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A tour of the world’s biggest gift exchange platform
Contents Introduction About RedditGifts Signing up/Navigating the site RedditGifts Dictionary Exchanges 101 Rematching Tips and Tricks r/secretsanta Etiquette Useful Links
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Howdy partner! Congratulations! You’ve found yourself reading the RedditGifts Big Ass Guide Book. This is a quick sort of virtual tour to RedditGifts.com, the world’s largest gift exchange platform. In this guide, you’ll be given all the information you need to get started and become part of the largest community of friendly, generous people ever! From signing up, to terminology, to tips and tricks of the trade, we’re going to show you exactly everything you need to know to get you started. If however you still have a question after reading through the guide, there’s a link to the FAQ in the “Useful Links” section at the end of the guide. So anyway, I hope you have a wonderful experience on RedditGifts and let’s get this tour started!
Lots of love and upvotes, BaconBiscuits
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Welcome to the biggest community of nice people on the planet! Don’t believe me? Just check out the gifts gallery and have your wee heart warmed by the unbelievable kindness of our secret santas. RedditGifts was started in 2009 by kickme444 and 5days and is currently the world’s largest gift exchange platform. A couple of years on and thousands of redditors all across the world are exchanging gifts. Arbitrary Day and Secret Santa are the big ones however 2011 alone seen the addition of five more exchanges so who knows where we’ll go from here! Anyone with a reddit.com account can join in. If you spend enough time on reddit, you’ll know it’s a huge, diverse community with a whole bunch of different interests and opinions; that variety is prevalent also in the RedditGifts community. So you’re sure to have an amazing experience whatever exchange you decide to take part in. On top of the site itself, there’s also the Secret Santa subreddit where you can share your experience with other users by posting photos of what you’re going to send away or what you’ve received and opinions on aspects of the site and your experiences with it. It’s a very close and friendly community so don’t be afraid to pop in and say hi! Your moderators there are kickme444, 5days, licenseplate, BaconBiscuits and weffey, all of whom are very friendly chaps and more than willing to help you out with anything you may need to know.
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Signing Up/Navigating the Site
In this section, you’ll be shown how to sign up, edit your profile and what all the various links on the RedditGifts website do. The signing up process is pretty standard; you enter your information, agree to the terms and conditions of the site and boom! You’re done! Then you confirm your email address and link your RedditGifts profile to your Reddit.com account. When you log in to your RedditGifts account for the first time, you should click on the “Profile” tab in the top right menu. Here you can edit your information and update your public profile; pick a picture of yourself and write a short bio for people to check out! Now let’s go through the menu’s on the website. The Main Centre Menu Home – This will take you to the RedditGifts homepage Gift Exchanges – Here you can view a list of past gift exchanges. Any new exchanges will also be listed here. Click on a gift exchange for more information and its gift gallery. Gift Gallery – When you receive a gift, you post a picture and description to the gift gallery. It’s basically an album of the various gifts people have received during all the exchanges. Gift Awards – If a gift is particularly notable for something, it receives awards. This link will take you a list of the awards we give out and then also has galleries of the gifts that won these awards across all past exchanges. People – This is a big list of all the users on the RedditGifts website. Rules – This is a list of the general exchange rules. Some exchanges have specific rules added to this list. Break the rules and suffer the consequences!
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The Top-Right Menu Exchanges – Here you can see the exchanges you have participated in. It will tell you the status of the exchanges also – if they’ve been completed or not. We’ll look closer at this tab later on. Meetups – This is where you can view your meet-ups if you’re participating in any. Profile – You can edit your profile here; both public and private. Your private profile is your address and shipping instructions. The little envelope – This is your inbox. If anyone sends you a message, it’ll turn orangered like on reddit! The Exchanges Tab This is where you will manage your exchanges. If there are any exchanges going on, it’ll tell you what you can sign up for and also your exchange credits (to be explained later!) Under that you can see the different exchanges you’ve participated in. It will tell you under each exchange if you’ve completed it or not. If you click on an exchange, it’ll take you to the page for that exchange. Exchange Menu The first thing you’ll notice is a little present box on the left hand side of the screen. If you want to know what that means, click on “Legend” underneath it; this will explain the different gift statuses. Retrieve Match – This is where you can view your match’s likes/dislikes and shipping information. Confirm Shipped – When you ship a gift in an exchange, go to this tab to confirm you have done so and enter tracking information if you have it.
