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Moms Share Local Tastes By Swapping Delicious Delicacies

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf   When a group of moms from all over the United States started to get to know each other better online, they realized that despite the miles that separate them, they had plenty in common, especially since they all welcomed new babies last year. But when the group’s members took an interest in each other’s local cuisine, they [...]

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Postcards from Afar: Photographers Share Talents Worldwide

They say a picture is worth a thousand words; that’s why, when a group of talented photographers from all over the world decided to exchange their work using Elfster, the elves took notice! These gifts from the heart — original photo postcards — are being exchanged by photographers who first connected on social media, but turned to Elfster to help better manage their monthly exchanges.   According to co-organizer Monica Smith, the group of 20-30 [...]

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Accountants Use Elfster to Keep Season Less Taxing

We all know tax time can be, well … taxing! And the life of an accountant can be even more stressful. That’s why one accounting firm turned to Elfster to help get them through their “busy season.” “Our group is made up of the New England Region of CohnReznick, the 10th largest accounting firm in the country,” according to exchange organizer Kristin Hustus.  “The offices include six locations across Connecticut and Massachusetts. We are a [...]

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Elfster Exchanges Ring In Spring!

  March Madness is in full swing here at Elfster and we thought we’d share a few of these inspiring ideas for an exchange… Do you see your group here? Some folks are still being good about keeping those New Year’s resolutions to watch what they eat by joining in a monthly “Weight Watchers Snack Swap” exchange. With a spending limit of $10 for a bunch of healthy snacks, it’s a great way for this [...]

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March Moms Celebrate Baby’s First Birthday with Book Exchange

As many parents would agree, as a child grows, so too does the household’s “kid clutter.” That’s why a group of moms, who shared the joys of having babies last year, have decided to organize a secret “Birthday Book Exchange” on Elfster to celebrate the milestone of their babies’ first birthdays. Not only does this help control the inevitable clutter, but instills a lifelong love of reading as they happily expand their little ones’ libraries. [...]

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Group shares love of knitting with mystery exchange

The holiday season has come and gone, but at Elfster, we love to celebrate the joy of gift giving any time. And so do many of the groups that use Elfster, including a bunch of busy knitters participating in the MBOY (Mystery Ball of Yarn) exchange this winter. According to organizer Megan Hasley, “The group started as a spin-off from another group that began as a group for babywearing mothers. From the initial members, people [...]

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Baby Registries: What you need when you are expecting!

Do you know anyone who is expecting a baby in 2014?  Expectant parents are often seen flipping through a mountain of sites and running store to store in an exhausting effort to solve the riddle: what you need when you are expecting. The list of things you need for a baby, no matter if its your first or tenth, is daunting. The current crop of baby registries complicate things as much as they help!  Are [...]

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Comics enthusiasts fete the holidays

Comics Therapy  is a weekly podcast that promises, “No Reviews, Just Analysis. Comics, our lives, and the big issues we all deal with.”  The show is the work of two creators, Andrea Shockling and Aaron Meyers.  What sets their show apart from some others is that they do not do reviews or cover other industry news; they prefer to discuss the recent works, and host creator interviews. According to Andrea, the comics community is a [...]

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Handmade gift exchange connects Irish crafters

Who doesn’t love and appreciate receiving a special handmade gift?  For people who enjoy making crafts, sometimes they are more often on the giving side of handmade gifts, and less frequently receiving them.  One group of crafters decided to start a gift exchange group as a way to ensure that their members will receive something made just for them! The group is known as Knitmas, and includes knitters and other crafty folks.  All of the [...]

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The most wonderful time of the year!

  As you can imagine, this time of year is very busy for all of us at Elfster.  We love it.  We wait all year for this, and we get so excited when our site gets super busy!  We are inspired by all the groups that use Elfster, and love to hear their stories and find out more about the groups. One group that caught our eye, is the gift exchange for the followers of [...]

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