Hey there, Eway! Since it went so well last year, we're having SECRET SANTA
How will this work? Well, you comment to this point under the Secret Santa thread with this form:
Sign-ups will close December 1st
, and soon after all participants will be sent their secret partner by e-mail. Once you have your partner, you need to come up with a present for them by December 25th
. You'll then send that gift to your partner by E-mail and they will have very happy holidays because of you.
Here's a little mini-FAQ for you (but there will also be a FAQ thread like we do for the events): What can I send as Secret Santa presents? Do I have to spend money? CAN I spend money?
This is ultimately split into two categories - monetary gifts and creative gifts. We live in a magical age where a large majority of websites offer internet gift cards that can be sent digitally, and only require a name and email address. But you absolutely do NOT have to give anything that costs money. Gifts of art, fic, icons, or any other creative things are more
than welcome! For monetary gifts though, we heavily suggest that you keep it between $10-$15
.( Examples of Monetary Gifts )Is it okay if I don't/can't do a monetary gift?
Absolutely! No matter what you send someone, it's going to be valueable because you put in time and effort, and thought about what kind of present they would enjoy. Please don't feel pressure to bust out your credit card - times are hard and not everyone even has ways of buying things online. Is it okay if I don't/can't do a creative gift?
Absolutely! Sometimes inspiration just doesn't come. Besides, it's a busy season and no one's going to judge you if you don't have time to draw the next Mona Lisa. It's the thought that counts, and gift cards can be just as meaningful as anything else.But I really wanted to sent my Secret Santa a present in the mail! Please don't
, unless it's 100% okay with your gift-ee (in other words, you'd have to reveal yourself and ask them, and if they say no then no
). This is why we're not asking anyone for their real addresses - it's a little too invasive on the mod end of things, and I know I personally don't feel comfortable distributing people's addresses to random players. Not that I distrust any of you, but it feels skeevy so we're playing entirely with E-mail here.Uh, I live outside the United States and I'm not sure Gift certificates would even work for me?
Then say so in on your form somewhere! You don't have to get specific, but not every site ships everywhere, so your Secret Santa should know ahead of time if the internet doesn't ship to your evil lair on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean. Then they'll know they should probably do DW tokens, a creative gift, or something they KNOW FOR CERTAIN you'll actually be able to enjoy. What if I can't do Secret Santa anymore?
Tell one of the mods (preferably me since I'm organizing it, but any of the others will make sure the message gets to me) so that we can do something about it. We don't want to leave anyone stranded without a Secret Santa! If we have people who need to drop out of Secret Santa, then we will post a call for Pinch Hitters to step in and save the day. We won't tell your gift-ee who you were or why you needed to drop out; we'll just assign a Pinch Hitter to them.It's 11:59PM on December 25th and I'm TOTALLY ALMOST DONE REALLY but it's going to be late. Help?
Fess up to your gift-ee so that THEY know something's coming for them soon.I didn't get anything - does my Secret Santa just hate me? :(
NO, I'M SURE THAT'S NOT IT. If you haven't gotten anything by like, the 26th or 27th, come talk to me and I'll try to figure out what happened for you. I missed sign-ups! Can I still play?
We're keeping sign-ups open until December 1st, but if you miss the deadline, come talk to me. If there's enough interest, I might be able to match up late-comers. If not, then you can volunteer to be a Pinch Hitter. If someone drops out of Secret Santa then we'll give you a shout and you can step in. We can't guarantee that there will be a need for Pinch Hitters, but if there is then we'll put out a call for them. ♥Does my gift have to show up EXACTLY on December 25th?
Nope! You can give your gift and reveal yourself any time between December 18th and December 25th
. Try not to give them out earlier than that, please. And again, if you're going to be late, let your gift-ee know. Do I have to play?
Not at all! It's just a fun little thing we did last year that we thought we'd do again. There's no pressure whatsoever.
Any other questions can go in the FAQ thread and I'll answer them as soon as possible. And remember, have fun and spread lots of holiday cheer! ♥
Sign-ups are now closed
! Emails will be going out within the next 24 hours with your Secret Santa assignments. ♥