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How to Give Your Friends What They Really Want

Nov 22, 2010

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Sure, picking out gifts for others can be just as much fun as splurging on yourself, but let’s admit it: not everyone on your list is as easy as your connected-at-the-hip-BFF or oversharer-twin-sister. When it comes to your tween niece or your daughter’s boyfriend, it can be hard just to get started. Rather than throw your hands up in gift-certificate surrender, we’ve released a new tool that gives personalized suggestions based on Facebook likes and interests. It couldn’t be simpler: just connect with Facebook and choose the friend you want to shop for.

You knew your college roommate was in need of prints for her new home office, but now she can enjoy her morning NPR under the benevolent gaze of Ira.

For Secret Santa, you thought it would be safe to get your coworker an iTunes gift card, but who knew what she was really up to on the weekends?

Don’t disappoint your mother-in-law. She just fed you a feast of latkes.

Have fun checking the tool out for yourself at

If you find this feature helpful, share it with your friends on Facebook, so they can use it to find something for you!

Q & A

Question: What if I’m not on Facebook?

Answer: Don’t worry, we’ve still got lots of great ways to find gifts for everyone on your list. Check out our Treasury filled with great finds from our members, sign up for our Etsy Gifts email, or browse through your favorite categories.

Question: Why can’t I see gift ideas for some of my friends?

Answer: The gift ideas are derived from your friends’ Facebook likes and interests, so we can’t always come up with ideas if your friends don’t have many likes on Facebook. You can always search and explore Etsy to find gifts for these friends.


  • SweetBabyJanesShop

    SweetBabyJanesShop said 9 years ago

    Sounds great. On my way to check it out!

  • choisette

    choisette said 9 years ago

    the only thing missing is a re-gifting tool for the acquaintance who deserves that special crappy gift.

  • RegalCottage

    RegalCottage said 9 years ago

    Oh, that is too cool! Such perfect picks at the click of a button! What will they think of next? I mean, really?

  • pileofstones

    pileofstones said 9 years ago

    What a great tool, I can't wait to use it! Thanks all!

  • Radness

    Radness said 9 years ago

    etsy makes gift giving stress free! cool!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 9 years ago

    This was quite the team effort! Thanks.

  • MouseKitten

    MouseKitten said 9 years ago

    ira glass categories! etsy has everything! Gifting is easy with etsy and facebook combined :)

  • tangente

    tangente said 9 years ago

    Sounds like a great tool!

  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse said 9 years ago

    what will you think of next, this is awesome!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 9 years ago

    choisetee that made me gigle :)

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 9 years ago

    giggle and snort

  • creativityismessy

    creativityismessy said 9 years ago

    That is super kewl!! Love it!

  • pearlygrae

    pearlygrae said 9 years ago

    great idea....going to check it out.

  • RohlsArt

    RohlsArt said 9 years ago

    Gay wedding card, because (insertname) likes gay marriage. Because every girl that likes gay marriage wants a congratulatory card for a gay wedding as a christmas gift! Oh, Etsy...

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago


  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 9 years ago

    Superb idea~! Sounds great

  • redglasscurls

    redglasscurls said 9 years ago

    Finally, a non-creepy use for facebook's overshare abilities:D I actually kind of love this

  • heatherfuture

    heatherfuture said 9 years ago

    Oh my goodness, this is SO COOL! And way too much fun. I'm going to have a ball playing with this!

  • MindBodyRestoration

    MindBodyRestoration said 9 years ago

    Wow, what a great tool just in time for the holidays!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    Well, that's pretty cool. Way to go team etsy!

  • doxallodesigns

    doxallodesigns said 9 years ago

    Very cool - can't wait to try this!!!

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 9 years ago

    Sounds like a very usuful new tool!!!! I thinks a wish list is in order so you souldn't even have to connect to FB - The person can just mark items they want

  • heidiburton

    heidiburton said 9 years ago

    Officially awestruck.

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic said 9 years ago

    Great! Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 9 years ago

    Great..checking it out!

  • oguerrero

    oguerrero said 9 years ago

    Very cool!

  • TheCakeStandBoutique

    TheCakeStandBoutique said 9 years ago

    Thanks! will def check out that gosh I need that adorable stamp!

  • ViviansKitchen

    ViviansKitchen said 9 years ago

    Tried it out and I must say...pretty cool :)

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 9 years ago

    What a great idea!

  • awkgirl

    awkgirl said 9 years ago

    I tried it out and think it's genius! Although I did get the occasional odd suggestion.. like a hair bow with my guy's college team on it.. it made Christmas shopping even more fun than usual!

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 9 years ago

    Sounds helpful! On my way to check it out!

  • malpanka

    malpanka said 9 years ago

    sounds great in theory, but all i get is those movie bootlegs and pendants with portraits of musicians. i guess that's because my friends have crappy and unoriginal likes and interests

  • liquidstar

    liquidstar said 9 years ago

    Awesome idea! Thanks!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the idea! Another fun way to look at Facebook

  • HomemadeZen

    HomemadeZen said 9 years ago

    Haha I tried it out and it's fun. It got my friend's likes correctly but fails to account for my friend's sex and age when providing gift suggestions. Still fun though.

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible said 9 years ago

    shopping is difficult but when you get somebody something they really want or need there is no greater feeling! peace, DevineCollectilbe

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 9 years ago

    I am so excited to start using this asap!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 9 years ago

    nice! like that feature!

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 9 years ago

    I love this app!

  • frenchtoastfriday

    frenchtoastfriday said 9 years ago

    This is wonderful!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    ooh wow what an awesome idea, I'm looking forward to giving this a whirl!

  • artangel

    artangel said 9 years ago

    Interesting idea - I like it!

  • SavoyFaire

    SavoyFaire said 9 years ago

    Just be aware that FB likes and interests are product/company based and not everything nor possibly what really interests your friends. Only you know them best!

  • AdeloCreations

    AdeloCreations said 9 years ago

    Very clever! I like the text and the pictures of this article...It s a pitty that i can't get those stamps..they ship only to Canada and USA :( Great work though, thanks for all the innovations

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 9 years ago

    choisette made me chuckle too! Sounds interesting. I'll have to check it out! Thanks Etsy!

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 9 years ago

    love this tool! ♥

  • PersonalizedGiftsbyJ

    PersonalizedGiftsbyJ said 9 years ago

    Very cool!

  • tresundesigns

    tresundesigns said 9 years ago

    Great! Thanks for the idea.

  • Rosalinart

    Rosalinart said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for the tips, Facebook friends and what they like it is a great idea for choosing a gift!!!! I will keep in mind your advices. :-)

  • SouthernHippie

    SouthernHippie said 9 years ago

    awesomeness :)

  • sarrible08

    Sara Brady said 7 years ago

    Does this feature not exist anymore? I found it really useful in the past.

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