We have had a heap of first birthday parties on in the last 6 weeks or so. Lots of Eli’s little friends are having parties, and so I have been racking my brain trying to find what gifts we should get for each of them. I find myself second guessing my choices whilst browsing the toy isles. Do they already have this? Do the parents have any special preferences with toys (wooden only, no licensed characters etc.)? Will this child already have this item because of an older sibling? What if they don’t LIKE this type of thing?! Ah! It can be a bit of a mine field! And when I ask the parents if they have suggestions, sometimes I get a short list of one or two suggestions, other times I get the “oh, don’t worry about that” or “Just anything…”.
So I asked myself, how can I make it easier for Eli’s friends?
Enter Pinterest. I already use it for planning all my kids parties, and any other celebration, as well as…. well, everything! Ha! So I figured I would use it as a wishlist as well, and include the link on his invite. I actually have a board set up for each of us, so that I can add things as I think of them throughout the year, and then I don’t have to try and remember all those good ideas when someone’s birthday rolls around!
P.S sorry if this sounds like an ad. It is most definitely not!
Tips for using Pinterest as a birthday wishlist:
- To use pinterest as a birthday wishlist I just browse online catalogues and pin items that I think the person would like. I sometimes add notes (like this note saying I don’t want this couch with the tank engine on it, just something plain), and other times I leave the item description that comes up from the shop.
- I make sure I include a big range of prices. Everything from free (or close to) to more moderate $20-$30 items, and then even big ticket items that Luke and I are probably going to be the only ones getting. It’s important to note that I use these boards primarily for myself which is why I include the more expensive items, but it is handy to have a link you can send to people if they ask what they should get.
- People can write comments to let others know that this item as been purchased, or it can just be luck of the draw.
I also like to include a little blurb at the top in case people do this board for gift ideas. In Eli’s I’ve just written about how he already has lots of hand me downs from his big brother, so he might like some sentimental gifts, or you could donate to a charity on his behalf. I think this is a good chance to set the tone for the party, and remind people that it’s not all about the gifts – these are just prompts if that’s what you wanted to do.
The one problem:
The one thing I’m stuck on with the whole “using pinterest as a birthday wishlist” thing is what to do once you’ve received something on the list. I’ve been using a similar board for myself for a few years now, and for my birthday this year I got a few things I had pinned. Do I remove them from the board, or do I just leave a comment saying they have been purchased? Not sure… I would love your feedback and suggestions!!