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Post Received Gift – When you receive a gift in an exchange, you come here to confirm you got it and post a picture. Update Likes/Dislikes – If you want to change the likes and dislikes you entered when you signed up to do an exchange, this is where to do it. Rematching – This is where you can sign up to give another gift to someone who didn’t receive one. No Gift? – This is where you go if you didn’t get a gift. You confirm that you didn’t get one and get the option to be sent a gift from a different user. This will be explained later.
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Santa – This is what we call people giving gifts; regardless of the exchange, they’re called a Santa. Giftee – This is the gift recipient. A Santa is matched to a giftee. Rematcher – This is someone who has signed up to give another gift to a user who didn’t receive a gift from their original Santa. Shafted – When you don’t receive a gift, people usually say you’ve been shafted. Matching Day – When sign-ups for an exchange close, the next thing that happens is everyone gets matched to their giftees and Santas. The day this happens is called Matching Day. Shipping Day – This is when we would expect people to have shipped their gifts by.
Exchange Credits In order to participate in an exchange, you need to spend exchange credits. When you sign up, you are given one credit. When you join an exchange, you spend that credit and when you complete the exchange, you get the original credit plus a new one back. If you were a rematch Santa, you will receive 1 bonus credit for the exchange. The number of credits you have indicates the number of simultaneous exchanges you can participate in. If you fail to complete an exchange, you will have no credits and therefore can no longer participate.
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There are three main gift exchanges a year – Arbitrary Day, Trick or Treat and Secret Santa. There are also subreddit exchanges scattered throughout the year so keep an eye on the website to keep up to date with these. Step One – Sign up to an exchange An obvious but important step. When you sign up, you should enter your likes and dislikes. Step Two – Ship International? If you’d rather ship within your own country, don’t check the box that asks you if you want to ship internationally. This is a preference, not a guarantee so you may end up shipping to someone in your own country even if you check the box. Step Three – Matching Day When you are matched with another user, you’ll get an email saying you received your match. Go to the site to see who you got and get stalking! People are matched in a big chain so you are not giving a gift to the person who is giving you a gift. For example, kickme444 gives to weffey, weffey gives to 5days, 5days gives to licenseplate, licenceplate gives to BaconBiscuits etc. Step Four – Ship your gift Using the information your giftee gave you, you should have found the perfect gift. The next thing to do is to ship it! Step Five – Receive a gift! When you receive a gift please make sure to confirm on RedditGifts. If you don’t, you are banned from participating in future exchanges. If you
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didn’t receive a gift, also make sure to confirm this too. Upload pictures and a description and you may get an award!
Once you are matched with another redditor, you cannot cancel your participation nor can you request to be matched with a different user. We would like to say that we have a zero tolerance policy on people who take it upon themselves to judge their giftee based on their beliefs, lifestyle, race, gender or anything else. If we find that anyone has been sending messages or the like to their giftee that could be considered offensive then we will take serious action. You do not sign up to judge people; you sign up to give someone a gift based on their likes and interests, not to judge them. Sometimes the anonymity of the internet can bring out the worst in people. If your giftee is someone you would consider an unsavoury character, then you are still required to send a gift; choosing to not send a gift is against the rules and you will be banned if you do not send a gift. If you feel a user has harassed you or has sent you an offensive message, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team. It’s all about having a fun, positive experience so let’s all just get along okay? C:
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Sometimes, people do not receive a gift from their original Santa. So we have a system to make sure as many people as possible get a gift, it’s called rematching. The number of people who don’t receive a gift is very small compared to the number of who do; so don’t worry too much about being shafted. You can sign up to be a rematcher, this means you give another gift to a user who did not receive a gift from their original Santa. You will not receive another gift but you can give as many gifts as you like. If you don’t receive a gift, you can sign up to get a gift from a rematcher. This means you’ll receive a gift from a new Santa but you do not need to send another out. We rely on people signing up to give again so rematching is limited! If we run out of rematchers, unfortunately it means some people won’t get a gift. It works in “rounds” so the people who were stiffed get rematched fairly. Round One – Those users who were never retrieved Round Two – Users who were retrieved but never had their Santa mark their gift as shipped. Round Three – The final round; users who were retrieved, had their gift marked as shipped but never actually got a gift.
