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2013 Brickset Secret Santa

CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,280
edited November 2013 in Community and Events
With Christmas fast approaching, I thought that now might be a good time to present an event being hosted here on the forum, the first ever Brickset Secret Santa!

Just in case anybody is not sure exactly what a Secret Santa is, here is a quick definition:

A system whereby each participant is randomly assigned another participant for whom to buy a Christmas present at an agreed cost, so that each member buys one present and receives one present.

The rules of the Brickset Secret Santa are as follows:

- The guide price for the cost of a gift is £15 or $20 (USD and CAD).
- Wish lists are welcome, so please send that with your initial message if you would like to include one, or simply make your Brickset 'wanted list' public.
- Please ensure that your gift is sent in time for Christmas, final posting dates for each country are available online.

To be a part of it is very simple:

- Sign up to be included by sending a PM with your username and mailing address to the organiser in your country.
- Your Brickset ID will then be entered into a draw.
- On the 26th of November names will be drawn.
- Within a day or two of the draw, everyone who entered will be PMed with the name and address of the person they have been assigned to buy a gift for.
- Purchase a gift, adhering to the cost guidelines.
- Send the gift, keeping in mind that it should arrive in time for Christmas.
- If all goes according to plan, everybody will receive their gift before Christmas!

The closing date for signing up to the Brickset Secret Santa 2013 is the 25th of November at 23:59 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

For the sake of simplicity, it is probably best to keep each Secret Santa within the same country. So far, the event is taking place in the US (where @rocao is the contact), Canada (where @rancorbait is the contact) and the UK (where I am the contact). If anybody else wishes to sign up in another country, feel free to message either @rocao, @rancorbait or I, and hopefully we can get you in contact with some other people from close to you, or include you in the event of another country.

So, if you would like to be a part of the 2013 Brickset Secret Santa contact:

US - @rocao
Canada - @rancorbait
UK - @CapnRex101

If anybody has any problems, please contact us.

Thanks for reading!
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Comments

  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    @CapnRex101 I can't start pm conversations but I'm in. Drop me a message and I'll reply.

    @rancorbait can you please pm me on an un related topic please :-)
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,043
    Are gifts only allowed to be new sealed sets, or can they be MOCs tailored to suit the receiver?
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,280
    @CCC - They can be just about anything, as long as they roughly correspond with the guide price, so MOCs are great!
  • TheOneVeyronianTheOneVeyronian Help me, I'm inside the M25! (UK)Member Posts: 1,359
    Nice idea! Pm'ed you @CapnRex101 ;-)

    Whoever has to buy for me is gonna have a hard job though ;-)
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 5,951
    Is the price guideline based on RRP or left up to discretion? I know we are just about all bargain hunters here and quite good at it so $20 could end up being a really wide range
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,280
    edited November 2013
    @Bumblepants - The guideline is left up to discretion really, if you can grab a $100 set for $20, that seems fine to me, everybody has roughly an equal chance of getting such a deal after all.
    Bumblepantsmargot
  • FrictionPinFrictionPin Member Posts: 144
    This is a great idea, I'm in....PM sent to @rocao
  • augenaugen Worcester, UKMember Posts: 317
    With so many bargains around lately, it'll be cool to see who gets the best set.
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Manitoba CanadaMember Posts: 1,850
    ^ Even better would be to see who gives the best set ;-)
    icey117
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,043
    That kind of defeats the object of Secret Santa though.
  • MorkManMorkMan Phoenix, Arizona, USAMember Posts: 857
    2 questions for the group:
    a) Do we reveal who "Santa" was at the end? Or does it/can it remain a Secret?
    b) Do we open our gifts on Christmas or earlier?
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Manitoba CanadaMember Posts: 1,850
    ^ I don't think it would matter as after everyone receives their gift they know who they got it from, obviously, and that its the only 'secret' part really. So I would say whichever you want, unless @CapnRex101 says otherwise...

    Again, whichever you want, if you want open it as soon as you receive it, go ahead, and if you feel like waiting till Christmas, you can wait.
  • augenaugen Worcester, UKMember Posts: 317

    ^ I don't think it would matter as after everyone receives their gift they know who they got it from, obviously, and that its the only 'secret' part really. So I would say whichever you want, unless @CapnRex101 says otherwise...

    In the UK, we can send gifts anonymously so there is no need to reveal your identity.

  • rancorbaitrancorbait Manitoba CanadaMember Posts: 1,850
    ^ Alright, I'll leave it up to @CapnRex101 then :-)
  • oceanangeloceanangel Member Posts: 149
    oh this is cool. Im in. where do I post my want list?
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,280
    @MorkMan - I think it is up to the sender whether or not they would like to reveal who they sent to, and if a recipient really wants to know who sent their gift then I am happy to tell them. As for opening the present, when you do that is up to you.

    @oceanangel - You can create a want list on the main Brickset site which can be accessed via your profile, alternatively, send a short list to your contact and it will be forwarded to whoever is sending your gift.
  • oceanangeloceanangel Member Posts: 149
    @capnrex101 thank you but it might be easier to do a don't want set lol
    rocao
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,288
    edited November 2013
    If you like, you can to pass along some criteria, inclusive or exclusive, in your registration message to me and I'll forward it to whomever your Santa ends up being. For instance "collect polybags, monthly mini-builds" "not interested in Star Wars", "make me something" etc.
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,280
    ^ That sounds like a great idea, same case for me and (I presume) for @rancorbait.
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Manitoba CanadaMember Posts: 1,850
    ^ Absolutely.
  • collect_thatcollect_that Kidderminster, EnglandMember Posts: 1,327
    @CapnRex101

    Can you add me to the list please, I'm having the same PM problem as @SirKevbags. If you drop me PM I'll get back with my details unless you still have them from previous trades. :-)
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    @collect_that keep trying mate. I appear to be cured.
  • khmellymelkhmellymel United KingdomMember Posts: 1,233
    This sounds like so much fun! And would likely be my only LEGO related gift, LOL. I'm in!
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,086
    Thanks! Pm sent @rocao
  • LegogeekLegogeek Orange County, CaliforniaMember Posts: 711
    Hi, I'm Mike & I'm anal..... 8-/

    I want to join this fine endeavor, but my concern is that my recipient will want something HTF. Then what do I do? My resources for LEGO are the same as most other people. Given the short time frame to work with, it doesn't really leave much time to hunt things down if need be. I don't want to disappoint my recipient and send them something they could have got themselves at the corner store (unless that's what they asked for), and I don't want to come up empty handed and not be able to find something for someone.

