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'N Oop brief aan Kersvader: my reiswenslys vir 2014

'N Oop brief aan Kersvader: my reiswenslys vir 2014

Liewe Kersvader,

Rondom hierdie tyd van die jaar sien ek tonne _______ van die maand se klubs geadverteer. Daar is absoluut 'n klub vir almal se smaak: Spek, sigaar, hondekos, roomys, PB&J, wyn, salsa, teddiebeer, blom, olyfolie en selfs 'n ontbytklub, wat hierdie kind van die 80's laat lag. Ek het regtig alles gesien wat 'n mens kan dink.

Die enigste ding wat ek nie gevind het nie, is 'n klub vir reis - 'n reis van die maand. Dit sou beslis my droomgeskenk wees. Hoe opwindend sou dit wees om elke maand te weet dat u 'n reis reeds beplan het? Een maat pas nie by almal nie, dus dit moet natuurlik 'n aanpasbare geskenk wees. Om dit makliker te maak vir u, Kersvader {of enigiemand anders}, is dit my wenslys vir die klub wat tans nie bestaan ​​nie.

Januarie

Krediet

Ek het my epiese reisjaar 2013 afgeskop met 'n vinnige wegbreek in New York, so ek dink dit is net gepas om 2014 te begin met 'n reis na 'n ander gunsteling stad van my - Parys. Dit is 'n plek wat ek twee keer besoek het, en ek kan net nie genoeg kry nie. Ek is geneig om te dink dat Kersvader vir my 'n vroeë Kersgeskenk gebring het toe 'n heen- en terugvlug van Houston na Parys vir $ 281 TOTAL onder my aandag gebring is. Ek het dit vinniger as rendiere van 'n dak af opgeruk.

Februarie

Krediet

As kind het ek twee keer per jaar Colorado besoek: een keer vir ski en een keer vir die somer. Dit is 'n sentimentele plek, en ek het dit agterweë gelaat sedert ek my hoërskool voltooi het. In 2012 het ek by Keystone gekom en 2013 het my na Telluride geneem. Daarom moet ek die reeks vir 2014 voortsit. Ek dink dat Februarie die perfekte tyd is om te ski in Colorado - die skare van Kersfees/Nuwejaar is weg en die lente het nog nie begin nie. Dus, met soveel wonderlike ski -oorde in Colorado, waarheen wil ek gaan? Aspen en Snowmass sal goed doen.

Maart

Krediet

Miskien het ek 'n bietjie ski- of après-ski-koors, en daar is geen plek wat my beter sal laat voel as die Alpe nie. In Januarie het ek my eerste proe van Europese ski's in Verbier, Switserland, gekry. Ag my! Die Switserse Alpe is een van die drie mooiste plekke wat ek nog gesien het. Maar ek is nie kieskeurig nie; enige van die Alpe sal doen - Frankryk, Duitsland, Oostenryk, Italië of terug na Switserland. En terwyl ek in die nek van die bos is, wil ek graag meer van Oostenryk verken. Ek veronderstel ek het verlede week gekyk na die vreeslike lewendige weergawe van The NBC van The Sound of Music deur my te laat droom van Innsbruck, Salzburg en Wene.

April

Krediet

My reislewe het heeltemal ontbreek in die Karibiese tyd. Ek dink April is 'n goeie geleentheid om die situasie reg te stel. Die orkaanseisoen is lankal verby, en na soveel koue weerbestemmings is vitamien D wat deur die son voorsien word, reg. Die Britse Maagde -eilande het die afgelope tyd my naam genoem. Met die ongerepte strande, pragtige water en die nabyheid aan die huis - teken my aan. Boonop vind die BVI Spring Regatta aan die begin van die maand plaas. Ek het myself nog nooit as matroos gevorm nie, maar ek hou daarvan om die deel aan te trek.

Mei

Krediet

Drie dinge wat jy waarskynlik nie van my weet nie: ek hou van hoede; Ek hou van tradisie; en ek hou van kruisement. Daar is niks wat hierdie drie dinge net soos die Kentucky Derby kombineer nie. O ja, ek is mal daaroor om Churchill Downs aan te trek met my grootste strooihoed aan, en myntjips uit 'n silwer beker te drink terwyl ek 'My Old Kentucky Home' bo -op my longe sing. Ek is gereed - ek weet selfs hoe om Louisville uit te spreek soos die inwoners.

Junie

Krediet

Ek is nie regtig 'n voetballiefhebber nie, maar ek is 'n sportliefhebber. Nadat ek die brouhaha van die Wêreldbeker -toernooi in Suid -Afrika vier jaar gelede gekyk het, het ek besluit dat ek hierdie groot gebeurtenis self wil beleef. Dit maak ook nie skade dat die Wêreldbeker -toernooi in Brasilië gehou word nie. Hallo! Ek sal graag caipirinhas wil drink en die sterre en strepe in Recife dra as die VS van A op 26 Junie teen Duitsland speel. VSA! VSA! VSA!

Julie

Krediet

Jy sou dink dat ek in die somer my les sou leer oor reis na Europa, maar helaas, ek is net te dik om te leer. Miskien is dit beter as ek uit die stede bly en die land besoek. Ek wou nog altyd meer van Frankryk verken, net in Parys en Bourgondië. Ek dink die Franse Alpe noem my naam. Hoër hoogte beteken laer temperature en Frankryk beteken Franse wyn en kaas. Boonop sal ek kan sien wat onder al die sneeu en ys is.

Augustus

Krediet

Dit is 'n BAIE spesiale maand vir my. Op 16 Augustus word ek 40. Weet jy wat gebeur ook op 16 Augustus? Die Palio in Siena, Italië word bestuur. Hierdie historiese perderesies is beslis ouer as ek (al sedert 1656), maar dit mis nie 'n tree nie. Duisende mense stroom op die Piazza del Campo om hul gunsteling kontra te juig. Daar is ongetwyfeld groot hoeveelhede Italiaanse wyn en kos wat tydens die vieringe geëet word. Die Palio sou 'n groot verjaardagpartytjie met 'n Italiaanse tema wees. Die enigste ding wat my 40ste verjaardag beter sou maak, is 'n villa in die Toskaanse heuwels om met 'n paar van my liefste vriende te deel. Splendido!

September

Krediet

Ek dink ek en Suid -Amerika gaan goeie vriende wees in 2014. Op die hakke van die Wêreldbeker -toernooi in Brasilië, dink ek dat ek meer sal begeer. Ek hou van die geluid van Chili in September. Dinge word suid van die ewenaar opgewarm, en die land maak briljante rooiwyne. Daar is ongeveer 'n miljoen wynkelders in die valleie rondom Santiago, en almal weet dat wyn altyd lekkerder is as sy bron. Ongelukkig is die oestyd van Februarie tot Mei, want daar is 'n paar wonderlike feeste wat plaasvind. Waarom nie net gedurende die tyd gaan nie, vra u? Wel, ek wil Patagonië besoek, en dit is net te koud gedurende die tyd van die jaar. Boonop kan ek die onmoontlike om te voorspel, desierto florido {bloeiende woestyn}. Miskien is twee reise na Chili in orde.

Oktober

Krediet

Met soveel wêreldse reise, dink ek dat ek 'n bietjie tyd in die groot deelstaat Texas wil deurbring. Die hitte het bedaar, en dit is die hoogtepunt van die universiteitsvoetbalseisoen. Dit is ook wanneer die State Fair of Texas in Dallas plaasvind. Van Big Tex tot die reuse -reuzenwiel tot by die Red River Rivalry tot die verskeidenheid gebraaide kosopsies, dit is die enigste keer dat u van my hoor hoor dat ek Dallas besoek. Dit is 'n Houston -ding, almal.

November

Krediet

Suid -Afrika, en eintlik die beter deel van Afrika, is al jare my gesogte bestemming. Ek het nog nie 'n voet op die vasteland gestap nie, maar ek het die afgelope tyd meer as gewoonlik daaroor geobsedeer. Ek moet die Groot 5. sien. Ek moet die Tuinroete ry. Ek moet Suid -Afrikaanse wyn drink. Ek moet dit in 2014 van my taaklys verwyder.

