I hate when people ask me what my kids want for their birthday. It always catches me off guard and I end up giving them a blank stare and saying the first thing that comes to my mind. My go-to response of late has been art supplies, because you can always use ’em and if you get duplicates, they’re great for regifting.
Then I realized that I could use Amazon’s wish list function and allow my son to pick things he wants and then create a QR code (those square black and white things that look a little like barcodes) for people to scan with their smartphones that would take them directly to the wish list. I just added a line next to it that read “Scan for gift registry”
I found a free app for my iphone called QR flip flop and it took literally a minute to create a unique code square thingy that I could email as a photo file and add to my invitation.
This would also work great for bridal or baby showers too.