Forums > Hair, Makeup & Styling > time for the MM secret santa again!

Hair Stylist

Angel Graves

Posts: 2358

Fort Collins, Colorado, US

Satan Santa you know whatever lol
It's rapidly approaching that time of year again where we have the unique opportunity to get and receive gifts from all of our friends here on MM and perhaps get to know each other better!  Unfortunately I could not be a part of this last year and I really missed celebrating Yule and the New Year in the hospital so I'm REALLY looking forward to this year's fall holidays!!

So, that being said. . .  Who is interested in participating in Secret Santa this year?  I am trying to remember the last one of these I coordinated I think we had like 26 or so of the HMS forum involved in it and was a great deal of fun shopping for little wishlist things and getting them off in time to arrive smile  I am really excited to do this again ^^

Angel
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Sep 24 12 03:42 pm Link

Hair Stylist

rick lesser

Posts: 726

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

I don't remember this!  Can you give us a brief reminder of how it works for those of us that don't know?  R-

Sep 25 12 12:38 pm Link

Wardrobe Stylist

T O C S S - Wardrobe

Posts: 13

Fort Collins, Colorado, US

For those of you who were not involved in the previous Secret Santa, here's the fast and dirty of it wink

I drew up a brief question sheet for your santa to get to know you, things like favorite colors and gifts you absolutely don't care for etc.  When those were all received, I had some super helper input the names into a randomizing program to ensure that everything was fair with the names being chosen for each person and then the info they submitted along with their shipping info was given to their santa.  Pretty easy peasy wink

We did make allowance tho for all of our friends in and out of the US to make sure that people were not paired up to someone with restricted countries or where they were absolutely not able to do international shipping for whatever reason and some very awesome volunteers took on more than one santa to ensure that everyone got to participate. 

We all had great fun with the whole thing last time and it was wonderful to get to know everyone a bit better by reading their questionnaire answers!  You'd be amazed at what you can learn from what a person would not want to receive as a gift for xmas lol!  I do want to get this started earlier this time so that people involved with outside of their country partners can have plenty of time to get them there ahead of the holidays this time as last time we ran into a few shipping snafu's that delayed people's gifts arriving in time for the actual holiday but we all still got our gifts so it worked itself out in the end wink

After it's all done, a really great bunch of thank you's for the gifts received was posted and I completely enjoyed all the fun we had with it all the way into January!

Hope that answers your questions, please let me know if you have any others ^^

Angel
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Sep 25 12 10:07 pm Link

Wardrobe Stylist

H Jules

Posts: 303

Brooklyn, New York, US

Sounds super fun

Sep 27 12 11:52 am Link

Model

Affinity Finch

Posts: 652

Bodmin, England, United Kingdom

It does sound fun! smile

Sep 27 12 12:07 pm Link

Hair Stylist

rick lesser

Posts: 726

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

Thank you for the update!  R-

Sep 27 12 03:18 pm Link

Model

mitsu_model

Posts: 246

London, England, United Kingdom

I would love to do it smile
I'm not sure I can, being based in Tokyo, but it sounds like a lot of fun!

Sep 27 12 10:42 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Daneka Wilson Make Up

Posts: 47

Longford, Longford, Ireland

If we're doing a UK/Ireland one you can count me in!

Oct 01 12 11:12 am Link

Body Painter

Cat Camp

Posts: 849

Tampa, Florida, US

The SSSs I've participated in have been fun, but last time I never got an acknowledgement that my package was received. yikes(  I never found out if it got there on time or at all.
I loved my gifts; my SS really took some time to come up with them! I'd enjoy doing it again.

Oct 02 12 08:35 am Link

Photographer

paragonfl

Posts: 288

Saint Petersburg, Florida, US

rick lesser wrote:
Thank you for the update!  R-

Suggested value ???

I want to...

Oct 02 12 08:41 am Link

Model

Just Danielle

Posts: 2334

Petersfield, England, United Kingdom

Daneka Wilson Make Up wrote:
If we're doing a UK/Ireland one you can count me in!

I'm in also! Maybe do seperate ones for different countries?

Oct 02 12 08:50 am Link

Model

Petrichor Rain

Posts: 7

Oakland, California, US

Is there a suggested value? This sounds like a fun idea!

