Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The World’s Greatest Holiday Shopping List

Most of you are all familiar with my Etsy shop, but I wonder how many of you know about a great Etsy feature that you might just use yourself this holiday season?

I’m talking about the “Favorites” feature on Etsy. Although it’s not meant to be specifically a wish list for holiday shopping, you can easily use it to your advantage that way. It’s simple. Just login to your Etsy account (if you don’t have one, registering is simple and requires no detailed personal information beyond your e-mail address and name), and then browse around to find things you love.

When you come upon an item of interest, within the listing description you’ll see a link on the lower right side that says “Add Item to Favorites.” Just click that link and the item will be marked as a “favorite.”

Now here’s the fun part. When your husband or sister or best friend or mother asks what you might like as a gift this holiday season, you can point them to your list. All they have to do is type your Etsy ID name in their browser, followed by ".etsy.com." (For example, my username is fearlessfibers, so my URL is: http://fearlessfibers.etsy.com) Even if you don’t have a shop on Etsy, a page still comes up and on that page there is a link that says, “Favorites.” There, your gift-giving loved ones can find your wish list. How cool is that?!

If you have no shame (I know I don’t!), you can even go to your favorites list when it’s complete, copy the URL and e-mail it to that husband or sister or best friend or mother.

One important thing to note: If you decide to create a holiday wish list this way, be sure to check back every few days. If items on your list are sold or removed from the site by the seller, you may want to remove them from your favorites so that your shopping friends and family won't become frustrated if they find that the items you've marked are unavailable.

And, of course, if you are more of the giving sort and not so interested in your own wish list, you can ask your friends and family to make their own wish lists to help you out with your shopping this holiday season.

Just thought you all might like to know about this feature. It’s much easier to drop a URL than a subtle hint ;)


Barbra said...

Great idea and I also love your shop!

Quiltedblessings said...

Great idea! I think I will put a similar post in my blogs as well!

Mrs.Kwitty said...

What a great idea!!
Smiles, Karen

~Tonia~ said...

LOL poke poke nudge nudge. Go here, THIS is what I want.

Great idea.

Anonymous said...

Great idea! I'm off to spread the word too :)


DragonsChest said...

Cool!!! I lifted your post (giving you credit of course), and reposted it in my blog. A very nifty idea indeed. :)


thenchal said...

Hey Deb, love it, so - um - calculating - er - practical! ;)


chrispy said...

I just did this a couple of weeks ago. I put a folder on my bookmarks and put the title ooooh yarn. The main thing in there is a link to my etsy favorite page. I then told my hubby about it.

Sweet Peas said...

Great idea! I linked to this post on my blog.

Alpaca Granny said...

I'm copying your blurb for my blog also. Thanks much.

Miles Away In France said...

You explained this so well, better than I could.

I hope you don't mind but I will copy your text and give you full credit on my blog.

Thanks, this is a really good idea.