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Tips and Tricks
Sometimes, you might not know where to begin when it comes to getting a gift for your match! Here are some initial tips for making yourself stalkable and also stalking your match. 1. Include a nice wee paragraph in your likes/dislikes on your RedditGifts account. It will make it a lot easier for your Santa. This is especially helpful if you were a lurker and don’t have a lot on your reddit.com profile. 2. The biggest thing is that your stalking is NON-CREEPY. Their profiles on reddit and redditgifts are your gateway to stalking your match; we don’t want to find out about any of you getting arrested! :P 3. If you get a veteran Reddit user, don’t be put off by the number of posts they have. Part of the fun is going through their posts to find out more about them, you need to be dedicated! 4. If on the other hand you get a recent lurker-turned-user then don’t be put off by this either. Go on what you’re given and if you struggle for more ideas, just send them a message or get them some Reddit related goodies! (bacon, narwhals, zombies, you know the drill)
If you get stuck for what to get someone...
Just get them some stuff local to your area or Reddit related. Don’t think you’re an awful Santa because you get stuck, it happens to the best of us! On the next page is your Stalkee/Stalker 101 checklist; if you can tick off all of these then you’re doing well.
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Stalkee’s Checklist: I’ve listed favourite movies/games/characters/activities/interests I’ve listed any allergies I have I’ve listed my dislikes and stuff I’d prefer they didn’t send I have covered pretty much everything I can think of to help them I have been relevant to the exchange I’m taking part in Stalker’s Checklist: I’ve read through my giftee’s likes and dislikes and taken note of anything I feel I should remember I have sent them a message with any questions I may have and just to say hey I’ve went through their Reddit profile, noting down anything interesting When looking at posts, if I see potential for a joke – from a film, or a reddit joke, a gaming joke etc – I’ve noted it down If my giftee was a lurker and hasn’t been very detailed in their likes/dislikes, I’ve looked around the internet and around my hometown for anything cool to send (like local food, postcards etc) I haven’t been creepy! I’ve checked postage prices so I don’t get overambitious with the sort of stuff I’m buying and then can’t afford to ship!
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Money Saving Guide
We all like to save a bit of money here and there during a gift exchange because it means you’re able to spend money on other things! First of all, let’s talk about getting gifts: 1. Search around the internet! Don’t just go to the first site you see, look around on sites like eBay or on Google Shopping to see what sort of deals are available elsewhere. As an example, I recently bought a figurine for someone that was discontinued and on a lot of sites it was like £60-70 plus shipping however after a bit of hard searching I found it for £50 including shipping; woo hoo! 2. If one of the things is too expensive, think of alternatives. If you can’t afford it, then you can’t because you need to think of your shipping costs as well. 3. If something isn’t available in your country but is in your match’s country, then consider having it shipped directly to them; it will save you shipping costs and you’ll be able to get something they’ll really love! (this is especially important to people outside the US who may want to buy something from ThinkGeek for someone in the US) 4. Think about weights, constantly. You still need to ship this stuff and remember that the bigger and heavier the box, the more it will cost you. 5. Buying your shipping online will save you a bit of money. Just print it out, stick it on and drop it off at your nearest post office.
There’s already a money saving guide on shipping linked in the subreddit so have a look! If you’re shipping a package abroad then consider the weight of it and if there’s any way you could save money.
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If you live in the USA, then the USPS has a flat rate depending on the size of your package so in this case the size is more important than the weight. Boxes are also free, lucky! I saved money recently by sending out two packages separately; it cost me less than half the amount it would have if I’d sent all the stuff together in a box! It may not work for everyone, but just be sure to check your shipping costs and work out ways to save money on it.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON SHIPPING: CHECK THE CUSTOMS INFORMATION FOR THE COUNTRY YOU’RE SHIPPING TO.
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The Extra Mile
It’s always great when someone puts that little bit of extra effort into a gift to make you feel special. One of the best things about the users that take part in RedditGifts is that they’re always doing stuff to make their match feel really happy! There’s a whole bunch of ways to make someone feel awesome and they’re the smallest things sometimes! Write a note! And if you wanna go even further, design your note with some drawings or make a card for them. Draw or paint them something related to their interests; it shows you’ve taken the time to do something special for them. Wrap their gifts individually; we all know how exciting it is to open presents! If you’re ordering something to be sent directly from a website, check to see if they have a giftwrap and note option and do it! It’s a great way to make something coming straight from a site seem that bit more personal. If you have the skills, make them something! Nothing means more to someone than something handmade. Try to include some relevant in-jokes. Do they like Anchorman? Give them a toy bear with a Brick Tamland quote attached! Are they into Pokémon? Send them a Blue Eyes White Dragon card and tell them it’s your favourite Pokémon :P Decorate the packaging! Just look at some of the incredible packaging art during the Trick or Treat exchange and you’ll see the kind of amazing effort some users go to.
