Birthdays are special days, and we cannot reiterate that enough. They are exciting and filled with glee and cheer when you have the right people in your corner who make the celebration worthwhile with gifts, sweet texts, fun time, food, cake and drinks, reliving old memories, and so on.
Most people look forward to their birthdays mainly for gifts, and I don’t blame them because that’s probably the only time of the year when they are asked what they want as a gift.
Giving and receiving gifts have always been a norm during birthdays. Although some people just give because it is the ‘right thing’ to do, others want to show how important someone is, appreciate them, make them happy, and create a long-term memory in their heads with this sweet gesture.
Considering this, as the celebrant, you need to give people insight into something they can easily refer to when they want to get you a gift.
This would influence their gift-buying decision since you might not get a blank cheque like that till maybe your next birthday. Who knows?
Hence, A Birthday wishlist.
What is a Wishlist
Normally, wish lists are used in e-commerce (online stores like Amazon, eBay, Zara, etc.) to save a product without having to buy them, at least not at that moment.
These products may consist of items you desire, need, or are interested in.
But now we have infused that tradition into birthdays to help people have a list of things that they would love as a gift for themselves on their birthday, which they proceed to share with friends, loved ones, and family.
Importance of a Wishlist
It helps you get the perfect set of gifts
A specific Birthday wishlist gets you what you want and how you want it. It gives no room for a ‘wrong’ gift.
Imagine getting a mug for your birthday when you already have like a million of them stored in your house.
Or a set of make-up brushes, when you don’t even wear make-up. These would be gifts, but not the right gifts for you.
So, having a Birthday wishlist would help people get the right things that they would find useful.
It makes the whole process easier
When asked what you want for a birthday gift, having a list would reduce the pressure of thinking on the spot and responding. You can simply forward the list to whoever is asking.
And relatives and friends who are terrible at picking gift items can always refer to your wishlist to help them pick the right gift or set.
That way, they wouldn’t have to think so long and hard about what they can get you that you would like and would be beneficial to you.
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They make your dreams come true
If you can’t afford something you’ve always wanted (at least not yet), it wouldn’t harm you to add it to your Birthday wishlist, as someone somewhere might just make your dreams come true.
So, whenever the thought of something you would like as a gift pops into your head, note it down, as it will be ‘wishlist worthy’ and may even turn into a gift for you!
Keep a record of what you have and what you don’t
One way to have a mental note of things you have and don’t have and keep a record of them is to write out a list.
Thus, by curating your Birthday wishlist, you’re able to differentiate these items and point out things you don’t have that you need and don’t mind getting as a gift.
What Should be on Your Birthday Wishlist?
When curating your wishlist, remember your circle of friends and the kind of pockets they have.
Don’t include a car on your list if none of your friends has one, as your Birthday wishlist shouldn’t be something they would have to break the bank for.
While it’s okay to ‘dream big,’ you should also be considerate.
But if your friends are ‘Odogwus,’ feel free to bill them since you know they are capable.
That being said, if you’ve ever gotten stuck while trying to write out your wishlist, or you have already started but have no idea what else to add, here are some things you can use as a guide to curating the perfect wishlist.
This is the most important item that should be on your list before you start thinking of what to add.
Let your account details be pasted there for those that want to appreciate you in cash.
With cash, you can buy anything you want, by yourself, for yourself.
The things you need
These are the stuff you need, either for work, school, at home, or for your day-to-day activities. Things like this may include a journal, a water bottle, a power bank, your favourite scent, a pair of shoes, a handbag, and so on.
Things on your wishlist should not be overly expensive. Consider the cost and also consider if you would be able to vex and buy at least one of the items for yourself if you don’t get it as a gift.
You should also be able to reciprocate that same energy for someone else’s birthday.
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Activities you’ve always wanted to try
Wish lists are not for items alone. They can also include spending quality time with friends, sightseeing, visiting an orphanage, eating at your favourite spot, etc.
Explicitly say, a fun visit to Upbeat Centre, Lagos.
Or, A visit with family and friends to St. John’s Orphanage, Jos, with food items and clothes.
There are a lot of activities you can try out. But again, it depends on the financial capacity of those around you.
Suggestions on where they can get the gifts
In order to make buying it easier, if you have a trusted plug, you can add it as a suggestion for those that are clueless as to where to get the gift items.
For instance, Handbag from Wendy’s Place on IG.
This is very specific and straightforward and would even make buying and delivering to you, the celebrant, way easier.
Phone number of a close/trusted friend
There’s always that ‘one friend’ that can help influence the gift-buying decision of different people because of how well they know you and what you would love to have for a birthday gift. They also know your exact size or preference for anything. Be sure they are good at keeping secrets sha oh, so that if there’s a surprise on the way, they won’t spoil it.
Your birthday shouldn’t be without gifts. If your birthday is on the way, this is the sign you need to start writing out your wishlist to avoid the last-minute rush.
Trust you found this helpful. Wish away, dear reader, and a very Happy Birthday to you!…in advance.
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- I am a student of Obafemi Awolowo University. A Gen-Z and advocate for the Soft Life. I spend most of my leisure time as a freelancer, creatively curating content and telling relatable stories. I am also passionate about quality lifestyle.
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