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[*] posted on 12-10-2019 at 22:09
2019 Secret Santa


Hey all. It is that time of year again for organising the annual Secret Santa. There was a bit of a debate last year as to whether this has become an official tradition. I think we can say that it is.
I am posting in Misc so that those members without access to whimsy can join in.

Here is the form to fill out:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lxhzQg3MZ7sIAu15zBjWDWX5ESi...
(Let me know if I have missed anything obvious – I can edit and add to the form.)

I will keep registrations open til the end of October and send out info in the first couple of days of November. That gives six weeks or so to organise and send and have them delivered.
This thread is for comments, discussion and suggestions prior to registration closing.



A couple of things that are worthwhile saying
  • This is a chance to be nice to other SM members. It is not really the intention to complete your wishlist of expensive lab gear. It is intended to be low budget.
  • If you are on a tight budget but really want to be involved then let me know. I can match you up with someone in an equitable fashion.
  • I have included an option for if you wanted to send a small item off to more than one person. This has happened in the past and it was a really nice gesture.
  • We had a problem last year where a number of people felt a bit cheated when items arrived extremely late or not at all. If you choose to get involved you are committing to being nice to another member before the year is out. It does not need to be expensive but you do need to be true to your word.


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[*] posted on 14-10-2019 at 18:36


Bumping this so it appears in Today's Posts.

Take-up has been slow so far.
I am happy to have conversation in his thread. :)
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[*] posted on 15-10-2019 at 09:42


Ain't been real active for months, but this IS becoming tradition and I'm gonna be in again this year. It's a lot of fun.



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[*] posted on 15-10-2019 at 11:06


Is anybody up on the tariff and customs implications?

Are gifts exempt for some countries?

I'd hate to ship somebody an annoying customs bill because I didn't understand the local laws and how weight and declared value affects them.

Of course there are plenty of chemists here in the USA, but I wouldn't mind going international.

@j_sum1: I know, don't send any drying tubes to anybody in Australia.

I think I'll skip the idea of a baggie of unidentified powder for the recipient to analyze on any international shipment as well. That might be tough to explain adequately to the customs guys.






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[*] posted on 15-10-2019 at 12:50


@SWIM have both sent and received international packages. no problems

EDIT for Secret Santa

[Edited on 10-15-2019 by arkoma]




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[*] posted on 15-10-2019 at 13:52


i have sent and received chemicals and minerals internationally with no issues. never had a parcel opened in either direction. that said i do label everything and declare with slightly 'loose' descriptions. eg "Hobby minerals cleaning kit" = nasty acids :)



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[*] posted on 18-10-2019 at 13:40


Shameless Bump



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[*] posted on 19-10-2019 at 16:31


BUMP

*edit* filled out my letter to Santa.

[Edited on 10-20-2019 by arkoma]




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[*] posted on 19-10-2019 at 17:38


I don't really think this need to be bumped. It's already topped/pinned.



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[*] posted on 19-10-2019 at 18:04


Thanks for bumping, fusso.
A lot of people browse via the today's posts page. After 24 hours of inactivity in drops off.

I know there are numerous people who intend to join in but have not yet given enough time to thinking about what they might include on the sign-up form. A little reminder to keep it in the forefront of their thinking does not hurt.
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[*] posted on 19-10-2019 at 19:17


I look forward to this every year. I’m in.



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[*] posted on 19-10-2019 at 19:17


Why I have shamelessly bumped two days in a row. Not a spam thing as y'all know. I've really enjoyed participating the last two years



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[*] posted on 20-10-2019 at 07:09


Wow, so much bumping in this thread. You guys should really add some boiling chips :D

I'll participate this year.




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[*] posted on 21-10-2019 at 09:30


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[*] posted on 22-10-2019 at 07:17


Suggestion: what about adding a new part to the game, to have the receiver guess who the sender is?



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[*] posted on 22-10-2019 at 12:57


Quote: Originally posted by fusso  
Suggestion: what about adding a new part to the game, to have the receiver guess who the sender is?

Have you never participated in a secret santa before?
You can join in if you want.
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[*] posted on 25-10-2019 at 11:26


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[*] posted on 25-10-2019 at 16:05


Less than a week to register. Number is one below last year at this stage but not as high as the first couple of years. Bigger is not always better but I would hate for anyone who wants to to miss out on the fun.


There are a few people who have requested sending to their own local area but who don't have someone close. I will pair you up as best as I can.


This is shaping up to be a really fun one this year. (I get to see the back end and what people have written.) So make sure you sign up if that is your intent.
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[*] posted on 26-10-2019 at 15:46


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[*] posted on 26-10-2019 at 19:05


Ha. I see that Super Santa option - I remember when I did that for one of the earliest SS's. It's actually a lot of fun!

I was a bit sparse on gift ideas this year - I'm financially in a good spot and currently pursuing other hobbies than just chemistry. Still, that just leaves an opportunity for my SS to be creative.




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[*] posted on 27-10-2019 at 17:16


Just filled out the form.

BTW: If I draw somebody English am I supposed to come by the day after Christmas for some sparring?

Seems I heard something once about how they like boxing on the 26th.

EDIT: Here in America, we spend the day returning stuff.

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[*] posted on 31-10-2019 at 02:38


Hey. It's the 31th here where I live. So sign up now if you are going to.
I am going to sort through the data on the weekend and give everyone a SS. So you only have a little bit if time left.

To all participants, look out for an email and U2U before the weekend finishes.
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[*] posted on 26-11-2019 at 21:45


Only one month to go! Well, less than that.
Which is to say, if you are relying on international postage, you are cutting it fine.


I have been sent a few tantalising U2Us and I know what I have been up to. I think there will be considerable joy around the tree on Christmas morning.
Merry Christmas everyone.
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[*] posted on 11-12-2019 at 05:28


I received my secret Santa last night!!! Can’t wait to open this gift. Favorite gift under the tree every year!



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[*] posted on 19-12-2019 at 20:24


In the last week I have received not one but TWO packages addressed to me as Texium! How exciting! I also sent out my own gift, which should be arriving within the next two days. The post office gave me some grief about needing to put a real name on the package, and not knowing the actual name of my recipient, I had to make up a name on the spot. So if you receive a package from Texas addressed to an unfamiliar name, fear not!

Edit: Also, that incident at the post office got me thinking: it seems like it’s largely up to the person behind the desk whether they’ll require a “real” name on the package, as I’ve received plenty of packages via USPS that have been addressed to my username or only my first name, and yet I was required to put real names on the package that I sent. To make things easier, it might be a good idea to make a shipping name a required part of the secret Santa survey form. Of course, you wouldn’t have to put your real name on there, but it will prevent awkwardness at the post office, and ensure that everyone is getting the packages they’re supposed to.

[Edited on 12-20-2019 by Texium (zts16)]




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