Desember

Krediet

Die twaalfde maand van die jaar is my gunsteling. Ek is mal oor die vreugde en eerlikwaar die koue weer. Ysige hande, ysblokkies, lang stewels, 'n rooi neus en woljasse is 'n paar van my gunsteling dinge, want saam met hulle kom Starbucks rooi koppies, die Neutkraker, familie, kalkoen en aantrek en Kersliggies. Ek kan my nie 'n gebied voorstel wat hierdie tyd van die jaar soos Boedapest, Praag en Wene omhul nie. Ek staan ​​bekend om hul Kersmarkte {en glühwein} en gaan al drie gedurende Desember besoek. Ek het die plesier gehad om hulle in Julie vanjaar te sien, maar ek kan my net voorstel hoe magies hulle is rondom Kersfees. Ja, ek droom van 'n Kersfees in Hapsburg.

Dus, Kersvader, as iemand op 'n laat datum 'n reis van die maand kan opdoen, is dit u. Dankie vir al die wonderlike geskenke wat u my in die verlede gegee het, selfs as ek die stoute lys moes gemaak het. En as u my in Parys of Aspen wil ontmoet, sal dit heeltemal gaaf wees. Ek dink jy kan 'n vakansie gebruik na die besige vakansieseisoen.

Liefde,

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Hopelik is Kersvader se elwe goed met rekenaars, want wenslyste vir kinders vir vakansie is digitaal.

Hierdie vakansieseisoen het verskeie kleinhandelaars weergawes van wenslyste aanlyn gemaak wat kinders en ouers kan gebruik.

Wal -Mart WMT, -0,23% het verlede jaar eers wenslyste op sy webwerf beskikbaar, en hierdie vakansieseisoen het dit die funksie in die winkel se app beskikbaar gestel. Target se TGT, -1,05% Kinderwenslys -app het in 2014 sy debuut gemaak, en hierdie jaar het dit nuwe funksies, waaronder die moontlikheid om 'n brief aan Kersvader te skryf -en 'n antwoord te ontvang -binne die app. Toys “R” Us het sedert Oktober 2008 'n 'wenslys' aanlyn beskikbaar.

Alhoewel die digitale wenslyste van kleinhandelaars beperk is tot items wat in hul winkels gekoop kan word, het 'n groot aantal onafhanklike webwerwe en programme wat kinders en volwassenes in staat stel om geskenkregisters van verskeie kleinhandelaars te skep, ook CheckedTwice en Giftster verskyn. Binne hierdie programme kan gebruikers hul lyste opstel en skakels insluit na waar die items beskikbaar is. Die dienste bevat ook funksies vir familielede wat ander se vakansiegeskenklyste kan sien en geskenke as 'gekoop' kan merk om nie dieselfde geskenk op die lys te koop nie.

'N Wenslys -funksie was 'n natuurlike uitbreiding vir kleinhandelaars, wat die afgelope jare baie belê het in die mobiele inkopie -ervaring, sê Stephanie Wissink, 'n senior navorsingsontleder van Piper Jaffray, 'n beleggingsbank en batebestuursfirma.

Met goeie rede. Kopers het vanjaar slegs $ 3 miljard aanlyn op Cyber ​​Monday bestee, met byna die helfte van die aankope op mobiele toestelle.

Pinterest, 'n aanlyn bord waar mense resepte, kunsvlyt, artikels en ontwerpidees deel, het die afgelope paar maande 'n 'koop' -knoppie by sy penne gevoeg.

Wissink het gesê dat die tydbesparende aspek van aanlyn-blaai en inkopies belangrik is, veral vir jonger ouers. 'Daar is 'n hele beweging na gemak,' het sy gesê. 'U sal meer en meer van hierdie digitale en mobiele kontak met ouers sien.'

CheckedTwice het byna 100 000 gebruikers, sê Andrew Swick, wat die diens saam met sy suster en medestigter Rebecca Hyatt in 2012 vrygestel het.

Giftster, wat eers in 2008 beskikbaar was, het 'n gebruikersbasis van "honderde duisende", sê Ron Reimann, stigter van Giftster.

CheckedTwice het begin toe Hyatt, 'n ontwikkelaar, 'n wenslys per e -pos gestuur het na haar gesin in 2002. Drie familielede het besluit om dieselfde geskenk vir haar te koop, 'n Robert Frost -digbundel. Sy het die volgende jaar 'n informele aanlyn stelsel vir haar eie gesin begin, waar hulle kon sien watter geskenke ander vir hul familielede gekoop het. Sy en Swick het daarna die funksies van die diens geslyp totdat dit in 2012 aan die publiek beskikbaar gestel is.

Ondanks die nut en tydbesparende aspekte, het Swick gesê dat daar soms negatiewe terugvoer van die publiek is oor kinders wat 'n geskenkregister opstel.

'' N Wenslys van 'n enkele persoon kan vir sommige mense 'n bietjie selfsugtig of 'n bietjie gulsig voel, 'het hy gesê en opgemerk dat registers nog steeds gewoonlik verband hou met troues in plaas van vakansie -inkopies.

Reimann, die stigter van Giftster, het gesê dat hy soortgelyke terugvoer gehoor het, soos: "Oh gosh, kinders maak lyste van dinge wat hulle wil hê, hoe selfsugtig is dit nie!"

En Catherine Steiner-Adair, 'n kliniese sielkundige en die skrywer van "The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age", sê dat sy dink dat dit beter is om 'n verkeerde geskenk te gee en iemand te ervaar dat dit nietemin opreg was as om die ervaring te hê om net 'n lys te maak en geregtig te voel om dit te laat vervul.

'Dit neem regtig tyd om na te dink oor 'n persoon in u lewe en wat hulle gelukkig kan maak,' het Steiner-Adair gesê.

Tog maak kinders lyste al lank voordat 'n aanlyn weergawe beskikbaar was, of dit nou omringde items was wat hulle in 'n winkelkatalogus wou hê of 'n handgeskrewe brief aan Kersvader skryf.

En sommige mense wat die programme gebruik, hou van die organisatoriese aspekte, en dat hulle ''n gevoel gee om die goeie dinge in hul lewe te vier', het Reimann gesê.

Vandag is kinders gewoond daaraan om aanlyn te kommunikeer, so hierdie tipe digitale wenslys is net die ekwivalent van die deel van die inligting op die skoolterrein, sê Carley Knobloch, 'n digitale leefstylkenner en ma van twee.

'Hulle vra altyd 'n ponie en wat ook al die gekke Barbie -sportmotor is, of wat ook al vir baie mense onbereikbaar is,' het sy gesê. 'Kinders verstaan ​​dat ('n lys) nie beteken dat Kersvader alles in die sak bring nie, of dat ouers onder druk moet voel dat hulle die laaste ding moet koop nie.'

Omdat dit meer algemeen geword het dat familielede ver van mekaar af woon, kan lyste familielede help om 'n geskenk wat beter pas by 'n kind te vind en vermorsing te vermy, of die tyd wat nodig is om terug te keer, het Wissink van Piper Jaffray gesê.

'Die entoesiasme van 'n ontvanger is wat die aankoop bevestig, nie die tyd of geld wat u spandeer het nie,' het sy gesê. 'As u hoor:' Dit is wat ek wou! ', Weet u dat u dit vasgespyker het. Daar is niks beter vir 'n ouma, oupa of 'n ma of pa nie. "

'Vir my as ouer dink ek dit is baie nuttig,' het Knobloch gesê. 'Ek wil nie 'n klomp plastiek speelgoed in my huis beland wat my kinders nie wou hê nie.

Daar is 'n paar dinge wat ouers kan doen om kinders se verwagtinge te bestuur.

Knobloch sê vir haar eie kinders om items teen verskillende pryspunte op hul lyste op te neem, sodat familielede nie druk voel om 'n duur geskenk te koop nie, en sy kan die ongemaklikheid vermy om met familielede te kommunikeer oor hoeveel hulle wil spandeer.

Steiner-Adair het ook gesê dat kinders moet verduidelik hoekom hulle elke geskenk op hul lys wil hê, eerder as om items by te voeg sonder om aan die betekenis daarvan te dink.

En om 'n lys te maak, kan ook 'n geleentheid wees om te praat oor die belangrikheid van die skryf van 'n "dankie" briefie en die gebruik van die vakansie as 'n tyd om donasies te maak of andersins te gee aan behoeftiges.

Reimann het gesê dat hy Giftster nie as 'n bron van hebsug beskou nie, maar as 'n manier om familielede te help om spesifiek te wees in hul aankope en by begrotings te hou.

