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#ProdChat – February 11, 2015 – Birthday & Gift Tracking

On February 11, 2015, #ProdChat discussed the topic, Birthday & Gift Tracking. From birthdays to anniversaries to every other holiday around the calendar year, it’s tough to keep track of them all for sending cards and gifts. That’s what this #ProdChat discussion tried to tackle. How do the productivity enthusiasts on #ProdChat track and manage the gifting process? Watch the slideshow to see what the productivity enthusiasts on #ProdChat had to say about Birthday & Gift Tracking. Enjoy!

Questions:

  • Q1: How many people do you buy birthday, anniversary and other holiday gifts for annually?
  • Q2: Do you track birthdays and holidays, and how? Or, do you depend on Facebook to prompt you and the news?
  • Q3: How do you track birthday and holiday gift ideas? Paper list, calendar or app? #prodchat [pic]
  • Q4: How do you manage birthday/holiday cards/ecards?
  • Q5: What aspects of gifts or gift ideas do you track? Why?
  • Q6: Do you keep a wish list of gifts you want for your birthday or a holiday? How? Do you share it?
  • Q7: How do you track buying (online/brick&mortar), wrapping, shipping/delivery and other logistics?
  • Q8: Where do you go for gift ideas inspiration when you draw a blank?

Picture tweets:

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Raw transcript:

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prodchat Welcome to #ProdChat, the weekly chat for productivity enthusiasts! http://t.co/1GKZkdjMgw http://t.co/WEvKzpQ4Bn 12/2/2015 00:59
prodchat Today on #ProdChat we’re discussing Birthday &amp; Gift Tracking! Join us! http://t.co/zXRhv9CeCg 12/2/2015 01:00
prodchat So, let’s start! In a tweet, introduce yourself. What’s your greatest productivity success so far of 2015? #prodchat http://t.co/cbbfV3ZnR9 12/2/2015 01:01
halduauthor Time for #prodchat, I’ll be tweeting a bit more 12/2/2015 01:01
rsidneysmith @halduauthor Hey, Ben! How’re you today? :) #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:02
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith @halduauthor good evening #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:03
prodchat @halduauthor Welcome! Happy to have you here. #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:03
rsidneysmith @macbikegeek @halduauthor Hey there! How’re you today? Ready for some #prodchat? :) 12/2/2015 01:04
prodchat Please add #prodchat to tweets. Questions will come as Q1, Q2, Q3. Answer A1, A2, A3, for readability! 12/2/2015 01:04
halduauthor I’m Ben, education, technology, and social media are my things #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:04
prodchat @macbikegeek Hello! What’s your name? #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:05
prodchat Q1: How many people do you buy birthday, anniversary and other holiday gifts for annually? #prodchat http://t.co/MA3l6TUS19 12/2/2015 01:05
macbikegeek @rsidneysmith @halduauthor great, thanks! ready for #prodchat who is @prodchat? that’s new, right? 12/2/2015 01:05
halduauthor @macbikegeek @rsidneysmith @prodchat that’s what I was wondering #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:06
ncbluegrass Good evening prod chat I’m gonna try to multitask and participate tonight. Look forward to learning something new. #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:07
rsidneysmith @macbikegeek That’s host account and Juliet is manning it because I have to leave a bit before the chat is over. :) #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:07
macbikegeek @prodchat A1: lots, no idea. my wife does all Christmas shopping, so it’s her system. I just have to put stuff on Amazon wishlist #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:07
rsidneysmith @ncbluegrass Hey, Tim! #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:08
halduauthor @rsidneysmith @macbikegeek #slacker #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:08
macbikegeek @ncbluegrass Good evening, Tim. #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:08
prodchat @ncbluegrass Hello, Tim! Multitasking is a big challenge! Good luck. #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:08
ncbluegrass A1: that’s a statistic I don’t know but well over 100. #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:08
pal4life26 @prodchat #ProdChat A1: I would say a handful I can count on my fingers usually 12/2/2015 01:09
