It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays, and you’ve probably already got that giddy, excited feeling. (Give us all the Christmas cookie decorating and carol singing we can handle this year—it’s been a long one.) And while exchanging gifts is one of our favorite parts of the season, buying a million presents with the possibility of receiving multiple pairs of lame themed socks in return is definitely...not. That’s where our secret weapon comes in: Elfster is the Secret Santa app that lets you create a wish list, so everyone in your gift exchange gets exactly what they want. Plus, everyone only needs to purchase one gift. And that’s how you become a holiday hero. You’re welcome.

Psst: How to Get Gifts You *Actually* Want This Holiday Season
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Sounds amazing. How do I get started?

First, start your free gift exchange either online at or by downloading the app (perfect for on-the-go planning) and invite family and friends via email. Choose whether it’s virtual or IRL, set a gift budget, an RSVP deadline, plus any other info you want, and Elfster will send out the invites for you. Easy-peasy.

Cool, but exactly how do I get the gifts I really want?

It’s all about the wish list, baby. Elfster has gone all out to help you feel like a kid again with thousands of great products to add to your wish list from your favorite brands: We’re talking Amazon, Etsy, Lululemon, Anthropologie, Nordstrom and more. Need inspo? They even have curated gift guides, or you can shop by price—especially useful if you have a set budget. And not only can your Secret Santa view and purchase from your wish list, but so can anyone you share it with. Success rate on getting the gifts you actually want this holiday season? 100 percent. 

What else do I need to know?

Rejoice! Elfster draws names for you—that’s right, no picking scraps of paper out of a hat (that’s so last year). There's even a setting where you can ensure that certain attendees, like spouses, don’t draw each other. So key. Plus, you can add assistants—aka fellow partygoers—to help you manage the process. Teamwork makes the dream work. And don’t forget to check out Elfster’s super-cute blog for tons of tips, elf-picked gifts, and to enter their awesome Wish of the Week giveaway. Happy gifting! 

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