Unable to go to link of item wished for 2/5
By unhappy elfster user
While in app, unable to view products when I click view/buy.
Update: just downloaded update and same issue
This is unnecessarily frustrating 2/5
This app is a great idea and I want it to work. My husband is a coder so I know how these ratings can be taken to heart. I’ll try to be delicate.
This app is the most frustrating part of Christmas 2020 so far. I can’t find anyone in it. The search function is confusing and ineffective.
My family name is as common as “Smith” or “Jones”. I have been searching for my family (loosely, until this morning) for 2 straight weeks. That’s no joke. 2 straight weeks and haven’t connected to single one of them until this morning when I took a risk and connected myself to one person I thought *might* be my cousin. It was, thank goodness.
The search function will load the name you’re looking for but the avatars on all but 1 of the people I have searched for (I’ve searched for at least 8) are blank. There is no information that tells you where they’re from or a secret code word, or any sort of visual flag that can alert you “hey, that’s my family member”. Nada. Nothing.
I can’t, for the life of me, find the search option for just finding our “exchange”. If it’s here, I have no idea where it is, and I’ve looked repeatedly. I mean... My house is full of tech and computers and ipads and ipods and I’m fairly tech savvy but this app ... it makes me feel like I have no right to even hold the device I’m running it on. It makes me feel like I have no idea what I’m doing.
In short... this app is not at all intuitive for the user.
Not.... at... all.
Navigation is a disaster
I don’t want to bring you guys down. The app idea is awesome. PLEASE make it more friendly for the user to use. That’s my biggest gripe right now. If I were to rate just the intuitive nature of this app for the user I’d give it a -1 star.
The rest... I haven’t gotten to yet but the layout looks great, I bet it functions great (one of my relatives says it’s awesome once you get to use it).
The thing that triggered me writing this review was when one of my relatives sent me an email through Elfster to help me find her. I got the mail and clicked the box in the mail that would show me I connected to her and I’ll be gosh darned if the email opened a web browser *instead* of the app. I facepalmed myself into a stupor... if I didn’t laugh I would have cried.
Ok. I’m off to try and figure this thing out again. Wish me luck.
I wish you all the best with this app. It’s a great idea. I hope it improves by this time next year because I hope to use it more effectively in the future.
Great concept, but newest update has bugs 2/5
We have used Elfster for years to do a Secret Santa with my extended family, and we love it. My rating is solely based on the current app. Anytime I switch to manage one of my kids wishlists, if I don’t switch back to my own account before I exit, the next time I go into the app it doesn’t work. I literally can’t fix it from the app and have to delete it from my phone and redownload it. It’s pretty annoying, having to do that. Otherwise I love Elfster and have recommended it to others.
By I Am Jack The Ripper
Elfster needs to explain how to get around the site better and to how to use the site better it’s difficult for instance to fix your own wish list so that u can make changes to it
How are messages not default to anonymous? 1/5
The person assigned to me did not have an address listed, so of course I went to message them for the details, only to see my name and profile pic pop up! What the hell? Apparently, there is a tiny little button at the bottom to make yourself anonymous, but that makes no sense. Bad UI design. It should if anything be set to default as anonymous and then add a (bigger) button to identify one’s self. Yikes, Elfster. I can’t be the only one here...
Very dissatisfied 1/5
Not user friendly. Go back to the drawing board on this app. Don’t bother with it.
Great but flawed 3/5
I’ve been using Elfster every year for a Christmas gift exchange since 2014. I like that I can create a wishlist for myself and for my son. It also is very easy to start a gift exchange. The ux has improved but the functionality hasn’t changed much.
One function is actually worse now. I can view my friends wishlists just fine but when I click the link to “view/buy” an item, it doesn’t take me to the page to buy it. It just reloads the wishlist item on Elfster. Now I have to copy & paste the title of the wish list item to the other website to buy the item and hope I find the right item. VERY INCONVENIENT!
Could be better but works for the purpose 3/5
Although this is a great idea, it could always be better.
1. Issues with items loading from individual’slists. Clicking on the view/load button does not load the page for the item. Even clicking on the item itself does not allow the page to load. I have had to skip searching on Elfster and just go straight to Amazon, find the item, and then type it verbatim into Elfster in hopes that it finds the item I just searched on Amazon.
