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Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas 2019!! PARTNERS ASSIGNED! Go Santas!

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
* 21-Nov(#1)
"They try to talk to me all the time. All they hear is 'Pika Pika.'" -Pikachu




It's time for the annual (bi-annual?) GameTZ Secret Santa Christmas 2019! (Our thanks to CygnusTM for organizing these years ago. Now I run them on my own server using a modified version of his old code.)

Any subscriber without a current BTR that has earned a Bronze Star (Bronze Star) is eligible to sign up (unless you've been previously banned). If you do not meet these requirements and still wish to participate, you can contact me directly to request an exception to this rule. I rarely grant them, sorry.

For those of you doing this for the first time, just read ALL of this post carefully and then ask for help here if you are still confused.

The quick version of how to participate:

check Register on the GameTZ Secret Santa site. Use the same username that you use here to make things easier.
check Transfer your 10 week subtime bond to John.
check (Optional) Post here in the thread that you are participating!
check Update all of your Wanted lists (on the site here and on the Secret Santa site that you just registered at) before signups close and Santa assignments are made!
check After you ship your gift, go back to the Secret Santa site and mark it as "sent."
check After you receive your gift, go back to the Secret Santa site and mark it as "received" and then be sure to thank your Santa!


The details:

As always, we will be using a subtime "bond" (10 weeks for all participants) to encourage people to follow through on sending. Bonds should be sent to me (John) and I will hold them until your partner receives their gift. You can use this link to transfer Subtime to me. If you don't have enough GameTZ subtime for your bond, then you can buy subtime from the site! or make your own arrangements with another user. Bonds will ONLY be returned directly to the user that the bond is for. If arrangements are made for someone else to put up the bond for a Secret Santa user, it does not matter to me and I won't get involved -- the bond will still be returned to the participating user (or kept if they do not provide their gift) regardless of who actually paid the bond in their behalf. Participants will get their bond back in full when your partner marks their gift as received.

Signups are now CLOSED and will continue until Wednesday, November 27th at ~3pm Eastern. Partners will then be assigned and emailed out later that day. Gifts must be received by Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24th (but feel free to be sooner than that if you'd like). At that time, anyone who hasn't yet received their gift may (at my discretion depending on the situation) receive one-half of their Santa's subtime bond. If a gift still isn't received after an additional week, then the remaining half may be awarded. Plus you'll be ridiculed here for being a douche. And might get banned from future Secret Santas. Sending and receiving will be tracked through the signup site. It is very important that you update the site as soon as you send and receive so the subtime bond can be handled appropriately.

The target gift value is $10-20 US. Gifts MUST be worth a minimum of $10 US not including shipping. Every effort should be made to send a complete item. If you are sending something used, it should be complete and in at least "very good" condition. This is not a way to unload your unwanted crap.

People anywhere in the world may participate! If you are from outside the USA, you must mark the "Outside USA" checkbox when you sign up. Anyone from outside the USA must be willing to ship anywhere in the world. Users in the USA that are willing to ship anywhere in the world should mark the "Ship Anywhere" checkbox in your account settings and you may or may not be partnered with someone outside the USA.

