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Secret Santa 2022

MaffyDMaffyD Member Posts: 3,575

Hello fellow Bricksetters!

It is that time of year again, and it is my great pleasure to announce the 10th Annual Big Brickset Secret Santa! A whole decade of gift exchanging! Wow!

Santa has been gearing up all summer, and is now ready to start preparing for the upcoming holiday season.  He will be getting help from myself and two excellent elves @lowlead and @Switchfoot55 !

The rules of the Brickset Secret Santa are as follows:

  • The guide price for the cost of a gift is £20, €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 as shipping delays are likely to be an issue. 
  • 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, email address, mailing address and wanted list to the relevant organiser (see below). The deadline for this is 1st November.
  • Your Brickset ID will then be entered into a draw.
  • Names will be drawn during the first week of November.
  • 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. Please send your gift with plenty of extra time to account for shipping delays.  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 2022  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 @lowlead
  • North America @MaffyD
  • Continental Europe and Republic of Ireland @Switchfoot55
  • If there is any interest from elsewhere, please contact @MaffyD and we'll see what we can do!

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 anyway, just to get 'in the mood'!

If there are any questions, post them here or send 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. 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. 
  • How to make sure your wishlist is public: You go to 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 guideline (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 of 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 traveling 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 to your home early.

Whew, that was a lot of information, but it should cover everything…

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



  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Member Posts: 1,316
    PM'd @MaffyD
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Member Posts: 1,793
    Good grief, is it that time already?

  • WesterBricksWesterBricks Member Posts: 955
    I think it's time to join in the fun, I did a couple of these in the BrickLink forum a million years ago.
  • Lo1sJessLo1sJess Member Posts: 707
    Messaged - I’m in
  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Member Posts: 1,559
    PM sent!  Let the Christmasness begin!
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,555
    MaffyD said:
    I've already posted mine (the misdirection begins)!
    And I already received it!
  • evantylerevantyler Member Posts: 86
    I'm in! Such a fun tradition. 
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Member Posts: 1,316
    evantyler said:
    I'm in! Such a fun tradition. 
    I love the blessing people part!
  • MeganLMeganL Member Posts: 139
    I'm in!  I'm debating whether I include a sloth in my Santee's box.  I suppose I wouldn't be a "secret" Santa then.....
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Member Posts: 4,238
    MeganL said:
    I'm in!  I'm debating whether I include a sloth in my Santee's box.  I suppose I wouldn't be a "secret" Santa then.....
    Unless several others include sloths too, to help keep your secret! :)
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Member Posts: 3,475
    Just a quick note that I have recieved several entries but have been on the road. Confirmations should be coming shortly!
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Member Posts: 3,475
    Giving this wonderful thread a bump to keep it visible to everyone. Don't forget to send your information to your respective Elf should you wish to participate. 

    We've had a good batch of names so far, but would love to see many many more participating and spreading that Christmas Cheer!

    Only 75 more days until Christmas!!!
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks Member Posts: 1,731
    I'm in for sure!
  • Lo1sJessLo1sJess Member Posts: 707
    @Switchfoot55 75 days seems sooo close!  Haven’t even put up Halloween decorations yet.
  • Speedman29Speedman29 Member Posts: 2,337
    Yay BSSS22! Always great fun, I'm in
  • Muftak1Muftak1 Member Posts: 554
    How the hell did I miss this thread????

    Obviously I'm in.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Member Posts: 3,475
    There may still be 69 days until Christmas, but there are only 15 days left to sign up for this years exchange! 

  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,779
    Amazoncom LEGO Series 12 Collectible Minifigure 71007 - Video Game Guy  Gamer  Toys  Games

    As they said in the 2000s hacker movies... I'm in.
  • jmeninnojmeninno Member Posts: 1,213
    In for another great year!  Can't wait to see who I get (and to see their wish list)!
  • brickedinbrickedin Member Posts: 574
    Signed up for another year, thanks to all the organisers that make this possible.
  • Renegade007cjhRenegade007cjh Member Posts: 696
    Late to the party again, but not *too* late. Already excited to start shopping!!
  • lowleadlowlead Member Posts: 689
    @Renegade007cjh  Hey Renegade!  PM'd
  • MaffyDMaffyD Member Posts: 3,575
    One. Week. Left. To. Join. In!

    It's shaping up to be really really fun for everyone!
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Member Posts: 3,475
    One week to sign up, 62 DAYS LEFT UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!!

    As most of my Winter Village is tucked away in storage this year, I'm grasping at any straws possible for ways to fill that void in my life. You better believe BSSS is top on that list. 