2. Improve the filters. Allow multiple filters to be chosen. Example: I want to search for $25 or less for men specifically from Amazon. I can click a button that say “$25 and under for men” but I should be able to filter down further (i.e. website, clothing, toys, shoes, so on and so forth).
¡Una app de intercambios genial! 5/5
By Lady dakini
Por más de cinco años Elfster ha sido nuestro mejor aliado para intercambios, es fácil de usar, confiable y práctico. Muy recomendable.
It won’t let me login to my account.
Great-Please read this and Add 5/5
By Don't Steal my Name and Data
I love the app, maybe add a total $ amount for the wishlists separately.
Simple Easy Efficient 5/5
By D.D. Palmer
If you are holding a gift exchange. Use this app. No other way around it. It’s the 21st century if gift exchanging apps
Update is terrible 2/5
By Mvick7 1234
Really hate this new update. Was much easier to navigate before the update.
Amazing before latest update 2/5
I have been using this app for over a year with various gift exchanges. It was amazing until this latest update. It’s very hard to navigate now. Especially if you manage a child’s account. Information is hard to find now.
The biggest issue with the update is that it signs you out but gives you no option to sign back it. I get a blank screen and it tells me my username or password is incorrect please try again. But if I try to click anything that just keeps popping up. I can force close the app and it still does it. I literally have to erase the app from my phone and redownload. This is ridiculous to delete and redownload an app daily especially at Christmas time when I need to access it for 3 different exchanges.
Normally I love this a app 3/5
Normally I love this app. My family uses it all the time for our gift exchanges. BUT lately the app isn’t working properly. When i go to my friends wish list, in then attempt to click on view/buy item. This should take me to Amazon or where ever the item is for sale. But lately the app will not open the link. This happens on several links and several friends.
That being said when I go to the website. It works fine, which leads me to believe it is a problem with the app.
Once this is problem is fixed I would definitely rate this as 5 stars.
1) allow secret q and a via text message to the exchange recipient. Emails sometimes get overlooked.
2) add a "Santa contact" for parents to speak to Santa about child behaviors. Similar to other apps
Opening links is broken with alternate browser 3/5
By Owen R G
Opening links in iOS 14 is broken if you have an alternate default web browser selected.
lol i accidentally said i didn’t like the app when it asked me and i came here to make up for it. This app is amazing!
Doe not work correctly anymore 3/5
This has been a great app until the most recent iSO update. Now it doesn’t even work.
Update is buggy 1/5
The app was fine. No problems until it updated . The new designer is nicer but it keeps logging me out with no way to log back in until i delete and reinstall the app wth
Newest update struggles with linked accounts 3/5
The app was easy to use and maneuver before the update.
The update has made it a challenge to find linked accounts and tough to go back to your account/wishlist.
Whenever I am on the linked account and exit the app, upon returning, the app will say “the username or password is invalid.
Please try again!” But there is no where to “try again” everything is white and the notification pops everywhere.
It would be great if that can be adjusted and user friendly.
Other than that I love the app and it’s convenient for Christmas shopping
Merry Christmas 4/5
Great fun for the whole family. We use it every year 🎅
Great app and website 5/5
Elfster is perfect for secret santa, especially in times on COVID when you can’t meet up to draw names from a hat. The only problem I’ve found with the app is that when I add items from another app using the share link the items says they’ve been added, but then when I open the elfster app and look at my wishlist the items aren’t there. It could just be taking a while for the list to update, but you would think after one day it would show on the list. Other that that glitch I really enjoy the app and the interface is really user friendly.
Love Elfster 5/5
By Melissa Me
My family and I use Elfster every year and it always works out perfectly! Easy to navigate and a lot of fun!
Unhappy with the new version. 1/5
I had no issues with the old version of this app, but the new version gives me no opportunity to login anywhere, keeps showing blank screens and telling me that my username and password are invalid. I’m forced to use my browser to access my Elfster account. Not convenient and I’m not happy.
Great for group giving 5/5
I’ve enjoyed Elfster for a few years with different groups of friends, it’s fun to be able to exchange gifts this way.
Usually awesome but not right now 3/5
We have been using this app for the past few years and it works out great for drawing names and not getting the same ones each year with the in-laws and extended family. Great place to store wishlists people can see for even Birthdays.
