At the risk of incurring the wrath of those who believe the C-word* shouldn’t be mentioned before December I’d like to discuss wish lists.
As it’s now approaching that festive sort of season where giving and receiving presents is traditional, I’ve started to think about what I’d like to put on my Christmas wish list. As a family, we generally do the wish list thing because we’re all a bit difficult to buy for, and at least if you’ve bought something from someone’s list you know they’re going to want/like/need it. Some might say that it removes the surprise element of the present(s) but I’d much rather have unsurprising presents that I actually want than surprise presents that are totally unsuitable. In fact, in a moment of spectacular control freakery this summer I actually told each member of my family exactly what they could get me for my birthday, where to get it from and how much it cost (I’d like to point out that they asked me what I wanted, I wasn’t just demanding presents!).
A lot of people have online wish lists on Wists, Amazon, Pinterest or even Etsy. My Etsy favourites are 29 pages long, and although I’ve favourited some of those items for inspiration instead of actually wanting them, that still works out at almost 700 items that someone would have to wade through, if I hadn’t mentioned something specific. And if your present-givers don’t go online then they’ll never know about all the things you’ve ‘liked’. Maybe leaving a single item’s web page open on one’s tablet computer is the modern equivalent of leaving a catalogue open on the right page with the item circled?
Do you ‘do’ wish lists or do you prefer to wing it and have the surprise element?
*I mean ‘Christmas’, obviously