Tips/Rules:
check You can't re-use your account from last time if you participated before -- you need to create a new one for each and every Secret Santa event.
check Look at your partner's wants and check his/her lists and posts. Put the same effort into selecting a gift for your partner that you would want someone else to put into yours.
check If your partner has inadequate "wants", don't give up! Try to figure it out. If you really get stuck, try a gift card or something like that!
check Make sure you provide adequate "wants" for your Santa. There should be at least 4-5 things on your list that fit in the target price/value range.
check When you get assigned a partner, start figuring out what you are going to get them! Immediately. Don't wait until the last minute!
check I'd prefer that people NOT talk so much about how they are going to do "great/special/extra gifts" and such if they happen to want to do that. The real intent is that people just exchange gifts that are worth around $15 or so and, hopefully, people will be happy with what they get. Don't brag that you're going to give more -- and don't get overly high expectations that someone is going to give you extra.
check In most cases, the person that you are assigned to is NOT the same person that is assigned to you. In other words, you aren't just making a 1-to-1 exchange with someone. You're buying a gift for someone that, most likely, is buying a gift for someone else entirely.
check Send your bond ONLY as a single transfer for exactly 10 weeks. Do not send multiple pieces of a bond until you reach your total. And do not use the "all" option because you don't have the full bond (i.e. you borrowed it and then had to send it 8 hours later, so you really only have 95% of the bond). You should be sending me exactly 10 weeks -- nothing else.
check After you've received your gift, post in this thread thanking your Santa for what you received -- just so they know you appreciate whatever it was! (Or, if you've figured out who your Santa is somehow, you can just thank them privately if you'd rather.) Don't leave your Santa hanging without acknowledging their gift!
check No more organized thank-you gifts to John! I greatly appreciate the gifts that have been given in the past, but I really don't want it to be a habit. I run this for fun for people. I expect nothing more. And getting such things makes me feel guilty! So, seriously, just enjoy the gift-giving and I'm all set as far as thanks go! yes

WARNING
Some people suck. Despite our best efforts, people might still get stiffed. If you don't intend to follow through on your commitment here, please do not sign up.

Please keep discussions in this thread about the SS only, so things get don't out of hand like in the past. Off-topic posts may be removed!


This graphic will track who has signed up and bonded so far:


Let's do this thing!! yes

- John...

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
11-Dec(#121)
Came home to my gifts today. Thank you @Tad
The Fireball makes me so happy, and the bonus gifts look like I'll need it to play/watch. Though the cop game does intrigue me. Very well done. grin love
$25 gift card, yippee! I'll use it after the holidays to get something else I want for sure!

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Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
11-Dec(#122)
sinnie wrote:
> Came home to my gifts today. Thank you @Tad
> The Fireball makes me so happy, and the bonus gifts look like I'll need it to play/watch.
> Though the cop game does intrigue me. Very well done. grin love
> $25 gift card, yippee! I'll use it after the holidays to get something else I want
> for sure!
>
>
>
Glad you liked them! The blu I figured your kid might watch, and This is the Police is a really good game. I had just bought it and realized I already owned it on PSN so I figured it might be a cool bonus.
I was gonna get you a couple of the albums you wanted but I was having debit card issues.
Enjoy!

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
11-Dec(#123)
Tad wrote:
> sinnie wrote:
>> Came home to my gifts today. Thank you @Tad
>> The Fireball makes me so happy, and the bonus gifts look like I'll need it to
> play/watch.
>> Though the cop game does intrigue me. Very well done. grin love
>> $25 gift card, yippee! I'll use it after the holidays to get something else I
> want
>> for sure!
>>
>> {imgt}https://i.ibb.co/GxzmvGt/IMG-1582.jpg 4032 3024{imgt}
>>
>>
> Glad you liked them! The blu I figured your kid might watch, and This is the Police
> is a really good game. I had just bought it and realized I already owned it on PSN
> so I figured it might be a cool bonus.
> I was gonna get you a couple of the albums you wanted but I was having debit card
> issues.
> Enjoy!
>
>

No worries! You did great. I'll see if my son watches it. His attention is lacking for movies usually but he does love dogs. I hadn't heard of the game before but it sounds like I'd really enjoy it based on the backside. So thanks again!

Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
11-Dec(#124)
love

Heavyd814life
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
11-Dec(#125)
@whitefire Dude!!! This is nuts! I can't thank you enough for these insanely awesome gifts. There are so damn many of them and all my favorite series are represented. And this is on top of the 52 weeks of subtime you'd already sent me. All this must have cost you a small fortune, man and I know you must have spent a good bit of time reading my posts to figure out all the things I like (though to be fair, I never shut up about some of these games/series so you probably already had a good idea of what I like lol). This is so incredibly thoughtful and the crappy camera on my phone just doesn't do the gifts justice.

