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Secret Santa 2008! No one on the corner gives swagga like us.

Doc HollidayDoc Holliday Registered User regular
edited February 2009 in Archives
Secret Santa 2008
SIGN UPS ARE CLOSED

Are you ready for some SERIOUS GIFT GIVING?
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WHAT DO I DO NOW?

-> Find your name on the list below. If it is not there, then we have a problem! PM me as soon as you can!

-> Wait for a PM from me providing your Santee's information. I should have them all sent out by EOD 10/21. If you do not receive one, then (again) we have a problem! PM me as soon as you can!

-> 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! Also leave a note telling your Santee who you are so he knows who to thank!

-> Receive a gift from your very own Santa!
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EMAIL ME WHEN YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR GIFT (email address: gandtsecretsanta@gmail.com)
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This is a new step. This saves me a load of time later on, so please do it!

-> Post pictures of your haul! The more pictures, the better!
This is a good example of a great picture post!
getdropbox.com, imageshack.us, photobucket.com, and flickr.com all provide free picture hosting so you have no excuse!

SHIPPING TIPS

HOLY SHIT 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.



SHOPPING TIPS

Interesting Shops:
www.thinkgeek.com - general geeky stuff. Shipping can be high so be sure and shop around. Google for discount coupons.
www.play-asia.com - junk from Japan. Nearly everyone likes the little toys they have. Google for discount coupons.
www.buy.com - one of the best places to get used games, books and DVDs.
www.square-enix-shop.com - for that Final Fantasy or RPG fan.
www.bigbadtoystore.com - the absolute best place to get action figures.

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!

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If you need to contact your Santee through a Santa Proxy, the following forumers have provided their proxy services:

RoundBoy
Improvolone
FireWeasel
Wezoin
Judge-Z
Arminas


GIFT POSTS
Note: The gift posts listed below have no bearing on whether or not a Santa has been added to the "Good Santa" list. So please E-mail me (gandtsecretsanta@gmail.com) when you receive your gift.

CLICK HERE FOR GIFT POSTS

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  • cyphrcyphr Registered User
    edited October 2008
    Woooooooooooo! This has been awesome the past two years, so I'm signed up for a third.

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  • WilDPanthA05WilDPanthA05 Registered User
    edited October 2008
    *dons gift giving hat*

    Ho Ho Ho ... yea, so I think I'll be benevolent pantha this year and spread some joy throughout the world! I can't wait to see which PA'er I get to [strike]stalk[/strike] shower with good tidings and presents and I'm excited to see the glee that my SS has when I blow his/her pants off with some sweet ass gifts!

    SS tips:
    Spoiler:

  • HylianbunnyHylianbunny Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Hrm...m'already in two Secret Santas on the forums, so I'm trying to decide if a third is wise.

    I guess this is a tentative sign up? :P

  • Doc HollidayDoc Holliday Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Hrm...m'already in two Secret Santas on the forums, so I'm trying to decide if a third is wise.

    I guess this is a tentative sign up? :P

    Haha... G&T is the best one. I'm saying this without having participated in others, of course.

    PSN & Live: buckwilson
  • LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Wooooo, signed up!

    For all the top UK Gaming Bargains, check out SavyGamer

    For paintings in progress, check out canvas and paints

    "The power of the weirdness compels me."
  • Doc HollidayDoc Holliday Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Would it be too suspicious if I happened to get LewiePs Mummy as my Santa?

    PSN & Live: buckwilson
  • ThetherooThetheroo Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Hell yeah!

    !Sign up

    I think I have an addiction.

    And Doc, yes it would.

  • wasted pixelswasted pixels Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Would it be too suspicious if I happened to get LewiePs Mummy as my Santa?

    Don't joke about that, folks might question your motives!

    BTW, I got a message from Obs that equated installing OS X on a PC with car theft, murder and rape. Is he normally like that?
  • Doc HollidayDoc Holliday Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Curses, foiled again.

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  • DiannaoChongDiannaoChong Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Im signed up. Missed doing this in previous years and hope to participate on this one finally!

