What do Graduates need?

What do Graduates need?

June is an exciting month, well known for beautiful weather, wonderful weddings , and graduation ceremonies for millions of students.  For these graduates,  they not only start their summer, but the next stage in their lives. Now is the time that you want to let them know how proud of them you are, and how excited you are to see what their futures will bring.  Elfster was curious to know what graduates really wanted this year, so we enlisted the…

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Mother’s Day Deals

Mother’s Day Deals

Mother’s Day is right around the corner for North America, and we all want to make Mom feel special. Elfster has the ultimate Gift Guide that includes ideas for all tastes and budgets, sure to please even the most discerning Mom. You can browse our gift guide here. We want to help you make the most out of Mother’s Day, so we have rounded up some of the best deals on the web. Mom will appreciate that you thought of…

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Sweet Somethings: Gifts for “Amour” Inclusive Valentine’s Day

Sweet Somethings: Gifts for “Amour” Inclusive Valentine’s Day

Call us romantic, but we don’t think that Valentine’s Day should “suck” for anyone. It might seem that Cupid and Casanova reign supreme on February 14th, but why limit the love to the lovers? These gifts under $30 are cuter than Cupid and a perfect present for any gal-pal, Secret Cupid office draw, “just a friend” or even your own little cherub at home. They may not scream “It’s Valentine’s Day!” but hey, let’s leave that task to the lovebirds….

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Angry Birds Land Smack-Dab on Elfster App

Angry Birds Land Smack-Dab on Elfster App

Squawk! A little birdie told us that Elfster is onto something BIG this Holiday Season… That little birdie then proceeded to hurl itself onto some unsuspecting livestock nearby, which we take to mean only one thing: Elfster is going to be a part of an exciting new holiday level of Angry Birds on Google Chrome! But what good are fun and games without a little touch of teamwork? For this devilishly thrilling endeavor, Elfster is joining forces with 3 other…

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Go Ahead: Wish for the Pony!

Go Ahead: Wish for the Pony!

Did you hear the one about the guy who wished for socks this holiday season? Well, long story short… He got socks. This low-risk-low-reward style of wishing is no way to get what you really want for the holidays, and does little to inspire the joy of giving in others. That’s why Elfster is urging you to dream big this holiday season, and wish even bigger. For instance, say you want a pony… Go ahead and wish for the pony!…

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Joy to the Dorm: College Gift Exchange Goes Global

Joy to the Dorm: College Gift Exchange Goes Global

Amid the usual batch of Black Friday horror stories and obligatory tales of “buyer beware”, Elfster has managed to find one textbook case of gift-giving gone good this holiday season. As the inaugural post of our Elfster Spotlight blog series, we’re sharing the story of two longtime users who are now celebrating their 5th annual Elfster gift exchange… with 12 of their closest college classmates! When Mariam Shahab and Erika Lam were freshmen at Boston University, the two Communications majors…

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Gift Smart with Elfster’s Free Holiday Apps

Gift Smart with Elfster’s Free Holiday Apps

Sweet sizzlin’ cinnamon sticks! Elfster is branching out faster than a Yule Log on Miracle Gro… Okay, we have no idea what means, but we CAN tell you that Elfster is thrilled to announce an all-new line of holiday apps to make gift-giving easier and more fun than ever. If you’ve been wishing for a way to take Elfster with you on-the-go, or just make it a bigger part of your social media experience, wish no more! These are the…

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Elfster’s Favorite Fall Gifts (So Far!)

Elfster’s Favorite Fall Gifts (So Far!)

