Five Hints for Organizing Group Christmas Gift Giving

Posted on 11/15/2010

Lots of us have champagne taste, but a beer budget. When it comes to selecting Christmas gifts you can either buy your loved one a gift you can afford or you can buy them what they really want. And affording what they really want may require pooling resources with others. But group gift giving can often be a hassle. Here are five hints for organizing group Christmas gift giving.

Start Early - Organizing group gift giving takes time. This typically isn’t something that can wait until the Saturday before Christmas—especially if you’re dealing with a big group that likes to share lots of opinions.

Be Up Front - Want to buy your dad an iPad for Christmas? Tell your plans to relatives and friends that might want to be a part of the action. Explain up front what you think the cost per person will be. This honesty and clarification in the beginning will reduce the chances that later on Uncle Joe decides he only wants to pitch in $10, sticking you with the bulk of the cost.

Choose a Gift You Know They Want - If you’re going to the trouble of getting a group together to buy a great gift, you’ll want to make sure it’s something your loved one really wants. Not quite sure what that is? Try using a service like The site helps organize a group gift giving experience where everyone pitches in to buy a gift card (or several of them) to stores like Best Buy, Whole Foods and Border’s.

Allow Online Payments - Gone are the days of waiting for checks to arrive in the mail or hitting up friends for that cash they promised to pitch in. Now you can use websites like or to collect payments and select gifts.

Embrace Social Media - Group gift giving is another aspect of life that Facebook has impacted. Check out eBay Group Gifts, a Facebook integrated service that helps plan the purchase of a group gift. You can use Facebook to invite family and friends to take part. The service also allows them to pay by PayPal or credit card. Once you reach your goal amount you can buy the gift of choice and ship it straight to the lucky recipient

By Alison Storm

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Paula Cho

Posted on 11.15.10 at 1:42 PM

Hey Alison, Thanks for the mention! Paula Cho, Founder, from: Everyone.

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