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.
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!