It’s Back! The Irish Fireside Secret Santa Gift Exchange

We’re bringing back our little tradition known as the Irish Fireside Secret Santa Gift Exchange. Since 2009, it’s become a fun way for our online community to step away from their screens and earbuds and get a dose of real, offline interaction.

Here’s how it works… participants get the name and address of another Irish Firesider (those are folks from around the world who have a passion for Ireland and all-things-Irish). Then, they send a gift valued at about $10 (approximately €9 or £8) to another Irish Firesider. When everyone does what they’re supposed to… everyone who signs up gives one present and gets one present.

Serious Santas Only! By signing up, you promise to ship your gift by the 9th of December!

Here are the basics:

  • Sign up before November 27.
  • If you sign up and want to remove yourself from Secret Santa, you must do so by midnight EST, November 27).
  • Buy or make a gift valued at about $10 (approximately €9 or £8) – Irish/Ireland themed gifts are always appreciated. Sorry, we don’t sort participants by gender, so gender-neutral gifts are best.
  • Your Secret Santa assignment will arrive on November 28 (that’s the person you’ll be sending a gift).
  • Mail your gift by December 9 – be sure to include a short note – that’s where you reveal the “secret”
  • When your gift arrives, snap a photo and email it to me for our Secret Santa Gift Report.
  • In the unfortunate instance your Santa doesn’t send a gift, report them as a Deadbeat Santa between December 20 and 23.
  • Don’t be a Deadbeat Santa.
  • There is no fee to participate… just the cost of your gift + postage.
  • We offer a special Secret Santa for those under 18 — an adult must grant permission to participate.

Think about it… are you ready to commit to Secret Santa?

I should mention that past participants have taken Secret Santa very seriously. Your promptness, thoughtfulness, and creativity will be appreciated… and only SERIOUS GIFT GIVERS should sign up. Here’s a peek at past Gift Reports:

Note: We’ve had Secret Santa participants from over 20 countries, so your gift could come from near or far… it’ll be a “secret” until your package arrives.

Sign Up for Secret Santa is Now Closed

Author: Corey

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  1. Yea! Always love participating. It’s become a fun tradition with my girls!!

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    • This is so fun every year! I always enclose an email or address to at least know the gift was received. Such a great idea!

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  2. This will be my first year. Looking forward to the exchange! 🙂

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  3. When I get the Irish Fireside Secret Santa email, I know Christmas isn’t far behind. It’s always a fun way to start the holiday season.

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  4. This is so fun and very exciting to receive gifts from people in other parts of the usa and oversease, this is my third year i think participating and its always fun. i enjoy shopping and making gifts for people. i crochet and sometimes knit, i do alot of different crafts and anything crafty would be nice to get. i love the movie frozen, mickey and minnie mouse and the other characters in disney, plus beauty and the beast, cookie monster, elmo, grover, winnie the pooh, ty very much, im doing my whole apt in disney. and its cool making friends afterwards.

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  5. Cory, I am in

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    • Cory, I am in. ty for having this again.

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  6. Somehow I missed the email and the sign up this year. Have loved doing this the past many years. If you are in need of an additional Santa, please let me know

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  7. I’m more excited about my recipient opening their gifts than my own ! ( already mailed and possibly delivered !) I love this tradition.

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