DIWALI gifting can be fun, but often turns into a permutation-combination exercise, with people deciding what to allocate and to whom, amidst what’s left or what they have got. Although the onset of e-commerce has solved the problem of going to the market to buy gifts, people still end up with what they don’t like or what they don’t want. But there are a few apps that can solve the wants-and-needs problem by providing a wishlist which friends and relatives can access to solve the gifting dilemma. Ishaan Gera picks some gift registry apps which can help you solve the gifting dilemma:
MakeMyWishes is a relatively new entrant to the gift registry business than the other two platforms. While the list of items available with the platform is not as extensive as others, it has done well to tie up with the likes of Chumbak, FabFurnish, Pepperfry, Shoppers Stop and eBay to provide the widest collection amongst its competitors. Creating a new event and inviting friends is easy on the platform, but the site is unresponsive and difficult to operate right from the registration process. Although it gives options to register via Google or Facebook, one would have to create a new ID to login. Creating a wish is more difficult as there is no automatic linking, you will have to copy the URL of the product you like from the vendor site and then paste it onto your wish setup along with price and description, which becomes a long-drawn process. But for those looking for variety and a lot of options to choose from, MakeMyWishes is the best platform.
MyThofa is better in terms of linking of products. The registration is as painstakingly slow as MakeMyWishes, but this one won’t even accept the Google or Facebook login though linking of products is automatic. Creating a wish is easy, one can just type in the name of the product and there are options one can choose from without pasting a URL or entering the price and description. The list of products, though bigger than MakeMyWishes, is limited, and the site doesn’t have many tie-ups except with Amazon, PGS Vedanta, All Good Scents and Art Houz. The search option is also difficult to use, as there is no list of products that one can choose from and one ends up typing and searching for products. The site can be used to gift vacations, but the list of packages is limited. Despite the ease of use issues, the platform is perfect for those who are happy with Amazon and know what they want.
Wrapp’d is one of the easiest platforms to use. It is the only one to provide an app for mobile users so that one doesn’t have to browse multiple times to find the perfect gift. The registration process is simple and there are analytic tools one can use on the wishlist. Most important, Wrapp’d has one of the largest collections of products to choose from. Although in terms of associations it is not as big as MakeMyWishes—it has tie-ups with Flipkart, Amazon, Firstcry, Pepperfry and Jabong—and has the same wish creation process as MakeMyWishes, the platform compensates for that in terms of the search options it provides.
One can easily navigate through the website to find what one wants. The user interface of the app is also good, with gifts stacked under various options. Moreover, the app has vacation packages, dining and wining options, subscriptions and entertainment services. One can hire a band or a limousine from the website and even choose golf lessons as a gift. Wrapp’d is a good platform for those who want ease of convenience with a good search list.
For those of you who have missed Diwali, New Year’s is just around the corner and these apps can certainly come in handy in funding or choosing the right gift.