This article was published on November 30, 2010

Super simple gift-giving for any occassion with Giftalogs

Super simple gift-giving for any occassion with Giftalogs
Jeff Cormier
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Jeff Cormier

Jeff Cormier, a graduate of SMU and the TW School of Law, is the co-founder of C4 Universe, LLC. Desire to know more? Jeff Cormier, a graduate of SMU and the TW School of Law, is the co-founder of C4 Universe, LLC. Desire to know more?

TNW Quick Hit

Giftalogs is a new service with the goal of helping one discover perfect gifts for anyone, on any occasion.

Hits: A super simple, collaborative, and organized way to make sure everyone receives the gifts they want for any special day.

Misses: Giftalogs could be made infinitely more useful with a calendar and/or notification feature to keep the Giftalogs manager and collaborators on task.

Overall: 4/5

The Details:

The holiday season is nigh upon us and for many it brings with it anxiety over what to get friends, family, spouses and others.  Unfortunately, holidays are not the only time such gift-giving concerns are raised.  Birthdays, weddings, and graduation celebrations, to name a few, also elicit similar feelings of gifting dread.

Giftalogs, a site still in beta, is the brainchild of Gift Notions LLC, founded by Caleb Ho, based in Seattle, WA.

How did Giftalogs come to pass?

“Caleb has always had a hard time coming up with good gifts – he rarely have good gift ideas. Even when he does, he tends to forget them. Hence, giftalogs was born. Giftalogs is designed to help people (like or unlike Caleb) track gift ideas and save them for special occasions, and even get new ideas by inviting friends.”

“Giftalogs’ goal is to help you find the perfect gift for every person and occasion in your life. Unlike generic “gift-idea” sites, we don’t try to fit your loved ones into a bucket (‘The techy dad’, ‘The sporty girlfriend’). Instead, we make tools to help you figure out the ideal gifts for your unique recipients.”

Using Giftalogs is an easy as one can imagine.  Sign up, connect your Facebook and/or Twitter account and begin creating Giftalogs.

Being that it’s less than a month away from Christmas, I chose to create a Giftalog titled “Christmas Ideas.”  Thereafter, one can add notes, I listed those I need to buy gifts for, and a deadline, before hitting “Create” to generate a Giftalog.

After completing the initial steps, one can begin adding gift ideas for those on their list.  One can add gift ideas, a budget, a link to the gift itself, a description of the gift and an image of the gift.

If others have been invited to collaborate, they can offer their advice by voting the gift manager’s ideas up or down, and add comments.

Giftalogs is quite grand in its current version, but there is even more to come, including: providing one with organizational tools that ease gift-giving, help one get great gift ideas from others and make gift collaboration easier.

If you struggle with gift-giving, enjoy collaborating with siblings, other family members or friends on giving gifts, and need a tool to make the entire process fun and painless, Giftalogs just may be the answer for you.

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