We put together a family wishlist for my husband, me and the girls for Christmas (plus my husband's birthday and Chloe's birthday) on Amazon and I've written a nice email to our family with whom we exchange gifts (my mom and her husband, my dad and his wife, my in-laws, my husband's brother and his wife, my sister and her husband).
But I'm afraid to hit send.
For me...it's all about efficiency, for everyone. We're constantly being asked what the kids want (to hell with what I want, by the way, I'm never asked that!) for Christmas and birthdays. In the past, I've sent out email ideas and I have to keep track of who I've told what and who is getting what and it's a big organizational mess for me. If I've told my brother in law that Cassidy wants a very particular lightsaber and he can't find it and buys something else....well then I need to find that particular lightsaber, because it's specifically what she asked for.
I don't really believe in just going out and buying whatever for whomever and I hate getting gifts that just sit around and never get used. I assume other people don't like that as well. I really hate waste! When it comes to gift-giving, I'm fairly pragmatic and when I'm not, I'm always sorry. And I hate receiving things from my sister like candles and lotions....if I want candles and lotions...I have to pick them out for myself, they're very personal to me. I hate generic gifts and I hate giving generic gifts. And the kids are old enough to want very specific things.....Chloe doesn't want just any old Barbie, she knows exaaaactly which one she wants.
I also put a variety of things on the list...from inexpensive DVD's, books and CD's to puzzles, to games and toys, to Gameboy games, to bikes, to a digital camera for Kelly and me. I figured with the range, it would give everyone a chance to find something for everyone in their budget. Also, I made it clear that we'd be shopping for the girls off the list, too.
So.....do you give out your Amazon wishlist? To whom? If you have, was it well-received? Did it all work out?