Secret Santa 2015 – six days to go!
Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by.
There are two reasons you’re reading this. Either you’ve signed up to our inaugural Secret Santa 2015 and want an update, or you’ve not signed up just yet and want to see what the fuss is all about. First for an update:
We’re happy to tell you that coming into the final week of registration, we’re up to 67 players from 16 countries. Thanks to everyone who’s joined in so far and give yourselves a hard pat on the back for helping this project get off the ground in such a fantastic way for its first year. You were here first!
As we’re now in the final week of registration, we’re also incredibly pleased to be able to confirm the support of both Kodak Alaris and The Impossible Project. A huge thanks to both Jennifer Cisney at Alaris (@) and Amy Heaton over at Impossible (@ ), for giving us a shot.
Whilst Alaris are keeping intentionally quiet about what they’ll be sending, I’m able to tell you that Impossible will have two amazing goodie bags up for grabs. Each bag will include……well, some stuff we don’t want to tell you about, as that’ll spoil the surprise! As there are two bags up for grabs, they’ll be sending one to their own Secret Santa 2015 match, as well as one to whichever one of you matches with us!
That’s right, be lucky enough to match with EMULSIVE and you’ll be getting a little something from The Impossible Project, as well as HUGE box from us just brimming with goodness we’ve set aside and collected in preparation over the past few months.
Here’s hoping your postman has a strong back.
What started as a small extension of our #filmswap concept on Twitter has blossomed into something much bigger than we could have hoped for. Thanks to everyone who has signed up and helped spread the word so far.
What’s next with the Secret Santa?
This is the simple bit: share, share, share. Help spread the word and get as many people on board as possible. In addition, make sure that you post a message on the event board at Elfster and tell people what you want and what you plan on giving back in return. The more people know about you, the better chance you have of getting something you’ll be able to use!
We’ll making the draw on Tuesday December 1st, or possibly a few days later. So please nudge, nudge, nudge away until then.
Once the draw takes place, you’ll be notified by email. We’ll also be posting on Twitter and Facebook to remind you, just in case it gets filtered to your Junk folder.
Remember that this is anonymous, so you won’t know who is giving you a gift. You will be able to send anonymous messages to your match once the draw takes place and we’d suggest you use the opportunity to find out a little about what they can and cannot use before sending your gift. After all, there’s no point sending 120 film to someone who only shoots Fuji Instax!
You’ll also be able to request clarification of address details from your match, so you can make sure your gift goes to the right place. Remember, the faster you send out your gift, the better chance your match has of getting it before Christmas Day.
We want to make sure that everyone is protected, so we’re asking you all to make sure you get a proof of postage and to make sure you take a photo of it for your records – we can’t stress this enough.
If you have ANY issues at all, please let us know using the contact page, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m not signed up. What’s this about and what do I do?
The premise of the EMULSIVE Secret Santa is simple; commit to sending a fellow lover of film photography a gift – with a value of at least US$10 – be it film, a cereal box camera, or perhaps something much bigger. You can read more here.
Registration is open until Monday November 30th 2015 and the draw will be made on or around Tuesday December 1st 2015. Once the draw is made, you’ll be matched up with someone and you’ll be tasked with sending a gift to them. Remember that they might be in a different country to you.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting involved:
- Sign-up for a free account using Elfster, our chosen service provider. Use your real name, your preferred internet handle, or something else.
- Add some details about yourself, a picture (if you want), and details of what you want and what you might give.
- Wait until the draw and then jump into action.
- Confirm anything you need with your match using Elfster’s messaging system and get your package ready for shipping by the end of the second week of December at the latest.
- Remember to package responsibly and in the same manner you’d hope to receive something yourself.
- Finally, GET PROOF OF POSTAGE. This little idea is reliant on trust. Everyone is taking everyone else for their word. If you don’t intend to send a gift, don’t take one from someone else. We cannot stress this enough. Abusers will be publicly named and shamed – you have been told.
Still have a few questions? Not to worry, leave them in the comments below and we’ll do our best to help you out.
Very much looking forward to this folks. Thanks for joining in and thanks to @framesofsteph for use of her image up top!