Amazon wishlists are the best thing ever especially for moms and anyone buying gifts for kids. They’re basically an online registry for birthdays, holidays, EVERYTHING! Here’s why you need to load up your wishlists now.
Friends and family are clueless when buying gifts
Kidless people usually have no idea what types of toys are appropriate for each age group. I was like this, and I still have no idea for kids older than Toot. Without a roadmap, you could end up buying something too advanced or with small parts that could be swallowed or something well below the kid’s level. My sister ended up with some Dora the Explorer stuff when she was too old for it. She was very confused.
For Toot’s first birthday I had a lot of people text me “What do I get her?” So I would simply tell them “Size 18m or 24m clothes or here’s the link to her wishlist.” A lot of them breathed a sigh of relief because it took all the guesswork out of buying a present for a one-year-old. We ended up with about 15 or 20 things from her wishlist.
You don’t end up with doubles
She loves books. We have SO MANY BOOKS. Luckily, when my in-laws wanted to get her some for her birthday, they picked out several from the wishlist because it was basically a guarantee she didn’t already have them. I’d say 70% of her wishlist is just books.
Just like a registry, when someone buys something from your wishlist, it marks it as purchased so you don’t end up with two of the same toy. I don’t mind having two of the same toy because we can keep one at her grandma’s house, but variety is usually best. Plus, you can view what’s been purchased so it’s like sneaking a peek at your presents!
There’s a lot of stuff that Mommy wants
Ok so most if not all of the stuff on her wishlist is just stuff I want to play with or books I want to read. I may have also put wine on her wishlist. She prefers ice wine but at $30 for a half bottle, it’s a tad expensive so she will also accept a $7 bottle of Moscato.
I also threw diapers, wipes, basic clothes, and other useful items on there. They aren’t fun for a kid to open or use but hey, we need them. And if someone wants to buy the stuff I have to buy, then be my guest!
Save items from ANYWHERE on the internet
You don’t have to just save Amazon items on your list (even though they carry pretty much everything.) They offer an extension that you can add to your browser to add any item to your wishlist. I have lots of things saved from Etsy, Zazzle, Threadless, and Society6.
Borrow ideas from your friends’ wishlists
My BFF’s son is 3 months younger than Toot so she just went through her wishlist to add to his. I didn’t even think of that! So I found someone else that I knew with a slightly older toddler to steal ideas from her list.
It’s just fun to pick out stuff!
I love to spend time just looking through toys and books and clicking “add to wishlist.” I’ll even add completely outrageous things just to have hope that someone might actually buy them. I doubt anyone would buy her a $300 giant teddy bear, but it’s on her wishlist.
What’s on your wishlist?
Let me know in the comments below!