FrumUS: Group Gifts Made Easier

02/28/2009 at 06:00 PM ET

Trying to collect money for a group gift can be a pain in the butt. From teacher and coach appreciation gifts to showers and birthday gifts, FrumUS is an alternate way to collect funds. You can set a collection deadline date, tally votes on what to buy, send reminders, and get notified when payments are received. The service is free, but the site makes money when you buy gifts through their affiliated shops so they’d appreciate if you shopped online via their site.

The only caveat is one person (the collector) needs to have a PayPal account (and a Premier account if you are collecting more than five credit card payments) and everyone else needs them to in order to send payment. I’ve had a PayPal account for over ten years so it’s no big deal for me personally, but some people don’t want one or can’t have one.

— Danielle

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Misty on

I’ve personally used the FrumUs system and it works great. Most of us all have PayPal accounts, so the collecting part was incredibly easy. I also enjoyed the fact that everyone was able to vote on an item, and when we bought and shipped, they were also allowed to leave gift commentary. Very useful and I recommend giving it a try, especially for new babies!!

sue h. on

Finally…can’t stand having to collect money in person. LOVE this idea. Plan to use for basketball coach next week!

Barbara on

A wonderful easy way to collect money for family gifts. The site offers a wide range of gift choices and some great suggestions for specific kinds of gifts.

catherine on

Great timesaver for organizing group gift buying. Planning a surprise 40th Birthday for a bestest buddy with friends all over the place.Planning the party is hard enough. Thank goodness I can use to help me to collect the cash for the gift. Love the gift suggestions. The Boston Red Sox scoreboard is a great idea. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for taking the headache out of keeping track of who’s given me what! Its so easy; its awesome

Lisa on

This is such a great idea. I don’t have kids but I do a lot of group gift buying and it’s such a hassle to collect the money etc.

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