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HO HO HO! It is time to sign up for 2014 FT Secret Santa!

HO HO HO! It is time to sign up for 2014 FT Secret Santa!

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Remember to PM wharvey when you ship your gifts out (including contents and tracking numbers) and when you receive presents (including contents)!
This wikipost is not a completely authoritative resource of Secret Santa progress, but a resource to see what everyone has received
Don't forget to include pictures if you can!



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Gifts Sent
98103 (2)
aaucello (4)
adampenrith (1)
AhogZ (3)
AMRivlin (4)
Artemio
AZinAZ (1)
B7e7US (4)
BelfastFlyer
Bravada04 (1)
canforce (2)
CDTraveler (2)
cmn.jcs (1)
CPH-Flyer (1)
DevilDawg1960 (5)
davrossuk (2)
dibby (2)
Dolphin2 (1)
elleana (2)
evanderm (3)
flipstah (3)
FlyingCow (3)
FlyerBeek (2)
flyerred
hdawg (6)
HGHUA
houseontheprairie (1)
iamthehpt (6)
In2ishn (1)
jameslon (3)
Jamier45
JanoSicek (2)
Jinxy (6)
JVPhoto (2)
KelseyR (2)
KennyBSAT (2)
kipper (2)
levenhopper (5)
maskedmesothorium (1)
miffSC (4 )
MissJoeyDFW (2)
missydarlin (2)
MrDplus (4)
ndrk (2)
nlkm9 (1)
nomadic.relief (2)
oliver2002(1)
Onfo (1)
onthewaytoadventure (1)
pbjag (3)
Philfna
plon (2)
Points Scrounger (1)
Polomarc (1)
PSUPaul (4)
Redhead (6)
rwoman (2)
rxfleming (3)
SalishSea (2)
sandratravels (1)
santina91 (2)
sahiljain22 (1)
SESTAR (1)
Shuai Zeng (2)
sinecure (6)
SJLandsverk (5)
sorjai (1)
steveman518 (6)
stingtx (2)
SwissCircle (5)
TangoThree (2)
The Deal Mommy (5)
Timmy83 (2)
TokyoFoodie (2)
tonetone28 (2)
TravellingBeard (1)
tzvilev (2)
vishalgupta (1)
WellieinWI
WiscAZ (1)
WooFly (1)
yunicorner (1)

