It’s time to give until it hurts. Get yourself involved in a randomized secret santa arrangement with the weirdest group of miscreants you’re ever likely to share postage with.
If you want to participate, these are the rules:
- 1. Don't be an asshole.
2. ILF Management will review all applicants for rule 1 compliance.
3. Minimum post count of 500.
Criteria for exception:
- Successful participation in previous Secret Santa.
Endorsement by other forum members.
Good trading record.
Other active participation in the community such as to constitute good vibes.
- A pedal or musical apparatus somewhere in the value range of $75. Used or new.
Consumables or other treats.
A piece of recorded music. Your own or something you think the recipient should hear.
Love (or a simulacrum thereof)
6. Failure to send a gift will result in Ban Hammering. The Management does not enjoy that, you will not enjoy that. And remember, we know where you live.
7. With great power comes great responsibility. The organizer will not be included in the list of participants.
10/11 - Applications are due
10/17 or sooner - I’ll send emails telling everyone who their recipients will be.
Mid December - Time to ship
If you’d like to participate, send an email to: ILFSecretSanta2016@gmail.com
Include the following information:
If in the USA, are you willing to ship internationally? If you’re in a country other than the USA, where are you willing and unwilling to ship?
Preferred date to receive your gift.
Can you play vinyl records? CDs? Cassettes? Downloads?
I will confirm receipt of every request. If you don’t get a confirmation within a week of emailing, try again, then try PMing me here.
Please take a few minutes to peruse the previous ILFSS threads to get a sense of what sorts of things people find delightful.
On choosing a pedal: Make sure to search the user’s posts to see what they have and what they might want. The “Let's see your PEDAL BOARD!” viewtopic.php?f=149&t=393 thread can be particularly insightful. Prefer an ILF builder.
On treats: Prefer local and artisanal. Send something weird that your recipient has never had. Send something you think your recipient will like (or be entertained in hating.) Send something that’s meaningful to you. Include an open-by date on the outside of the box. If you're going to ship anything in a glass bottle or jar, wrap it very carefully and isolate it from any music gear you're sending.
On shipping: Plan to ship with enough time that your recipient will have it before christmas. College students tend to get very busy and may not be able to receive packages at the end of the semester. When you sign up, please think about where you’ll be at the end of December. If you move, please send me your new address so I can forward it to your santa.
On secrecy: I like to give and receive anonymously. You should, too.
We've been doing this long enough that we might get repeats of previous givers and recipients. For me, one of the fun things is getting to know someone I might not have previously paid attention to. Let me know who you've had before if you want to avoid repeats? I should be able to work with the list to prevent it.
This year's wishlists: