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breyerchic04
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Hatrack gift exchange

Everyone who signs up will be giving and receiving a gift. Itís lots of fun, last year we had 80 entries, let's make the 2007 goal 100 gifts given and recieved. Iím trying to get it going earlier this year so you have two weeks to sign up and extra time to pick out and purchase gifts. Iím stating two extra rules this year you need to have 100 posts or an established member to vouch for you, and if you fail to send a present, the person who vouched for you is responsible for sending one on your behalf (unless you or an immediate family member has participated in the past) and those who did not send gifts last year but did sign up will not be included.

Gifts: Please spend close to $10, absolutely no more than $20. Home made gifts and gifts that are local to your area are the most fun. There will be a thread where you can say what you want, or at least your favorite colors and things you canít have. Last year I got a model horse from Libbie, the year before I got gorgeous yarn from Coccinelle. Hatrack Festivus will gladly act as a go between for people who arenít sure what to get.

November 14th: Deadline to sign up
To sign up please email hatrackfestivus@gmail.com with your mailing address, intent to participate, and special requests (only from your country, no college students, allergies). If you are a college student, include both addresses just in case, or just the home one if thatís what you want. If you have some special situation like you are leaving for a mission, or traveling most of the holiday, you can still participate, just let us all know.

November 17th: Everyone will receive an email with their match. Please reply to that email as soon as possible after you get it.

December 1st: Mail gifts to college students (yes that will be listed in your info)
College students, if that date is too late please let me know.

December 10th: All presents must be mailed. When you have mailed your present please email hatrackfestivus@gmail.com again.

When you receive your gift, please email once more letting us know that, then post in the ďwhat I got threadĒ and reveal who it was. If you havenít received a gift by December 24th email again and the hatrack angels will be notified.

Any questions just ask or email. If you have ideas, also email. The only way this can grow and develop is having ideas and problems with past years addressed and fixed.


Entries closed, info will be sent by the date required.

[ November 15, 2007, 11:50 AM: Message edited by: breyerchic04 ]

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ketchupqueen
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I don't think it's fair to require 100 posts (although we have participated in a past so it's not a problem for our kids, we've had lurkers and newer members that have not had that many and have participated well in past years. I'm not sure I had many more than that when I first participated, the gift exchange was one of the first things I did on Hatrack.)
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Maybe modify the 100 posts rule to be "you need to have 100 posts or an established member to vouch for you, and if you fail to send a present, the person who vouched for you is responsible for sending one on your behalf."
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That would be a good modification.
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We had three lurkers and new members not send gifts last year, they just fell off the board. If someone is willing to do what Eros suggested please email.

KQ I'm fairly certain you had over a thousand posts in three months at hatrack.

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I dunno, I FELT new...
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Maybe but you posted a lot over that time.
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I think we need a sticky on this thread.
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Thank you, O Sticky Gods of Hatrack. [Smile]
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Yay! I love this time of year!

I just sent in my email. [Big Grin]

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Me and Mrs. BB just signed up. [Big Grin]
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I just sent an email saying that I would be an emergency stand-in if somebody doesn't send a gift. I hope that I'm not needed.

Hope everyone has a great time buying/making/picking out/sending gifts!

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Katdog, didn't get your email (unless you sent it to my private account, I'll check).
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I hope i get a present this time [Embarrassed] (
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I hope you do too.


An no, didn't get an email from KatDog in either account.

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quote:
Originally posted by ketchupqueen:
Thank you, O Sticky Gods of Hatrack. [Smile]

Woohoo! A promotion!
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breyerchic04
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Ok, Katdog's email finally showed up in the spam folder. No clue why.
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email sent.
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I'd totally do this if I actually gave a flying fart about any of you hosers.

Bah-freakin'-Humbug.

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So Primal Curve, your email will pe here at 2am?
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quote:
Originally posted by breyerchic04:
So Primal Curve, your email will pe here at 2am?

Mmm... pee email.
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Yay!! The Gift Exchange is back!
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Ooh! Ooh! I've been so broke the past couple of years I haven't participated . . . this year I may just, how fun!

