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Digital Wish Lists for Santa

digital wish lists

These days at the end of the year move so quickly. Halloween just happened. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and then Black Friday is the very next day. If you’re already thinking about prepping for holiday sales, it may be time to have your child start writing their “Dear Santa,” letter.

Those wish lists for Santa were so different in our day. We’d write them out, address an envelope, lick a stamp, and send it in the mailbox. Today, we can still do the same thing with our kids, or we can make a digital wish list.

Digital wish lists are a way to not only send your list to Santa, but also to friends and family members. You choose the things that you want in store or on the site, and then everyone can shop from the comfort of their own home, or in their own locale. It’s much like a wedding registry, but as far as your child is concerned, you can sell it as a digital “Dear Santa,” letter.

Here are some megastores that will help you get your list together:


A wish list at Toys R Us can be created either in store or online. In store, your child will be given a scanner to scan the items they’d like to see under the tree. You can edit the list back home on your computer. If you’d prefer to do all the wishing at home, you can register online, too. Buyers can choose the address they ship to: their house or yours. They can even buy in their local store. The wish list can also be used for Babies R Us products.


Amazon’s wish list allows you to add things both from Amazon and from other sites. When you’re logged in, all you have to do is click the “Add to Wish List” button on whatever product you’re viewing on Amazon, and it will be added to your list. If you add the Wish List Browser Button, it will be conveniently added to your browser’s toolbar. Then, all you have to do is click it when you’re viewing a product from another site.


Walmart’s wish list allows you to place any item found on the store site on your list. Buyers can also choose where to purchase the item, in store or online, and can ship the item either to their home or yours. Walmart’s wish lists come with a countdown to the event date to show off to all of the people who receive the list. This can be a handy motivational tool for all the procrastinators out there!

Teaching Grace

Your child may go crazy with their wish list. It’s the same problem our parents went through back when we were putting pen to paper, though with the rabbit hole that is click-and-order digital shopping, the problem has compounded. Remind your child that Santa can’t buy them everything, and encourage them to instead pick a few things that they really want. This will help your budget as the parent, and grandparents and other gift buyers won’t feel as pressured to try to purchase bigger presents by themselves. Instead, they can pool their resources together. It will also teach your child to be grateful and genuinely appreciative of what they do receive.