Picture cravin' AK Postal nut
We've done this for a few years now and even if I don't actually get anything since I run the whole deal, I consider it a fun and successful annual tradition on the site.
Yep, starting WAAAAY early this year. Partly because it's the 5th Annual and partly because I think people end up either missing the thread in the hubub around the holidays or don't want to bother with everything else that's going on. This way you have MONTHS to come up with your present (and you can buy it early before the big holiday spending starts), so there shouldn't be any stress or reason why you can't be ready to go when the time comes.
One of my favorite things about this forum is the fact that this idea works at all and I love seeing the gifts people come up with.
NOTE: The gift DOES NOT have to be Scrambler or even Jeep related and it's up to you to decide if alcohol would be appropriate. The only requirement is that whatever you send has to be legal to ship and legal for the recipient to have. Hopefully there's plenty of info available via folks' posts here to help you have an idea what might work. Every participant will answer a yes/no question on the appropriateness of alcohol and you'll be provided with their answer.
NEW THIS YEAR, I have set up a Google Form to make my life a lot simpler running this thing NO MORE PMS to me!
Link to the form to use to register:
1. ONLY PAID FORUM SUPPORTERS CAN PARTICIPATE
If you haven't read it already, this is a great thread for folks to check out to understand how this forum is run, why things here are different (better) than other Jeep forums, and why we need your support for way less than the cost of a tank of gas per year:
Here's the link to become a paid member:
2. ANYONE PARTICIPATING MUST POST A PHOTO OF THEMSELVES WITH THEIR GIFT ASAP AFTER RECEIVING IT
It is not sufficient to simply post a picture of the gift! YOU must be in the photo to get credit for this step in order to avoid prolonged nagging and ridicule by the rest of us. In the picture with your gift, ugly Christmas sweaters, funny headwear, beer, bacon, bourbon, and/or Christmas trees will earn you extra credit (usable for nothing, but hey! Extra credit!) Aside from the fact that this is fun for folks who participate, this is really the most fun thing in this whole deal for me personally, therefore it's absolutely, 100%, completely mandatory dammit.
3. GIFT PRICE LIMIT: $25
The whole thing is on the honor system, so there's no way to enforce this, but this is just a fun thing and not meant to be "another thing I have to spend $$$$ on..." so we put this in place to keep it reasonable and allow more folks to participate. And you don't have to spend all $25 if you have a great idea for less money. On the other hand, if you want to be the guy that sends someone a fuel injected, 401 crate engine, have at it, but know you're very likely getting something $25 or less for yourself.
4. USE THE GOOGLE FORM LINK TO ENTER TO PARTICIPATE and post up here that you're in (don't need any info in your post, just an FYI for folks and to bump the thread)
It is NOT sufficient to just post up here that you're in and I will NOT accept any PM entries. USE THE LINK (CLICK HERE) I am the only one with access to the responses and they won't be used for anything else.
Obviously, if you ship the person the gift, they'll basically know who it came from based on the return address, but there's really no reasonable alternative system, so the fun is the anticipation of the gift and not knowing who it came from until it arrives.
5. THIS IS ON THE HONOR SYSTEM, YOU MUST FOLLOW THROUGH IF YOU GO IN
Someone WILL be screwed if you don't follow through because they will have sent a gift to someone else. I WILL let people know who doesn't follow through, if it happens. For this to be fun, everyone needs to ship their gifts by the deadline so no one is sitting around waiting after everyone else has their gift. If we start having issues with follow through, I won't keep this going. I don't want to stop doing this, so follow through.
You must use the Google Form link to register by MIDNIGHT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6. I'd like to set this in motion earlier this year, which allows more time after you know the person's name to figure on a gift and gives everyone black Friday to do shopping, if they wanted, to get a cool deal. That means I have to have everyone's name/address in time to do the name drawing and share them out to everyone via PMs.
Everyone must ship their gift by SATURDAY DECEMBER 10. That's more than a month from when you'll get your name for finding/buying/shipping gifts (plus the time you have between now and then to think it over) and leaves time for delivery prior to the big day even with weather and the shipping crunch.
If you are outside the USA, you may still participate if you're willing to provide a way for your Secret Santa to ship you a gift. Ideally, a shipping company account number that the shipper could use to bill to the recipient. We can't really ask people to pay for overseas shipping and then be reimbursed after the fact. I could be convinced to serve as an intermediary for funds to try to keep the identity of a secret santa secret (you essentially pay for shipping up front by sending me money to send to your SS) but that sounds awfully complicated. Contact me first if you have an idea and want to participate.
Use the form to sign up and post up here if you're in! Also, let me know if there's anything I forgot.