I have decided to share with you all my all-time favorite Christmas organizing technique. As a kid, I would write out lists for my mom/Santa, primarily based off of the cool commercials I saw for toys on tv. As I got older, I would write her a list based on what I had seen when I was being super cool and wandering the mall with my fellow 12 year old friends. Now, I have graduated to the next level of Christmas Lists.
The Amazon Wishlist. I can't remember how I discovered Amazon Wishlists. But I can tell you my life has never been the same.
I have been a big Amazon fan in the last year or so. My Amazon cart usually has 2-3 things in it at all times. I signed up for Amazon Prime when I could get it for free as a student, and C and I order so much from Amazon that we invested in paying for a membership, since you get free shipping, among other things.
I have used other wishlist websites in the past, but I love Amazon's the most because for the most part, you can get everything you need right there on Amazon's website. However, it also comes with a tool bar plug-in so that I can also add things from other websites, like etsy or a clothing store, to my wishlist, and keep it all in one place.
The other feature I love about Amazon wishlists is that you can make wishlists for other people. So, I can organize all of my Christmas shopping in one place. I currently have wishlists for C, my parents, my brother, Shannon, Dani, and probably numerous other people. They are private, so no one else can see them and find out what I am getting them for the holidays! Plus, if I think of a gift idea for my mom in May, but don't plan to buy it until November for Christmas, I can keep it stored on Amazon so I don't forget!
There is a permanent link for your wishlist (this is mine) so that you can send the link out to anyone who might buy you presents. Or, you can be like me and send it to your mom and boyfriend and tell them to direct people there if they ask what you want for Christmas. Kind of like a gift registry!
One of my favorite things about this is that I don't really look at my wishlist often. So I am constantly surprised when C gets me something. For example, for our anniversary, he bought off my wishlist and I got the first season of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. I had watched it about a year ago on Netflix live streaming, but it is not on live streaming anymore. I forgot I had asked for it, but have spent the last month watching Season 1, and then buying the following 3 seasons and watching them too. (Season 4 should be here on Tuesday, thanks to Amazon Prime's free 2 day shipping!). I was surprised to get it, but still got something I wanted!
So, hopefully I have inspired you all to run out and make an Amazon wishlist, and maybe Amazon will give me a cut of the profits.