View Full Version : Secret Santa Swap - UK only - Due 4th Dec

Lise Bu
09-04-2008, 05:05 AM
Sign up/Withdrawal deadline: 5th Nov
Deadline: 4 Dec
No of player: 20 (UK only)
Gifts: 1/1

Secret Santa Swap - now closed for sign ups

Open to UK members only (sorry)

The idea of this swap is that everyone handmakes and giftwraps 1 gift and sends it to me. I then post 1 out to each of the players. You must put your name on the inside of the wrapping so it can't be seen until it is opened. No-one will know who they are from until they open them. Obviously when you send them to me please put the wrapped present in a baggie or something so I know who has sent in their gift (this will be removed before posting to the recipient).

The gifts must be handmade and can be anything - doesn't have to be christmassy. Please do your best work. No pictures of unwrapped gifts in the thread - you may post pics of wrapped gifts if you wish.

Postage: Please include the same amount of loose stamps as what it cost you to send it to me - e.g if it cost 89p to send it then include 89p worth of loose stamps so I can send it on to another players.

As a special thank you for joining my swap each player will receive a small handmade gift from me too.

Upon sign up please pm your address - otherwise you wont receive your presents lol.

Boring bit:

Best work only please
withdrawals after date or no show gifts will receive neutral feedback
An extra gift or goodies for me would be great but is certainly not expected
Anyone not sending in their postage stamps will be pm'ed and requested to send them - no stamps no gift :nah: :no:
Each player will be expected to say thank you to the maker of their gift - this can be done in the thread or by rep - but I must insist that it is done, after all it is only polite.


If I have missed anything out or you wish to clarify anything please ask me.

red - gift and postage received

So who wants to play:

1. micromummy - received (postage paid) - gift received
2. Bright-Spark - received (postage paid) - gift received
3. AnitaM - received (postage paid) - gift received
4. Sweetest-sin - received - gift received
5. Purplecat - received (postage paid) - gift received
6. Ria - received (postage paid) - gift received
7. Cordelia - received (postage paid) - gift received
8. Ibus - received (postage paid) - gift received
9. Hokeycokey - received (postage paid) - gift received
10. Fantasy Firebird - (postage paid) - gift received
11. Frog Princess - she is a poorly froggie (hopefully coming soon)
12. Wulfcwen - received (postage paid) - gift received
13. Corduroy Cat - received (postage paid) - gift received

09-05-2008, 12:29 PM
Oh, me please!

09-05-2008, 01:12 PM
Me please.

Lise Bu
09-06-2008, 04:34 AM
Welcome to my swap Anita, Brightspark and Sweetest-sin x x

09-06-2008, 04:42 AM
What a fab idea Lise! I would love to join in.....now what to make???

Lise Bu
09-06-2008, 06:25 AM
Welcome Purplecat - i am really excited about this swap x x

09-06-2008, 09:15 AM
OK! Can't resist, me too!

Lise Bu
09-06-2008, 09:50 AM
welcome Ria hunni x x

Lise Bu
09-09-2008, 03:57 AM
anymore players interested????

09-12-2008, 04:50 PM
I'd like to join please :) and get to know a few UK people!

BTW - your eggs are in desperate need of views and unlikely to survive to hatch. PMing you with a hatchery that can help!

09-12-2008, 06:15 PM
I'm watching this thread - not sure if I can commit at the moment, but it's very tempting!....will let you know :cute:

Lise Bu
09-13-2008, 05:58 AM
welcome Cordelia - and thank you for your pm regarding my eggs. I haven't been a very good mummy to them.

Hokeycokey - don't be shy - come join the fun - you only have to make 1 gift x x

09-14-2008, 07:46 AM
Are there any guidelines for the time spent making or financial value of materials for gifts?

Just thinking that it could be embarrassing if one person's gift seemed obviously more or less than the others! (I've seen it happen on other forums :sad:)

Lise Bu
09-14-2008, 02:34 PM
whatever you feel you would like to do hun - but I would say don't spend more than 3-5 on a gift. The thought is what counts and the love that has been put into it. I have made my gifts for another swap and I have used things I already had - so they haven't (in theory) cost me anything to make - although I did have to buy the supplies in the first place. x x

09-14-2008, 02:40 PM
Me too please!

