Today’s post was inspired by my sister, who did not know that you could add items to your Amazon Wish List from any website.
And just FYI, no this post is not sponsored by Amazon. I hate that I have to give disclaimers like this because back in the day you could just talk about whatever product/service you want and no one would have to wonder if you were getting some kind of kickback or not. But I digress. 😁
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The Christmas season is in full swing. Everyone’s posting their gift guides, and the countdown is on to Christmas. That also means it’s time to tell Santa what we want for Christmas! Every year my mother-in-love has us write Dear Santa letters in which we share our wish lists.
Over the years I’ve tried a variety of methods: pen and paper, circling all the things in a catalog (my cousins used to do JC Penney catalogs back in the day), typing it up in a Word/Google doc, Wishroll/Wishpot (don’t exist anymore), Pinterest boards, Amazon Wish Lists, and saying nothing and hoping for the best (Santa’s just suppose to know, right?).
With all these methods, I always keep coming back to Amazon’s Wish List feature. Not only can almost anything be bought on Amazon these days, but God forbid they don’t have it *coughNewAppleTVcough* they have a handy way you can add things from other sites. I’ve used Amazon as my wish list on and off for years, and they’ve definitely come a long way to the point where I don’t ever see myself not using it.
Pinterest is okay too, but I’ve found it’s only good if you have a small wish list. If you have a ton of stuff, especially if you have a large family where you need to include a lot of gift ideas, it can be cumbersome to scroll through all of this on one Pinterest board. Amazon allows you to create multiple lists which means you can break things up into categories.
Setting up a wish list is super easy, and that’s what I’m gonna share with you all today.
How to Create Your Wish List
1. Get an Amazon.com account.
If you don’t have an Amazon.com account already, sign up for one. Once you’re signed in, you’ll see in the upper right corner a dropdown called Your Lists.
Hover over it and select Create a list. You’ll see in my screenshot that I have several lists going already (more on that later).
2. Create your wish list.
Next, you’ll get a pop-up asking if this is a Shopping List or a Wish List. Since this tutorial is all about wish lists, select the radio button next to Wish List. Give it a name and select Public.
If you’re creating a Wish List for the first time, this will be your default one. I called mine “Most Wanted” indicating that the items on this particular list are the ones I want the most.
Once you’ve filled out your settings hit that Create List button!
3. Add all the things!
Now comes the fun part where you actually get to start listing things! There are three ways you can add items to your wish list.
a. Find it on Amazon.com. Start browsing Amazon.com and when you come across a product you want to add, view the product and click the Add to List button below the the Add to Cart button on the righthand side.
Keep in mind, if you simply click the button it will add it to your default list. If you have multiple lists and you want it on a specific one make sure to click the little arrows on the Add to List button.
b. Save an idea. If you’re on your actual list there an area where you can type in something and even include a picture.
This is great if you want something in general. For example, I used this to say that I want a new lunch bag. I didn’t have a specific one in mind, I just want it to be adult and feminine and that you can find some at either Target or HomeGoods.
c. Add it from another website. Add items to your wish list from other websites using the Universal Wish List Button. You just drag the button from that page to your bookmarks bar, and then click it when you see something you want on another website. It’ll then guide you through adding it to your wish list.
You can even install a Chrome extension called Wish from Any Website that will do the same thing.
Okay so you’ve created your list and now it’s starting to get a little long. How do you break things up? Well, you can create multiple lists! Here’s a look at mine…
I’ve broken mine up into categories, so that way it makes it easier to look through. To create multiple lists you simply go through the same steps you would to create your first wish list.
You’ll also find at the top of your lists links to Create a List and manage your List settings. With your List settings you have options to manage multiple lists:
- You can rename them
- You can determine which list is your default one
- You can change the privacy settings
- You can view and manage the details, such as description, which address gifts go to, etc.
- And you can delete lists
Sharing Your List
Once your lists are done, share them with your family and friends. Each list will have a share feature up at the top right.
Clicking on the Share link will pop up a window giving you the option to copy the short-link it generated and/or share your list via email.
Oh and in case you’re wondering, my wish list can be found here: http://amzn.com/w/10YNYT8V98KB3 😉