'As mense weet wat ander mense regtig nodig het of wil hê, hoef hulle nie op die laaste minuut te hardloop en te veel geld te bestee nie,' het hy gesê.


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Hierdie vakansieseisoen het verskeie kleinhandelaars weergawes van wenslyste aanlyn gemaak wat kinders en ouers kan gebruik.

Wal -Mart WMT, -0,23% het verlede jaar eers wenslyste op sy webwerf beskikbaar, en hierdie vakansieseisoen het dit die funksie in die winkel se app beskikbaar gestel. Target se TGT, -1,05% Kinderwenslys -app het in 2014 gedebuteer, en hierdie jaar het dit nuwe funksies, waaronder die moontlikheid om 'n brief aan Kersvader te skryf -en 'n antwoord te ontvang -binne die app. Toys “R” Us het sedert Oktober 2008 'n 'wenslys' aanlyn beskikbaar.

Alhoewel die digitale wenslyste van die kleinhandelaars beperk is tot items wat in hul winkels gekoop kan word, het 'n groot aantal onafhanklike webwerwe en programme wat kinders en volwassenes in staat stel om geskenkregisters van verskeie kleinhandelaars te skep, ook CheckedTwice en Giftster verskyn. Binne hierdie programme kan gebruikers hul lyste opstel en skakels insluit na waar die items beskikbaar is. Die dienste bevat ook funksies vir familielede wat ander se vakansiegeskenklyste kan sien en geskenke as 'gekoop' kan merk om te voorkom dat hulle dieselfde geskenk verskeie kere op die lys koop.

'N Wenslys -funksie was 'n natuurlike uitbreiding vir kleinhandelaars, wat die afgelope jare baie belê het in die mobiele inkopie -ervaring, sê Stephanie Wissink, 'n senior navorsingsontleder van Piper Jaffray, 'n beleggingsbank en batebestuursfirma.

Met goeie rede. Kopers het vanjaar slegs $ 3 miljard aanlyn op Cyber ​​Monday bestee, met byna die helfte van die aankope op mobiele toestelle.

Pinterest, 'n aanlyn bord waar mense resepte, kunsvlyt, artikels en ontwerpidees deel, het die afgelope paar maande 'n 'koop' -knoppie by sy penne gevoeg.

Veral vir jonger ouers, het Wissink gesê, is die tydbesparende aspek om aanlyn te kan blaai en inkopies te doen, belangrik. 'Daar is 'n hele beweging na gemak,' het sy gesê. 'U sal meer en meer van hierdie digitale en mobiele kontak met ouers sien.'

CheckedTwice het byna 100 000 gebruikers, sê Andrew Swick, wat die diens saam met sy suster en medestigter Rebecca Hyatt in 2012 vrygestel het.

Giftster, wat eers in 2008 beskikbaar was, het 'n gebruikersbasis van "honderde duisende", sê Ron Reimann, stigter van Giftster.

CheckedTwice het begin toe Hyatt, 'n ontwikkelaar, 'n wenslys per e -pos gestuur het na haar gesin in 2002. Drie familielede het besluit om dieselfde geskenk vir haar te koop, 'n Robert Frost -digbundel. Sy het die volgende jaar 'n informele aanlyn stelsel vir haar eie gesin begin, waar hulle kon sien watter geskenke ander vir hul familielede gekoop het. Sy en Swick het daarna die funksies van die diens geslyp totdat dit in 2012 aan die publiek beskikbaar gestel is.

Ondanks die nut en tydbesparende aspekte, het Swick gesê dat daar soms negatiewe terugvoer van die publiek is oor kinders wat 'n geskenkregister opstel.

'' N Wenslys van 'n enkele persoon kan vir sommige mense 'n bietjie selfsugtig of 'n bietjie gulsig voel, 'het hy gesê en opgemerk dat registers steeds tipies verband hou met troues in plaas van vakansie -inkopies.

Reimann, die stigter van Giftster, het gesê dat hy soortgelyke terugvoer gehoor het, soos: "Ag, kinders maak 'n lys van dinge wat hulle wil hê, hoe selfsugtig is dit nie!"

En Catherine Steiner-Adair, 'n kliniese sielkundige en die skrywer van "The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age", sê dat sy dink dat dit beter is om 'n verkeerde geskenk te gee en iemand te ervaar dat dit nietemin opreg was as om die ervaring te hê om net 'n lys te maak en geregtig te voel om dit te laat vervul.

'Dit neem regtig tyd om na te dink oor 'n persoon in u lewe en wat hulle gelukkig kan maak,' het Steiner-Adair gesê.

Tog maak kinders lyste al lank voordat 'n aanlyn weergawe beskikbaar was, of dit nou omringde items was wat hulle in 'n winkelkatalogus wou hê of 'n handgeskrewe brief aan Kersvader skryf.

En sommige mense wat die programme gebruik, hou van die organisatoriese aspekte, en dat hulle ''n gevoel gee om die goeie dinge in hul lewe te vier', het Reimann gesê.

Kinders is vandag gewoond daaraan om aanlyn te kommunikeer, so hierdie tipe digitale wenslys is net die ekwivalent van die deel van die inligting op die skoolterrein, sê Carley Knobloch, 'n digitale leefstylkenner en ma van twee.

'Hulle vra altyd 'n ponie en wat ook al die gekke Barbie -sportmotor is, of wat ook al vir baie mense onbereikbaar is,' het sy gesê. 'Kinders verstaan ​​dat ('n lys) nie beteken dat Kersvader alles in die sak bring nie, of dat ouers onder druk moet voel dat hulle die laaste ding moet koop nie.'

Omdat dit meer algemeen geword het dat gesinslede ver van mekaar af woon, kan lyste familielede help om 'n geskenk wat beter pas by 'n kind te vind en vermorsing te vermy, of die tyd wat nodig is om terug te keer, het Wissink van Piper Jaffray gesê.

'Die entoesiasme van 'n ontvanger is wat die aankoop bevestig, nie die tyd of geld wat u spandeer het nie,' het sy gesê. 'As u hoor:' Dit is wat ek wou! ', Weet u dat u dit vasgespyker het. Daar is niks beter vir 'n ouma, oupa of 'n ma of pa nie. "

'Vir my as ouer dink ek dit is baie nuttig,' het Knobloch gesê. 'Ek wil nie 'n klomp plastiek speelgoed in my huis hê wat my kinders nie wou hê nie.

Daar is 'n paar dinge wat ouers kan doen om kinders se verwagtinge te bestuur.

Knobloch sê vir haar eie kinders om items teen verskillende pryspunte op hul lyste op te neem, sodat familielede nie druk voel om 'n duur geskenk te koop nie, en sy kan die ongemaklikheid vermy om met familielede te kommunikeer oor hoeveel hulle wil spandeer.

Steiner-Adair het ook gesê dat kinders moet verduidelik hoekom hulle elke geskenk op hul lys wil hê, eerder as om items by te voeg sonder om aan die betekenis daarvan te dink.

En om 'n lys te maak, kan ook 'n geleentheid wees om te praat oor die belangrikheid van die skryf van 'n "dankie" briefie en die gebruik van die vakansie as 'n tyd om donasies te maak of andersins te gee aan behoeftiges.

Reimann het gesê dat hy Giftster nie as 'n bron van hebsug beskou nie, maar as 'n manier om familielede te help om spesifiek te wees in hul aankope en by begrotings te hou.

'As mense weet wat ander mense regtig nodig het of wil hê, hoef hulle nie op die laaste minuut te hardloop en te veel geld te bestee nie,' het hy gesê.


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Hierdie vakansieseisoen het verskeie kleinhandelaars weergawes van wenslyste aanlyn gemaak wat kinders en ouers kan gebruik.

Wal -Mart WMT, -0.23% het verlede jaar die eerste keer wenslyste op sy webwerf beskikbaar, en hierdie vakansieseisoen het dit die funksie in die winkel se app beskikbaar gestel. Target se TGT, -1,05% Kinderwenslys -app het in 2014 sy debuut gemaak, en hierdie jaar het dit nuwe funksies, waaronder die moontlikheid om 'n brief aan Kersvader te skryf -en 'n antwoord te ontvang -binne die app. Toys “R” Us het sedert Oktober 2008 'n 'wenslys' aanlyn beskikbaar.

