Once you have registered and logged in you will be presented with your profile page. From here you can access all of the features available on The Big Gift List. The top most buttons are for viewing your gift lists and your wish list (Your wish list is where you can add items to your own private list).
Click 'My Gift Lists' to continue.
As we are new to The Big Gift List the next page will not show any lists at the moment.
To create our first list click the 'Create New List' button.
You will now see a short form for creating the list. You can enter a title for the list, select the occasion (wedding, birthday, etc), choose one of dozens of styles for the list, select the date of the occasion, and choose whether or not you want to see what items are taken before the list ends (people invited to the list are notified that you will be able to see which item(s) they have selected prematurely).
Once the list has been created you will be taken directly to the new lists page. Obviously as this is a new list there are no items on it and a message will be displayed guiding you to add your first item.
You will see another form broken down into different sections allowing you to enter information about the item.
If you have found the item for sale on another website you can enter the web address for it in the form, by doing this The Big Gift List will attempt to locate a suitable image to use automatically (alternatively you can manual specify an image, consult the instructions on the page).
You can also select how important the item is to you, which will indicate to other people the items you most want.
We can now see our first item listed on the page. If you need to you can make further changes to the item by clicking 'Edit Item', you can also delete the item by clicking 'Delete Item', or even move it to another list.
Lets now invite some friends to view the list. Click 'Send Invites' at the top of your list.
Normally this page will display a list of all the people in your address book with those that have already been sent an invite for this list faded out.
If the display is empty you should click the 'Manage Address Book' button on the right to add in the names and addresses of your friends
Sending invites couldn't be easier, simply click the tickbox next to each person in the addressbook listing that you would like to invite to the list (you can always come back an send more invites later), then click Send Invites.
If you would like to customise the email message that is sent you can do so by clicking the 'Modify Custom Message' button.
Once the invite(s) have been sent your friends will receive an email containing your invite along with registration and log-in instructions should they require them.
They will now be able to see your list and select items they would like to buy you. Remember, you cannot see what items have been selected by your friends until the day AFTER the list finishes (unless you've selected to see taken items early).
You can now send additional invites, or return to the list to continue adding items.