    Am I being too anal about this? Should I just go with it and not be so concerned. I know it's up to me, but curious to hear what others feel or think about this.
    MorkMan
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    @Legogeek don't over think it mate. Join up and enjoy the fun. It's always great getting a surprise in the mail regardless of what it is.
    rancorbaitLegogeek
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Manitoba CanadaMember Posts: 1,850
    ^ It is indeed!

    @Legogeek - It is just intended to be fun, go on, jump in! :-)
    Legogeek
  • LegogeekLegogeek Orange County, CaliforniaMember Posts: 711
    @SirKevbags & @rancorbait - you guys are right of course. Like I said, I'm a bit anal and I guess I just needed someone to tell me to lighten-up a little! LOL

    That said, I'm in and will send @rocao a pm later today.
  • slovakiastephslovakiasteph USAMember Posts: 62
    Ooh fun! I participate in the Boardgamegeek SS each year (this is my 7th year), but I didn't know brickset had one. Will sign up!

    BGG has a "Santa" user through which we login to "taunt" our "targets." :)
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,272
    edited November 2013
    Great idea @CapnRex101, signed up earlier. Whoever gets me as their secret santa better like minifigures! :o)
    margotsandtherapy
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^I do I do! So pick me! I like gold chrome ones best!
    andhe
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,272

    ^I do I do! So pick me! I like gold chrome ones best!

    Haven't you already gotten your full fill of chrome gold?

    I have a few CMF Parachute and Mechanic minifigures. I could chrome them for you out back... would that suffice?
    BrickDancericey117andheyys4u
  • littletokilittletoki Member Posts: 517
    This sounds awesome! I'm in! :)
  • SilentModeSilentMode UKMember Posts: 547
    I'll join in!
  • sandtherapysandtherapy Member Posts: 108
    I love LEGO, Brickset and Secret Santa. Combining them sounds like great fun.
    I'm in!
  • EKSamEKSam Member Posts: 349
    Awesome idea! Count me in.
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,288
    23 participants thus far in the US!
    Legogeek
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Manitoba CanadaMember Posts: 1,850
    I don't think I dare say how many we have for Canada...
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,280
    Thirteen so far in the UK!
    khmellymel
  • MinifigsMeMinifigsMe Member Posts: 2,844
    edited November 2013
    Ah why not. I'm in. I don't have time for building sets now, so I'd appreciate lego associated gifts (I think brickset call them tat!) or duplo/primo/quattro for the little lady.
    Again, my recipient best like minifigs!
    margot
  • TheBrickLaddTheBrickLadd Chippenham, Wilts, UK.Member Posts: 844
    Im in, PM coming @CapnRex101
  • legoprodslegoprods SpainMember Posts: 440
    edited November 2013
    Is there any Europe zone? Possibly create it if anyone from the EU wants to join in?
  • JenniJenni JapanMember Posts: 1,386
    @legoprods I'll join. I'm in France. I just realized that @Wil348 is also in France so that makes three of us with @streeker but an EU wide pool would probably be better :).
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    Should we start a thread in which everyone can post which themes/types of sets/items they like or dislike? Then when you get assigned your giftee you can do a quick check to help out with shopping for him/her?
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,272
    edited November 2013
    Not a bad idea if you don't want a copy of an item that you already have. Although if that is done, best to keep it simple. Otherwise it could quickly turn into a headache!

    Personally, I prefer the element of surprise in what I might get as opposed to listing out exactly what I want.

    Whether it a set, figure, or poly, it's all LEGO and all good fun! :o)
    margot
  • LegogeekLegogeek Orange County, CaliforniaMember Posts: 711
    CapnRex101 mentioned that a wish list is welcome when applying to be added to the list. I assume it will be forwarded to the appropriate Secret Santa.


    - Wish lists are welcome, so please send that with your initial message if you would like to include one, or simply make your Brickset 'wanted list' public.

    And rocao also brought it up...
    rocao said:


    If you like, you can to pass along some criteria, inclusive or exclusive, in your registration message to me and I'll forward it to whomever your Santa ends up being. For instance "collect polybags, monthly mini-builds" "not interested in Star Wars", "make me something" etc.

    I provided a list when I signed up and made my Bricklist 'wanted list' public.
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,272
    @legogeek- Oh I have no problem with it, I just personally prefer a surprise.

    On a side note, absolutely love the avatar. While Peanuts will always be my favorite, Calvin and Hobbes is one of the greats.
    LegogeekGothamConstructionCo
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,280
    @Legogeek - Absolutely right, wish lists are welcome and will be forwarded to the appropriate Secret Santa as you mentioned.
    margotLegogeek
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    OK, thanks guys! I obviously had reading comprehension issues with this thread as rocao had to prompt me for my mailing address, I see it is all clearly laid out in the first post. I will update with my wish list!
    Legogeek
  • BombTecBombTec In the MountainsMember Posts: 108
    I'd go with a surprise as well. To me any Lego is good Lego :oP
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