Secret Santas are a brilliant way to save money if you’re on a tighter budget this Christmas. By pooling everyone together, you only have to buy one gift instead of many! But with more teams working from home there’s no chance of dipping your hands into the office hat to pull out a name this year. That’s why I wanted to share with you how to host a remote secret santa.
There are lots of different websites that will pool all the participant’s names together but I recommend Elfster as this is one I’ve used before.
Elfster is a really simple to use website and there’s already 17 million people who have held Secret Santas through it. Just register yourself and add in the names and email addresses of everyone you want to invite to play along.
What I really liked about this site is that you can choose to join in yourself too so as host you don’t have to miss out on the fun!
Then you get the chance to go to your dashboard and build up a wish list.
But I don’t want to share my address!?
With many people being remote and not necessarily comfy in sharing their home address I’ve got a great way around this.
Firstly, inform everyone to create an Amazon wishlist and ensure it is set to “shared”. Then these links can be shared with anyone in the invite group.
Once you’ve used a name generator to pick out names for everyone to gift through, you can either pick something from the wishlist or if you’ve found something else you want to give them instead here’s how to do it…
- Go to their wishlist and add any item to your basket.
- Search for what you really want to get them and add that to your basket too.
- Continue through to checkout, choosing their address (the full address is NOT revealed)
- Untick gift options to keep it secret as to who is sending them the gift.
- Before you fully checkout, you can remove the wishlist item from your order. Then you’ll be left with just the item you wanted to send.
- There you have it! You have successfully sent your secret santa.
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