2018 holiday gift exchange. Here come the gifts.
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MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
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Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:47 am quote
It's that time of year already. Time for the gift exchange. If you are new to the form or as a refresher let me explain how it works. If you wish to participate send me a PM with your mailing address and I will send you a name and address for you to send a gift to. As usual I will be matching up members in groups of three. Each participant will be given a designation, as they come in of A, B or C. A will give to B, B to C and C to A. That way no one knows who they are receiving from.

The exchange is open now. You can send me a PM with your name and address whenever you want.

The gift ideally, should, but is not required to be scooter related. There is no price limit but try not to go overboard. I join every year and I typically spend about $20 plus shipping. A handmade gift could be practically free and very appropriate.

Some people have wondered how I include my name in the mix. I choose a random time beforehand to include my name. At that time I assign an A,B or C to myself. Who I get matched up with is random but I don't know of any way to keep from knowing the name of the person giving to me.

This is not a secret Santa exchange. I encourage everyone to put a note in the package with thier name and/or user name and to keep thier identity secret only until the package is opened. Having said that there are no hard rules. If you want to remain anonymous that's OK. If you want to tell the other person who you are before you send it that's fine too. If you need to know the person's gender, T-shirt size or whether a certain gift such as alcohol would be appreciated you can let me know and I will ask without giving away your identity. If you know a gift that would be perfect for a specific member let me know and I will match you up, provided that person is in the exchange and has not been matched up with someone else. If you do not want to give your real name and want to use only your user name thats fine but I will need a mailing address that I will give, only to the person giving to you. A PO box address is sucficent.

If I send you a name that you have given to in a previous year let me know and I will send you another. You might be surprised how often this happens and it is bound to happen more and more as the years go by.

I try to match people up on the same continent but that is not always possible because some parts of the world have few members. Most people in the US will recieve an address in the US. If you are OK with shiping overseas let me know. Some might not want to because there could be problems with customs or the price of shipping a large and/or heavy package.

I have been hearing a little grumbling about holiday creep for starting while the Haloween decorations are still up, however I have found that it's best to launch this in the first week of November. Some people are early adopters. Some like to spend time to shop and extra time may be needed for those shipping overseas. If you want to wait a while before signing up that's fine too. Everyone will be matched up with someone who joined about the same time they did. There is no cut off date. I never know who the last one to join is going to be.

Thankfully, in the past I have had very little problem with people who do not send a gift but if you are willing to fill in for possible deadbeats let me know.

You may want to wait to open your gift or, if you're like me you will open it as soon as you get it. I only ask that when you do open it take a picture and post it here so we all can see. That's my favorite part of the exchange.

Let's get started and remember to have fun.

Last edited by vintage red matthew on Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:12 am; edited 4 times in total
Ossessionato
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2010 Can Am Spyder RT-S, 2012 Honda NC700 DCT
Joined: 02 Mar 2013
Posts: 4771
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:11 am quote
That time already?


I'm in!

Sending a PM shortly. Got to figure out how to get in the 'right' group of three....

Ossessionato
2013 Vespa LX150ie, 1968 Vespa Sprint 150
Joined: 20 Feb 2011
Posts: 3817
Location: Ogden, UT U.S.A.
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:20 am quote
I'm in. In honor of Judy who loved the Xmas season.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 7558
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:10 am quote
Supposed I'd better stop procrastinating....as much as I hate getting rolling until December, I do have some scooter bling waiting in the closet....
Hooked
GTS 300 Super
Joined: 13 Sep 2017
Posts: 473
Location: West Sacramento, CA
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:16 am quote
I'll get back to you. I had fun doing it last year. I just have to see what my budget is.
Hooked
MP3-400 + Honda NT650V Deauville
Joined: 06 Apr 2011
Posts: 379
Location: Auckland New Zealand
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:23 pm quote
Yes, I'm in...

Happy to post overseas.