Breyerchic, thanks for coordinating this. I'm always so impressed by people who step up and take on things like this of their own free will! ;-)

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I'm in! Email sent.
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I should have sent it from my secondary account. For some reason that account gets counted as spam a lot.
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not enough posts [Frown] Maybe next year.

As a side note, I have found that it can be a good idea to require that all gift givers get a tracking number on pakages sent out. Maybe that is obvious, I dunno [Smile]

[ October 31, 2007, 11:39 PM: Message edited by: Pegasus ]

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quote:
Originally posted by Pegasus:
not enough posts [Frown] Maybe next year.

Actually, I think breyer has said she's willing to change the rules to what I suggested - that people with less than 100 posts can participate if an established member will vouch for them. I also told her I'd be willing to vouch for a few, so if you wanna participate, just e-mail as directed in the first post. [Smile]
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Ooh! Email sent.
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Yes Pegasus, please email since Eros is willing to vouch.
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Thanks Eros, I believe I will take you up on the offer, as I don't personally know anyone on this board.
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I'd be willing to vouch for a new person or two as well, if any others are wishing they could participate.
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I'm in. It was great fun last year - although I didn0t have 100 post then. In fact the gift exchange was the thing that switched froma lurker to a poster.
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I think whoever vouches for a new member takes it as their responsibility to send a gift for them, should the new member end up not doing it for whatever reason.

Just trying to avoid the unfortunate eventuality where people send gifts but do not receive one. It really kills the whole experience.

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I'm in, I'm in!
I'm so glad to be hanging round here again.
^_^

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quote:
Originally posted by El JT de Spang:
I think whoever vouches for a new member takes it as their responsibility to send a gift for them, should the new member end up not doing it for whatever reason.

Just trying to avoid the unfortunate eventuality where people send gifts but do not receive one. It really kills the whole experience.

That's my understanding. I understand why the restriction is in place and support it, but I also feel like the exchange is a great way to help new people people come to feel more integrated in the community (as anti-maven said). I'm more than willing to foster that by volunteering to be a second, so to speak, for a few new members who want to participate.

[ November 01, 2007, 01:09 PM: Message edited by: Noemon ]

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My thinking exactly, Noemon.
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I just sent an e-mail as well. I don't think I have 100 posts yet, but I got Eros to vouch for me. I'm excited! Last year was a lot of fun.

Edit: I just noticed it said 149 posts! I'm surprised.

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You're covered with 149 posts, but I have to say that I'm surprised that you have so few; I'd have guessed that you had 8 or 9 times that number.
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Squish, you would also be covered under the "you or an immediate family member has participated in the past" exemption, even if you didn't have over 100 posts.
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Err, she's my girlfriend, not my wife. [Wink]
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Huh?

I was assuming from "last year was a lot of fun" that indicated prior participation.

My bad.

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Wait, I misread. You're right, and I'm an idiot. Whee! [Smile]
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Oh. I'm right? I just assume I'm wrong these days. Pregnant brain and all.
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Synesthesia, maybe you could count the Boy Scout Field Book as a belaited gift? I knew I had a "higher motive", I just didn't know what it was.
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Ok ^^ Boy Scout Manuals are useful just in case civilization should end or I end up lost in the woods.
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Guess I have to few posts to participate. Thats what I get for being a reader and not a poster on this forum.

Sounded like fun too, now that I am into college and have my own money and independence in which I can do so.

[ November 03, 2007, 02:27 AM: Message edited by: miamiandy ]

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I'm amused and definitely not his wife... ^_^ Or at least marriage is one of those things I'd like to be in the loop about.
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quote:
Originally posted by miamiandy:
Guess I have to few posts to participate. Thats what I get for being a reader and not a poster on this forum.


Except that several of us have volunteered to vouch for members who'd like to participate but don't have the requisite number of posts.
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Anyone willing to vouch for me?
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quote:
Originally posted by Squish:
I'm amused and definitely not his wife... ^_^ Or at least marriage is one of those things I'd like to be in the loop about.

I didn't think you were married to him... In fact, I forgot you knew him at all...

Brain not work so good.

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