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Secret Santa Blogger

5 December, 2003 12:14 PM

gift.jpgDo you ever participate in the secret exchange of gifts at Christmas time where everyone has to get something for someone else but no one knows who is buying for who? Here in Australia we call it Criscringle in other places its called 'Secret Santa'.

I was wondering if any bloggers want to do one this year? Of course it would be 'virtual presents' and we'll set some ground rules - but it could be fun and you might 'meet' a blogger you've never met before.

There are similar things out there but most of them require you to purchase a present and send it physically.

Anyone interested? I'll coordinate it. Here is how it will work.

* Sign Up - Bloggers wanting to participate will leave a comment or shoot me an email saying they are willing to participate by a set date - they need to submit their email and blog address.

* Notification - At that date I will send everyone an email notifying them of the person they are to give a 'virtual gift' to. There will be a time limit (ie should happen before Christmas). Each participant will be a gift giver and a gift receiver.

* Give a gift/s - Gifts should be anonymous. Its not about promoting your blog but about the other blogger.

* Gifts might include:
- anonymous encouraging comments/emails to the blogger.
- sending virtual cards or flowers
- making a donation to charity in the persons name
- writing a blog review/link/poem etc about their blog and ask another blogger to publish it on your behalf (ie to keep it anonymous)
- contribute to their paypal (or some other way of giving a small physical gift).

* Be Creative - The presents are limited only by your imagination. Be as creative as you like, but keep it anonymous if you can. Enlist the help of other bloggers in your giving if you'd like. Give more than one gift if you have the time and creativity - but do at least something and sign it from their 'secret santa'.

Anyone want to do it? Please indicate if you want to be included clearly in comments below (and leave your email and blog address!) or via email. Feel free to make suggestions on gifts also. We'll make the cut off date 10 days before Christmas (December 15th) if we get enough responses. All are welcome to participate - Please spread the news because the more who do this the more fun its going to be!



Great idea! I'm in.

Darryl » 5 December, 2003 12:32 PM

Sure. Can you get virtual ferraris?

Luke » 5 December, 2003 12:34 PM

probably Luke....i'll mention that to the person that gets you...

Darren Rowse » 5 December, 2003 12:35 PM

Great!Count me in!

» 5 December, 2003 12:47 PM

Lovely idea.

Martin Roth » 5 December, 2003 12:51 PM

please clearly indicate if you are in - if so make sure you've filled in the email address and URL sections above your comment or at least put your email in some form in your comment - otherwise I have no way of contacting you to let you know who your buddy will be.


Darren Rowse » 5 December, 2003 12:56 PM

Please count me in, Darren! You can let me know via hotmail (thomasswilliams). Thanks!

Thomas Williams » 5 December, 2003 1:41 PM

I'm in

saint » 5 December, 2003 7:32 PM

This is just another example of the author of this blog attempting to create his own little empire and bring hits to his site. It is just a ploy to generate hits and earn money through his advertisements. It is a sell out.

graham » 5 December, 2003 11:29 PM

I'm there.

Rodney Olsen » 6 December, 2003 12:41 AM

Cheer up Graham. I'm a bit of a cynic myself - but I'm sure directing traffic isn't the motive here. Merry Christmas!

Luke » 6 December, 2003 1:44 AM

Yeah count me in email is andesmallwood at hotmail.com

ande » 6 December, 2003 5:47 AM

I'm in....sounds like fun.

joshua.michael » 6 December, 2003 6:53 AM

Hey, I would love to participate! :)

Melissa » 6 December, 2003 8:22 AM

Sounds like a bit of fun to me too. Put a bit of paper in the hat for me Darren!

Richard Hall » 6 December, 2003 11:15 AM

Sure. Why not?

Justin Baeder » 6 December, 2003 1:02 PM

Count me in.

Susan » 6 December, 2003 1:20 PM

ok. I will participate!

Rachel » 6 December, 2003 2:59 PM

I am in

bob » 6 December, 2003 4:07 PM

Sign me up! Sounds like fun!

Jessica » 7 December, 2003 1:11 PM

this sounds like fun count me in.

lucas » 7 December, 2003 3:21 PM

Please count me in as well. :-)

Timothy R. Butler » 7 December, 2003 4:13 PM

I just realized I didn't put in my email address.

joshua.michael » 7 December, 2003 6:36 PM

Sounds fun!

Jon Dixon » 8 December, 2003 8:18 AM

Count me in too please!

Scott » 9 December, 2003 1:16 AM

Yes, I would like to participate.

jenn » 9 December, 2003 2:01 PM

I love giving and receiving gifts. Great idea so count me in.

Barry (PMPilgrim) » 9 December, 2003 2:26 PM

hey darren! count me in! ;)

jax » 10 December, 2003 12:14 AM

Darren -
Great idea! I'm in! (Thanks to Martin Roth for the link!)

Eric » 10 December, 2003 8:21 AM

I would love to participate.

Also, may I suggest you use the site elfster http://www.elfster.com to organize the exchange?

I built this site over the last several years to help organize and enliven the Secret Santa I do with my family. This year it is available for anyone to use.

In addition to helping you send out invitations and drawing names, the site lets participants keep a wishlist, has a Q & A feature where you can ask your person questions without giving away who you are, and there is even a "do not need" list.

It would be great if you organized the exchange on Elfster. I'd love to know what you think. Please take a peek and let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

May you find your inner elf,


Peter » 29 October, 2004 2:20 PM

I wanna do this! It alot of fun! Please sign me up.

Babz » 16 November, 2004 4:46 PM

I'd like to participate in secret santa. how do i sign up.

Sabby » 18 November, 2004 5:24 PM

Sign me up too! ......Even though i don't know anyone here ....it sounds quite fun

Rich » 29 November, 2004 11:38 PM

I just found this really cool Secret Santa site called Guesslist.com - I used a bunch but this one seems to be the best one out there. Check it out when if you get a chance

They even have Hanukkah and Kwanzaa themes!

Kuato » 30 November, 2004 3:33 AM

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