Pic 1:
Final Fantasy XV Drawstring Backpack
PlayStation Themed Blanket
Detroit: Become Human "Hank" Keychain
Devil May Cry Stickers
Some Skittles
Kingdom Hearts Christmas "Sora" Ornament
Dragon Quest "King Slime" Plush

Pic 2:
Resident Evil T-Shirt
Super Sweet Detroit: Become Human Hoodie (I was worried it would be too big for me, but it is a perfect fit!)

Pic 3:
PlayStation Themed Pillow Case
Wreath Christmas Card
Langrisser Joy-Con Skins
$25 City Cafe Gift Card (I work from home and legit work from here 2-3 days a week so thank you soooo much for this)
Awesome "I'm Gaming" Socks
Resident Evil 2 Club Key
Street Fighter Card Pack
Life is Strange Graphic Novel

Pic 4:
Parasite Eve Lunchbox
Tales of Hearts R (sealed)
Zero Time Dilemma (sealed)

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whitefire
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (7 minutes ago) Secret Santa
11-Dec(#126)
smile

I'm glad you liked everything. I scoured your old posts for your favorite franchises. I don't know if you noticed the wrapping, but that's vinyl record wrapping that I found online because I saw your interest in vinyls. The City Cafe was a shot in the dark. I just looked out highly rated restaurants near you and had them mail me a gift card. I totally had to guess on the sizes. I'm glad the sweatshirt fits.

Merry Christmas!

Dashey
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
* 11-Dec(#127)
To whomever my Secret Santa is, thank you so much for everything. It really means a lot to me. I received it last week, but due to finals coming up, and close to completing my college degrees, I haven't had much of a break, to say the least.

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My Santa ended up surprising me with a book. And unironically enough, a friend of mine recommended me to read both House of Leaves and the Familiar a few weeks ago. Didn't write it on my list but gosh darn my Santa knew I've been meaning to read it.

And to top it all off, he included a handwritten letter. And I'll be honest, I almost cried.

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Seriously, thank you so much!

jdwooley14
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
12-Dec(#128)
i got a gameboy color with a mario game, not sure if it got damaged in the mail or not, but screen has a big scratch on it, im also not sure how much usage this will get, i dont play gbc anymore, sold all my gameboy stuff recently, ill can also update this post with a picture later

thanks ss

Heavyd814life
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
12-Dec(#129)
whitefire wrote:
> smile
>
> I'm glad you liked everything. I scoured your old posts for your favorite franchises.
> I don't know if you noticed the wrapping, but that's vinyl record wrapping that I
> found online because I saw your interest in vinyls. The City Cafe was a shot in the
> dark. I just looked out highly rated restaurants near you and had them mail me a
> gift card. I totally had to guess on the sizes. I'm glad the sweatshirt fits.
>
> Merry Christmas!
>
>

Yeah, I did notice the wrapping paper! My girlfriend came over last night and couldn't believe one person sent me all this. The RE t-shirt was small for me, but it fits her perfectly so she has stolen that. I can't thank you enough, man. You've definitely raised the bar. I feel like I need to be way more thoughtful and creative next year.


Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 700 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
12-Dec(#130)
Heavyd814life wrote:
> @whitefire Dude!!! This is nuts! I can't thank you enough for these insanely awesome
> gifts. There are so damn many of them and all my favorite series are represented.
> And this is on top of the 52 weeks of subtime you'd already sent me. All this must
> have cost you a small fortune, man and I know you must have spent a good bit of time
> reading my posts to figure out all the things I like (though to be fair, I never
> shut up about some of these games/series so you probably already had a good idea
> of what I like lol). This is so incredibly thoughtful and the crappy camera on my
> phone just doesn't do the gifts justice.
>
> Pic 1:
> Final Fantasy XV Drawstring Backpack
> PlayStation Themed Blanket
> Detroit: Become Human "Hank" Keychain
> Devil May Cry Stickers
> Some Skittles
> Kingdom Hearts Christmas "Sora" Ornament
> Dragon Quest "King Slime" Plush
>
> Pic 2:
> Resident Evil T-Shirt
> Super Sweet Detroit: Become Human Hoodie (I was worried it would be too big for me,
> but it is a perfect fit!)
>
> Pic 3:
> PlayStation Themed Pillow Case
> Wreath Christmas Card
> Langrisser Joy-Con Skins
> $25 City Cafe Gift Card (I work from home and legit work from here 2-3 days a week
> so thank you soooo much for this)
> Awesome "I'm Gaming" Socks
> Resident Evil 2 Club Key
> Street Fighter Card Pack
> Life is Strange Graphic Novel
>
> Pic 4:
> Parasite Eve Lunchbox
> Tales of Hearts R (sealed)
> Zero Time Dilemma (sealed)
>
> {imgt}https://i.imgur.com/ixVNZo1.jpg 3629 2722{imgt}
>
> {imgt}https://i.imgur.com/Wo3946H.jpg?1 4032 3024{imgt}
>
> {imgt}https://i.imgur.com/bWE1NWG.jpg 4032 3024{imgt}
>
> {imgt}https://i.imgur.com/5eoh8WW.jpg 4032 3024{imgt}
>
>
>