Alhoewel die digitale wenslyste van kleinhandelaars beperk is tot items wat in hul winkels gekoop kan word, het 'n groot aantal onafhanklike webwerwe en programme wat kinders en volwassenes in staat stel om geskenkregisters van verskeie kleinhandelaars te skep, ook CheckedTwice en Giftster verskyn. Binne hierdie programme kan gebruikers hul lyste opstel en skakels insluit na waar die items beskikbaar is. Die dienste bevat ook funksies vir familielede wat ander se vakansiegeskenklyste kan sien en geskenke as 'gekoop' kan merk om nie dieselfde geskenk op die lys te koop nie.

'N' Wenslys' -funksie was 'n natuurlike uitbreiding vir kleinhandelaars, wat die afgelope jare baie belê het in die mobiele inkopie -ervaring, sê Stephanie Wissink, 'n senior navorsingsontleder van Piper Jaffray, 'n beleggingsbank en batebestuursfirma.

Met goeie rede. Koper het vanjaar byna $ 3 miljard aanlyn op Cyber ​​Monday bestee, en byna die helfte van die aankope word op mobiele toestelle gedoen.

Pinterest, 'n aanlynbord waarop mense resepte, kunsvlyt, artikels en ontwerpidees deel, het die afgelope maande 'n 'koop' -knoppie by sy penne gevoeg.

Veral vir jonger ouers, het Wissink gesê, is die tydbesparende aspek om aanlyn te kan blaai en inkopies te doen, belangrik. 'Daar is 'n hele beweging na gemak,' het sy gesê. 'U sal meer en meer van hierdie digitale en mobiele kontak met ouers sien.'

CheckedTwice het byna 100 000 gebruikers, sê Andrew Swick, wat die diens saam met sy suster en medestigter Rebecca Hyatt in 2012 vrygestel het.

Giftster, wat eers in 2008 beskikbaar was, het 'n gebruikersbasis van "honderde duisende", sê Ron Reimann, stigter van Giftster.

CheckedTwice het begin toe Hyatt, 'n ontwikkelaar, 'n wenslys per e -pos gestuur het na haar gesin in 2002. Drie familielede het besluit om dieselfde geskenk vir haar te koop, 'n Robert Frost -digbundel. Sy het die volgende jaar 'n informele aanlyn stelsel vir haar eie gesin begin, waar hulle kon sien watter geskenke ander vir hul familielede gekoop het. Sy en Swick het daarna die funksies van die diens geslyp totdat dit in 2012 aan die publiek beskikbaar gestel is.

Ondanks die nuttige en tydbesparende aspekte, het Swick gesê dat daar soms negatiewe terugvoer van die publiek is oor kinders wat 'n geskenkregister opstel.

'' N Wenslys van 'n enkele persoon kan vir sommige mense 'n bietjie selfsugtig of 'n bietjie gulsig voel, 'het hy gesê en opgemerk dat registers steeds tipies verband hou met troues in plaas van vakansie -inkopies.

Reimann, die stigter van Giftster, het gesê dat hy soortgelyke terugvoer gehoor het, soos: "Oh gosh, kinders maak lyste van dinge wat hulle wil hê, hoe selfsugtig is dit nie!"

En Catherine Steiner-Adair, 'n kliniese sielkundige en die skrywer van "The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age", sê dat sy dink dat dit beter is om 'n verkeerde geskenk te gee en iemand te ervaar dat dit nietemin opreg was as om die ervaring te hê om net 'n lys te maak en geregtig te voel om dit te laat vervul.

'Dit neem regtig tyd om na te dink oor 'n persoon in u lewe en wat hulle gelukkig kan maak,' het Steiner-Adair gesê.

Tog maak kinders lyste al lank voordat 'n aanlyn weergawe beskikbaar was, of dit nou omringde items was wat hulle in 'n winkelkatalogus wou hê of 'n handgeskrewe brief aan Kersvader skryf.

En sommige mense wat die programme gebruik, hou van die organisatoriese aspekte, en dat hulle ''n gevoel gee om die goeie dinge in hul lewe te vier', het Reimann gesê.

Kinders is vandag gewoond daaraan om aanlyn te kommunikeer, so hierdie tipe digitale wenslys is net die ekwivalent van die deel van die inligting op die skoolterrein, sê Carley Knobloch, 'n digitale leefstylkenner en ma van twee.

'Hulle vra altyd 'n ponie en wat ook al die gekke Barbie -sportmotor is, of wat ook al vir baie mense onbereikbaar is,' het sy gesê. 'Kinders verstaan ​​dat ('n lys) nie beteken dat Kersvader alles in die sak bring nie, of dat ouers onder druk moet voel dat hulle die laaste ding moet koop nie.'

Omdat dit meer algemeen geword het dat familielede ver van mekaar af woon, kan lyste familielede help om 'n geskenk wat beter pas by 'n kind te vind en vermorsing te vermy, of die tyd wat nodig is om terug te keer, het Wissink van Piper Jaffray gesê.

'Die entoesiasme van 'n ontvanger is wat die aankoop bevestig, nie die tyd of geld wat u spandeer het nie,' het sy gesê. 'As u hoor:' Dit is wat ek wou! ', Weet u dat u dit vasgespyker het. Daar is niks beter vir 'n ouma, oupa of 'n ma of pa nie. "

'Vir my as ouer dink ek dit is baie nuttig,' het Knobloch gesê. 'Ek wil nie 'n klomp plastiek speelgoed in my huis beland wat my kinders nie wou hê nie.

Daar is 'n paar dinge wat ouers kan doen om kinders se verwagtinge te bestuur.

Knobloch sê vir haar eie kinders om items teen verskillende pryspunte op hul lyste op te neem, sodat familielede nie druk voel om 'n duur geskenk te koop nie, en sy kan die ongemaklikheid vermy om met familielede te kommunikeer oor hoeveel hulle wil spandeer.

Steiner-Adair het ook gesê dat kinders moet verduidelik hoekom hulle elke geskenk op hul lys wil hê, eerder as om items by te voeg sonder om aan die betekenis daarvan te dink.

En om 'n lys te maak, kan ook 'n geleentheid wees om te praat oor die belangrikheid van die skryf van 'n "dankie" brief en die gebruik van die vakansie as 'n tyd om donasies te maak of andersins aan behoeftiges te gee.

Reimann het gesê dat hy Giftster nie as 'n bron van hebsug beskou nie, maar as 'n manier om familielede te help om spesifiek te wees in hul aankope en by begrotings te hou.

'As mense weet wat ander mense regtig nodig het of wil hê, hoef hulle nie op die laaste minuut te hardloop en te veel geld te bestee nie,' het hy gesê.


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Hopelik is Kersvader se elwe goed met rekenaars, want die kinderwenslysies vir kinders is digitaal.

Hierdie vakansieseisoen het verskeie kleinhandelaars weergawes van wenslyste aanlyn gemaak wat kinders en ouers kan gebruik.

Wal -Mart WMT, -0.23% het verlede jaar die eerste keer wenslyste op sy webwerf beskikbaar, en hierdie vakansieseisoen het dit die funksie in die winkel se app beskikbaar gestel. Target se TGT, -1,05% Kinderwenslys -app het in 2014 sy debuut gemaak, en hierdie jaar het dit nuwe funksies, waaronder die moontlikheid om 'n brief aan Kersvader te skryf -en 'n antwoord te ontvang -binne die app. Toys “R” Us het sedert Oktober 2008 'n 'wenslys' aanlyn beskikbaar.

Alhoewel die digitale wenslyste van die kleinhandelaars beperk is tot items wat in hul winkels gekoop kan word, het 'n groot aantal onafhanklike webwerwe en programme wat kinders en volwassenes in staat stel om geskenkregisters van verskeie kleinhandelaars te skep, ook CheckedTwice en Giftster verskyn. Binne hierdie programme kan gebruikers hul lyste opstel en skakels insluit na waar die items beskikbaar is. Die dienste bevat ook funksies vir familielede wat ander se vakansiegeskenklyste kan sien en geskenke as 'gekoop' kan merk om nie dieselfde geskenk op die lys te koop nie.

'N Wenslys -funksie was 'n natuurlike uitbreiding vir kleinhandelaars, wat die afgelope jare baie belê het in die mobiele inkopie -ervaring, sê Stephanie Wissink, 'n senior navorsingsontleder van Piper Jaffray, 'n beleggingsbank en batebestuursfirma.

Met goeie rede. Kopers het vanjaar slegs $ 3 miljard aanlyn op Cyber ​​Monday bestee, met byna die helfte van die aankope op mobiele toestelle.

