So, now that Hallowe’en is out of the way, it’s time to organise our annual Secret Santa 2.0! Though we should probably rename it ‘Christmas Swap’ at some point, since we changed over a while back to pairing people up rather than assigning secret gift givers. But so far, the old name has stuck.
Here’s a reminder of how it works: Everyone who signs up is given the name and address of someone in return, to whom they then send a surprise parcel to in time for Christmas. It can be either something you’ve bought or, if you are feeling creative, something you’ve made, along with a Christmas greeting.
The “rules” for this year are as follows:
- If you want to take part, email us your name and postal address (you can use your work address, if you prefer) to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Santa”. We can only accept registrations via email, as it’s too confusing to keep track if people start signing up via other social media channels. We hope you understand.
- Once you receive the name of your exchange partner, please make initial contact with them so they know you’ve received their details. We know this makes it not-so-secret, but it has the advantage that you can double check addresses and let each other know when you’ve sent your parcel off.
- Then pack a little parcel for your exchange partner and send it off. To make sure it arrives in time for Christmas, remember to check the relevant Christmas posting dates, which you can usually find online.
- Remember, Secret Santa 2.0 is about fun and sharing and surprises, not about spending a fortune, so the recommended value for parcels is 5-10 €/£/$ (plus postage).
Please be aware that this is an international swap and you will probably end up with an exchange partner from a different country or event continent – in previous years we’ve had participants from Europe, North America and Australia. Please also consider that we have no control over the postal systems and that sadly some parcels don’t reach their destination. But we always try to make sure that no ones goes empty handed, so it’s important to keep in touch with us and also with your exchange partner. If for some reason you’ve signed up but can’t make it in time e.g due to illness or other sudden emergencies, people will understand if you let them know their parcel will arrive a bit later. Also, we recommend you don’t send any food if you are matched up to someone from a different country, as there is a risk that it may cause problems at customs.
So, we hope if you took part before you’ll sign up again, and if it’s your first year we hope you’ll consider joining in too. The deadline to sign up is midnight (UK time) on Saturday 12th November! We’ll do all the matching up Sunday and aim to get addresses to everyone by the Monday.