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Old 11-17-2019, 05:34 PM
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2019 Secret Santa Exchange (express lane version)


Alright folks, let's do this thing! We'll have to hurry, though, since we're getting a late start this year.

Here are the details, copied shamelessly from Silvorange's instructions last year:

1) PM me. Please put your username in the subject line. In the message, include your real name, your shipping address, and whether you are willing to ship internationally.

2) Post in this thread with some ideas for people - favorite things, colors, stuff you are allergic to, etc. You might want to mention whether you are ok with getting homemade food items.

3) Plan to spend $10 or so, not including postage. If you want to go over, feel free, but remember that it is not expected. Please pack carefully, include your name and username, and send promptly for delivery before Christmas if possible.

4) Post again to the thread when you have sent a package and when you have received one.

I will be keeping a running list of participants in this thread. If you have posted here and sent me a PM and your name somehow does not make it onto the list, let me know! Same with any other mistakes, like if I give you the same person as last year or send you your own address.

***DEADLINE TO SIGN UP will be MIDNIGHT of THANKSGIVING DAY THUR. NOV 28th *** to give everyone a change to take advantage of the Cyber Monday sales.

I will try to get assignments out sometime early morning on Black Friday and yes, this is cutting things close. LOL last year's deadline was Saturday, November 17 (the weekend before US Thanksgiving) which is ... today!!

Look, if it's a bad idea to let y'all procrastinate that long, and want the deadline/name assignments sooner, speak now or forever hold thy peace.

I cleared out my message inbox here JUST FOR YOU so hopefully nobody will have issues sending me their info.

Okaaaaayyyyyyy ... GO!!!
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:51 AM
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I'm sooooo in. I love doing this so much that I took it to a group I run of people that never celebrated Christmas most of their lives. So this idea lives in other forms as well and people love it.

As for me personally, I am still only a few years in on celebrating the holiday. I'm a shunned ex-Jehovah's Witness and as such I have a tree that has a lot of generic ornaments on it but not many with meaning. Last year in my own exchange I received a really cool ornament from the state of Arizona that is the state outline made really nicely. So if I had a specific ask it would be for an ornament from wherever you live, something representative of it, and something non-religious as I have a bad history with that aspect of life. My wife and I try to pick up an ornament of places we travel to but we don't get to travel much. I'll always remember the person that sent me the Arizona ornament when putting it on the tree.

Aside from ornaments I generally like things from places people live that I might not have. I also love sports so things representing various teams are cool. I can't do food items because I just have too many issues with food due to lactose issues, texture issues, etc.

Looking forward to another Secret Santa exchange on the SDMB! Props to purplehorseshoe for becoming our acting Santa facilitator.
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Old 11-18-2019, 09:39 AM
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Yaaaaay Secret Santa time!! I love the one from last year. Wrapping the presents I sent was just as much fun as unwrapping the ones I received!

I like arts and crafts of all kinds. Stationery, embroidery, quilling, painting, calendars, scrapbooking...
I enjoy decaffeinated tea
Any foods are cool - except mushrooms and whipped cream lol
I'm a gardener, and I love the outdoors
Animals I like are octopus, jellyfish, turtles, bats, dragonflies
The only thing that I could put on a NO list, is religious things, and I have a nickel metal allergy.

Feel free to be as weird and quirky as you want or go straight basic lol. All of this is just fun!
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Old 11-18-2019, 09:52 AM
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PHS, thank you for taking up the mantle! I just logged in to to see if Silvorange had replied to me yet. I'm in! Home baked is great, coffee and its accoutrements are always appreciated, I like almost all colours although pastels are kind of meh. I also garden, play guitar, and love things automotive so anything along those lines is great as well was anything your area is famous/infamous for.
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Old 11-18-2019, 12:55 PM
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Oh, whew. Thank gawd. I did that thing where you start a thread, pretend you totally don't care if anyone replies for all of a minute, then obsessively check if anyone posted. (Like a cat that's pretending to ignore you.) Anyway, I had exactly one single P.M. all night and thought, "This is gonna be a helluva sad gift exchange."

