How to Make an Online Wish Lists for Free

Gift registries used to be available only for weddings, but soon they opened up for baby showers as well. Now you can create a registry, or wish list, for any occasion.

Create one for each of your kids and make birthdays and holidays less stressful for relatives. They'll know exactly what you or your child wants, so no one will be disappointed, and the gift-giving process becomes easier for everyone. Some wishlist even allows the gift buyer to mark off gifts that have been purchased to cut down on duplicate gifts. 

What to Look for in a Wishlist Website

This list gives you the top-recommended wish list registries currently available. They're all free! If you decide to venture out to find one on your own, look for a site that

  • has a wide range of recommended available products for you to add
  • allows you to create multiple lists
  • is free, or very low-cost
  • gives you rewards or coupons (these are usually store-specific wish lists)
  • is easy to use, for both you and the people you share it with
  • can be easily kept up-to-date, with features that allow others to mark what was bought

Amazon's Universal Wishlist

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Amazon was one of the first sites that encouraged the creation of personal wish lists for birthdays and holidays. When they first introduced the idea, you were limited to the products that Amazon carries. Now, with the simple click of a button, you can add an item from anywhere on the web. You can keep your lists organized, and others can easily buy from it with no searching required.

In addition to books, CDs, and movies, you can find clothes, electronics, household items, tools, school supplies, furniture, and even grocery items. As a bonus, Amazon has excellent discounts and free shipping on many of their products.


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Although Pinterest doesn't allow you to buy directly from the site, it's an easy way to quickly save products you come across as you search the web. An easy-to-install web browser extension allows you to save any picture across the web to an organized board that you create.

You do need an account to use Pinterest, but it's free, and boards are easy to share with anyone you choose. You can follow your favorite people for ideas in one go-to spot, too.

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This wish list is great for two reasons: You can easily import your Amazon wishlist to it, and you can scan items of barcodes with your phone to add to them your list. This way, you'll never forget about an item you wanted to buy at the store. Plus you can integrate this service with Facebook for easy sharing!

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Tiina & Geir/Cultura/Getty Images is a basic wishlist site without any of the social networking bells and whistles some other sites have. That said, in addition to using an easy-to-use bookmarklet to add items from anywhere on the web, you can use a camera phone to send items directly to your account while out shopping. Now that's a feature most other services don't offer!

Another perk: The website sends you the best deals and price alerts so that you (and others) can save money on the things you want. Plus, if you know someone who has a wish list, you can quickly search for it and surprise them with their most desired gift.

Google Sheets

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If you need a wishlist that's a bit more collaborative, Google Sheets has got you covered. While you will need a Google account to create and access it, the spreadsheets are easy to create and use. You can share it with anyone you like and use your phone to make changes at any time. Best of all it's free to use!

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