Oct 02 12 09:09 am Link

Makeup Artist

Carmen Make up and Hair

Posts: 321

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I'm in!

Oct 02 12 09:17 am Link

Hair Stylist

Angel Graves

Posts: 2358

Fort Collins, Colorado, US

The ideal is to allow participation in 1 big Santa for everyone regardless of their home country.  That being said tho if you're in the UK, you must be ok with shipping to Tokyo or something if you got paired with someone out there or in the US etc. 


As far as price caps, we stuck to $20 last time but with the tight restrictions and such we wound up at $25.  That's not to say a great gift of creativity couldn't be less, just not to go over that amount wink  This also did NOT include your shipping.

So, as long as everyone is ok with shipping to a foreign country (please MM me if it is an issue for you for some reason) and the group agrees to a $20-25 USD cap we should be ready to begin the active recruiting and rule setting.  Making sure that if you live in a country that can't for example items in the shape of a firearm (Kiri and I had this issue last time) you make sure to share that info up front to help out someone who may not be familiar with international shipping smile

Sound good?

Angel
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Oct 02 12 06:31 pm Link

Makeup Artist

PaintedFaces MUA

Posts: 17

Caldwell, New Jersey, US

Please count me in !!!
smile

Oct 03 12 12:13 pm Link

Model

Affinity Finch

Posts: 652

Bodmin, England, United Kingdom

count me in!

Oct 03 12 12:53 pm Link

Photographer

MesmerEyes Photography

Posts: 3029

Tyler, Texas, US

Sounds great lets do it!

Oct 03 12 01:00 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Elizabethmakeup

Posts: 338

Hereford, England, United Kingdom

Just Danielle wrote:
I'm in also! Maybe do seperate ones for different countries?

+1

Just read the later post saying that it won't be restricted to same country exchange, so will refrain from joining in.

Oct 03 12 02:16 pm Link

Hair Stylist

Angel Graves

Posts: 2358

Fort Collins, Colorado, US

Based on a popular idea with people in the UK, we've decided to run a special UK based Secret Santa so the mass there can stick in country with their gift sending.
That's not to say those who would like to participate with an out of country Santa can't just that if you prefer to stay inside your own country there are enough of you in the UK that is certainly fesible for you smile

Oct 05 12 08:41 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Daneka Wilson Make Up

Posts: 47

Longford, Longford, Ireland

Thats good with me! Cant wait to get shopping now!

Oct 06 12 05:02 am Link

Hair Stylist

Angel Graves

Posts: 2358

Fort Collins, Colorado, US

Ok, to keep things straight then I'll start the UK Santa thread for you lot wink
This is exciting!  I'm so glad to see people getting in the mood for giving big_smile

Oct 06 12 09:49 am Link

Makeup Artist

SD Makeup Artisty

Posts: 184

Hicksville, New York, US

This sounds fun. (:

Oct 06 12 02:00 pm Link

Hair Stylist

Angel Graves

Posts: 2358

Fort Collins, Colorado, US

UK thread started and now just leaves us to decide when we're gonna call a close to joining the SS?  I think we need to ship no later than the first week of Dec for in the US to get the USPS on our side but, how much time do we need to leave ourselves to shop?  Thoughts?
Once I'm back on my laptop I'll dig out the previous SS questionnaire file so we can all get in agreement on questions.

Angel
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Oct 07 12 09:56 am Link

Photographer

Sungoddess Studios

Posts: 5169

Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, US

I don't remember this from last year.  I am not participating because it wold be unfair. I would receive 8 gifts and my Secret Santa partner only 1

Thanks,
Philip LEVY

Oct 07 12 10:05 am Link

Photographer

Brett Hunt

Posts: 2094

Washington Court House, Ohio, US

Sounds fin

Oct 07 12 10:13 am Link

Photographer

Brett Hunt

Posts: 2094

Washington Court House, Ohio, US

Sounds fin

Oct 07 12 10:18 am Link

Hair Stylist

Angel Graves

Posts: 2358

Fort Collins, Colorado, US

Sungoddess Studios wrote:
I don't remember this from last year.  I am not participating because it wold be unfair. I would receive 8 gifts and my Secret Santa partner only 1

Thanks,
Philip LEVY

You don't remember it from last year because I was sick in the hospital and did not do it last year wink We did this in Xmas of 2010 most recently.