Pinterest, 'n aanlynbord waarop mense resepte, kunsvlyt, artikels en ontwerpidees deel, het die afgelope maande 'n 'koop' -knoppie by sy penne gevoeg.

Veral vir jonger ouers, het Wissink gesê, is die tydbesparende aspek om aanlyn te kan blaai en inkopies te doen, belangrik. 'Daar is 'n hele beweging na gemak,' het sy gesê. 'U sal meer en meer van hierdie digitale en mobiele kontak met ouers sien.'

CheckedTwice het byna 100 000 gebruikers, sê Andrew Swick, wat die diens saam met sy suster en medestigter Rebecca Hyatt in 2012 vrygestel het.

Giftster, wat eers in 2008 beskikbaar was, het 'n gebruikersbasis van "honderde duisende", sê Ron Reimann, stigter van Giftster.

CheckedTwice het begin toe Hyatt, 'n ontwikkelaar, 'n wenslys per e -pos gestuur het na haar gesin in 2002. Drie familielede het besluit om dieselfde geskenk vir haar te koop, 'n Robert Frost -digbundel. Sy het die volgende jaar 'n informele aanlyn stelsel vir haar eie gesin begin, waar hulle kon sien watter geskenke ander vir hul familielede gekoop het. Sy en Swick het daarna die funksies van die diens geslyp totdat dit in 2012 aan die publiek beskikbaar gestel is.

Ondanks die nut en tydbesparende aspekte, het Swick gesê dat daar soms negatiewe terugvoer van die publiek is oor kinders wat 'n geskenkregister opstel.

'' N Wenslys van 'n enkele persoon kan vir sommige mense 'n bietjie selfsugtig of 'n bietjie gulsig voel, 'het hy gesê en opgemerk dat registers steeds tipies verband hou met troues in plaas van vakansie -inkopies.

Reimann, die stigter van Giftster, het gesê dat hy soortgelyke terugvoer gehoor het, soos: "Oh gosh, kinders maak lyste van dinge wat hulle wil hê, hoe selfsugtig is dit nie!"

And Catherine Steiner-Adair, a clinical psychologist and the author of “The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age,” says she thinks it’s better to give the wrong gift and have somebody experience that it was nonetheless heartfelt, than to have the experience of just making a list and feeling entitled to have it fulfilled.

“It really does take time to think about a person who is in your life and what might make them happy,” said Steiner-Adair.

Still, kids have been making lists since long before an online version was available, whether it was circling items they wanted in a store catalog or writing a handwritten letter to Santa.

And some people who use the apps like the organizational aspects, and that they create “a sense of celebrating the good things in their life,” said Reimann.

Kids today are used to communicating online, so this type of digital wish list is just the equivalent of sharing that information in the school yard, said Carley Knobloch, a digital lifestyle expert and mother of two.

“They always ask for a pony and whatever the crazy expensive Barbie sports car is, or whatever else is unattainable to a lot of people,” she said. “Kids understand that (a list) doesn’t mean Santa is bringing every last thing, or that parents should be pressured to feel they should buy every last thing.”

Plus, because it has become more common for family members to live far away from one another, lists can help relatives find a better-matched gift for a child and avoid waste, or the time required to make returns, Wissink of Piper Jaffray said.

“A recipient’s enthusiasm is what validates the purchase, not the time or money you spent,” she said. “When you hear, ‘This is what I wanted!’, you know you nailed it. There’s nothing better for a grandma, grandpa or a mom or a dad.”

“For me as a parent, I think it’s really helpful,” Knobloch said. “I don’t want to end up with a bunch of plastic toys in my house that my kids didn’t want.”

There are a few things parents can do to manage kids’ expectations.

Knobloch tells her own children to include items on their lists at different price points so that family members don’t feel pressure to buy an expensive gift, and she can avoid the awkwardness of communicating with family members about how much they want to spend.

Steiner-Adair also said children should explain why they want each gift on their list, rather than add items without thinking of their meaning.

And making a list can also be an opportunity to talk about the importance of writing a “thank you” note, and using the holidays as a time for making donations or otherwise giving to those in need.

Reimann said he views Giftster not as a source of greed, but as a way to help family members to be specific in their purchases and stick to budgets.

“If people knew what other people really needed or wanted, they would not have to run out at the last minute and overspend or get the wrong thing,” he said.


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Hopefully Santa’s elves are good with computers because kids’ holiday wish lists have gone digital.

This holiday season, several retailers have created versions of wish lists online for kids and parents to use.

Wal-Mart WMT, -0.23% first had wish lists available on its website last year, and this holiday season it made the feature available on the store’s app. Target’s TGT, -1.05% Kids’ Wish List app debuted in 2014, and this year has new features including the ability to write a letter to Santa — and receive a response — within the app. Toys “R” Us has had a “wish list” available online since October of 2008.

Although the retailers’ digital wish lists are limited to items that can be purchased at their stores, a crop of independent websites and apps that allow children and adults to create gift registries from multiple retailers have also popped up, including CheckedTwice and Giftster. Within these apps, users can build their lists and include links to where the items are available. The services also include features for family members, who can view others’ holiday gift lists and mark presents as “purchased” to avoid buying the same gift on one’s list multiple times.

A “wish list” feature was a natural extension for retailers, who in recent years have invested heavily in the mobile shopping experience, said Stephanie Wissink, a senior research analyst for Piper Jaffray, an investment bank and asset management firm.

With good reason. Shoppers spent nearly $3 billion online on Cyber Monday alone this year, with close to half of those purchases being made on mobile devices.

Pinterest, an online pinboard where people share recipes, crafts, articles and design ideas, in recent months added a “buy” button to its pins.

Particularly for younger parents, Wissink said, the time-saving aspect of being able to browse and shop online is important. “There’s a whole movement toward convenience,” she said. “You’re going to see more and more of this digital and mobile engagement with parents.”

CheckedTwice has almost 100,000 users, said Andrew Swick, who released the service with his sister and co-founder Rebecca Hyatt in 2012.

Giftster, which was first available in 2008, has a user base in the “hundreds of thousands,” said Ron Reimann, Giftster’s founder.

CheckedTwice started when Hyatt, who is a developer, emailed a wish list to her family in 2002. Three family members decided to buy her the same gift, a Robert Frost poetry anthology. She started an informal online system for her own family the next year, where they could see which gifts others had purchased for their family members. She and Swick then honed the service’s features until it was made available to the public in 2012.

Despite the utility and time-saving aspects, Swick said there is sometimes negative feedback from the public when it comes to children creating a gift registry.

“A single person wish list can feel a little selfish, or a little greedy to some people,” he said, noting that registries are still typically associated with weddings instead of holiday shopping.

Reimann, the founder of Giftster, said he has heard similar feedback, such as, “Oh my gosh, kids are making lists of things they want, how selfish is that!”

And Catherine Steiner-Adair, a clinical psychologist and the author of “The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age,” says she thinks it’s better to give the wrong gift and have somebody experience that it was nonetheless heartfelt, than to have the experience of just making a list and feeling entitled to have it fulfilled.

“It really does take time to think about a person who is in your life and what might make them happy,” said Steiner-Adair.

Still, kids have been making lists since long before an online version was available, whether it was circling items they wanted in a store catalog or writing a handwritten letter to Santa.

And some people who use the apps like the organizational aspects, and that they create “a sense of celebrating the good things in their life,” said Reimann.

Kids today are used to communicating online, so this type of digital wish list is just the equivalent of sharing that information in the school yard, said Carley Knobloch, a digital lifestyle expert and mother of two.

“They always ask for a pony and whatever the crazy expensive Barbie sports car is, or whatever else is unattainable to a lot of people,” she said. “Kids understand that (a list) doesn’t mean Santa is bringing every last thing, or that parents should be pressured to feel they should buy every last thing.”

Plus, because it has become more common for family members to live far away from one another, lists can help relatives find a better-matched gift for a child and avoid waste, or the time required to make returns, Wissink of Piper Jaffray said.

“A recipient’s enthusiasm is what validates the purchase, not the time or money you spent,” she said. “When you hear, ‘This is what I wanted!’, you know you nailed it. There’s nothing better for a grandma, grandpa or a mom or a dad.”

“For me as a parent, I think it’s really helpful,” Knobloch said. “I don’t want to end up with a bunch of plastic toys in my house that my kids didn’t want.”

