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Secret Santa 2021

KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Somewhere between Ice Station Odyssey and FabulandMember Posts: 2,207
edited September 30 in Community and Events

Hello fellow Bricksetters! 

It is that time of year again, and it is my great pleasure to announce the 9th annual Big Brickset Secret Santa!


Santa and company have been relaxing by the pool this summer, but are now ready to start preparing for the upcoming holiday season.  He will be getting help from myself and two excellent elves, @stlux  and  @kiki180703 .


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 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 adress, mailing address and wanted list to the relevant organiser (see below).
  • Your Brickset ID will then be entered into a draw (the deadline for this is the 1st of November).
  • Names will be drawn during the first week of November.
  • Within a few 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.  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 2021  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
  • North America @stlux
  • Continental Europe and Republic of Ireland @KungFuKenny
  • Rest of the world @stlux  (if there is any interest, 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 as well, 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. 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. 
  • 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 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!!!


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Comments

  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,422
    WOOOO! Let the stalking festivities begin!
    CymbelineKungFuKennySeijiAmasawaSumoLegosnowhitiegratefulnat
  • jmeninnojmeninno The Batcave (MA)Member Posts: 946
    Woohoo!  I'll be signing up...once I clean up my wanted list...I'm not always the best at taking off what I've picked up over the course of the year!
    KungFuKennySwitchfoot55SeijiAmasawaSumoLego
  • Muftak1Muftak1 Somewhere cold, probably raining (aka Ireland)Member Posts: 526
    Wahooooooo!
    KungFuKennySeijiAmasawagratefulnat
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,986
    It is now officially christmas again. 
    KungFuKennyGothamConstructionCoSeijiAmasawasnowhitie
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 1,663
    Huzzah!
    KungFuKennySeijiAmasawa
  • evantylerevantyler Central OhioMember Posts: 81
    <sings>It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!</sings>
    KungFuKennySeijiAmasawaFowlerBrickssnowhitie
  • Speedman29Speedman29 UKMember Posts: 1,995
    Yay! Thanks @kungfukenny for taking on the mantle from @snowhitie Looking forward to some sleuthing for the perfect gifts.
    KungFuKennySeijiAmasawasnowhitie
  • VgangVgang CyprusMember Posts: 74
    Great news!
    KungFuKenny
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,709
    Looking forward to this!
    KungFuKenny
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman In the Disney Infinity Toybox, Windows, or digging through LEGO parts in the USA.Member Posts: 772
    Signed up!
    KungFuKenny
  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Northern edge of London, just before the dragons...Member Posts: 1,408
    Hoorah!  Christmas is open!

    Thanks for your sterling service, @snowhitie - hope you're feeling better soon.
    And thanks to @kiki180703 for taking on the UK duties - PM incoming!
    KungFuKennysnowhitie
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 652
    Yay! I'm in!
    KungFuKenny
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 1,860
    I'm in. The countdown to Christmas has officially started!
    KungFuKenny
  • FodderFodder AustraliaMember Posts: 337
    I know the picture is supposed to be Santa on his Summer Break, but from where I am, it looks like a pretty standard Christmas...

    PM Sent to @stlux
    KungFuKenny560HeliportstluxAddicted2Oxygenpanchox1Switchfoot55FowlerBrickssnowhitie
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman In the Disney Infinity Toybox, Windows, or digging through LEGO parts in the USA.Member Posts: 772
    Fodder said:
    I know the picture is supposed to be Santa on his Summer Break, but from where I am, it looks like a pretty standard Christmas...

