Organising Group Gifts: a guide

Finding the perfect gift for friends and family is stressful enough. Adding others to the mix might have you regretting the decision, especially when they don’t pay you back on time or are indecisive and make the task of picking the actual gift a mission. 

But group gifting doesn't have to be daunting, especially when it’s a great way to pool in together and get someone a thoughtful and higher-end present. So whether you’re organising gifts for mum, gifts for dad, housewarming gifts or a birthday gift, we will give the keys to success when arranging group gifts.

1. Plan ahead

When it comes to group gifts, procrastination is not welcome here (unless that kinda stress is your thing). What’s the point of rallying everyone together only to get a basic last-minute gift? Start planning at least 3-4 weeks in advance, and your future self will thank you for it. 

Planning ahead means; 1) Everyone has the chance to fit the gift into their budget for the week or month. 2) You have the opportunity to put some real thought into the gift. 3) You have a lot more wiggle room for delivery times and the possible need to organise a backup gift if the original idea is no longer available.

2. Decide on what to buy 

In most cases, the organiser has a firm idea of the gift and informs the group gift participants of the cost. But, depending on how comfortable you are with your group, you can brainstorm together and then vote on the gift you want to get for the recipient. The second route is fun, but if you low-key know your group is an indecisive bunch, come prepared with a gift idea.

3. Set a deadline for collecting dues 

No one wants to chase people up for money, even though footing the bill and waiting for payback sucks. Setting a deadline is one way of making the task less stressful. Let everyone know that you need the money by a certain date in order to buy the gift on time. Also, send a reminder about a week before the deadline for the forgetful ones. 

If you’re not a fan of those awkward money moments? Try using a payments app like our Backpocket app. Set everyone up on it to split the cost on the app, and then use the nudge feature when you haven’t received your payment by the deadline. The Backpocket app also lets you easily track who has paid and hasn’t at the touch of a button.

4. Remember the shoutouts 

Last but not least, you’ll want to include a card that contains the names of everyone who contributed to the gift. This way, the recipient will know who to thank.