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Secret Santa 2020

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Secret Santa 2020
Swap Coordinator:Stachel (contact)
Swap categories: Handmade  Seasonal  Themed 
Number of people in swap:13
Location:International
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:November 1, 2020
Date items must be sent by:November 16, 2020
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

Who doesn't like the fun of a Secret Santa in school or with colleagues? I enjoy trying to find something small and beautiful for someone else and loved watching them unwrap while they didn't know it was from me. Well, the โ€œWho is it from?โ€ won't be such a secret on here but still you can think of something nice, something to make your partner smile or something handmade for them, wrap it up and send it to your partner as a small token for the loving spirit of the Christmas time.

Please join and make this world a place of love again this Christmas.

In this swap you should find a small present for your swap partner. Put in at least 3 of the things listed below to make sure it's a fair swap.

You can send:
- some decoration
- self-made biscuits
- scroll with your wishes for the New Year for them
- chocolates
- Christmas-related bookmark
- something for under a Pound/Dollar/Euro/...
- something they can use for a next swap or for themselves (Washi Tape/stickers/blank postcard of your town or country/...)
- small candle
- small lucky charms (marbles/stones/shells/coins/...)
- something else you can think of

Please add a note which of the categories your presents are and why you chose them.

IMPORTANT: As at least two of the categories are things to eat, please upon signing up add a note on your profile in the section โ€œOtherโ€ to let your partner know if you have any special diet requirements or food allergies (for example on my profile I have a category named โ€œDear Swap Partner of...โ€ at the bottom). And before you choose something to eat/drink for your partner, please check on their profile for allergies or other restrictions. If there are no notes on your profile by the time partners are assigned, that means your partner has the freedom to choose anything to eat/drink for you.

Please note, that this swap requires at least a 4.90 rating in Type 3 swaps. It doesn't matter how many of those, but this shouldn't be your first Type 3.

Discussion

reauk 08/23/2020 #

Is it 3 or 4 items to send thanks

Stachel 08/23/2020 #

@reauk
Please send at least 3 items. If you choose to send more, it's fine, but not required.

Stachel 09/25/2020 #

@all
VERY IMPORTANT:
I'm very sad to announce that the US and Germany (my country) have made new rules for mail service. It is not allowed to send goods as a letter from Germany to the US anymore, only documents up to 500g. As a premium parcel it would cost me over 50โ‚ฌ to get it shipped. I will also check possible regulations for other countries, more information to come soon. As I can't pay that much for postage and I bet no one else can/wants to, note the following information:

PLEASE make sure you know the regulations from your countries' mail service. PLEASE drop from this swap if you can't send goods/can't pay for sending goods to all the countries.

I will check with the post office regularly, but if they keep up these rules until the sign up deadline, I will have to ban everyone from the US from this swap. I'm terribly sorry for the inconvenience. (This also goes for any other countries with similar regulations.) :-(

Dear all US-swappers: Feel free to host a US-only version of my swap for this real crazy year.

NorthVanKnittr 10/ 1/2020 #

Canada has had this rule for many years.

Stachel 10/ 2/2020 #

@NorthVanKnittr

Oh, I didn't know it was like that even before Corona. I joined swap-bot during lock-down and before I have sent only postcards and letters to Canada.

Stachel 10/28/2020 #

@all
As this swap is to be sent soon, today I checked back with the post office for any regulations on sending items. From Germany we can send items for a small parcel rate to all the countries currently in the swap (as of Oct 28), being United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Canada, Portugal, Brazil, Finland and Sweden.

If you are not currently in the swap, are from the US and thinking about joining:
I won't contact you personally. By joining you agree to only receive paper items (or items very similar to paper) for those can be sent at letter rate. Regulations for parcels to be sent to the US only as premium are still up.

For everyone else currently in the swap and thinking about joining: Please make absolutely sure you can send items to all the participants' countries. I would of course angel this one, but it would be so very sad, if you signed up and couldn't actually send to your partner. Also they would have to rate you a 1.

reauk 10/30/2020 #

Hi Whatโ€™s the spend on this swap ? Before postage please? So 2 items are food and the other item is it profile or senders choice ? Thanks

Stachel 11/ 2/2020 #

Hi,
two of the categories I listed as ideas are food, you can choose different categories, you wouldn't have to send food items, but you can choose to do so, therefore the warning.
It's always nice to see your partners profile before choosing items. ๐Ÿ˜‰
As I have also included ideas that include crafting or are handmade, I didn't give a minimum to spend because it's hard to put a value on such items.

Stachel 11/17/2020 #

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