#3 Secret Santa Generator
With Christmas and the holidays just around the corner, it’s the time of the year to buy presents and I had a few ideas around this that popped up a while ago.
After your parents met your girlfriend and it’s been going steady a question arose just before Christmas. Will she be there for Christmas and what gift can we buy her? Now multiply that with your number of siblings and an idea arose, why don’t we do a secret Santa instead of buying gifts for everyone.
For those who don’t know how secret Santa works here how it usually goes: You write each name on a piece of paper, then all the names go into a bowl. From there each participant picks a name in the bowl, if you pick your name you pick another or we restart.
Note that this method has its flaw (Explained here in this numberphile video) and there are other ways to pick, usually using an app.
That was where the first idea came about, why not make an app that does this for you.
Instead of writing your name and putting it into a bowl, you write your email on the site or give it to the organizer, enter all the email in the app. The app can prevent you from getting yourself and send an email of the person they have to buy a gift too.
Source of revenue: ads, can build a newsletter with the email (if the user consent), amazon affiliate by linking their wishlist to their profile.
Note: something similar already exist http://www.secretsantagenerator.net
#4 Wish list with a secret Santa Generator
While a secret Santa is a neat idea, it probably doesn’t have that much revenue potential. However, if you combine it with a wish list app it has way more opportunity to make money. Basically you create the list of things you want, you could even rank them and your secret Santa has access to the list of things that you want. The app could send affiliate links of what your secret Santa wants and it makes it easier to target ads of what you selected in your lists. It could integrate with various vendors and social networks.
Note that all of this is already done by a site called Elfster.