In my experience, it seems that Surprisers and Getters often marry each other — and therein begin the problems. A Surpriser can’t understand why her in-laws want to know not just what video game system they own, but precisely what games to buy for the kids. Where’s the fun in that? A Getter is baffled as to why his wife would purchase a Zen garden desk set when all he wanted was the latest Batman movie on Blu-Ray. He circled it on the Best Buy flyer.
I have found and used the perfect solution, and its name is Amazon Wish Lists. During the year — but especially during the holiday season — I put in some specific books, movies, and games that the kids and I would enjoy. When I am approached by a Getter for gift suggestions, I point them toward the list. They love it because it lists the exact things and as they are purchased, they are taken off the list so there is no duplication. One can even buy the item from another source, and still have it taken off the list. I’m happy, because nothing throws a Surpriser more than hearing, “But what exactly do you want?”
I’ve been happy with Amazon Wish Lists for years, but now they’ve taken it to a new level that is un-freaking-believable. Now you can put anything — ANYTHING — on your wish list. From any online store. Anywhere. You can put Abercrombie clothes on your list. You can put Borders gift cards on your list. You can even put Etsy items on your list.
And it’s so easy. You drag the Amazon wish list button to your browser (instructions here) and then when you’re shopping at Etsy or Borders or Abercrombie, and see something you like — click the button and it’s added to your Amazon gift list. It shows up with a “shop this store” button that clicks through to the page you marked, and the transaction takes place outside of Amazon.com.
I can’t express how helpful this new feature is, both for Getters and Surprisers. There is plenty of opportunity to mark specific items, but it’s also useful for people who like to shop to know which stores the gift-receiver frequents. On my wish list, I marked gift cards from some of the girls’ favorite stores. Maybe they’ll get a gift card — which is fine — or maybe the giver will feel like shopping around that store for something — which is also fine.
This is the point where I should mention again that I am an Amazon Associate and do get a small referral fee from Amazon should you go there and purchase items and the money I earn helps support the things I do with this blog. However, I would talk about this wish list thing anyway, because it is such a helpful solution in the war between Surprisers and Getters.
How about you? Are you a Surpriser or a Getter? How about your family? How have you worked it out?
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