rsidneysmith A1: It’s actually a small number of gifts per year…maybe less than 15 people across personal/business. #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:09
prodchat @pal4life26 Hello, Nadir. Great to have you. #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:09
ncbluegrass @rsidneysmith hey Ray pleasure to be able to be here #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:10
halduauthor A1: not very many right now, #gradschoolLife. Probably like 10 #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:10
prodchat Q2: Do you track birthdays and holidays, and how? Or, do you depend on Facebook to prompt you and the news? #prodchat http://t.co/Vha8fYgx6T 12/2/2015 01:11
ncbluegrass @macbikegeek hello glad to be here. #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:11
rsidneysmith @pal4life26 Hey, Nadir! #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:11
rsidneysmith @ncbluegrass Awesome! :) #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:11
halduauthor Where is everyone tonight? #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:11
prodchat @halduauthor out buying Valentine’s Day gifts? #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:12
rsidneysmith A2: I’m a heavy user of Google Calendar, Google Sheets and Amazon Wish Lists to manage/track birthdays/holidays. #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:12
LizFurl @prodchat A2 I do depend on Facebook but I also add everything to @my24me #ProdChat 12/2/2015 01:12
ncbluegrass @prodchat honestly it’s usuall a false economy in that it usually leads to lack luster across all your attempting #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:12
prodchat @LizFurl Welcome Liz! #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:12
pal4life26 @prodchat #prodchat A1:jokingly I would answer whoever buys me a gift, gets one, #JustSaying 12/2/2015 01:12
rsidneysmith @LizFurl that’s cool, Liz! How does @my24me work? #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:13
rsidneysmith @pal4life26 Eye for an eye, eh? ;-) #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:13
halduauthor It’s all in the family calendar for the important ones, others I just let Facebook tell me #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:13
LizFurl @rsidneysmith @my24me it syncs all your calendars, notes and to do lists into one spot — it’s my lifesaver #ProdChat 12/2/2015 01:13
pal4life26 RT @prodchat: @pal4life26 Hello, Nadir. Great to have you. #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:14
macbikegeek @prodchat A2 for gifts, my wife has a spreadsheet. for generally, Facebook and info in Mac Contacts #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:14
rsidneysmith @LizFurl @my24me That’s great to hear! #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:14
ncbluegrass A2: I use the iPhone calendar app in conjunction with Google’s calendar #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:14
halduauthor @prodchat probably, I did that yesterday #planahead #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:14
ncbluegrass @halduauthor home office, that means I’m in the old north state #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:15
macbikegeek @LizFurl @prodchat @my24me Liz, welcome! But you’re killing my productivity! ;-) w another cool app to check out. #gifttome #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:16
pal4life26 @prodchat #ProdChat A2: I use a dedicated google calendar which repeats each birthday event annually + Facebook,check on weekly review 12/2/2015 01:16
halduauthor @ncbluegrass that means NC right? #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:17
rsidneysmith @pal4life26 I actually copy everyone from FB calendar as their birthday comes up into my own Google Calendar and manage it there. #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:18
prodchat Q3: How do you track birthday and holiday gift ideas? Paper list, calendar or app? #prodchat http://t.co/vd4a3MmHnY 12/2/2015 01:18
rsidneysmith @pal4life26 I don’t trust Facebook to manage it for some reason. Lol. #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:18
LizFurl @prodchat A3 apps all the way — paper gets lost and calendars need to be bought but my phone is always with me #ProdChat 12/2/2015 01:18
