tags, kids books, kids art supplies, etc. so when a kids or friends bday comes up i don’t have to run out to the store. I tend to stock up with kids items from Ikea when I am visiting a city with one. And I keep a simple excel spreadsheet/google doc with what i gave people in past years and ideas for upcoming celebrations.

    J :)

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  17. Good list. I wouldn’t say a pack-n-play is essential, but the rest was pretty good. I’m settign up a small baby register on Wishpot and love it.

    Summer’s last blog post…I’m Positive

  18. I’ve been using the past few years for our friends and family. The neat thing on that site is that when someone makes a purchase, they can go and mark it on the website. It eliminated duplicate gifts my son was getting.

    That said, Wishpot is much prettier, and looks to be more user friendly. So, looks like I might have a new place to post our wishlists this year.

    Crystal’s last blog post…Mini: Stye

  19. @Jacinda – Good point. You can select “reserve gift” on the person’s wish list, so that it can be marked as received. In fact, you can hide it from the wish list owner so that they don’t know it was purchased. Thanks for pointing that out!

    @Gloria – It’s a little tricky. I just make the lists, let the family and friends know, and don’t mention it again. If they have specific questions, they’ll ask, and if they don’t want to use the list, that’s fine, too.

    @Summer – I’d only say a pack-n-play is essential if that’s their only bed altogether. As in, no separate crib.

  20. Love this idea! Signing up was so easy too.
    Your blog is so cool.

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  21. This is fantastic! I’ve only recently started using Amazon Gift and Wish lists, but I love this idea much more!

  22. Just wanted to add in that I’ve linked your post about Wishpot on our little blog too!

  23. What a great give-away! I am commenting and liking you to my blog!

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  24. I really love your blog. I’m new to the blogging word and I hope my blog can be like your blog when it grows up! :) I’ve mentioned you on my blog and emailed some friends and family….many thanks for all the ideas, info and inspiration!

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  25. Thanks so much for the tip! I can’t wait to start using this! It is just what my family needed to find out what we want – without looking at multiple lists from multiple stores!

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