Setting up your Secret Santa draw

Quick overview

If you create your family group, then you have exclusive ability to organize the Secret Santa. Just create a group with three or more members and press the button to generate the Secret Santa draw for your group. Each member is notified both in their Giftster account and by email. You can exclude members or specific matches before the draw too.

Once gifts are opened, just remove the Secret Santa draw from the group. The group, members, and lists remain, for you to use year around for birthdays, other gift giving events, and next year's Holiday. Giftster saves your previous draws so you can choose to tell Giftster not to make the same picks next time.


Secret Santa Jolly

Giftster's Jolly (above), who has name picking duties

How to get started


Login to the website giftster.com (not the mobile apps)

  • On My Groups, if you don't have one already, start a group and invite 2 or more to join you
  • Approve any requests to join your group & wait for others to accept their invites so you have 3 or more "Members" including yourself (you are automatically included in your group, don't invite yourself)
  • On the my groups page, select the red Secret Santa, write your rules & add exclusions
  • If you have a previous draw, you can apply that one to this new draw and reuse exceptions & giftster won't make the same picks as last time
  • Start the draw! Giftster tags each pick with a Santa hat & emails each participant
  • Members can create wish lists and add gift preferences & mark items as purchased on others' lists

    You, as the organizer, see the Giftster Draw Dashboard - where draw details are summarized. You can even see who has started to shop for their pick and who hasn't so you know who needs a nudge. You can also update your draw rules at any time and everyone instantly sees your updates.

    You'll love the simple way Secret Santa works - it's giftsterrific!

    Start your Giftster Secret Santa Draw now at your my groups page.

    Secret Santa Rules