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2015 Brickset Secret Santa

CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,282
edited November 2015 in Community and Events
Hello!

The first two Brickset Secret Santa events have met with great success and as such it is happening again this year, so welcome to the 2015 Brickset Secret Santa thread!

Just in case anyone is not sure what a Secret Santa is, here is a quick definition for you courtesy of the OED:

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.
- MOCs are also welcome as long as the total part value roughly corresponds with 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.

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 relevant organiser.
- Your Brickset ID will then be entered into a draw.
- Names will be drawn on the 22nd of November.
- 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 2015 Brickset Secret Santa is midnight on the 21st of November.

For the sake of simplicity we have decided to divide the exchange into two, in the UK and North America. This should keep postage costs to a minimum as I am told even posting across the border between the US and Canada is fairly inexpensive.

If you are in another country and wish to take part, you are welcome to contact either one of the organisers given below, and we will try to add you to one of the two main participant lists.

So, if you would like to join in, simply send a message with your shipping address and wanted list (or a link to your wanted list on the main Brickset site) to the relevant contact in your area. @rancorbait and I have swapped around this year as we want to take part too and therefore don't want to know the identities of our Secret Santas!

United Kingdom - @rancorbait‌ 
North America - @CapnRex101‌ 

You can check last year's thread to get some inspiration by looking over some of the gifts given in 2014 (pages 4-7). As you can see there is a lot of fun to be had, so join us and share some Christmas cheer with fellow Brickset members!

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Comments

  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,261
    Great to see this is back again, last year was really fun. Massive thanks to @CapnRex101 and @rancorbait for organising this.

    LostInTranslationchuckpSethro3
  • kioko21kioko21 United KingdomMember Posts: 77
    Pm sent. Loved this last year and looking forward to the legoy fun again! ^_^
    LostInTranslation
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,540
    edited November 2015
    I'm in again! 
    Thanks for organising, guys! 

    Edit: Just thinking how funny would it be if the happy couple Shib and Kioko got each other? :-) 

  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Northern edge of London, just before the dragons...Member Posts: 1,308
    Cool!  I organise a Secret Santa on a different forum - be nice to 'just take part' in one.
    I shall sent details shortly!

    Thanks for organising, guys! 
    LostInTranslation
  • kioko21kioko21 United KingdomMember Posts: 77
    @LostInTranslation I've asked to not get @Shib...He gets enough lego from me! :-p 
    kiki180703LostInTranslationrancorbaitLego_Star
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,261
    kioko21 said:
    @LostInTranslation I've asked to not get @Shib...He gets enough lego from me! :-p 
    Is there ever enough LEGO?
    kiki180703LostInTranslationchuckpLego_Stargmonkey76
  • nexandernexander Glasgow Member Posts: 896
    Was hoping this would be soon! Looking forward to it.
    LostInTranslation
  • chuckpchuckp NYMember Posts: 684
    edited November 2015
    Shib said:
    Is there ever enough LEGO?
    That should be on a T-shirt!
    LostInTranslation
  • Jern92Jern92 MalaysiaMember Posts: 805
    Wish there's one in Malaysia, because shipping costs to either the UK or America would exceed the value of the set!
    LostInTranslation
  • Bricklover18Bricklover18 PA, USAMember Posts: 720
    I'd be happy to participate
    LostInTranslation
  • CupIsHalfEmptyCupIsHalfEmpty CanadaMember Posts: 547
    In! I'm super excited, can't wait. 
    LostInTranslation
  • TheBrickLaddTheBrickLadd Chippenham, Wilts, UK.Member Posts: 844
    I'm in, will send a message later @CapnRex101 
    LostInTranslation
  • iso3200iso3200 97 miles from Brickset TowersMember Posts: 2,047
    This was great fun last year so I'll be be joining in for sure. Just glad there is a Brickset forum to enable such community projects to thrive :-)
    Lego_StarLostInTranslationRenegade007cjh
  • DanGPDanGP UKMember Posts: 66
    I'm in again. It's one of the highlights of Christmas. Knowing there's Lego in the box but having absolutely no idea what it specifically is.
    LostInTranslation
  • plasmodiumplasmodium UKMember Posts: 1,939
    Nice. Count me in. I'll get my details to @rancorbait when I'm next at my PC.
    LostInTranslation
  • brickedinbrickedin London, UKMember Posts: 468
    I am definitely in again, the reveals last year were fantastic.
    LostInTranslation
  • hoodaddyhoodaddy USMember Posts: 299
    I am in this year.  Had a lot of fun seeing everyone's posts of what they received last year.
    LostInTranslation
  • TheOneVeyronianTheOneVeyronian Help me, I'm inside the M25! (UK)Member Posts: 1,360
    I've been absent from here for an awfully long time due to ill health and other issues, but what the hey, count me in! Last year was awesome, it's really nice to have the knowledge that there will be some LEGO under the tree for me :o)

