Holiday wish lists go online to make gift giving and getting virtually easy

santa and elf
santa and elf

Too big for Santa's lap this year -- or does the whole idea just sort of creep you out? If you're not up for waiting in line at the mall, and the man-in-red isn't returning your emails, there's another way to get your wish list heard -- without bribing the big guy with cookies and schnapps (or is that just me?).

Velvettag.com, Freegiftregistry.com, Mygiftlist.com, Myregistry.com and Wishpot.com are free, one-stop, all-occasion gift registries that allow members to create wish lists from an unlimited number of online retailers. Instead of slogging through site after site, Kris Kringle can find out exactly what you -- or the kids -- are dreaming of this year. Wishpot.com also allows members to prioritize items with helpful phrases such as: "I want it", "I really, really want it", "I wouldn't mind having it", and "I neeeed it" (this last comment referring to one subscriber's desperate plea for a certain cell phone strap). whether or not you've been naughty or nice is still something you'll have to take up with Santa.