The new registry feature for the Gyft app has the potential to make shopping for picky kids a whole lot easier. If you’ve ever had the experience of trying to give a picky kid a gift, you know it can be hard to please them. And, if you’re a person like me, who’d rather give a gift card than money, you know it’s not always easy to find the right place to get a gift card for either.
If you don’t already know about Gyft, let me fill you in. It’s a free mobile app that works as a virtual wallet to store gift cards. Seeing as we live in a high tech world in which wallets are becoming obsolete and smartphones are becoming ubiquitous, it’s a genius app.
Any holiday, birthday, or other occasion on which your child opens card after card to find gift card after gift card, all she needs to do is enter the gift card information into the Gyft app. And shopping she can go, smartphone in hand, no wallet required.
The registry feature that rolls out today is also genius. How many times have you bought a gift card to a store the kid doesn’t like? Or bought one for a store they don’t have nearby? It’s a wasted gift, even though the thought was there. Gyft’s registry feature allows people to create a custom registry of up to eight retailers they would love to get gift cards from.
So, as the holidays approach, you can have your child create a Gyft registry, Tweet out the personalized URL, post it on Facebook or Google+ for friends and family to see (keeping safe privacy settings, of course), or even send it via email.
Then all stumped gift-givers have to do is click on the URL, see where the picky kid likes to shop and purchase a gift card, which will then be credited to the recipient’s Gyft account.
This is something I will definitely be encouraging my kids to do this year. Actually, I’ll probably do it myself, too. Can you imagine a world in which you don’t have a draw full of expired gift cards? That’s awesome.