    Sent you a PM @rancorbait :o)
    LostInTranslationbendybadgerrancorbaitLego_StarBooTheMightyHamster
  • hkcrazy88hkcrazy88 USA/ItalyMember Posts: 163
    I've done this on a different forum (not for Lego) and loved it, so very excited to do it this year!
    LostInTranslation
  • Build_With_BricksBuild_With_Bricks WIMember Posts: 5
    Wow--this sounds like a lot of fun.  I've done a Secret Santa on a craft forum, but never with LEGOs.  I'm new here, so not sure if I would be able to participate yet.  If not, there's always next year!
    LostInTranslation
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,282
    @Build_With_Bricks is the tenth North American member to sign up. How is the UK doing @rancorbait?
    rancorbaitLostInTranslation
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Manitoba CanadaMember Posts: 1,850
    edited November 2015
    UK is currently at 14 :)
    GothamConstructionCoLostInTranslationHangedSanchez
  • khmellymelkhmellymel United KingdomMember Posts: 1,234
    Yay, make that 15!  I missed last year's but the previous year was super fun times, trying to figure out what to get people and seeing their reaction is even better than getting one yourself  (for reals!)
    LostInTranslation
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,386
    I'm in.
    kiki180703LostInTranslationRenegade007cjh
  • TheOneVeyronianTheOneVeyronian Help me, I'm inside the M25! (UK)Member Posts: 1,360
    @rancorbait Could you please confirm that you saw my PM and that I'm in? I didn't get any reply to it, wasn't sure if that was normal for everybody or not.
    rancorbait
  • plasmodiumplasmodium UKMember Posts: 1,939
    I didn't get a reply either... Welcome back, by the way, @TheOneVeyronian!
    Lego_StarSumoLegorancorbait
  • TheOneVeyronianTheOneVeyronian Help me, I'm inside the M25! (UK)Member Posts: 1,360
    Hey, thanks @plasmodium, good to be (partly) back :o) Just struck me as odd because I also asked him how he was as well as a request to join SS, given we were friends and all...

    Safe to assume those who didn't get a reply are also definitely in it?
  • legogallegogal USMember Posts: 755
    I've been absent from here for an awfully long time due to ill health and other issues, but what the hey, count me in! Last year was awesome, it's really nice to have the knowledge that there will be some LEGO under the tree for me :o)

    Sent you a PM @rancorbait :o)
    Hi, One! Welcome back! Hope you are feeling better and able to play with your toys again. May Santa bring you something special this year!
  • doodlebirddoodlebird Austin. Texas. Member Posts: 87
    It has not been my experience that shipping to Canada is inexpensive. IIRC, shipping even just a poly was ~$7 compared to just over $2 inside the US. Could it be that I'm almost in Mexico? (I'm in Texas.) Do those in the northern US have different rates or am I remembering my postal rates all wrong. 
  • LegoPegasister2015LegoPegasister2015 Westchester, NYMember Posts: 132
    Isn't it a little odd that us Americans are sending the PM's to a British user, while the British are sending them to an American one?

    Anyways count me in.
    LostInTranslation
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,282
    @LegoPegasister2015 - That is precisely the point. If we don't deal with the list in our country, both @rancorbait and I can take part too and the identity of our respective santas will remain secret.
    BombTec
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,386
    ^ Can't have any appearance of impropriety!

