How to Find an Amazon Wish List or Registry

Surprise your friends and family with a perfect gift

Many Amazon subscribers may deliberately curate their wish lists so people can easily select a perfect gift. Some may use their wish lists as a place to collect their dream items they wouldn't purchase for themselves. Luckily, getting access to someone's Amazon wish list is a very simple task.

Amazon has removed the public search for general wish lists. Wedding and baby shower wish lists are still generally available but, for personal wish lists, your friend or family member must first share their Wish List with you.

How to Find A Friend's Amazon Wish List

Your friend will first need to share their list with you. To request that list, follow these steps:

  1. Hover over Account & Lists and click Wish List.

  2. Select Your Friends.

    Your Friends tab on Amazon
  3. Compose your own note or use the one provided. Select Email this message.

    If the email goes to a default email program you don't normally use, click Copy message instead. Then just paste it into your own email program, add the recipient's email address and click Send.

  4. Once your friend shares their list, you'll see it in this same section under Your Friends the next time you click Wish List from Account & Lists.

  5. To make a purchase, scroll down on this page to the instructions under How to Purchase an Item From A Friend's Amazon Wish List or Registry. The process is similar to normal purchases on Amazon; you'll just need to make a few changes to your regular purchasing process.

How to Find An Amazon Wedding or Baby Registry

Here's how to find a wedding or baby shower Amazon wish list and purchase items from it.

  1. Go to the Amazon.com homepage.

  2. Hover over Account & Lists and select Wedding Registry or Baby Registry from the drop-down list.

  3. Type in your friend's name and select Search. The baby registry shows a similar name search box.

    Search button on Amazon registry
  4. Select your friend's profile and view the list. Remember, there can be many people with your friend's name so be certain you are selecting the proper person. If you need to refine your search, use the new search box provided on this page.

    Search by name field on Amazon registry

How to Purchase an Item From A Friend's Amazon Wish List or Registry

  1. Once you have selected a gift, select Add to Cart. A small window will pop up; confirm your selection by selecting the Add to Cart button. then select Proceed to Checkout.

  2. Once you are ready to make your purchase, go to the Shopping Cart at the top right of your screen.

  3. If your friend has a shipping address associated with their wish list, select the address on the checkout page under "Other addresses."

  4. If your friend doesn't have a shipping address associated with their wish list, you may have to enter their address for shipping or have the package shipped to your address and gift it in person.

  5. Select Gifting Options to add a message to the gift and remove any price details from the receipt.

  6. Confirm your payment information and select Place your order.

  7. Your order will be processed and shipped and you'll get delivery updates about the package to your email, just as you would if you purchased your own item. Your friend will not know about the package until it arrives.

If you're able to ship the package smoothly with their on-file shipping address, the item you purchased will be removed from their wish list once the order is complete.