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aquamarinesteph #1
AStarr #1 #2
AtomicLush #1
bergamini #1 #2
b00mer89 #1 #2
Bravada04 #1
BXIAN #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7
canforce #1
Catman #1
CDTraveler #1 #2
Cjacq #1
ckidder331 #1 #2 #3
compubit #1 #2 #3 #4
CPH-Flyer #1 #2 #3
Dark Blue #1 #2
Deds1 #1 #2 #3
dee1843 #1
DeepUnderground #1 #2
DevilDawg1960 #1 #2 #3
diburning #1 #2 (part 2) #3
Dogmatick #1 #2
erikatcuse #1
flo-e #1
FlyingCow #1 #2 #3
ginoa724 #1
Gregor #1
gsch #1 #2
HeavenlyJane #1 #2
holloway1000 #1
HWGeeks #1
iMedic #1
jamesteroh #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6
jetset09 #1
jcnkc #1
Jinxy #1 #2
JoelThomas #1
jondabomb #1
jsds #1
Karl Gustav Annus #1 #2
kauppias #1 #2
kipper #1 (part 2) #2 #3 #4
kirkwoodj #1
linzbh #1
Lisabeth #1 #2 #3
malexander131 #1
MappingChick #1 #2 #3 #4
Marcia3641 #1
mario02423 #1
mdbe #1
mdovenmuehler #1 #2
Meneer Guggenheimer #1 #2
Micp3208 #1
miko2a #1 #2
MissChele #1 #2 #3 #4
missydarlin #1
MrDplus #1 #2
nomadic.relief #1 #2
nwncl #1
obunewbie17 #1
ohlradio #1 #2
omriba #1
onetess #1
onlyairfare #1 #2
onthewaytoadventure #1 #2
PandaSoPink #1
Recondite #1
Redhead #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
samosa #1 #2
sammyindc #1
sandratravels #1 #2
santina91 #1 #2
ScGhost0 #1 #2
shutterbugguy #1 #2 #3
smc333 #1
spartacus #1
sperkins921 #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
steveman518 #1 #2 #3 (part 2)
stingtx #1
sweetcreamytea #1 #2
tcl #1 #2 (part 2)
Thatguyatthebar #1
token385 #1 #2 #3
TokyoFoodie #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
Tpa-flyer #1
tzvilev #1 #2 #3
WIRunner #1 #2 #3
WriterGirlLinds #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
yunicorner #1 #2
YVRorange #1
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Old Nov 15, 17, 8:09 pm
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Originally Posted by steveman518 View Post
Then I hope you're ready for a random painting to show up at your door
(one of my recipients is actually getting one )
A painting? Now that’s a cool gift!

I’m thinking the people who said ‘surprise me’ might think twice about doing that when they start getting paintings, cats, and techie porn delivered to their door for the holidays 😂😂

then again🤔🤔
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Old Nov 15, 17, 8:48 pm
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Originally Posted by kirkwoodj View Post
They should've said that if they wouldn't want those things, I'm thinking.
The point is they didn't say anything about what they want, like, hate, use, etc.

Originally Posted by steveman518
Then I hope you're ready for a random painting to show up at your door [img]images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]
(one of my recipients is actually getting one [img]images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img] )
As long as you've got good taste art is fine with me.
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Old Nov 15, 17, 9:13 pm
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Originally Posted by steveman518 View Post
Walk into a random store and find something neat! That's what I did to finish off my shopping yesterday
I also find that a mountain of chocolate and booze seems to be universally appreciated
I was on my way to the post office and stopped by the mall to pick up a beverage when I saw something interesting I wanted to add. Now I've unpacked that package in favour of a bigger box so the new item would fit. I hope I've chosen things my Santees like.
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Old Nov 15, 17, 9:18 pm
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Originally Posted by CDTraveler View Post
As a non-drinker with food allergies, I think the chocolate and booze doesn't sound like such a good idea. How do I know if I am spending/sending some that the recipient won't drop right into the trash?

My goal is to find something new that the recipient will also think is neat. In order to do that, I need a little more info than the recipient's desire for a surprise.
If they have food allergies, they can take the food to work or give it to a friend, neighbor or relative.
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I agree. Pretty sure someone who doesn’t like certain things or has allergies especially is going to have said that upfront
This.
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Old Nov 16, 17, 7:05 am
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Originally Posted by CDTraveler View Post
The point is they didn't say anything about what they want, like, hate, use, etc.
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I agree with your point, which I understood as well. I had a person last year and one this year that was like that. They gave me like three sentences. Now, I agree, everyone doesn't write a book nor find it easy to put their thoughts into words. But it's really hard sometimes to go on what people provide. After all, the instructions do say don't be shy- so why not go ahead and say what it is you like, what you're passionate about, what you hate etc? You never know what mentioning those things will do!