Some really cool collectibles. That RE2 Club Key is great. I love video game objects IRL. That slime keychain is great too! grin
jgrant78
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
12-Dec(#131)
I know I'm not around a lot consistently, but how in the hell did I miss Dashey being in college and getting college degrees (plural)? Man, I'm getting old!
Dashey
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
12-Dec(#132)
I actually started college 3 days after completing high school lol.

I'm going after two degrees in Business and in Computer Information Systems, as well as a notary certificate. Ive already completed my Business classes, and I'm just focusing on computer information systems. And my notary stuff is outside what my college offers.

Dsbaum454
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (2 minutes ago) Secret Santa
12-Dec(#133)
I received Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 3DS! Thanks! I look forward to playing it soon.
ryanflucas
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
13-Dec(#134)
Secret Santa visited my house and left this:

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Thanks Santa! grin
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 700 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
13-Dec(#135)
ryanflucas wrote:
> Secret Santa visited my house and left this:
>
> {imgt}https://i.imgur.com/7QX7Syll.jpg 640 480{imgt}
>
>
> {imgt}https://i.imgur.com/ECD7THzl.jpg 640 480{imgt}
>
> {imgt}https://i.imgur.com/d7EkOkjl.jpg 640 480{imgt}
>
> Thanks Santa! grin

Sick card wink
whitefire
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (7 minutes ago) Secret Santa
13-Dec(#136)
That rubiks cube is awesome.

Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
* 13-Dec(#137)
sinnie wrote:
> Came home to my gifts today. Thank you @Tad
> The Fireball makes me so happy, and the bonus gifts look like I'll need it to play/watch.
> Though the cop game does intrigue me. Very well done. grin love
> $25 gift card, yippee! I'll use it after the holidays to get something else I want
> for sure!
>

That's awesome. I forget some states let you ship booze, KS is still really anal about it which annoys me on a regular basis (many things I've wanted to order and was blocked due to KS address).

Nice to see how much thought everybody put into their gifts. yes
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
13-Dec(#138)
Gypsy wrote:
> sinnie wrote:
>> Came home to my gifts today. Thank you @Tad
>> The Fireball makes me so happy, and the bonus gifts look like I'll need it to
> play/watch.
>> Though the cop game does intrigue me. Very well done. grin love
>> $25 gift card, yippee! I'll use it after the holidays to get something else I
> want
>> for sure!
>>
>
> That's awesome. I forget some states let you ship booze, KS is still really anal
> about it which annoys me on a regular basis (many things I've wanted to order and
> was blocked due to KS address).
>
> Nice to see how much thought everybody put into their gifts. yes

Yeah... I'm not really sure the legality of shipping the booze. Don't ask, don't tell I guess. I know I can get it here in MO but I really don't think private individuals are supposed to ship it. I ain't saying a word though. smile

Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
13-Dec(#139)
I'm glad you liked it, I legit got super excited when I drew your name @sinnie Had to hook you up. Oh and come back to the discord, we haven't chatted in ages

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
13-Dec(#140)
Tad wrote:
> I'm glad you liked it, I legit got super excited when I drew your name @sinnie Had
> to hook you up. Oh and come back to the discord, we haven't chatted in ages
>
>

lol aww. I'm on Discord! I just work so much lately I don't really chat. I'm hoping things'll be changing soon though if all goes well.


