'Tis the season! Santees have been given out and the smell of stocking (stalking) is in the air. If you're feeling a little lost, hopefully this new and improved OP is of some solace.
Forum stalk your Santee! Do not ACTUALLY stalk him! This is as far as I know illegal and I will testify against you in a court of law.
Buy your Santee a present! The goal here is to make your Santee as happy as possible! Challenge yourself to find out what s/he likes and send an appropriate gift of happiness!
Ship your present to your Santee! Double, triple and quadruple check the address, and make sure your package has a return address!
Leave a note telling your Santee who you are so he knows who to thank!
Receive a gift from your very own Santa!
POST PICTURES of your gift
This is not optional this year.
This is a good example of a picture post: http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showpost.php?p=12877463&postcount=1639
Here are some free image hosts: imgur, flickr, photobucket–*and if you don't know how to do this then just PM me and we'll figure something out.
HOLY CRAP I GOT SOMEONE FROM A DIFFERENT COUNTRY
There should be a section in the OP called:
Q: How I ship outside US of A
A: United States Postal Service (USPS)
Really, it's the best if you're looking to not pay $60 for shipping. The proper customs forms are on the website
, the post office has the proper plastic window guys to put the forms on the boxes. The package will get there and you won't have to sell your organs.
By the way, if you are sending a gift from the US to another country, if you mark on the package that it is a "gift," your receiver avoids paying taxes on stuff when it arrives. This is the case for a lot of the stuff that I have bought from Asia. Nothing is more annoying than having to pay for your gift.
These people speak truth! (and thanks to whomever else provided this info) Be sure and use USPS and be sure and MARK IT AS A GIFT!
CAN I SHIP SOMETHING STRAIGHT FROM AMAZON OR SOMETHING?
Yes you can, and it's a good idea to shop at the Santee's home country's Amazon site (www.amazon.ca
for instance) if you want to save a bit on shipping. Be sure and provide a note upon checkout saying who you are, though!
BE SURE AND SHIP WELL IN ADVANCE
Get your act together NOW and try and ship your stuff by Dec 10th or so to make sure it arrives before the crazy Christmas rush that always happens at the latter half of December.
A SWEET GUIDE ON HOW TO STALK!
Interesting Internet stores:
- general geeky stuff. Shipping can be high so be sure and shop around. Google for discount coupons.
- junk from Japan. Nearly everyone likes the little toys they have. Google for discount coupons.
- for that Final Fantasy or RPG fan.
- the absolute best place to get action figures.
Got another sweet store people should know about? PM me!
Things to Note:
360 points are not cross-country compatible.
Most consoles are region restricted. The Nintendo DS is a notable exception to this, though.
Stalking / General Shopping Help:
If your Santee has a unique forum handle, be sure and Google it. You never know where else s/he might post.
Keep an eye on the systems he owns if you're thinking of buying a game.
If your Santee has a PS3, don't forget it can play Blu-Ray movies.
If your Santee has a XBox Gamer ID, it's not hard to figure out what games he has / likes.
Be creative! We have lives other than video games! Is your Santee taking up an instrument? Does he want to start painting? Does he like tabletop games? Does he seem to like cars? This is your chance to get an interesting gift they hadn't thought of, yet!
Does your Santee have a favorite game, ever? Consider something related to that! Toys, old complete copies, art books, etc. are always fun.
Do you have something in your city / state / country that your Santee doesn't have access to?
Interesting candies, foods, posters / prints, and other various knick-knacks make for good box-stuffers.
If your Santee has a unique name, you never know what you'll find out by Googling him or her! They might have a twitter account or something!
If you need to ask your Santee something, then Proxy the Elf is lending you his services!
Last year's thread
2008's gift wall
Certifiably Awesome posts from 2008's festivities:
Hand Made Bowser
Kate of Lokys Battles the Post Office
Doc Holliday is armed with mining equipment
2009 memories coming soon!
Hey guys remember this?
Just watched Nightmare Before Christmas the other night, officially getting Halloween out of my system and prepping for Christmas!
This is Halloween Halloween Hallowee--err, wait, umm...the children all are singing, instead of throwing heads?
There are few who'd deny, at what I do I am the best
For my stalking is renowned far and wide
When it comes to books in the moonlit night
I lurk without ever even trying
With the slightest little Googling of my ghostlike charms
I have seen grown men give out a shriek
With the stroke of her brush, and a well-placed pwned
I have swept the very bravest off their feet
Yet year after year, it's the same routine
And I grow so weary of the lack of pics
And I, Doc, the Santa King
Have grown so tired of the same old thing
Oh, somewhere deep inside of these bones
An emptiness began to grow
There's something out there, far from my home
A Brawl tourney that I'd never known
I'm a master of Santees, and a demon of Bunnies
And I'll ban you right out of your pants
To a guy in Turkey, I'm Mister beef jerky
And I've shiped throughout England and France
And since I can't sticky, I can't be picky
To perform moderator functions
No animal nor man shows spirit like I can
With each gift post introduction
But Khoo here would ever understand
That the Santa King with the bleached grin
Would tire of his Bowser, if they only understood
He'd gay it all up if he only could
Oh, there's an empty place in my bones
That calls out for something unknown
The cheer and joy come year after year
Does nothing for these empty tears
I took this and ran with it:
I don't think I've come back yet
If this doesn't put you in the spirit then nothing will.
Alfred J. Kwak
Death Cab for Albie
Feels Good Man
Mullitt the Wise
The Count of Midget Fisto
The Dude With Herpes
Two Headed Boy