There are a few things parents can do to manage kids’ expectations.

Knobloch tells her own children to include items on their lists at different price points so that family members don’t feel pressure to buy an expensive gift, and she can avoid the awkwardness of communicating with family members about how much they want to spend.

Steiner-Adair also said children should explain why they want each gift on their list, rather than add items without thinking of their meaning.

And making a list can also be an opportunity to talk about the importance of writing a “thank you” note, and using the holidays as a time for making donations or otherwise giving to those in need.

Reimann said he views Giftster not as a source of greed, but as a way to help family members to be specific in their purchases and stick to budgets.

“If people knew what other people really needed or wanted, they would not have to run out at the last minute and overspend or get the wrong thing,” he said.


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Hopefully Santa’s elves are good with computers because kids’ holiday wish lists have gone digital.

This holiday season, several retailers have created versions of wish lists online for kids and parents to use.

Wal-Mart WMT, -0.23% first had wish lists available on its website last year, and this holiday season it made the feature available on the store’s app. Target’s TGT, -1.05% Kids’ Wish List app debuted in 2014, and this year has new features including the ability to write a letter to Santa — and receive a response — within the app. Toys “R” Us has had a “wish list” available online since October of 2008.

Although the retailers’ digital wish lists are limited to items that can be purchased at their stores, a crop of independent websites and apps that allow children and adults to create gift registries from multiple retailers have also popped up, including CheckedTwice and Giftster. Within these apps, users can build their lists and include links to where the items are available. The services also include features for family members, who can view others’ holiday gift lists and mark presents as “purchased” to avoid buying the same gift on one’s list multiple times.

A “wish list” feature was a natural extension for retailers, who in recent years have invested heavily in the mobile shopping experience, said Stephanie Wissink, a senior research analyst for Piper Jaffray, an investment bank and asset management firm.

With good reason. Shoppers spent nearly $3 billion online on Cyber Monday alone this year, with close to half of those purchases being made on mobile devices.

Pinterest, an online pinboard where people share recipes, crafts, articles and design ideas, in recent months added a “buy” button to its pins.

Particularly for younger parents, Wissink said, the time-saving aspect of being able to browse and shop online is important. “There’s a whole movement toward convenience,” she said. “You’re going to see more and more of this digital and mobile engagement with parents.”

CheckedTwice has almost 100,000 users, said Andrew Swick, who released the service with his sister and co-founder Rebecca Hyatt in 2012.

Giftster, which was first available in 2008, has a user base in the “hundreds of thousands,” said Ron Reimann, Giftster’s founder.

CheckedTwice started when Hyatt, who is a developer, emailed a wish list to her family in 2002. Three family members decided to buy her the same gift, a Robert Frost poetry anthology. She started an informal online system for her own family the next year, where they could see which gifts others had purchased for their family members. She and Swick then honed the service’s features until it was made available to the public in 2012.

Despite the utility and time-saving aspects, Swick said there is sometimes negative feedback from the public when it comes to children creating a gift registry.

“A single person wish list can feel a little selfish, or a little greedy to some people,” he said, noting that registries are still typically associated with weddings instead of holiday shopping.

Reimann, the founder of Giftster, said he has heard similar feedback, such as, “Oh my gosh, kids are making lists of things they want, how selfish is that!”

And Catherine Steiner-Adair, a clinical psychologist and the author of “The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age,” says she thinks it’s better to give the wrong gift and have somebody experience that it was nonetheless heartfelt, than to have the experience of just making a list and feeling entitled to have it fulfilled.

“It really does take time to think about a person who is in your life and what might make them happy,” said Steiner-Adair.

Still, kids have been making lists since long before an online version was available, whether it was circling items they wanted in a store catalog or writing a handwritten letter to Santa.

And some people who use the apps like the organizational aspects, and that they create “a sense of celebrating the good things in their life,” said Reimann.

Kids today are used to communicating online, so this type of digital wish list is just the equivalent of sharing that information in the school yard, said Carley Knobloch, a digital lifestyle expert and mother of two.

“They always ask for a pony and whatever the crazy expensive Barbie sports car is, or whatever else is unattainable to a lot of people,” she said. “Kids understand that (a list) doesn’t mean Santa is bringing every last thing, or that parents should be pressured to feel they should buy every last thing.”

Plus, because it has become more common for family members to live far away from one another, lists can help relatives find a better-matched gift for a child and avoid waste, or the time required to make returns, Wissink of Piper Jaffray said.

“A recipient’s enthusiasm is what validates the purchase, not the time or money you spent,” she said. “When you hear, ‘This is what I wanted!’, you know you nailed it. There’s nothing better for a grandma, grandpa or a mom or a dad.”

“For me as a parent, I think it’s really helpful,” Knobloch said. “I don’t want to end up with a bunch of plastic toys in my house that my kids didn’t want.”

There are a few things parents can do to manage kids’ expectations.

Knobloch tells her own children to include items on their lists at different price points so that family members don’t feel pressure to buy an expensive gift, and she can avoid the awkwardness of communicating with family members about how much they want to spend.

Steiner-Adair also said children should explain why they want each gift on their list, rather than add items without thinking of their meaning.

And making a list can also be an opportunity to talk about the importance of writing a “thank you” note, and using the holidays as a time for making donations or otherwise giving to those in need.

Reimann said he views Giftster not as a source of greed, but as a way to help family members to be specific in their purchases and stick to budgets.

“If people knew what other people really needed or wanted, they would not have to run out at the last minute and overspend or get the wrong thing,” he said.


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Hopefully Santa’s elves are good with computers because kids’ holiday wish lists have gone digital.

This holiday season, several retailers have created versions of wish lists online for kids and parents to use.

Wal-Mart WMT, -0.23% first had wish lists available on its website last year, and this holiday season it made the feature available on the store’s app. Target’s TGT, -1.05% Kids’ Wish List app debuted in 2014, and this year has new features including the ability to write a letter to Santa — and receive a response — within the app. Toys “R” Us has had a “wish list” available online since October of 2008.

Although the retailers’ digital wish lists are limited to items that can be purchased at their stores, a crop of independent websites and apps that allow children and adults to create gift registries from multiple retailers have also popped up, including CheckedTwice and Giftster. Within these apps, users can build their lists and include links to where the items are available. The services also include features for family members, who can view others’ holiday gift lists and mark presents as “purchased” to avoid buying the same gift on one’s list multiple times.

A “wish list” feature was a natural extension for retailers, who in recent years have invested heavily in the mobile shopping experience, said Stephanie Wissink, a senior research analyst for Piper Jaffray, an investment bank and asset management firm.

With good reason. Shoppers spent nearly $3 billion online on Cyber Monday alone this year, with close to half of those purchases being made on mobile devices.

Pinterest, an online pinboard where people share recipes, crafts, articles and design ideas, in recent months added a “buy” button to its pins.

Particularly for younger parents, Wissink said, the time-saving aspect of being able to browse and shop online is important. “There’s a whole movement toward convenience,” she said. “You’re going to see more and more of this digital and mobile engagement with parents.”

CheckedTwice has almost 100,000 users, said Andrew Swick, who released the service with his sister and co-founder Rebecca Hyatt in 2012.

Giftster, which was first available in 2008, has a user base in the “hundreds of thousands,” said Ron Reimann, Giftster’s founder.

CheckedTwice started when Hyatt, who is a developer, emailed a wish list to her family in 2002. Three family members decided to buy her the same gift, a Robert Frost poetry anthology. She started an informal online system for her own family the next year, where they could see which gifts others had purchased for their family members. She and Swick then honed the service’s features until it was made available to the public in 2012.

Despite the utility and time-saving aspects, Swick said there is sometimes negative feedback from the public when it comes to children creating a gift registry.

“A single person wish list can feel a little selfish, or a little greedy to some people,” he said, noting that registries are still typically associated with weddings instead of holiday shopping.

Reimann, the founder of Giftster, said he has heard similar feedback, such as, “Oh my gosh, kids are making lists of things they want, how selfish is that!”

And Catherine Steiner-Adair, a clinical psychologist and the author of “The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age,” says she thinks it’s better to give the wrong gift and have somebody experience that it was nonetheless heartfelt, than to have the experience of just making a list and feeling entitled to have it fulfilled.

“It really does take time to think about a person who is in your life and what might make them happy,” said Steiner-Adair.

Still, kids have been making lists since long before an online version was available, whether it was circling items they wanted in a store catalog or writing a handwritten letter to Santa.

