How to Create a Holiday Wish List for Baby
How to Create a Holiday Wish List for Baby
November 1, 2021

How to Create a Holiday Wish List for Baby

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How to Create a Holiday Wish List for Baby.
How to Create a Holiday Wish List for Baby

The winter holidays bring a time of joy, togetherness and, when little ones are involved, sometimes lots of presents. Especially if it’s your baby’s first holiday season, the gifts might get overwhelming and quickly feel like clutter. Or you might end up with duplicate items, or miss out on things you actually need.

But you can get ahead of the gift giving (thank you, well-meaning-but-overzealous family members) and ensure you get what you really want and need by creating a holiday wish list. That’s right—holiday wish lists aren’t just for older kids. Creating a list of desired gifts for your baby or toddler can help guide family and friends toward the things you want your little one to have (just like a baby registry!).

So how do you go about creating a wish list for your baby, especially when they can’t really pick out gifts for themselves? Here’s everything you need to know about what to put on baby’s holiday list, how to organize it and the best websites and apps to make curating the list super easy.

Why Make a Holiday Wish List for Baby?

We get it, you may be thinking that it’s just another thing to add to your holiday to-do list. But making a wish list for your little one’s holiday gifts can make things easier on both you and your family and friends who want to get baby something special. How much easier? Here are two points to start off the benefits of handing out a wish list this holiday season:

  • So you (and baby) get what you want and can avoid getting gifts that will end up as clutter
  • So you can answer the inevitable question, “What should we get the baby for the holiday?”

If you had a baby registry when you were expecting, you probably already understand the perks of having a list of your must-have and most-wanted items readily available online. An online holiday wish list has the same perks:

  • Easy to curate
  • Easy to organize by category
  • Include direct links to specific items
  • Easily include correct size and color info
  • Easy to share (you can even share on social media or via text)
  • Reduce the risk of doubling up on gifts since purchased gifts are automatically removed from the list
  • Have the option to see what’s been purchased (and who bought it)
  • Provide buying options so gift givers can choose their preferred store (Note: not every wish list website has this perk, but Babylist does!)

Best Websites for Creating Baby’s Holiday Wish List

Sure, you can write up a wish list with pen and paper, but unless you’re sending it to the North Pole, it’s not the most convenient option. There are plenty of websites that let you build your dream wish list with items from all over the internet (and even items that aren’t on the internet!), and we’ve rounded up the best ones:

BABYLIST

Did you know you can repurpose your Babylist registry into a holiday wish list, or even a birthday wish list? Depending on what categories you used on your original registry, you may not need to do a whole lot of work when it comes to organizing baby’s wish list. (But don’t worry if you didn’t use any categories before or if you want different ones; they’re easy to create. Just click the “organize” icon, then click “+ New Category.”)

And if you still have items on there that were never purchased from your registry, that’s even less work—if you still want those things, just leave them on for your new wish list. But if there are registry items on there that you don’t want anymore, you’ll have to manually delete them.

Still have that Add to Babylist browser button? It still works just the same as with your registry! Add any item to your wish list from anywhere on the internet (literally anywhere) with just a couple of clicks.

And of course the Babylist app still works perfectly for a holiday wish list, and so do the product guides! There’s even a whole section of the website dedicated specifically to holiday gift guides to make it easy to find things to add to your list.

Create your Babylist holiday wish list here!

ELFSTER

Elfster was created specifically for holiday gift giving, including group gift exchanges! You can easily set exchange information, including the date, whether it’s by mail or in person and what the budget is, then send it out to get the rest of your group to sign up and participate.

Even if you’re not doing an exchange, the basic wish list is easy to use with thousands of products available to add directly from the Elfster site or search bar. Keep in mind: Elfster doesn’t have a category function, but it does allow you to mark wish list items as “must have” as well as customize the order in which your list items appear.

The browser button lets you add anything you can’t find using Elfster’s search function, or you can copy and paste a link or write in the gift details yourself.

Create a Elfster holiday wish list here!

AMAZON WISH LIST

Got an Amazon account? Then you automatically have an Amazon Wish List account, too! It’s built right into the same account you use for your everyday online shopping; it lives under the “Account & Lists” tab, just click “Create a List” and you’re off to the races!

While Amazon’s wish list capabilities are limited to adding items only from Amazon (it’s not a universal wish list like most other websites), you’d be hard pressed to find an item Amazon doesn’t sell. And if you do want to add something that’s not available, you can always enter it into your wish list as an “idea,” which shows up like an item but with no pricing info or image (just hope your gifters know what it’s referring to).

