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Useful Information & Resources

New to Secret Santa, read this!
To see who's participating, go here!
USPS Prohibited Items
Keep customs charges in mind if you are shipping internationally or use a 'local' webstore such as amazon.ca / .co.uk / .de / etc.
Some interesting Secret Santa Statistics


  • Send PM to wharvey following the requirements set out in post 1 before the deadline of November 23, 2013.
  • Wait for your assignment
  • Start researching your assignment and get shopping
  • Notify wharvey of what you bought and that you sent your gifts, get a tracking number with delivery verification if possible
  • When you receive your gift, notify wharvey of what you received.
  • Post a photo or description here to show everyone what you got and publicly thank your Santa.

Hints, requests, and gift suggestions

Did you post about what you'd like to receive beyond what was in your PM? Any special requests or other requirements? Link that post here with your username.

kipper #1 #2 #3
Redhead #1
Jinxy #1
MrDplus #1
B7e7US #1
evanderm #1 #2

Gifts Sent (Don't forget to PM wharvey)

Redhead - all gifts sent to all 3 giftees
Jinxy | round 2
slocouple |
balima | more round2
weather - 2 mailed with 1 to be delivered by other means
98103 all 3 shipped
oliver2002 - mailed 12/14 from NYC
want2fly4less- gifts sent from amazon.com on the 21st of November
dcstudent - all gifts sent and received by my giftees (according to USPS and UPS tracking). I don't know if one of my recipients likes cats, but he got a case of them anyways.
The Deal Mommy
MissJoeyDFW sent all three, all three confirmed received.
WIRunner - Both sent 1 completely delivered, 1 mostly
lisamcgu - all my gifts have been sent and delivered over the past two months.
silverhalide post 1 post 2
Gomac 2 of 2
Skyemema 1 of 1 delivered.
jackal - sent Priority Mail 12/18, USPS confirmed delivery 12/20
elCheapoDeluxe - sent 21-Nov-2013

Gifts Received (Don't forget to PM wharvey)

Oliver2002 post
elf618 post post post post post
soccerfanz10 post
Gomac post
LAtraveler1 post
Jinxy post
dibby post
oenophilist post
woofly post
timmy83 post post
balima post post post
rwoman post 1, 2, and 3
tcl post post post post post post post post
MoreMilesPlease Post
WIRunner Post 1 of 2
Redhead Post
Underpressure Post
evanderm Post
miffSc Post 1 of 2 Picture 1 of 2
basejump Post
98103 - 1st Post 2nd Post
AussieOzzie Post
MrDPlus post 1 of 2
B7e7US Post
lisamcgu Post
wto605 Post
weather 2 gifts received, 3rd arrived!!
nomadic.relief 1 of 3 Post
Jerseygirl17 post 1 and 2
MissJoeyDFW All 3 gifts received
SLOCouple 2 gifts received:
Post and Post
mpc7488 Gift #1
silverhalide post 1 and 2
Jeffie Post 1 and Post 2
yunicorner post 1 and 2
elCheapoDeluxe - Received 20-Nov-2013 and opened 25-Dec-2013
jackal post
medichill post
maskedmesothorium post

Who's your Santa

Think you've figured it out?! Link to your speculation (or confirmation) posts on who has sent you your gifts. Have some fun and leave some clues, be cryptic.

balima post
tcl post postpost
miffSC Post
nrdk Post
wto605 Post

How to post pictures of your gifts
A guide from the Travel Photography forum
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Old Sep 1, 13, 8:18 am
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JOIN IN - OFFICIAL 2013 Secret Santa Extravaganza!

Official 2013 Secret Santa Thread!


Greetings from your Flyertalk Secret Santa coordinator William (wharvey).

I have noticed that stores have begun putting out holiday décor, so figured I must go ahead and start the annual Secret Santa Extravaganza!

I know some of you have been waiting for this thread…. Santa is still hoping for a new job in the Athens area, so if you want to make him real happy…. Hire him! 

I am happy to step forward for YEAR 11 and coordinate this for the Flyertalk community. Hard to believe this tradition has continued for so long. I hope the community appreciates this experience. It is my small way to return something to this tremendous community! I appreciate hearing about the gifts exchanges and the friendships established as a result of this event.

This is the official thread for the 2013 Secret Santa Extravaganza. Any questions or comments should be limited to this thread or private messaged to me and no other threads should be started. Any private messages sent to me should have a subject of : <your FT handle> Secret Santa 2013. (and yes, you should replace “your FT handle” with your ACTUAL handle; that was an issue for some the last few years!)

