I was asked to review Santa’s Hideout this season and I was thrilled to do so. For several years now I try to let my children’s Grandparents know what they want but it seems things always get confused or messed up. This year I’m hoping Santa’s Hideout can help me avoid this problem.
The first thing you do is set-up a free account. Pretty standard and very easy. You set-up your email address and password. Once in you set-up your children so that you can make their lists. You can set price limits and the amount of toys on your child’s list. I think this is fantastic for 2 reasons. 1st if you have an overdoer in your family who likes to buy way to much for your child and 2nd b/c your child can add things to the list and you don’t want them adding $1,000 items.
From here, since my kids are small, I started adding items to their lists. You can be as generic or specific as you want. They pick toys from Amazon.com so if you know a specific item on there just type in the name as it appears on Amazon. Since Nola is getting a Kitchen this year from Santa (shhhhh) I typed in the word kitchen to see what would pull up. Since it’s Amazon everything I had been use to buying for her popped up. I went down and picked a bunch of Melissa and Doug foods to add to her list. I then added some Stephen Joseph items. He has the cutest lady bug items!! Once I was done with my daughter I moved onto my son and added all they typical boy items like jeeps, cars, Leapster games, and remote control helicopter.
Now I added everything b/c my kids are 2 and 4 but if you have an older kid you can send them an email from Santa asking them to fill out their list. All they have to do is type in the name of the item and then drag and drop onto their list. Easy peasy.
I just love that you can involve your children in this.
Speaking of Santa you can also choose to have him send your child a friendly keep being good letter via email. I choose the I hear you’ve been a good helper around the house version but they also have sharing, follow the golden rule and so on. My son is really into Santa this year so I’m hoping this will have an impact! lol.
When you’re ready to email your lists out to people just add their name and email address and it sends it right to their inbox. Once they purchase an item they can mark it reserved or purchased on the list so that you don’t have 2 people buying the same item. Just love how organized and user friendly this is!
Here’s one tip – you should use the web browser Google Chrome or Safari. I normally use Window Internet Explorer and I can tell you it will not work with that. I had to email the help desk to figure it out. If you do need help they are great to work with and will go to great lengths to help you figure out your issue. We emailed back and forth several times before we figured out it was my browser causing the issues.
This is a wonderful free service that will hopefully keep everything simple and easy for you this holiday season. Definitely give it a try. You can find Santa’s Hideout on facebook, twitter, google + and youtube.