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Official 2021 Pinside Secret Santa Participants Thread

By LesManley

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#251 45 days ago
Quoted from Petie423:

I can not even begin to express how extremely grateful I am for the gifts that I received from my secret Santa. I did not even believe the call I received on Friday saying that I have something coming freight today and when my wife sent me a picture of what arrived I knew that I needed to take my lunch break right then and there, drag my dad from his house to help me, and get this pinball table set up. It still doesn't even feel real to me that, that is what arrived at my house. I will never not be thankful for this incredibly generous gift I received, whoever you are out there, if I could give you a big hug, I would...and dammit, I'm a good hugger.
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That is amazing! To be willing to give that much takes a truly special person.......wow!

#252 45 days ago

My goodness! The thoughtfulness, creativity, and generosity Santa put into that is amazing! Here is the Secret Santa Christmas spirit in a box, for sure. Very well done, Santa! This is the best part of Pinside!

#253 45 days ago
Quoted from Dee-Bow:

Well done santa, you absolutely nailed it - from the t-shirt on! that is frikkin awesome! And such a well written post! Cheers to Gryphon, welcome Rocket and best wishes to the rest of the SkyKing family! Awesome!

couldn't have said it better myself. Great write-up.

#254 45 days ago
Quoted from Dee-Bow:

Cheers to Gryphon, welcome Rocket

Thanks for that! Gryphon's truly missed around here -- especially when I visit my 3D printers, because he'd always come hang out with me over there -- but Rocket has been filling that void in spectacular fashion, for the whole family.

#255 45 days ago
Quoted from SkyKing2301:

Buckle up, ladies and gents. This one's going to be a long one

I had to go through that a second time, it was such a good read, very well documented!

This topic sure is looking good this year. Can't wait to see what is next.

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#256 45 days ago

I officially apologize in advance if my stuff is not as well thought out as what I've seen so far from other Secret Santa's! I'm just a peasant here, lol

#257 45 days ago

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#258 45 days ago

I waited all of 10 seconds to rip into this
Thank you so much for the awesome gifts Secret Santa! Lots of Coin door Stickers a cool T-shirt a Bally Coffee mug and finally what every Pinsider needs is a good ball polishing rag!

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#259 45 days ago

I’m a rookie , so I’ll take this as a learning experience and UP my game next year .I feel shitty I just sent my gift from the business without a note or anything .I’m taking notes .I won’t be so dull next year .I won’t be sending a pin (God bless you for the joy you brought that family ) but I now understand the true meaning of Les’s Secret Santa thread

#260 44 days ago

just coming off quarantine from covid so will get my package out tomorrow looking at all the great gifts so far i feel bad since i just regifted a bunch of things my mother in law has given me for christmas over the years ( despite being married to her daughter for over many years she apparently has no idea what size clothing i wear, items range from small to xtra large) including a nice pair of striped unisex leggings i hope my sante enjoys!

#261 44 days ago
Quoted from Kkoss24:

I’m a rookie , so I’ll take this as a learning experience and UP my game next year .I feel shitty I just sent my gift from the business without a note or anything .I’m taking notes .I won’t be so dull next year .I won’t be sending a pin (God bless you for the joy you brought that family ) but I now understand the true meaning of Les’s Secret Santa thread

Its only the 3rd, so not to late to do something else if inspiration strikes!

#262 44 days ago

Finally got a shipping notice from the last of the gifts I ordered for my recipient. I was getting worried it was taking so long. Can't wait to pack it all up and send it out. All these pics from others is inspiring me to get more creative with my wrapping.

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#263 44 days ago
Quoted from Kkoss24:

I’m a rookie , so I’ll take this as a learning experience and UP my game next year .I feel shitty I just sent my gift from the business without a note or anything .I’m taking notes .I won’t be so dull next year .I won’t be sending a pin (God bless you for the joy you brought that family ) but I now understand the true meaning of Les’s Secret Santa thread

Don't worry about it! I did this the first year and my SS still (I hoped) really enjoyed their gifts. Just glad to have you and everyone else in the mix. This is truly THE best thread each year and I love seeing everyone open and enjoy their gifts, be it big, small, or anywhere in between.

Yeah we all wish we could be that one lucky person to get an NIB, but truth-be-told, the fact that there are people awesome enough to gift anything is more than can be said in many parts. So for that alone, I feel thankful. /cheese

#264 44 days ago

Shipped mine out! Love seeing all of these reveal pictures! Such a great thread! Glad I just happened to stumble on it in the forums!

