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Secret Santa 2019

snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 2,871
edited October 1 in Community and Events

Time to launch the 7th annual Brickset Secret Santa. A little caveat before we get on with the fun, as there might be some changes to the format or existence of the forum (here), I'm hopeful we will be able to pull off another exciting and successful Secret Santa, but let's see what happens.

 Santa is ready to receive letters and checking in his big library who's been naughty and nice. He's getting help from myself and the 2 wonderful elves @kiki180703 and @stlux .


The rules of the Brickset Secret Santa are as follows:

  • The guide price for the cost of a gift is £15, €20 or $20 (USD, CAD, AUD, NZD) -postage excluded.
  • Wish lists are welcome, so please send that with your initial message if you would like to include one, or add a link to your  Brickset 'wanted list' and make sure it is set to public. If you are happy with whatever please add a line to that effect, just so we know you didn't forget to add any info.
  • MOCs are also welcome as long as the total part value roughly corresponds to the guide prices given above.
  • Please either wrap the gift before packaging it or indicate on the box that the contents are not wrapped.
  • Please ensure that your gift is sent in time for Christmas, final posting dates for each country are available online.
  • When you open the gift on Christmas day, post a picture or a description when you get the time (I know holidays are frantic).

What exactly do you have to do to take part?

  • Sign up to be included by sending a PM with your username, emailadres (in case the forum does change), mailing address and wanted list to the relevant organiser (see below)
  • Your Brickset ID will then be entered into a draw, deadline for this is the 1st of November.
  • Names will be drawn during the weekend of the 2nd of November.
  • Within a couple of days 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!
  • Post a picture or a message after you’ve opened the gift.

The closing date for signing up to the 2019 Brickset Secret Santa is midnight (GMT+1) on the 1st of November.

The exchange is divided between the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and North America/Canada in the hope of keeping postage costs to a minimum. Do let us know if you would like to join in but are elsewhere in the world as we will  try and accommodate everyone if possible.

Here's the list of the relevant organisers:

  • United Kingdom @kiki180703 (he's been wanting to have a proper go this year, so I'm leaving you Brits in his safe hands this year, although I'll miss you lot!)
  • North America @stlux
  • Continental Europe and Republic of Ireland @snowhitie
  • Rest of the world @stlux (we'll see what we can do)

If you are new and you are not sure if this is for you, check out last year's thread to get some inspiration and see all the fun. As you can see on this picture, there's already a whole selection of people ready for action, so come and join the fun.

If there are any questions, post them here or send me or the organiser of your area a PM. A couple of FAQ from previous years to start...

  • How to share a wishlist: When you share your wishlist, don't just copy and paste the weblink when you are looking at it, because that will show 'my collection', e.g. https://brickset.com/sets/mycollection-wanted The way to go about it is you go to 'my sets', then to 'sets wanted' and then click 'share', this will give you a link to send to the organiser, e.g. https://brickset.com/sets/wantedby-Snowhitie
  • How to make sure your wishlist is public: You go to https://brickset.com/profile/edit and you make sure to tick this box at the bottom: Yes, allow Brickset users to view my collection.
  • Do I need a wishlist? A wanted list is not necessary, it's more to give people ideas than an actual 'wishlist' per se. You could say you are after bricks more than actual sets and maybe add a colour scheme or tell what you are building. You can add a bricklink parts list as a guide line (maybe this person has lots of something you want and they don't) but part of the fun is to be surprised a bit too ;)
  • Is it really Secret? Most people do keep their identity a total secret, every year there is a lot of misdirection on the thread (people posting that they've send the gift etc. You are off course allowed to give the game away afterwards, but it seems like most people enjoy the total mystery/trying to guess who it was from. If you want to try and hide your identity even more but you want to put in a return address when you send your parcel off (better safe than sorry), you can always use a friend/work/family's details as a return address.
  • What if I'm travelling to relatives at Xmas time? Please let us know either the address where you will be spending Christmas (if they will keep your parcel safe off course) or let us know when you will be leaving so your Santa can try and make sure the parcel gets there a couple of days early. 
Hope you will all have fun!
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Comments

  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 473
    PM'd... thanks for organizing!  And where is @Muftak1... :-)
    Muftak1
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,611
    Woo hoo! Let the festivities begin!
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 1,323
    In and done!