The leaves are falling, and your Elfster buddies are already dropping holiday hints like there’s no tomorrow. But just because the month of October has come and gone like a magic pumpkin, doesn’t mean it’s time to dive head-first into the December gifting madness just yet. There are a lot of great gift ideas for the autumn season, and with an entire month to go before winter begins, we don’t want to jump on the gingerbread and mistletoe bandwagon just…

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Secret Santa : Getting the Family Onboard

Secret Santa : Getting the Family Onboard

Every family’s heard it: “You don’t have to buy me anything this year!” Or, “I’ve got all the gifts I need, seriously.” And let’s not forget the old favorite, “Please don’t buy me a present.” These are some of the more nauseating bluffs that seem to spike in popularity during the holiday gifting season. In our opinion, talk like that has no place in the home, and it’ll cost you a pretty penny in the Swear Jar if uttered in…

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Faux Seasons : Fashion No-No’s for Every Holiday

Faux Seasons : Fashion No-No’s for Every Holiday

Let’s get one thing clear. We’ll wear white whenever we please. Hard to believe, but there are still some sticklers out there who maintain that wearing white after Labor Day is the ultimate crime of fashion. Sure, we have our theories on where those crazy notions came from (Prima Donna polar bears, we’re looking at you…) But here at Elfster, we’ve got our own almanac of arbitrary style no-no’s. We know what you’re thinking. With garishly stripped stockings and a…

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New Release : One-to-One Wishlist Sharing!

New Release : One-to-One Wishlist Sharing!

Elfster is pleased to announce an all-new, open-door approach to the joy of gifting. Introducing: One-to-One Wishlist Sharing! Remember the pesky old “no peeking” policy for sharing your Elfster Wishlist? The one that said, “Thou shall only share your profile with registered Elfster account holders”? Well, now with a single simple step, you can show-off your Wishlist to virtually anyone you want, whether or not they are an official Elfster user. You may have noticed this feature recently added to…

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December in July : The PC Elf’s Alternative

December in July : The PC Elf’s Alternative

This may come as a bit of a shock, but not everyone in the North Pole is thrilled about this Christmas in July business. The “Politically Polite” Elf is rather non-denominational when it comes to commercial holidays. On these festive occasions, nothing gives him more jollies than being more “PC” than the next elf. Each year, the PC Elf gleefully looks forward to showing-off his superficial understanding of major and minor world religions, making sure that all are represented with…

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Fourth of July Party Ideas : Decorations of Independence

Fourth of July Party Ideas : Decorations of Independence

  Looking for some pretty ways to show your patriotism this Independence Day? Well, thank your lucky stars and stripes, because Elfster has a handful of helpful hints. This weekend, we’re celebrating the land of the free by rounding-up a few complimentary party-planning ideas to help make your Fourth of July sparkle. Take a look at these great tips and tutorials from our favorite holiday events bloggers, and feel free to join the blog party by adding your own ideas…

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Father’s Day Activity Guide : Bringing Dad Up-to-Date

Father’s Day Activity Guide : Bringing Dad Up-to-Date

Dad just wouldn’t be Dad without that little spark of, well, “Dadness” to him, right? We’re talking about socks with flip flops. Shamelessly boastful bumper stickers. An unparalleled enthusiasm for corny jokes. Your father isn’t one to embrace new-fangled fashions or contemporary concepts, and some days, you’d swear he takes actual pleasure in embarrassing you and your siblings. But remember, this is the guy who taught you to ride a bike and haggle with a car salesman. The one who…

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We’re Hiring! Web Design Intern

We’re Hiring! Web Design Intern

Looking to get in on the ground floor of the next big thing? Wish you could have joined Amazon or Google when they were just getting started? Always secretly yearned to be an elf? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, keep reading! We’re looking for a passionate and talented web design intern to join our scrappy and high caliber engineering team building perhaps the coolest social shopping site in existence. We’re the leader in our marketspace…

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Memoir-ial Day: Best Biographical Beach Reads

Memoir-ial Day: Best Biographical Beach Reads

Page-turning is a great way to fan off on a hot summer afternoon. (Pool boys with palm fronds aren’t a bad solution, either.) But with the official start of the season just around the bend, it’s time to hit the beach with the right summer reading material. Traditional “beach reads” are a bookworm’s nightmare, with plotlines about as deep as a kiddie pool; and these days, there are strict rules against bringing trash onto the beach. So this Memorial Day,…

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Friday the 13th : Spooky Treats by the Baker’s Dozen

