Ho Ho Ho! It's time /toy/! Time for Secret Santa Registration!
It's simple, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with this info:
If you are willing to ship internationally (unfortunately if you're outside the US it will be required)
A wishlist with some ideas for your Santa (about 5 is a good starting point)
This year we will have a fixed minimum price point of $30, so you are welcome to spend more if you want, but put at least $30 worth of stuff in the box for your giftee. Remember, this is all about the giving! So sign up thinking about what you can give, not what you expect to get.
Registration will end November 8 at midnight, this will give me a few days to pair everyone up and for you Santas to have plenty of time to shop and ship your gifts out early enough to deal with the holiday shopping rush. Don't be late with your email, there will be no exceptions for late signups. Sorry, but I gotta draw a line somewhere.
OK, let's have some fun!
If something comes up financially between now and the last day of registration, will we have the chance to cancel?
I know it's kind of a long shot that within the next week and a half someone is gonna be so strapped for cash that they can't spare the thirty bucks, but still, it feels worth asking.
Thanks for stepping up to run it this year, OP. I was actually in pretty close contact with last year's Santa (helping out with sending gifts to anons that had to drop out) and was going to start organizing it myself until I saw your thread yesterday. Last year's went really well, at least for me and my recipients, so I hope we can have another successful go-round.
I saw this had been asked plenty in the last thread, but how many people ended up getting Grinched last year? I had told Santa to pass along the addresses and wishlists of anyone who did so I could gift them myself, and there was another anon who offered the same in those threads, but I never heard from him after Christmas.
I tried this shit one year, got some throwaway weeaboo garbage someone just threw in a zip lock bag, like a One Piece keychain advertising some kind of disposable razor, I shit you not.
The second year, I got scammed, got absolutely nothing for my trouble, which soured me on the whole thing.
And no, I'm not trying to passive-aggressively start shit or mug for pity gifts, just wanted to let you know there is really no honor among 4channers. Hell, I never even got anything I won from DashTTG back in the day. So roll the dice if you want, just don't expect much.
No, that's not how it works. I didn't just scrape together some garbage I had laying around the house and shove it in a bubble envelope. Both years I sent pretty decent stuff, and the fact that some selfish, greedy shitheads gamed the system doesn't satisfy me at all.
But I'm done whining about it. You buys your ticket, you takes your chances around here.
Just sent my info! I'm excited! It's my first year, I've wanted to do this for awhile.
At the end of the day, really, even if I don't get anything, I'll be happy if the person I sent the gift to can at least cherish it. Honestly I'm going into this expecting nothing in return. That's the point of giving, right?
I was planning to make an idiotic collage with stock images of the things I didn't buy for them in addition to some really mediocre drawings lol
I would treasure a drawing of a bone dragon in a santa hat anon
I don't want to be THAT guy cause I'm all for giving personal touches, but it's a $30 minimum this year. So please only participate if you are planning to at least put $30 worth of goods in your gifts. Even just a couple $10-15 figs and some hand-crafted stuff if you want to make something personal, would be fine.
Remember, this is a /toy/ SS. Emphasis on toy. A print out of a tumblr pic and a couple salt water taffies aren't really putting in enough to justify it as "giving", since you'll potentially be recieving a $30+ gift and another person gets a piece of paper. That's just being cheap and cheating the system. Sorry to ball bust here, but please don't participate if you can't afford the $30 minimum.
Which is awesome, but this dude is talking about sending drawings of whatever the fuck a bone dragon is and some pictures of toys. It's most likely bait, but I just want to remind people not to sign up if they don't actually plan on spending any money so they can get free figs.
A) The "Tumblr picture" post quoted in both of those is my only post from that conversation. There was no attempt on my part to manipulate readers into thinking pictures and candy by themselves made for an adequate gift, and I'm fairly certain the other two posters were conversing in earnest as well.
B) The "stockings" I described were in addition to the actual gifts. I had the toys mailed directly from sites but wanted to add a personal touch. Should've clarified this since I see now it looks like I sent them alone.
