Make Gift Giving Easy with These Online Services

Is it a little too early to think about gifts? We don't think so. Before you know it, Black Friday will be around the corner, which is always a great opportunity to start your holiday gift shopping. There are two online services we think will ease your gift buying experience significantly this year - Wantful and Social Gift.

Ease the Gift Giving Process
We really like the idea behind Social Gift, which is a service that can take the hassle out of purchasing a group gift for someone. Social Gift comes in handy when a group of friends wants to join together and chip in for one special gift for a friend, especially for larger purchases like a laptop, camera or bicycle.

Social Gift helps friends get together and share their gift ideas. The idea with the most votes gets picked and everyone chips in for that gift. On top of the physical gift, you can also create gift packages to accompany the item, such as adding cooking classes to a KitchenAid mixer. Social Gift offers real life experiences to pair with the gifts your group plans on purchasing. The service would work out nicely for any event - weddings, graduation, Christmas and more.

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Ease the Gift Receiving Process
What's there to ease about receiving presents? Well, we've all been in the situation where we receive gifts that we may not find any use for, as nice as the thought behind it may have been. However, it does seem a bit greedy to send all your friends and family a wish list. This is where Wantful comes in, and in all honesty, we think it makes things easier for buying gifts as well. Sometimes we wish people would just tell us what they want so we didn't have to spend time wondering and worrying about making the wrong decision.

After signing up for Wantful, you're prompted to answer a series of questions about the person you are shopping for. Wantful figures out what the person's hobbies are, their general taste and preference and then delivers a list of 16 items the person may want. The list is then sent to the gift recipient who can choose an item from the list. Wantful is also an easy way to keep track of your friends' birthdays. If you sign up connecting through your Facebook account, you can click through each month and see which birthdays are coming up.