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Secret Santa 2023 Official Discussion Thread


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 Who is ready for the GottaDeal exchanges?

If you’ve played before, you know the deal. If you have not participated, please consider joining us. We have a lot of fun!

All you need to do to get in on the fun is fill out the questionnaire below and PM it to me by November 5.

 

 
You know there must be rules, so here they are (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 Santa does not.

2. Ornament Exchange is also just like it sounds - an exchange of ornaments! There's a MINIMUM of $5 
before shipping.

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 $33.00 for postage. (The current cost for a first-class stamp as of the time of this posting is 66 cents).

4. Tracking (aka delivery confirmation) is a MUST. Please PM me the tracking number and how it is being shipped (USPS, UPS, etc.) 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. 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 Sunday November 5.  I will be out of town that weekend, but should be able to get names out Monday, 11/6..

 
9. 
The last day to ship is Monday, December 11. This is a little later than normal, but barring any unforeseen issues (looking at YOU , 2020) I think we will be fine. There are always a few that can't hit the earlier deadline, so I'm hoping this helps. If for some reason you cannot ship by this date, please 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 be a member with some posting activity, to participate. This helps to make sure that only dedicated GottaDealers are participating and we have less of a chance of people flaking out.

 

12. If you participate in the SS/OE, please post when you receive your package even if you are waiting until later to open.  THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. I'm begging NOW.

 

13. Any decisions made by the exchange host are final. Each case or question will be given fair treatment and consideration.

 

14. The most important rule of all - HAVE FUN!

 

 

Please include in your PM:
1. Your forum username, your name and address

2. Your email address, in case I need to contact you and can’t reach you through PM (I don’t include your email address with the information to your SS)
3. The exchanges you would like to take part in (Secret Santa, Ornament and/or Card)
4. The answers to the questions below if you are going to participate in Secret Santa/Ornament exchange

 

 

*Are you male or female?

*What is your t-shirt size?
*Are you married?
*Kids? If so, gender and age
*Pets?
*Allergies, diabetes, etc that your SS may need to know?
*Would you accept homemade food (such as cookies)?
*Any absolute dislikes?

*Anything you really don’t want any more of (i.e. coffee cups, knick knacks, etc)?
*Favorite Crafts or Hobbies?

*What do you do for a living?

*What is something you like to do with your family?
*Do you collect anything?
*Favorite Fast Food Establishment?
*Favorite Candy/Sweet/Finger Food?
*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 type of music? 

*Who is your favorite musical artist?
*What's your favorite movie?
*What's your favorite holiday movie?
*What kind of books do you like to read?

*Do you have a favorite author? Who?
*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?

*Would you prefer your gifts wrapped, or no?

*If you had $20 to shop for yourself at Target or Walmart, what would you likely look for?

*Is this the only/primary gift you will be opening this year (that you didn't buy yourself. You know who you are. 🙂)?
*What else would you like your Secret Santa to know?

 

 

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.

 

Speaking of not receiving anything, hopefully everything goes as planned and no elves are needed, but please let me know if you are willing to step up in case someone does not receive their SS/OE package.   

 

Secret Santa (21) 🎅

Bopeep

ilikefree

tracy0504

sunni0913

msyves

StevieRocks

gatorburg

wittenlover

nikkilugi

carheel

ytmomof4

HanShotFirst

Coastiwife

jstluvem

KASH

Reinholt1

Reinholt1sMom

Pepper_Mint_Tea

BFAddict716

JesusLuvU

Hubbalance

 

Ornament Exchange (10)🎄

Bopeep

Sunni0913

msyves

StevieRocks

nikkilugi

ytmomof4

jstluvem

Pepper_Mint_Tea

BFAddict716

JesusLuvU

 

Cards (9):mail:

tracy0504

Sunni0913

msyves

stevierocks

carheel

jstluvem

Reinholt1sMom

BFAddict716

Hubbalance

 

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Hello all! Good to see everyone again! Been lurking. But I guess I better post. LOL! Been super busy the last 3 weeks. But count mom and I in again for the gift exchange and the Christmas card exchange.  ( Although honestly .....Mom still has last year's Christmas cards still up!   I don't know if we need new ones for this year!  She really loves those cards! And doesn't want me to take them down! )   I will get our info uploaded soon.

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BoPeep.....I know we talked about this the past couple of years..... But can we add the question: "Is this The only Christmas gift you will be opening this year?".   Or something along those lines. I know for a few people on this gift exchange this is really the only Christmas present that they will open on Christmas. It's nice to know....in case you want to make it nice/special. ...like making sure that the gift(s) are wrapped etc.  

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55 minutes ago, Reinholt1 said:

BoPeep.....I know we talked about this the past couple of years..... But can we add the question: "Is this The only Christmas gift you will be opening this year?".   Or something along those lines. I know for a few people on this gift exchange this is really the only Christmas present that they will open on Christmas. It's nice to know....in case you want to make it nice/special. ...like making sure that the gift(s) are wrapped etc.  

I've added the question.

 

If anyone that has already submitted their info wants to, you can answer that question and re-send.

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Less than 1 week to get your info in

 

We're missing a few regulars. I hope all is well with them. I understand if they need to opt out this year though, things are kind of tough right now.

 

I hope all that can play, will. And I hope all that want to play, can.  If there's anything I can do to make it easier, please reach out!

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