The 2015 Instagram Summer Secret Santa

Hi there everyone! Remember when I tried to organise a Christmas Secret Santa last year and failed miserably? I do. I still feel bad about it. Mostly for the box of cookies I didn’t get to receive and thus didn’t eat, but also for you who were looking forward to it and whose cookie dreams were crushed as well. Blame it on all the university homework I was snowed under *sigh*. To make up for it (and get my cookies!!!), I’ve decided to organise a summer version so I have time to make it work this time.

Can I get a “HECK YES”? (And cookies, can I get cookies too? Whoever is my secret santa, please make sure you send cookiessssssss)

Anyway, here are the rules. Please, read them thouroughly before you fill in the form.

how it works

1. Secret Santa dynamics are easy: you fill in one of the forms below. On 27/7 you’ll receive an email with an Excel sheet attached which will look something like this:

sample spreadsheet - the instagram secret santa

 It’s only an example (obviously), but in this case, I’m the number 1, so I look at the number in the next column and I see that I’d have to send a parcel to “Nemo the Clown Fish” (which is fab because I love Nemo). To do so, I’d contact Nemo via email and I would ask him for:

+His adress, so I know where to send the package to.

+If he has any dietary restrictions or allergies (perhaps he is on a gluten free diet? Let’s ask him!)

+An autograph. It’s not everyday that I get to talk to Nemo and I’m definitely fangirling! (<kidding. Kind of)

That’s all you have to do when you look at the spreadsheet. You can also look who will have to send a parcel to YOU, but it’s quite optional since, you know, they’ll be contacting you to ask for your adress and dietary restrictions soon. 

 2. So what know? I have Nemo’s adress and dietary restrictions (apparently he joined the vegan community in 2008 or so he says, so I need to remember not to buy milk chocolate!). What to do now? 

I go to my local supermarket/health food store/favourite store and buy some goodies that I think that Nemo could like (find out more about the parcel guidelines below) and fill a box with them. I also include a cute (love)letter telling Nemo how much I love him and what’s on the parcel. Please, make sure you write a super cute note to your partner – wouldn’t it be nice to make a new insta friend? Time to share the love and positive vibes everyone!

Finally, I make sure I send the package to Nemo BEFORE AUGUST THE 17TH so all packages arrive on time (find out more about the deadlines below).

We’ll be throwing a little Instagram party on August the 27th when we’ll share a picture of the parcel we received on  Insta tagged with #the2015instasecretsanta for everyone to see (and drool over all those cookies we’ve got!). This would also be a nice opportunity to make new insta friends via this tag!

deadlines

1. You can fill in the forms below to enter from July the 14th to July the 26th.

2. You’ll receive the spreadsheet telling you who to send a parcel to on July the 27th. PLEASE, contact your partner before July the 31th to ask for their adress and details. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.

If the 1st of August cames and nobody has contacted you to ask for your adress and dietary restrictions, send me an email to consuelodetejeda@gmail.com so I can set you up with a new person who will be sending a parcel to you.

This ONLY changes who has to send a parcel to YOU. You’ll still be sending a parcel to whoever had the number in the column “this person has to send a parcel to” in your row. In other words, make sure you do send your emails properly before July the 31st and no changes will have to be made.

Also, if you haven’t contacted your partner before the July the 31st, you’ll be deleted from the list and no longer a participant. Don’t expect to get cookies if you aren’t willing to send a parcel in exchange ๐Ÿ™

DON’T SEND YOUR PARCEL BEFORE AUGUST THE 2ND so I have time to set up the people whose partners haven’t get back to them (in case this actually happens, let’s hope not!)

3. Please send your parcel between 3/08-17/08. I’m asking you please to respect the guidelines so everybody gets their parcel on time for the #the2015instasecretsanta instagram party.

4. Post a picture of the box you have received on Instagram on August the 27th and tag whoever send it to you AND TAG #the2015instasecretsanta. Don’t forget to thank them and tell the world how sweet they are and how delish your cookies (or whatever you’ve been sent!) are. Click on the #the2015instasecretsanta to check out everyone’s partners and hopefully make new insta buddies ๐Ÿ˜‰

parcel guidelines

1. What to include in the box? Cookies, tea boxes, energy or protein bars, chocolate, candy and other snacks are great choices. You should spend between 10-15 euros in your box.

