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Secret Santa 2020

snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,001
edited October 1 in Community and Events

Huuullllooo!

It is that time of the year again and nothing will keep us from bringing a smile on other forum member's faces!

Put on your fake beards and get ready to enter into the wonderful, spectacular, 8th annual Big Brickset Secret Santa!

This year the great helping elves are @stlux , @kiki180703 and our new host for the year, @KungFuKenny . A big hooray and thanks to these volunteers. I'll be not on the front lines but will be there behind the scenes to help out where needed.

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. However, please don't leave it until the last minute, we all know there's things going on in the 'real' world and expect the unexpected. So, more than other years, try to get it send as early as possible.
  • 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, 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 2020 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:

If you are new to forums and you are not sure if this is for you, check out last year's thread to get some inspiration. If you are not new, you might want to as well, just to get in 'the mood'.

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 early. 
Think that's it for me for now.

I now declare the Brickset Secret Santa open for business!!!

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Comments

  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,026
    WOO HOO! I'm in!
    KungFuKennyred237
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,129
    Great!  I am IN!!!
    KungFuKennyCymbeline
  • truck730truck730 Member Posts: 275
    "Oh great" was my Wife's response to me saying I'm in, I de-sarcasmed it and I'm so happy She's happy with the fun I'll have
    560HeliportSwitchfoot55KungFuKennyCymbelinesnowhitiekiki180703SirBenSprinkleOtter
  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Northern edge of London, just before the dragons...Member Posts: 1,345
    Oh yes!  Christmas just started!
    KungFuKenny
  • evantylerevantyler Central OhioMember Posts: 77
    It's the MOST...wonderful TIME...of the YEAR! 
    KungFuKenny
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,552
    Sadly I will have to skip out this year as I am once again an ocean away from my stash and reliable means of shipping so I will be enjoying the event from the sidelines.
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 1,438
    edited October 2
    The countdown to Christmas begins!

    Thanks for organising @snowhitie and your little helper-elves.
    Mr_CrosssnowhitieKungFuKennyflowerpotgirl
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 1,524
    Yeeeeee-ha!

    Funnily enough, I had to pop into a nearby town today for work, and managed to divert to a shop or two while there.  Part one of gift purchased!
    Mr_CrosssnowhitieKungFuKenny
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 1,329
    Loving that vignette @snowhitie!
    snowhitieKungFuKenny
  • GothamConstructionCoGothamConstructionCo Colchester UKMember Posts: 751
    edited October 2
    I’m in. Question is now do I go with the wanted list or dust off the Disguise and long lens.
    BrainsluggedKungFuKenny
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,001
    I’m in. Question is now do I go with the wanted list or dust off the Disguise and long lenses? 

    Why not both?
    GothamConstructionCoKungFuKenny
  • PJ76ukPJ76uk Derby, UKMember Posts: 518
    Gutted I can't join in this year due to the other halfs plan to move us to a bigger home. Upside is I get a dedicated Lego room, downside is we will soon have to move out and find temporary lodgings until the new house is built!

    To those on the fence about joining, its well worth it. I joined for the first time last year and thoroughly enjoyed tracking my targets forum posts and their Brickset wishlist. Will definitely be back for 2021 :)
    KungFuKennyGothamConstructionCo
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 1,438
    I’m in. Question is now do I go with the wanted list or dust off the Disguise and long lens.
    I'm going with option three: drill holes in their ceiling and live in their loft for a month.
    KungFuKenny560HeliportGothamConstructionCoandheSprinkleOtter
  • MeganLMeganL West Coast Outpost, Brickset TowersMember Posts: 104
    I'm totally in!  Moving at the end of the month, which once that's done, will be perfect timing for me to start shopping for my Santee.
    KungFuKenny
  • Muftak1Muftak1 Somewhere cold, probably raining (aka Ireland)Member Posts: 515
    It’s Chriiiiiiiiistmaaaaaaaasssssssss!!
    KungFuKennySirBen
  • VgangVgang CyprusMember Posts: 70
    Great news! @snowhitie myself being in Cyprus, should I register with Mainland Europe team?
    KungFuKenny
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,001
    edited October 3
    Vgang said:
    Great news! @snowhitie myself being in Cyprus, should I register with Mainland Europe team?

    Yes definitely, only called it 'mainland' to make clear UK was a separate area since there's a lot of Brits on here. Although that movie be a bit of a dated description :)
    Coincidentally, my son has just been learning about Cyprus today, got some books from the library since he's chosen your country for a school project.
  • VgangVgang CyprusMember Posts: 70
    snowhitie said:
    Vgang said:
    Great news! @snowhitie myself being in Cyprus, should I register with Mainland Europe team?

    Yes definitely, only called it 'mainland' to make clear UK was a separate area since there's a lot of Brits on here. Although that movie be a bit of a dated description :)
    Coincidentally, my son has just been learning about Cyprus today, got some books from the library since he's chosen your country for a school project.
    Thanks. 

    Let me know if I can be of any help.
    KungFuKenny
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 2,798
    Boom! And I'm in! Well, as soon as I get my message to @kiki180703 sent...

