Crowdsourcing Gift Ideas: a New Way to Get More Ideas

By: Alex Chrum | Published: December 12, 2013

Santa is making his list and checking it twice, but not everyone on the Nice list is so forthcoming with what they want for Christmas. Make his job a little easier this holiday season by crowdsourcing gift ideas. It is not has complicated as you might think – in some ways, crowdsourcing gift ideas has been around forever!

Phone a Friend

Crowdsourcing does not have to be something that is done on a computer with a crowd of workers. In fact, just one worker, and even an in-person worker, works just as well. If someone you want to buy a gift for is being particularly stingy with their wish list, recruit a helper. Ask a friend or family member of person in question to feel them out to see what they want. Alternatively, if it is someone really close to the person, like their wife or mother, ask what the person on your list really needs.

Stalk Pinterest

Pinterest is the perfect crowdsourcing solution to figure out what someone on your list wants. This website allows users to “pin” things they like, no matter what category they are in, onto designated virtual bulletin boards. From your Pinterest account, search for the person you need to buy for. Browse their boards to get the perfect gift idea. As a bonus, when you use this method, they are truly surprised what they are getting because they never had to answer, “What do you want for Christmas?”

Browse Online Wish Lists

Today, top retailers are doing the crowdsourcing work for you by allowing customers to compile store wish lists. Some of these are done online, and other lists are compiled in stores. People add items to these lists throughout the year, then when Christmas comes, they have the option to just send links to their wish lists. Instead of asking the person you are buying for what they want, ask them if they have wish lists at any stores.

Use Crowdsourcing Tools

The Internet has a vast number of tools that makes life easier, including the task of finding the ideal gifts. Websites such as allow you to answer questions about the recipient’s personality, and after analyzing the results, 15 gifts that are based on the likes and dislikes of similar people are recommended. It does not get any easier than that!

Gift giving does not have to be a nerve-racking experience anymore. There is no need to worry if the present you have wrapped is what the recipient actually wants or needs. Crowdsourcing gift ideas take the stress out of Christmas and makes holiday shopping a breeze.


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