{TIP} Even though you’ll be sending a parcel to someone from your own continent, shipping can get expensive if the package is too heavy. Make sure you pack light stuff.

2. It’s okay to send homemade goodies. But please, please, please, make sure that if your partner has told you they have any allergies (aka lactose intolerant and not simply vegan, for example) you don’t send anything homemade to them unless you don’t ever cook with milk or whatever the allergen is. Cross contamination is a real thing, and it’s best to be safe.

3. Also, this one is quite obvious, but please respect your partner’s allergies or dietary choices. If you have to send a parcel to a vegan, for example and you don’t have a clue on what a vegan diet is like, it’s best to ask your partner for info on what they can and cannot have. I’m sure they’ll be willing to explain it to you so everybody is happy with their parcels.

Same applies for people on gluten free or paleo diets, etc…

4. If you can afford it (it’s usually just 2-3 pricier), track your package so it doesn’t get lost. Not that packages get lost all the time, but again, it’s best to be on the safe side.

5. Educate yourself about the parcel guidelines of the country you’re sending a parcel to. Some countries have a more restrictive policy when it comes to accepting some items. I’d recommend you go to your local post office and ask for information.

As an example, I find that Switzerland has a more restrictive policy than the UK, for example. Don’t worry though – things like chocolate, tea and energy bars are fine to send AND the employee at the post office will tell you if you’ve put anything in your box which shouldn’t be there.

Again, this is a worst case scenario. This kind of boxes are usually easy to send with no problem, but agaaaaain, best to be safe!

 ready to joinGreat! Now, fill in one of the 5 forms below depending on where you live. By filling in you agree that once the spreadsheets are sent, I take no responsability if your package doesn’t arrive.

I will do all that’s in my hands to make sure everybody has a parter and has sent their emails properly and therefore get their packet, but let’s agree that there’s nothing I can do if your package gets lost! (<worst case scenario again. I’ve been part of this kind of foodie penpal exchanges in the past and this doesn’t usually happen but, you guessed it, best to be on the safe side!)

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. Don’t join if you aren’t willing to send a parcel. That’s a horrible thing to do, so no scams here please!

Also, make sure you click on the correct form. This is the most obvious thing ever but don’t click the “AMERICA + CANADA” form if you live in Germany.

THE 2015 INSTAGRAM SECRET SANTA FORM (EUROPE VERSION)

THE 2015 INSTAGRAM SECRET SANTA FORM (AMERICA + CANADA VERSION)

THE 2015 INSTAGRAM SECRET SANTA FORM (ASIA VERSION)

THE 2015 INSTAGRAM SECRET SANTA FORM (OCEANIA VERSION)

THE 2015 INSTAGRAM SECRET SANTA FORM (AFRICA VERSION)

 Once you’ve fill in the form with your info, you’re done! Then all that you have to do is wait for the spreadsheet and contact your partner. Then you send them a box and finally you post a pic of your box on Insta (on 27/8).

Easy peasy!

I really hope you like this idea. It’s been certainly fun to organise, but it has also been a TON of work, so I’d really really really appreaciate it if you could follow my social media channels as a way to say thank you. I will be announcing more news about this Secret Santa project and hopefully a couple of giveaways as well on there, so it’s always wise to follow ๐Ÿ˜‰

>>Follow Honey & Figs on Facebook

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>>Follow Honey & Figs on Pinterest

>>Follow Honey & Figs on Instagram (< not optional, since all the Secret Santa updates are shown there!)

You may repost the picture as well to let your friends know about it. Please, make sure you include a link to this page or at least my Instagram account so people have easy access to all the info.

Thank you for joining everyone! Let’s get this party started!

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6 Comments

  • Reply garnnacha July 14, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Me encanta la idea Consuelo, es sรบper bonita!! Por supuesto ya estoy apuntada ๐Ÿ˜‰ Gracias por transmitir tanto amor al mundo!

    • Reply Consuelo July 14, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Muchas gracias! :-***

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  • Reply Curious Charlie July 19, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    You learn new things everyday day, like Vanuatu is part of the continent I’m on! Though I thought Australia was a continent itself?

    • Reply Consuelo July 19, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      Aw haha not really! It includes New Zeland and some other places as well ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  • Reply cbg29 July 26, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Casi me lo pierdo! Que ideas tienes Consuelo!! Eres la mejor ๐Ÿ˜‰ ya estoy apuntada <3

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