What is a gift circle?

Your gift circle is all the family and friends you celebrate and exchange gifts with on special occasions. 

What is Gift Circle?

Gift Circle is the easy way to organise gifts. It's where friends and family get together to swap wish lists so it's easy to choose and buy each other perfect gifts. Never be stuck for a gift idea and no more wrong gifts or same gifts. Manage all your gift shopping. Keep a track of what you're buying for who and how much you're spending.

Does it cost me anything to use?

No. Gift Circle is free to use.

Does Gift Circle sell gifts?

No. When you buy a gift you buy buy direct from the retailer.

Does it cost more to buy a gift through Gift Circle?

No. You only pay the retailers normal price.

When do I use it?

Add to your list whenever you have a new gift idea or find something on line you fancy. Check friends and families lists whenever there's an upcoming occasion.

How do I get started? 

Just sign up - perfect gifts are only a click away!


GIFT SHOPPING.

Asking for Lists.

Go to MY LISTS and click ASK FOR LISTS.

First you need to invite friends to join your circle by email or facebook.

Email; 

  1. Click "Ask new friends from your address book" and follow the simple steps to import contacts from your email address book, or you can type in details.
  2. Choose the message you want to send and click ASK FRIENDS. They will be sent a friend request email and a list request email.

Facebook;

  1. Clicking the link "See which of your Facebook friends are on Gift Circle"  will bring up a list of friends. Check the ones you want to invite to your circle, choose the message you want to send and click ASK FRIENDS. They will be sent a friend request email and a list request email.
  2. Send a personal message to Facebook friends by clicking the message Facebook friends link. Your message will contain a link to Gift Circle but no friend or list request emails will be sent.

To see what the friend request email says go to Emails and Notifications below.

Buying a gift.

Click on the list name to view and browse a list.

  1. Check gift(s) and click the HOLD ITEMS button to reserve them your SHOPPING LIST while you decide what to buy.
  2. On your shopping list click the VIEW/BUY button to visit the retailers product page which opens in a new tab.
  3. Return to the Gift Circle tab. If you bought the gift click BOUGHT. If you decide not to buy this item click RELEASE. If you want more time to decide click KEEP ON HOLD. No one else can buy the gift while you have it on hold so please release/cancel it if you decide not to buy.

Note: Please remember you are buying direct from the retailer and you should check their T&C's

Who knows that I've bought a gift?

Only you. The person you're buying for can't see if anything has been bought off their list. Other friends can see that the item has been bought, but not by who.

How do I know when someones shared a list with me?

When someone shares a list with you, you will get an email notification and the list will appear on your notifications page under "Recently updated friends lists".

Where are my friends lists?

You can find a friends lists by going to MY CIRCLE and clicking the LISTS button next to their name.

I still like going to the shops at Christmas can I still use Gift Circle without doing all my shopping online?

Of course! You can still choose items from a list and mark them as bought even if you choose to buy from the high street branches. Better still use Click and collect.

When is the last date I can shop online?

Please check with the retailers delivery terms.

How do I know if a friend has accepted my friend request?

Go to My Circle. If the indicator against a name is blue it signifies the friend has accepted your friend request. If it grey it means they haven't. They may not have got the friend request email due to an incorrect or outdated address or the email may be in their junk folder. You could message them using the Facebook messaging link on Share a List or Ask for Lists pages.


Adding gifts to lists and sharing.

Creating a list.

  1. Go to MY LISTS. Click NEW LIST.
  2. Name your list and give an event date.
  3. Check the box if you are creating the list for a child. See Childrens Lists below. Click NEXT.

Adding gifts.

Desk and laptop devices.

  1. After clicking NEXT above desk and laptop users can install the "Add to Gift Circle" browser button. Just click and drag the button on the page and place it on the favourites bar. Click ADDED THE BUTTON. (For more info see More about the button below).
  2. Click Add Gifts. Select a retail category and then click a logo to browse a store.The store opens in a new tab
  3. When you find something you'd like click the Add to Gift Circle button to add it to a list.
  4. Check and add extra details like size, colour etc to the Add Gift Details pop up. Click ADD GIFT.
  5. Select CONTINUE BROWSING to return to the store or go  BACK TO GIFT CIRCLE.

Touchscreen/mobile devices.

  1. After clicking NEXT in creating a list. Click ADD GIFTS.
  2. Select a retail category then click a logo to browse a store. The store opens in a new tab.
  3. When you find something you like copy the product page url, return to the Gift Circle tab and past it into the url field.
  4. Add extra details as required and click ADD GIFT.

HINT: To make sure everyone gets a choice of what to buy you, always have more gifts on a list than the number of people you're sharing it with, and make sure you have a good mix of differently priced items.

