How to Find an Amazon Wish List or Registry

Surprise your friends and family with a perfect gift

Many Amazon subscribers 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. Accessing someone's Amazon wish list is a simple task, provided he or she shared it with you.

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

To request access to your friend's wish list:

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

  2. Select Your Friends. Friends who've already shared their lists with you will show up on this screen.

    Your Friends tab on Amazon
  3. To request access to a friend's list, compose your own note or use the one provided. Select Email this message. When your friend agrees to share his or her list, you'll see it in this same section under Your Friends the next time you click Wish List from Account & Lists.

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.

How to Find An Amazon Wedding or Baby Registry

To locate a wedding or baby-shower Amazon wish list and purchase items from it:

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

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

    Search button on Amazon registry
  3. 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

The value of these shared lists and registries is to ensure that the gift recipient receives what he or she needs or wants, while eliminating unnecessary duplicate gift-giving. As such, it's best to shop from the list or the registry and not to use it merely as an ideas list that you fulfill from your own account or through in-store purchasing at your local department store.

  1. Choose a gift then select Add to Cart. Confirm your selection in the pop-up window by selecting the Add to Cart button again, then select Proceed to Checkout.

  2. Use the checkout feature like you normally would. If your friend associated a shipping address with the list or registry, select the address on the checkout page under Other addresses. Ship to this address only if you intend to have the gift delivered directly by Amazon.

    You're free to ship to your friend even if your friend didn't include an address on the list—you'll just have to input the address yourself.

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

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

  5. 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.

Considerations

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. If you elect to have the gift shipped to you, it will not auto-remove from the list.

Some people use one generic list for their wishes and for their own delayed-gratification shopping. The owner of the list is always free to purchase from his or her own list. In those situations, Amazon will suggest that someone might have purchased the item already and will—if the person requests to know—reveal that the item had been purchased.