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#265 44 days ago

Well this caught me off guard, package 2 arrived today and I know I didn’t even wait 10 seconds this time to tear into it. Thank you so much Secret Santa for the two awesome back glass towels of games in my collection, especially fond of the Frontier as that is my childhood favorite game! 2 big thumbs up on that and a awesome Old time radio book complete with 3 CD’s of shows! Very very cool and totally unexpected to receive a second package filled with awesome gifts after such a giving first. Thank you so much. The coffee mug was put to use this morning and I swear the coffee even tasted better today! This has really set me up to have a great holiday and I owe it to my SS and Les for setting this in motion the last several years! I also love this thread as it is my personal favorite every year. Pinsiders are the best people I know that gather at the best website I know! I hope everyone has a great holiday season.

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#266 44 days ago

No way!! Jeff Goldblum coloring book! this is true test of friendship-guaranteed to spark conversation and those that don’t like this don’t need to be my friends anymore-
Thank you so much Secret Santa!!

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#267 44 days ago
Quoted from tbutler6:

No way!! Jeff Goldblum coloring book! this is true test of friendship-guaranteed to spark conversation and those that don’t like this don’t need to be my friends anymore-
Thank you so much Secret Santa!!
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Actually, Jeff Goldblum is one of my favorite actor, him and Donald Sutherland.. makes us friends for life!

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#268 44 days ago

Sterlings gifts arrived today! Great job secret Santa. A clever note with reference to our cat tiger and a gift for him also! Santa did some detective work for that! A awesome tiny Lego funhouse pinball machine, baby Yoda shirt, pinball chapstick, awesome flipper ornament , Mario perler beads, wario, Legos ,need,, and even some flipper protectors for dad! Excellent work Santa..thank you very much! And the note said a tube coming also!! . For any of you that want to know..sterling is 10 years old..and has become a monster in the tournament circuit. Won 2 ifpa tournaments this month..and did very well at the big expo tournament. Here is his Halloween costume at expo with the man himself..

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#269 44 days ago

Wrapped ,packed and on it’s way.

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#270 44 days ago

My gifts also arrived today..look at this sick GNR glass cover.. the seller actually sent me two different ones..what will I do with two of them....oh wait! Thanks Santa..nice work..!!!!

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#271 44 days ago

Thank you Santa!

Now I need to buy an ACNC!

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#272 44 days ago
Quoted from Daditude:

Thank you Santa!
Now I need to buy an ACNC!
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Awesome! If you don’t mind a tough game-absolutely buy an ACNC. Neat game

#273 44 days ago
Quoted from Mitoska:

Sterlings gifts arrived today! Great job secret Santa. A clever note with reference to our cat tiger and a gift for him also! Santa did some detective work for that! A awesome tiny Lego funhouse pinball machine, baby Yoda shirt, pinball chapstick, awesome flipper ornament , Mario perler beads, wario, Legos ,need,, and even some flipper protectors for dad! Excellent work Santa..thank you very much! And the note said a tube coming also!! . For any of you that want to know..sterling is 10 years old..and has become a monster in the tournament circuit. Won 2 ifpa tournaments this month..and did very well at the big expo tournament. Here is his Halloween costume at expo with the man himself..
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Wowzers.. well done Sterling! his costume is awesome! Looks just like Gary. And the lil man beside him went all out on that Rudy costume too

#274 43 days ago

My gift package is sent out! Hope it brings the recipient some joy. Like others, I put some more creativity into it this year.

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#275 43 days ago

This is my first year participating in the Pinside Secret Santa thread as I'm fairly new to the hobby (1st Pin was in 2020). I have to say the generosity and appreciation in this thread is the most wholesome thread I've ever been a part of on the internet.

I had a rough day yesterday getting called into some emergency server maintenance for work which ruined some plans I had for the day with friends. So after driving back home to remotely log in to work I discovered a rather large box on my front porch addressed to RoyalJack, which could only mean one thing, ITS SECRET SANTA TIME!

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After managing the work mischief I decided to take a break and treat myself to an early Christmas and redeem the day! My SS truly outdid themselves and did great work reading through my profile, and some posts to pick out some amazing gifts!

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I never expected to have an entire box full of goodies!

