According to Wiipedia: "Personal (or organizational) wish lists compile an itemization of goods or services they desire. The list's author will then distribute copies of this list to family, friends, and other stakeholders who are likely to purchase gifts for the would-be recipient. The goal of a wish list is to facilitate communication between the gift receiver and the gift giver. Wish lists often contain items that a gift purchaser can obtain from a variety of retailers. Some wish lists are specialized for particular purposes or concentrated at individual retailers, such as gift registries (e.g.,bridal registries)."
Occasions for Wish Lists
In some cultures, people often exchange wish lists before major holidays that include gift giving, such as Christmas. Other common occasions for issuing wish lists include baby showers, birthdays, housewarmings, weddings, and charity drives.
Types of Wish Lists
- A gift registry is a type of wish list that contains only items that can be purchased at the store which manages the registry.
- An online wish list is a type of wish list that is hosted on the Internet.
- A product wish list is similar to a list of functional requirements. The difference is mainly the importance of the requested functionality. Items that might be on the wish list at one time may be expected to be requirements later.
- A software user wishlist is a type of wish list that is created by the software manufacturer (such as the software development company or the website owner) or by user groups.
Online wish list
An online wish list typically allows a registered user to create a wish list, add wishes to it and then spread a link to the wish list via email or social media like Facebook and twitter. Visitors to the published wish list can in most cases comment wishes and reserve them. This adds a collaborative perspective among the viewers that would be much harder to achieve for analog wish lists.
Example Wish List: Amazon Books by Thomas Jerome Baker