As far as you getting 8 gifts and only giving 1... I'm super confused on how this would happen but I respect your declaration to not participate in an HMS event and hope you still enjoy your holidays anyway wink

Oct 07 12 10:20 am Link

Retoucher

PWF Retouch

Posts: 290

Jacksonville, North Carolina, US

I'm in!! smile

Oct 07 12 10:21 am Link

Model

Kendra from Canada

Posts: 441

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

count me in
hohoho

Oct 07 12 10:23 am Link

Hair Stylist

Angel Graves

Posts: 2358

Fort Collins, Colorado, US

Yay Jennifer and Kendra! Now to find Em and the others who participated before!  This was so much fun last time I seriously can't wait for the posts of thanks for the gifts!  That was almost as much fun as shopping for things I could mail to NZ lol

Oct 07 12 10:29 am Link

Hair Stylist

Angel Graves

Posts: 2358

Fort Collins, Colorado, US

From last time's questionnaire, a sample response

Industry Job Duty- MUA hair & wardrobe
Fave Colour- blues and greens
Fave Animal- dogs
Fave Accessory Item- scarves and hats
A thing you collect- nail polishes
Clothing Size- I like upcycling clothing so interesting things in many sizes
Things you would NOT want to receive- am not fussy, although home accesories are a bit of a waste as I have no space for it lol
your guilty pleasure fancy teas
Do you mind receiving well cared for used items? I love the idea!

Just some ideas of how we can use this again if the mass approves, let me know!

Oct 07 12 11:47 am Link

Retoucher

PWF Retouch

Posts: 290

Jacksonville, North Carolina, US

Angel Graves wrote:
From last time's questionnaire, a sample response

Industry Job Duty- MUA hair & wardrobe
Fave Colour- blues and greens
Fave Animal- dogs
Fave Accessory Item- scarves and hats
A thing you collect- nail polishes
Clothing Size- I like upcycling clothing so interesting things in many sizes
Things you would NOT want to receive- am not fussy, although home accesories are a bit of a waste as I have no space for it lol
your guilty pleasure fancy teas
Do you mind receiving well cared for used items? I love the idea!

Just some ideas of how we can use this again if the mass approves, let me know!

Once you have enough people, how do we find out who we have? Will you just message us a name and their shipping info?

Oct 07 12 01:25 pm Link

Hair Stylist

Angel Graves

Posts: 2358

Fort Collins, Colorado, US

I went thru my old messages from the last swap and it was called Dear Santa, we had 12 participants and when we got the dates settled we all replied to the questionnaire to me in a DM that included the shipping info and any preference as to not shipping over seas.
From there Em helped me with the randomizing to get everyone's partner chosen fairly and I forwarded their partner's info on.
I wound up taking two partner's last time because Kiri Cook lived in NZ and we took eachother to save anyone else the shipping restrictions hassle that country has but I've shipped there before so it was not a big deal for me. Since we split off the UK Santa tho I don't see that being an issue at all this time so far but I don't mind doing it again smile

Oct 07 12 05:03 pm Link

Retoucher

PWF Retouch

Posts: 290

Jacksonville, North Carolina, US

Ok great! I can't wait!

Oct 07 12 05:43 pm Link

Retoucher

PWF Retouch

Posts: 290

Jacksonville, North Carolina, US

I've already got my questionaire filled out lol

Oct 07 12 05:43 pm Link

Retoucher

PWF Retouch

Posts: 290

Jacksonville, North Carolina, US

Any idea when we are starting the secret santa?

Oct 15 12 09:38 pm Link

Hair Stylist

Angel Graves

Posts: 2358

Fort Collins, Colorado, US

We need to cut off by the end of the first week in November perhaps? Give everyone ample shopping time?
Sound ok to you guys?

Oct 16 12 12:32 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Jodie Elizabeth

Posts: 5

London, England, United Kingdom

id love to be part of this if in uk

Oct 16 12 01:56 pm Link

Photographer

Jhono Bashian

Posts: 2432

Cleveland, Ohio, US

sounds fun

Oct 16 12 01:58 pm Link

Hair Stylist

Angel Graves

Posts: 2358

Fort Collins, Colorado, US

Jodie Elizabeth wrote:
id love to be part of this if in uk

Jodie,

There's a UK specific Santa thread for all of you guys too!

Oct 16 12 02:00 pm Link