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My SS clearly did some studying and knew I was big into retro gaming! I can't wait to get this ornament on our tree this year!
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I also recently posted asking about cupholders for Godzilla, and low and behold I now have one!
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You can never go wrong with a tube of fresh balls! These will come in handy in the near future.
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Jackpot! I love trying new candies and especially this retro style stuff. I can't wait to try them all!
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I saved the largest box for last which was marked as fragile. I had no idea what this could be.
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I have been thinking about getting a set of these for my games for a while and SS beat me to it! Whoever my Secret Santa was this year, thank you so much for the incredible gifts and for turning my chaotic day around. You went the extra mile and made this pinsider smile! Merry Christmas!!!

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#276 42 days ago

After having gotten stuck at home for a while due to local flooding, I made it to the post office and picked up my mail and was surprised to see a package from my secret Santa. After running a whole bunch of errands I got back home and opened the box to find three wrapped presents.P1030840 (resized).JPG Having no patience I promptly opened them and found that my Santa made good use of my mention that I collect Muppets stuff.P1030842 (resized).JPG I love the shirt, and the Piggy and Kermit Hallmark ornament immediately found a home on the shelf with my other Muppet ornaments. P1030845 (resized).JPG My husband and I are looking forward to playing Star Wars Risk, great job Santa the gifts are all awesome, and thank you very much.

Also a big thank you to LesManley for organizing this.

#277 42 days ago

Simply WOW - some people have been super thoughtful. I am glad I got to participate this year, I hope my Pinsider likes his gift. I looked and could not find anything on him that made it so thoughtful as some others were able to do but I know I would like the gift I sent.

I think when you see what people did here, makes you feel like you have to step it up. Maybe not NIB pin but more...

Congrats all - some real thoughtful stuff going out there. I swear some family members could learn from these gifts, there is tuff a person would love if you collect pinball games.

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#278 42 days ago

I am very excited ! My daughter was thrilled when she saw the Pokémon card. My secret Santa also has INCREDIBLE penmanship . My wife does calligraphy and really appreciates good writing.

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#279 42 days ago

Those of us with a game room far from the can might benefit from a gift as thoughtful as this.

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#280 41 days ago
Quoted from balt:

Those of us with a game room far from the can might benefit from a gift as thoughtful as this.
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Perfect for my son, but if the toilet bowl is any indication, I think he would miss the plant completely.

#281 41 days ago
Quoted from pinballjah:

Perfect for my son, but if the toilet bowl is any indication, I think he would miss the plant completely.

$8.95 at Walmart! So that he can fine tune his aiming skills! (Bonus, there's a glow-in-the-dark version for nightime missions )

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#282 41 days ago

Alright, items wrapped and packaged. Shipping out today. Here is hoping they like the things their Santa picked out.

The lack of air holes was by choice, I figure by the time the chinchillas arrive they will be just about ready to use with the cookbook I sent!

#283 41 days ago
Quoted from Saltimbanco:

$8.95 at Walmart! So that he can fine tune his aiming skills! (Bonus, there's a glow-in-the-dark version for nightime missions )[quoted image]

Man this is one thing I'm not looking forward to....almost need to get the xmas tree plastic down around the toilet so the floor isn't gross :-p

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#284 41 days ago

Awesome Santa! Thanks for making my day

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#285 41 days ago
Quoted from Llabnip1972:

Awesome Santa! Thanks for making my day
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I love the play pinball sign. Share another photo when you set it up in your game room!

#286 41 days ago

damn quick shipping service by usps but oops i guess i messed up by including my pinside name!

enjoy them , i hope they look good on your games and in your game room!

the pleasure was mine jeremy!

#287 41 days ago

Bosco wishes your dogs merry Christmas as well!

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#288 41 days ago
Quoted from pinballjj:

damn quick shipping service by usps but oops i guess i messed up by including my pinside name!
enjoy them , i hope they look good on your games and in your game room!
the pleasure was mine jeremy!

How difficult was it to put those puppies into that box?

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#289 41 days ago

Today is my birthday so it seemed fitting to use it as a birthday and Santa present

A huge thanks to my Secret Santa for the full pinball wardrobe (and more)!

I especially love the Tilt Pinball Bar hoodie. Perhaps I now have an in with someone involved in that fine establishment?

Seriously, what a thoughtful, massive haul.

Thank you!!