Sharing a list.

Once you've added some gifts you're ready to share. You can add more gifts and more people anytime.

  1. Click ADD FRIENDS on the YOUR LIST page.

First you need to invite friends to join your circle by email or facebook. You can share different lists with different people according to the occasion or purpose.

Email; 

  1. Click "Ask new friends from your address book" and follow the simple steps to import contacts from your email address book, or you can type in details.
  2. Click ASK FRIENDS. They will be sent a friend request email and a "Share a List" notification email.

Facebook;

  1. Clicking the link "See which of your Facebook friends are on Gift Circle"  will bring up a list of friends. Check the ones you want to invite to your circle and click ASK FRIENDS. They will be sent a friend request email and a "Share a List" notification email.
  2. Send a personal message to Facebook friends by clicking the message Facebook friends link. Your message will contain a link to Gift Circle but no friend request or "Share a List" emails will be sent.

To see what the "Share a List" email says go to Emails and Notifications below.

NOTE: The indicators against names on "Friends with this List" denotes friendship status. If the indicator is blue they will have the list. If it is grey they will not have the list.

Creating and sharing lists for children.

When you start creating the list by giving it a name and event date, check the "Child's List" box.

Checking the box will change your view of the list letting you see what has been bought of the list.

Share the list as normal with the friends you choose from your circle. 

How do I know if a friend has accepted my friend request?

Go to My Circle. If the indicator against a name is blue it signifies the friend has accepted your friend request. If it grey it means they haven't. They may not have got the friend request email due to an incorrect or outdated address or the email may be in their junk folder. You could message them using the Facebook messaging link on Share a List or Ask for Lists pages.

I've invited someone to my list but I can't see their lists.

In order to be able to see a friends list they have to invite you to the list.


GENERAL

Something’s not working, what do I do?

If something isn't working how you would expect it to work please get in contact with us at help@giftcircle.co.uk and we will set it right as quickly as possible. 

How do I manage my profile?

Simple! Click your own name at the top right of any page, then hit Edit My Profile.

More about the button.

Different browsers handle this in different ways, so here's a handy guide to the most popular browsers and how to make them show the Bookmarks (or Favorites) Toolbar.

  • Firefox: Right click on an open area of the Firefox menu near the top of your screen, then check Bookmarks Toolbar . Alternatively, Press Alt, then V, then T, then B.
  • Chrome: Click on the wrench icon in the top right, go to Bookmarks , then check Show Bookmarks Bar . Alternatively, press Ctrl + Shift + B (Windows) or Command + B (Mac) at the same time.
  • Safari: Click on the gear icon in the top right, and tick Show Bookmarks Toolbar . Alternatively, Press Command + B (Mac) or Ctrl + Shift + B (Windows) at the same time.
  • IE9: Right click on an open area of the Internet Explorer menu near the top of your screen, then check Favourites Bar . Alternatively, Press Alt, click View, then Toolbars. Now click Favorites bar
  • IE7 or IE8: Click Tools, then Toolbars. Now click Favourites Bar.

Notifications and emails.

Can I stop Gift Circle from E-mailing me?

Yes! Just navigate to the list and hit Unsubscribe. Alternatively, if you buy something from the list we'll assume you don't want any more emails from that list unless it's directly related to what you've bought for someone.

Friend Request message.

Subject line: [Friend’s name] invites you to join Gift Circle – the easy way to organise gifts

Hi [name]

[Friend’s name] invites you to join Gift Circle.

Gift Circle is the easy way to give and receive perfect presents. 

Simple and free to use, with Gift Circle you get more of what you want and less of what you don’t by creating and sharing shoppable wish lists with your friends and family:

·        Easily add the things you fancy to your wish list while browsing your favourite stores.

·        Browse wish lists, pick presents and click to buy great gifts.

·        Keep track of who you’ve bought for and how much you’ve spent.

Sign up to Gift Circle today to start sharing your shoppable wish list with all your friends and family.

Click here to sign up and join <friends name>.

Share a List message.

Subject line: [Friend’s name] has shared their wish list with you.

Hi [name]

It’s time to start thinking about what to buy [friend’s name]!

[Friend’s name] would like to share their shoppable wish list with you on Gift Circle; log in to Gift Circle now to view it.

Simple and free to use, Gift Circle is the easy way to organise presents:

·        Browse wish lists, pick presents and click to buy great gifts.

·        Keep track of who you’ve bought for and how much you’ve spent.

·        Easily add the things you fancy to your own wish list while browsing your favourite stores.

Find out more <Link to front page>

Login or register to view <friend’s name> list 

Happy gifting!