    Maybe you're on the fence? Perhaps you've participated in the past, but are unsure if you want to again? Could it be that you've always followed the gift exchange, seen people post their wonderful gifts, and thought it might be fun to participate as well, but have never pulled the trigger? Then this year is the year for you!
  • bandit778bandit778 Member Posts: 2,397
    Alas, due to a change of circumstances and the fact my LEGO budget has dropped off a cliff, I'm sadly unable to partake in the festivities this year. Hopefully the situation will rectify itself ready for this time next year so I can join in the fun again.
    Hope everyone has as much fun with this as I have previously as it's a great way to spread the joy with complete strangers. 
  • shikadishikadi Member Posts: 140
    It's almost November. And November is almost Thanksgiving. And Thanksgiving is almost Christmas!

    Excited to join this amazing tradition again!
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,555
    With Huw's recent announcement about closure, this will be the last one ever (at least on the forum). So enjoy while it lasts!

  • MaffyDMaffyD Member Posts: 3,575
    I was about to say the same thing as @CCC - This will in all likelihood be the last ever Brickset Forum Secret Santa. You guys have the weekend to think it over and Monday to inevitably join in :-)

    Let's see this out with a bang - there are dozens of people registered from (nearly) all over the world. You'd be mad to miss out on this last one!
  • panchox1panchox1 Member Posts: 722
    been too busy to be on the board since my cross country move. but yeah, I want in on this! need to send in my info. 
  • panchox1panchox1 Member Posts: 722
    Alrighty! I've sent in my message to sign up. woo hoo!
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Member Posts: 3,475
    I've heard shipping to the Outer Rim these days can get pretty pricey!
  • panchox1panchox1 Member Posts: 722
    CCC said:
    With Huw's recent announcement about closure, this will be the last one ever (at least on the forum). So enjoy while it lasts!

    wait, what? I guess in my time away , I missed that announcement. dang. that's heart breaking. 
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged Member Posts: 2,276
    Really gutted! Also, how can we post thank yous and pics of our gifts? This is a sad day.
  • MaffyDMaffyD Member Posts: 3,575
    It'll run into 2023, but not into 2024 @Brainslugged
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged Member Posts: 2,276
    MaffyD said:
    It'll run into 2023, but not into 2024 @Brainslugged
    Thanks. The original post seems to have gone now but I must have thought it said November 2022, not 2023. 
  • PJ76ukPJ76uk Member Posts: 974
    Sent my info, let the festivities commence!
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,779
    MaffyD said:
    I was about to say the same thing as @CCC - This will in all likelihood be the last ever Brickset Forum Secret Santa. You guys have the weekend to think it over and Monday to inevitably join in :-)

    Let's see this out with a bang - there are dozens of people registered from (nearly) all over the world. You'd be mad to miss out on this last one!

    That really is too sad! Though I don't frequent the forums as much as I once did, I look forward to this event every year. Hopefully we are able to establish ourselves in one new place without losing too many members.
  • BastyBasty Member Posts: 496
    Just signed up for the first time (and for the last time based on the recent annocunment) despite being a member for multiple years now.
  • red237red237 Member Posts: 334
    edited October 2022
    phew, made it!! I have not been on the forum much this year but getting pretty nervous based on this thread. Checking out the ‘announcement’ now. 💔 I would encourage anyone who has been lingering and thinking about it to definitely do it. It is a bright spot for our family every holiday, and often my favorite gift to give and receive from generous, thoughtful, brick folks! My stalking skills are just waiting to find the right thing for a cool Bricksetter.
  • Lo1sJessLo1sJess Member Posts: 707
    Yes the stalking🕵️‍♀️, I was a first timer last year so got some expert assistance and am ready to go again.  

    Prepped per last years thread - I have my gallon bag of brick separators, bricks that must not be named and dog treats on hand…..
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Member Posts: 3,475

    Sign up, quick! Entries will close at the end of the day today and names will be drawn, wanted lists shared, sleuthing initiated, and misdirection given. We don't want YOU to miss out!

    Scroll up to get details on your regions host and how to enter. It's looking like a great group thus far, but there is always room for more!

    Only 55 days to go until you can open your gifts!
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Member Posts: 4,238
    @Switchfoot55 darn you to heck, now I've got that song stuck in my head!!!  :)
  • Lo1sJessLo1sJess Member Posts: 707
    @Switchfoot55 @560Heliport all afternoon for me too.  Dating myself but one of my favorite clubs in the late 80s in Germany ended every night with it.
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