Some common gift wish list registries online are MyRegistry.com and Giftster.com. Users can build their gift wish lists in these websites and share it with family and friends through email or social media such as Facebook and Twitter. A gift wish list ensures that the recipient receives only gifts she wants to receive, avoids duplicate gifts, and removes the anxiety and guesswork that gift givers often experience when looking for the "perfect" gift.
In the past, when a recipient made a list of gifts she wished to receive and distributed it to family and friends, she made a wish list. When the wish list was registered with a particular store or retailer, it became a gift registry. However, the gift selections were limited to the retailer's stock. With the advent of online shopping, online gift registries came into being, providing the recipient the flexibility of including into her gift wish list any item from any online store and the added convenience of distributing the list electronically in the form of attractive eCards, save-the-date cards and even printable announcements. Gift wish lists can be made for any occasion, such as birthdays, weddings, housewarmings, baby showers or graduations, and can even specify cash instead of merchandise.
MyRegistry.com offers users the option of syncing all their separate store registries into one gift wish list. It also allows users to view what other members are adding to their wish lists to provide ideas and inspiration. Giftster provides users the option of making their gift wish list public, which means that anyone may see a member's wish list by searching their name or email address. This option is ideal for wedding and baby registries.