Overhaul Your Christmas List with an Amazon Wish List

It’s that time of year again when aunts and uncles ask for your Christmas list, and you get a bevy of them in return. Unfortunately, Christmas lists are still mostly done the old-fashioned way, where you get a hand-written or emailed list of vaguely-described items and you keep having to confirm with them what exactly it is that they’re looking for, for which they’ll most likely just send you a link to an Amazon listing of that item.

However, you can avoid all of this nonsense by using Amazon’s Wish List feature. By handing over your Amazon Wish List to family and friends, you’re essentially making their lives easier, and hopefully after telling them to read this article, they’ll do the same thing and create an Amazon Wish List to make your life easier. Here are a few reasons why Amazon Wish Lists are perfect for Christmas lists, followed by a quick tutorial on how to create an Amazon Wish List yourself.

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No Confusion Over Who Bought What

If you have a family that’s anything like mine, then you’re encouraged to send each family member a different list with different items on it to make sure that no two family members gets you the same thing. This a bit cumbersome, but with an Amazon Wish List, you don’t need to worry about getting the same thing twice. When someone buys something off of your wish list, it automatically gets marked off so that no one else can buy it for you.

It’s Updated Automatically When You Add to It

Don’t you hate it when you send out your Christmas list and then you think of more things that you want to add to it? Amazon Wish Lists gets rid of this problem. You can send out your Amazon Wish List at any time, and if you ever want to add anything to it later on, you can! Whenever you add something new to the list, anyone else viewing the list will see the added item and can buy it for you if they want.

It Can Be Easily Shared

It’s super easy to share an Amazon Wish List, and there are different levels of privacy as far as who can view your wish list. You can email your wish list to friends and family or just copy and paste the link itself into an IM or a text message. There are also options for sharing it over Facebook and Twitter.

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Creating Your Amazon Wish List

Before you create an Amazon Wish List, you’ll want to be logged in first. If you don’t have an account yet, just go to this page to sign up for one. After you’re logged in, go up to the upper-right corner of the webpage and click where it says Wish List. A drop-down menu will pop up. Click on Create a Wish List.

You’ll have three initial things to fill in first. Where it says List is for, keep it set as You. Then, give your wish list a name and off to the right, select the type of privacy you want to implement. Your choices are Public, Shared or Private. With a Public wish list, anyone can search for your wish list and view it. A Shared wish list is only viewable to people who have the direct link to it, and a Private wish list is only viewable by you. Personally, I set mine to Shared, so that it’s only viewable to the people that I share it with.

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Click on Create a Wish List to finish making it. You can now browse Amazon and add things to your Amazon Wish List! To do this, visit an item listing that you want to add to your wish list, and on the right-hand sidebar you’ll see a button that says Add to Wish List. That item will be added and you can continue browsing for more items to add.

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To share your Amazon Wish List with others, visit your wish list by going up to Wish List in the upper-right of the webpage and clicking on your wish list. Once you’re viewing your wish list, you can click on Share in the upper-right corner of the page. This will provide you a shortened URL directly to your wish list, or you can email it to several people at once. There are also share buttons at the button to share your wish list on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Wait for Christmas Day

Your only step now is to just wait until Christmas day to see what Santa brought you. Hopefully, you won’t get any questions as far as what’s on your wish list, as each item you add to it will have plenty of information about the product, including the model number and various features, since it links directly to the item listing on Amazon.

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If you want something that’s not listed on Amazon, you can still add it to your Amazon Wish List by using the Add to Wish List browser extension, which works on Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and the iPad. Just go to any retail website and when you see something you want, click on the extension to add it to your Amazon Wish List. Then, anyone who wants to buy that item will be redirected to that specific item listing on that particular retail website.

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