And some people who use the apps like the organizational aspects, and that they create “a sense of celebrating the good things in their life,” said Reimann.

Kids today are used to communicating online, so this type of digital wish list is just the equivalent of sharing that information in the school yard, said Carley Knobloch, a digital lifestyle expert and mother of two.

“They always ask for a pony and whatever the crazy expensive Barbie sports car is, or whatever else is unattainable to a lot of people,” she said. “Kids understand that (a list) doesn’t mean Santa is bringing every last thing, or that parents should be pressured to feel they should buy every last thing.”

Plus, because it has become more common for family members to live far away from one another, lists can help relatives find a better-matched gift for a child and avoid waste, or the time required to make returns, Wissink of Piper Jaffray said.

“A recipient’s enthusiasm is what validates the purchase, not the time or money you spent,” she said. “When you hear, ‘This is what I wanted!’, you know you nailed it. There’s nothing better for a grandma, grandpa or a mom or a dad.”

“For me as a parent, I think it’s really helpful,” Knobloch said. “I don’t want to end up with a bunch of plastic toys in my house that my kids didn’t want.”

There are a few things parents can do to manage kids’ expectations.

Knobloch tells her own children to include items on their lists at different price points so that family members don’t feel pressure to buy an expensive gift, and she can avoid the awkwardness of communicating with family members about how much they want to spend.

Steiner-Adair also said children should explain why they want each gift on their list, rather than add items without thinking of their meaning.

And making a list can also be an opportunity to talk about the importance of writing a “thank you” note, and using the holidays as a time for making donations or otherwise giving to those in need.

Reimann said he views Giftster not as a source of greed, but as a way to help family members to be specific in their purchases and stick to budgets.

“If people knew what other people really needed or wanted, they would not have to run out at the last minute and overspend or get the wrong thing,” he said.


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Hopefully Santa’s elves are good with computers because kids’ holiday wish lists have gone digital.

This holiday season, several retailers have created versions of wish lists online for kids and parents to use.

Wal-Mart WMT, -0.23% first had wish lists available on its website last year, and this holiday season it made the feature available on the store’s app. Target’s TGT, -1.05% Kids’ Wish List app debuted in 2014, and this year has new features including the ability to write a letter to Santa — and receive a response — within the app. Toys “R” Us has had a “wish list” available online since October of 2008.

Although the retailers’ digital wish lists are limited to items that can be purchased at their stores, a crop of independent websites and apps that allow children and adults to create gift registries from multiple retailers have also popped up, including CheckedTwice and Giftster. Within these apps, users can build their lists and include links to where the items are available. The services also include features for family members, who can view others’ holiday gift lists and mark presents as “purchased” to avoid buying the same gift on one’s list multiple times.

A “wish list” feature was a natural extension for retailers, who in recent years have invested heavily in the mobile shopping experience, said Stephanie Wissink, a senior research analyst for Piper Jaffray, an investment bank and asset management firm.

With good reason. Shoppers spent nearly $3 billion online on Cyber Monday alone this year, with close to half of those purchases being made on mobile devices.

Pinterest, an online pinboard where people share recipes, crafts, articles and design ideas, in recent months added a “buy” button to its pins.

Particularly for younger parents, Wissink said, the time-saving aspect of being able to browse and shop online is important. “There’s a whole movement toward convenience,” she said. “You’re going to see more and more of this digital and mobile engagement with parents.”

CheckedTwice has almost 100,000 users, said Andrew Swick, who released the service with his sister and co-founder Rebecca Hyatt in 2012.

Giftster, which was first available in 2008, has a user base in the “hundreds of thousands,” said Ron Reimann, Giftster’s founder.

CheckedTwice started when Hyatt, who is a developer, emailed a wish list to her family in 2002. Three family members decided to buy her the same gift, a Robert Frost poetry anthology. She started an informal online system for her own family the next year, where they could see which gifts others had purchased for their family members. She and Swick then honed the service’s features until it was made available to the public in 2012.

Despite the utility and time-saving aspects, Swick said there is sometimes negative feedback from the public when it comes to children creating a gift registry.

“A single person wish list can feel a little selfish, or a little greedy to some people,” he said, noting that registries are still typically associated with weddings instead of holiday shopping.

Reimann, the founder of Giftster, said he has heard similar feedback, such as, “Oh my gosh, kids are making lists of things they want, how selfish is that!”

And Catherine Steiner-Adair, a clinical psychologist and the author of “The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age,” says she thinks it’s better to give the wrong gift and have somebody experience that it was nonetheless heartfelt, than to have the experience of just making a list and feeling entitled to have it fulfilled.

“It really does take time to think about a person who is in your life and what might make them happy,” said Steiner-Adair.

Still, kids have been making lists since long before an online version was available, whether it was circling items they wanted in a store catalog or writing a handwritten letter to Santa.

And some people who use the apps like the organizational aspects, and that they create “a sense of celebrating the good things in their life,” said Reimann.

Kids today are used to communicating online, so this type of digital wish list is just the equivalent of sharing that information in the school yard, said Carley Knobloch, a digital lifestyle expert and mother of two.

“They always ask for a pony and whatever the crazy expensive Barbie sports car is, or whatever else is unattainable to a lot of people,” she said. “Kids understand that (a list) doesn’t mean Santa is bringing every last thing, or that parents should be pressured to feel they should buy every last thing.”

Plus, because it has become more common for family members to live far away from one another, lists can help relatives find a better-matched gift for a child and avoid waste, or the time required to make returns, Wissink of Piper Jaffray said.

“A recipient’s enthusiasm is what validates the purchase, not the time or money you spent,” she said. “When you hear, ‘This is what I wanted!’, you know you nailed it. There’s nothing better for a grandma, grandpa or a mom or a dad.”

“For me as a parent, I think it’s really helpful,” Knobloch said. “I don’t want to end up with a bunch of plastic toys in my house that my kids didn’t want.”

There are a few things parents can do to manage kids’ expectations.

Knobloch tells her own children to include items on their lists at different price points so that family members don’t feel pressure to buy an expensive gift, and she can avoid the awkwardness of communicating with family members about how much they want to spend.

Steiner-Adair also said children should explain why they want each gift on their list, rather than add items without thinking of their meaning.

And making a list can also be an opportunity to talk about the importance of writing a “thank you” note, and using the holidays as a time for making donations or otherwise giving to those in need.

Reimann said he views Giftster not as a source of greed, but as a way to help family members to be specific in their purchases and stick to budgets.

“If people knew what other people really needed or wanted, they would not have to run out at the last minute and overspend or get the wrong thing,” he said.


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Hopefully Santa’s elves are good with computers because kids’ holiday wish lists have gone digital.

This holiday season, several retailers have created versions of wish lists online for kids and parents to use.

Wal-Mart WMT, -0.23% first had wish lists available on its website last year, and this holiday season it made the feature available on the store’s app. Target’s TGT, -1.05% Kids’ Wish List app debuted in 2014, and this year has new features including the ability to write a letter to Santa — and receive a response — within the app. Toys “R” Us has had a “wish list” available online since October of 2008.

Although the retailers’ digital wish lists are limited to items that can be purchased at their stores, a crop of independent websites and apps that allow children and adults to create gift registries from multiple retailers have also popped up, including CheckedTwice and Giftster. Within these apps, users can build their lists and include links to where the items are available. The services also include features for family members, who can view others’ holiday gift lists and mark presents as “purchased” to avoid buying the same gift on one’s list multiple times.

A “wish list” feature was a natural extension for retailers, who in recent years have invested heavily in the mobile shopping experience, said Stephanie Wissink, a senior research analyst for Piper Jaffray, an investment bank and asset management firm.

With good reason. Shoppers spent nearly $3 billion online on Cyber Monday alone this year, with close to half of those purchases being made on mobile devices.

Pinterest, an online pinboard where people share recipes, crafts, articles and design ideas, in recent months added a “buy” button to its pins.

Particularly for younger parents, Wissink said, the time-saving aspect of being able to browse and shop online is important. “There’s a whole movement toward convenience,” she said. “You’re going to see more and more of this digital and mobile engagement with parents.”

CheckedTwice has almost 100,000 users, said Andrew Swick, who released the service with his sister and co-founder Rebecca Hyatt in 2012.

Giftster, which was first available in 2008, has a user base in the “hundreds of thousands,” said Ron Reimann, Giftster’s founder.