09-15-2008, 05:50 AM
mine should be with you anyday now

09-15-2008, 04:40 PM
OK...you twisted my arm! sign me up please :wub:

Lise Bu
09-16-2008, 05:47 AM
welcome Ibus and hokeycokey - so glad you have joined us - should be a great swap x x

Lise Bu
09-17-2008, 06:44 AM
sweetest sin - your parcel has arrived - but you haven't included any postage in it - I need this to be able to post it on please. Please can you forward me your stamps x

fantasy firebird
09-18-2008, 06:15 PM
Micromummy told me about your swop, sign me up Scottie!! Whoops showing that I was a trekkie in a former life!! LOL

Lise Bu
09-19-2008, 02:57 AM
FF - i wondered when u were going to join lady x x welcome aboard xx

09-19-2008, 06:12 AM
glad to see you've made it FF xx

Lise Bu
09-22-2008, 03:42 AM
micromummys gift is received x x

Lise Bu
09-29-2008, 06:27 AM
We are still looking for players - anyone else fancy a go??

Frog Princess
10-03-2008, 04:06 AM
Gotta do this!

Lise Bu
10-04-2008, 04:58 AM
welcome frog princess xx x

10-07-2008, 07:31 AM
Oh me, can I play please I love surprises:jiggy:

Lise Bu
10-11-2008, 03:35 AM
welcome wulfcwen x x

10-12-2008, 10:33 AM
All done and ready to post I will send it off on Tuesday.:)

10-15-2008, 07:32 AM
Finally made it to the post office - my package should be with you in a day or so!

10-15-2008, 08:26 AM
Hvaen't had chance to make my pressie yet, so it will be when I get back from my holiday (off to Florida on Fir-to get art supplies of course!), just thought I would keep you updated.

Lise Bu
10-15-2008, 08:51 AM
cheers hun - have a fantastic time x x x

10-16-2008, 05:58 AM
My packet is in the post today so you should get it by the weekend.

Lise Bu
10-16-2008, 12:57 PM
thanks for the updates everyone x i look forward to receiving the packets, although I will not be able to see the gifts x x

Lise Bu
10-17-2008, 03:57 AM
Hokey Cokey your amazing parcel has arrived this morning - thanks so much for the extras - they are great.

Lise Bu
10-18-2008, 08:57 AM
Wulfcwen - your parcel has arrived. Thanks so much for the extra gift for me x x

10-18-2008, 02:28 PM
You are most welcome I just hope you will like it. Thank you for letting me know it got to you ok.

10-18-2008, 02:54 PM
I realise I haven't posted to the thread.

My 'bits' were made today, they just need to be assembled. I ain't giving anything away!!

I have your addy Lise Bu, so I should be able to get my gift in the mail later in the week.

Lise Bu
10-19-2008, 05:59 AM
lovely bright spark - thanks for keeping me informed hun. Just let me know when you mail your stuff so I know when to expect it. x x

Lise Bu
10-25-2008, 04:23 AM
Ibus your gift has arrived - thanks so much for the extra gift - I look forward to opening it.

Lise Bu
11-01-2008, 07:42 AM
Come on people - a few more spaces left - I would love to see this swap filled x x

11-01-2008, 08:30 AM
Lise my parcel is on its way to you- mailed today. I've enclosed x3 1st class stamps I don't know if that will be enough - if not let me know. There's a little something for you and Sammy but you aren't allowed to peek until Christmas day ok?

Lise Bu
11-04-2008, 12:28 PM
Anita - I received your gift this morning. Thanks so much for the extra gifts for myself and Sammy x x x x

11-04-2008, 01:39 PM
Glad they've arrived safely. Now don't you two go sneaking.

Lise Bu
11-04-2008, 02:45 PM
will try not :biglaugh:x x x

corduroy cat
11-05-2008, 09:12 AM
i just joined the forum, can i sneak into this last minute? :goofy:

Lise Bu
11-05-2008, 12:01 PM
Welcome corduroy cat - glad u have made it in time x x x

corduroy cat
11-06-2008, 05:52 AM
started on my package last night! :D

Lise Bu
11-06-2008, 06:15 AM
wow hun that was quick x x

Lise Bu
11-11-2008, 02:28 PM
Karen - your package arrived today - thanks so much for the extra gift - another one to put under my tree (promise no peaking). x x x

Lise Bu
11-24-2008, 09:35 AM
how we doing all?? - not long now woo hoo x x x

11-24-2008, 02:14 PM
I'm ready for Christmas all I have to do is buy and cook the food:v_spin:
I am really looking forward to my Secret Santa prezzie :jiggy:
One month today and it will be Christmas Eve :jiggy::jiggy::jiggy:

Lise Bu
11-27-2008, 06:52 AM
Margaux - your parcel has arrived. Thanks so much for the extra gift - another one for under the christmas tree.