Okay, at least we have a bare minimum. Quorum achieved! Let's hope the weekday crowd hops on - seems like weekends draw different traffic.
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Old 11-18-2019, 01:53 PM
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I'm totally in! Thank you for taking this on, purplehorseshoe. I'll get back with preferences, etc. Just want to get the PM off to you.
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Old 11-18-2019, 02:12 PM
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PM’d you!

I’m not allergic to anything food-wise, love chocolate and fudge, homemade is great. I knit, sew, do beadwork and make my own flame worked beads and jewelry. I am owned by two Maine Coon cats, tolerated by a large black lab (who worships my husband) and am trying (unsuccessfully) to retire.

Oh yeah - always interested in what a country/state/province/city is known for!
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Old 11-18-2019, 03:34 PM
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PM'd you (twice, I think, cuz something weird happened the first time and then I realized I hadn't put my username in the subject line.)

Thank you, purplehorseshoe, for taking this on! The Secret Santa Exchange is one of the highlights of the year!

I like cats, biking, hiking, and kayaking. I'm an artsy-fartsy type, so homemade and/or local are both awesome! I love jewelry, especially unusual stuff. Colors -- purple, blue, turquoise; actually, just about anything other than pastel. I have pierced ears (and am blessed with no metal sensitivity!). I love funky socks. I'm not allergic to anything. I'm a drinker of dark roast coffee.

Can't wait to get my Santee and start shopping!
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Okay, so everyone is good with the Thanksgiving Day deadline for this year's exchange? Not too horribly late?

swampspruce I don't suppose Silvorange replied? (I'm not trying to abdicate ... but I don't want to step on anyone's toes or something. Just wonderin' is all.)
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:26 PM
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I wonder if you can get a mod to temporarily sticky this in the spirit of holiday cheer, etc. Otherwise it will just keep migrating down the page and people may not see it.
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:38 PM
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The Dope Secret Santa is one of my favorite holiday traditions! I don't post much, but lurk a lot, hope it's okay to participate.

Love -- local favorites, handmade items, arts and crafts style things, retro pins and brooches, tea, chocolate, puzzles, knitting, pottery. I have 4, possibly 5 cats, please don't send me another. No allergies, but heavily scented items give me a headache.

Happy Holidays everyone!
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Old 11-18-2019, 09:50 PM
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Yay! This is my favorite thing!

I'd love items local to your area, especially handmade. I'm into knitting, pit bulls, tea, coffee, Nightmare Before Christmas, Die Hard and gardening. Favorite colors are deep jewel tones. If you send treats, nothing with mushrooms or coconut, please.
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Old 11-18-2019, 10:29 PM
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... I have 4, possibly 5 cats...
Okay, I hafta ask... is that "possibly 5" or "possibly cats"?


My likes: Earrings (pierced), cookbooks (especially those regional plastic/spiral-bound, church/club ones), homemade food/candy is great (but NO cilantro), tea/coffee and the accoutrements thereof, scarves (autumn colors & jewel tones), kitchen gadgets & tools... mostly I just like PREZZIES!
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Old 11-19-2019, 03:35 AM
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PM'd! I love wildflowers (just finished my first summer with my own garden!); pierced earrings; socks; stationery/notecards/stickers/stamps; all food, homemade and otherwise; magnets; keychains; all fragrances; cool stuff local to you.

Purplehorseshoe, thanks for putting this together! I look forward to it all year.
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Old 11-19-2019, 10:09 AM
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Okay, so everyone is good with the Thanksgiving Day deadline for this year's exchange? Not too horribly late?

swampspruce I don't suppose Silvorange replied? (I'm not trying to abdicate ... but I don't want to step on anyone's toes or something. Just wonderin' is all.)
No , I haven't. I'm sure I will at some point though.
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Old 11-19-2019, 11:14 AM
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Ooh, ooh! I'm in!

I'm vegetarian (pretty strict, I don't eat gelatine, but dairy and eggs is fine), otherwise unfussy.

I'm interested in local things- I've not been to North America, so pretty much anything will be new to me. I like animals, gardening and weird stuff. Green, purple, brown are all good, but I like pretty much any colour but baby pink. I do have a nickel allergy and don't have pierced ears.



