SECRET SANTA 2012!!
So since it worked out so well when @someone created this tread last year at least for me ^_^ , I thought we should do it again this year! Most of the info in the OP was acquired from @someone's thread since the rules and info needed are generally the same.
What is it? Simply put, it’s a gift exchange, except instead of all of us meeting up at some part of the world (which we could all totally do), we mail each other gifts!
How does it work? For those that don’t know how it works, it’s simple (I think). You will be randomly given a name/info of person that also signed up, and you send them a gift. Said person will also be sending a gift to another person, and so on, so if there were 25 participants, it will go A->B->C->…->X->Y->A, with everyone between A and Y being randomized. In short, no two people will be exchanging between one another. Sounds good? Well it works, so whatever.
But I don’t celebrate Christmas, will this be an issue? This is being run by an atheist, but you don’t see me not joining.
Sounds good! How do I sign up? Read the rules below!
PM me your name, address, and an email which you want to be contacted with to get your match. The cut off time for signups will be on November 18, 2012, whatever time I get up and remember to do it.
Once this day passes, I will throw all the names into a randomizer aka a hat, and emails will be sent out with relevant info from me like a boss.
The fun part. You’ll have until December 18, 2012 at the very latest to buy/make a present and ship it out. (PM me when you do, by the way, I’ll keep a tab of it.) What goes in it? Well, whatever you think should go in a present!
Budget should be roughly >= £10 ($15 or €12.49) (would say £20, but we’re all broke and shipping can be a pain), but handmade/drawn stuff is awesome too, if not encouraged if you’re able to do it (which I know for a fact many of you can do, unlike me :V).
Don’t tell others who your secret Santa is, nor ask others who they got. Unlike the military, this won’t be repealed because of accusations of discrimination.
The Don’ts: Don’t be a leech by just receiving a gift, and not sending a gift out. Don’t be a jerk and send something really crappy either. Both situations are equally not cool. I don’t want this to happening to anyone on the receiving end:
Things to bear in mind during shipping (Sending gifts though the mail, not the other kind of shipping)
Keep in mind of two major things when sending your gift out: Shipping times and any other inconveniences. While shipping to somewhere across the country is quick and takes only about a week or so, shipping to places like Brazil isn't.
As for said inconveniences, be aware of what items you can/cannot ship out to, some countries are paranoid like that, depending on the circumstances (example: sending things to Italy is a nightmare if you're from the US, but not so much if you're in Europe thanks to the EU agreements and whatnot). There’s also the huge influx of mail being thrown around at Christmas time and any unforeseen circumstances like the mail service going on strike (yes, this has happened before where I live), so send your gift out accordingly; this is why there’s a month timeframe.