Participating in a Gift Exchange Event gift exchanges are now powered by the Elfster Secret Santa Generator! There are two ways to join a gift exchange — by email invitation or using a link shared by the organizer:

Invitation Email: The invitation email lets you know you have been invited to join in a gift exchange event and who invited you. Also included is a brief message from the organizer of the event and details for the gift exchange.

To view more details about the gift exchange event and to reply to the invitation, just click to RSVP. You may then register your Elfster account or log in to an existing account.

Invitation Link:  If an organizer has posted an invitation link on a social media page or by shared in an email they generate, click on the link to see more details about the exchange, RSVP and register or log in to an existing account.

As a registered member of Elfster, you can manage all of your gift exchange events by clicking on the Gift Exchanges tab on the top of your homepage, or create a Wish List to share your wishes with your exchange group.

Gift Exchange Page: As a participant the gift exchange page includes the following:

  1. Event information: All the event information (type of gift exchange, time, date, location, price range, etc.)

  2. Participants: View who is participating, who is not and who is undecided.

  3. Activity: On this page, you may chat with your group to send along any fun, interesting or informative comments, which may be made anonymously for an added twist, view wishes made by members of the group and see Secret Q&A activity for other participants.

  4. Gallery: Once names have been drawn you can come back here to see thank you messages and gift pictures that have been shared with the group.

Gift Recipient Email: The gift recipient email notification lets you know whom you will be buying a gift for this year. Included in this email is a link to the Gift Exchange page to see who you have drawn.

Once who you know who you have drawn, you may ask them check out their wish list, see what they like

 and ask them secret questions by clicking on their name on the participants list.

Be Sure to Create a Wish List:  The Wish Lists page allows you to enter your gift wish list, which can be viewed by your Secret Santa and other participants in your exchange. Gifts may be added by Wishing for any item found on our Shop pages, copying the URL for an item from any website, or by using the Text option to write in your own wish.

TIP: Submitting wish lists is a great way to make sure all the participants receive a gift they will enjoy as well as assisting the Secret Santas in the gift buying process.

Before you start planning a Secret Santa Gift Exchange of your own, you may want to consider these factors:

Guidelines: The rules and terms of your Secret Santa game should be clearly drawn to insure a smooth gift exchange.

Secrecy: This is the probably the most enjoyable part of the game. Not knowing who your Secret Santa is adds to the intrigue and excitement. Keep the guessing games going in the time before the exchange.

Happy Gifting!