Elfster, Toys for Tots, and You: Conjuring up Christmas Magic on Giving Tuesday

Elfster, Toys for Tots, and You: Conjuring up Christmas Magic on Giving Tuesday

There’s a special magic that wells up in children everywhere this time of year—their hearts are filled with hope at just the thought of twinkling lights, happy carols, and the possibility of snow flurries to turn the world into a dreamy greeting card. Every kid delights in Christmas morning surprises wrapped in colorful paper and tied with a bow, under the fragrant bough of an evergreen tree delicately laced with sparkling garlands. Elfster and Toys for Tots make those childish dreams come true each holiday…

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A Telecommuters’ Office Pizza Party That’s Virtually Guaranteed to Help Coworkers Connect

A Telecommuters’ Office Pizza Party That’s Virtually Guaranteed to Help Coworkers Connect

Photo credit Amazon seller New Wave Office pizza parties were a tradition at my old job, where we would file into a tiny conference room where cheesy pies covered in generic toppings would be stacked up on a folding table. I complained at the time about the lack of veggies, and Arthur eating the last slice of pepperoni, but really missed those moments of office camaraderie once I became a telecommuter—my co-workers lived everywhere from San Francisco to San Antonio. So when…

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A-Tisket, A-Tasket, A Gilmore Girls Revival Party with Gift Exchange Baskets

A-Tisket, A-Tasket, A Gilmore Girls Revival Party with Gift Exchange Baskets

Photo credit flick’r user Joe Flood “One of those moments that everything is so perfect and so wonderful that you almost feel sad because nothing can ever be this good again.” – Rory Gilmore Rory’s words encapsulate the very real emotions all of us die-hard Gilmore Girls fans felt watching the series finale back in 2007—and still feel over and over again when we Netflix binge on old episodes. Soon, we can once again revel in the glorious television perfection…

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How to Create Hair-Raising Halloween Fun: A You’ve Been Booed Neighborhood Gifting Game

How to Create Hair-Raising Halloween Fun: A You’ve Been Booed Neighborhood Gifting Game

A slight chill is in the air. Pumpkins are creatively perched on porches all over town. And the neighborhood candy collectors will soon be dressed to thrill, hitting the streets on their sweet mission to fill their sacks all the way to the tippy top. From princess to pirate, minion to mermaid, as kids young and old eagerly anticipate the big night, the question of the season remains, “What are you going to be for Halloween?” Halloween only rolls around…

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Ghostly Gifting and Ghoulish Food: A You’ve Been Boo’ed Halloween Office Party

Ghostly Gifting and Ghoulish Food: A You’ve Been Boo’ed Halloween Office Party

As I pour myself a cup of coffee in the breakroom to warm up, I can’t help but overhear the typical buzz about the office. Sam is still telling his summer vacation adventures stories, and Carol hums Christmas songs—two months early and slightly off key. Yes, the holiday season is just around the corner, but it’s not here quite yet. So, why not embrace the harvest season? Inspire some warm smiles on chilly mornings with a You’ve Been Boo’ed secret gifting chain. And, while…

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A Coffee Mug Gift Exchange for Moms That Doubles as a Back to School Teachers’ Craft Surprise

A Coffee Mug Gift Exchange for Moms That Doubles as a Back to School Teachers’ Craft Surprise

Back to school prep—you have been conquered. From the binders to the #2 pencils, all the supplies are checked off the list, and the kids are getting used to their new school year schedules. Well, sort of. Fellow moms, we emerge victorious from the hectic weeks of activities crammed into a few short summer months to keep our littles happy—and, let’s be honest, worn out enough for bedtime. Now to make plans with our mom-friends to congratulate ourselves on successfully…

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Online Artisan Community Connects on Elfster to Share Unique Pottery Gifts

Online Artisan Community Connects on Elfster to Share Unique Pottery Gifts

By its very definition, generosity is an act of unselfish giving—and offering one’s own talent, time, and creativity to a new friend you’ve just met is a beautiful example of selflessness. Recently, a group of more than 50 potters from many corners of the globe got down and dirty for a Secret Santa gift exchange . They used the Elfster website to help them share amazing and unique ceramic art created with their own two hands. Creative Hands Reach Out To One Another The…