I hope many of you choose to participate in this years’ event. I would love to have lots of new faces joining in the festivities. Take the challenge to "recruit" one new FTer to join in the festivities this year! After you sign up, you will get the Santa icon in your profile to show that you are part of the festivities!

While you are thinking about what to get for your FT "friend", consider also purchasing a gift for a child or making a donation to your favorite charity. If you do not have a particular charity in mind, please consider a Flyertalk sanctioned charity, such as Kiva. Please do not use your Secret Santa gift as your donation.

Below are the rules for the 2013 Secret Santa event:

1. Any questions on the Secret Santa process should be directed to me via this thread or via private message (please do not use email). Subject should always be: <your FT handle> Secret Santa 2013. (and yes, you should replace “your FT handle” with your ACTUAL handle) I plan to respond through the PM system so make sure you have enabled that feature if you want to participate.

2. The expected minimum on your gift purchase is $50 USD and does NOT include shipping, tracking and packaging costs. Of course, I am sure no one will mind gifts of higher value or certain paper from airlines and hotels that are "priceless". I expect your gift to meet the $50 USD minimum. I do not enjoy dealing with members who get “cheated”. Again, this limit is exclusive of shipping and packaging costs. Also, plan to send something personal to people; NOT donations on their behalf to a charity organization.

CONTINUED FROM LAST EIGHT SEASONS: If you are interested, you may volunteer to be a Secret Santa for up to three different Flyertalkers. If you sign up for one, two or three... it means you will also have one, two or three FTers with your name... UNDERSTAND, there is no guarantee for you to be assigned more than one person. Santa reserves final decision rights on this plan!! I also reserve the right to limit participation based on FT tenure or problems in years past.

This is my eleventh year of running Secret Santa. While my memory and files are good, know that it is possible you may get someone again that you had before… I try to cross check… but too many people are involved to be 100% perfect. Feel free to tell me that info if you remember...

CONTINUED BY POPULAR DEMAND: Ever wished you got a specific person as your Secret person to gift? Now is your chance. Again this year, you can "request" particular individuals you would like to get assigned to you for your gift buying. No guarantee... but I will do my best.

3. Secret Santas have the option of remaining anonymous. I will not disclose names nor addresses of anyone who participates to anyone other than their Secret Santa. I expect that any information you receive from me will not be shared with anyone else.

4. The coordinator assumes no responsibility for delivery or non-delivery of gifts. I want this to be fun and hope that everyone who participates will have fun and get into the holiday spirit. Understand, however, that failure to deliver will result in your being denied participation in future years. I highly recommend that you "track" your gifts so we do not have issues of people saying they do not receive gifts you say you shipped. HSXAgent, DEVIS, MarySunshine, Tfmpa, Jim_USAIR, Icorproadie, Adam100, Tokyotraveler, Mrstaralliance, Phoenixdude, Woodyth, fsfsfsfs and USA18DCA are on Santa’s bad boy list for failing to deliver gifts in the past even though they received gifts… so they will not be allowed to participate this year. In addition, delivering gifts more than 6 months after the holiday does not count as delivering. This has happened in the past, even to me. Everyone has a right to expect a gift during the holiday season. If you cannot commit to this, do not participate. I also highly recommend that you include a delivery verification mechanism when you ship, that takes care of a lot of problems we have had in the past.

5. You must be registered on Flyertalk.com at the time you send your private message. IF you are a lurker, you must register on Flyertalk.com before becoming a Secret Santa participant. You may also want to click and post in the ""Who We Are" thread and introduce yourself to the Flyertalk Community and give your Santa some clues.