Cheers
Addicted
'08 Gunuine Buddy 150 St Tropez 'Simon' '04 Honda Metropolitian 'Archie' [Sadly had to trade it away ;-( ]
Joined: 23 Dec 2010
Posts: 962
Location: Depends on where I happen to be.
Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:46 am quote
Paddlenround wrote:
I'm in. In honor of Judy who loved the Xmas season.
I s’pose I should say same. She’d ‘needled’ me for years to ‘throw in’....
MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
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Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:51 pm quote
Bump
Ossessionato
LX190
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Location: New Zealand
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:55 pm quote
In. Done some shopping already.
MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
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Posts: 4072
Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:40 pm quote
I have someone overseas waiting for a matchup, if anyone is interested.
Addicted
GTS 300 - 'George IV' (KIA) GTS Super 300 - 'George V'
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Posts: 681
Location: West London UK
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:08 pm quote
I'm in
Ossessionato
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2010 Can Am Spyder RT-S, 2012 Honda NC700 DCT
Joined: 02 Mar 2013
Posts: 4771
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:40 pm quote
Gah, keep 'forgetting'...

I'm in. PM being sent in moments, ...
Ossessionato
2010 BV TOURER 500ie
Joined: 03 Jul 2007
Posts: 4192
Location: Lakeshore, ON, CANADA
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:16 pm quote
Sorry folks, I'll have to bow out this year. Other commitments.
Hooked
GTS 300 Super
Joined: 13 Sep 2017
Posts: 473
Location: West Sacramento, CA
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:16 pm quote
I'm getting pricing for this artist Duke Duel who did this artwork I'm attaching to this post. If any are interested once I get pricing and find out if he'd do:
A. A custom photo of Judy's Avatar
B. Some play on the Modern Vespa logo/Character of Jess riding
C. Some other agreed upon scooter photo art

Would you all be interested in purchasing Prints?!

High Desert Scooter Art.png

Ossessionato
LX150, GTS300, BV350, EN650
Joined: 26 Jul 2017
Posts: 4407
Location: Home of the Alamo
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:55 pm quote
Count me in for the gift exchange!

If paired up with 'Maus... I already know what he's getting.
MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
Joined: 04 May 2010
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Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:27 am quote
If any of you have sent in your addresses and are wondering why I haven't sent you one to send to, not to worry, it will be coming soon. I have six more ready to go but, unfortunately I left my address book at work and won't have access to it until Tuesday morning.

There is still, of course plenty of time to sign up.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 6967
Location: Land of Oz
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:06 pm quote
I will politely refrain this year because I might be between addresses temporarily. My niece will be off from school in Lyon, France. A short drive from Paris. I might also stop in Portugal once again to see my nephew and 'dear' sister.

But I will be with you guys in spirit and checking back for updates.

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Ossessionato
GTS250
Joined: 16 Jan 2010
Posts: 3324
Location: Tempe, AZ
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:31 pm quote
I have my gift in hand and will get it out tomorrow. Early this time, yay!
Addicted
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Joined: 18 Nov 2015
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Location: West London UK
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:19 am quote
vintage red matthew wrote:
If any of you have sent in your addresses and are wondering why I haven't sent you one to send to, not to worry, it will be coming soon. I have six more ready to go but, unfortunately I left my address book at work and won't have access to it until Tuesday morning.

There is still, of course plenty of time to sign up.
I'll be one of those then
Ossessionato
Joined: 10 Jun 2007
Posts: 2009
Location: So Cal
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:07 pm quote
Paddlenround wrote:
I'm in. In honor of Judy who loved the Xmas season.
me, too
MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
Joined: 04 May 2010
Posts: 4072
Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:20 am quote
The folowing members should have recieved a name to send to:

ToTalXS, MJRally, Syd, Wmak, pigletpilot, Treppenwitz, paddlenround, flidermaus, Die_Wespe_Kind, znomit, SoCalGuy, Dahoun, Madison Sully and Jet Peddler.

Two more are waiting for another to join and be matched up with. I will PM them and let them know they are on the list.

If your name is not on this list and it should be let me know.

Happy Thanksgiving.
Ossessionato
LX150, GTS300, BV350, EN650
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Location: Home of the Alamo
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:48 am quote
Thanks for doing this Matthew.
Ossessionato
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Location: Home of the Alamo
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:09 pm quote
What if I'd like to give my recipient something like.... say... coal and switches?

