Giveamonkey.com is a social networking site that allows users to view and maintain gift lists, plan events and locate venues for events. The site allows users to maintain an unlimited number of gift lists for any occasion and share links to the list with their friends and family. In addition, the site offers a complete event planning service that allows the user to create invitations, locate a venue for the event, and provide maps with directions to the venue. The site also contains a Gift Ideas section as well as a directory of Stores. Events and wishlists can be made public or private. Publicly viewable events and wishlists are searchable, with filters for time frame and type of event. The site also offers the Gifter Monkey toolbar, which allows users to add items from websites they are visiting directly to their wishlists on the Giveamonkey site. Users can also import their Contacts to the site. Contacts can be imported directly from Gmail, Yahoo, AOL and Hotmail or via CSV file from Outlook or Apple. Users can also message each other on the site. Users have a My Account page, where they can view their events, messages. wishlists, list of favorite venues and list of friends.Show more screenshots »
The Giveamonkey.com site was launched in August 2009 by owner and founder Tammi Clark. The site has undergone steady growth since launch. The site currently serves hundreds of unique monthly visitors. The Giveamonkey.com site is most popular in the UK. The site continues to add new features and partner stores, and is also sponsoring with charities so that users can have charitable donations made in their names in lieu of physical gifts.
Competition to Giveamonkey comes from sites such as MyGiftList.com and Boxedup.com. MyGiftList.com is strictly a gift registry site, with no event planning features, while Boxedup.com is a social networking site that allows users to share lists of things they would like as well as things they already own. The Giveamonkey site is unique in combining the aspects of giftlists with event plannning.
The Giveamonkey.com site has a fairly uncluttered look and feel. The site is quite responsive, with page loads happening quickly. The tools provided for event planning work quite well, and navigation of the site is intuitive, There is a convenient top menu bar provided for navigation, as well as direct links to My Account, My Contacts and the user's Inbox. Advertising is displayed on the site, but it is relatively unobtrusive.
Registration to the Giveamonkey.com site is free and is not required to view giftlists or events. Registration is required to maintain gift lists, plan events or use the social networking aspects of the site. The registration process asks for email address, first and last name, birthdate and password. Validation of the email address is not required.
Registration to the Giveamonkey.com site is free and there is no premium membership offered.
The Giveamonkey.com site is recommended to anyone who needs help in organizing the difficult aspects of their social life – maintaining giftlists and planning events. The site is useful for shopping for gifts for others as well, as it combines giftlists with gift ideas. In addition, the event planning feature is ideal for anyone planning a birthday or holiday party. The site is very easy to use, and the social networking aspects of the site make it ideal for groups of friends to join and plan their social events.