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#1 pogiporkchop  OFFLINE  

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Posted Sep 21, 2015 - 9:16 pm

Chief Elf and the accounting firm of ShiShi, ShiShi and ShiShi are back... which means it's time for the holiday festivities to begin!  If you want to join in on the fun sign up is going to be a little different this year - sign ups will be accepted via PM only (to me, pogiporkchop) in order to keep everything more organized.  Use "Secret Santa 2015" in the subject line.

 

This is not an official GottaDeal.com event, so participate at your own risk.  GottaDeal can't be held responsible if you do not receive anything.  While I hope we won't be needing any please let me know if you are willing to be an elf in case someone does not receive their SS/OE package.

:holiday08

Please include in your PM:
1. Your forum username, your name and address
2. The exchanges you would like to take part in (Secret Santa, Ornament and/or Card)
3. The answers to the questions below if you are going to be in Secret Santa/Ornament exchange
4. Anything else you'd like your Secret Santa to know about you
5. Gift wrap preference (yes or no)

The Questions...

Are you male or female?
Are you married?
Do you have kids? If so, gender and age
Do you have pets?
Are you allergic to anything?
Would you accept homemade food (such as cookies)?
Any absolute dislikes?
Do you have any hobbies?
Do you collect anything?
Favorite Fast Food Establishment?
Do you have a favorite candy?
What is your favorite drink?
What is your favorite color?
Do you like lotions? If so what kinds?
Do you like scented candles? What scent?
Any favorite sports teams or Nascar drivers?
What’s your favorite flower?
What's your favorite music/artist?
What's your favorite movie?
What's your favorite holiday movie?
What's your favorite author?
What's your favorite thing to do during your ‘me time’?
What is your favorite winter activity?
Something that you wouldn’t buy yourself but have always wanted?
Anything else?

The Rules (please read before signing up):
1. Secret Santa is just like it sounds - a secret exchange of gifts! There's a MINIMUM of $10 before shipping. If you choose to spend more, please don't be disappointed if your partner doesn't.

2. Ornament Exchange is also just like it sounds - an exchange of ornaments! There's a MINIMUM of $5 before shipping. If you choose to spend more, please don't be disappointed if your partner doesn't.

3. Card Exchange is also as it sounds - an exchange of holiday greeting cards. Unlike the other two, however, you send (a card) to everyone who signs up and you get (a card) from everyone who signs up! If you have a favorite holiday recipe feel free to include it with the cards you send out. There is no minimum or delivery confirmation but please understand that you send a card to everyone on the list so if 50 people join the exchange you will be spending $24.50 for postage. (The current cost for a first class stamp as of the time of this posting is 49 cents).

4. Tracking (aka delivery confirmation) is a MUST. Please PM me the tracking number and how it is being shipped (USPS or UPS) so I can keep track of everything. If you send via USPS Priority it should be included at no charge, but it is always best to check for yourself.

5. Insurance from the USPS is also a MUST. Check with the post office nearest you for the cost.

6. Make sure your item(s) is/are properly packed and with plenty of padding.

7. No junk. Everything must be new/unused within reason. Used books, CDs, and DVDs are okay as long as they are in a like new condition that you would be okay with receiving.

8. The last day to sign up is Saturday, October 31st (you have until midnight ET).  I should have names out by Wednesday, November 4th.  Registration is now closed.

9. The last day to ship is Thursday, December 10th. If for some reason you cannot ship by this date you must let me know ASAP and then ship priority.

10. If you are participating in the Card Exchange please feel free to mail them any time but make sure to keep holiday mail delivery times in mind.

11. You must have been a member since May 1, with some posting activity, in order to participate. This helps to make sure that only dedicated GottaDealers are participating and we have less of a chance of people flaking out. Also, if you have flaked on any of the 2014 events or the 2015 summer event, you will not be allowed to participate.

12. Any decisions made by the exchange host are final. Each case or question will be given fair treatment and consideration; if you plead a case or ask a question and don't get a reply you like please don't complain.

 

One last note:  Please be patient if I can't get things done right away, but be assured I'm keeping track of everything.  I have been dealing with a lot of changes since the end of last year's exchange and it has not been easy.  I am now working full time and have had overtime every pay period since the move from PT to FT.  Hosting this is a job I take seriously, but it is fun and I enjoy doing it!  If you have any questions at all please ask me.

Remember, this is all about having fun. Now ready, set.... GO! :D

 

 

Secret Santa (33)

ytmomof4

Racerfan

Bopeep

hockeyfanamo

queenkishaa

hillbillyswife

momlori

tyreejames

gatorburg

msyves

nafcmf

mgmckny

Illinoismom

Spice9195

stevierocks

jesusluvu

tracy0504

tinkrbel

ilikefree

princez916

Megara211

jendeere

Reinholt1

Reinholt1sMom

HanShotFirst

LainieB

Katyloveshockey

willandmel

Pepper_Mint_Tea

raven20_79

cassgurlie04

lilquiet

frugalnotcheap

 

Ornament Exchange (16)

Racerfan

Bopeep

hockeyfanamo

hillbillyswife

nafcmf

Mandy4Matt

mgmckny

jesusluvu

tracy0504

princez916

Megara211

Katyloveshockey

willandmel

lilquiet

BFAddict716

frugalnotcheap

 

Card Exchange (11)

hockeyfanamo

queenkishaa

msyves

stevierocks

twilightcalm

princez916

LainieB

Katyloveshockey

hillbillyswife

BFAddict716

frugalnotcheap


Edited by pogiporkchop, Nov 2, 2015 - 5:59 pm.