Lise Bu
11-27-2008, 08:08 AM
Corduroy Cat - your parcel has arrived this morning - thanks so much for the pin - its gorgeous x x

11-27-2008, 08:52 AM
This is the first Christmas in years that I'm looking forward to :laugh: Can't wait to move in and get the tree up and that doesn't usually go up till the 21st after my birthday!

corduroy cat
11-27-2008, 10:26 AM
glad you like it :) thanks for hosting!!

11-28-2008, 07:38 AM
My gift will be posted out this weekend!

fantasy firebird
11-28-2008, 04:50 PM
At last made the gift!!! took me long enough!!!!!! Had the idea just couldn't get enough of the materials - sheesh!!!!! Will get it packaged up and send to you next week.

Lise Bu
11-28-2008, 06:26 PM
Ria and FF - I will let you know when they arrive x x

11-29-2008, 01:25 PM
I will also add your gift for the '12 coldest days of christmas' swap, and alos a little hostess gift for you!!!!!

Ria and FF - I will let you know when they arrive x x

Lise Bu
11-29-2008, 01:42 PM
Ria - wow - thanks hun x x

12-01-2008, 02:41 PM
I've left package on my desk at work, but can still post out tomorrow - fingers crossed it will get to you on time :eek:

Lise Bu
12-02-2008, 07:35 AM
what u like lol - i'm sure it will be here soon x x

Lise Bu
12-02-2008, 07:40 AM
Cordellia - your parcel has arrived this morning - thank you for the extra gift x x

fantasy firebird
12-02-2008, 12:32 PM
Sent parcel across to you today!! Did get a little shock when I sent it - no not the cost of the postage, being shown wedding photos of the female at the post office shes about my age. What threw me was that her new husband is the other female at the post office!! LOL how on earth did I miss that one ??? So what did Kay say?? "Oh....................your dress is beautiful !!"

Lise Bu
12-02-2008, 01:08 PM
Oh Kay you get yourself into some corners - I'm glad to see you being your usual tactful self - good job you didn't point out the shirt potatoes in the 'husbands' suit lol x x

Will let you know when your parcel arrives.

We just got Frog Princesses to come then x

12-02-2008, 01:16 PM
Posted mine today - OOOh! I do hope it makes it, posted it this morning, so fingers ( and toes) crossed !!!!!

Lise Bu
12-02-2008, 03:45 PM
It will be here - I'm sure of it hun x x

Lise Bu
12-04-2008, 06:30 AM
Ria and FF I got your parcels today - thank you x x

Ria thanks so much for the extra little gifts x x x

Lise Bu
12-05-2008, 05:35 AM
It seems it is a no show from FrogPrincess - this does not seem like her at all - has anyone heard from her or know if she is ok??

12-05-2008, 05:38 AM
She's not been well - here is the post she left in members away - http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?p=277813#post277813

Lise Bu
12-05-2008, 05:47 AM
thanks Anita - I was supposed to have looked at the members away section lol x x

Lise Bu
12-05-2008, 08:47 AM
All secret santa gifts have been posted - apart from frog princesses - hers is here - I am swopping my gift with her so that nobody else is held up.

In each of the parcels there is a little pink organsa bag - in there is a little gift from me for joining my swop.

I hope you all like your presents from each other - I have no idea what is in any of them. All gifts have been swopped randomly.

Please remember to leave i-trader (for me) and rep points for the person you received the gift from.

I would also appreciate it if you could let me know when your parcel arrives - I am having a bit of trouble with my parcels getting to their new homes (I think the man in the post office is keeping them lol).

Hugs Lise x x

12-05-2008, 10:52 AM
Ooh I am excited!! I will definitely have to get my tree up so I can pop it underneath!!

12-05-2008, 12:20 PM
hehehehe I beat ya purplecat I already got mine up and ready.

corduroy cat
12-05-2008, 12:25 PM
do you all have fake trees or real? i haven't seen a lot of real trees available yet, but i guess it's early still?

12-05-2008, 12:47 PM
hehehehe I beat ya purplecat I already got mine up and ready.

I got to wait for Hubby to go up in the loft to get the decks done.....hope he goes up there this weekend.

Corduroycat I used to have real ones , but bought a lovely fake last year.

12-05-2008, 12:56 PM
Mines a fake 3ft one from ASDA.

12-05-2008, 12:57 PM
If we are boasting ,mines 6ft!!!

12-05-2008, 12:58 PM
Its not the size of tree that counts, but the baubles you hang on it!!

