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:
- Secret Santa Report 2016
- Secret Santa Report 2015
- Secret Santa Report 2014
- Secret Santa Report 2013
- Secret Santa Report 2012
- Secret Santa Report 2011
- Secret Santa Report 2010
- Secret Santa Report 2009
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.