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Pinside 2020 Secret Santa Program - Sign Up Through Nov. 14th (NOW CLOSED)


By LesManley

86 days ago



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    #1 86 days ago

    HO, HO, HO!

    It's close enough to Halloween and this year has pretty much sucked, so let's officially set our sights on Christmas again and with that comes the 4TH ANNUAL PINSIDE SECRET SANTA PROGRAM! The first year we had 61 participants, then 113 in 2018 and 147 in 2019. I'm almost scared to see where this year ends up, I think a lot of people could use a little bit more cheer in their lives this year! People have fun with it, get to be a big kid again and some really go the extra mile to be creative in finding out what to get their person. Because of all that, let's give it a another go this year and see if we can put even more smiles on people's faces come Christmas morning...just going to have to pull all the masks down so we can see them. I'll keep the Secret Santa sign up open until Saturday night, November 14th. So shout it from the rooftops...tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers over Zoom...we don't want anyone to miss out that wants in. After the November 14th I really have to close it down so I can match up participants, send out Secret Santa information and people can start buying their gifts. Once the sign up period has ended, I will create a new thread for all the participants and link to it in this thread as always.

    If you are totally unfamiliar with what this SS Program entails, here is a quick synopsis:

    Everyone who chooses to participate sends me the information requested below via private message and is put on the Secret Santa list. After registration is closed on Nov. 14th, I will randomly choose recipients for each Santa. Every Santa will receive the Pinsider name, list of ideas/information (if any were sent to me) and address of their recipient. They then do some investigation into their recipient's games and likes, they locate/purchase gift(s) and send to their recipient. Everyone who participates will send a gift(s) and receive a gift(s) to open whenever they choose this holiday season to hopefully help end this year on a good note.

    If you want to check out the complete details and/or you just want to relive all the joy we had in previous years, here are the Secret Santa threads from the past...

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/official-2019-pinside-secret-santa-participants-thread
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/official-2018-pinside-secret-santa-participants-thread
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/official-2017-pinside-secret-santa-participants-thread

    If you want to participate here is what I need from you via private message...

    Your full name and mailing address

    Your email address

    Your shirt size

    Suggestions: I suggest providing a list of ideas to help your Santa out, but ultimately your Santa will decide what to get you. Not required, but if you update your collection on Pinside, include a list of your current games in the PM to me and/or mention that you also like arcade games and/or things like pop culture for instance, that could also help give your Santa ideas and direction. Please don't come into this with huge expectations, or have hard feelings if it's not anything on your list, just enjoy what's received. Remember, this is as fun of an experience as you make it!

    I think that's everything. I'll update usernames as I can from PMs as they come in in this thread as well, so everyone knows I got their message and that they are included. Feel free to post in this thread that you are participating or share past stories and encourage others to do so as well if you want. The more the merrier!

    2020 Secret Santas: (Updated 11/15 - 1:55pm)

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    2 67cutlass
    3 acitti
    4 action76
    5 Aflacjack
    6 alexmogil
    7 amkoepfer
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    24 Charliew65
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    28 Coindork
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    30 Coz
    31 Daditude
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    35 Devilsmuse
    36 dnapac
    37 docquest
    38 drbrain
    39 EasternBloc
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    42 FatPanda
    43 Fezmid
    44 fiberdude120
    45 fosaisu
    46 gentrsa
    47 Gexchange
    48 gliebig
    49 Gogojohnnyquack
    50 grantopia
    51 Gritty
    52 groffdaddy
    53 guitarded
    54 Hayfarmer
    55 HighVoltage
    56 hogbog
    57 homegameroom
    58 hool10
    59 hupchallenge
    60 icanswim70
    61 Insane
    62 Isochronic_Frost
    63 j_m
    64 Jaeg
    65 Jason_Jehosaphat
    66 Jawa
    67 jellikit
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    93 Mtg381
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    #2 86 days ago

    Woohoo!!! Looking forward to it again this year, had a lot of fun researching & putting together my gifts to send last year. PM sent!

    #3 86 days ago

    Had fun last year! Ill send pm in a minute!

    #4 86 days ago

    Thank you for doing this again John !

    I love following along to see what people got. And the creativity of some of those sending gifts. Not to mention the budget of some !

    Merry Christmas everybody when you get your secret santa gift !

    LTG : )

    #5 86 days ago

    Yeah baby, jackpot! PM incoming!

    #6 86 days ago

    Wow! I wasn't expecting this until Sunday! John, thank you so much for organizing this each year! It really is the highlight of my year.

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    #7 86 days ago

    Gotta start buyin' shit!!!

    #8 86 days ago

    Pm you hope us Canucks can join in.

    #9 86 days ago
    Quoted from Twilight1:

    Pm you hope us Canucks can join in.

    We had a handful last year. Les keeps canada in canada and so on to keep shipping somewhat reasonable. But I know shipping was expensive for me last year

    #10 86 days ago
    Quoted from Twilight1:

    Pm you hope us Canucks can join in.

