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, as well as details for the gift exchange.

To see more 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: An organizer may post an invitation link on a social media group page or by share that link in an email they generate. Click on the link to see more details about the exchange, RSVP and register your Elfster account 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.

Create a Wish List:  The Wish Lists page allows you to enter your gift wish list, which can be viewed by other participants in your exchange to give them great gift ideas. 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.

Number Assignment: At the party, the organizer assigns you a number for the Yankee Swap gift exchange. This number designates when your turn will come. For example, if you are assigned number 3, you will be the third person to take a turn in the game.

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

Guidelines: The rules and terms of your Yankee Swap game should be clearly drawn to insure a smooth gift exchange. You always want to avoid a situation, for example, where someone goes all out for his or her assigned person only to get stiffed in the process.

Every group has its own definition of what constitutes an appropriate gift, so make sure all participants contribute gifts that are in good taste (and of course fun and entertaining). If everyone brings a well thought out gift the game can become a really memorable holiday event.

Each gift should be attractively wrapped with no nametag. There’s no fun in getting a gift you can’t unwrap (cheap gift bags are frowned upon).

Secrecy: It is important that the gifts be placed in an area where few people can see guests dropping off gifts. All efforts should be made to hide who brought which gift.

Happy Gifting!