Whatever you say brus. I did mean a card in addition to something from the list but I don't think explaining it to you will fix your buttmad
We're here for you. We'll be your boy/toy/s
>Maybe you should google it instead of pretending to be retarded.
I'm not being a smart ass, I used one piece as an example because I know its popular but I don't know anything about it.
It just makes it easier to shop for people if you share common interests, and on average, people are going to be happier with their presents if they are bought by someone who has knowledge of the franchise rather than someone who had to google it and use their best judgement.
TL:DR I just want my SS to be as happy as possible with their present.
If you paired me with someone who wanted some kaiju shit I could blow their fucking minds, but if you paired me with someone who wanted some toku shit I'd just get whatever basic shit comes up first on amazon.
I think that on top of the honor system, there's better ways to hope you get something.
>Don't fill your wishlist with expensive crap or hint that you're a jew
>Have a diverse wishlist instead of items 1-5 being different editions of your waifu doll
>Attach nudes of your boypussi to your santa
Ok so let's try not to bash on people too hard, ok? Let's assume that, since it's Chriatmas, no one is going to be a giant faggot and grinch someone.
So I want to draw my SS a picture of a dragon made of bone wearing a santa hat. >>5249384 Is my picture, I will have no problem filling their box with $50+ worth of stuff because I want them to love it.
Everyone is just getting excited and there's nothing wrong with that. Get excited too instead of just being a downer please. I promise you will enjoy it just a little bit more.
Sorry TL;DR here's another haul pic.
Wasn't trying to be a downer. If you re-read that little back and forth, it really does sound like one or two people who we just going to put in zero effort and send people print outs.
This for example:
>I was planning to make an idiotic collage with stock images of the things I didn't buy for them in addition to some really mediocre drawings lol
I am glad that is not the case. Just wanted to clear it up before someone saw it and thought, "oh I guess I CAN just send nothing and wait for my free toys to show up".
I'll take one blown mind please...
I think I'd do ok if I got someone with interests way different than mine, but I can definitely see it being a problem. If someone wanted some waifu shit, I'd buy whatever is cute to me, or looks like a good figure, but It might be on that person's
But again, if anyone goes into this expecting the figure of their dreams, they'll be pretty dissapointed one way or the other.
I signed up, I'm so excited, I really want to get into this! In addition to whatever my partner is interested in, I also want to include some goodies, and we just got a poster maker at work, and I want to print a cool poster of their thing with this photo paper. If you're from a good distance from the border, I'm going to send you the most kickass Mexican candies there are!
I never join because I don't want to get grinched and feel sour about it especially since I'm a poorfag college kid.
But I always love seeing these threads and the anons sharing what they got with each other. It's pretty cool
I'll probably jump in on this. I watched from the outside last year, because I was too late and missed the signup, but Secret Santas are always fun.
I've done it on other forums, and never gotten burned, and got some fun stuff out of it.
There, we based it on the USPS flat-rate shipping boxes, so you could enter one of three tiers (Small, medium, or large box) and we just filed them with cool stuff.
It's up to your SS. Don't go into this with a shopping list. Tell them some stuff you'd like, maybe the lines you collect, and hope you get something. They may get you something(s) off your list, they may get you something random, they may not get you anything. So don't be surprised if you don't get what you hoped for.
I tried to be somewhat general about what I wanted. "Cute anime girls" was definitely on the list, so I think there's a lot of wiggle room there.
I definitely wouldn't go into it saying something like "Destroyah from Godzilla".
I replied to this earlier but my post must have gotten eaten
I see why my post was taken that way, I did word it pretty badly. I meant that I was going to buy 1 or 2 items from the list and incoperate the other items in the card but I didn't say it very well. I don't even care if I get grinched really, there aren't many things I want that I can't buy myself. I'm participating because I want to give someone a happy memory and a sweet gift.
I think you should try to avoid outright asking for anything.
My list consisted of particular lines from specific brands that have a whole slew of prices whoever's buying for me can choose from.
Takes the fun out of it if you tell someone exactly what you want, whether it's in the price range or not.
I'd prefer someone asked for a specific thing. That way I know exactly what to get them and I know they really want it. I asked for specific low end older figmas because they're cheap and I know that I won't necessarily like any old one. I'd rather get grinched than get something I don't like.
