2021 Secret Santa Sign Up

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Seattlite86, Oct 31, 2021.

  1. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    Welcome to the Eleventh Annual CoinTalk Secret Santa!

    Please take the time to read this message to the end before sending me a private message with your information.

    Rule #1
    Raise your left hand and read the following aloud as your family looks at you like you're crazy.
    I, (state your CT name), do solemnly swear to follow the golden rules of the CoinTalk Secret Santa gift exchange.
    I will ship out a gift out in a timely manner,
    and I will post images of my fine gifts after Santa delivers them.

    Rule #2
    Reread rule #1. These simple principles cannot be overstated. This exchange cannot exist without the fair participation off all members who sign up. The need to post images and thank your Santa seems like common sense to me, but so often gifts are delivered and no acknowledgement or images are posted by the recipients. These outcomes have discouraged some members from participating in subsequent years. Please, understand that this isn't just about you, if you don't post pictures or at least a description of what, you've received, nobody else will get to enjoy the gift (it doesn't matter if you like the gift, it's the thought that counts!). So, please... no Grinches this year.
    Rule #3
    Participation requires that you have a post count of at least 200 and that you are in good standing with previous gift exchanges. If you have been a bad Santa in any previous year of the exchange, you will not be permitted to participate again. You know who you are, and my spreadsheet that has every last detail of the last four years also knows who you are. I had a few experiences last year, where new members did not ship gifts, or they did not arrive. I'm afraid I'll have to hold to Rule #3 this year.

    Rule #4
    This exchange is open to collectors of all types of collectors, world, US, ancient, roll searchers, silver stackers and otherwise. As long as rule #3 doesn't apply to you, you are welcome.

    Everything else...
    1. The gift must be numismatic.
    2. Please use $15 as the target gift value (If you want to go higher, that is up to you)
    3. If you would like to participate, PM me your mailing address as soon as possible.
    4. Deadline for entry is Sunday, December 5th and I should be able to get your recipients address to you that same week, hopefully by Friday the 10th.
    5. I reserve the right to deny somebody the privilege to play if I do not trust them.

    • A few of you asked to send gifts to a particular person in past years; if you guys are friends or otherwise just want to exchange with each other, please let me know this with your entry, but it kind of defeats the entire point and "Secret" part of Secret Santa. I really wish you'd reconsider.
    • Please do not ask me to let you choose your own Santa just because you like the gifts that they give. This is going to be done randomly and as fairly as possible.
    • If you're still reading this, thank you very much, Santa will put you on his Nice list this year! Mention this quote in your entry as a scientific data point I'll post the results... now back to the rules.
    If the gift comes early, as a challenge try to restrain your excitement of wanting to tear it open and wait until Christmas. Whether or not you're successful with part A, please take the time to post what you received from your Secret Santa and thank them for their generosity. This also lets your Santa know that you gift has not been lost in the mail, and it lets all the others share in the fun.

    About gift selection; you can either find out what your recipient collects, or just send them something totally random. It seems that coin collectors just like coin related items, and will appreciate anything that you send. Doing a simple search of your recipient's posts should give you a basic idea of what they like.

    I'm sorry, but this will be open to US residents only unless a few volunteers sign up to ship internationally. We usually have a few volunteers, so please don't let this discourage you from signing up if your are outside of the US. US residents, please let me know if you are willing to ship internationally when you send me your information.

    If you want to participate, please send me a PM with your name and address. I am the new Santa year, I do not have your address, so please include all necessary info in your message.

    One more thing, and this is important:

    Simply posting that you are "in" on this thread does not get you into the exchange. You must send me a PM, and I must confirm your entry.

    Sorry for all of the rules and such, but the more people that we have happy on Christmas, the more that will join the following year.

    Happy Holidays and SIGN UP!

    *P.S.* We've had some in the past not receive a gift, and I very much enjoy the spirit and fun this brings each year. I don't want people to not sign up because they think they might not receive a gift in return. I will personally ensure everyone who participates receives a gift. I may not be able to follow every post on here, so please reach out to me the day after Christmas if you didn't receive a gift. If I somehow missed you last year and you participated but did not receive a gift, please message me so I can get our elves on it!

    @bradgator2 @Pickin and Grinin @ZoidMeister @Kasia @Good Cents @Beefer518 @PassthePuck @Gilbert @bqcoins @masterswimmer @dchjr @micbraun @Santinidollar @Penny Luster @Mark Metzger @Paddy54 @SilverMike @Amos 811 @green18 @SensibleSal66 @jensenbay @Everett Guy @Rick Stachowski @HAB Peace 28 2.0 @Chris B @charlietig @Jaelus @Rushmore @NLL @spirityoda @okbustchaser @wiggam007 @juris klavins @Joshua Lemons @sonlarson @iPen @USS656

    Please tag more folks if you think they'd like to join!
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  3. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    Thanks for doing this again this year @Seattlite86
    I will send you a PM shortly.
  4. masterswimmer

    masterswimmer Well-Known Member

    @Seattlite86 you rock!

    I'll forward my addy shortly.

    "If you're still reading this, thank you very much, Santa will put you on his Nice list this year!"

    I'm going to link this thread in my Secret Santa 2021 thread for everyone there to see.
  5. PassthePuck

    PassthePuck Well-Known Member

    I'm in...send me the address!
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  6. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    “Simply posting that you are "in" on this thread does not get you into the exchange. You must send me a PM, and I must confirm your entry.”

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  7. bradgator2

    bradgator2 Well-Known Member

    Last year was my first year and I was looking forward to it this year!
  8. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    PM sent...........
  9. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    @Seattlite86 thanks for taking on this challenge. It takes intestinal fortitude and lots of work, so I'm sure Santa will show favor on you.

    I will not be participating as I can seldom get to town to mail anything during the winter. Good luck to all.
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  10. Santinidollar

    Santinidollar Supporter! Supporter

  11. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

  12. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    Totally understandable.

    If you ever want to participate in the future, you could send me the gift in the summer/fall, and I could mail it closer to Christmas to your recipient.
  13. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    @Seattlite86 . Wasn't it $25 last year ? Also, some of us discussed delays in the shipping and wondered if we should start this ASAP ?? What do you think ? :happy:
    Sorry, don't mean to stir the pot .
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  14. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    Since I copied and pasted last year’s, I can assure you it was $15 ;) That said, no one says you can’t go higher if you want to.

    Aa far as starting things, I believe I already have :p It’s actually a bit more complicated than it sounds. This is my third year in a row running this, and I do my best to ensure we keep with the spirit of joy and secrecy. I’m afraid folks will have to wait a number of days before getting assigned their recipients. If you want to buy a gift already, my recommendation is to buy something you would love to receive.

    To the group: I’ve got a number of messages, but won’t reply until tonight or tomorrow. Gotta take the kids trick or treating.
  15. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    Thanks @Seattlite86 ! Sounds good, I understand . Have fun out with the kids ! :happy::penguin::panda::vamp::nurse::mask: . Just some of my friends .
  16. CoinJockey73

    CoinJockey73 Well-Known Member

    Fantastic @Seattlite86!
    Best of luck to all the contestants!
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  17. H8_modern

    H8_modern Attracted to small round-ish art

    PM sent.

    It’s fun every year.
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  18. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member


    I've sent out the response email to everyone I've received a message from. If you believe you are participating and haven't gotten a response from me, please reach out!
  19. Kasia

    Kasia Got my learning hat on

    I am so in on this!

    Just sent my PM to you, @Seattlite86
  20. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    Me Too. I'll send my info to you @Seattlite86 .
  21. sonlarson

    sonlarson World Silver Collector

    PM sent, thanks Brandon
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