    Edit: Didn't know the kosherness of just blurting out likes and such. I currently have a 360, wii and am a pc gamer. What is delicous? Candy is delicious and I have a caffene addiction. Im average geek otherwise. I would leave this up to more detective work and like surprises, but I dont think i reveal much in my posting.

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  • Cornell002Cornell002 Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm all signed up, wooo!

    edit: oh yea, basic stuff to help with stalking. I wear a large shirt, and I use cornell002 on nearly every forum/internet function I use besides gamefaqs, in which my tag is ericgagneisgood. I'm not telling you what forum on Gfaqs I use the most though

  • Zealous OneZealous One Registered User
    edited October 2008
    Count me in! Last year's was really cool - I can't wait to join the festive cheer again this year!

    EDIT: Now that santees are assigned, I might as well toss a few hints up since I'm not a frequent poster:
    Spoiler:
    I'll be happy with whatever you feel like giving - feel free to use the above if you're stumped or anything.

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  • etdragonetdragon Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    This is my first year doing this. I'm definitely excited :D

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  • John ZoidbergJohn Zoidberg Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Would very much like to sign up. Got a few ideas for gifts but can always go for something more personal depending on who I get.

    :winky:

    Xbox Live: Ink Pouch / PSN: Stiff_Ninja / Origin: PAZoidberg / Steam
  • FireWeaselFireWeasel Registered User
    edited October 2008
    BAM!

    In like Flynn.

    AC:CL Wii -- 3824-2125-9336 City: Felinito Me: Nick
  • ChenChen Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm currently in a bit of a financial pickle, but heck, can't break tradition now can I?

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  • MrDelishMrDelish Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    etdragon wrote: »
    This is my first year doing this. I'm definitely excited :D

    mine, too

    signed up

  • darkenedwingdarkenedwing Registered User
    edited October 2008
    Woo :D signed up.
    never done it before, and it'll be just my luck I get a deadbeat :P

    and my wishlist:
    LewieP's Mummy.


    that is all.

    In all seriousness:
    I wear a Large
    I own a 360, wii, DS, and PSP (haven't touched the PSP in almost a year though, and the DS is my favorite system of them all)
    and I love music. a lot. I can't even describe my love for it. Everything from Dethklok to Ayumi Hamasaki to Kanye West.
    And I love WoW.

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  • WezoinWezoin Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Hmmm, very tempted to sign up this year as the last couple years I've just observed...

    I shall consider it and get back to you.

  • PotUPotU __BANNED USERS
    edited October 2008
    Not sure if I'm going to sign up for G&T this year, hmmm.

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  • mere_immortalmere_immortal So tasty!Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Sign Up get!

    Steam: Dr. Mark Sloan - XBL: lego pencil - Wii U: mere_immortal - 3DS: 0748-1545-6684
  • stavesacrestavesacre Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Wooo totally IN!

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • spookymuffinspookymuffin ( ° ʖ ° ) Speicher, GermanyRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm totally in this.

    Santee, prepared to be OMG'd. Whoever I get is going to get a box filled with win. I love this shit.

    XBL: Mega Spooky // 3DS: 3797-6276-7138
    Wii U NNID: MegaSpooky
  • Satanic JesusSatanic Jesus In a library with broken glasses Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I've signed up.

    https://db.tt/CwmTSDmt (dropbox) my backloggery 3DS: 0533-5338-5186 steam: porcelain_cow
  • NoneoftheaboveNoneoftheabove Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I wish I could find out who my Santee is sooner! This is going to be fun!

  • Josiah_9Josiah_9 Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm in!

    After watching from the sidelines for two years now, this is always great.

  • IdolNinjaIdolNinja Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Yeah! I just 100%'d the signup, including all sidequests and achievments (like being an easter santa)! I am totally ready to make someone's Christmas extra special with cool stuff! :D

  • MinionOfCthulhuMinionOfCthulhu Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm in. Here's to another good year!

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  • John ZoidbergJohn Zoidberg Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I've already ordered the little bonus gift I intend to shove in the box of the main gift.

    What is it? I'm not telling!!

    Xbox Live: Ink Pouch / PSN: Stiff_Ninja / Origin: PAZoidberg / Steam
  • TSI|AwesomeTSI|Awesome Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Sounds like fun. Sign up!
    Spoiler:

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  • SchideSchide You have dreams Everybody watching at home has dreamsRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    This is pretty awesome from what I've seen and I'm no stranger to mailing stuff out to...well, strangers, so that part won't be a problem.

