Moms honor two years of friendships and community

Moms honor two years of friendships and community

  Meeting people who share your interests and outlook is usually a great way to start a friendship.  Being able to share your ideas and thoughts with people who have similar ideas and can relate to what you are going through is often just what you need.  Elfster has found a group of moms who have been able to do just that. The group, now known as the Crunchy March Mommies, or CMMs, met each other while they were all…

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Family Fun gift exchange kicks off summer

Family Fun gift exchange kicks off summer

As the summer season gets underway, there are lots of activities to look forward to.  Visits to the beach, warm days, and a more relaxed schedule are just some of the things that make summer great.  And of course, a gift exchange is another awesome way to get summer started! A group of mothers are making sure that their members will have a little something extra to enjoy this summer by hosting a family fun exchange.  This allows them to…

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Announcing our new and improved site!

Announcing our new and improved site!

  Some of you may have already noticed that we have made some changes.  We are proud to officially announce our newly redesigned website.  We worked to create pages that would help you to see all of the information that is relevant to you and your groups easily.  The site is now easier to navigate, but still makes sure you have a fun and easy way to exchange gifts. Here is a brief rundown of what is new: 1. Improved…

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Worldwide group celebrates Mother’s Day

Worldwide group celebrates Mother’s Day

  As spring gets underway and things begin to bloom, we rush into the season excited at the idea of leaving the long cold winter behind us.  Before you know it, Mother’s Day will be here, celebrated on May 12th in the USA and Canada.  Elfster is excited to see a group of moms already planning to make Mother’s Day extra special for each other by hosting an exchange. These women all connected through an online forum for expectant mothers;…

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As children grow, friendships blossom and traditions develop

As children grow, friendships blossom and traditions develop

  There are lots of places that expectant women can find information about their pregnancies.  There are books, websites, and visits to the doctor.  For many people, there can be nothing more valuable than sharing your experience with another person who is going through the same thing. Elfster is home to a group of women who all connected as first time mothers on babycenter.com.  After getting to know each other on the site, they branched off and created a private…

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Bunny Approved gift exchange gets spring hopping!

Bunny Approved gift exchange gets spring hopping!

As winter comes to a close, there are many things to look forward to for spring. For some people it is the chance to spend more time outdoors, or to get back to planting and growing things.  For those who celebrate Easter, the arrival of the holiday can not pass without talk of the Easter bunny. Elfster found a group of people who love bunnies, all year long.  These folks all own rabbits as pets, and are passionate about rabbit…

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Valentine’s Day: Getting Back to the Heart of Things

Valentine’s Day: Getting Back to the Heart of Things

Love is in the air every February; red, pink, white, chocolates, greeting cards, flowers.  But has Valetine’s Day merely become a “consumer holiday?”  Here at Elfster, we’re voting to take back the holiday for expressions of love! So here’s a few low-to-no cost ideas for your beloved.  Plus, you can add them right to your Elster wishlist: 1. Make a Wish List for ONLY your one and only If you haven’t seen the big banner at the top of the…

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Fun DIY Holiday Tips

Fun DIY Holiday Tips

Hi there, Elfster fans! My name is Linda and I’m popping in today from Craftaholics Anonymous® to share some fun and easy DIY ideas to help you add a personal touch to your holiday gathering this year! Small details make such a difference at a party. And I know time is so precious during this time of year, so I’m going to share some touches I’ve used in the past, that come together in a snap, even at the last…

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Music Fans celebrate the season of giving

Music Fans celebrate the season of giving

The Zac Brown Band enjoys phenomenal success. They have twelve hit singles, two platinum records, and a very loyal fan club, known as the Zamily. Currently over 13,000 members strong, they are leveraging the power of numbers to make good things happen. In this season, it is great to share a story about a group dedicated to giving to others in need. They have taken their common love of music, and turned it into a way to give back to…

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Last Minute Gifts

Last Minute Gifts

We’ve all been busy elves over the last few weeks. No matter which holiday you’re celebrating, it’s a time for family, goodwill, and renewal of relationships. Then all of a sudden, a knock comes at the door, the phone rings, or an email arrives. Last minute visitor, party, or family member has been dropped on you, and you don’t have a present! Not to worry, Elfster has you covered with some simple ideas. 1. Grab a Gift Card Many gift…

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Cyber Week Deals

Cyber Week Deals

  Thanksgiving is now one for the memory books, and the hectic weekend is over. If you are tired from visiting all your favorite stores, or you just have not gotten started on your holiday shopping, fear not. Elfster has rounded up some of the best deals from the top retailers.   Let your fingers do the shopping, and take advantage of great Cyber Week specials. Click on the links below, and soon you’ll be saying, Ho! Ho! Ho! as you…

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Survey Winner Announced!

Survey Winner Announced!

