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These Websites Can Help Your Barkada Plan An *Online* Exchange Gift

Perfect for all your virtual Christmas parties!
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Because of the pandemic, Christmas celebrations are definitely going to be different this year. According to the World Health Organization, avoiding family gatherings this season would be the *safest move* to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. It sure sucks to be away from family and friends especially at a time like this, but don't worry because there are still ways to get into the Christmas spirit! For starters, you can invite your family or your barkada to an online exchange gift! You won't even need to meet up for a bunutan, because everything will be done in just a few clicks! If you feel like organizing one this year,  here are some websites that can help you out. 

DrawNames

How does it work? 

  • Go to the DrawNames website and click "Start Drawing Names."
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  • Enter the names of the participants and select the number of draws.
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  • Choose whether or not you'd like to set exclusions within the group.
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  • Set the details of your exchange gift and include an invitation message to your group.
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  • Click confirm and choose how you'd like the invitations to be sent.
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To know more about how it works, watch the video below.

For more information, click here to visit their website. 

Elfster

How does it work?

  • Go to the Elfster website and click "Start your Secret Santa."
  • Sign up for an Elfster account. You can either sign up using your Google account, Facebook account, Apple ID, or your preferred email. 
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  • If you choose to continue with your preferred email, you'll be asked to fill out the details as shown below. 
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  • Create a name for your exchange gift and set a date for when it will happen. Choose whether or not you'll also be participating, or just organizing.
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  • Choose how the gifts will be exchanged. Since it'll be done online, select the option, "At a party/virtual party." Fill out the details with the link to your chosen platform, party time, and budget. (Note: Currently, there's no option for PHP currency, so you'll have to do a bit of conversion for now.)
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  • Lastly, create a password and type a personal message to your group. Once done, click "Create Gift Exchange."
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  • The site will show you important dates to remember, and you can choose to do the following: go to gift exchange, invite more people, or set draw restrictions. 
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For more information, click here to visit their website. 

White Elephant Online

How does it work?

  • Go to the White Elephant Online website and click "Play Now."
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  • Create an account and verify it via email. Once your account is verified, you'll be directed to a dashboard. 
  • Click "Create Personal Game" and enter the details of your event (names of participants, date and time, video call link, etc.)
  • Invite participants to the game by sending the invitation link, along with a set of instructions that will be provided by White Elephant Online. 
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  • Before the event begins, each person must log on and click "Submit Your Gift." (Note: You don't actually have to buy the gift yet, you can just paste a link or upload a photo of the gift.) 
  • "Wrap" the gift by choosing your own gift box and ribbon. Once down, click "Save." Gifts will be shown on your game dashboard as other participants submit their gifts, too. 
  • On the day of the exchange, make sure that all participants have logged on and that each person has submitted a gift. 
  • Once everyone has checked in, you can now assign numbers to each participant and start the online game. 

To know more about how the game works, watch the video below.

For more information, click here to visit their website.

Secret Santa Organizer

How does it work? 

  • Go to the Secret Santa Organizer website.
  • On the homepage, start by listing at least three participants who will join. The first name listed will be considered the exchange gift organizer. Also, you'll be asked to set a date, location, and budget for your exchange gift.
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  • Add a personal message which will be sent to the entire group.
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  • Create your event and wait for a confirmation link to be sent via email. 
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  • Once the link has been validated, Secret Santa Organizer will randomly assign a "Secret Santa gift buddy" to a participant via email. 
  • All participants must confirm in order to start the Secret Santa party exchange gift. 

For more information, click here to visit their website.

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