    Now to wait...and then, stalk.

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    Amazon Wish List -- Backloggery -- 3DS Friend Code: 3282-1850-1742
  • liquidloganliquidlogan Registered User
    edited October 2008
    On the one hand, I can probably gather up some awesome swag. Also, depending on the price, I can probably also track down some games that are a pain in the ass to find without resorting to eBay prices. Plus, I don't normally get Christmas gifts from my ... well anyone.

    On the other hand, I really don't have a lot of time outside of school and work.

    Decisions, decisions...

    Edit: I also still have never found out who sent me a bunch of DVDs two years ago. I gave City of Villains last time, but I can't remember to whom either.

  • Doc HollidayDoc Holliday Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    On the one hand, I can probably gather up some awesome swag. Also, depending on the price, I can probably also track down some games that are a pain in the ass to find without resorting to eBay prices. Plus, I don't normally get Christmas gifts from my ... well anyone.

    On the other hand, I really don't have a lot of time outside of school and work.

    Decisions, decisions...

    If you can find a box, and some tape with which to seal the box, and a pen with which to write a name upon the box, then you have no excuse!

    DO IT!

    PSN & Live: buckwilson
  • John ZoidbergJohn Zoidberg Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    How much is helium? You can make your voice squeaky with it and it weighs next to nothing for shipping.

    It's a win win situation.

    Xbox Live: Ink Pouch / PSN: Stiff_Ninja / Origin: PAZoidberg / Steam
  • liquidloganliquidlogan Registered User
    edited October 2008
    On the one hand, I can probably gather up some awesome swag. Also, depending on the price, I can probably also track down some games that are a pain in the ass to find without resorting to eBay prices. Plus, I don't normally get Christmas gifts from my ... well anyone.

    On the other hand, I really don't have a lot of time outside of school and work.

    Decisions, decisions...

    If you can find a box, and some tape with which to seal the box, and a pen with which to write a name upon the box, then you have no excuse!

    DO IT!

    Where the hell am I going to find a box? And a pen? God damn.

  • Doc HollidayDoc Holliday Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    How much is helium? You can make your voice squeaky with it and it weighs next to nothing for shipping.

    It's a win win situation.

    Haha mail fraud.

    edit: liquidlogan, maybe your Santa can give you a box and a pen for Christmas, then you'll have to turn around and send it pretty quick, so I dunno...

    PSN & Live: buckwilson
  • BlueBlueBlueBlue Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I had a lot of fun stalking my guy for the VC Santa, so I am totally in for this.

    Is there a step in the verification process where you make sure someone signed up under their real username? Seems like someone can sign up with a false one~

    CD World Tour status:
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  • Doc HollidayDoc Holliday Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    BlueBlue wrote: »
    I had a lot of fun stalking my guy for the VC Santa, so I am totally in for this.

    Is there a step in the verification process where you make sure someone signed up under their real username? Seems like someone can sign up with a false one~

    True, I hadn't considered such. I'm not sure if it's worth worrying about unless we have username collision.

    So uh, when you sign up, post in this thread! Step added to the OP!

    edit: Ah ha I figured it out, I'll PM you the confirmation from now on. I R SMRT.

    PSN & Live: buckwilson
  • liquidloganliquidlogan Registered User
    edited October 2008
    How much is helium? You can make your voice squeaky with it and it weighs next to nothing for shipping.

    It's a win win situation.

    Haha mail fraud.

    edit: liquidlogan, maybe your Santa can give you a box and a pen for Christmas, then you'll have to turn around and send it pretty quick, so I dunno...

    If I do end up joining this, something tells me I'm going to get a box and a pen. For the record, I want neither. Unless the box is full of awesome and the pen is made of solid gold.

  • mere_immortalmere_immortal So tasty!Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    How much is helium? You can make your voice squeaky with it and it weighs next to nothing for shipping.

    It's a win win situation.

    Plus if your santee lives abroad, you can send your gift via a balloon filled with said helium

    Hmmm, helium...

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