This year for Christmas, for relatives that lived in other cities and provinces, I opted to buy their gifts online and have them sent directly to their homes. In the past, I would have bought the items locally and then had to take the double wrapped item (once with Christmas wrapping and a second time for mailing and return addresses and stamps) to the post office to send them on their merry way. Buying online is much easier. But not all e-retailers allow the shopper to distinguish an order purchased for oneself vs one purchased as a "gift". Since I regularly name names, the e-retailer in question here is Futureshop, the seller of electronics and appliances. I purchased a Kobo e-book reader for my niece, but all I could do in the checkout process was have it sent to her address. There was no option for a gift message (e.g. Merry Christmas and a belated Happy Birthday!). And as a regular purchaser from Futureshop, I know that all that was included with the item was a packing slip, which is probably not usable for an exchange (e.g. to exchange the "hot pink" I selected for "ice blue", or to upgrade/downgrade the edition). I can understand not necessarily providing gift wrap service, or allowing me to choose when the order is shipped (so that it arrives very close to Christmas instead of 3 weeks early as I take advantage of a sale), but the only way my niece would know it was from her Uncle was the presence of my name on the billing address.
How do I Specify This Order as a Gift?
James Fong 060001NWFX JFONG@CA.IBM.COM 400 Visits