pal4life26 @rsidneysmith #ProdChat I feel there is an option in Facebook to export birthdays to google calendar,hmm maybe 12/2/2015 01:19
ncbluegrass @halduauthor that is correct east of Raleigh and west of The coast by about 100 miles too far. #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:19
halduauthor A3: poorly, but when I do @evernote #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:19
macbikegeek @prodchat A3 the aforementioned spreadsheet maintained by my wife. #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:19
rsidneysmith @pal4life26 It shows as a calendar in Google, then I “copy to my calendar”…which is a special Birthday/Holidays calendar. :) #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:20
halduauthor @rsidneysmith @pal4life26 “I don’t trust facebook, but I trust google” #irony #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:20
ncbluegrass A3: could use good suggestions I rely on getting hints through year and adding them to calendar #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:21
MobileBlueApp RT @LizFurl: @prodchat A3 apps all the way — paper gets lost and calendars need to be bought but my phone is always with me #ProdChat 12/2/2015 01:21
rsidneysmith @halduauthor @pal4life26 I definitely trust Google with my data over FB. :-P #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:21
pal4life26 @prodchat #ProdChat A3: I started using @trello and delicious bookmarks.i feel key is to note the gifts as u see them instead of wen u need. 12/2/2015 01:22
halduauthor @rsidneysmith @pal4life26 which is funny considering they are both in the business of selling it #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:22
rsidneysmith @halduauthor @pal4life26 But with Google I can delete it all (http://t.co/19McpWnPVj) but with FB you cannot. ;) #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:23
pal4life26 @rsidneysmith #ProdChat ditto 12/2/2015 01:23
pal4life26 RT @halduauthor: @rsidneysmith @pal4life26 “I don’t trust facebook, but I trust google” #irony #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:23
rsidneysmith @ncbluegrass We’ll actually discuss that in Q5, so kudos! :) #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:23
prodchat Q4: How do you manage birthday/holiday cards/ecards? #prodchat http://t.co/iLeBsicdv8 12/2/2015 01:24
halduauthor @rsidneysmith @pal4life26 do you intend to delete? Or just like knowing that you can? #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:24
pal4life26 @rsidneysmith @halduauthor #ProdChat I see a future wed #ProdChat topic here 12/2/2015 01:25
LizFurl @prodchat A4: always a paper card for those I care about. Mail is so much better than email/text/Facebook #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:25
rsidneysmith @halduauthor @pal4life26 Knowing that I can…it’s the right/access/ability, not the actual doing. #trust #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:25
halduauthor A4: honestly I don’t really do cards anymore… #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:26
rsidneysmith @pal4life26 @halduauthor Yes, a topic on security would be good! :)) #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:26
ncbluegrass A4: poorly, if physical card a trip to dollar tree, if electronic most likely send email #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:26
halduauthor LizFurl @prodchat unless you are a tree…  #RIP #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:27
rsidneysmith A4: Punchbowl and Hallmark for e-cards mostly. If I want it to be funny, http://t.co/d8ATU8CJkL. :) #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:27
macbikegeek @LizFurl @prodchat I totally agree with Liz – paper card/note is best for close folks. Electronic/FB for a lot of not so close. #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:28
pal4life26 @prodchat #ProdChat A4:I converted to [email protected] @Shutterfly. 12/2/2015 01:28
rsidneysmith Join ProductivityBookGroup .org on 2/28 for our discussion of “Happy Money” http://t.co/wQRfxIkzyT #prodchat http://t.co/FkyAcBmkCV 12/2/2015 01:29
rsidneysmith A4a: I’ve also been sending photos (using http://t.co/4GOKZRJ8I9) through Google+ as birthday/special day greetings also! #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:29
mcraegj [email protected] I prefer to send a SMS or a phone call – cards are so yesterday ;) #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:29