You can also easily access, curate and share your wish list through the Amazon Shopping app, just in case you see anything you want to add while you’re out and about.

Create a Amazon holiday wish list here!

WISHLIST.COM

If you really want to get the message across that certain items on baby’s holiday wish list are more desired or needed than others, WishList.com makes it easy thanks to their Wish Meter ranking system. Using zero to five hearts, you can rank how much you want the item (five hearts would be an absolute must-have), and your ranking displays clearly under the item for gift givers to see.

WishList.com is also a great choice if you have more expensive items on the list, since you can receive monetary contributions via a connected PayPal account for any item on your list, no matter what it is or where it’s from. It even works for “described wishes,” or wishes that aren’t connected to any product online—so you can receive contributions for diaper or college funds, a zoo membership, tickets to the next Wiggles concert…anything you can think of.

Create a Wishlist.com holiday list here!

CHECKEDTWICE

Love surprises? Unexpected gifts are actually a possibility with the “Add a Surprise” feature on CheckedTwice. As long as your family and friends are invited to join a shared wish list group (this works well for group gift exchanges), they can access the individual wish lists for each person. When they click on someone’s name from the group, they then have the option to suggest a gift and/or send a surprise gift—and don’t worry, you won’t be notified if someone marks a surprise gift for you; it stays a surprise!

Just like on WishList.com, CheckedTwice has a zero-to-five heart ranking feature so you can easily show everyone which gifts you and baby are the most excited about getting.

Keep in mind: CheckedTwice doesn’t have the ability to create categories or reorganize list items; all wish list items appear in the order they were added.

Create a CheckedTwice holiday wish list here!

What Should You Put On Baby’s Wish List?

Now that we’ve covered the “why” and the “where,” let’s get to the “what”—all the things you might consider asking loved ones to buy for your little one this holiday. If you’re not sure what you need or where to start, or if you’re feeling like there might not be an end to that list of things (totally understandable; babies seem to need a lot of stuff), hopefully our suggestions for what to include and how to organize your list can make the process feel more manageable.

Holiday Wish List Gift Ideas

You’re obviously not limited to these ideas; put anything you want onto baby’s wish list! But these are the most popular wish list items that family and friends love to give:

  • Toys
  • Books
  • Clothes
  • Experiences: zoo memberships, indoor playground passes, subscription boxes, classes—experiences are perfect for receiving from family who live far away, especially if anyone is traveling for the holidays (so you don’t have to cart back gifts or make extra space in your luggage).
  • Baby gear
  • Keepsakes

The number of items on your list will be determined by a few factors, including the amount of space you have for new things in your home, the number of loved ones you anticipate getting gifts for your little one and how many you think they might give, any budget/gift price agreements you may have made with loved ones (assuming they actually stick to that agreement—if you have a family member who likes to go overboard every year despite being given a spending limit, narrowing your list by cost can help keep them in check) and whether you prefer a more minimalist approach to gift giving.

As you start gathering ideas for baby’s wish list, here are a couple more things to consider:

  • Start by adding everything you want/everything that catches your eye, then pare down the items based on what you and baby really want.
  • Don’t expect to receive everything on the list. It would be amazing if you did get everything you asked for, but keep in mind that the longer your wish list is, the less likely you are to get everything on it.

Organizing Baby’s Wish List

Almost every online wish list has the capability to organize your items into categories, which can make your curation process feel so much more streamlined. Specific categories can also help your friends and family as they’re going through the list and deciding what to get. There are a few ways to organize a wish list, and you can choose the one that works best for you:

By general category:
By minimalist category:
  • Want (toys or fun extra gear)
  • Need (stage-based items or bigger gear you may be missing)
  • Wear (clothes and accessories)
  • Read (books!)
By price range:

(Totally customizable based on any budget you’ve set; this is just an example of ranges that can help others decide what gifts to give):

  • < $25
  • $25–$50
  • $50–$75
  • $75–$100
  • $100+

If you have multiple kiddos, there are two ways to create holiday wish lists for each of them (regardless of age difference):

  • Create separate wish lists for each child, or
  • Create individual sections or categories on the same wishlist, one section for each child (this will help limit the number of links you end up sending out to family and friends!)

Ready to get baby’s wish list started?

It’s easy to transform your Babylist registry into a holiday wish list for your child.

Don’t have a Babylist account yet? Click here to get started from scratch!

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