Yeah, it makes things slightly more complicated for me, but if you need to cancel before the signup deadline, shoot me an email and I'll take you off
No prob man, I had a lot of fun last year too so I thought this was my chance to step up and do something for the board
If someone included in their email that they were really into a particular toyline/franchise and wanted to gift someone who was into that, I would take that into consideration when pairing.
I set the deadline early to give people plenty of time to shop. Plus that's almost two weeks to sign up, which seems more than fine. With a Nov. 8 deadline, it lets people order stuff, have it shipped to them, and then wrap and repack it (if they want) and ship it out to their anon so it'll get there before Christmas. Just giving more time for shopping. I can always push the deadline back if we need for some reason.
I'd say use your second hand stuff to bolster a gift you bought. Like buy the $30 gift, then throw in those figures you don't want but your assignment would love
You can if you want. I don't for security purposes, so I just put a nickname or initials or something
Not everyone has stuff on display. A lot of people are in dorms or whatnot with minimal stuff.
I'd say the best thing is to just list a few kinds things you like and a few specific items too. Be open for surprises but give some hints too.
Shit man, girl in my class has the same thing going on.
Some guy posted pics of her with some shitty rapey text.
Her boyfriend at the time actually threatened the shit out of me when he found out I use 4chan.
Apologized a lot when he found out I didn't have internet at the time, so it was all good.
I don't know why everyone doesn't just buy themselves that $30 they are hoping for. No stress, no drama and everyone is happy. It's not quite as fun but who gives a crap. You got what you wanted rather than a box of stuff you didn't want.
The one upside is that the organiser this time seems to be doing a good job unlike last year's fiasco where I'm sure they just gave up and someone else took over, if I recall correctly.
yeah, I always feel kinda shitty going on this site, even though I'm not doing anything to harm anyone.. It's like, kinda liking a thing with a shitty fanbase, and you don't want to be associated with the shitiness of that fanbase.
I never tell anyone I go here. People would just think of me as a homophobic, sexist, racist, sociopathic, hacking boogeyman.
Not that I'm preaching shit on tumblr or twitter, I usually keep to myself mostly.
4chan just has the best setup for a forum I think. And I'd rather deal with a few assholes on a forum, rather than a buncha memers, or people shipping weird shit, and preaching and all that junk.
but yeah, /b/ should just go off and be it's own site. Not that that'd fix everything but it's a start.
Just list the top toylines you collect, some characters you like, and some shit you're interested in. I said Star Wars, Godzilla, Halo, Naruto and shit like that. Just enough to get a gist of what they think you might like.
Hey everyone, going through all your emails and responding to them and there are SO MANY PEOPLE THAT HAVE SIGNED UP like it's already over 30 people in just two days! This is gonna be awesome.
On a different note, to Ben in ME, my emails aren't getting through to you for some reason. don't know if it's something wrong on my end, but can you email me again with another email address? I can't sign you up unless I know my assignment will go through to you. Thanks man.
It was pretty exciting to get an email from you
Can't wait to find out who I'm giving a present to. Are we going to be matched up in pairs? Like the person I am giving presents to is also giving them to me?
Holy shit guys, I just got an email from Santa Claus. Like, I thought this was just some fun thing, but this is legit. The big man upstairs literally emailed me, I have proof, it says right on the bottom it's from Santa himself.
>mfw I just realized that postal rates for international parcels here are way expensive (starts at 20€)
>also, the tariff costs are just below $30
Okay, I could bypass the postal costs by using Amazon or something, but there's not really anything I can do about the tariff. [toyspoiler]Unless I can assume that Santa is willing to say it's a gift on the shipping label, and even then I would need the receipt, should it get stuck in the customs.[/toyspoiler]
I really have to think again if I really can do this. Good thing I didn't send the email yet.
>I kinda want to participate, but I'm afraid I'll get grinched
If you're that afraid of getting grinched, you shouldn't join. Not because I think your going to get grintched, but if it means that much to you, you're probably joining for the wrong reasons. I could tottaly see you being the type of person that includes the cost of shipping in the $30.