6. Deadline to participate is November 23rd, 2013 at 5 pm Athens, Georgia USA time. If you wish to participate, you MUST send a PRIVATE MESSAGE to me through the FT system. Subject Line: <your FT handle> Secret Santa 2013. For example, it should say "wharvey Secret Santa 2013". In this private message, you must provide the following information and PLEASE answer the questions in the order provided below as that will help me input the data into my tracking documents. In fact, please just copy the questions below into the private message window and answer the questions. I make no promises of anyone getting into the process if they miss this date and do not follow the process as detailed.

a. Your full name (first and last name):

b. Your FULL mailing address for your gift. This address should be one where you can receive a package in December.

c. Your email address (must be verifiable):

d. Your Flyertalk handle:

e. Date you joined Flyertalk:

e. Your Gender:

f. Maximum number of times you wish to participate: (1, 2, 3):

g: Specific FTer (if any) you would like assigned to you:

h: Specific FTer(s) you have been assigned in the past:

i. Some facts about yourself that might help your Secret Santa shop for your gift. Please make sure they are helpful hints... (DO not be shy... is there something particular you would like to get? From a particular airline, hotel, specific travel product?) Please provide real hints/clues to people about yourself.

j. A "Yes" or "No" as to whether or not you are willing to send a gift outside your country. If at all possible, please be willing to ship out of your own country... especially for USA residents.

AGAIN, please help Santa out by using the SUBJECT LINE as requested.

If I receive enough participants early on, I may go ahead and match up members so you can get a head start on your gift buying. I would then provide a second match-up after the November 23rd deadline. Santa has to get his rest in before the mad rush of the holiday season!

Please be sure to read Santa updates throughout this thread!!! I also encourage you to have fun and post in this thread often... tell us what you have gotten in the past, the fun you are having buying, anything related to this holiday event!

To read threads from previous years:

2012 Official Secret Santa Thread

2011 Official Secret Santa Thread

2010 Official Secret Santa Thread

2009 Official Secret Santa Thread

2008 Official Secret Santa Thread

2007 Official Secret Santa Thread

2006 Official Secret Santa Thread

2005 Official Secret Santa Thread

2004 Official Secret Santa Thread

2003 Official Secret Santa Thread

I am glad to step forward again this year and be your Secret Santa coordinator and hope you find it to be another wonderful experience of this great Flyertalk community.

NOTE: Do make sure you check in on this thread often... Santa announcements often get made here... and I do not want you to miss any of the updates!


Last edited by wharvey; Oct 15, 13 at 3:13 pm
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Old Sep 1, 13, 8:19 am
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This post is where I will list all the members who are choosing to participate in Secret Santa.

If you are on this list, it means I received a Private Message from you that met the requirements.

This list reflects all Private Messages I have received that met the requirements as of the edit date at the bottom of this post. If you sent me a PM and are not on this list, it means you did not complete the submission properly. I am not sending personal messages out to correct, please read the instructions and resubmit. Most errors are in how the title of the PM is titled. Your handle should be FIRST... and it should be your FT handle, not wharvey!




Love_Air Canada
Mileage Lover
The Deal Mommy

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Old Sep 1, 13, 8:20 am
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There apparently was an article in the 9/17 Talkmail promoting Secret Santa... I have not seen the announcement as my Talkmail has not arrived and I had not seen the writeup before it went out.

To clarify, the EXPECTED gift value is to be at least $50, NOT maximum of $50 as the Talkmail announcement apparently says.

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Old Sep 1, 13, 8:49 am
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I'm in. I'll send a PM ASAP.
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Old Sep 1, 13, 9:08 am
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Dear Boss,

We (the Elves) can't believe you posted this thread. Are you trying to kill us. We're heading back to the workshop on Tuesday to start dusting off the shelves. Ordering of product will start mid-month.
We will have a busy season if you listen to dhammer53. He reported to us that the trade shows have been very busy. Retailers are anticipating a good Christmas. FYI, Hanukkah, or is it Chanukah, is around Thanksgiving in 2013. This will put some early pressure on the Elves to produce.

P.S. to Santa, the Elves have something special in mind, just for you.

Head Elf.
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Old Sep 1, 13, 9:11 am
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I do love my elves... they are so helpful.... can they build a Job for Santa? He needs something to do when he is not working on FT Santa duties!
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Old Sep 1, 13, 11:36 pm
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thank you for your willingness to continue to do this!
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Just joined for my second year!
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JOIN IN - OFFICIAL 2013 Secret Santa Extravaganza!

I'm in for 3rd year in a row
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I'm in for 3rd year in a row
Same here... PM sent...
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So excited! Love this! PM sent.
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Count me in as soon as I can get to a PC to send the PM!
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As always, thanks Wharvey

PM sent and looking forward to this for the 2nd time in a row..
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Old Sep 15, 13, 9:42 am
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I'm excited for another year. Wharvey, thanks for all you do!
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Old Sep 16, 13, 9:35 am
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I'm in for my 4th? year!

PM on its way - THANK YOU Wharvey!
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