The warm sense of familiarity that accompanies the signs of the holiday season is part of what makes this special time of year so great: the twinkling holiday lights, the soft refrain of classic seasonal songs in the background, and the feeling of community among strangers embracing the holiday spirit. However, some of the not-so-great aspects of the holidays can include facing long lines at the stores, the stress of picking out the perfect gift, and the inevitable race to the mall for frantic last-minute shopping. Fortunately, thanks to today’s Internet driven world, we can finally eliminate these negative aspects of the holiday season once and for all and allow ourselves to focus on cherishing the positive moments shared with loved ones-after all, isn’t that what the holidays are truly all about?The best way to make this holiday season stress-free is to take the guesswork out of gift-giving, whether it be by helping others find a gift for you, or finding the perfect gifts for others more easily. Thanks to the plethora of online gift registries available, stress over gift-giving is now a thing of the past. Simplify your holiday shopping by creating a universal online holiday gift registry and ask your friends and family to do the same. It’s amazing how a small thing such as building the ultimate holiday wishlist can make all the difference in your ability to enjoy the holiday season.
Creating an online holiday wishlist will allow you to eliminate several sources of holiday-induced stress in one fell swoop. When you stop to think about it, it’s really quite simple: by creating a list of items you want for the holidays, you are increasing your odds of receiving gifts that you actually like, thus eliminating the need to stand in long lines to make returns later. And since universal gift registry sites allow you to add items to your list from any store you like, you won’t be limited in any way. You can even request cash on your wishlist, or set up “cash funds” for the stores that you would normally request gift cards from, avoiding expiration dates often attached to traditional gift cards.Creating your ultimate holiday wishlist will also ease stress over holiday shopping for your friends and family. As anyone who has been stuck at the mall for hours on end knows, the biggest gift mishaps occur in the eleventh hour of shopping for that one person on your list who is impossible to shop for. The people purchasing gifts for you will appreciate gaining access to a list of gifts you are sure to love, complete with direct links to easily purchase the items you’ve picked out. Sharing your wishlist is effortless when you use the free, customizable eCards offered by certain online gift registry websites. The ability to upload your holiday photos while sharing your wishlist is just an added bonus of using these eCards.
No matter how you choose to get the word out, your friends and family will likely be eager to create holiday wishlists of their own for the same reason you did–because it makes holiday shopping painless for everyone. Once your friends and family have jumped on the online holiday wishlist bandwagon, you can all enjoy the ease of one-stop shopping from the comfort of your own home, freeing up more time for sharing the company of the ones you love.
Meredith Toy is an Editor for MyRegistry .com, the leader in online gift registry services. As a former pregnancy/parenting Magazine Editor and Personal Shopper specializing in helping customers build gift registries, Meredith has a strong background in all gift registry related topics. Meredith’s goal is to use her expertise of the gift registry industry to provide strong editorial content to fit your registry related needs.web: myregistry .com