    PM Sent to @stlux
    Have Yourself a Standard Christmas would be annoying to sing, though.
    oldtodd33Cymbelinestluxsnowhitie560HeliportBumblepantsBrainsluggedSprinkleOtterKungFuKenny
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,757
    I'm in! This is always one of the highlights of my year. :)
    stluxKungFuKenny
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,422
    Just throwing this out there to the masses, I would anticipate extremely long shipping times for this year (at least in North America) due to a massively overloaded mailing system. It may be wise to try and ship by the first week on December at the latest to ensure proper arrival before the big day. 
    560HeliportModeltrainmanKungFuKennyFireFox31panchox1
  • GrannyLEGOGrannyLEGO FloridaMember Posts: 291
    I can hardly wait until the first week of November and finding out who gets to get something from me! This is my first time doing this so I guess a little anxious anticipation is allowed?
    Switchfoot55560HeliportKungFuKennygratefulnat
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman In the Disney Infinity Toybox, Windows, or digging through LEGO parts in the USA.Member Posts: 772
    I just can't wait to bless somebody! My alternate title for this is definitely Secret Blessings!
    Switchfoot55560Heliportoldtodd33KungFuKennypanchox1snowhitie
  • gratefulnatgratefulnat SwitzerlandMember Posts: 356
    Thanks for all the Bricksetter elves who have organised, and those who continue to organise, the Christmas fun here at Brickset!!!
    I will have to do some my sleuthing and get my gift sent off real fast because will be leaving home on the 14 November - to finally visit my parents in the USA after over 2.5 years (because of you know what). Certainly in the realm of doable!!
    Rock'n'Roll!
    stluxKungFuKennypanchox1snowhitieSeijiAmasawaUnikitty
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 1,860
    edited October 13
    I will have to do some my sleuthing and get my gift sent off real fast because will be leaving home on the 14 November - to finally visit my parents in the USA
    I was hoping to go to the US in early November, but is it even possible yet? I know last month the US said it would open its doors "early November", but they still haven't supplied any further clarity. From what I've read, the US still doesn't have systems in place to check people are double-vaccinated - their prerequisite for allowing people in. Or does Switzerland have its own criteria?
  • gratefulnatgratefulnat SwitzerlandMember Posts: 356
    edited October 13
    I was hoping to go to the US in early November, but is it even possible yet? I know last month the US said it would open its doors "early November", but they still haven't supplied any further clarity. From what I've read, the US still doesn't have systems in place to check people are double-vaccinated - their prerequisite for allowing people in. Or does Switzerland have its own criteria?
    Not sure what the requirements are as I am a US citizen (and vaccinated) and can travel to the US regardless. The issue we were having was due to the rules of the 'senior facility' where my parents live, which have relaxed enough for me to visit them for an extended stay, vaccinated, without having to quarantine in the US before staying with them. It is all pretty in-flux right now, my son is Swiss, not vaccinated, and cannot come, unfortunately. Sorry not to be more helpful.
    But it is the best Christmas present I can offer my parents right now!
    Red sleigh standing by!

    panchox1KungFuKennysnowhitie560HeliportBrainsluggedstluxSeijiAmasawabandit778Speedman29
  • stluxstlux LuxembourgMember Posts: 2,438
    edited October 14
    So far we have 14 participants for US/CA, and 2 for Asia-Pacific! There's still room for many more, so don't be shy to join the queue to visit Santa. 😊


    No need to worry in case you haven't received a confirmation from me yet; I will send those by the end of this week.
    Switchfoot55SeijiAmasawaFowlerBricksKungFuKennyjmeninnoevantylerSpeedman29gratefulnatUnikitty
  • Lo1sJessLo1sJess Alexandria, VirginiaMember Posts: 55
    Hi everyone,

    Just signed up for the site even though been visiting on and off for years.  Secret Santa sounded like fun from last year’s thread so I thought I’d join in this year.  

    Lois
    KungFuKenny560Heliportgratefulnat
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 2,683
    Welcome to Brickset!
    KungFuKenny
  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,709
    @stlux Have you sent out the confirmations yet?
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,757
    stlux said:
    So far we have 14 participants for US/CA, and 2 for Asia-Pacific! There's still room for many more, so don't be shy to join the queue to visit Santa. 😊


    No need to worry in case you haven't received a confirmation from me yet; I will send those by the end of this week.

    Yeah, I know that's supposed to be a snow-kitty.

    But all I'm seeing is "demon."
    560HeliportSumoLego
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman In the Disney Infinity Toybox, Windows, or digging through LEGO parts in the USA.Member Posts: 772
    stlux said:
    So far we have 14 participants for US/CA, and 2 for Asia-Pacific! There's still room for many more, so don't be shy to join the queue to visit Santa. 😊


    No need to worry in case you haven't received a confirmation from me yet; I will send those by the end of this week.

    Yeah, I know that's supposed to be a snow-kitty.

    But all I'm seeing is "demon."
    Brickheadz eyes may have helped. 
    SprinkleOtter
  • stluxstlux LuxembourgMember Posts: 2,438
    stlux said:
    So far we have 14 participants for US/CA, and 2 for Asia-Pacific! There's still room for many more, so don't be shy to join the queue to visit Santa. 😊


    No need to worry in case you haven't received a confirmation from me yet; I will send those by the end of this week.

    Yeah, I know that's supposed to be a snow-kitty.

    But all I'm seeing is "demon."
    Considering my avatar is Super Angry Kitty, and I also have a Sith Kitty and Zombie Kitty, I think I'm OK with having a Demon Kitty. 😁

    Still a bit more than 1 week to join this year's Secret Santa! Participants from all over the world welcome - send a PM to
    KungFuKennygratefulnatSprinkleOtter560HeliportevantylerFowlerBricksSumoLegokiki180703snowhitie
  • brickedinbrickedin London, UKMember Posts: 528
    Yay, this is always fun. Thanks to all the helpers once again.

