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arsiel's Secret Santa Idea:

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Anyone planning on doing Secret Santa with us make sure to send your email to arsiel via message

This is going to be so much fun!

For some reason it will only let me embed one link on this whole page. Here's arsiel:
dealwagger posted Nov 12, 2012

Oh sigh. Color me stupid, but how do I send a private message? All this time and I've never done it but I want in!

munkin2u (rep: 1.3k) posted Nov 12, 2012


Hahaha thanks, dealwagger.

I think this might be a little complicated since email addresses won't usually match with usernames but I'm sure we can figure it out later.
Right now, if you want to join in the tentative Secret Ssnta (specifics will have to come later, after I figure out how this would exactly work), please email me with your DP username at - please, no spam D:

I'll add invitations to the Secret Santa DP event using a site that should help us randomize and briefly communicate with each other to get gifts that we'd like so expect an email from a site like that as well!

arsiel (rep: 13.1k) posted Nov 12, 2012


Well if everyone messages their email on here, won't it display their username?
@munkin2u I hope you do join in, this will be fun :)

dealwagger (rep: 10.3k) posted Nov 12, 2012


Oh I'm totally joining in.

munkin2u (rep: 1.3k) posted Nov 12, 2012


Yes it would but then I would have to follow them and they'd have to follow me on DP in order for them to send me a message in the first place :/

arsiel (rep: 13.1k) posted Nov 12, 2012


I belong to another site and these have been the rules for years
1. Secret Santa - It's just like it sounds - a secret exchange of gifts! There's a MINIMUM of $10 before shipping. If you choose to spend more, please don't be disappointed if your partner doesn't.

2. Ornament Exchange - It's just like it sounds - an exchange of ornaments! There's a MINIMUM of $5 before shipping. If you choose to spend more, please don't be disappointed if your partner doesn't.

3. Card Exchange - What is this one? It's an exchange of holiday greeting cards. You send a card to everyone who signs up for the card exchange and you get one from everyone who signs up! Also, if you have a favorite holiday recipe, please include it with the cards you send out. You'll get some great ones in exchange too! There is no minimum (nor delivery confirmation) but please understand that you send a card to everyone on the list so if 50 people join the exchange, it would cost $22.50 in stamps to send them (current first class price is $0.45).

4. Delivery confirmation is a MUST. Please PM/email me the DC number so that we can keep track of everything.

5. Insurance from the USPS is a must it is only $1.70 for anything under $50.00. There have been issues in the past thus this rule has been added.

6. Everything must be sent in a BOX with PLENTY of padding. Again, prior issue now require that this be a rule.

7. No junk. Everything must be new/unused within reason. Used books, CDs, and DVDs are okay as long as they are in a like new condition that you would be okay with receiving.

8. The last day to sign up is Wednesday, October 31st. (I will have names out by no later than Sunday, November 4th)

9. The last day to ship is Monday, December 3rd (if you cannot ship by this date you must ship priority and PM me to let me know).

10. If you are participating in the Card Exchange, please feel free to ship any time. Just make sure to consider holiday mail deliver times.

11. You must have been a member since May 1, with some posting activity, in order to participate. This helps to make sure that only participating and we have less of a chance of people flaking out. Also, if you have flaked on any of the 2011 events or the 2012 summer event, you will not be allowed to participate.

you can tweek them how you need them

catchersmom (rep: 24.9k) posted Nov 12, 2012


and these are the questions we go by

Do you like lotions? If so what kinds?
Do you like scented candles? What scent?
Do you tan? What tan lotion/oil do you like?
What is your favorite drink?
What is your favorite color?
Do you have kids? If so, gender and age
Are you married?
What is your favorite winter activity?
Something that you wouldn’t buy yourself but have always wanted?
Are you allergic to anything?
Any absolute dislikes?
Any favorite sports teams or Nascar drivers?
Do you have any hobbies?
Do you have a favorite candy?
Do you collect anything?
Favorite Fast Food Establishment?
What’s your favorite flower?
What's your favorite music/artist?
What's your favorite movie?
What's your favorite holiday movie?
What's your favorite author?
What's your favorite thing to do during your ‘me time’?
Would you accept home-made food (such as cookies)? Yes or No - I ask this simply because some people love sending/getting this type of stuff, while others will not want to offend anyone but will only throw it away - a waste to both sender and receiver.
Anything else?

catchersmom (rep: 24.9k) posted Nov 12, 2012


Arsiel are you compiling ppl's mailing addresses? How is that going to work?

kffight3r (rep: 767) posted Nov 12, 2012


it's rather harder for this to be "secret" I think...

ancagavs (rep: 18.3k) posted Nov 13, 2012


Excel. :) the secret Santa site should randomly pair people. Only have 3-4 emails so far :/

arsiel (rep: 13.1k) posted Nov 13, 2012