Practical notes if you're posting the UK: straight up international post, is probably best. Royal Mail actually get parcels to me- the courier companies a) can't find my post box and b) have crazy policies like if you're away for a few days so miss delivery, don't get the note and don't contact them, they won't hold it, they'll sent it back to the depot, (25 miles away) then destroy the parcel if you haven't collected it after a week (no kidding!).
Do remember to check posting regs as well- you're not allowed to send booze, for example, or customs will drink it and confiscate the lot.

If it gets here late, that's totally fine- it's actually really nice having a last parcel to look forward to when I get back from visiting family, so please don't bust a gut or pay a fortune to get it here on time.
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Old 11-19-2019, 11:16 AM
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... I have 4, possibly 5 cats...
Okay, I hafta ask... is that "possibly 5" or "possibly cats"?
We officially have 4 cats, though one is named Five. The unofficial cat, the "possibly" ours cat, is the local stray that we feed, take to the vet, and basically lives on our deck. If it wouldn't cause complete pandemonium, she might become an official indoor cat, but things aren't looking good for her being accepted by our "offical" cats.
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Old 11-19-2019, 11:25 AM
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We officially have 4 cats, though one is named Five. The unofficial cat, the "possibly" ours cat, is the local stray that we feed, take to the vet, and basically lives on our deck. If it wouldn't cause complete pandemonium, she might become an official indoor cat, but things aren't looking good for her being accepted by our "offical" cats.
Ah, I understand completely. I have had those, too.

If it had been "possibly cats," I was going to ask for pictures of the mystery animal and let Dopers help you identify it. (J/K)
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Old 11-19-2019, 04:41 PM
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I'm in. As usual. I love doing this.
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Old 11-19-2019, 04:54 PM
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So, what I want for Christmas, that you might actually be able to deliver? Well, I'm a bit of a foodie and love local treats. I'm partial to bright colors (no wool), dark chocolate, science fiction, sportscar racing, cats, puzzles, and I love a good laugh. Puns, puzzles, and wearable art are all good. No vegamite, please.
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...No vegamite, please.
Dang. Cancels order.
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Old 11-20-2019, 11:22 AM
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So far I've received 12 name/address messages. I'm posting on my phone at the moment, but will gather them all via computer to list the names here, hopefully later today, so y'all can check that nobody got missed.

A dozen dopers! Not too shabby. (Last-minute stuff is becoming a specialty of mine, sad to say.) Anyone else out there wanna play?

Weird, I'll be picking out my own Santa this year ...
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Old 11-20-2019, 01:38 PM
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Okay, folks, I've received addresses from the following Dopers:

Nayna
justanothermike
swampspruce
ThelmaLou
Das Glasperlenspiel
rocking chair
freckafree
slightly askew
Rhiannon8404
BludgeonMeSoftly
Filbert
Carnut

If you sent me a mssg. but aren't listed here, please re-send!
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Old 11-21-2019, 12:41 PM
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Old 11-23-2019, 06:13 AM
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Anaglyph, you need to message Purplehorseshoe, as per instructions in the OP, if you haven't already.

Also, please write a bit about what sorta thing you'd like and let people know about allergies and whatnot, to help make sure you get something you'll find interesting and won't accidentally kill you.
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Old 11-23-2019, 06:49 AM
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PM sent! I haven't done this one in years, so excited to partake again!

My weird likes are dogs (don't have one currently), dinosaurs, Rocky Balboa, and running. No allergies, but do not like anything coconut or raspberry flavored. I always appreciate something local from where other live - I got a Montreal mug from a previous Dope exchange and it's one of my favorites I'm not really picky about anything, so whoever gets my name can feel free to be creative and I promise I'll love it!
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Raising hand and waving madly "I'm in, I'm in"

I'd like something from the Santa's home area -- dish towels are something I can always us. I have pierced ears, I enjoy the colors green and purple. I drink tea and am allergic to coffee. I wear a woman's size large in a top. I read science fiction and romances and self help books. Please please please nothing political - I'm trying to ignore politics for the next 12 months to keep my sanity. Thanks bunches!

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Old 11-24-2019, 04:02 PM
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Current list of participants as of this afternoon:

Nayna
justanothermike
swampspruce
ThelmaLou
Das Glasperlenspiel
rocking chair
freckafree
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Rhiannon8404
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Filbert
Carnut
Anaglyph
hocow
Reepicheep
purplehorseshoe

I *did* receive a P.M. from Anaglyph with mailing details, so we're all good there. In fact, the "participant" list is drawn from the spreadsheet of mailing addresses in my PMs ... not from posts here in this thread. Easier to copy pasta. Yes, I did add my own damn self to my own list. Because I would totally forget to include myself, and then feel stupid and sad and far too embarrassed to do anything about it.