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Weight Loss Community Hosts Send The Love Campaign

Weight Loss Community Hosts Send The Love Campaign

Determination. Dedication. Motivation. Inspiration. All are key factors in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and reaching goals, especially when we face the daily challenges of trying to eat healthy, getting enough exercise, or shedding a few unwanted pounds. But we may also realize it’s harder to take such a journey alone. One group dedicated to supporting and motivating one another through these difficult daily tasks was created to serve members of the popular Weight Watchers program from all over the United…

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Let’s Get Personal

Let’s Get Personal

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to spend some time with some of my favorite people on earth, my awesome cousins. We don’t see each other that often because, fact is, sometimes life and distance just get in the way. But once we started reminiscing about the days we spent splashing in the waves and basking…

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Disney Alums Celebrate The Best College Job. Ever.

Disney Alums Celebrate The Best College Job. Ever.

I am sure I am not the only one who once dreamed of being a Disney princess when I “grew up.” Don’t get me wrong, the whole elf thing is certainly awesome, but just imagine spending all your days in the most magical place on Earth! For one lucky group of Elfster users — and Disney lovers extraordinaire — that dream really did come true, as they were once lucky enough to spend their college days with the ultimate job…

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Celebrating Summer at the North Pole And Beyond

Celebrating Summer at the North Pole And Beyond

It seems that summer is the new winter here at the North Pole these days. Surf’s up for Santa and while the elves are busy monitoring the naughty and nice list, plenty of great exchanges are in full-swing. As a matter of fact, over 500 new exchanges have been created on Elfster in just the first two weeks of July! Our friends in the fun-loving “Our Disney Ohana” group led by one of our favorite elves, Sandra Rumsey, are gearing…

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Set Your Sights On Easy Summer Travel

Set Your Sights On Easy Summer Travel

  Do you have your sights set on a great getaway this summer? Whether you are taking in the local scenery or taking off to a faraway destination, Elfster has what you need to make the most of your summer travel. Our helpful Summer Travel Gift Guide and a few handy travel tips are all you need to make planning and packing a breeze. Your world awaits!         Tip #1 – Pack Precisely Going by car? Or by plane? Make life…

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6 Simple Tips For Your Best Backyard Summer Soiree

6 Simple Tips For Your Best Backyard Summer Soiree

    Make your backyard party sparkle for the 4th of July — and all summer long — with these six simple party tips for planning a great gathering with family and friends. From a laid-back barbecue to a sophisticated soiree, Team Elfster has gathered the must-haves for the perfect summer party plan in our Summer Fun Gift Guide . And there are plenty more great ideas found in our most popular gift guides, too.         1.  Set the Mood for…

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Ivy League-Bound Student Helps to Brighten the Future for Fellow Classmates

Ivy League-Bound Student Helps to Brighten the Future for Fellow Classmates

It’s high school graduation season and I applaud those who are taking that life-changing walk across the stage, cheered on by family and friends. Tassels and mortar boards will be flying as inspirational words of wisdom are imparted to the eager grads. It’s finally time to celebrate their accomplishments and begin the next chapter of their lives. For many, with diplomas in hand, the next step will be attending college, which is certainly a very exciting time, but at the same time, a…

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Think Outside the Box This Father’s Day

Think Outside the Box This Father’s Day

Stumped by how to celebrate the great dads in your life this Father’s Day? I was too, so I decided to ask around. Anyone need another ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ coffee mug? “Comes in handy for breakfast in bed — hint, hint.” Need another fun and colorful tie? “Not so much.” So what do you really need?? “Nothing.” Not much to go on there… The obvious answer, since no dad will ever admit that they really ‘need’ anything, is to give…

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5 Awesome Ways To Make Summer Great for The Whole Gang!

