It’s that time of year when gift giving can become a frenzy. Shoppers are needing gifts for Teachers, Mother’s Day, Graduation, Father’s Day and all those June Weddings. Often these become group gifting opportunities and that means someone needs to organize and keep tabs on who is in, the money that’s been collected and who still needs to be contacted. Just what super busy people need to add to their already packed schedules – NOT! GiftCrowd turns this daunting task into a piece of cake.
A friend who used GiftCrowd to arrange the team’s gift for her son’s soccer coach told me about GiftCrowd and when I had to arrange a gift for a friend’s housewarming I decided to give it a try. Creating a gift was easy and took no more than a couple of minutes, I was asked to provide few basic details such as who to send the gift to and when to send it, specified the amount I recommend others to contribute and used my credit card to contribute the same amount myself. I also added my personal greeting that no one other than the gift recipient can see. (Please note that name and email address in screen shots are fictional. A new gift was created, to show readers the process.)
I was then given the ability to invite my friends to join by entering their email address or by selecting them on Facebook or Whatsapp. There is even the option of pasting a unique gift link, into any online conversation or another program that the gift creator might wish to use.
What happens next?
The friends I invited to join received an email, clicked the gift link and added their contribution using credit/debit cards. As they did not even have to log in, it took them no more than a minute or two. Most of them also added a personal greeting.
Then Voilà…on the housewarming date, my happy friend was notified of her gift, the total amount that has been collected and was given the information on how to redeem it into one or more of over 50 types of gift cards including:
- Amazon.com – for anyone and anything
- Barnes and Noble for the book lover
- Lowes – for the do it yourselfer
- Sephora – for the beauty queen
- JCPenney – for mom maybe
- Home Depot – for Father’s Day
- Game Stop – for the teenager in your life
- Khol’s – for the bride and groom
- Dick’s sporting goods – for the athlete
- GAP – for the grad
- Banana Republic – for the new professional
- Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us, to name just a few!
My friend also read all the greetings and send her thank you notes in return.
I can see how users will use GiftCrowd for gifting Teachers, kid’s coaches, co-workers. Bridesmaids can send a group gift to the bride. Relatives and friends from across the country can purchase for a baby shower. How about all the kids and grand kids purchasing something special for mom/grandma for her Birthday or for both parents/grandparents on a special wedding anniversary! The possibilities are endless.
GiftCrowd does not charge any fees for the service, neither from gift buyers nor from gift recipients. The service is really built for parents who cannot afford wasting precious time on something that can be done so easily via GiftCrowd. As for me, I will surely use GiftCrowd