Secret Santa UK

Discussion in 'Great Britain' started by hdtrice, Nov 26, 2015.

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Would you be interested in a UK secret santa?

  1. Yes

  2. No

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  1. hdtrice

    hdtrice Aspirant (277) May 29, 2015 United Kingdom (England)

    Apologies! I should've done this on the original thread, but I can't see a way of retrospectively adding a poll. So I've quoted all that has been said thus far below. Hopefully the poll will give a clear idea as to whether there's enough interest to make this worthwhile:

     
  2. Kozel

    Kozel Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2014 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Yes, with the proviso that the beer was something local to you that the recipient didn't have easy access to.
     
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  3. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,707) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Not for me this year
     
  4. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Initiate (136) Jul 1, 2009 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    It's a nice idea but the packaging and posting beer is such a faff that I don't really think it's worth it.
     
  5. Kozel

    Kozel Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2014 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Just a thought...We should team up with the Belgians, get them to send us Westveterelen or St. Bernardus abt12 and we'll send then Tennants Super?
     
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  6. Hayley_86

    Hayley_86 Poo-Bah (1,740) Jan 1, 2014 Netherlands

    If it was a European thing I might be interested.
    It's not impossible to send some Westy over, but then I would expect some Thomas Hardy back.
     
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  7. Hoppsbabo

    Hoppsbabo Champion (861) Jan 29, 2012 United Kingdom (England)
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    Yeah, I'd be up for this.
     
  8. Pulley9

    Pulley9 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2015 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Yeah, I'd be happy to get involved with this. Postage etc is a faff, but at least you'll get beer in return!
     
  9. Ruds

    Ruds Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    If anyone can send me a black IPA I haven't rated I'll happily send them some of that over rated Monks brew called Westy.
     
  10. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (4,384) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)
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    You would have to factor in region to take into account availability
    have some simple rules like not available in supermarkets (maybe just maybe off the shelf at Waitrose but not online)
    and maybe a price guideline
    and it better get sorted quick
     
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  11. hdtrice

    hdtrice Aspirant (277) May 29, 2015 United Kingdom (England)

    Okay, seems there's a few interested. Enough to make it work (hopefully!).

    Agree with you @EmperorBevis about some guidelines. With that in mind, first draft:

    1. Send beer from local brewery(s), not available in supermarkets. If you are sending to someone who is in the same region, check their beer list. (With this in mind, make sure your beer list is relatively up-to-date, or run the risk of getting a beer you've already had).
    2. 3-4 bottles (assuming each bottle is around £2-£4)

    What do you think?
     
  12. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (4,384) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)
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    I would have thought the price range would be more £3-£6 with most indy bottle shops
    so 2-3 bottles would make the p&p a little less & put a little more emphasis on quality over quantity :slight_smile:
     
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  13. hdtrice

    hdtrice Aspirant (277) May 29, 2015 United Kingdom (England)

    Fine with that! Shall we say 3 bottles?
    I'd say that should be the stricter of the guidelines. i.e. it shouldn't be 1 x £15 bottle or 3 x £5 bottles. If you want to splash out on something, that's okay - but still aim for 3 bottles. Gives us more chance to be creative with the styles we can send. IMO.

    Guidelines 1.1
    1. Send beer from local brewery(s), not available in supermarkets. If you are sending to someone who is in the same region, check their beer list. (With this in mind, make sure your beer list is relatively up-to-date, or run the risk of getting a beer you've already had).
    2. 3 bottles. Guide price £3-£6 each.
     
  14. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (4,384) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)
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    Then we need to get moving,
    I don't know if @Zimbo or @jazzyjeff13
    have seen this, if they haven't and want in

    but we need an admin/secret santa selector
    (who we are trusting to random select the names randomly & not pick out who they think will beer best for themselves
    & also check the people buying aren't close by)
    and we will need to message them our address.

    So what I am proposing in true committee style
    If anyone objects & doesn't want that responsibility

    SPEAK UP

    because I'll draw names from hats soon for that



     
  15. hdtrice

    hdtrice Aspirant (277) May 29, 2015 United Kingdom (England)

    Could we have 2 name selectors, to ensure no one knows who's sending who? Just an idea.

    e.g.

    Selector #1 (person A)

    Person A will send to <1st draw from hat: B, C, D or E>
    Person B will send to <2nd draw from hat: C, D or E>
    Person C will send to <3rd draw from hat: B, D or E>

    Selector #1 does not include their own name in the hat. If they don't pull Selector #2 from the hat during their draw, start again until they do!


    Selector #2 (person D)

    Person D will send to <1st draw from hat: A, B, C or E>
    Person E will send to <2nd draw from hat: A, B or C>
     
  16. Padraig

    Padraig Initiate (110) Jan 14, 2013 New York
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    In principle this is a great idea but it really needs to be pan-European to get enough critical mass.

    Also I personally wouldn't get involved unless there was a minimum requirement for previous trades completed before you could participate. The RB EuroSanta equivalent required something like 100 ratings or 5 previous trades.
     
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  17. hdtrice

    hdtrice Aspirant (277) May 29, 2015 United Kingdom (England)

    Pan-European would be great! And if that happened, maybe minimum requirements would have to be instilled.