5 Awesome Ways To Make Summer Great for The Whole Gang!

Memorial Day weekend has arrived and so has the unofficial start of summer! For my family, that means packing the kids and the dog in the car and making the four-hour journey up to our beloved lake house in the mountains. It’s a magical place that takes our family back in time — where we all love to unplug, kick back and enjoy all that summer has to offer. Not only does Memorial Day weekend allow us to enjoy time…

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Global Express Delivery Company Goes The Extra Mile for Elfster Gift Exchange

Global Express Delivery Company Goes The Extra Mile for Elfster Gift Exchange

It is a well-known fact that making personal connections in the workplace leads to increased happiness and raises employee loyalty, but sometimes it’s not so simple when your business is spread all over the globe, with over 56,000 employees in 200 countries. For the elves at Elfster, connecting communities is what we do best, so imagine our delight when we found one such company using our “Elfin Magic” to connect its greatest asset — its employees — from all over…

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Spring is in full swing, so whether you are creating your own backyard oasis or planting a bountiful vegetable garden (or maybe both!), it’s time to get outside and get your garden growing. Does your garden to soak up the sun or is it made in the shade? Either way, we’ll help you get your hands in the dirt and your heart back to nature. Need a little inspiration? Check out Elfster’s  Gardening Gift Guide , which features fresh, new garden essentials for…

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Awaken Star Wars Fans and May the Fourth Be With You!

Awaken Star Wars Fans and May the Fourth Be With You!

Star Wars Day! A day when fans from far and wide (and maybe even from a galaxy far, far away…) will celebrate the unofficial holiday which pays tribute to all things Star Wars. May the 4th is the worldwide day when fans show and share their love for one of the most popular film franchises of all time. What started as a play on the phrase, “May the Force be with you,” grew as the associated grassroots movement caught hold….

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Love and Laughter are Key to Successful Fitness Journey for One Elfster Community

Love and Laughter are Key to Successful Fitness Journey for One Elfster Community

I bet we could all agree we would love to drop a few pounds. Or maybe come up with a fitness plan we could actually stick with when swimsuit season is suddenly bearing down upon us. Embracing a healthy lifestyle sounds so simple. Eat less. Move More. Easier said than done, indeed. Americans spend billions of dollars each year on diet and exercise plans that may prove to be more costly than beneficial. Bottom line — the most effective way…

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Awesome Mommies Celebrates Motherhood By Sharing Wisdom and Friendship

Awesome Mommies Celebrates Motherhood By Sharing Wisdom and Friendship

“Motherhood is always a piece of cake,” said no one ever, but the joys and happiness that come with being a mom certainly may outweigh the challenges. And sometimes it takes a village to get there. For one lucky group of “August 2015 Awesome Mommies” who all had babies nine months ago, that support comes from a community of like-minded friends who stick together through thick and thin. “Motherhood is a long and lonesome road sometimes and…

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Love the World You Live In: Celebrate Earth Day Every Day!

Love the World You Live In: Celebrate Earth Day Every Day!

It’s our world and it’s time to embrace it. Not just today, but every day. As we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, just think of all the ways you can do your part to protect our planet and help make a difference. The roots of Earth Day began in 1970, and continue as an annual event worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day is now celebrated in more than 193 countries each year. In honor of Earth…

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Batter Up – It is Baseball Season!

Batter Up – It is Baseball Season!

The bats are finally cracking and it’s game time for anxious players and eager fans everywhere . The thrill (and perhaps a little chill) is in the air as the Major League Baseball season opens for the 2016 season. Elfster is geared up to help you hit it out of the park with great gift ideas to celebrate America’s favorite pastime with friends and family. As the players take the field — from little leaguers to major leaguers and everyone…

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A Few Simple Ways To Give Your Home A Spring Refresh

A Few Simple Ways To Give Your Home A Spring Refresh

Let’s leave winter behind and do a Spring Refresh. It’s time to clear out the clutter and get your home (and your life) organized with a few simple tips from Elfster’s For The Home gift guides, featuring great ways to take on spring cleaning and brighten your world. Even though winter may be our favorite season (for obvious reasons), the elves at Elfster are all ready to bring on spring and hope you are too! New Season, New Look Breathe new life into…

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