    Feels a bit weird signing up for Christmas before we have had our “summer” holiday, but we do head off tomorrow.
    SprinkleOtter
  • M1J0EM1J0E Calgary, ABMember Posts: 475
    Thank you for doing this again!
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,637
    Hahaa! I've been looking forward to this!
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 473
    Hmmm... the problem with signing up on day one is that I now have another month of waiting before I can start shopping...😬
    FowlerBricks
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,259
    edited October 2
    It's a joy every year being a part of Brickset SS. Make sure you don't miss out!

    I forgot one year which basically made that entire year a complete waste.
    BrainsluggedSumoLegoSwitchfoot55snowhitiekiki180703SirBenSprinkleOtterstarwars4ever
  • MeganLMeganL California, USAMember Posts: 73
    Woohoo!  Looking forward to this year again!
  • evantylerevantyler Central OhioMember Posts: 68
    <sings>It's the most wonderful time of the year!</sings>
    KungFuKenny560Heliportsnowhitiekiki180703
  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Northern edge of London, just before the dragons...Member Posts: 1,295
    Thanks, organising elves!  PM inbound...
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,042
    I'm in!  PM enroute...
    SprinkleOtter
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 473
    edited October 2
    @stlux
    sorry to hear that- I hope it wasn’t a Lego related casualty!  No worries about SS - we have all month... just rest up, ice it down (unless it is casted), take your anti-inflammatory meds, and maybe look into a calcium/Vitamin D supplement (or just eat more ice cream...) 🙂
    stlux
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 2,569
    I've already posted my SS present - hope it gets there in time! ;->

    Can't wait. Well, I can but it irks me that I have to wait, and it wouldn't accurately convey my level of excitement if all I wrote was "I can wait for this".

    C H R I S T M A S ! ! ! In October... haven't had my birthday yet.
    KungFuKennystluxFowlerBricksSprinkleOtter
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 2,569
    @stlux - hope it heals quickly and fully - sorry for your pain and your typing (and presumably your hampered brick building)!
    stluxLego_Star
  • Speedman29Speedman29 UKMember Posts: 1,317
    All together now...."Its beginning to look a lot like October...."

    Really excited for SS this year.
    KungFuKennysnowhitieBumblepantsSprinkleOtter
  • Muftak1Muftak1 Somewhere cold, probably raining (aka Ireland)Member Posts: 501
    PM'd... thanks for organizing!  And where is @Muftak1... :-)
    I'm here. I'm working nightshift so was asleep! :-)

