Online gift manager
November 23, 2005 11:44 AM   Subscribe

GiftBox is a new web application that allows you to keep track of gifts you've given to others, plan to give to others, or that people have given to you. It lets you create wishlists and send thank-you e-cards. All info is password-protected, and their privacy policy seems better than most. Free for up to three holidays, or $19/year for unlimited holidays. (I am not affiliated with the site in any way; I just admire it and thought that, with the holiday season upon us, others might like it, too.)
posted by cerebus19 (14 comments total)
Giftbox: $19 a year
Notepad: free

I think I'll pass.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 11:49 AM on November 23, 2005

Well, it may or may not be a great site. I dunno. I'm doing gift-planning in Backpack this year, because I'm already paying for that.

I do wonder how many of these paid webapps are going to be able to exist side-by-side. I already pay for Flickr and Backpack, and my Amazon wishlist works for most incoming items.
posted by selfnoise at 12:00 PM on November 23, 2005

If you haven't checked it out lately, Amazon has really expanded their wishlist system. It now allows you to set up ones for other people that are private, and it stores the previous gifts you've given them.

It's very nicely done. And free.
posted by smackfu at 12:08 PM on November 23, 2005

Yeah, it is pretty nice, and allowed me to separate stupid, non-gift stuff out from my Xmas list.

Does anyone know: are items on the Amazon lists supposed to disappear when people buy them for you? I wish it did that, but in practice mine never has and I often end up with duplicate gifts, which is awkward.
posted by selfnoise at 12:16 PM on November 23, 2005

Does anyone know of a paid site to manage my dry cleaning? You know, like clothes I have had cleaned, clothes I plan to clean, types of stains to be removed, etc.?
posted by StickyCarpet at 12:30 PM on November 23, 2005

Froogle Wishlists
posted by blue_beetle at 12:34 PM on November 23, 2005

Unless you know a million people all of this can be done with a piece of A4 paper. Also, if I bought someone a decent prezzie and they sent me an e-card I'd be pretty pissed off. Cool Gift = written thank you on real card that's been posted. Sorry, but that's the rules unless you live somewhere with a crap postal system.
posted by rhymer at 12:36 PM on November 23, 2005

Froogle wishlists are useless because they generally point buyers towards tiny, disreputable cyber-merchants. Good idea in theory, though.
posted by selfnoise at 12:58 PM on November 23, 2005

When my wife and I got married, we registered for a bunch of items from a variety of stores (mostly Costco, which doesn't offer a registry.)

We used the Gift Registry section at, which worked pretty well and was free.
posted by JMOZ at 1:17 PM on November 23, 2005

Free for up to three holidays should cover a lot of people, skinflints.
posted by dhartung at 1:44 PM on November 23, 2005

As long as you don't want to track birthday gifts.
posted by smackfu at 2:56 PM on November 23, 2005

Surely there are companies out there who would be willing to pay to have the chance of looking at the (anonomized) information or of having their products suggested as an appropriate gift given the right circumstances? Why charge the list owner?

Personally I think there is scope for a service like this to succeed if it were properly designed. For example it would be very useful to get an email 10 days before a friends birthday reminding you it was coming up, summarising what they might like and linking to somewhere I might be able to buy it.
posted by rongorongo at 3:02 AM on November 24, 2005

There's also GreedyMe.
posted by davar at 7:07 AM on November 24, 2005

StickeyCarpet wins.
posted by dmd at 11:56 AM on November 24, 2005

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