I figured anyone who doesn't eventually give us some kind of like/dislike hints in the thread is either 1.) up for whatevs, or 2.) gets what's comin' to them.

Anyone else, from the Weekend Crowd, wanna hop onto this train? I know the holidays have people traveling and whatnot, so usual schedules and habits are a bit tossed around, but I was hoping some less-frequent lurkers might be using the Dope to avoid family/shopping obligations. Not that I would EVER do such a thing.
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Old 11-24-2019, 05:23 PM
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... or 2.) gets what's comin' to them.
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I've been looking for this thread for weeks and I'm just NOW seeing it? No matter, I made the deadline and I'm in!

T-shirt size is a M, Sweatshirt is a L (for comfy purposes). Actually, despite living in Florida, I'm CONSTANTLY cold so a local sweatshirt wouldn't be a terrible idea....local sports teams work as well as long as it's not the Bears or Vikings. Also I like crew sweatshirts more than hoodies. Also like visors more than hats, cooler material more than cotton and I go through sunglasses like water.

Not a big lover or hater of any specific colors, so go crazy there.

For foody bits, I have more of a sweet tooth than anything. I'm not a fan of coffee or tea, but chocolate and candy are great.

Hobbies -- Mrs. Cups and I are big runners and we love going to the theme parks in town. If you have something that'd keep us cool or we can use in the heat...bring it on! I'm good with local bits like magnets or shotglasses or something in that vane. Really big into sports! If you have a local minor league hockey or baseball or soccer or something league then I'll happily sport it!

I love to read as well. My favorite types of books are murder mystery novels...the grislier the serial killer the better! That said, I've loved everything from YA books to sci-fi. Historical fiction is fun too like a book about knights or old royals.

I'm so excited!
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I like surprises actually, but I love dachshunds, Godzilla, and chocolate.. Strange shaped cookies cutters are good. Honestly though, if you have something you think would tickle my fancy, I'll take anything.
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I'm in! For the first time, IIRC.

I'm female. T-shirt size is medium. My ears are pierced. I love anything purple, or with a heart motif, or Peanuts themed. Caramels/toffee are always appreciated, but no nuts of any kind. I collect stuffed animals, the kookier the better. I don't drink coffee. That's about all I can think of.
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I'm in! For the first time, IIRC.

I'm female. T-shirt size is medium. My ears are pierced. I love anything purple, or with a heart motif, or Peanuts themed. Caramels/toffee are always appreciated, but no nuts of any kind. I collect stuffed animals, the kookier the better. I don't drink coffee. That's about all I can think of.
Welcome to the exchange. It's so much fun!
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Old 11-24-2019, 07:23 PM
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I've been looking for this thread for weeks and I'm just NOW seeing it? No matter, I made the deadline and I'm in!...
Note that this thread started on Nov 17, only a week ago.

I'm glad more people are piling on now! This is fun!
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Old 11-25-2019, 04:20 AM
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Awww, I'm tellin' ya, it warms the cockles of my heart every time I see there's another P.M. waiting for me.

Now my cockles are burning!
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Old 11-25-2019, 09:49 AM
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Old 11-25-2019, 09:52 AM
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Old 11-25-2019, 10:55 AM
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So I'm in again this year. Don't think I've done it in a couple of years, but I'll find something good for my victim, I mean recipient.
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Old 11-25-2019, 08:17 PM
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Adding a few more names, we now have the following participating:

Nayna
justanothermike
swampspruce
ThelmaLou
Das Glasperlenspiel
rocking chair
freckafree
slightly askew
Rhiannon8404
BludgeonMeSoftly
Filbert
Carnut
Anaglyph
hocow
Reepicheep
purplehorseshoe
Sir T-Cups
Baker
Rilchiam
Edward The Head

This is the LAST FEW DAYS TO SIGN UP deadline will be midnight(ish) on Thanksgiving Day, this Thursday, November 28th. I may try to get the assignments out that night, so that you crazy Black Friday shoppers have your name in hand on Friday morning.