Unfortunately, since the most recent update on iOS we have a huge problem. Not all gifts that have been marked purchased are showing as being purchased on the iOS version. My wife has a non iPhone and they show up just fine on her version of the Elfster app. Anyway, I see major issues coming with duplicate gifts this year. :(
Good idea for grab bag gift giving 5/5
This app is great for letting the gift giver ideas for a gift. Takes away the guess work.
Exactly what we were looking for. 5/5
My group of friends who are spread across the country wanted to do a Secret Santa exchange but were struggling how figure out the best way to do it considering our distance.
Turns out this app is the best way to do it.
Error message 3/5
Since the new Elfster update, whenever I stay on my child linked account and enter the app it gives me the error message “The username and password entered is invalid, please try again.” Its a hassle that I have to delete the app and redos load to log in again. And I don’t see why I have to go back to my account before leaving the app every time. I’ve used this app for years but this can be annoying to do every time
App bug 2/5
By Megan Sgt
I think the new app is pretty great but there’s an unnecessary amount of going “back” after you add something to your list. Also, I keep getting blocked out. I’ll use the app and it’s fine, then I come back and every screen is white and says my username and password is invalid but gives me no option to log back in. Only solution is to delete the app completely and reinstall.
It doesn’t allow to make a list of your likes
Family Fun 5/5
Great way for my family to do Christmas every year
App is a pain to use 1/5
Great idea in theory but it keeps logging me out and there is no way to log back in without deleting the app and reinstalling. Super frustrating. Also the privacy on this app is yikes! Just FYI.
Nice redesign, but they took away key feature 2/5
I like the redesign. It makes the app a lot slicker and easier to use. However, they took away the ability to add links to wish lists. You have to search for things to add now. It’s very disappointing because I can’t even add things from big sites like Nike.com.
Must have for gifting 5/5
Elfster is the best way to give and get gifts you know will be enjoyed and appreciated. Anything you can think of is right at your fingertips and it’s so helpful when doing a gift exchange with people you might not know very well. It’s especially helpful for those if us that do most of our shopping online. Highly recommend!
No so good any more. 3/5
This used to be a great app. Family has used it for about 5 years now. Forget a picture of what you want. Works only if it’s an Amazon link. They only want affiliate commissions from this app.
New update is terrible 1/5
By Stephie Keo
Elfster itself is great. The new update to the app is terrible. Super glitchy. Does not recognize user and does not allow you to log out. You have to delete the entire app and then redownload.
Not using much of it but what I am using is working well 5/5
What little of this app I’ve used has worked really well
Update needs help 2/5
With the newest update, I can’t access any links from the app! I click to view/buy and it won’t open the links. Better off to just use my browser.
Great app 4/5
This app works great for our family and office exchanges. The only reason I don’t give 5 stars is because I can’t seem to sync/access my account on my iPad.
Latest Update a Bust 1/5
I can’t get the app to work since the latest update when the logo was changed from purple to blue. Please fix it ASAP since I rely on this app for holiday shopping
So cute 🥰 love it! 🎅🏽🎄 5/5
My coworkers and I are using it for secret Santa this year. We work from home and live in different states so this app is a godsend hopefully it works good if I have any issues I’ll update the reviewMy coworkers and I are using this app
Glitches with the new update 5/5
We have used elfster for our family exchange for years and having an app helps some of our less techy users work it without me having to intervene as the organizer
HOWEVER the new update is glitching. I’ve had a few times I’ve left it on my child account and can’t switch back to my own. Just getting a blank white screen and saying invalid username but no option within the app from there to log out and back in so I’ve had to delete and re download. I also preferred the previous layout where the child accounts was more obvious on the dashboard. It’s hidden again underneath your own profile and I’ve had to walk some family members through finding it where they found it easily before.
Sometimes hard to navigate- not too user friendly
Was working fine. Now keeps saying “Error Could not perform operation 404”
I can’t link half the time 2/5
When I add a link from Amazon or H&M, it will say something isn’t working or access denied. Please let me add links! Also, when I get signed out, I don’t have a way to sign back in!
Really Great 5/5
I have used this to carry out a ton of different exchanges and every time it turns out great
😻 love it
Unable to opening links with new upgrade 1/5
With the new upgrade I can no longer link out from someone wish list item to the site to actually purchase. Please fix this!!!