Gifts Received
Include pictures of you can!
Please only link to a post once you have opened your gifts and posted the contents!
98103 #1 #2
aaucello #1 #2 #3 (and maybe 4?)
Ahogz #1 (part 2) #2 #3
AMRivlin #1 #2 #3
Arsey00
Artimio #1
AZinAZ #1
B7e7US #1 #2
basejump #1 #2
BelfastFlyer #1 #2
BigRedBears #1
Bravada04 #1 #2
BXIAN #1 unwrapped #2 (filled)
canforce #1 #2
catarina #1 (part 2) #2 #3 #4 #5
Catman #1
CDTraveler #1 #2 #3
ckidder331 #1
cmn.jcs #1
CPH-Flyer #1
davrossuk #1
DevilDawg1960 #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
dibby #1 #2
Dolphin2 #1
duberville #1 #2
elleana #1 #2
erikatcuse #1 #2? #3
evanderm #1 #2 #3
flipstah #1 (part 2) #2 #3
FlyerBeek #1 #2
flyerred #1
Flyingcow #1 #2 #3 #4
Glamette #1 #2
grbflyer #1
GrinAndBearIt #1 (part 2)
hdawg #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6
HGHUA #1
houseontheprairie #1
iamthehpt #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6
In2ishn #1 #2
indianinhawaii #1
jameslon #1 #2 #3
Jamier45 #1
JanoSicek #1 #2 (part 2)
jdshscja #1 #2 #3 #4
jelliot04 #1
Jinxy #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11
joshua362 #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
JVPhoto #1 #2 #3
KelseyR #1 #2 #3
kenme1 #1
KennyBSAT #1 #2
kipper #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 (part 2) #9 (part 2 of some gift?)
levenhopper #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
lisamcgu #1 #2
LM225 #1
maskedmesothorium #1
mattt22 #1 #2
mbassom #1
medichill #1 #2
MiffSC #1 #2 #3#4
miko2a #1 #2 (part 2) #3
Mileage Lover #1 #2
Milz02315 #1
MissJoeyDFW #1 #2
missydarlin #1 #2 #3 (with pictures)
MrDplus #1 #2 #3 (part 2) #4
mtneer1969 #1 #2 and the rest? #3
ndrk #1
Nicksterguy #1 #2 #3 #4
nlkm9 #1
nomadic.relief #1 #2
nwncl #1 #2
nyr2299 #1
ohlradio #2
oliver2002 #1 (with pictures)
onfo #1
onthewaytoadventure #1
pbjag #1 (part 2) #2 #3
Philatravelgirl #1
plon #1a #1b #1c #2 #3
Points Scrounger #1 #2
Polomarc #1
PSUPaul #1 (and results) #2 #3 #4
Redhead #1 #2 #3 (with pictures) #4 (part 2) #5 #6 #7
revaharj #1 #2 #3
rwoman #1 #2 (with pics)
rxfleming #1 #2-#? #3
sahiljain22 #1
SalishSea #1 #2
sandratravels #1
santina #1 #2
SESTAR #1
Shocker077 #1
Shuai Zheng #1 #2
sinecure #1 #2
singtx #1 #2
SJLandsverk #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8
SnowCrash51295 #1 #2
sorjai #1
SteveHK #1
steveman518 #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6
SwissCircle #1 #2 (part 2) #3 #4
tango3 #1
TangoThree #1 #2
tanzaniancane #1 #2 #3
tcl #1 #2
timmy83 #1 #2
The Deal Mommy #1 #2 #3-#6
TokyoFoodie #1 #2 #3
tonetone28 #1 #2 (unwrapped)
TravellingBeard #1 #2
TTT #1
tzvilev #1 #2
UA191 #1 #2
vishalgupta22 #1
weather/Mr weather #1 (part 2) #2
WellieinWI #1
WiscAZ #1
WooFly #1
yunicorner #1 (part 2) (with pictures)
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Old Dec 30, 14, 5:11 pm
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Originally Posted by KennyBSAT View Post
Thanks for the detailed info, it is .50 caliber based on both diameters, and 5.375 inches long. And yes, this really cool opener (or one like it) was featured on shark tank.
Wow! I remember something correctly for once! Nice gift for sure.
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Old Dec 30, 14, 10:04 pm
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I'd like to thank all my secret Santa's for their gifts and will report in next week when we get to our home and open them.
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Old Dec 31, 14, 7:04 am
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The "bad santas" list is just for people who do not deliver on their gifts at all.

I max expand that to also include people that choose to not ship in time for a Christmas delivery as well as not following the rules to inform me.

I do this for the community.... but I spend countless hours following up just because people do not follow the simple rules.

One example: Many of you say "Shipped my gifts" but do not give any details.... and your gift is going to someone that has 3, 4, 5 santas... they receive their gift and tell me... but I have no way to connect who sent it.

Originally Posted by Points Scrounger View Post
I may just decide next year to not allow people to participate that do not "follow" the rules.

I thought there was already an ongoing "bad boys" list, so these new people would just added to it? What's different about the above statement?
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Old Dec 31, 14, 11:00 am
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I thought the rules were pretty easy to follow. I wonder about the people that don't ship anything, are they just in it to rip people off and get a few free gifts?

Originally Posted by wharvey View Post
The "bad santas" list is just for people who do not deliver on their gifts at all.

I max expand that to also include people that choose to not ship in time for a Christmas delivery as well as not following the rules to inform me.

I do this for the community.... but I spend countless hours following up just because people do not follow the simple rules.

