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Can we get a Secret Santa 2.0 going by next week? Y'know, for charity…

Can we get a Secret Santa 2.0 going by next week? Y'know, for charity…

Time was, when the UK blogosphere was concentrated in the power of a few key individuals, thinkblank.com had a Secret Santa every year where you could give a random blogger a gift, and get a random gift back. The great thing with this approach was that you were almost encouraged to stalk said blogger for a while, to see what they’d like and want.

This year, the only example of a Web Secret Santa I’ve found so far has been Firebox’s Global Secret Santa, whereby you buy a gift (from a limited range) for someone via Firebox, and someone else buys you a gift (from the same limited range). Which almost seems a step backwards in the world of Secret Santas.

So …

Would there be any interest in a Web 2.0 Secret Santa for bloggers whereby people register, they’re given the details of someone else who’s registered, and told to buy an appropriate gift worth £10 or less for them? Optionally, if they buy it through an affiliate site like Amazon, the commission is then donated to a charity…

Are there any savvy database types who could knock up an appropriate database and website in 7 days?

Is this a really really stupid idea?

4 Comments

  • Oh hang on, I missed the “for charity” bit in the headline. Not sure how you’d build that in. Maybe people should put in £10 and get gifts worth £9, with 10% going to charity.

  • Secret Santa 2.0 sounds like a fun idea and a way to create a Christmas atmosphere on the web. However, I think you would have to make sure you received your gift from your visitor before you bought for them…I could imagine all the folks out of a certain country who would turn this into a scam somehow …"sorry but I paid too much for your gift…could you send me the extra money?" LOL

  • I bet the good people of b3ta would do this in a week if you suggested it.

    I think the main problem, though, is "an appropriate gift worth £10 or less" – would many people pay the full tenner if it was optional? Maybe the amount needs to be fixed, with any shortfall in spend topped up using the Amazon filler finder (http://www.filleritem.com/uk.html).

  • If you buy items (eg from Amazon) via an affiliate link, the referrer gets a small commission. That'd be the bit that gets donated to charity.

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