1. Elfster Help
  2. Participating in a Gift Exchange

Will people draw the same person they drew last time?

You should never draw the same person twice in a row.

Good News! While names are drawn randomly, our elves take any recent draws participants have had on Elfster into consideration when drawing names. That means that even if you create a new group with the same people or participate in Gift Exchanges where there's an overlap in participants, you shouldn't draw the same person twice in a row!

⚠️ Please note that the number of people participating, Draw Restrictions set by the organizer in the current Gift Exchange, International Shipping options, and participation in other Gift Exchanges may affect how names are drawn.

⚠️ Deleting a past Gift Exchange will remove the draw information for that Gift Exchange from Elfster. If this happens, there would be a greater chance that participants may draw the same person they drew in the deleted Gift Exchange.