One example: Many of you say "Shipped my gifts" but do not give any details.... and your gift is going to someone that has 3, 4, 5 santas... they receive their gift and tell me... but I have no way to connect who sent it.
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Old Dec 31, 14, 11:27 am
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Originally Posted by PSUPaul View Post
I thought the rules were pretty easy to follow. I wonder about the people that don't ship anything, are they just in it to rip people off and get a few free gifts?
apparently, there are people like that in this world. But remember, we're doing this for holiday spirit, and there was no guarantee that we will receive gifts.
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Old Dec 31, 14, 1:41 pm
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I just picked up my awesome Secret Santa gift! It arrived at my package center on Christmas Day, but I was traveling so was unable to pick it up until today, and it's AWESOME. I'm looking forward to reading the book by Gatty and also learning more about Whiskey while sipping some of the same. Cheers and happy holidays/new year all!

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Old Jan 1, 15, 5:46 am
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Just came back home after longer trip and invitation to the post office is waiting, someone sent me something and it has been waiting for me since 23 December. It may be my Santa 3, let's see tomorrow
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Old Jan 1, 15, 6:52 am
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I'm a little saddened. I only have six scattered days at home this month, still eagerly awaiting but it will be a lot more complicated if something turns up now.
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Old Jan 1, 15, 8:40 am
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Happy New Year to all of you!

I finally got home after bad weather led to cancellations, and was really happy when I found a note from the post office in my mailbox. I have received two wonderful books, 'Holy Cow!' (love the title, hehehe) and 'Ansel Adams 400 Photographs'. I love both of them, thanks a million for my (still) Secret Santa.

I also need to apologise. Firstly, to my Santees, for me not being around for shipping prevented me from sending much more personalised gifts, which I would have preferred. Nevertheless, all of you (bar one, still MIA) have acknowledged your gifts and seem to like them

Secondly, I need to apologise to the two Secret Santas who sent me Amazon gift cards. I only found them this week, while going through my Spam folder. So here's a big Thank You! to Weather and anonymous secret Santa for their gift cards. They will be definitely put to good use very soon

It has been great taking part on the Secret Santa experience. Thanks again to wharvey for organising, and I look forward to the next one!
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Old Jan 1, 15, 10:40 am
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Originally Posted by Shuai Zeng View Post
apparently, there are people like that in this world. But remember, we're doing this for holiday spirit, and there was no guarantee that we will receive gifts.
I love your thought here.

No way we could do it as Wharvey works hard enough now, but it would be nice to pick a gift exchange vs a gift card exchange. Some people just don't have the time or inclination to shop for personal items and some do.

For my SS I sent a box of personal gifts. My SS sent me a $50 gift card. We are heading on a Disney Cruise in Feb so that card will be put to good use! We all can just do what we can do.

One of my favorite parts of the whole thing was seeing the photos of the gifts that other people received (though not my SS as of yet). Really creative and thoughtful gifts were sent.

Happy New Year all!
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Old Jan 1, 15, 12:21 pm
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Now that William has hinted he's open to another go-round, I may start looking at easily-sendable items during my travels this year.
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Old Jan 1, 15, 1:09 pm
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I did not receive one of my gifts. I know who the others were sent by. Will you be telling us who our Secret Santas were that didnt send something so we can reach out to them?
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Old Jan 1, 15, 1:48 pm
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Happy new year!

I have received my second secret santa gift. Many thanks Santa, was a great present!
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Old Jan 1, 15, 8:23 pm
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Happy New Year all!

Returned home today to find the 3rd package of a great grilling themed gift set. Thanks Santa
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Old Jan 2, 15, 9:47 am
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And my third Santa is from Montreal ! Great gifts again: some merino wool, some delicious chocolates and 2 very interesting books. And small card with warm wishes.
Thanks a lot Santa !!!
(and sorry for keepying you waiting for my thanks, your gift was on time, only I was away )



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