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There are two types of wish lists. A personal wish list, and software User wish lists.

The software user wish lists are typically written as one word: "wishlist". The user wish list is a compilation of user suggestions for requested features. In many Enterprise websites - offering services, and in software packages, the option to add a "wish" - a suggestion for improvement or change - and to vote on the importance of suggestions, are part of the package or website (i.e. Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and on has a "community" menu, Facebook has a "suggestions" section under help), and supplied by the publisher or author of the website or software, and attempt to give a quick response to the suggestions.

In many cases, when a company fails to supply such a framework, users create their own lists, in forums or in blogs. When such a list becomes popular, the company must respond to the common requests.


Personal wish lists are created by people, when they compile a list of items they desire. The person will then distribute copies of this list to family and friends that are likely to purchase gifts for him or her. The goal of a wish list is to facilitate communication between the gift receiver and the gift giver. Wish lists often contain items that a gift purchaser can obtain from a variety of retailers.

Occasions for Wish Lists

In some cultures people often exchange wish lists before major holidays which include gift giving, such as Christmas. Other occasions for issuing wish lists include birthdays, weddings, and baby showers.

Types of Wish Lists

  • Software User Wishlist is a type of wish list, usually maintained online, and mostly created by the software manufacturer - such as the software development company or the website owner.
  • A gift registry is a type of wish list that contains only items that can purchased at the store which manages the registry.
  • The Online Gift List is a type of Wish List that is hosted on the Internet
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