Summer has yet to officially kick in, according to the calendar. But if you’re anything like us, the baptisms, graduation parties, weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, etc. have hit the ground running. Throw Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in there, maybe a birthday or two and you’re pretty much spent as far as gift-giving goes.

Don’t get me wrong. Gift-giving has always been fun for me. I really do like finding the perfect gift for someone. There’s the shopping part of it that I love (obviously). And the gift-wrapping part (obviously). And of course, the joy of seeing someone smile when they open it. Yes, even if deep down inside, they hate it and have every intention of sending that baby back. The process of getting there is still fun for me.

Well last month, I discovered a gifting option that totally changes the gift-giving game. It’s called Wantful. I heard about it through a coworker who tweeted about this hot new thing. I checked it out and thought it was a really cool concept. And perfect considering that Mother’s Day was right around the corner.

Here’s how Wantful works:

  • Visit Wantful.com. Tell them who you’re shopping for. Say for instance, it’s your dad.
  • Then, you take a quiz that helps Wantful get to know your dad.
  • Based on your answers and the price range you have in mind, Wantful then curates a collection of items they think your dad might dig. And we’re not talking crappy, cheese-ball stuff here. It’s stuff like a BBQ utensil set or a charity donation to an environmental organization (if he’s into that).
  • Peruse the collection of items and select 16 that you think Dad would like.
  • Those 16 items then get published into a mini book that Wantful sends to either your house or your dad’s.
  • Dad then flips through the mini book and chooses the gift he wants.
  • To redeem his gift, all Dad has to do is visit Wantful.com, enter the gift code that’s printed in the mini book and select the lucky gift. A few days later his Wantful gift arrives in the mail, and everyone is happy… as the video below implies.

Mikey and I decided to give a Wantful gift to his mom for Mother’s Day, and it went off without a hitch. When she made her gift selection online, we received an email notification from Wantful, letting us know. She chose the Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker.

What I love best about it, is it’s more than just giving a gift card. You’re still taking the time to curate a catalog of gifts that you think your friend or family member would like. But it gives them the benefit of choice. And it’s fun when you have options.

So not to get all advertising copywriter on you, but if you’re looking for the perfect gift and really don’t have the time or patience to shop till you drop, check out Wantful. It’s now Larissa Riley approved.


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