    Anyone sitting on the fence, defo take a look at the old threads to get a taste.
    KungFuKennyFowlerBricksSumoLegoSprinkleOtterravendragonwinggratefulnatsnowhitie
  • khmellymelkhmellymel United KingdomMember Posts: 1,301
    PM'ed!  And as always, a big thank you to the organisers, this is one of the best Lego-related holiday bits of fun to participate in :)
    KungFuKennygratefulnatsnowhitie
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,757
    Just curious- should I have received a confirmation message at all? Just don't want to miss this!
  • stluxstlux LuxembourgMember Posts: 2,438
    Just curious- should I have received a confirmation message at all? Just don't want to miss this!
    Check your inbox, as you already did get one a while ago ;)
  • Speedman29Speedman29 UKMember Posts: 1,995
    Just curious- should I have received a confirmation message at all? Just don't want to miss this!
    I've not received one in the UK yet.
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Somewhere between Ice Station Odyssey and FabulandMember Posts: 2,207
    edited October 31
    Just curious- should I have received a confirmation message at all? Just don't want to miss this!
    I've not received one in the UK yet.
    Everyone in Continental Europe and the Republic of Ireland should have confirmation messages.  I will check in with @kiki180703 for an update regarding the UK.  We will plan on sending out assignments for your Santees by the 7th of November, so people will be able to shop and ship their gifts in plenty of time.  Last year there were several late gifts due to shipping delays, and that looks to be a concern this year as well.  
    VganggratefulnatbrickedinSpeedman29
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,757
    stlux said:
    Just curious- should I have received a confirmation message at all? Just don't want to miss this!
    Check your inbox, as you already did get one a while ago ;)

    Well I'm blind as heck! Thanks for reassuring me :)
  • PJ76ukPJ76uk EnglandMember Posts: 619
    Looking forward to this again after missing out last year. Rattling presents are always the best kind!
    KungFuKennygratefulnatGothamConstructionCosnowhitie
  • truck730truck730 Member Posts: 327
    I've plugged this on my local lug, whether it's seen as a Christmas joy spread or a frowning action ,I love it and it's a great feeling to see if you've got something you wanted like an actual kid on Christmas morning ,can't wait and Huge THANKS again Brickset
    KungFuKennygratefulnatsnowhitie
  • adiemcadiemc UKMember Posts: 536
    Almost too late but I'm in.  Thanks to @kiki180703 for the reminder!
    KungFuKennyGothamConstructionCosnowhitiekiki180703
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,422
    With a very sad heart, I made the decision not to participate this year. This has nothing to do with the event and is due to a lot of life uncertainties at the present time. I hope to live vicariously through everyone over the coming weeks and can't wait to see the excellent gifts unwrapped! 

    Already looking forward to 2022 when I get back into the swing of things!
    Redbullgivesuwindpanchox1
  • Brickfan50Brickfan50 Zwolle, NetherlandsMember Posts: 381
    @Switchfoot55 Hopefully it will all be sorted out for you soon. Best wishes!
    Switchfoot55KungFuKennysnowhitiegratefulnatkiki180703
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Somewhere between Ice Station Odyssey and FabulandMember Posts: 2,207
    edited November 4
    I was off today and was able to complete the European draw.  I just need a few more days to sort logistics and then I'll be sending out assignments...excitement is mounting! :-)
    stluxgratefulnatLASEsnowhitieGothamConstructionCoevantylerVgangkiki180703
  • red237red237 Member Posts: 302
    edited November 5
    With a very sad heart, I made the decision not to participate this year. This has nothing to do with the event and is due to a lot of life uncertainties at the present time. I hope to live vicariously through everyone over the coming weeks and can't wait to see the excellent gifts unwrapped! 

    Already looking forward to 2022 when I get back into the swing of things!
    So sorry to hear this….I hope everything turns out ok for you and your family.

    KungFuKennyMaffyDSwitchfoot55snowhitiekiki180703
  • jmeninnojmeninno The Batcave (MA)Member Posts: 946
    The anticipation!
    KungFuKennykiki180703
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,057
    Great pic @KungFuKenny!
    KungFuKenny
  • gratefulnatgratefulnat SwitzerlandMember Posts: 356
    My morning coffee has been most enjoyable due to the first bit of sleuthing through someone's owned/wanted lists.
    KungFuKenny560HeliportVgangsnowhitieSeijiAmasawa
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