Whether you like it or not, gift giving is a holiday tradition, a tradition that some take more seriously than others. Such is the case for online Secret Santa organizer Elfster. This social gift giving site was established back in ’03 when a guy named Peter was charged with the task of organizing his family’s secret santa.
Elfster aims to make gift shopping and wishing more fun and social by allowing users to set up a social gift exchange or “secret santa” to share with friends, family, or colleagues. Users can create “wish lists,” ask secret questions or check out trending gifts. Now, thanks to Elfter’s extension into the mobile market and their Android app, users have all the features of Elfster along with a few extra goodies to make the experience even easier and more fun. With the Elfster app, user can:
- Look up their friends’ wishlists while out shopping.
- Retrieve a mailing address when at the post office.
- Use your mobile device’s camera to snap a picture of a new item you’d like to add to your wishlist.
- Use the built in barcode scanner to scan any item and place it on a wishlist.
Elfster seems to be a really fun and creative way to experience this years secret santa and worth a look. If you give it a try, make sure to come back and let us know what you think by leaing a comment below. For more information on Elfster and the Android app, follow the links below. Cheers!
[spoiler show=”Press Release”]ELFSTER LAVISHES GIFTS UNTO FACEBOOK AND SMARTPHONES
Tie-In To Largest Social Network Gives Users New Ways To Give and Receive – Just In Time For the Holidays!
Oakland, Calif. — November 29, 2011— Elfster (www.elfster.com), a free online Secret Santa organizer and social networking platform, today announced an extension of their Elfster.com service into the social networking space as well as onto iPhone and Android apps. Make creating a Secret Santa your easiest project this year either on the go or simply by sharing the Facebook app with your friends, whose lists you can use to give them they gifts they really want!
You may be Facebook friends, but if you’re not Elfster friends yet you’re missing out! Access the full range of features from Elfster.com straight from Facebook – no second log-in to remember. The Facebook version of Elfster means finding your friends and their wishlists is easy, and users can still browse and recommend a plethora of gift ideas so their followers know exactly what to tuck under the tree from Santa this year.
Knowing what to buy for who is key to gift giving. With Elfster’s wishlists, users can see what their friends want fast, right on Facebook. Shopping for a Secret Santa, but not as familiar with your recipient? Ask them a secret question to get the important details you need like size or color. Never worry about getting the same gift twice – Facebook wishlists will track who has already snapped something up on your list so you can share your list on your wall with ease.
“Being able to access Elfster fast, whether it’s via our Facebook app or on a smart phone, gives our users the ability to use Elfster when it’s convenient for them, not just when they’re sitting at a computer.” said Peter Imburg, CEO at Elfster. “Whether you’re shopping for a secret Santa exchange or just buying for that person in your life who you never know what to get for, these new options make gift giving a breeze.”
In addition to the exciting Facebook integration, present-hunting elves can now take their gift giving experience out in the world using Elfster mobile. The new iPhone and Android apps allow anyone to look up their friends’ wishlists while out shopping, or retrieve a mailing address when at the post office. This is in addition to the addition of camera features, where adding a new item to a wishlist is truly a “snap.” Last but not least savvy users can barcode scan any item they love to place it on a wishlist.
For more about Elfster visit www.Elfster.com
Established in 2003 as a way to help resolve family gifting woes, Elfster has grown into a massive website featuring thousands of products, users by the millions, and has more features than a Swiss Army Knife without the pointy bits. With universal wishlists, secret Q&A for deciding if your giftee wants white or black socks, personalized gift recommendations and group discussion, this is the ultimate stop for the giver and the getter. For more information, please visit http://www.elfster.com[/spoiler]