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#290 41 days ago
Quoted from scootss:

Today is my birthday so it seemed fitting to use it as a birthday and Santa present
A huge thanks to my Secret Santa for the full pinball wardrobe (and more)!
I especially love the Tilt Pinball Bar hoodie. Perhaps I now have an in with someone involved in that fine establishment?
Seriously, what a thoughtful, massive haul.
Thank you!![quoted image]

Awesome

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#291 41 days ago

Arrived home to a great looking box and I'm sorry Santa but I couldn't wait to open it. Inside I have the topper for my Mando game that's on route (although my son has currently hugged and ran off with him.) Tons of candy, a great shirt to wear while playing my game and an awesome collection of Porsches (my one day crazy dream). And one of them is Purple which is my favorite color.

What a super thoughtful gift! You killed it Santa! Thank you very much!

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#292 41 days ago

My wife text me while I was out this weekend and let me know that she received my very large Secret Santa package. I could not make it home fast enough.
When I got home I found a large playfield sized box, I took a quick picture and then pulled out my knife and cut it open right away.
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The first items I pulled out was a tube that said Metallica art on it and a Game Exchange of Colorado t-shirt in my size. I pulled the contents out of the tube and they did not disappoint. A cabinet side art decal and translite for a Metallica pinball machine. I collect pinball artwork to hang on the walls in my game room and these will look great with the rest of my collection.
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The final item pulled from the box was a mint condition Stern Star Wars playfield. I collect older playfields and hang them up on the walls in my shop, most of them are well used or damaged in some way but this playfield is BEAUTIFUL!! I almost feel bad hanging it up but it will look amazing with the 20 or so other playfields I have hung up.
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I huge thank you to my Secret Santa and Game Exchange of Colorado for the beyond awesome gifts and LesManley (John) for putting this exchange together every year.

#293 41 days ago
Quoted from Saltimbanco:

How difficult was it to put those puppies into that box?

I was wondering the same thing!

#294 41 days ago
Quoted from undrdog:

I was wondering the same thing!

They are the type that you add water and they expand by 20x,funny I only packed 2 but I guess they were busy en route

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#295 41 days ago

I got a package today,and did the whole did I order something game. Lol.

My secret Santa most likely stalked me and saw that I am into vinyl. I got this cool [Retro] coaster set!

It includes such hit songs (although some are B side hits) as:

Cover and protect
Protect the surface
Tea time (don't spill this)
No marks on the table
Rest on me!
Too hot to handle

These are fun and will get used for sure.

Thank you santa!

Now then.... I just have to figure out how to keep my cup spinning at 45 rpm

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#296 41 days ago
Quoted from pacmanretro:

I got a package today,and did the whole did I order something game. Lol.
My secret Santa most likely stalked me and saw that I am into vinyl. I got this cool [Retro] coaster set!
It includes such hit songs (although some are B side hits) as:
Cover and protect
Protect the surface
Tea time (don't spill this)
No marks on the table
Rest on me!
Too hot to handle

These are fun and will get used for sure.
Thank you santa!
Now then.... I just have to figure out how to keep my cup spinning at 45 rpm [quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

Those are literally," groovy"!

#297 41 days ago

It's Away!!!

The holiday delivery service has been obtained and the package is on it's way to...

I hope everyone is enjoying this year's SS as much as I am. It's my 3rd time and look forward to it all year.

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#298 40 days ago
Quoted from scootss:

Today is my birthday so it seemed fitting to use it as a birthday and Santa present
A huge thanks to my Secret Santa for the full pinball wardrobe (and more)!
I especially love the Tilt Pinball Bar hoodie. Perhaps I now have an in with someone involved in that fine establishment?
Seriously, what a thoughtful, massive haul.
Thank you!![quoted image]

What is the Pinball-Wizards item in the center? A book?

#299 40 days ago
Quoted from acitti:

The final item pulled from the box was a mint condition Stern Star Wars playfield. I collect older playfields and hang them up on the walls in my shop, most of them are well used or damaged in some way but this playfield is BEAUTIFUL!! I almost feel bad hanging it up but it will look amazing with the 20 or so other playfields I have hung up

That Star Wars playfield looks AMAZING! GJ Secret Santa - The Force is strong with that one!

#300 40 days ago

Recieved a "Mod Couple" package in the mail yesterday with "Pinside Secret Santa" in the address.
Going to wait until Christmas to open it.
Thanks Santa!

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