>30 dollar price point
>Yfw when op gives his name and address to everyone
wh. . .why'd you have to go and say something like that?!
Sorry everybody, I'm still working through the emails. I had to stop the other day to drive and visit a friend, but I'm back home now and can continue responding to you all!
You won't be paired up and exchanging with one person, it just doesn't seem very secure to me. Person A will gift person B who gifts person C and so on, so that the only person who has your info is the one who bought you a gift (and me of course).
I'm going through the rest of them today, and from then on will probably check and respond every day or every other day after that.
I'm sure it has, if you don't get a response by tomorrow send me another one.
I could do that, but everyone would eventually find out and would then have my address... plus I'm a nice guy! I just want to spread the happiness!
Alright, I've gone through all the emails in my inbox, so if you haven't gotten a response, send me another email so I can get you all signed up!
Thus far we have 42 people signed up from 6 different countries! Get excited!
Honestly it would be easier for me if you just sent me an email when you know for sure, that way I don't need to go and edit info and potentially goof up. But if you're worried you'll forget to sign up or something go ahead and shoot me an email. Just remember that whatever address I have at midnight Nov 8 is what will get sent to your Santa.
hnnnng can't wait to get my match! On another note, is anyone else looking forward to Santa Punichu's Lego Holiday Building Challenge? I'm starting to worry that I might not be able to enter if my semester doesn't finish up before the deadline (if he runs it this year) :(
I actually have an amazon list, I put in my e-mail that I wasn't expecting anything off it (And I really don't, it's mostly full of stuff I lost when I had to move last year, organized so that I can remember to re-purchase it at some point) But it gives a good idea what kind of stuff I like and what I don't have.
Honestly I would be pretty happy if someone sent me one or two of the Combiner Wars limbs I'm missing, those things have been a real pain in the ass to find in my area.
On the other hand I'm am in it this year for the gifting not the getting of gifts so I'll be really happy if my recipient is happy with their surprise.
I wanted to send some typical candies... But apparently I can't send food internationally
I'm not from the US and is on the list of forbidden things to send internationally in a private shipper company, and I don't want my S.S don't get his gift because someone in the aduana open it in search of drugs, eat the candy and stole the toys because I send it in the cheaper option
fff i forgot there's no spoilers im so stupid when i forget to sleep
Would it be ok to send an amazon wish list instead of my shipping address?
I really want to precipitate, but a random stranger on the internet having my address makes me kind of uncomfortable.
How does that work? Do they not show your address to the person buying you stuff?
ALSO, I think in some ways that defeats the point of SS since the wishlist is more of a suggestion of the things you enjoy rather than exact things you want. There is a chance that your SS may get you nothing from your list if you ask for specific things but rather related things they have access to.
>I really want to precipitate
By all means, don't let us get in your way.
>What am I looking at?
That is an example of precipitate. I think the word he was looking for was participate.
Quick question, when are we expected to ship things out? Just any time before Christmas?
Just sent mine in too, I hope I get matched with someone cute I can spoil.
It's just there to be a suggestion I guess. As for me I gave both specific and broad examples, it's up to Santa to decide how they want to take that.
Getting just what you want is nice, but it's exciting to see what someone can come up with too. But on the other hand, some people can be hard to get gifts for so it can be nice to know exactly what they want.
My only concern doing that would be getting something that the person already has. And there is a chance of getting too far away from their likes.
For example, I put Little Armory kits on mine, so someone like you might assume I like model kits and get me some really cool Gundam kits to try and surprise me. Unfortunately, I generally don't like model kits and only love LA stuff because I love guns. Or I also put Strike Witches Figmas or AGP on my list. You might go a step further and toss in some Nendoroids, but I specifically left them off because I have all of them.
>Or I also put Strike Witches Figmas or AGP on my list. You might go a step further and toss in some Nendoroids, but I specifically left them off because I have all of them.
Hope I don't get you then I was gonna throw a Shirley Nendo in as a bonus for whoever I got.
I think thatd only be appropiate if your assignment says theyd like a game on steam.
