Secret Santa 2008
SIGN UPS ARE CLOSED
Are you ready for some SERIOUS GIFT GIVING?
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!
EMAIL ME WHEN YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR GIFT (email address: email@example.com
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!
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.
- 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.
- one of the best places to get used games, books and DVDs.
- for that Final Fantasy or RPG fan.
- 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!
If you need to contact your Santee through a Santa Proxy, the following forumers have provided their proxy services:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) when you receive your gift.
CLICK HERE FOR GIFT POSTS