    But I'm in now!
    KungFuKennysnowhitiestluxgratefulnat
  • truck730truck730 Member Posts: 226
    As our rugby advert on T.V. says "I'm in", great to say without any fear of police checks "let the stalking begin"
    KungFuKenny
  • PJ76ukPJ76uk Derby, UKMember Posts: 446
    PM'd... thanks for organizing!  And where is @Muftak1... :-)
    Er... I don't think you actually PM'd @stlux since it appears on their public profile....
  • shikadishikadi TRU AlumniMember Posts: 83
    I haven't done this before, but it sounds like a lot of fun! I'm in!
    FowlerBricksKungFuKenny
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 1,954
    I'll come clean from the start this year.
    I've thrown my hat into the ring that is the Brickset Secret Santa 2019 extravaganza.
    To whoever my santee is this year, I must apologise in advance.
    I've not been very active in my Lego purchasing this year due to circumstances, so supplies are a bit thin on the ground.
    So if you are the one that ends up with a small Lego gift, some off brand bricks and a bag of dog kibble, please keep it in mind that I'm doing my best. :(
    FowlerBricksKungFuKennyBumblepantsAddicted2Oxygenbrickedinkiki180703MaffyDgratefulnat
  • CymbelineCymbeline CanadaMember Posts: 96
    PM'd - Thanks @stlux for organizing despite being hors de combat! 
    FowlerBricksKungFuKenny
  • panchox1panchox1 ColoradoMember Posts: 40
    PM'd. this sounds like fun!
    KungFuKenny
  • CoviCovi BelgiumMember Posts: 290
    I'mn in!
    FowlerBricksKungFuKennyMuftak1kiki180703
  • brickventuresbrickventures New YorkMember Posts: 32
    PM'd... It's my first time joining this year, soo excited!  Thanks to all the organizers!
    KungFuKennyevantylerkiki180703MaffyD
  • BombTecBombTec In the MountainsMember Posts: 108
    Perusing some items on eBay for my prospective Santee... this one says “rare” AND “retired” so must be a steal, right?



    This one is a bit over the spending limit, but the baby looks so happy and the set is in mint condition per the seller, so...


    That Scala baby will haunt me now.  Thanks.
    KungFuKenny
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 473
    edited October 13
    BombTec said:

    That Scala baby will haunt me now.  Thanks.
    Glad you liked it!  Nothing says Christmas like scaring fellow Bricksetters... Since Halloween is coming soon here is another one for you - only $8.77 plus shipping from Germany... BOO ! 👻



    SumoLegoBumblepantsBaby_Yodastluxbandit778kiki180703catwrangler
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,042
    Don't send that to me.  Oof!
    KungFuKennySprinkleOtterM1J0E
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 473
    SumoLego said:
    Don't send that to me.  Oof!
    How do you know it’s not already in the mail?
    SumoLegoLittleLorikiki180703catwrangler
  • brickedinbrickedin London, UKMember Posts: 450
    I am most definitely in. Thanks to all the organisers, this always a highlight which shows off the best of the forum. 
    Lego_Starbandit778KungFuKennykiki180703evantylercatwranglerMaffyDSumoLegoLittleLori
  • redarmyredarmy AberdeenMember Posts: 712
    SumoLego said:
    hastily packs up home, children and for(ty) tons of LEGO -

    Um.  Just leave it at the door.
    Fixed it for you!
    SumoLegoSprinkleOtter
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 887
    I'm in. Christmas is officially on it's way!
    SumoLegoKungFuKennyMaffyD
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,042
    redarmy said:
    SumoLego said:
    ...for(ty) tons of LEGO...
    Fixed it for you!
    Eighty thousand pounds of LEGO is... well...

    I don't have sixteen cars worth LEGO.  Probably a solid seven cars.
    KungFuKennyFowlerBricksSprinkleOtter
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 2,569
    I need a @SumoLego to Europe convertor - I'm not even sure 'cars' is the same measurement...
    SumoLegoSprinkleOtter
  • redarmyredarmy AberdeenMember Posts: 712
    SumoLego said:
    redarmy said:
    SumoLego said:
    ...for(ty) tons of LEGO...
    Fixed it for you!
    Eighty thousand pounds of LEGO is... well...

    I don't have sixteen cars worth LEGO.  Probably a solid seven cars.
    Me thinks you protest too much sir! :-)
    SumoLego
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,042
    MaffyD said:
    I need a @SumoLego to Europe convertor - I'm not even sure 'cars' is the same measurement...
    My truck weighs about four thousand pounds.  I figure I can fit about one thousand pounds of family and LEGO in my truck.

    Thus, about 16 'cars' worth of LEGO in forty tons.
    redarmy said:
    Me thinks you protest too much sir! :-)
    I don't speak Scottish.
    redarmyKungFuKennyMaffyDSprinkleOtter
  • redarmyredarmy AberdeenMember Posts: 712
    SumoLego said:
    MaffyD said:
    I need a @SumoLego to Europe convertor - I'm not even sure 'cars' is the same measurement...
    My truck weighs about four thousand pounds.  I figure I can fit about one thousand pounds of family and LEGO in my truck.