KamenRiderNecrom
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
15-Dec(#141)
Got a Secret Santa gift tonight and don't know if its from this one or Frank's. Came home from work to find the Deluxe Edition of The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia waiting for me.

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
15-Dec(#142)
It's from this one. wink
KamenRiderNecrom
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
16-Dec(#143)
Well then thank you to my partner.

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
16-Dec(#144)
You're welcome. Hope it is ok. I know it doesn't "match" the one that you already have, but I wanted to do the cool Deluxe edition thing. I had some Amazon credit to put towards it.

Also, somehow, completely randomly, I got you again. smile
KamenRiderNecrom
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
17-Dec(#145)
John wrote:
> You're welcome. Hope it is ok. I know it doesn't "match" the one that you already
> have, but I wanted to do the cool Deluxe edition thing. I had some Amazon credit
> to put towards it.
>
> Also, somehow, completely randomly, I got you again. smile

I was so happy to see that arrive on my doorstep. It was the last of the three books I needed for the set. Also got to give you props cause I know the book was deep on my Amazon list.
Ry4n2109
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
18-Dec(#146)
I believe I just received my gift from my SS. Final Fantasy 12 for Nintendo Switch. Thank you!!!

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
* 18-Dec(#147)
Hey! Got to my office to find this waiting for me...

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Opened it up and found this...

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Stranger Things Monopoly! Sweet! Thanks, @loztdogs! yes

EDIT: Note that it is the Collector's Edition -- which is pretty cool. It has special themed tokens (including a 20-sided die, baseball bat with nails in it, and so on). Plus, there is a 4-sided die that you can roll to take "shortcuts" through the tunnels under Hawkins! yes
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
18-Dec(#148)
Also, Santa Hats secret santa for all finally! yes
Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
18-Dec(#149)
Nice, I like the design of the box.

loztdogs
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
18-Dec(#150)
@john I was hoping you would dig it. You said you were a fan of the series. I was crossing my fingers you didn't already have it.

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
18-Dec(#151)
It's great and I didn't have it. Thanks again!
whitefire
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (7 minutes ago) Secret Santa
18-Dec(#152)
Very jealous. That looks awesome.

Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 700 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
19-Dec(#153)
That reminds me I still need to crack open my Stranger Things D&D I got over the summer. Just hard to find people who want to play. wry smile

whitefire
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (7 minutes ago) Secret Santa
19-Dec(#154)
Frank wrote:
> That reminds me I still need to crack open my Stranger Things D&D I got over the
> summer. Just hard to find people who want to play. wry smile
>
>

Have you tried meet up groups?

Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 700 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
19-Dec(#155)
whitefire wrote:
> Frank wrote:
>> That reminds me I still need to crack open my Stranger Things D&D I got over the
>> summer. Just hard to find people who want to play. wry smile
>>
>>
>
> Have you tried meet up groups?
>
>

No I haven't. Not really sure how to go about that. I've never played before.


sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
19-Dec(#156)
I play D&D weekly online and use Google Hangouts for voice/video chat and Roll20.net for grid, rolling dice and character sheets. This way people don't have to be in the same room to play.

EB
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
* 23-Dec(#157)
Part 2 of my gift arrived today. A Batman clock! Amazing, thank you so much Santa!



John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
24-Dec(#158)
Ok, I'm showing everyone has sent and two people maybe not yet received -- I'm sure things are on the way for those last two. yes
Ry4n2109
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
24-Dec(#159)
I received a very unexpected part 2 of a gift today. Thank you Santa for my oh so special balls! :P

They are already on the tree :)

devans77
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
24-Dec(#160)
Ry4n2109 wrote:
> I received a very unexpected part 2 of a gift today. Thank you Santa for my oh so
> special balls! :P
>
> They are already on the tree :)
>
>
Pic or it didnt happen

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
24-Dec(#161)
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I'm going to guess it looked like this?

Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas 2019!! PARTNERS ASSIGNED! Go Santas!