Is it too corny or passé to put world peace, an end to global hunger and a reduction in climate change on your Christmas wish list? How about for the president to stop tweeting?
Sure, you could put it on your list, but chances of all those things happening are virtually nil. In fact, world peace would probably be easier to achieve than prying that smartphone out of Trump’s tiny hands.
And speaking of Christmas lists, are they still a thing? Of course, kids of a certain age are still writing their lists to Santa Claus, but what about everyone else? Especially the adults who don’t believe in Santa.
Turns out Christmas lists are still a thing. Not only that, but they’ve been modernized. There are a number of websites, such as www.christmaswishlist.net and www.giftster.com, that offer free sharing of your list with a group, family members and friends. Some allow you to see what’s already been bought off your list, so you won’t get duplicates. It’s sort of like a wedding or baby gift registry, but for Christmas gifts. A Christmas wish list for the Internet age.
And if you’re still into actually putting pen to paper and writing out a list, there are websites for that too (of course there are). Websites such as templatearchive.com and mrprintables.com offer scores of templates that one can print out, and thebalance.com has a list of websites that offer free templates for kids, teens and even adults.
And if you thought making a list was just about jotting down some numbers and a few gifts, think again. Some lists have rules, such as the Four Rule Christmas Wish List. This is where you separate the list into four areas, something you want, something you need, something you read, and something you wear.
Gift registry websites are an easy way to get your list out to your family and friends, but what if you want to be a little more discreet and less presumptuous than just handing someone your list? Cosmopolitan magazine recently ran an article that addressed just that issue.
Titled “6 Genius Ways To Leave Hints About Your Christmas Wish List,” it outlined how one could “leave a trail of breadcrumb hints so your loved ones can get you something you’ll love and think they’re giving Saint Nick a run for his money in the process.”
The six ways include:
- “Accidentally” leave that web page open;
- enlist your friends;
- leave evidence in the printer;
- use texting to your advantage;
- leave a social media trail; and
- go shopping for someone else.
The first suggestion may be the only time of year you actually want to reveal your search history. And for leaving a social media trail you can “Add that thing that’s been catching your eye to your Instagram story with a few heart eye emojis for good measure.”
But the Christmas wish list to top all Christmas wish lists is the insane 900-word list reported a few years ago by Deadspin.com in an article they hilariously titled “21-Year-Old Woman’s Endless Christmas Wish List Will Make You Want To Punch Something.”
Deadspin couldn’t decide what part of the list was the most insufferable. Was it her taste in music and movies (a lot of YA titles), the incredible level of detail she would go into so people wouldn’t get her the wrong thing, or the fact that she breaks her list down into “stocking stuffers,” “smaller grade items,” and “larger more expensive items?” Or how about the fact that she adds web links to some of the items she wants?
And, if you truly can’t find anything for her from her list, she offers a suggestion: “If someone doesn’t know what to get me, and they can’t afford anything listed here, I am also giving gift card options!” As Deadspin puts it: “It’s all pretty infuriating.”
For example, under Books, she writes (unedited): “I need the rest of the Hunger Games series because I have already read the first book. I also want to start reading the 50 shades of gray series. I also love anything by Hunter S. Thompson or Mitch Albom but I will probably like anything off the New York Times Best Seller List as well.”
Hunter S. Thompson OR Mitch Albom? That’s like saying, “I’d like a CD from either Metallica or Katy Perry.” And the list goes on and on in excruciating, but damn funny, detail. That is a woman who knows what she wants, and then some.
And if still haven’t come up with your own list, the Internet is chock full of gift guides, from the New York Times and Washington Post to Uncommongoods.com and Buzzfeed, which features such specific guides as “25 Gifts For The Clumsiest Person You Know” and “25 Things For People Who Just Can’t Get Enough Armadillo” and hands-down, the funniest gift guide ever created, “Dave Barry’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide,” which is introduced with “The challenge, in this hectic season, is always to find enough unnecessary things for all the people on our gift list. That’s where this Holiday Gift Guide comes in. We sincerely believe that you will not find a collection of products this useless anywhere else.”
And let’s face it, the Amazon home page is basically an entire gift guide in itself. It knows what you want, and it has a Wish List feature that is public, allowing friends and family to see your list, and, of course, order from it. Who needs to write out a list?
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by Carolyn Bell
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