If you’re anything like me, Christmas is a double edged sword; so much excitement and fun but there’s also the guilty thought that soon my kids will be flooded with gifts.
The gifts are of course from beautifully well meaning grandparents, aunts, uncles and dear friends but add them all together and there’s …. a lot!
And many of them may be given a cursory glance, a moment of attention and then left in a massive pile – to haunt me for months and make me feel guilty about the mountain of plastic and landfill.
I often wonder why I feel bad actually providing suggestions for gifts or asking for contributions towards a larger gift.
It didn’t bother me to have a Wedding Registry, so why feel guilty having a list for the kids?
It seems I’m not alone. It seems that other parents have walked ahead of me and felt the same guilt. But they’ve done something fantastic … they’ve created PURPOSIT!
Now I’m not going to pretend I’ve just stumbled across this App and am raving about it. I didn’t. But when the team from Purposit got in touch with us and told us exactly what their App does, we were more than happy to share the good news.
Purposit enables you (and those who gift to your children) to give meaningful gifts for your kids, every time. Gift choices are only limited by the parents’ imagination; from material items to experiences such as travel, school funding or dance classes. It can also be a charitable gift.
With Purposit, you can choose presents for today or the future. The same gift can be used for multiple events (eg. birthdays, Christmas, Graduation) until it gets 100% funded.
Here’s what Mums and Dads are saying about Purposit:
Here’s how Purposit works (it was much easier to understand when I saw this):
Now I can just point friends to the gift ideas and, if they do not know what to get, they have the option to contribute. As there is no minimum contribution, this works for all friends regardless of their budgets. Only the parent who invited you can see your contribution so there is none of that ‘peer pressure’ that you get with most group gifting platforms.
For most people, Purposit will save a lot of time too. No need to go the mall to search for the right gift – you can do that from your phone or computers in literally 60 seconds.
Perfect for interstate and overseas gift givers.
If you have grandies and relatives inter-state and overseas, this is just perfect for them. After they contribute online via the website – called webapp for some reason – you can send them personalised thank you cards and post pictures for them to comment on. Closing the distance and allowing distant relatives to feel like they are still in the loop.
Purposit is very different from your typical gift giving event. Once you join an event for a child, you can follow their profile on Purposit. You can see how their gift funding is tracking (% progress only), comment on photos and make ad hoc contributions to any unfunded gift.
It feels like a more personal social circle around your child composed only of those people the organiser chooses. As there is no way for anyone to ‘ask to be your friend’ on it, you don’t have to worry about that pain in the butt cousin you never invite.
For me as a mum, one of the main attractions is that I can now think about experiences, travelling, education and activities that looked of out of reach and use the app to help fund them. I can create gifts for next year and the year after so people can chip in for the same gift multiple times on multiples events. Until the gift is funded!
So easy to use.
Whoever designed Purposit clearly had non-tech savvy people like myself in mind because it’s all super simple and clear to navigate. Lots of tasks are automated including the invitations. I didn’t have to write the invite – I just chose one of many templates with a nicely crafted message and added a few emojis here and there.
One thing I’m conscious when asking people to chip in is how they may feel. I don’t want them to feel like I’m telling them what to do. I want them to feel like I’m giving them options in case they want to give something but are unsure what to get. And the templates were smartly written to make sure everyone receiving feels good and see the gift ideas as an option only. Clever!
But the best part of it is that it helps me give my children opportunities and chances than perhaps I would not be able to give on my own. It helps me think about what my kids will need in the future and start working on it now to make it happen.
And that’s all done by simply shifting the hard earned money of friends away from unnecessary presents and towards the gifts that matter most and will benefit our kids greatly.
And that is an awesome thing!
Find out all about Purposit on their website here.
Download the Purposit App FREE from the App Store, Google Play or Web App and start gifting today!