Elfster… In Summer!

Elfster… In Summer!

It’s Summertime… and we’re all happy campers here at Elfster. The Head Elf is enjoying a little much-deserved R&R and the elves are busy dreaming of ways to enjoy the season. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t busy as bees this summer! Plenty of great exchanges are in full-swing, including lots of folks who are enjoying Christmas in July – a perfect way to celebrate summer. There are busy moms exchanging gifts for baby’s big day, fun-loving groups sharing their…

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Win $100 Amazon Gift Card in Our Instagram Contest

Win $100 Amazon Gift Card in Our Instagram Contest

’Tis the Season… To Celebrate Christmas In July!   The Elves at Elfster have been very busy this summer and we’re ready to celebrate our brand new Instagram account by sharing our holiday spirit with you! Enter our Christmas in July contest for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card! Announcing Elfster’s First Instagram Photo Contest — Christmas in July. The rules are simple: Follow @elfstergram Take a picture of any item, person, or activity to celebrate Christmas…

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Elfster Fitness Group is “Bringing Sexy Back”

Elfster Fitness Group is “Bringing Sexy Back”

  We all know the value of being healthy and fit, but achieving the perfect balance takes plenty of motivation. So when a group of friends from all over the country decided to get in shape this spring, Elfster was glad to play a part in their wellness. Domonique Williams, organizer of the “Bringing Sexy Back Fitness Team” exchange, describes her group as being exactly what it seems – “a group committed to reaching our weight, fitness and health goals……

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As Wildland Firefighters Battle Blazes, Loved Ones Exchange Support

As Wildland Firefighters Battle Blazes, Loved Ones Exchange Support

  As dangerous wildfires rage in many parts of the United States this spring, the nation shares its concern for the safety of those firefighters who battle on the frontlines. That concern is also shared for the families who are left at home, as their loved ones face uncertain danger. Elfster salutes a special group of women who share a connection through the wildland firefighters in their lives and have started a gift exchange to help each other get through…

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Teachers Use Elfster To Exchange the Gift of Knowledge

Teachers Use Elfster To Exchange the Gift of Knowledge

As any teacher will tell you, knowledge is power — and sometimes a little peer influence is great for motivation! So Elfster was proud to play a part when a group of teachers took time out of their busy schedules to exchange the gift of knowledge with their own peers. We Often Learn Best From Those Around Us These busy teachers used Elfster to be paired up for “Peer Visits” with other teachers in their own grade level to exchange…

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Making Every Day Count, One Page at a Time

Making Every Day Count, One Page at a Time

  The elves at Elfster certainly know the importance of making each and every day count! That’s why when a group of nearly 200 women from all over the country connected to participate in an exchange of products to enhance their personalized life planners, we thought we’d share their motivational ideas. Not only are these ladies organized, but they share a love for the happy, colorful and inspirational work of designer Erin Condren (EC). According to the We Love EC…

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The Cab Day 2014: Music Fans Use Elfster To Celebrate Favorite Band

The Cab Day 2014: Music Fans Use Elfster To Celebrate Favorite Band

  The elves at Elfster want to give a big shout out to a devoted group of music fans that came up with an innovative way to share their love for their favorite band. They started a “pen-pal style” exchange to pair up fans of the band The Cab from all over the world in order to help them make new friends globally. The Cab, founded in 2005, is a Las Vegas-based alternative rock band which is inspired by groups…

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Moms Share Local Tastes By Swapping Delicious Delicacies

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 decided to exchange their hometown’s unique…

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Postcards from Afar: Photographers Share Talents Worldwide

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 photographers from all over Europe,…

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Accountants Use Elfster to Keep Season Less Taxing

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 full service accounting and advisory…

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Elfster Exchanges Ring In Spring!

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 group to “spread the love.”…

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March Moms Celebrate Baby’s First Birthday with Book Exchange

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. “Our group stemmed from the…

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Group shares love of knitting with mystery exchange

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 have added their knitting friends…

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Baby Registries: What you need when you are expecting!

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 you going to find everything…

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Comics enthusiasts fete the holidays

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 relatively small one but filled…

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Handmade gift exchange connects Irish crafters

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 members have lived in Ireland…

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The most wonderful time of the year!

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 the wildly popular Australian blog,…

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Elfster Staff Spotlight

Elfster Staff Spotlight

  Elfster over the years has grown beyond our founder Peter’s family and the staff has grown apace.  We remain a small, agile staff who often wear more than one hat at our jobs, but we’re all doing what we love: helping people and making people happy!  We’ve been asked more than once about the people behind the elf and we’re happy to shed a little light on one of our most integral staff members.  If you’ve ever sent an…

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Elfster: Past, Present, and Future

Elfster: Past, Present, and Future

  Elfster has been around for ten holiday seasons and we wanted to take a quick look back and towards the future to see where we’ve been, and where we’re going.  It’s also a great way for us to show new users “the way things were” and to assure all users that we’re listening to your feedback and continuing to grow and refine our service. ELFSTER MOBILE When we first started Elfster, smart phones were really in their infancy.  Blackberry…

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Online group offers members friendship, support and understanding

Online group offers members friendship, support and understanding

  Many people are faced with the prospect of wanting to have a child and not being able, due to infertility issues.  The struggle can be an extremely emotional one, that is often not shared with friends and family — it’s hard to explain or articulate the feelings.  Having a person to talk to that can completely understand what you are going through can make a huge difference.  Elfster was pleased to find a group of women that are offering…

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Back to School: Elfster can help

Back to School: Elfster can help

Even though it’s the beginning of August, everywhere you look, there are signs of Back to School.  The stores, the ads, and local campuses all seem to be gearing up.  The end of summer can make anyone feel a little bit sad — it seems like we look forward to the slower pace of summer,  more time outdoors, and mellow, light-filled days for so long, and then it goes by so quickly!  For some people, now may be the time…

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Summertime and the giving is easy

Summertime and the giving is easy

Recently, a group of staff here at Elfster decided to do what we do best – host a gift exchange!  It seemed like a great way to stay in touch with other, get to know one another better, and a fun addition to our July.   We are currently hosting our “Summer Picnic” gift exchange, where we are all going to exchange something that we could use for picnicking or outdoor entertaining.  It has been fun to see what people are…

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Fitness enthusiasts motivate each other through gift exchange

Fitness enthusiasts motivate each other through gift exchange

  Trying to create and maintain a fitness plan can be tough. The ways to get started range from doing it on your own, using a fitness app, joining a gym, participating in a running or walking group, and countless others.  Elfster has found a group of women who are taking their fitness regime one step further.  In addition to connecting with each other via their Facebook group, they are also hosting gift exchanges to encourage their fitness pursuits. The…

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EGGheads share love of barbeque with summer exchange

EGGheads share love of barbeque with summer exchange

  While baseball is credited with being the “official” American pastime, for many people barbequing would be the answer when asked what their favorite summer pastime is.   The debate of gas versus charcoal has long been a topic for outdoor cooks to consider.  Then, the discussion of what and how to cook can get started. Elfster has found a group of people who are more than just your average backyard cook.  They are seriously dedicated to the art of barbeque. …

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