    Absolutely you can participate. Lots of our maple syrup loving, hockey playing, canoe paddling, poutine eating friends to north participate every year. International Pinsiders can join in the fun too, that just gets a little more tricky, but we make it work.

    Quoted from northerndude:

    We had a handful last year. Les keeps canada in canada and so on to keep shipping somewhat reasonable. But I know shipping was expensive for me last year

    This is true, so actually the more the better!

    #11 86 days ago
    Quoted from LesManley:

    Absolutely you can participate. Lots of our maple syrup loving, hockey playing, poutine eating friends to north participate every year. International Pinsiders can join in the fun too, that just gets a little more tricky, but we make it work.

    This is true, so actually the more the better!

    I hope my santa is canadian. Fyi, i love poutine. Best food ever!

    #12 86 days ago

    I’m in!! It’s been fun the last couple years.

    #13 86 days ago

    I'm in.

    #14 86 days ago

    Great idea!

    #15 86 days ago

    I'm definitely in again.

    #16 86 days ago

    I'm definitely in again!

    #17 86 days ago

    Awesome idea! Pm incoming!

    #18 86 days ago

    I’m in again
    Following this thread is always a highlight of the holiday!
    Thanks Secret Santa (Les) for doing this!
    Jim

    #19 86 days ago

    I stumbled on this thread last year when it was too late. I am in this year. Thanks for doing this.

    #20 86 days ago

    I have more fun shopping for Pinside gifts than for family gifts!
    Thanks for running this again!

    #21 86 days ago
    Quoted from amkoepfer:

    I hope my santa is canadian. Fyi, i love poutine. Best food ever!

    I love Coffee Crisp! My parents live on the border (Niagara Falls, NY), so they occasionally send me some.

    Also in for the fourth year! So excited!

    #22 86 days ago

    4th year in a row, one of the OGs reporting in! You know probably have all my info, John.

    I love doing it. Heads up for my Santa: Don’t want to get too ahead of myself and jinx it, but my pin collection has grown too large and honestly the whole “quarantine” has drove me to the brink with certain family, so I’m hopefully going to be buying my first house before the end of the year.

    I have no clue what I’m doing but I’m going for it. So if my Santa is homeowner, gifts for first timer!

    #23 86 days ago
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    #24 86 days ago

    I'm in! Ho Ho Ho!

    #25 86 days ago

    In from the beginning, its tradition now!! Thank you for doing this Les

    #26 86 days ago
    Quoted from Pin-Pilot:

    I stumbled on this thread last year when it was too late. I am in this year. Thanks for doing this.

    Glad to see you’re participating.
    It’s really a lot of fun.

    #27 86 days ago

    Thanks Les, had a good time last year. I'm going to peruse that thread to start getting ideas.

    #28 86 days ago

    Let's do this.

    #29 86 days ago

    Absolutely count me in! We all need some holiday cheer this year! Merry Christmas everyone

    #30 85 days ago

    I'm in this year

    #31 85 days ago

    Count me in.
    PM sent

    #33 85 days ago

    Its that time already? Here we go.

    #34 85 days ago

    I didn't see an amount posted, is there a suggested price range?

    #35 85 days ago

    First time I'm doing this. I have seen some stories on Reddit and they are simply jaw dropping with Bill Gates and other celebs giving them literally "The Twelve Days of Christmas" with X-BOX consoles, etc. Is there a suggested price range?

    #36 85 days ago

    Count me in!

    It's a lot of fun. I would definitely suggest shipping extra early this year, however.

    #37 85 days ago
    Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:

    I didn't see an amount posted, is there a suggested price range?

    LesManley will post the rules when he starts the paticipants' thread. In the past there has only been a minimum: $30.

    #38 85 days ago

    I’m in again

    #40 85 days ago
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    #41 85 days ago
    Quoted from Coindork:

    Glad to see you’re participating.
    It’s really a lot of fun.

    Could not pass it up. I will be out of town for most of November but online ordering can be done from anywhere.

    #42 85 days ago

    In again. Thanks lesmanley for all your work on this. My favorite thread on pinside.

    #43 84 days ago

    Ready for some Christmas Cheer!! I'm in....first timer.

    #44 84 days ago

    At first glance tonight looks to be about 36 more e-mails I have to go through, so with the people from before we are pushing 50 participants after 2 days. I'll be adding everyone who sent me a PM with their information to the participant list, so make sure to check there for your username to make sure you are in. Thanks!

    #45 84 days ago

    There's No Need To Fear... Undrdog is here! I’m in!

    #46 83 days ago

    I'm in, PM sent.

    #47 83 days ago

    I'm in as well, PM sent.

    #48 83 days ago

    Last year was so fun. I’m in again! PM will be sent today. Thanks for doing this!

    #49 83 days ago

    I’m in! This is my favorite thread all year.

    #50 83 days ago

    Don't even know who my recipient is going to be but I've already started shopping!

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