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DON’T PANIC: The Gift-givers Guide to the Galaxy
If there’s one thing I’ve seen that characterises a gift exchange, it’s panic! Whether you’re panicking about shipping deadlines, whether your package is okay, if you’re going to be retrieved again, my simple message to you is DON’T PANIC. The next part is basically copypasted from a post I made recently: If you cannot ship by the specified date, LET YOUR GIFTEE KNOW. Most of us have experienced some anxiety over little to no communication so it’s only fair that we remember that when thinking of our giftees! Your gift for your giftee? It’s awesome. I would understand if after seeing some of the gifts on the gallery and subreddit you feel as if you haven’t done enough but trust me when I say your giftee will still think the world of you and your gift regardless of what other people have got. Not everyone can afford to go all out and that’s perfectly fine especially if you’re shipping abroad because that is hella expensive! If you haven’t been retrieved since match day, stop worrying! A lot of people will be waiting until they’re ready to ship before they look at your address again and some will even have it saved on their computer so please don't worry. If after shipping day you haven't been retrieved and your gifter hasn’t been in touch, then worry is understandable. However remember that sometimes life gets in the way and they may have a reasonable excuse. Shipping day is a Saturday, a lot of people can’t ship on the weekend, just wait a little longer c: If you know your gift was delivered and your giftee hasn’t confirmed or posted then it might be because they had to work or go to school and haven’t had the time or someone else signed for them and they haven't had the chance to get to it! The most important thing to remember is that you need to have a little faith in both your giftee and your Santa! So when
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you’re about to make a post worrying about something then think about these things and try to calm down C:
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r/secretsanta is the subreddit associated with RedditGifts. This is where you can post about the gifts you received or start discussions with other users and share your experience. As you can imagine, it can get quite busy so there are some do’s and don’ts we would like to let you know about. Don’t make complaint posts – if you have a complaint, we would rather you emailed or sent a message to the team. As we like to keep things happy and fun and positive, it’s just easier for us to deal with the not so happy stuff in private. Don’t make “gray box” posts – this means you shouldn’t be screencapping a picture of your status box on RedditGifts. This even includes gray boxes saying you’ve been retrieved. People make way too many of these and they don’t really add anything to the subreddit. Don’t make posts asking questions about exchanges or general RedditGifts related issues. You should be reading the FAQ first and then if your question still hasn’t been answered, then you can message the moderating team on the subreddit. Don’t brag about what you’ve done in the exchange. We appreciate that some of you go really all out and rematch as well countless times, however we would ask that you let your giftee do the bragging! It’s part of the fun! Don’t make unofficial exchange posts in the subreddit. r/secetsanta is for official RedditGifts exchanges. If you wish to submit an idea for an exchange, please email the team. If you’re trying to organise a new exchange outside RedditGifts, we would ask that you find a relevant subreddit to advertise it in (for example, r/trees organise their own exchange within their subreddit) Don’t post anyone’s personal information. Anything with a last name or address should be blurred out; any images depicting these will be removed but if you re-upload with the information censored it will be put through! Also if you make a post saying that
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your Santa is bad, it will probably be removed; especially if it shows their username! We’ve had problems with people finding out usernames in the past and oftentimes there has been a misunderstanding and the wrong user has been harassed!
Be respectful of other users and refrain from using insults and inappropriate language. We have people of all ages and backgrounds taking part and would not want to offend anyone. Thank your Santa’s in a nice post on the subreddit! If you have a general question that isn’t addressed elsewhere, message the moderators. Take general reddiquette into account when posting Show respect to the moderators and admins. When you get angry and upset and start throwing accusations and insults about then it doesn’t get anything accomplished and makes them less willing to help you out if you’re being mean! Comment on posts when you think a gift looks really awesome! Add to discussion. If a discussion about an issue or idea has started then get involved! It makes it easier for us to see what the community thinks and feels about stuff and therefore to make changes.
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Below is a list of websites and links you might find useful during your RedditGifts experience:
RedditGifts - http://www.redditgifts.com r/secretsanta – http://www.reddit.com/r/secretsanta RedditGifts FAQ - http://redditgifts.com/faq/ Contact the Admins - http://redditgifts.com/info/ RedditGifts on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/redditgifts RedditGifts on Twitter - http://twitter.com/redditgifts USPS Customs International - https://www.usps.com/ship/prepareinternational-shipments.htm USPS Customs Domestic - https://www.usps.com/ship/preparedomestic-shipments.htm Royal Mail Customs information - http://www.royalmail.com/smallmedium-business/international-business/using-internationalservices/what-can-be-sent myParcelDelivery: postage comparison site http://www.myparceldelivery.com/
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