halduauthor @rsidneysmith @pal4life26 like fire insurance? I love having it but I never want to use it #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:29
prodchat Q5: What aspects of gifts or gift ideas do you track? Why? #prodchat http://t.co/RZk4NebXPl 12/2/2015 01:30
pal4life26 @prodchat #ProdChat a4:there is also apps now @postagram @InkCards papyrus is also an option.and they mail it too #customize as well 12/2/2015 01:30
halduauthor @rsidneysmith @canva I love Canva #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:30
prodchat @mcraegj Hey, Gary! Good to have you join us. #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:30
pal4life26 RT @rsidneysmith: Join ProductivityBookGroup .org on 2/28 for our discussion of “Happy Money” http://t.co/wQRfxIkzyT #prodchat http://t.co/… 12/2/2015 01:31
ncbluegrass @mcraegj depends on closeness could go all out and FaceTime or Skype #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:31
LizFurl @prodchat A5 I don’t tend to track — if I see a good gift idea, I’ll buy immediately #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:31
mcraegj @prodchat Well thank you! #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:31
rsidneysmith I have to hop off now. You’re in the competent hands of Juliet now @prodchat! Enjoy, #prodchat enthusiasts! 12/2/2015 01:32
mcraegj @ncbluegrass Oh I don’t want to see the person ;) #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:32
Christine_Chen6 Hey! Hopefully it’s not too late for me to jump in. #ProdChat 12/2/2015 01:32
prodchat @Christine_Chen6 Not at all, welcome! #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:32
ncbluegrass @rsidneysmith so glad you could grace us if even briefly be well and see you next week #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:33
mcraegj @Christine_Chen6 Look who it is – hello #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:34
ncbluegrass @Christine_Chen6 nope just answer all previous questions in one response then take it from there. Lol #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:35
prodchat @ncbluegrass @Christine_Chen6 But be sure to label A1/A2/A3 for your one response ;-) #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:36
prodchat Q6: Do you keep a wish list of gifts you want for your birthday or a holiday? How? Do you share it? #prodchat http://t.co/UVR5Dwh22a 12/2/2015 01:37
LizFurl @prodchat A6: I’m not big on gifts for myself, so I’m TERRIBLE at telling others what I want. I should start a list… #ProdChat 12/2/2015 01:38
Christine_Chen6 A6 I keep a wishlist for things I want. I keep a favorites tab and only share my top 3 around my birthday and holidays #ProdChat 12/2/2015 01:39
macbikegeek @prodchat A6: Amazon wish list, some shared, but small stuff. Big stuff we talk about and may designate to holiday but buy now. #ProdChat 12/2/2015 01:39
mcraegj @LizFurl @prodchat Take the cash Liz, take the cash #ProdChat 12/2/2015 01:40
halduauthor Sorry folks, had to cut out for a little bit, might have to again #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:40
ncbluegrass A6: I use wish list in Amazon and iTunes but it’s for my benefit I ask for gift cards so I can prioritize purchases #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:40
halduauthor A6: I am awful at coming up with things that I want [gift] #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:41
LizFurl mcraegj @prodchat that’s my favorite — defaulting to Apple gift cards [wink] #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:42
Christine_Chen6 @ncbluegrass I LOVE gift cards. This way gift buying can’t go wrong. #ProdChat 12/2/2015 01:42
pal4life26 @prodchat #ProdChat A6:I save Rn on Amazon wishlist, here it’s for y’all http://t.co/MdvTn9qnLb 12/2/2015 01:42
prodchat Q7: How do you track buying (online/brick&amp;mortar), wrapping, shipping/delivery and other logistics? #prodchat http://t.co/M5xzdntW98 12/2/2015 01:44
halduauthor Hmmm perhaps Twitter is broken #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:48
pal4life26 @prodchat #ProdChat using online services To send gifts takes care of all that like @Hallmark 12/2/2015 01:48
prodchat @halduauthor Luckily you’re here so I didn’t actually have to check another platform. #prodchat. 12/2/2015 01:49
pal4life26 @prodchat #ProdChat A7:I do use @Target to get the cards , wrapper etc in one location. 12/2/2015 01:49
ncbluegrass @halduauthor I was wondering that too? #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:49