12-05-2008, 01:02 PM
No not boasting LOL. My neighbour and my brother have trees which reach the ceiling. We don't really celebrate christmas in the traditional sense but we always give presents and because we were born in the UK its something we have always done and enjoy. Mostly now its for my niece although I did get my mother to put the tree up last year while I was away in India and it was all lovely and waiting for me when I came back for a brief time before going back in the new year.

12-05-2008, 09:31 PM
If we are boasting ,mines 6ft!!!
And mine's 7ft!!!
Once we've got a semblance of order in the lounge it's going up. I already have the wreath on my front door :D

Lise Bu
12-06-2008, 06:09 AM
All my deccies are going up next weekend. We always spend the day trimming up and then have some beer and a takeaway in the evening x x

12-06-2008, 07:27 AM
Got my Secret Santa Gift today it is now hidden away until Christmas Day :jiggy:

I wonder what I go and who sent it???? only 19 days to wait and see.

Tree is up and the decorations too all I have to do now is the food shopping and all is done.:):yes:

12-06-2008, 07:31 AM
I got mine today also. It is now sitting under the tree.

Lise Bu
12-06-2008, 07:36 AM
Thanks for letting me know ladies x x x I hope you like what you have got x x

12-06-2008, 08:26 AM
i got mine , tanks to lisa xox
(will leave itrader soon)
im now gonna make dad put up some form of tree (i have a small one i got last xmas , so maybe ill put that up)

Lise Bu
12-06-2008, 08:40 AM
Thanks for the update Georgie x x x

corduroy cat
12-06-2008, 08:43 AM
got mine too!! :D thanks lise for the pretty angel trinket!

Lise Bu
12-06-2008, 08:50 AM
yeh - another one has reached its new home - thanks for the update CC xx

12-06-2008, 09:26 AM
yeh - another one has reached its new home - thanks for the update CC xx

mum said were gonna get it up next weekend :( the houe is so bare and dull without the decs:wubclub:

12-06-2008, 05:03 PM
received my pressie today - i'm really excited to see what i got and who made it! thanks for the little extra Lise, it's lovely x our decs won't go up until next weekend as we have a real tree and I don't want it shedding it's needles too soon!
Hope everyone has a great Christmas x

Lise Bu
12-07-2008, 05:25 AM
Thanks so much Hokey for the update - I am so excited that things are reaching their homes.

12-08-2008, 01:14 PM
Lise. my parcel came today!! I promise not to peek, but wait until christmas day...lol
Thanks for organising this its been fun. Thanks for the little gift x

12-08-2008, 03:24 PM
My pressie arrived today, I'm so exited!!!!!! Thanks for the little bead angel Lise, so cute!!!!

Lise Bu
12-09-2008, 05:37 AM
Glad you have both got your gifts Ria and Karen - thank for the update x x

fantasy firebird
12-09-2008, 11:52 AM
not to be outdone my parcel arrived today!! the card says from Ria!!! Thanks for the lil angel and getting the swop organised.

Lise Bu
12-09-2008, 12:33 PM
so glad you got your parcel FF - x x thanks for the update x x

12-09-2008, 02:54 PM
I received mine today!

Thank you for hosting Lise Bu, and for the little angel!

Lise Bu
12-09-2008, 02:58 PM
thanks for the update BS - glad it got there x x

12-09-2008, 04:56 PM
not to be outdone my parcel arrived today!! the card says from Ria!!! Thanks for the lil angel and getting the swop organised.

Hahahaha I went and had another look at my parcel and I know who mine is from too.

12-09-2008, 06:08 PM
Hey, tell those two to stop peeking, that's not fair!!

Santa won't be popping in on them if they don't start to behave.......

12-09-2008, 06:25 PM
No no no not been peeking mine is written on the plastic bag it came in honest I'll post a pic if you don't believe me.

12-09-2008, 07:48 PM
Mine's here - and it smells gorgeous...

And the angel is perfect Lise Bu - she's marking my crocheting beautifully! Thank you very much.

Lise Bu
12-10-2008, 03:33 AM
great cordellia - i'm glad it arrived safely. Thanks for the update x x x

Lise Bu
12-10-2008, 03:35 AM
We've just got Ibus to go now x x

12-10-2008, 09:59 PM
Mine's arrived! I've just got back online, so have a mountain of iTraders and reps to go. :wacko:
Thanks for the wee angel Lise, she's so cute.

Lise Bu
12-11-2008, 12:08 PM
Cool - thanks for the update Ibus - that's all of us now.

Thank you to you all for making this a really fun swop _ i have really enjoyed being the hostess with the mostest.