The holidays are about a lot more than presents, but there’s no denying that gift-giving among friends and family is a big part of what makes this time of year so magical. Choosing, buying, and sending the perfect gifts, however, can sometimes feel like a challenge.
Lucky for you, Amazon makes the gifting process easy. Below are eight simple tips (and one bonus tip!) for making your holiday shopping less stressful this year.
1. Amazon Wish ListsSearch for your loved ones’ Amazon Wish Lists (or suggest they make one)
Amazon Wish Lists, also known as Gift Lists, are similar to a gift registry and a great way to stay organized. As a gift-buyer, you can save time by referring to other people’s Wish Lists, which removes the guesswork and ensures that you’re giving friends and family the gifts they really want or need.
Wish Lists also make it easy for gift recipients to keep track of who purchased which gifts—and if they want to return or exchange one of those gifts, they have 90 days to return items bought off their Wish List. It’s a win-win for everyone. Learn how to make an Amazon Wish List.
2. Amazon's search toolUse Amazon’s comprehensive search tool
If your loved ones didn’t make Wish Lists, or if you have no idea what they’d like, find inspiration with Amazon’s search tool. In the main search bar, type in “gifts for … ” and a word or two that describes the person you’re shopping for. For example, you can type “gifts for grandma,” “gifts for toddlers,” “gifts for pet lovers,” or “gifts for bourbon drinkers.”
From there, you’ll get search results of great gift ideas, which can be a huge help in narrowing down your options.
3. Easy shippingShip directly from Amazon to your loved ones
If you’re not exchanging gifts in person, you can ship presents to your friends and family directly from Amazon.
Just remember to change the mailing address; you likely saved your own home address as the default shipping address on your Amazon account. Shipping from Amazon can save you an extra step and the cost of additional shipping from your home to theirs.
When ordering from a Wish List, you’ll likely have the option to send the gift directly to the recipient.
Another thing to note: Amazon offers Same-Day Delivery, One-Day Delivery, and 2-Day Shipping on many items, so last-minute shoppers can rest easy.
4. Gift receiptsInclude a gift receipt with a message
If you’re not shopping from an Amazon Wish List, include a gift receipt and add a short note with your name. That ensures the recipient knows who to thank for the thoughtful gift—and ensures they can easily return or exchange the item if the gift isn’t quite right. It’s a simple tip that can save time and headaches later.
To create a gift receipt, go to your Amazon shopping cart and select “This is a gift.” When you move to the checkout page, you will see a button that reads “Add Gift Options.” From there, you can add a message that will be sent with the gift receipt.
5. Amazon gift wrapping serviceTake advantage of Amazon’s convenient gift-wrapping service for the holidays
Did you know Amazon will wrap most gifts for a small fee? If the item is eligible (if it’s not too big, heavy, or oddly shaped), it can be bagged with a decorative ribbon and a printed card with your gift message on the top of the package.
The pricing for gift wrapping varies depending on the size and shape of the item you purchase. You can also find that information when you click the “Add Gift Options” button at checkout.
6. Digital gift optionsConsider a digital gift
Speaking of last-minute shopping, digital gifts such as Kindle eBooks, an Amazon Prime membership, or digital gift cards are a great option when you need something in a pinch. They can be electronically delivered to the recipient almost immediately.
Even if you do have sufficient time to shop, digital gifts can still be an excellent choice. You’ll have the option to choose when the digital gift will be delivered.
7. Amazon gift guidesGet gifting inspiration from celebrities, creators, and our editors
Stumped for ideas? Browse our curated gift guides filled with ideas for everyone in your life:
- Oprah’s Favorite Things 2023: 12 unique gift ideas from small businesses that sell in Amazon’s store
- Sarah Jessica Parker shares 21 holiday must-haves to shop in Amazon's store
- 55 products Amazon Creators loved this year
- 23 cool small businesses to shop in Amazon stores for unique holiday gifts
- 26 last-minute gifts you can get with fast Prime delivery on Amazon’s Holiday Shop
8. Order trackingTrack the order
It’s a busy time of year, and your loved ones may not be quick to thank you for your gifts. Rather than wondering whether they’ve received your gift, check for yourself by looking at your Orders page on your Amazon account to see if the item was delivered. There’s a good chance you’ll see a photo of the box at their front door.
Knowing it arrived safe and sound, you can rest easy and enjoy the rest of your holiday season knowing your gift-giving work is done.
Bonus tip! Reuse packaging and boxes from your holiday gifts
When you receive gifts or packages this year from Amazon, some may come beautifully wrapped in the decorative bags we mentioned above. If you do, don’t toss them—save and reuse them.
You can also recycle Amazon packaging. Check out our guide to properly recycle the different types of packaging.
Find more tips and recommendations to celebrate the holidays with Amazon.