pal4life26 @prodchat #ProdChat A7:planning to use @Postmates to do some of that for me 12/2/2015 01:51
macbikegeek @ncbluegrass @halduauthor @prodchat my other streams in TweetDeck are refreshing. Search stream is a little slower. #ProdChat 12/2/2015 01:51
halduauthor @ncbluegrass I’m missing q7 and anything else in the last 5 to 8 minutes #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:51
prodchat Q8: Where do you go for gift ideas inspiration when you draw a blank? #prodchat http://t.co/vpJqVS8mee 12/2/2015 01:52
prodchat MT Q7: How do you track buying (online/brick&amp;mortar), wrapping, shipping/delivery and other logistics? #prodchat http://t.co/M5xzdntW98 12/2/2015 01:52
macbikegeek @halduauthor @ncbluegrass me, too from Nadir’s A6 to your query about twitter being broken. #ProdChat 12/2/2015 01:53
prodchat RT @pal4life26: @prodchat #ProdChat using online services To send gifts takes care of all that like @Hallmark 12/2/2015 01:53
Christine_Chen6 A8 Pintrest is a great place for gift ideas inspiration. I love instagram for that too. #ProdChat 12/2/2015 01:53
ncbluegrass @halduauthor I was using Hootesuite but I’ve looked at notifications on Twitter app and saw this. No q7 for me either #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:53
halduauthor @macbikegeek @ncbluegrass well seems that we all got hit with the same thing. Maybe nobody was tweeting #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:54
macbikegeek @prodchat A7 Amazon and other online sources send notifications as orders process/ship to it’s automatic. IRL purchases I’m there. #ProdChat 12/2/2015 01:55
ncbluegrass @macbikegeek I’m using Hootesuite search stream and it gotten all slow and out of sequence #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:55
halduauthor Drawing a blank is an interesting expression. Is it rooted in…? Anybody know? #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:56
macbikegeek @prodchat A7b: I ship a lot so I have tape gun, boxes, etc. and #tip half-page labels http://t.co/SxkrTZdlJH to make it ez. #ProdChat 12/2/2015 01:57
ncbluegrass A8: level of relationship ranging from dollar store to the now defunct sky mall :( #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:57
prodchat Join ProductivityBookGroup .org on 2/28 for our discussion of “Happy Money” http://t.co/hm4Ss8sLAT #prodchat http://t.co/slRjFOYJgX 12/2/2015 01:58
macbikegeek @halduauthor if this is right, none of the above. http://t.co/hoY6OBf6LT #ProdChat 12/2/2015 01:58
halduauthor ncbluegrass #RIP  #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:59
prodchat @halduauthor apparently closer to the later, but drawing as in to pull. Pull blank paper out of the lottery jar. #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:59
ncbluegrass @halduauthor not sure both about as early as the other. #prodchat 12/2/2015 01:59
prodchat Thanks #productivity enthusiasts for today’s #ProdChat! Join us again next week! Check out the transcript tomorrow! 12/2/2015 02:00
macbikegeek @prodchat A8: mostly let it percolate or talk to someone to engage my subconscious #ProdChat 12/2/2015 02:00
halduauthor @macbikegeek huh, interesting didn’t know that #prodchat 12/2/2015 02:01
Christine_Chen6 goodnight all! #prodchat 12/2/2015 02:01
ncbluegrass @macbikegeek interesting learned yet something else here on #prodchat 12/2/2015 02:01
macbikegeek @halduauthor neither did I, but technically really is your second – paper! #ProdChat good night all. 12/2/2015 02:02
ncbluegrass RT @prodchat: Thanks #productivity enthusiasts for today’s #ProdChat! Join us again next week! Check out the transcript tomorrow! 12/2/2015 02:02
halduauthor It’s been fun, if a little choppy #prodchat, catch ya next week 12/2/2015 02:03
ncbluegrass Thanks all for the insights, tips, retweets, favorites and follows see you all again on #prodchat 12/2/2015 02:05
pal4life26 @prodchat #prodchat quick survey,what r the top 3 things you want in a birthday tracking-gift scheduling app [email protected] 12/2/2015 02:07
ncbluegrass @pal4life26 customization, automation in regards 2 reminders &amp; scheduling, &amp; all in 1 dashboard / not switching between platforms #prodchat 12/2/2015 02:37
my24me RT @LizFurl: @prodchat A2 I do depend on Facebook but I also add everything to @my24me #ProdChat 12/2/2015 09:08
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