Actual gift costs are minimal but shipping could be monstrous. Does the $20 limit apply to just the gift, shipping, or both?

I'm so confused.
MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
Joined: 04 May 2010
Posts: 4072
Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:36 pm quote
Jet Peddler wrote:
What if I'd like to give my recipient something like.... say... coal and switches?

Actual gift costs are minimal but shipping could be monstrous. Does the $20 limit apply to just the gift, shipping, or both?

I'm so confused.
$20 was just approximately what I had spent in the past, not including shipping. You can spend whatever you want.

In fact I went way over that this year. About $25 for the gift and $50 for shipping.
Molto Verboso
GTS 250ie, GT 200 (cannonball scoot)
Joined: 05 Dec 2009
Posts: 1039
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:11 pm quote
I'm in.
Hooked
Vespa T5 - GTS250 - HEAT
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Location: Britain
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:27 am quote
christmas
PM sent, please count me in!!
Ossessionato
GTS250
Joined: 16 Jan 2010
Posts: 3324
Location: Tempe, AZ
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:53 am quote
Postal service tracking shows the gift I sent has arrived. Am I first? Is there a prize? Is there?
Ossessionato
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Location: Home of the Alamo
Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:45 am quote
Syd wrote:
Postal service tracking shows the gift I sent has arrived. Am I first? Is there a prize? Is there?
There must be some mistake. I haven't gotten a thing from you yet.
Ossessionato
GTS250
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Posts: 3324
Location: Tempe, AZ
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:29 pm quote
Jet Peddler wrote:
Syd wrote:
Postal service tracking shows the gift I sent has arrived. Am I first? Is there a prize? Is there?
There must be some mistake. I haven't gotten a thing from you yet.
Hooked
MP3-400 + Honda NT650V Deauville
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Posts: 379
Location: Auckland New Zealand
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:27 pm quote
Marcus Argentus wrote:
Yes, I'm in...

Happy to post overseas.

Cheers
Bought, packaged with explanation

Posted

Should be there before Christmas - fingers crossed
MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
Joined: 04 May 2010
Posts: 4072
Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:26 am quote
Everyone that sent in their address should have received one to send to. If you did not let me know.

Still time to join up but it's getting late.
Ossessionato
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Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:52 am quote
Address received, gift purchased. Now I just have to mail the thing.
MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
Joined: 04 May 2010
Posts: 4072
Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:26 am quote
Anybody on the fence, thinking it might be too late? I've got one member waiting for a matchup. I generally match people up in groups of three but if someone else wants to get in I will pair the two of you together. Each one giving to the other.

Has anyone received thier gift yet? Don't forget to post a picture when you do.
Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, (Both NZ new Airco assembled), Francesca, 2006 Vespa LX150, Sofia, 2007 Vespa GT200
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
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Location: Hamilton, NZ
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:36 am quote
Had the match up.
Got the gift together.
Sent = expected to be there before Christmas.

Hopefully the extra time the rest of the world gets is a help.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 6967
Location: Land of Oz
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:10 am quote
Syd wrote:
Jet Peddler wrote:
Syd wrote:
Postal service tracking shows the gift I sent has arrived. Am I first? Is there a prize? Is there?
There must be some mistake. I haven't gotten a thing from you yet.
+1 LOL
Ossessionato
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Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:20 am quote
I’m off to the post office today if I can find time.
MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
Joined: 04 May 2010
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Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:21 am quote
Just had another volunteer. I matched that one up with the one remaining that I had so there are currently none waiting for someone else to sign up.

That doesn't mean that you can't still sign up. There's still a little time but I can't guarantee that another will sign up to exchange with.

Can't wait for the gifts to start coming in.
Ossessionato
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Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:48 pm quote
Postage for coal and switches wasn’t as much as I thought!
Ossessionato
GTS250
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Location: Tempe, AZ
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:39 pm quote
Jet Peddler wrote:
Postage for coal and switches wasn’t as much as I thought!
Is your chosen one a bad boy?
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
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Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:47 pm quote
Syd wrote:
Jet Peddler wrote:
Postage for coal and switches wasn’t as much as I thought!
Is your chosen one a bad boy?
Will be, once he/she finds out what they got!
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