Better Off Inside's Secret Santa is pretty simple, but for those who have never done a Secret Santa before, here's how it works:

First, the basic premise is that you sign up and then get matched to someone to buy a fun Christmas gift for, and someone else gets you and will send you a gift.  It's a great way to add a little fun to the holiday, where you get a mystery gift and you get to buy someone else a gift based on the info you get on them.

Maybe you'll get a gift from someone your age in your city, maybe someone a bit younger or older all the way across the country.  It's completely free to participate, but we do ask that you take it seriously, make sure that you get a gift and send it by the deadline so it arrives by Christmas (however, if it's a few days late because of an Amazon issue or because you wanted the perfect gift, they'll probably forgive you).  

And here are a few answers to other questions:

Q: How much is it to register for Secret Santa?

A: It's free!  We do this because it's fun and we love connecting people. But you do need to buy a gift for your match and then send it to them.

Q: What do I do after I register?

A: Just kick back and wait.  Once the registration deadline is over, we'll do our matching and send you your match (and we'll send your Secret Santa you as a match).  Then it's your job to figure out a gift and send it over!

Q: What if I miss the deadline to register?

A: There's always next year, plus we have other fun events you can take part in.  But because this is time-sensitive, we can't allow late registrations.

Q: What kind of gift should I get?

A: That's completely dependent on what you learn about your person!  They may like books, certain types of food, maybe getting into a new hobby, etc.  Be creative and see if you can get them a gift that is custom fit for them.  It doesn't need to be expensive, but it should be thoughtful, and we generally recommend at least $15 or more.

Q: What type of gift will I get in return?

A: Hopefully something amazing that you love, but we can't promise anything!  The more you tell your Secret Santa about yourself, the better gift you'll be able to get.  

Q: How do I get the gift to the person I matched to?

A: You'll just buy the gift, then mail it to the shipping address they provide.

Q: Should I sent anything besides the gift?  Should I wrap the gift?  

A: If you can wrap the gift, that's great!  And feel free to include a friendly note to personalize it!  And if you like, include your email as a way to contact you in case they want to say thanks!

Q: What if I don't send the gift by the deadline? 

A: Please try to send the gift by the deadline, but if you miss it, send it as soon as you can so someone isn't bummed out for Christmas.

Q:  What if I don't receive a gift?

A: Well, that would be extremely lame.  Please email us and let us know and we will bar the person from future gift exchanges and put them on our wall of shame.

Q: What if I really love my gift, what should I do?

A:  Let the other person know if they included their email address.  And send us a photo at [email protected], we'd love it!  Or tag us on instagram or facebook, we're @better_off_inside

Q: Anything else?  

A:  Yes, we love great stories or photos, so please send them to us at [email protected] or tag us @better_off_inside!

See also

The Rules for Better Off Inside's Secret Santa

Better Off Inside's Secret Santa is easy to do and fun, as long as you stick to a few rules

Joining Solo (or With a Friend)

Better Off Inside sets up fun virtual events like team trivia, book clubs, fitness classes and more. It's easy to join and many events are completely free.

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