    And it's done!
    KungFuKenny
  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 3,143
    I’m in. Question is now do I go with the wanted list or dust off the Disguise and long lens.
    I'm going with option three: drill holes in their ceiling and live in their loft for a month.
    While you're in the loft, you might as well rummage through their hidden unopened lego stash to make sure you don't double up. 
    KungFuKenny560HeliportGothamConstructionCoSprinkleOtter
  • panchox1panchox1 The Outer RimMember Posts: 482
    I'm in!
    KungFuKenny
  • gratefulnatgratefulnat SwitzerlandMember Posts: 281
    Oh yes, I am so in :)
    KungFuKenny
  • flowerpotgirlflowerpotgirl JedburghMember Posts: 172
    I think I am in. Should I have a confirmation message?
    KungFuKenny
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 1,425
    I think I am in. Should I have a confirmation message?
    I believe you are in the UK, correct?  If so @kiki180703 should send you a confirmation message soon...
    kiki180703
  • kiki180703kiki180703 Montreal, CanadaMember Posts: 1,049
    I think I am in. Should I have a confirmation message?
    Hi! Sorry, I haven't had the time to compile everything yet, but yes, I've received your message :) You should receive a message during the next week!
    panchox1
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,683
    I had the niggling feeling I needed to check the forum again...
    KungFuKennyLittleLoriSumoLegoSirBen
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,745
    Gosh, I've been away for so long. Are we still joking about white sausage, standing by? Or perhaps something about Bilbo's morning routine?
    KungFuKennyFowlerBricksSumoLegosnowhitieSirBen
  • Dude4LegoDude4Lego MN. USAMember Posts: 8
    First year for me. Sounds fun
    Switchfoot55CymbelineFowlerBricksSumoLegoevantylerpanchox1KungFuKennykiki180703
  • FodderFodder AustraliaMember Posts: 321
    Any interest from AU/NZ yet?
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,001
    Fodder said:
    Any interest from AU/NZ yet?

    Not yet, but feel free to PM me and if there are more later on we can set it up...
    stluxKungFuKenny
  • Speedman29Speedman29 UKMember Posts: 1,642
    Been a bit busy having to do some actual work instead of fuloughing recently, so only just got around to joining in! Looking forward to another fun SS this year. I've already bought and shipped my gift.....or have I ? (is it too soon to start the diversionary tactics?)
    CymbelineKungFuKennyGothamConstructionCo
  • red237red237 Member Posts: 297
    edited October 16
    Would it be helpful to post this on on of the more recently used/active threads?
    KungFuKenny
  • brickedinbrickedin London, UKMember Posts: 491
    I'm in, can't wait. Always brings a bit of Christmas cheer. 

    Thanks to @snowhitie and all her helpers.
    TheOriginalSimonBKungFuKennyGothamConstructionCo
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,683
    I'm very excited to do this another year! I think this will be time #3 for me
    evantylerKungFuKenny
  • Brickfan50Brickfan50 Zwolle, NetherlandsMember Posts: 275
    edited October 20
    I'm in too! Any update about the number of people participating this year?
    KungFuKenny
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,886
    Oh, go on then. One more time
    KungFuKenny
  • timmeyhtimmeyh BelgiumMember Posts: 12
    one more time please! :D

    KungFuKenny
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 1,425
    I'm in too! Any update about the number of people participating this year?
    Europe is running at about 70 % of last years list with a week left, although I think a good number of people usually wait to sign up on the last day or two.
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman In the Disney Infinity Toybox, Windows, or digging through LEGO parts in the USA.Member Posts: 594
    PM'd @stlux.
    stlux
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 1,524
    So I just opened and built #40262 last night, which was my "late arriving" gift from 2018...  Thought I needed to start feeling more festive.
    KungFuKenny
  • M1J0EM1J0E Calgary, ABMember Posts: 640
    I’d love to join in please, even if I haven’t been around on the forums this year.  It seems Covid has oddly enough reduced my Lego building to nothing as opposed to increasing it as it probably has for most.  

    As always with my work schedule, about all I get time for is a quick order on [email protected]  I’ve been the generous recipient of so much more from some awesome people on here!  Plus my schedule has me working over Christmas this year, so to be able to video home with family while having something to open here will be even more special.  Thanks to everyone who makes this all happen here!
    stluxKungFuKennySwitchfoot55Cymbelinebrickedin
  • shikadishikadi TRU AlumniMember Posts: 114
    I'm in! This year has simultaneously been the slowest and fastest in recent history, though I'm not sure how that's possible. Bring on Christmas!
    KungFuKennystluxCymbelinekiki180703
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 1,425
    This year’s European group is at about 92% of last year’s list with about a week left.  We have 7 countries represented so far, and lots of enthusiasm!  

    I’m ready to start scouting old threads to investigate my Santee’s preferred themes and wants... if they have ever expressed interest in Jack Stone I’ll have them covered...
    Switchfoot55560Heliportpanchox1CymbelineGothamConstructionCoFowlerBrickskiki180703SprinkleOttergratefulnat
  • nexandernexander Glasgow Member Posts: 898
    I will be in again!
    KungFuKenny
  • SirBenSirBen In the Hall of the Mountain KingMember Posts: 577
    Christmas time, it’s Christmas time, all throughout the land!!!

    It’s not too early to start the Christmas music is it? It was snowing the past couple days...
    FowlerBricksKungFuKennykiki180703Switchfoot55
  • Brickfan50Brickfan50 Zwolle, NetherlandsMember Posts: 275
    I'm a bit worried because of the recent lockdowns in Germany and France.

    Non-essential shops are asked (or forced) to close. "Non-essential" implies LEGO shops and other toy shops.
    Belgium and Netherlands are likely to follow France & Germany.

    When a (partial) lockdown is enforced, it may be very difficult to purchase LEGO to send to your fellow LEGO lover.

    Your thoughts please, especially from people in the EU.

  • Brickfan50Brickfan50 Zwolle, NetherlandsMember Posts: 275
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