Five Best Gift-Tracking Tools

Five Best Gift-Tracking Tools

It’s easy enough to keep track of the things you want, but it’s a little trickier to track the wishes of everyone on your gift list. Here’s a look at five of the most popular gift-tracking tools.

Wishpot (Web-Based, Free)

Wishspot isn’t explicitly billed as a gift organiser (in fact, they pitch their site and services as a way for you to get what you want from uninformed friends and relatives), but Wishspot has a powerful built-in gift organiser. You can easily add items and flag them as gifts (instead of personal wishes) and then tag them by recipient, occasion and any additional tags and notes you want to add. Wishspot has an easy-add bookmarklet button for snagging stuff you find around the web.

Amazon Gift Organiser (Web-Based, Free)

Many people took to using Amazon’s wish lists as makeshift gift organisers as soon as the wish list feature was introduced. Amazon took note and introduced a master dashboard to organise wish lists intended to actually be gift lists. The Gift Organizer includes a master list of gift ideas for each person, a general list of gift ideas, and a quick search function to help you search for gift ideas for a specific person based on the mini-profile you made for them when you created their custom gift list. If you’re currently using general wishlists to track your gifts, you should really take the Gift Organizer for a spin.

Springpad (Web-Based/Android/iOS, Free)

Springpad is a web and mobile-based capture tool that excels at organising gifts thanks to features like a built-in price comparison engine including price drop and coupon reminders alerts, lists and notebooks for organizing incoming gift ideas, reminders about upcoming events, and more. For an in depth look at how Springpad helps people organise their data and make “smart lists” for everything, check out our guide to organising your life with Springpad.


Many people voted for Google Docs spreadsheets and Excel as their gift tracker of choice. Spreadsheets are a great tool for tracking gifts as they can be as simple or complex as you like. You can just put in the name of the recipient and the gift or you can turn it into a full featured gift planner with things like budget and shipping tracking built right in. If you’re a fan of spreadsheets make sure to check out our homegrown Gift-Planning Checklist.

Simplenote (All platforms [including mobile] , Free)

Simplenote is a great choice for people who are OK with the simplicity of a pen and paper list but want just a little extra zip, like cloud-based backup and cross-platform syncing. Simplenote isn’t a fancy Swiss Army knife capture tool; instead, it’s a dead-simple, plain-text capture tool that makes keeping and organizing lists painless. Check out The Holy Grail of Ubiquitous Plain-Text Capture to read more about Simplenote’s features.

Have a great technique for tracking gifts that uses one of the above tools or another tool all together? Let’s hear about it in the comments below.


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