    Thus, about 16 'cars' worth of LEGO in forty tons.
    redarmy said:
    Me thinks you protest too much sir! :-)
    I don't speak Scottish.
    Awa wi ye min and hud yer wheest.

    Do you understand my English then? ;-)
    KungFuKennySumoLegoSprinkleOtterdmcc0
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,042
    edited October 18
    I don't speak Shakespearean Great British, either.  100% 'Murican!
    KungFuKennyredarmySprinkleOtter
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 473
    edited October 18
    I’ve been doing some more Secret Santa preparation and thought I would share my latest findings... as there seem to be a lot of Classic Castle fans on Brickset I thought I would track down something nice to fit in with that theme... aaaaaannnd voilà!


    What would fit in better with the Yellow Castle or Forestmen than a Prince Justin complete with kitty cat?  There is even a MISB option available on Bricklink... my trigger finger is getting itchy...


    BumblepantsstluxSwitchfoot55M1J0E
  • redarmyredarmy AberdeenMember Posts: 712
    SumoLego said:
    I don't speak Shakespearean Great British, either.  100% 'Murican!
    Doric speaking Scotsmen from all over the Northeast are currently looking out their pitchforks and row boats after that remark.
    If in the near future you hear incoherent ramblings,see copious amounts of ginger and the smell of proper 'whisky' then you know whats coming.Brace yourself laddie.:-)

    On a side note, whats it like being 100% Murican?...
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 2,569
    ^ Got to be better than 100% merkin...
    SeijiAmasawaSumoLegoBumblepantsTheOriginalSimonBbandit778kiki180703KungFuKenny
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,042
    edited October 18
    redarmy said:
    On a side note, whats it like being 100% Murican?...
    It can be tiring to pretend to know everything about everything.  And to tell everyone how to do everything.  

    As an aside, I am eagerly distracting from those truly unsettling Scala figures that @KungFuKenny as an affinity for.
    redarmyKungFuKenny
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 473
    edited October 18
    SumoLego said:

    As an aside, I am eagerly distracting from those truly unsettling Scala figures that @KungFuKenny as an affinity for.
    How dare you sir!  I’ll have you know that Prince Justin is 100% Belville...
    Muftak1560HeliportBumblepantsSumoLego
  • klintonklinton CanadaMember Posts: 625
    I'm quite certain KFK is just trying to help his Secret Santa partner with their selections. He seems intent on insisting how readily available all of these abominations are.... 
    KungFuKennyBumblepantsSumoLego
  • Muftak1Muftak1 Somewhere cold, probably raining (aka Ireland)Member Posts: 501
    I figure bribes are now being paid to not be matched with KFK! :)
    KungFuKennySumoLegoJenni
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,042
    I'm putting it out there that I have access to all sorts of Galidor stuff.  And I will use it if you send me any of these Scala or Belville creations.

    I have no problem sending some guys to put the head of a Quatro block in your bed.  Be warned!
    KungFuKenny560HeliportSprinkleOtter
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 473
    SumoLego said:
    I'm putting it out there that I have access to all sorts of Galidor stuff.  And I will use it if you send me any of these Scala or Belville creations.

    I have no problem sending some guys to put the head of a Quatro block in your bed.  Be warned!
    Are you threatening Mutually Assured Destruction as a deterrant?  :-)  I didn't want to have to escalate to Mega Bl*** Barbie but you have forced my hand, sir...


    SumoLego
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 473
    MaffyD said:
    ^ Got to be better than 100% merkin...
    (Innocently googles an unfamiliar term... hastily scrubs out eyes with anti-bacterial soap...)
    560HeliportSumoLegoMuftak1
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