Inspiration

Top 10 Ways to Use HandsDown

May 17, 2022

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10. Use it as a party game or first date ice breaker.

The cure for awkward pauses is here—asking people to think and talk about their favorite things is a magic potion. It’s one of the best ways to get to know someone new because what we love creates an overall picture of who we are.

9. Use it to satisfy your urge to lurk.

Lurking is totally apropos at HandsDown. Scrolling through the Faves of others is the online version of people watching and we are here for it, no apologies. But fair warning: sometimes you won’t be able to resist the urge to comment, “OMG, this is one of my favorites too!” (We speak from experience.) That’s OK too. 

8. Use it to give and get better gifts.

Giving: We all have that hard-to-shop-for person in our life and HandsDown is the antidote. Find a person your recipient really loves or admires and browse their list—golden gift ideas abound! We use this life hack on every gift occasion with perfect results. Woot woot. 

Getting: When you share your list with friends and family, they understand what you really love and care about—a good starting place for any gift idea. But they can also see your Saves, which is basically a gift wish list you wrote yourself!

7. Use it as a handy reference for the links people ask you for a billion times.

Consider your list a gift to your future self, because your past self has definitely given the same link to your brother-in-law at least six times. And to his mom that you met at the BBQ three years ago another 11 times. “It’s on my HandsDown list!” is your new answer.

6. Use it to connect with your besties and reconnect with friends you haven’t seen forever.

Sharing is caring and that’s the real magic of HandsDown—human connection. Inviting friends to join you on HandsDown is a way of staying up-to-date with what is important to them, and sharing what’s important to you with them. It’s like what everyone hopes a book club will be but never is.

5. Use it to discover solutions you’ve been searching for.

Sure, there are bigger problems in the world, but you’ve been searching for a shampoo you actually love since forever and have a graveyard of half-full bottles in the cupboard to prove it. You don’t need 40,000 reviews of the next bottle you try, you just need one from someone who has the same particular needs. Shazam.

4. Use it as a tool of self-reflection. But really. 

One of our favorite things about creating a list is the opportunity to take a step back and think about how our lists reflect who we are and what we value. It’s happened to more than one of us—we look at our list and we see opportunities for growth. That’s a good thing.

3. Use it as a snapshot of your life, again and again.

Creating a list on HandsDown is never a one-and-done activity, because we humans are ever evolving. Your list of favorite things at any moment is a selfie of sorts—a collection of important things to you at this point in your life. Updating your list includes sending an old Fave to your Archives to live forever. After all, that miracle diaper cream won’t always be one of your Faves, but you’ll have a rush of memories when you visit it in your Archives!

2. Use it to find hidden gems.

A giant collection of favorite things created by humans is basically the world’s best treasure hunt. And the best part is that every person’s found treasure is different—a beloved family recipe, an undiscovered podcast, a perfect dog collar, an affordable mineral sunscreen, a genius budgeting tool, a sleek travel backpack, a romantic card game, a pre-party playlist for introverts—the fun is in the hunt!

1. Use it to curate and share the things that make you YOU!

The team here at HandsDown share a fundamental belief: every person is interesting and has something to offer. Consider this our official invitation to you personally—we want you here, and can’t wait to see your list!


Let’s do this!