    Or tomfoolery, shenanigans, bedlam, nonsense or debaclecide.
    hkcrazy88GothamConstructionCocatwrangler
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Manitoba CanadaMember Posts: 1,850
    edited November 2015
    @rancorbait Could you please confirm that you saw my PM and that I'm in? I didn't get any reply to it, wasn't sure if that was normal for everybody or not.
    I didn't get a reply either... Welcome back, by the way, @TheOneVeyronian!
    My apologies, guys.  Had a lot of work to do during the last few days.  I'll try to get back to everyone today :)
    plasmodiumLostInTranslation
  • plasmodiumplasmodium UKMember Posts: 1,939
    SumoLego said:
     debaclecide.
    Still looking for somewhere to use this wonderful word in real life.
    rancorbaitSumoLegoLego_StarCrownie
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 2,917
    edited November 2015
    I'm in - I was quite a newbie when the last one happened and enjoyed it so much to just read about everybody excitements, I was looking forward to this years! got an address in UK where people can send it to make postage cheaper if that makes it easier. Thanks for organising!I
    LostInTranslationbendybadgerkiki180703
  • Renegade007cjhRenegade007cjh Essex, UKMember Posts: 687
    I'm in! Sounds like it could be fun!
    LostInTranslation
  • CalvCalv Central EnglandMember Posts: 865
    I'm in as well. Last years was a lot of fun when I read about it, so I shall take part this year. Thanks for organising it.
    LostInTranslation
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,386
    SumoLego said:
     debaclecide.
    Still looking for somewhere to use this wonderful word in real life.

    Debaclypse is another one of my favorites.  Bad zombie movies are usually referred to as a 'debaclypse', or just a mammoth debacle to end all debacles.

    (I am clearly a crazy person.)
    Renegade007cjhLostInTranslation
  • iso3200iso3200 97 miles from Brickset TowersMember Posts: 2,047
    I wonder who'll I'll get this year...
    khmellymelLostInTranslation
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,282
    We now have a total of 19 people taking part in North America. We still need a couple more people to beat last year's total and there are now only a few days left, so sign-up soon!
    SumoLegoGothamConstructionCorancorbaitShibLostInTranslationsnowhitie
  • samiam391samiam391 A Log Cabin in KY, United StatesMember Posts: 4,283
    I did this in 2013 and had so much fun. I didn't do it in 2014 due to complications, and regretted not signing up for it all year.

    Don't make the same mistake I did, sign up now!
    SumoLegosnowhitiekhmellymelGothamConstructionCoRenegade007cjhrancorbaitShibLostInTranslation
  • rancorbaitrancorbait Manitoba CanadaMember Posts: 1,850
    We now have a total of 19 people taking part in North America. We still need a couple more people to beat last year's total and there are now only a few days left, so sign-up soon!
    I've got 26 for the UK. Let's see if we can hit 30 :)
    ShibLostInTranslationsnowhitie
  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Northern edge of London, just before the dragons...Member Posts: 1,308
    Just send my name and address to another four people!

    ;o)
    LostInTranslationsnowhitiechuckpSumoLegoRenegade007cjh
  • plasmodiumplasmodium UKMember Posts: 1,939
    We now have a total of 19 people taking part in North America. We still need a couple more people to beat last year's total and there are now only a few days left, so sign-up soon!
    I've got 26 for the UK. Let's see if we can hit 30 :)
    I'm surprised we have more than the US. I've always seen this forum as fairly equally split between UK/Europe and the US if not slightly weighted towards the US.

    I guess the obvious answer would be that the people taking part in this are not a representative sample of the forum membership...
  • Pate5346Pate5346 Member Posts: 786
    We now have a total of 19 people taking part in North America. We still need a couple more people to beat last year's total and there are now only a few days left, so sign-up soon!
    I've got 26 for the UK. Let's see if we can hit 30 :)

    I'm in. Make it 27. It's going to be an interesting challenge for me.
  • TheOneVeyronianTheOneVeyronian Help me, I'm inside the M25! (UK)Member Posts: 1,360
    We now have a total of 19 people taking part in North America. We still need a couple more people to beat last year's total and there are now only a few days left, so sign-up soon!
    I've got 26 for the UK. Let's see if we can hit 30 :)
    How many people did we have signed up in the UK last year? Would be interesting if we could surpass last year's amount :o)

    Is it bad that I'm already thinking hard about what I want to send my Secret Santa gift in and how I want to present it, even before I know who I'm getting or what I'm buying?

    Also, in a nice way, I'm secretly hoping that I won't get @CapnRex101... I just have a feeling he would recognise a package that was sent by me as being from me! ;o)
  • blars82blars82 Member Posts: 19
    I just signed up too for the US, so we have at least 20!  This was so much fun last year, so I'm glad I didn't miss out this year.
    SumoLego
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,095
    I wish I could participate again, lots of fun! Especially since it is the only way I got any Lego for Christmas.
    Thanos75
  • plasmodiumplasmodium UKMember Posts: 1,939
    Yeah, we have a UK and a US one, but no EU one? You could do UK/EU if there were people willing to do 'international' shipping...
    snowhitie
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,282
    There are only just over six hours left to sign up, so if you haven't already, get your skates on!
    Shib
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