#2 ytmomof4  OFFLINE  

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Posted Sep 22, 2015 - 2:10 am

Yay!I look forward to this every year.I will get you my info later today or tomorrow!!!!

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Posted Sep 22, 2015 - 3:20 am

Woot woot!!!

#4 queenkishaa  OFFLINE  

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Posted Sep 22, 2015 - 5:02 am

Great, I am so ready for the Holidays.

#5 tyreejames  OFFLINE  

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Posted Sep 22, 2015 - 5:59 am

I was waiting for this post!! I've enjoyed SS so much these last 2 years. Count me in🎁🎁🎄🎄

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Posted Sep 22, 2015 - 7:32 am

I love SS



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Posted Sep 22, 2015 - 9:11 am

I'M SO EXCITED!!! I've been waiting on this. 

 

Thank you pogiporkchop!



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Posted Sep 22, 2015 - 9:22 am

Thank you Pogiporkchop!!



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Posted Sep 22, 2015 - 11:55 am

Info sent.  Can't wait to get my names and  start shopping!

:holiday08  


Edited by Bopeep, Sep 22, 2015 - 11:56 am.


#10 kate2525  OFFLINE  

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Posted Sep 22, 2015 - 4:44 pm

Perfect

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Posted Sep 22, 2015 - 5:44 pm

Sent! Let the games begin!

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Posted Sep 22, 2015 - 6:52 pm

All of it sounds exciting. . .I'll have to pick which one I want to do, probably the ornament exchange.

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Posted Sep 23, 2015 - 8:19 pm

First update has been made! 

 

 

Sent! Let the games begin!

 

I got two views within 30 seconds of opening this year's thread... has to be a record.



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Posted Sep 24, 2015 - 3:51 am

Sent my info :)

 

Thanks pogiporkchop!!



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Posted Sep 24, 2015 - 2:48 pm

sent info hope it is right lol



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Posted Sep 24, 2015 - 3:07 pm

I have been reading this forum for a few christmas' in a row. However, i just joined to post, would i have to wait until next year to participate in the christmas cards?

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Posted Sep 25, 2015 - 5:53 am

I'm ready!!!!



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Posted Sep 25, 2015 - 9:56 am

I have been reading this forum for a few christmas' in a row. However, i just joined to post, would i have to wait until next year to participate in the christmas cards?

I can't answer your question, that'll be up to Pogiporkchop. I just wanted to say "WELCOME to the forums!". :)



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Posted Sep 25, 2015 - 9:06 pm

I have been reading this forum for a few christmas' in a row. However, i just joined to post, would i have to wait until next year to participate in the christmas cards?

Not if you do some more posting before Halloween.  If you are added to the list you'll have to send a card to everyone on the list... postage can add up quickly so I would suggest waiting til near the end of October before making a decision.  I'll give fair consideration to you, I promise, if you make a request to be added to the card list.

 

And welcome to the forums!  You'll find plenty to comment on here so the posts will add up quickly, lol.



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Posted Sep 25, 2015 - 9:12 pm

For those who might be wondering I don't know once again if I'll be taking part myself this year.  I'll just have to wait and see...



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Posted Sep 27, 2015 - 5:14 pm

I can't wait to start shopping!



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Posted Sep 27, 2015 - 6:44 pm

Yay... finally in the holiday forum!  :trampolin



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Posted Sep 28, 2015 - 3:56 pm

Wow this looks like fun.



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Posted Sep 28, 2015 - 4:50 pm

I've been kind of absentee the last year or so due to finances.  I'd like to get back in the swing now that things are finally looking up.  Let me know if that's okay.   :bunny:


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Posted Sep 29, 2015 - 3:18 am

The ornament exchange is one of my favorite things this time of year!


Stay at home Mommy to Matthew, Dallas, Nicholas, and Carter

 


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Posted Sep 30, 2015 - 5:01 am

I've been kind of absentee the last year or so due to finances.  I'd like to get back in the swing now that things are finally looking up.  Let me know if that's okay.   :bunny:

Of course it's OK!  There's nothing that says you have to take part every year.



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Posted Oct 6, 2015 - 7:15 pm

great job with the timing and all.i will have to use your post as a guide for summer time lengths...sent info



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Posted Oct 7, 2015 - 5:34 am

I gave it careful consideration and originally used prior exchanges as a guide. I think as you run an exchange more you get a feel of what's right for that particular one.  Doing a great job with the summer one, btw.



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Posted Oct 10, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Latest updates made.  Thank you to those who have offered extra help so far!



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Posted Oct 13, 2015 - 7:06 am

I really enjoyed this last year. I waited until Christmas to open my stuff and it was worth the wait. So happy to be apart of this again this year. Last year was my first time so this year I no how to stuff a box - LOL


Edited by jesusluvu, Oct 14, 2015 - 8:16 am.





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