Im not the one who makes the rules, but thatd be kinda a bummer to get something that i can lliterally just get right now by clicking a few buttons
absolutely not, at least in my case, can't speak for others. I sent a wishlist but it was mostly full of stuff I can't find or would like to have (i.e. a wish) and stuff I needed to replace. If my Santa saw that and took it as inspiration to find something similar with out picking something off my wish list I wouldn't even bat an eye. I'd just be happy to have something to open Christmas day.
I mean, I'll take it. It's not like there are fifty other witches that will never get toys that I could make customs for or anything.
>being that guy
If I send something to a grinch I'll just write it off as a donation to the mentally disabled I guess.
I'm back everyone! Don't worry, I'm trying to plug away at those emails, I'll let you all know when I've gotten through them.
We hit bump limit at 350 right? Just want to be sure...
Don't worry, I'm trying to answer them at least every other day. I 'm working, planning a wedding, and working on my masters (this semester is killing me, but I'm gettin it!) so I don't have time every day, but I'm able to stay on top of it.
The midnight that marks the end of Nov. 8/beginning of Nov. 9. EST.
Thank you again for your dedication Santapai. I asked for a complicated change in my form : you answered really fast and kindly.
If I could I'd SS you too, good job this year will be great !
Then a couple more until we get our assigned Anons, and just a couple days after that until I get paid!
Why aren't I this hyped for buying my real life loved ones chrismas gifts? Maybe a mix between too early for it to be on their minds, and actually getting to buy figures for someone else.
>Why aren't I this hyped for buying my real life loved ones chrismas gifts?
For me at least, my family is really hard to buy for. I think this year I'm just going to go super practical and get them all some nice coats or something like that.
We know our families and friends for a couple of years, it's difficult to get them amazed by presents and it can be a bit boring or difficult to satisty them.
On the other sied, SS is like waiting for ''real'' santa : you have no idea what you'll get but you wish it will be full of surprises and/or related to your ''real'' interests (some of us would never ask for /toy/ realated stuff, at least I know I would be tau embarassed by some interests).
I know I'll probably offer bland gifts as always to my family (tell, still trying to be original of course), but I'll litterally cover my SS under present because I know we're sharing a common passion/ nerdy interest and it's so exciting to surprise someone you've never met before I guess.
Don't forget your family/friends/relatives anons, but it's not a shame to be super excited for sharing gifts with people who truly enjoy /toy/ things like you !
Not gonna lie, I'm gonna be disappointed if I get a list that boils down to an Amazon wish list. I want to shop for my secret Santa and just googling what they want and sending it out just doesn't sound fun to me. I'll easily spend triple if I'm shopping for my ss
That's why in addition to 5 figures i'm interested in, I listed the lines I collect and 6 or so of my interests. That way my santa can either pick something off my list or shop around for something related to my interests.
Don't worry, if I got a list that was just general interests, I'd be hemming and hawing the whole time over what to get and I'd be terrified that I'd buy something someone already has even when I finally decide, especially if your interests were something I wasn't familiar with.
Different people are expecting different things and that's okay.
I agree, but I also can't blame some people for using a wishlist. I don't have a lot of toys so I was fine with using just an interest list but a lot of people here have extensive collections already and if they just listed a general interest they could easily receive something they already have.
I put both on, my interests I feel are kind of broad and I've been told I can be hard to shop for so I included a couple easy to find items around the minimum to give my secret santa an easier time if they want.
Oh also, I and some other people are planning on putting some extra stuff in the package anyway so it's not a big deal.
I would be a little disappointed if all I got was literally an amazon wishlist so I couldn't even send the package myself though.
I'm heavily paranoid I'll buy someone something they already have, or that they straight up won't like it. I could care less about what I get (even if I entered, I'd probably just list "surprise me with something from your favorite line" or something) but the giving part always freaks me out.
Me too. That's why I made an extra note in my email to make sure I'm paired up with someone who made specific requests rather than just interest suggestions so that way I know they'll like what I'm getting them.
God I hope I get you. Two of the things I listed were "cute anime girls" and "robot damashii".
Have a snowman I made.