How To Create A Christmas Wishlist Online

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The past few years I’ve pretty much purchased all my presents for people online. I’m not a huge fan of the holidays (reverting to 3rd grade…. “no, YOUR the Scrooge!”), and when people ask me what I want for Christmas or my birthday, I never know what to say. We live in a wonderful world where I really have no needs for any extra stuff.

But, when I do find something I wouldn’t mind letting someone else buy for me, I need to somehow convey this.

Case in point: My wife asks me every year what I want. I never know, but I’m a guy and if I don’t say something, she’ll get me a turtleneck and as much as I’d like to be, I’m not Steve Jobs and I wouldn’t dress like he does if I were.

Del.icio.us to the rescue.

Pre-disclaimer here… all you techies already know this stuff. This post isn’t for you.

What is Del.icio.us?

It’s a bookmarking service. What’s that? Well, it’s just a way to keep your bookmarks somewhere other than on that bar on your browser.

One of the things that a bookmarking service like Del.icio.us does, other than make you pause every time you write it because you have to get all the dots in the right place, is to allow you to share bookmarks in categories (or “tags” as the digerati like to say).

Enter the “wishlist”

Instead of bookmarking all the things I’d like to have purchased for me in my own browser and then forcing people by gunpoint to all come over to my house and look at my bookmarks, I can simply use Del.icio.us to bookmark them and give them a tag titled “wishlist”. That categorizes all those items under one roof, the “wishlist” tag. The beautiful thing about how this all comes together is now, when I want to give someone a list of things I want, I can just send them to http://del.icio.us/nateritter/wishlist.

Notice how that url is constructed.

First, there’s of course the service itself: “http://del.icio.us/”. It’s a crazy website name, but whatever.

Second, there’s my username: “nateritter”. That’s pretty easy to remember.

Third, there’s the tag/category name that I gave the list: “wishlist”.

That’s pretty easy to remember (other than the “del.icio.us” part). So, I can send that url to everyone I know will want to buy me presents and they get links directly to the products. Plus, they can get an idea of what I like and get me something else if they want.

But, how do I do that?

Ok, so here’s how you can get your own wishlist and share it with your friends and family.

  1. Go to Del.icio.us and get an account. The signup link is on the top right of the screen.
  2. Once you’ve gone through all that process, jump over to this page which has “buttons” on it. Follow the directions by clicking (and holding down your mouse button) on the links they provide and drag that link up into your bookmarks bar (yes, the real one on your browser).
  3. Now, go to some website which has a product you like… maybe you’re a little geeky and want something from an awesome geeky store? (aff)
  4. Once you find the product you want to bookmark, you just click that fresh little bookmark you just added to your browser. it will ask you what title you want to give it and allow you to add notes or a description. The last part, “tags” is where you’ll add the word “wishlist” (without the quotes).
  5. Once that’s all done and you hit submit, you can visit your special url: http://del.icio.us/[your-username]/wishlist and you’ll see the link to the item you just bookmarked.
  6. Run wildly around the web flailing your digital arms with exuberance and bookmark everything in sight.
  7. Share the url with your friends and family in an email or something.
  8. Collect loot / make a profit
  9. Take over the world

It’s as easy as that. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. That’s how I created my wishlist and populated it with all kinds of stuff. Now I can get stuff I want for Christmas and my birthday without having to remember it all.

Maybe I should ask for my memory back.

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Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

11 Comments on "How To Create A Christmas Wishlist Online"

  1. Dine says:

    And to find things you want to your wishlist, you can go to
    http://wishlist.nu! :)

  2. nate says:

    Hi Dine. I hadn’t seen that link before. That’s pretty cool stuff.

  3. Ryan says:

    Nate…this is genius. I’m a huge del.icio.us fan and have been trying to get my wife to start using it for tracking all of the recipes she finds online. Tag the recipe as and then also tag it with all of the ingredients. Voila! An online recipe box. This is a terrific idea and one I wish I would have thought about a month ago. Thanks!

  4. nate says:

    Wow Ryan. Thanks! I appreciate the comment. I didn’t think this was going to be useful for that many people, but since my wife liked it, I figured I’d write up how I explained it to her.

    I’m so glad it’s been helpful. Let me know if you’re looking for any other tricks. I’ve got all kinds of crap sitting around in my head waiting to spew onto a “how to” page like this. I just am not sure when that crap is useful or not.

    Thanks again!

  5. Mom says:

    Happy 31 st Birthday Nate.

  6. Ryan says:

    In other news…I just came across this today…
    http://be.blognation.com/2007/12/12/tag-your-wish-list-on-delicious-and-say-you-wantzit/
    Seems somewhat superfluous since delicious creates a page like this already. But I guess for someone to be able to reserve that gift for you so no one else gets it is kind of cool.

  7. Tilly says:

    I love this!! Ever since I added the links for my Foxmarks I’ve been using it every day! Thank you!!

  8. nate says:

    Wow, you commented! :) Cheers to that!

    Thanks for all the great comments guys,

  9. Brent says:

    Try http://www.LittleBlueBird.com It was made to handle wish lists and gift-giving occasions. If you’ve seen other wish list sites, you’ll appreciate how much more intuitive and user-friendly it is.

  10. Rachael says:

    I’ve been using http://www.yourlistonline.com for all my kids birthdays and holidays. I got my sister-in-law to use it so I always know what to get for my nieces and nephews. It’s been a great web site so far.

  11. Laborious says:

    This one’s another really good wish list site: http://www.plentywish.com. It’s also great for collecting and tracking gift ideas.

 
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