But really, are you gonna send your Santa giftee a television or something?

(If so .. lemme know!)
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Old 11-26-2019, 06:35 AM
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Anaglyph, you need to message Purplehorseshoe, as per instructions in the OP, if you haven't already.

Also, please write a bit about what sorta thing you'd like and let people know about allergies and whatnot, to help make sure you get something you'll find interesting and won't accidentally kill you.
No allergies, so you have to make a conscious effort if you want to kill me! I like geeky stuff, reading (second hand paperbacks), crafts ideas, cooking, but I also like to get the unexpected surprise. Shipping to Switzerland can be quite expensive, so you may want to watch the weight of your parcel!
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Old 11-26-2019, 10:31 AM
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I like music, cats, crafts, art, animals, and nature. As for food, I have a very limited diet, but if the food is gluten-free milk chocolate without nuts, I should be okay.
(No chocolate with caramel in it, please - I like it, but it seems to always get melted in the mail in my experience.)

Thanks for organizing this!

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Thanks, EmilyG, glad you can hop on board, too!

Almost two dozen participants. C'mon, who else wants to play?
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Old 11-28-2019, 06:27 AM
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LAST DAY TO JOIN, PEOPLE! I repeat, this is your last chance to hop on board the Secret Santa train!

I will be sending names and addresses late tonight. That can be my Black Friday midnight madness, I guess.

I am really looking forward to this. Thank you all for joining in the fun with me!
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Just noticed you've not posted any hints for yourself Horseshoe, though I guess you could just PM 'em directly
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Old 11-29-2019, 08:52 AM
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You okay purplehorseshoe? I haven't had an email yet, hope things are well with you.
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Guys, I am so sorry! I had the house all to myself, unexpectedly, for the 1st time in a long time. Among other things, I apparently needed to catch up on a buttload of sleep.

I'm blamin' the tryptophan.

Anyway, I'm getting the messages sent now (and running into the forum's timeout limit between each one grrrrrr) so I'll pop back once they're all out, to post my stuff & confirm that hopefully everyone should have theirs in the inbox.

Again, I do apologize, and I appreciate everyone's patience with me in the meantime.
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Old 11-29-2019, 02:54 PM
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Okay, everyone should have a name & mailing info in their inbox by now. If not, please post here or P.M. me to let me know!

Part of the delay was I tangled myself last night in trying to not match people with someone they'd been linked to on a past Santa, and that became ... well, let's just say there's more scattered data from various threads in past years than I could process. So I tried, but if you got matched with the same person as, I dunno, the very last year's exchange, lemme know and I'll see what I can do. (No promises, but I guess if it happens to a couple of you I could swap around.)

Okay, with that outta the way ... my stuff:

I'm about to move to a much colder climate, so I guess things like hats/mittens/gloves or those little handwarmer dealies** would be helpful.
I love animals of all kinds (and currently have a cat, two snakes, a betta fish, and some African soft-furred rats) so anything related to critters is good.
I also love gardening, and plants/botany in general.
No allergies, but do not like mushrooms. Big fan of dark chocolate, but I'm not a total snob.
Tend towards cool colors like green, blue, and - don't be too shocked now - purple. Grey and black are fantastic, too. Please don't make me wear hot pink, though.

If you make stuff with your hands (crafts like woodworking, painting, knitting, beading etc.) those are always a treasure. If not .. I do!
Hopefully that's a starting point.

One last apology for keeping everyone waiting today, and ... have fun! Happy holidays, y'all.

** what the hell are they actually called? The little packets that you mush up to activate, then insert into your sock or mitten?
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Old 12-01-2019, 06:47 PM
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Got my person. Thank you Purplehorseshoes!

I also want to send a goodwill wish for Silvorange, where'ere she may be and thank her for this tradition!
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Old 12-02-2019, 08:53 AM
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I have mine bought, just need to wrap it and send it out this week. It should keep someone warm this winter.

I'm not real picky about things. Something local would be cool. I'm also in to cemeteries, but I don't want a plot!
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Old 12-02-2019, 09:25 AM
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...I'm also in to cemeteries, but I don't want a plot!
Drat! <Cancels order>


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