When You Wish Upon the Web

Oh, joy!  Iz just wut I'se always wanted.

Oh, joy! Iz just wut I'se always wanted.

Do you wish your spouse or significant other would stop gifting you with things you don’t really want? Have your children given you one too many knick-knacks? Do you get yourself into a tizzy weeks before your birthday wondering if your parents will a. remember your special day and then b. read your mind enough to know what you want? Well, Bunky…..have I found the thing for you.

Amazon.com has come up with a little gem called the “Universal Wish List.” It’s free and I can’t say enough good things about it. First you will need to set up a wish list or lists in Amazon. It’s easy to do and you shouldn’t have any problems figuring it out but if you do, there is a “help” link that will give you pointers. I have a wish list set up for myself, my husband, and for the kids and their spouses. You can get a special button for your web browser tool bar here http://www.amazon.com/gp/wishlist/get-button/ . Once you have popped that baby up on your toolbar, let the fun begin, because you can then go browsing at any online store and when you find something you like, you click the “Add to Wish List” button you’ve just added to your toolbar.

Here is what this gem puts into your Amazon wish list: a picture of the item, the name of the shop where you found it, the price, a button that you can click to shop at that store, places to show how many of the item are desired, how many received, and what priority you’ve placed on getting this item. There is also a place for you to enter comments. How neat is that? Of course, if you later want to delete an item either because you’ve received it or you’ve changed your mind, you can just click the “delete” button.

Of course, what good is a nifty wish list if you don’t have some way to let others know of its existence? Hey, Amazon has this covered, too. They give you the option of emailing your wish list to others, adding a button on your web page to your wish list, or adding a widget to your blog or web page that will show your most recently added wish list items. So there is simply no more reasons to play the “will they or won’t they read my mind” game for one more special occasion.

Amazon, you done good!

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