How to Draw Names Out of a Hat Online

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How to Draw Names Out of a Hat Online
Names for a secret Santa can be drawn out of a virtual hat. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

If you have a large family, or a work in a big office, it may be to expensive to buy each individual a Christmas present. Utilising a Secret Santa program is more practical. Each employee tosses their name in to a hat and pulls out the random name of the person they are responsible for buying a gift. Unfortunately, there is no way to ensure you don't pull-out your own name using this method. Pulling a name out of a virtual hat, however, will.

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Things you need

  • List of names
  • List of e-mail addresses

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  1. 1

    Visit the home page of either the website Draw Names, Name Drawing or Virtual Hat.

  2. 2

    Enter the names of the individuals who are participating in the Secret Santa program. If you choose to use the website Draw Names, you will also need to enter the individuals' e-mail addresses.

  3. 3

    Click on the button that says "Draw Names" or "Generate Your List."

  4. 4

    Inform each individual who they must purchase a present for from the list that appears on the screen. If you use the website Draw Names, each individual will receive an e-mail with the name of the person that was chosen for them.

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