Hogwarts Running Club Puts Its Best Foot Forward to Help Those In Need

Hogwarts Running Club Puts Its Best Foot Forward to Help Those In Need

All over the world, each and every day, dedicated runners are lacing up their running shoes and hitting the road for a great cause. Come rain, or snow, or sleet, or hail, the run must go on. And this level of commitment must surely take some encouragement, even if that motivation comes from the “wizarding world” of Harry Potter. The Hogwarts Running Club (HRC), a charitable group of over 25,000 devoted Harry Potter fans/runners of all abilities, goes well beyond…

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How Are We Doing? Let Us Know What You Think

How Are We Doing? Let Us Know What You Think

Things were pretty busy here at Elfster in 2015 and the elves are taking a little time to reflect on what a great year it was. Many improvements and enhancements were made to the overall website and the mobile app, to offer what we hope is the most user-friendly experience possible. The site experienced record growth, and for that, we thank you, our users. But we are always looking for ways to improve and one way to do that is…

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It’s a New Year — Here’s to New Adventures

It’s a New Year — Here’s to New Adventures

The party’s over. The holidays have come and gone. The decorations are safely tucked away until next year. The alarm clock annoyingly let’s you know it’s time to get back to the daily routine. And it’s time to face the facts that you should say “no thanks” to that extra dessert. But that doesn’t mean 2016 can’t be your best year ever. The new year has arrived and Elfster wants to help you make the most of every single minute….

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Sorority Sisters Send Holiday Cheer with Worldwide Ornament Exchanges

Sorority Sisters Send Holiday Cheer with Worldwide Ornament Exchanges

Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold. — Author Unknown Ready or not, the holidays are here. Time to finish up the shopping and the wrapping. Time to deck the halls and trim the tree. But it’s also a great time of year to pause and remember what is most important as you go about your busy day, like spending time with the ones we love or spreading some holiday cheer to a…

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Charitable Jewish Group Takes Time to Celebrate Each Other This Chanukah

Charitable Jewish Group Takes Time to Celebrate Each Other This Chanukah

It may be said that an elf’s favorite holiday is Christmas, but the elves at Elfster are just as happy to be spreading some Chanukah (Hanukkah) cheer this holiday season, too. The eight-day festival of light begins on Sunday evening at sundown, December 6 this year, with the nightly lighting of the menorah to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness and spirituality over materiality. One group of Canadian elves celebrating Chanukah this year with Elfster is Federation CJA,  the…

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Elfster Brings Its North Pole Style to Hollywood to Celebrate the AMAs

Elfster Brings Its North Pole Style to Hollywood to Celebrate the AMAs

    The Elfster elves have been busy spreading a little holiday cheer this season and made the big trek to Los Angeles to share Elfster’s mission of making gift giving easy and fun. And just in time for Ugly Sweater Season. On November 21, the company partnered with the Product Hollywood Celebrity Gift Suite event celebrating the 2015 American Music Awards, as our Head Elf Peter (and a few Helper Elves) rocked some North Pole Style at the event…

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Secret Santa Guelph and Elfster.com Team Up to Fight Hunger in One Canadian Community

Secret Santa Guelph and Elfster.com Team Up to Fight Hunger in One Canadian Community

The season of giving is upon us and for the second year in a row, Elfster is proud to help bring together the generous group, Secret Santa Guelph (#SecretSantaGuelph),  that is using social media to mobilize a community to make a huge difference in the lives of kids in need. Secret Santa Guelph is a fundraising gift exchange started five years ago by Elfster user Bang Ly (@superbang) based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The group he started with just 30…

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Elfster announces new partnership with Toys For Tots

Elfster announces new partnership with Toys For Tots

Elfster is proud to announce their partnership with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation facilitating online toy donations.  The nationwide campaign will allow for donors anywhere to purchase toys online, and have them mailed directly to a Toys for Tots location near them. In recognition of Veterans Day, and the important work that the Marine Corps does for Toys for Tots, Elfster will allow donations to begin today at www.elfster.com/toys-for-tots/ “Toys for Tots is an amazing organization with such a…

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Inspired by the Beauty of Outlander Costumes, Elfster Group Shares Their Incredible Talents

Inspired by the Beauty of Outlander Costumes, Elfster Group Shares Their Incredible Talents

It’s another time. Another place. And all Claire Randall can do is fight for her own survival, stuck a world away from her own life. This is the premise for the wildly popular Outlander  television drama based on the addictive series of best-selling novels by author Diana Gabaldon, in which the time-traveling heroine Claire is transported from her life as a World War II nurse in 1945 to the world of 1743 Scotland, where she encounters and falls in love…

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Let’s Get Gifting: Helpful Tips to Get Started With Your Secret Santa Gift Exchange

Let’s Get Gifting: Helpful Tips to Get Started With Your Secret Santa Gift Exchange

Well, business has sure picked up for the elves over the past few weeks and that means the much-anticipated holidays are just around the corner! Time to get your wish lists in order and start inviting friends and family to join you in the fun of a Secret Santa gift exchange using Elfster. Elfster is the Web’s top-rated online Secret Santa generator and best of all, it’s always easy, free and fun! Here are a few pointers to help you…

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Give a Gift. Get a Gift. Make a Friend.

Give a Gift. Get a Gift. Make a Friend.

This summer, Elfster brought together people from all over the world in our first-ever Meet and Gift Exchanges designed to spread some Elfster cheer in a unique and thoughtful way. The three exchanges were a huge success, with nearly 1,400 Elfster users from near and far exchanging gifts and private messages with a new friend. We are thrilled that so many people loved connecting through these community exchanges.   The Hometown Favorites exchange allowed participants to share something unique that…

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Get Cozy… It’s Sweater Weather!

Get Cozy… It’s Sweater Weather!

