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…

Read More Read More

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….

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

Charitable Jewish Group Takes Time to Celebrate Each Other This Chanukah

Charitable Jewish Group Takes Time to Celebrate Each Other This Chanukah

Editor’s Note: This Gift Exchange originally took place in 2015, but the Chanukah elves at Federation CJA are back again in 2018 for a fourth year of spreading joy and generosity. 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 2] this year, with the nightly lighting of the menorah…

Read More Read More

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 rich…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

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 on campus.  …

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

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 to college.  …

Read More Read More

Elfster Elite Members Lend A Helping Hand

Elfster Elite Members Lend A Helping Hand

As we all know, things don’t always go according to plan, even for the elves at Elfster. But when Team Elfster needed help hosting a very special gift exchange, several “helping hands” stepped up in a jiffy. We would like to applaud these Elfster “super-users,” who are members of our Elfster Elite Facebook group. This group of active exchange organizers not only manage their own large groups on the Elfster site all year long, but are vital to the success…

Read More Read More

Destination: Summer Fun

Destination: Summer Fun

“Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.” Kellie Elmore Planning to hit the road this summer? Whether you are going by car 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 has the must-haves to make planning and packing a breeze. So pack your bags for summer fun.   Summer Travel Gift Ideas Guide! Where is your family heading this summer? Need fresh ideas…

Read More Read More

Elfster Book Lovers Get Creative with Summer Exchange

Elfster Book Lovers Get Creative with Summer Exchange

Here’s to the lazy days of summer. Plenty of time to get outside, relax with a good book and escape into another world for just a little while. And that is just how one Elfster group will be spending its summer as they celebrate the author they love by exchanging creative and inspired gifts based on the main character of her latest novel, as “broken” as she may be. According to Elfster exchange organizer Serena Knautz, the exchange participants are…

Read More Read More

Give Him The Gift He’ll Really Love

Give Him The Gift He’ll Really Love

Dear ole Dad. He picked you up when you fell down. He dried your tears. He’s been there with you through thick and thin. He guided you through life’s many challenges. He’s your favorite guy. Father’s Day is June 21st. Time to celebrate your dad and all the other dads in your life — husbands, father-in-laws, stepfathers, would-be future dads, your uncles, and brothers! Let them know how much you love and appreciate them with a great gift from Elfster’s…

Read More Read More

What’s YOUR Summer Swap?

What’s YOUR Summer Swap?

    Summertime is here. Time to kick back, relax and enjoy the lazy days ahead. This summer, why not celebrate the season by hosting a summer-themed gift exchange with Elfster? We’ve got plenty of great ideas to get you started. Just add friends and family.            Secret Summer Swaps Secret Santa gift exchanges aren’t just for Christmas anymore. And Elfster groups all over the world are busy gearing up for the fun and carefree summer…

Read More Read More

And They Lived Happily Ever After…

And They Lived Happily Ever After…

  Wedding bells are ringing as brides and grooms head down the aisle to share their vows. The bride’s amazing gown, the dapper groom, the beautiful flowers, the wonderful setting—here’s to their perfect day. Summer wedding season has arrived and Elfster has just what you need to celebrate the newlyweds with great gift ideas for their happily ever after.     Wedding Gift Ideas     The Happy Couple Time to toast the new Mr. and Mrs. with the perfect…

Read More Read More

Hats Off To The Graduates

Hats Off To The Graduates

        Hey, Graduate — hats off to you! So, what’s next? Leaving home for the first time? Starting a new job? Spending time travelling the world? No matter which direction you’re heading, Elfster will help you get there. The adventures and possibilities are endless, so be sure to add the essentials to your Elfster wish list.       Graduation Gift Guide         Looking for the perfect gift ideas for your awesome graduate? Elfster’s…

Read More Read More

Elfster Group Celebrates the Bonds of Motherhood

Elfster Group Celebrates the Bonds of Motherhood

There is no love greater than a mother for her child. This indescribable bond is both unbreakable and unending. To celebrate the bonds of motherhood, a special group of moms from all over the United States who practice babywearing — wearing or carrying their baby in a sling or carrier — are using Elfster to encourage and pamper each other (for a change) by hosting a secret Santa style gift exchange for Mother’s Day.   Although babywearing has been used…

Read More Read More

Here’s To Mom

Here’s To Mom

  April showers bring May flowers and spring is in full bloom. That means Mother’s Day is just around the corner on May 10 — a day to celebrate and appreciate your wonderful mom, and all the special moms near and dear to your heart. Let them know how much you care with the perfect gifts for their unique personality. Since no two moms are the same, Elfster’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide features suggestions from a diverse offering of gifts sure to please everyone….

Read More Read More

Celebrating You… Elfster Style!

Celebrating You… Elfster Style!

Your birthday happens just once a year, but when it comes we hope it’s a great one. Get inspired by our gift guides and add your favorites to your wishlist to share with friends and family. Be ready and keep on wishing all year long!   Gift Ideas for Her       Browse the For Her gift guides to see the latest gift ideas for women.  Our ideas include something for everyone, whether her interest is beauty, health and fitness, or…

Read More Read More