CheckedTwice started when Hyatt, who is a developer, emailed a wish list to her family in 2002. Three family members decided to buy her the same gift, a Robert Frost poetry anthology. She started an informal online system for her own family the next year, where they could see which gifts others had purchased for their family members. She and Swick then honed the service’s features until it was made available to the public in 2012.

Despite the utility and time-saving aspects, Swick said there is sometimes negative feedback from the public when it comes to children creating a gift registry.

“A single person wish list can feel a little selfish, or a little greedy to some people,” he said, noting that registries are still typically associated with weddings instead of holiday shopping.

Reimann, the founder of Giftster, said he has heard similar feedback, such as, “Oh my gosh, kids are making lists of things they want, how selfish is that!”

And Catherine Steiner-Adair, a clinical psychologist and the author of “The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age,” says she thinks it’s better to give the wrong gift and have somebody experience that it was nonetheless heartfelt, than to have the experience of just making a list and feeling entitled to have it fulfilled.

“It really does take time to think about a person who is in your life and what might make them happy,” said Steiner-Adair.

Still, kids have been making lists since long before an online version was available, whether it was circling items they wanted in a store catalog or writing a handwritten letter to Santa.

And some people who use the apps like the organizational aspects, and that they create “a sense of celebrating the good things in their life,” said Reimann.

Kids today are used to communicating online, so this type of digital wish list is just the equivalent of sharing that information in the school yard, said Carley Knobloch, a digital lifestyle expert and mother of two.

“They always ask for a pony and whatever the crazy expensive Barbie sports car is, or whatever else is unattainable to a lot of people,” she said. “Kids understand that (a list) doesn’t mean Santa is bringing every last thing, or that parents should be pressured to feel they should buy every last thing.”

Plus, because it has become more common for family members to live far away from one another, lists can help relatives find a better-matched gift for a child and avoid waste, or the time required to make returns, Wissink of Piper Jaffray said.

“A recipient’s enthusiasm is what validates the purchase, not the time or money you spent,” she said. “When you hear, ‘This is what I wanted!’, you know you nailed it. There’s nothing better for a grandma, grandpa or a mom or a dad.”

“For me as a parent, I think it’s really helpful,” Knobloch said. “I don’t want to end up with a bunch of plastic toys in my house that my kids didn’t want.”

There are a few things parents can do to manage kids’ expectations.

Knobloch tells her own children to include items on their lists at different price points so that family members don’t feel pressure to buy an expensive gift, and she can avoid the awkwardness of communicating with family members about how much they want to spend.

Steiner-Adair also said children should explain why they want each gift on their list, rather than add items without thinking of their meaning.

And making a list can also be an opportunity to talk about the importance of writing a “thank you” note, and using the holidays as a time for making donations or otherwise giving to those in need.

Reimann said he views Giftster not as a source of greed, but as a way to help family members to be specific in their purchases and stick to budgets.

“If people knew what other people really needed or wanted, they would not have to run out at the last minute and overspend or get the wrong thing,” he said.


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Hopefully Santa’s elves are good with computers because kids’ holiday wish lists have gone digital.

This holiday season, several retailers have created versions of wish lists online for kids and parents to use.

Wal-Mart WMT, -0.23% first had wish lists available on its website last year, and this holiday season it made the feature available on the store’s app. Target’s TGT, -1.05% Kids’ Wish List app debuted in 2014, and this year has new features including the ability to write a letter to Santa — and receive a response — within the app. Toys “R” Us has had a “wish list” available online since October of 2008.

Although the retailers’ digital wish lists are limited to items that can be purchased at their stores, a crop of independent websites and apps that allow children and adults to create gift registries from multiple retailers have also popped up, including CheckedTwice and Giftster. Within these apps, users can build their lists and include links to where the items are available. The services also include features for family members, who can view others’ holiday gift lists and mark presents as “purchased” to avoid buying the same gift on one’s list multiple times.

A “wish list” feature was a natural extension for retailers, who in recent years have invested heavily in the mobile shopping experience, said Stephanie Wissink, a senior research analyst for Piper Jaffray, an investment bank and asset management firm.

With good reason. Shoppers spent nearly $3 billion online on Cyber Monday alone this year, with close to half of those purchases being made on mobile devices.

Pinterest, an online pinboard where people share recipes, crafts, articles and design ideas, in recent months added a “buy” button to its pins.

Particularly for younger parents, Wissink said, the time-saving aspect of being able to browse and shop online is important. “There’s a whole movement toward convenience,” she said. “You’re going to see more and more of this digital and mobile engagement with parents.”

CheckedTwice has almost 100,000 users, said Andrew Swick, who released the service with his sister and co-founder Rebecca Hyatt in 2012.

Giftster, which was first available in 2008, has a user base in the “hundreds of thousands,” said Ron Reimann, Giftster’s founder.

CheckedTwice started when Hyatt, who is a developer, emailed a wish list to her family in 2002. Three family members decided to buy her the same gift, a Robert Frost poetry anthology. She started an informal online system for her own family the next year, where they could see which gifts others had purchased for their family members. She and Swick then honed the service’s features until it was made available to the public in 2012.

Despite the utility and time-saving aspects, Swick said there is sometimes negative feedback from the public when it comes to children creating a gift registry.

“A single person wish list can feel a little selfish, or a little greedy to some people,” he said, noting that registries are still typically associated with weddings instead of holiday shopping.

Reimann, the founder of Giftster, said he has heard similar feedback, such as, “Oh my gosh, kids are making lists of things they want, how selfish is that!”

And Catherine Steiner-Adair, a clinical psychologist and the author of “The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age,” says she thinks it’s better to give the wrong gift and have somebody experience that it was nonetheless heartfelt, than to have the experience of just making a list and feeling entitled to have it fulfilled.

“It really does take time to think about a person who is in your life and what might make them happy,” said Steiner-Adair.

Still, kids have been making lists since long before an online version was available, whether it was circling items they wanted in a store catalog or writing a handwritten letter to Santa.

And some people who use the apps like the organizational aspects, and that they create “a sense of celebrating the good things in their life,” said Reimann.

Kids today are used to communicating online, so this type of digital wish list is just the equivalent of sharing that information in the school yard, said Carley Knobloch, a digital lifestyle expert and mother of two.

“They always ask for a pony and whatever the crazy expensive Barbie sports car is, or whatever else is unattainable to a lot of people,” she said. “Kids understand that (a list) doesn’t mean Santa is bringing every last thing, or that parents should be pressured to feel they should buy every last thing.”

Plus, because it has become more common for family members to live far away from one another, lists can help relatives find a better-matched gift for a child and avoid waste, or the time required to make returns, Wissink of Piper Jaffray said.

'Die entoesiasme van 'n ontvanger is wat die aankoop bevestig, nie die tyd of geld wat u spandeer het nie,' het sy gesê. 'As u hoor:' Dit is wat ek wou! ', Weet u dat u dit vasgespyker het. Daar is niks beter vir 'n ouma, oupa of 'n ma of pa nie. "

'Vir my as ouer dink ek dit is baie nuttig,' het Knobloch gesê. 'Ek wil nie 'n klomp plastiek speelgoed in my huis beland wat my kinders nie wou hê nie.

Daar is 'n paar dinge wat ouers kan doen om kinders se verwagtinge te bestuur.

Knobloch sê vir haar eie kinders om items teen verskillende pryspunte op hul lyste op te neem, sodat familielede nie druk voel om 'n duur geskenk te koop nie, en sy kan die ongemaklikheid vermy om met familielede te kommunikeer oor hoeveel hulle wil spandeer.

Steiner-Adair het ook gesê dat kinders moet verduidelik hoekom hulle elke geskenk op hul lys wil hê, eerder as om items by te voeg sonder om aan die betekenis daarvan te dink.

En om 'n lys te maak, kan ook 'n geleentheid wees om te praat oor die belangrikheid van die skryf van 'n "dankie" brief en die gebruik van die vakansie as 'n tyd om donasies te maak of andersins aan behoeftiges te gee.

Reimann het gesê dat hy Giftster nie as 'n bron van hebsug beskou nie, maar as 'n manier om familielede te help om spesifiek te wees in hul aankope en by begrotings te hou.

'As mense weet wat ander mense regtig nodig het of wil hê, hoef hulle nie op die laaste minuut te hardloop en te veel geld te bestee nie,' het hy gesê.


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