Like it or not, it’s time to pack up the warm weather gear and get ready for the cool, crisp days to come. It’s finally fall. Time for warm drinks, pretty colors and comfy clothes. Hooray! It’s sweater weather! At Elfster, we look forward to the change of seasons and our gift guides are ready with our top picks for your fall fashion must-haves for Him and Her.         Time To Layer Up, Guys This time of…

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Boo To You!

Boo To You!

Frightening Fact — Halloween is just two weeks away! But have no fear, Elfster is here to help you prepare for a hauntingly great night. For all things ghost and goblin, look no further than Elfster’s Halloween Gift Guides. From the best costumes on the block to spooky home decor, our top picks are a real scream!     Cool Costumes The whole family will love getting dressed up for a great night of Trick-or-Treating, so be sure to check…

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Happy Thanksgiving, Canadian Elves

Happy Thanksgiving, Canadian Elves

    Families all over Canada will soon be gathering to celebrate a bountiful harvest and give thanks for the blessings in their lives. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the fall season with a three-day weekend with family and friends, and prepare for the winter to come. The Canadian Thanksgiving tradition originated as the native people of the Americas held festivals to celebrate the bounty of the harvest long before the European settlers arrived. Since 1957, Thanksgiving Day in…

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Tips and Tricks #1 of 5: Creating Child Wish Lists and Accounts

Tips and Tricks #1 of 5: Creating Child Wish Lists and Accounts

Holiday Alert — Christmas is less than 90 days away! It’s time to get wishing… We all know how time flies, so it’s never too early to start planning with Elfster. What are the top picks for your little ones this year? Have they made any special wishes? Avoid the frequent phone calls from loved ones who just don’t know what the kids are into this year or what they already have. Keep it organized and let them know just…

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Plan a Festive Fall Gathering with Elfster

Plan a Festive Fall Gathering with Elfster

      The days are growing a bit shorter and there is a slight chill is in the air. Autumn is approaching and we welcome the change of seasons. After a busy summer on the go, catch up with friends and family by hosting a casual fall wine and cheese party. Embrace the cool, crisp evenings and check out Elfster’s favorite ideas for your perfect festive fall gathering.           Cheers to Fall It’s easy to…

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Elfster Group Spreads Smiles With ‘Happy Mail’ Exchange

Elfster Group Spreads Smiles With ‘Happy Mail’ Exchange

There is something so exciting about getting mail the old-fashioned way. Not just an online message in your inbox, but actually peeking into the mailbox to find a handwritten card or letter with beautiful sentiment meant just for you. And think of the joy that feeling can bring to someone else, like members of one Elfster group who are sharing the love and smiles by sending “happy mail” all over the world. The Happy Mail Group was started on Facebook…

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

Are You Ready For Some Football?

For some sports fans, fall only means one thing. It’s football season! Game day has finally arrived. It’s the day you’ve been waiting for, so be sure to kick off the 2015 football season in style with great gear from Elfster’s Football Fanatic gift guide. From team gear to tailgating essentials, Elfster will help you celebrate the season and the game you love.       Show Your Team Colors Looking for some great stuff to show your team pride?…

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Plan a Fun-Filled Family Game Night

Plan a Fun-Filled Family Game Night

The lazy days of summer are best spent with family, but now that school has started, the days of cherished time with the kids are few and far between. We have kicked off the new school year, so we’re back to the same old daily routine. But that doesn’t mean your family can’t make time for a little fun, too! Stay connected this school year by adding a family game night into your busy schedules. As the school year gets…

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Dorm Room Decor: 101

Dorm Room Decor: 101

The long-awaited day has finally come. You’re off to college and the next chapter in your life starts now. An exciting new world awaits, so don’t let the cinder block walls and institutional furnishings get you down. Elfster is here to help with plenty of great solutions to deck out your dorm room in style. Our Off to College guide has the must-haves to make it a fresh, new start. Express your individuality and make yours the best dorm room…

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Spread Some Elfster Cheer This Summer: Join A Meet and Gift Exchange

Spread Some Elfster Cheer This Summer: Join A Meet and Gift Exchange

Summer is winding down and the winter holidays are still a few months away, but it’s the perfect time to spread some Elfster cheer in a unique and thoughtful way. We know that you love giving, and that you love participating in gift exchanges on Elfster. We are excited to announce our first ever Meet and Gift exchanges that will allow users from all over the Elfster community to connect and give to each other. To participate, you can sign…

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Dedicated Teachers Get Motivated For New School Year

Dedicated Teachers Get Motivated For New School Year

Bold, Courageous, Outstanding — These strong and inspirational words serve to motivate an entire school community every day as they enter the soaring atrium of their Washington, D.C.-area high school that has faced its share of adversity in its 55-year history. This is the motto of Frank W. Ballou Senior High School, located in Southeast Washington’s Ward Eight community, which has struggled for years with high truancy rates, low standardized test scores and low graduation rates. But a group of…

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Back to School — The Countdown is On!

Back to School — The Countdown is On!

    As we leave the carefree days of June and July behind, the calendar turns to August… and the countdown begins. Before you know it, it will be time to head back to school. But don’t worry, Elfster is here to help you kick off the new school year in style. We’ve got you covered — from A to Z — in our Back to School guide featuring great ideas for teachers, kids & teens, and students heading off…

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Elfster’s Top 5 Picks For Outdoor Summer Fun

Elfster’s Top 5 Picks For Outdoor Summer Fun

Summer is in full swing, so don’t let all the great things the season has to offer pass you by. Get outdoors and enjoy the days ahead. We’ve put together our Top 5 Picks for Outdoor Summer Fun based on what you, our users, have been adding to your own Elfster wish lists. We hope this is just the inspiration you need to make the most of your summer with friends and family!       1. Light Up The…

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