How To Get The Gifts You Really Want

Posted on Sep 30 2013 - 11:12am by Eric Santos

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Isn’t it just awful when you receive gifts you just don’t know what to do with? It’s such a waste because you know you’ll never use them but at the same time throwing or giving them away is not an option.  Luckily, there are ways you can encourage people to start gifting what you want. These tips have been tried and tested. So, next time around you’ll be much happier with your gifts.

Talk about it

If it makes you feel better, there’s really no shame in hinting. You increase the likelihood of getting what you want and it will save your friends much time – headaches included. It’s a win-win situation. Be as subtle or as bold as you want. Of course, bolder is better but some find this rather blunt. Depending on which route you take, you can mention about the things you like in passing or talk about them endlessly.

Make your actions count

If you’d rather not talk then use actions. It’s true at times actions do speak louder than words. The next time you’re at the shops, keep stopping, touching and holding the things you want. It gives people an insight on the things you’re interested in and ideas on what to gift you.

Use props

Not comfortable with doing that either? Okay, we get it. Some people are just extremely shy. No problem. Use props instead. Leave a catalogue lying around at a noticeable place like on the fridge. Better yet, leave it on the person’s bed or desk. Circle the item you want and leave that page opened. This will definitely catch your target’s attention. If they still don’t, then they’re probably one of the daftest persons on the planet!

Use Social Media

This one works like a charm. There’s nothing as powerful as social media when it comes to achieving a super viral effect. You’ll get the word out quick, fast and easy. You can express yourself any way you like and no one will feel offended, unless of course you drop names. Social media is by far the best gifting tool to say or hint what you’d like. In fact, you can start a wish list here and propose crowdfunding for friends to chip in for gifts you want. This brings us to the next tip.

Start a wish list

We’ve all heard of wedding registries. Why not use the same concept outside of weddings? Newlyweds shouldn’t be the only ones getting gifts they want. Everyone deserves the same chance. Start your own wish list and make it extra easy for the giver by listing the stores they can be purchased from too. Announce this wish list to everyone and you’ll be surprised how well people will respond. It makes their life easier not having to second guess their gifting ideas. This way, they can choose and tick off what they can get and you’ll know you’ll always receive what you want.


Along with your wish list, suggest crowdfunding too. This way, if people can’t afford your gifts they can at least pitch in to get it for you. There are a few web apps out there that can organize your wish list and crowd fund for you. WishBooklet is a good one that does both. It makes it ridiculously easy to get the gifts that count. You add all your wishful items from any online store to your wish list (this includes pictures and a couple of details); then when you’re done all you do is share it via Facebook, Twitter or email. Friends can pitch in and there is a progress bar to track your funding goals. The app also makes it easy for them (and you) to purchase the gifts directly from the online retailer. So if you were to choose an app for gifting, we suggest using WishBooklet.


Gift giving doesn’t have to be a hit or miss. You can both get it done without any awkward gifting moments. Take the initiative and let them know about the things you like. We aren’t mind readers you know, so make it clear what your wishes are.

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About the Author

Eric Santos is a blogger, social media guru, and entrepreneur. Eric is the co-founder and Business Guy at WishBooklet, a gift crowdfunding web-app. Eric is the current CEO of Dwibbles and former founder and CEO of Soshowise Inc. Eric received a B.S in Entrepreneurship from CSUF. Eric serves an Account Manager for the software company Decipher and manages some of the company’s key accounts.