Friday the 13th : Spooky Treats by the Baker’s Dozen

Just hear us out. If Christmas in July can be a “thing”, why can’t Halloween in May? Friday the 13th isn’t just about avoiding ladders and knocking on wood. (That stuff is mere “Child’s Play”, if you ask us!) No, this day is the perfect excuse to dust off the culinary cobwebs and revisit some sinfully sweet Halloween treats. Though you might be hesitant to go anywhere near the kitchen on such a notoriously unlucky day, here are a few…

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Cinco de Mayo: 10 Worst Piñata Fillers

Cinco de Mayo: 10 Worst Piñata Fillers

The last thing you want to do at a Cinco de Mayo celebration is anger a sugar-hungry six-year-old wielding a stick. Selection of piñata filler can make or break your hard-earned reputation as “coolest mom” this side of the border. While every child has a different opinion on what candy he or she prefers, we think we can safely rule out a few unpopular choices. After careful empirical study, here’s what Elfster discovered make the Worst Piñata Fillers:   1.   …

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Rainy Day Rescue

Rainy Day Rescue

What’s worse than getting caught in the rain? Having to endure the awkward moment when you, bone dry and under your umbrella, must walk past an unfortunate soul who has forgotten his or her own! There’s a terrific opportunity for April altruism here. Play the part of the silent hero (bonus points if you have a trench coat) and use the opportunity to hand-out a poncho. Stock your purse with some inexpensive “emergency” solutions and pass them out when you…

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An Open Letter From the Easter Bunny

An Open Letter From the Easter Bunny

To My Adoring Public, It has come to my attention that my approval rating has taken a dive down the proverbial rabbit hole in recent weeks.  While I’ve still got a good number of “believers, the Facebook polls don’t lie. My agent seems to think this little slump might have something to do with my escapades in the off-season. (Hey, I’m a rabbit.) He’s even gone so far as to suggest a quick visit to the vet to correct the…

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Belated Thank-You Notes: The No-Shame Guide

Belated Thank-You Notes: The No-Shame Guide

If revenge is best served cold, does it stand to reason that a thank-you should be plated piping hot? Not necessarily.
Here we are, almost three months into 2011. Practically one quarter of the year has passed, and it seems like only yesterday you were jamming to holiday hits, wondering just what figgy pudding really was.

But by now, you’ve probably discarded the tree and paper snowflakes. And if you’ve forgotten to send your holiday thank-you notes, well, you’ve literally dis-carded more than that! Your friends and loved ones have (regrettably) been gypped of your proper gratitude.

If the guilt is finally starting to creep in, don’t fret. We might be glorifying procrastination here, but Elfster believes that a late thank-you note actually presents a golden opportunity for extending holiday cheer, and pleasant surprises are simply never a bad thing!

Are we making you feel any better? Now that you’ve found the necessary motivation to write a belated holiday thank-you note, here are a few strategies to give it character and tact:

“Let’s not tell Santa about this, shall we?”

Reference to a higher authority will help the recipient to remember that no one is perfect. Try to mention the special “powers that be” in your life to customize the message.

11 Big Ideas for Year-Round Gifting

11 Big Ideas for Year-Round Gifting

• Take it easy on the eggnog…

• Improve your snow-shoveling skills …

• Finally make a conscious effort to wash behind those pointed little ears…

Whatever your New Year’s resolution, there’s always one vice you can feel good about indulging in. (No, not reindeer tipping.) We’re talking about giving! When it comes to gift-oholics, we elves are proud to admit… We’re enablers!

To help make this year more memorable than ever, here are a few new ways to get your giving fix in 2011… only on Elfster!

• Birthdays

These prime present opportunities have a tendency to sneak up on everyone. But this year, you’ll never forget a buddy’s birthday with Elfster’s helpful reminders in advance! If you’re still a hopeless procrastinator, don’t fret. Our customized Wishlist feature ensures that you’ll always find something meaningful, even when time is tight.

• Study Groups

Cramming for an exam is about as fun as giving Blitzen a booster shot. Since your study group spends an awful lot of time hitting the textbooks, an Elfster gift exchange is the perfect way to inject some fun into your sessions. Find out your buddy’s favorite “Brain Food” or relaxation aid, and surprise them on test day with a “Good Luck” gift.