How to shop this list

This list will help you make the perfect selection for this list maker and have the peace of mind knowing you marked your item(s) reserved or purchased, avoiding duplicate purchases.

Note: This list may include items from any store or source, all here in one place for your convenience. Giftster is not a store and does not sell any items. You are free to make purchases using the website links if provided by the list maker, or from a store of your choice. Enjoy!

How to shop this list

  • This view of this list shows you all the details provided by the list maker for each item, to help take the anxiety out of both choosing and buying the items they really want.
  • Select an item row to expand it to show you more detail and a large image (if available).
  • Use the icons on the right to mark an item reserved or purchased, or to search Amazon for up to 5 product matches based on the item description. Need to undo a reserve or purchase? Select the unlock icon to release
  • Select the teal website/shopping cart icon to open a new window containing a web page for that item provided by the list maker. This is likely a place where you can purchase the item.

Frequently asked questions

Can the list maker see what I marked on their list?

No. By default the list maker's  my list view of their list will not show which items are marked purchased or reserved, or who marked them that way.

What is the difference between reserve and purchase?

The two statuses are for your convenience in organizing your shopping. You can choose how to use them. The important thing to know is Giftster automatically accumulates all your items marked  reserved or purchased on the my shopping list view. So you have one place to keep track of everything you marked.

We suggest you mark items you intend to purchase  reserved. Others shopping this list can see that the quantity you marked reserved is no longer available. All your reserved items will be on my shopping list at the top as your "things to buy" list. Mark them purchased as you finalize your shopping, or you can release an item if you change your mind or couldn't find it.

How do I buy the item I marked purchased?

Think of this Giftster list as your shopping list. When you mark an item  reserved on Giftster, you are free to buy it anywhere you prefer. And once you buy it, mark it purchased on Giftster, to prevent a duplicate gift.

Look for the green website/shopping cart button on the item name. If the list maker provided a web link to a store, we'll display that link, which helps you locate the perfect place to find and purchase the exact item.

What if the list maker wants several of the same item?

Each time you touch or click on  reserve or purchase you decrease the available quantity by 1. Different people can reserve or purchase an available quantity for the same item on the same list when the list maker requests more than 1. If you have a quantity reserved, clicking on purchase decreases your reserve by 1 and increases your purchase by 1. An explanation of the quantity status is displayed in the expanded item view.

What if I change my mind and want to "unmark" an item on the list?

The "release" button cancels a reserve or purchase that you have marked. To see the release button you need to be logged in or "shopping as a guest" using the link we would have sent you if you shopped that way and don't have your own Giftster account.  

The actual purchase you make with the store selling the item, Giftster doesn't get involved in that, we just manage the wish list.

How can I see who else bought something on this list?

To help you coordinate your gift giving with others shopping this list, Giftster gives you the option to see the name of others who have marked items  reserved or purchased. Giftster covers the name with a "reveal" label. If you click on it, the name is revealed. If you don't want to know this information, don't click reveal.

How can I return to this list later and shop it again?

Giftster sends you one email containing a convenient link that takes you right back to shopping this list.

What are the differences with guest shopping on the Giftster mobile apps?

Giftster mobile Apps do not yet support this new ‘guest shopping” feature of the website at But you can run website on your smartphone or tablet browser to shop this list from your portable device.

I love this Giftster list! How do I get my own free Giftster account?

You are in luck. While shopping this list, just select  Join Today in the lower left of the screen. Giftster will automatically move your item reserve/purchase history into your own account. Then you can use your account to shop other lists, to create your own lists, or to create a group to share lists among family members.

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