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Steam Secret Santa 2021


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It's that time of year again I give you the 11th Steam Secret Santa, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011.

 

First a few stats from the last 10 years, 917 gifts have been given, 284 entries, the highest in 2015/16 with 41 each and that's when I had to send the gifts manually on Christmas Eve :lol:; 92 different members have taken part with one taking part every year, no pressure @layten.

 

As usual I need to buy the games to send them directly to keep everything secret. The easiest way is to use the Digital Gift Cards to send me Steam wallet funds that I can then use to buy the gifts. One limitation is there's no option to send a specific amount, it's multiples of 4 and 10, you also can't use current wallet funds to buy them.

 

  • To take part please PM me a link to your Steam profile by the end of December 17th.

 

 

  • Make sure your profile/game details are set to public so your secret Santa can view it.

 

 

  • On December 18th I'll send a PM saying who you're buying for.

 

 

  • PM me the games you want to gift and if using digital gift cards send it to JPR before the end of December 23rd.

 

 

  • If you want to send money another way let me know in the PM and we will sort it out, please try and let me know as early as possible.

 

 

  • I'll then send the games out late on the 24th.

 

 

The Winter sale looks to start later this year on December 22nd, so a short window to sort the gifts out.

 

Games should be at their best price at the start of the sale, useful for buying gifts, it also means you won't miss out on anything if you choose to wait until the 25th to buy games.

 

My account is a UK one using the UK store, the digital gift cards are converted if sent in a different currency but not sure if you can see the conversion rate.

 

A wishlist is really useful, no limits on what you can buy, I'll include a Steam profile link so you can see what they own. Whilst there's no restrictions the spirit is more thoughtful, you can send a comedy gift, but it's not really in the spirit if that's all you send.

 

 

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19 minutes ago, JPR said:

92 different members have taken part with one taking part every year, no pressure @layten.

M8. I wouldn't miss the annual eruption of goodness from Santa's bulging sack for anything.

 

Count me in!

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In - PM incoming. Thanks for arranging this again.

 

1 hour ago, JPR said:

Make sure your profile/game details are set to public so your secret Santa can view it.

 

IIRC you can verify this by signing out and trying to get to your profile to see what it looks like. If your browser has an Incognito/InPrivate view, that might be the best way to check.

 

The link will be https://store.steampowered.com/wishlist/id/(username)

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In like Flynn!

 

To regurgitate my comments from last year, I think it's important to stick only to wishlists when gifting, given all the other storefronts/platforms people may already have games on.

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Awwww I'd love to join in... Problem is I have 73 titles in my Steam library and too many that need playing. :( Don't want to add to that backlog and not play any games gifted to me as it would be a waste of people's money. 

 

Have fun everyone! 

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1 hour ago, MattyP said:

Awwww I'd love to join in... Problem is I have 73 titles in my Steam library and too many that need playing. :( Don't want to add to that backlog and not play any games gifted to me as it would be a waste of people's money. 

 

Have fun everyone! 

 

73? We call that s Thursday around these parts.

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4 hours ago, MattyP said:

Awwww I'd love to join in... Problem is I have 73 titles in my Steam library and too many that need playing. :( Don't want to add to that backlog and not play any games gifted to me as it would be a waste of people's money. 

 

Have fun everyone! 

The other day, before this thread was posted and I was thinking about this year's event, I had a look at some of the Steam profiles for people I've previously gifted for and, more often than not, stuff I've sent has remained unplayed or played very little. And that's fine - I'm guilty of it myself. 

 

I do still intend to play everything one day, but basically I wouldn't say having an existing backlog should be an impediment to joining in the celebration. After all, the real gift is the giving, no? :D

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2 minutes ago, Gabe said:

The other day, before this thread was posted and I was thinking about this year's event, I had a look at some of the Steam profiles for people I've previously gifted for and, more often than not, stuff I've sent has remained unplayed or played very little. And that's fine - I'm guilty of it myself. 

Indeed! :) This is my challenge over the next year... not to buy more and play what I have. Or at least play the things that I find interesting. Some things I have on Steam I am honestly never going to play. So need to be ruthless and focus.

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32 minutes ago, Gabe said:

The other day, before this thread was posted and I was thinking about this year's event, I had a look at some of the Steam profiles for people I've previously gifted for and, more often than not, stuff I've sent has remained unplayed or played very little. And that's fine - I'm guilty of it myself. 

 

I do still intend to play everything one day, but basically I wouldn't say having an existing backlog should be an impediment to joining in the celebration. After all, the real gift is the giving, no? :D

Guilty as charged! But I just enjoy taking part. :) 

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Just now, layten said:

Guilty as charged! But I just enjoy taking part. :) 

Like I say, I've got games I haven't yet played too so I don't judge others. As with you, the taking part really is the real gift; I do love poring over somebody's profile and wishlist to see what I think would be a good match and then just reading the thread once things start getting delivered. It really is one of the most joyus threads on here, no sniping or criticism just happy people.

 

Don't get me wrong, I do love receiving too - getting that notification is one of the few surprises I get at Christmas and even though they are delivered late Christmas Eve, I try to hold off looking until Christmas morning (that does take some willpower! :D)

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9 minutes ago, Gabe said:

I do love poring over somebody's profile and wishlist to see what I think would be a good match and then just reading the thread once things start getting delivered.

Although one year I did get somebody who had been ranting and railing about a particular game, that very same game (as well as some others). I think they saw the funny side of it. :lol: 

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Bundles, sales, review copies etc have bloated my Steam library to truly ridiculous levels (talking 5000 to my shame). Hoping the Steam Deck will help me to whittle some of it down (and the cost will be offset by not (re)buying on Switch for portability! I think I was guilty of getting distracted from last year's gifts so think I'll look back at the thread and make a point of installing and playing at least a couple of those.

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