    But there is something I like about us Brits. And with it just being us, I'm happy to trust those involved. For 3 bottles of beer, is it worth alienating yourself?

    ...also, I've never traded on here before, so it would rule me out! :flushed:
     
  18. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (4,384) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)
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    I've traded once in four years so I would be out despite having one of the highest beer karma scores in UK
    When I first agreed it was because I had
    One amazing limited edition beer that any beer enthusiast would love and one bottle the p&p would only be a couple of quid
    Okay I'm willing to send more but I think we need a central who has everyone's details and hold all accountable
    Plus keep it simple and not scare people off
     
  19. hdtrice

    hdtrice Aspirant (277) May 29, 2015 United Kingdom (England)

    Yeah, good call. I'm easy. Let's make it happen!

    p.s. I now want to rig it to make sure you're sending to me, Bevis! :wink:
     
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  20. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,707) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    As I'm not doing it i'd be fine doing any anonymous stuff you need.
     
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  21. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (4,384) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)
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    Well I think CwrwAmByth offer makes perfect sense
    Any objections?
     
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  22. Pulley9

    Pulley9 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2015 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    No objections from me, at all.

    I'm also glad there's no minimum trades rule either, as that would remove me!
     
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  23. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,707) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Anyone who's in just message me your name and address, I'll randomly select who has who and I'll message your person to each of you.
     
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  24. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (4,384) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)
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    Right then
    let's go

    • Hoppsbabo
    • Kozel
    • Pulley9
    • hdtrice
      you need to message on here CwrwAmByth giving your address
      you will have till the end of Sunday to supply
      if there is less than three replies (mine included)
      there is the secret Buddy the Beer elf who will provide probably the best ale pressie to the mix
      and makes up the secret six
      trust me this will be awesome
     
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  25. hdtrice

    hdtrice Aspirant (277) May 29, 2015 United Kingdom (England)

    I'm in! Good luck fellas!
     
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  26. Kozel

    Kozel Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2014 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    I'm totally up for it guys, but have never traded or even sent beer as a present to anyone, and is there still time to send parcels?

    Let me know who to send my details to, what the requirements are, does it have to be your local brewery or just not their local?

    This should be good :slight_smile:
     
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  27. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (4,384) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)
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    Hop you've messaged CwrwAmByth then :slight_smile:


    Likewise email your name & address to by CwrwAmByth
    there is enough time for post in the time frame here
    3 micro/nano bottles not available in supermarkets if it's not local to you make sure it's new to the recipient
     
  28. Kozel

    Kozel Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2014 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Make sure it's new to the recipient...really???

    How could you possibly know what the recipient has or hasn't drunk in the past?

    I'm in my 50's, probably tried in excess of 500 beers over nearly 40 years and couldn't even make an attempt to list them, so what are the chances of me buying something new for someone I've never met? :confused:
     
  29. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (4,384) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)
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    Well it's hoping that they're beer list is reasonably up to date
    & basically sending something you would be pleased to receive yourself
    We have 3 Scottish participants & 3 English & I think that's how it is going to be split
    so local should hopefully translate as regional and pretty much anything north of the border for you
     
  30. hdtrice

    hdtrice Aspirant (277) May 29, 2015 United Kingdom (England)

    All done. (unless @CwrwAmByth tells me different!)

    @Kozel, I think everyone's in the same boat, but it's all in good spirit. I don't think anyone would be bitter if they ended up getting a beer they already had. Given that it's 3 bottles, hopefully everyone will get something new and / or something they like!

    Are we saying no drinking until Christmas day?
     
  31. Ruds

    Ruds Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)


    You can only go by the list of beers people have reviewed on this site ... no one expects you to be a mind reader!
     
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  32. Ruds

    Ruds Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    One other thing you may wish to stipulate is preffered styles of beer.

    I personally wouldn't want to end up with 4% goldes or bitters.

    Might be worth you listing preferred styles or even styles you'd rather not get, this is common practice in other secret Santas I've seen organised.
     
  33. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (4,384) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)
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    I really doubt anyone ie going to send 3 golden bitters
    I should imagine with the stipulations it wouldn't happen

    But we might as well vocalise anything we would hate to get here to avoid any disappointment

    I hate peanuts and honey and don't think I would enjoy a beer with those ingredients

    I could just hold off drinking it to Christmas but no way could wait to see what I got
     
  34. hdtrice

    hdtrice Aspirant (277) May 29, 2015 United Kingdom (England)

  35. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (4,384) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)
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  36. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (4,384) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)
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    Anyway we've met the minimum numbers required for it to be worthwhile
    So we've got a game :slight_smile:
     
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  37. hdtrice

    hdtrice Aspirant (277) May 29, 2015 United Kingdom (England)

    Can't wait! i picked up my first for it today...
     
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  38. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (4,384) Sep 25, 2011 United Kingdom (England)
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    I do believe all the names (well the five that voted 'yes' & Buddy) are in the hat
    So if you haven't got three beers to send
    make like Goldilocks... sorry that was three beers
    get 'em in this weekend
     
  39. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,707) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    I'll send out your recipients tomorrow
     
  40. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,707) Jan 24, 2011 United Kingdom (England)

    Secret Santa is all divvied up, so I've messaged those who messaged me their addresses. Let me know if I've ballsed anything up anywhere.
     
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