Elfster

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Elfster
Elfster Logo 2010.jpg
URLhttp://www.elfster.com
Commercial?No
Type of sitesocial shopping, social networking, wishlists
Registrationnot required
Available language(s)English
OwnerPeter Imburg
Launched2004
 
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Elfster
Elfster Logo 2010.jpg
URLhttp://www.elfster.com
Commercial?No
Type of sitesocial shopping, social networking, wishlists
Registrationnot required
Available language(s)English
OwnerPeter Imburg
Launched2004

Elfster is a social networking website for wishlists and gift-giving, and a free online organizer for "secret Santa" style gift exchanges. Elfster can be used to create wishlists and organize online gift exchanges. Users can find friends in Elfster, and follow their wishlists. Items can be added from any site online, and with the Elfster mobile app, bar code scanning allows items to be added on the go. When organizing an online gift exchange, Elfster draws names randomly and allows users to ask their draw partner questions anonymously - maintaining secrecy in a "high-tech way".[1].

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History

Elfster was founded by software engineer Peter Imburg in 2004 after hearing about the difficulty his wife and sister had when trying to organize a Secret Santa for their family[2][3].

Services

Elfster provides a series of tools for organizing secret gift exchanges such as automated event-organization, name pairing[4], draw restrictions[5], gift guidance, wishlists, and anonymous questions and answers[6].

Elfster helps with the logistics[7] of determining who wants to participate, drawing names, and communicating the names that were drawn, while identities remain secret[8]

In December 2009, Elfster collaborated with Claire's to create Secret Santa Circle[9], a temporary Secret Santa website for the jewelry retailer[10].

In November 2010, new features were added including trending gifts, activity updates and the ability to suggest and share gift ideas[11].

See also

Secret Santa

References

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