Whoa Elfster friends – what an outstanding turnout for our 5th Annual Winter Survey! Our heartfelt thanks to the many many people (over 13,000!) who took the time to send us your feedback on some of the Brand Spankin’ New Features we’ve launched for this season. We are so psyched by your response to this survey. From the thousands of comments that we’ve received, it looks like we’re entering our strongest holiday season yet! There is so much great info…

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Those Crazy Christmas Toys

Those Crazy Christmas Toys

Remember how when you were little, there was always that one thing you wanted to see under the tree?  Whether you were into the most obscure items or frantic for the most popular trinket of the season, it was up to Mom, Dad, Grandparents, or Santa to fight the insanity and get it for you!  Here’s an Elfster look back at a few of the craziest fads from the 1990s. TOY #1: TICKLE ME ELMO (1996) The fad began as…

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Elfster Features You Should Know About

Elfster Features You Should Know About

2012 has been a year of growth for Elfster. We’ve seen unprecedented numbers in exchanges, new users, return users — and most important to YOU, the elf, we’ve been growing in usability too! Some of these we’ve talked about before, but here’s a list of some of the best features we’ve added or improved on in the last year!   1. CHILD ACCOUNTS Child accounts are for any account you need to care for, and now you can do it…

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Military moms support each other with Elfster ornament exchange

Military moms support each other with Elfster ornament exchange

Sending your child off to college can be one of the most bittersweet moments for any parent. There is joy to see the success and independence that your child has achieved, as well as worry and sadness at the thought of your “little one” being out there on their own. Nowhere is this more apparent than when you are sending your child off to not just college, but to a career in the military. Elfster is humbled to host a…

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Spooky Nails To Celebrate Halloween

Spooky Nails To Celebrate Halloween

Halloween is almost here, and by now most people have their costumes ready to go.  For some people, they may not want to commit to a full costume, but there’s a whole world of ways to celebrate with a special Halloween accent!  Recently, an Elfster group celebrated Halloween by exchanging spooky nail polish and nail designs.  We asked one of the participants, Jessica Beswick, the nail blogger behind Ruby’s Nails to help us with some awesome ideas for making your…

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Worldwide group celebrates the magic and mystery of “Once Upon a Time”

Worldwide group celebrates the magic and mystery of “Once Upon a Time”

  Everyone knows that our elves rely on magic to get things done.  We know that magic can come in many different forms, and that there are different ways to celebrate what you believe in.  Of course, we are attracted to stories that contain elements of fantasy and fairytale, much like the story of elves.   Imagine how excited we were to discover a group of fans of the TV show Once Upon a Time using Elfster to host a worldwide…

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Scheduling For The Holidays: 3 Months And Counting

Scheduling For The Holidays: 3 Months And Counting

It sneaks up on us so fast…one minute the kids are going back to school.  Suddenly, it’s time for Halloween.  Soon, you’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving.  Then it’s just a short month until Christmas.     Before it’s time to trim the tree and deck the halls, we suggest these tips to make your holiday life a little less frantic :) 1. Plan for sales Black Friday?  Cyber Monday?  While these sales are rooted in American holiday tradition, they’ve expanded to…

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Holidays 101: Thinking Ahead

Holidays 101: Thinking Ahead

You may not be thinking of the holiday season yet; after all, it’s still three months until Christmas.  But the holidays can be a frantic, if amazing, time of the year when you don’t want to lose out on any memories.  A bit of head-start planning can save you heartache and headache in December.  So here’s a list of Elfster tips for things you can start thinking about and plan ahead of time:   1. Create and gather wish lists…

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The top new features on Elfster for summer 2012

The top new features on Elfster for summer 2012

If you have been following our blog you may already know that this summer the elves here at Elfster were busy as bees.  Elfster loves the many creative users that are building community and having fun on the site.  By popular demand, we have added some great features. We know that using Elfster and sharing your information about your gift exchanges will be more fun and easier than ever before. Here is a brief rundown of what is new: 1….

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Bronies share their love of My Little Pony via Elfster gift exchange

Bronies share their love of My Little Pony via Elfster gift exchange

You may or may not be familiar with the term, “brony”. That is the word used to describe any fan of the My Little Pony franchise that is outside the typical target group of young girls. This group includes both males and females, and is growing rapidly. In 2010 the re-envisioned television show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was aired, and the current fan movement began. Groups dedicated to the love of the show can now be found all…

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Craftaholics Celebrate All Things Handmade in Worldwide Gift Exchange

Craftaholics Celebrate All Things Handmade in Worldwide Gift Exchange

Elfster loves the many creative users that are building community and having fun on the site.  Every once in awhile we share fun and unique gift exchange stories like Joy to the Dorm and Secret Olympics Swap.  Recently Linda Gardner, the blogger behind the awesome crafting site, Craftaholics Anonymous, hosted an international gift exchange for over 600 Craftaholics worldwide and her exchange is the focus of this Elfster customer love spotlight. Linda has “an obsession with penpals” and has been…

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How One Group is Using Elfster and Celebrating the 2012 Olympic Games.

How One Group is Using Elfster and Celebrating the 2012 Olympic Games.

Whether you are rooting for the home team, or inspired by the athletes from all around the globe, millions will tune in to watch the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics.  We know that one group of moms will be celebrating by opening a gift from their very special Elfster exchange! These ladies all met via a Facebook page dedicated to cloth nappies, or diapers as we say in the United States.  The Facebook group, Cloth Bum Mums, has…

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Great Gifts for Dad, Not Just Another Tie!

Great Gifts for Dad, Not Just Another Tie!

Father’s Day is almost here.  While no one is able to say what exactly can make a great Dad, it certainly is both a great responsibility and a great gift.  Your Dad may have passed on a strong work ethic, a great sense of humor, the dimples on your face, or your love of music.  Whatever type of Dad you have, be sure to let them know how important they are to you this Father’s Day.  And, we are pretty…

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