One of my santee's last year mentioned an item that they wanted, was normally two-three times what our recommended spending was, but I just so happened to catch the item on sale- and so they got something they REALLY wanted (and based on posts last year really loved and were super appreciative of) simply because they said "hey this is a thing I really want and I know that it's typically more than our suggested limit, but I'd never buy it for myself". So I bought it for them
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Old Nov 16, 17, 9:13 am
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I had summier info in 'average' English but went shopping today. Overspend a bit but enjoyed finding and buying stuff for someone you do not know. DHL will collect it tomorrow and off it is to the North Pole....

Hope he is happy with the stuff. (Could be she... as I am not really good in Nordic Languages...)

And in Holland we have Chocolade Letters which is always fun to add!
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Old Nov 16, 17, 12:23 pm
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I just ordered a gift for my little guy from ThinkGeek. I hope they like it when they get it.
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Old Nov 16, 17, 5:28 pm
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First Package Arrived!

It looks like I have the honor of posting the first arrival of the season!

I received a nice package of Ferraro Rocher Chocolates in the mail today. YUM!

Jim
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Old Nov 16, 17, 7:41 pm
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All shopping done! Needed to get everything done nice and early this year. Hopefully my Santa's will enjoy their gifts and that people participating remember to post in here when they receive (those of us that have been regulars to Secret Santa get a bit disheartened when people don't bother to post when they've received their gifts)
Happy Shopping everyone! Oh and Kipper, I still can't believe after 7 years I've been doing this Wharvey still hasn't given me you!!!!!!
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Old Nov 16, 17, 9:15 pm
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Originally Posted by sperkins921 View Post
I agree with your point, which I understood as well. I had a person last year and one this year that was like that. They gave me like three sentences. Now, I agree, everyone doesn't write a book nor find it easy to put their thoughts into words. But it's really hard sometimes to go on what people provide. After all, the instructions do say don't be shy- so why not go ahead and say what it is you like, what you're passionate about, what you hate etc? You never know what mentioning those things will do!
I have 2 siblings who confine their shopping to what can be done by mouse, so I keep an Amazon wish list. Makes them happy, makes me happy. I never to expect to get everything on it, but I include it on my Secret Santa wish list so my Santas can get ideas. Maybe they'll use it, maybe they won't, but at least I've tried to make things easy for them.
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Old Nov 16, 17, 9:24 pm
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Got my assignments, gonna need some help. How soon does the Head Elf come on duty?
Just saw upthread that HeadElf is enjoying his vacation. Will patiently chew my nails until he returns. Good thing my victim Santee is within driving distance.
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Old Nov 16, 17, 10:36 pm
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I was supposed to update Santa Wharvey on when I shipped my gifts out. Oops! Just sent!

And I do realize that although I did write a lengthy bio, I probably didn't give my Santa very much to work with. If my Santa is reading this, feel free to reach out to the Head Elf to pass along any questions, and I'll gladly help!
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Old Nov 17, 17, 6:39 am
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Originally Posted by CDTraveler View Post
I have 2 siblings who confine their shopping to what can be done by mouse, so I keep an Amazon wish list. Makes them happy, makes me happy. I never to expect to get everything on it, but I include it on my Secret Santa wish list so my Santas can get ideas. Maybe they'll use it, maybe they won't, but at least I've tried to make things easy for them.
I always include my Amazon wish list too. I figure it's easier that way to get a sense of what I like. Some Santas have purchased directly from it. Others has used it as inspiration. I've been doing this for 7+ years and love it every year and love every gift!
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Old Nov 17, 17, 8:07 pm
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I always include my Amazon wish list too. I figure it's easier that way to get a sense of what I like. Some Santas have purchased directly from it. Others has used it as inspiration. I've been doing this for 7+ years and love it every year and love every gift!
I like that idea.
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Old Nov 18, 17, 7:48 am
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looks like my little guy will be getting his gift today. I hope they like it. UPS seems to be delivering on Saturday at no extra cost for the holidays.
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