How do I find my friends on Elfster?

Instructions for finding your friends who have already created an account on Elfster and for inviting those friends who you'd like to join you on Elfster.

“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.”
– Woodrow T. Wilson

Finding Friends 

You can add friends that are already using Elfster, even if they are not in your Gift Exchange! 

  1. Log into your Elfster account.
  2. From your dashboard select Friends in the menu at the top. If you are using Elfster on your mobile device on the web or the iOS or Android app, use the navigation bar at the bottom of your dashboard.
  3. Enter the email address or first and last name of the friend you are searching for in the text box (the text box is labeled "Search" in the app).

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Select the "Follow" button to the right of their profile picture on the website. Swipe left in the iOS and Android apps to reveal the follow button or tap the 3 vertical dots to go to their profile.

Invite Friends By Sharing Your Wishlist

You may also share your public Wishlist with anyone by clicking on the share icon on the top of your list. You will be given the option to share it via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or there will be a link to copy so you can share via email, text, or your favorite social media platform. On mobile, your native share feature will open for you to choose an app to share the link to.

Once someone accepts your invitation to follow your Wishlist, they will be listed in your Friends list.

This is a great way to invite your friends to sign up for Elfster, so they can create their own Wishlist and you can get them the gifts they're wishing for.


If you're in a Gift Exchange together, we don't reveal who is following whom from the time names are drawn until after the Gift Exchange date.

📝 Note:

You won't be able to mark an item from someone's Wishlist as purchased unless you are following them.  You don't need to follow the person you drew in order to mark an item as purchased from the time names are drawn until the Gift Exchange date.  📝