Secret Santa 2012!

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    Alright, kiddos. I'm pretty much copying Biffer's Secret Santa rules from a few years ago with a few tiny changes. Here we go!


    Requirements
    * This is open to all people on Living Reefs who have been registered by October 1, 2012 or have a minimum of 30 posts.
    * If you are under 18 years old and you wish to participate, your parent MUST call Bifferwine (Sarah) on the phone to approve of your participation. No exceptions. This is because if you are not old enough to drive, don't have a job, and are not old enough to have your own credit card, you will probably be relying on your parent/s to help out with buying and shipping the Secret Santa gift. And it's not cool to sign up for something like this without their permission.
    * The minimum gift amount is US $20. You can go over, but that's up to you.
    * Pairing will be totally random.
    * The person you send to will NOT be the person who sends you a gift.
    * If you DO NOT want to ship outside of your country, please specify that in the Private Message. If you do not tell us, you might get paired up with someone who is outside of your country.
    * The packaging must be work-safe. Feel free to double box it, but the box outside needs to be work friendly.
    * You must provide tracking numbers.
    * You must send your recipient an item (or items) off their list. You can be creative and flexible, but don't send them some random crap totally unrelated to what they asked for.
    * Gift items do not have to be aquarium related, but they can be.
    * Do not send anything that violates any local, state, federal or international laws.

    How To Enter
    * To enter, send a Private Message to Bifferwine.
    * Subject Needs to be 'Secret Santa 2012'.
    * Please provide your username, gender, full name, address and a phone number.
    * Specify destination preference - US/World
    * Wish List - must list at least 3 to 5 items, under US $20.
    * Feel free to tell us a little about you so we can forward that to your Santa. If you are okay with your Santa getting creative with your gift, then a good description of yourself will help.
    * ONLY ENTER IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT PARTICIPATING. IF YOU SUBMIT AN ENTRY, BUT DO NOT FOLLOW THROUGH WITH SENDING A GIFT TO SOMEONE ELSE, YOU WILL BE SORRY! VERY SORRY! THIS IS NOT JUST AN EASY WAY JUST TO GET A 'FREEBIE'. Don't think I won't call you out if you don't follow through. Because I will...

    Shipping Information
    * US Post Office Priority Mail Service would be the preferred choice, but you can use FedEx, UPS or any other carrier. However you ship it, you must get a tracking number.
    * After you send the package off, send an Private Message to Bifferwine with the following info:
    Subject of the message needs to say:
    'Secret Santa Tracking Info'

    The message needs to include your name, the recipient's name, tracking number and service used (USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc).

    YOU MAY SHIP DIRECT FROM THE WEBSITE (IF PURCHASING ONLINE) TO THE RECIPIENT.

    Deadlines
    * I want all entry messages by midnight December 8th (Saturday).
    * I will send off the paired information by December 9th (Sunday).
    * You have until December 15th for the package to be shipped.
    * Gifts MUST reach the recipient by Christmas Eve, December 24.

    If you have questions regarding the Living Reefs Secret Santa 2011, please send a PM to Bifferwine.

    :mrgreen:
     
    little_fish, Dec 5, 2012
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    FishyReef Broke Reefer!

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    So is Biff the person we send everything to to sign up? (wasn't sure since the instructions were from last year but you're the one starting the thread :) )

    And that's a pretty cool pic - is that from a local aquarium?
     
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    little_fish Moderator

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    I have no idea where's that is from actually, but I use it every year. Biff is organizing it because I don't have time with finals :(
     
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    Question, can items be things such as live corals? Just making sure.
    And what would be the best way to ship corals? I think this is a great idea and would be awesome to be part of it.

    Also, if I end up doing it, I have to go out of town on Dec. 23rd, so could I specify that I would need the item shipped to me before that date?
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Yes, live corals are okay -- if that is something the recipient has indicated they are open to receiving (it would suck to send a bunch of corals to someone with an angel tank :lol:).

    Any special requests (like early delivery is required) should be included when you send your entry to me.

    This is always fun to participate in and we get a very good number of participants each year. This year the deadline is soon, so hopefully a lot of people will still be able to play along. :)
     
    Bifferwine, Dec 6, 2012
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    FishyReef Broke Reefer!

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    Are we supposed to send a list? Or is it totally a free for all in terms of what we chose to get someone?
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    If you want specific things, a wishlist must be included in your PM to me. If you don't want anything specific, just say, "SURPRISE ME!" or something. :) Then it will be up to your "Santa" to be creative.
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    BUMP! Get your entries into me, please. :)
     
    Bifferwine, Dec 9, 2012
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    I went ahead and stuck the thread so it would stay up top for y'all.
     
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    Treezer8

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    Have the PMs been sent out yet?
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Nope. Oops. :mrgreen: They'll go out tonight.
     
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    Ok :^:
     
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    motorcyclereefer I am Graffiti Petey

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    Sure they will............
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Hi Secret Santa-ers,
    This year we have had a much lower turnout than years past. Turnout is so low, in fact, that I'm not sure we can do it. This makes me sad!

    I know in previous years we gave a lot more notice so people could prepare. This year, we got a late start and I apologize for that. So this is what I propose: would you guys be okay with bumping the deadlines by a month? Sayyyyy, a "Happy Secret January Secret Birthday Gift Giver" holiday instead?

    I mean look at all these great people that have birthdays in January:
    JANUARY FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

    And I have a birthday in January too! I think the question we should all be asking ourselves is, how dare we try to celebrate the birth of Jesus in December and not celebrate the birth of Verne Troyer in January?

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    So what do you say? Can I get some more entries and can we have an awesome Happy Secret January Birthday Gift Giver holiday instead?
     
    Bifferwine, Dec 11, 2012
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    Angelajean I know that I don't know

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    Annoyed that I missed the due date. UGHHHH!!!!
     
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    FishyReef Broke Reefer!

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    Aww that's too bad :( How many people signed up?
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    If we move it to January, it's not too late for you to participate!

    Uhhhh... Three. LOL.
     
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    FishyReef Broke Reefer!

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    Ha! Yeah, that's kinda on the low side! Where is everybody?? Did more people sign up for cards?
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Uhhhh. Four. LOL! Christmas cards always go on sale after Christmas. That's another bonus to delaying this until January. Besides celebrating Verne Troyer, of course. :)
     
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    Wow only 3? lol how many were there last year?
     
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