Gift in the machine

Clay Kimball

Electric Elf

A secret santa gift exchange Photo Credit Tom Newby under a Creative Commons license

A secret santa gift exchange Photo Credit Tom Newby under a Creative Commons license

Santa has finally gone digital after all these years. A new breed of “Secret Santa” sites, such as SecretSanta.com, has hit the web.

These sites allow for groups to enter into anonymous gift exchanges with each other over the internet, allowing for increased ease of anonymity through wish lists and ease of purchase through suggested shopping links.

Currently, most sites are free to use by anyone.

The sites also advertise as being easier to use for those who are geographically dispersed, even internationally separated.

Adjunct Professor Robert Kroll, 29, commented that he would be interested in using a Secret Santa site due to its ease of secrecy.

On the other hand, SC4 student Holly LaPorte, 20, commented, “I honestly never heard of them, but they seem kind of creepy,” citing a lack of trust in the sites.

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