We get it. You don’t want to clutter the world, or your life with more stuff. So, for your next celebration or milestone, you want to inspire your friends and family to give you something that you truly want, and they will feel good about gifting you. A gift that will actually help you feel a true sense of joy and become a better person. What you want is to have a unique, meaningful and even life-changing experience that you are passionate about. You are ready to make your dreams a reality! You may have many dreams, so start with the one that inspires you the most at this point in time. Do you want to get closer to someone you love? Get adventurous? Get festive? Get balanced? Get skilled? Once you have chosen your ideal experience, get to telling your story through My World Registry. You may feel overwhelmed about creating and sharing your gift-experience registry, but just keep it in your comfort zone and, most importantly, very you. Daydream for a minute about what inspired you to have this experience in the first place. Your personal gift registry allows you to convey your passion with words, videos, pictures and links. Consider it your digital vision board!
Tell your story with a personal video.
If you’re far away from many of your loved ones that you will be inviting to share your celebration with your registry, a short, but personal video may be much more impactful than images alone. Be creative and clever. Have fun. Your personality will help you make a meaningful connection to your tribe. Incorporate props, backdrops and music to help convey your enthusiasm. For instance, if you would like to be gifted the opportunity to drive cross-county, stopping to camp in national forests, shoot your video from a tent, or around a campfire as you roast a marshmallow for your prospective gifter. The fun is endless!
Write a description of your experience.
Swirl your narrative around the moment you realized you wanted to have this experience. Let your friends and family know what it means to you and how it will enhance your life. Share your passionate vision of the experience and the many opportunities you will get along the way thanks to their help. You can also include links to relevant pages that further describe or portray your dream experience, and also personal links, such as your college, your wedding website or blog to deepen you message.
Inquiring minds want to know:
- Where will you go?
- What will you do?
- What will you experience for the first time?
- How will you grow from this experience?
- How will this experience enrich your life and others around you?
- Speak from your heart. Keep a positive tone of voice. Smile!
- Upload beautiful photos.
Beautiful photography inspires and imprints. Find images online that capture the essence of your desired experience and include them in your registry. When you begin your adventure, you’ll be able to capture your own digital images and videos and share them in the “experience updates” section of your registry page. This is a great way to give back and show your appreciation for all of the love and support! Make them proud.
Map out your money.
Whether you have already been saving, or My World Registry will help kick start your account, take the time to research the many facets of your experience so you can create a fair estimate of how much it will cost. If your gift experience involves traveling, take into consideration your hard travel expenses via trains, planes and automobiles throughout the duration of your adventure. You’ll have costs for eating, exploring and entertaining. If you have a full-time job, you may want to include any time off work without pay that you would incur. Make it all count! You should let your gifters know what you will be able to do with their support. Be specific and descriptive, you may want to let them know that by gifting just $50 they can feed you for an entire day, or $80 will cover a whale watching tour in South Africa.
Set up your account.
My World Registry offers two simple ways to collect your monetary gifts. If you have a PayPal account, you can simply enter your email address associated with your Paypal account to link your registry from your “payment information” page. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can set one up directly through PayPal and then link to your registry. Another option is to sign up for a free Stripe account directly from your registry page. Stripe is a great, safe alternative as well. Your cash gift contributions will be deposited individually to your account as they are made.
Share your registry near and far.
My World Registry makes it simple for you to announce your gift-experience registry via email or through your social media channels. Make time to interactive with people who leave comments, likes and loves. You can inspire a community of gifters that want to help you achieve your experience goal. Keep them posted on updates like booking your ticket, enrolling in a class or obtaining a camera that you will use to document and share your experience. Each and every milestone counts! Continue to share the link to your registry with exciting information throughout the duration of your gift-giving timeline.
Don’t forget about your friends and family who are not on social media. Craft personal emails to them so they know how important this experience is to you. Granny may even enjoy a handwritten note!
Express your gratitude for each and every gift, big or small. Your people genuinely love and care about you and want to see you enrich your life. Never forget who made it possible and continue to connect with them by sending postcards, posting pictures and videos on social media and writing journal entries on your registry page. Your givers will see what their help has meant to you, and your experience will be even more special by sharing it with them. If it’s full of your style and personality, it will touch their hearts!
Are you as pumped and stoked as we think you are now? Go get started! Start creating your registry and submit it for us to publish it once you are all finished. You can continue to make edits as you wish, when you wish. Remember to be sure to connect your Paypal or Stripe account, so that your guests can start making cash gift contributions right away!