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Update: Anime and Image exchange gifts are on the move from Santa's workshop to your PM chimney box! It will take us some time to send them all, so please be patient~

Manga exchange gifts and Anime/Manga elf gifts will be delayed for a little bit longer due to poor visibility!

Do you hear those sleigh bells jingling~? Your present is on its way!



Event #1: Personalized Anime Recommendations
Event #2: Personalized Manga Recommendations
Request an anime/manga rec (based on certain criteria) and gift a personalized rec to another user!

Event #3: Personalized MAL Images
Request a custom-made/shopped image to use on MAL (profile picture, forum signature, etc.)
and gift a personalized MAL image to another user!



2021 Profile Badges
For good Santas who follow elf directions and send their gifts on time,
we'll be offering a special ornament badge for your profile!




Note: You only need to sign up for one gift exchange event.


Important Dates
Sign-Up Deadline: Sunday, Dec 5
Confirmations by: Tuesday, Dec 7
Santas Receive Names: Saturday, Dec 11-ish
Gift Deadline: Sunday, Dec 19
Present Opening: Dec 24 ~ Dec 26
Secret Santa Reveal: Dec 31 ~ Jan 2



Sign-Up Here
#1: Anime Recommendations
#2: Manga Recommendations
#3: Images

These threads also contain more details about how the event works!


 
Santa's Workshop Needs Elves

A few of our elves are otherwise occupied (too much glühwein...) and we need volunteers to help:

 ❅ verify matches so each Santa has something to recommend (must know many anime)
 ❅ quality check gifts to be sure the Santa followed directions (manual inspection)
 ❅ send an ungodly number of event PMs (copy paste baby)
 ❅ write elf notes for naughty Santas who didn't explain their gifts properly (tsk tsk)
 ❅ make last-minute backup gifts for very naughty Santas (it ain't Christmas til it's done)

Only serious volunteers who know many anime and have a lot of free time to help!
To volunteer, please say so in this thread and join MAL's Discord server.
 



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Nov 20, 2021 3:39 AM
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🎄 The time has come!!! 🎄

Nov 20, 2021 6:53 AM
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yaaay! Been looking forward to this~

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Nov 20, 2021 7:06 AM
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Lets go! it's being held sooner than I thought, I thought it would be at the end of November.
Nov 20, 2021 8:00 AM
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I look forward to this every year! It's officially Christmas! 🎄
Nov 20, 2021 9:02 AM
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This is my first time participating in Secret Santa this year! Should be a great time!
Nov 20, 2021 9:31 AM
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wooo this is going to be cold get ready

Nov 20, 2021 9:49 AM
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Ayyyy I'm excited to receive more news soon :)

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Nov 20, 2021 10:18 AM
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I don't have links to images I've edited yet, but I still really want to participate. Am I allowed to sign-up?

plz @ me
Nov 20, 2021 10:19 AM
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I don't have links to images I've edited yet, but I still really want to participate. Am I allowed to sign-up?


Yep, that's perfectly fine!

Nov 20, 2021 10:39 AM

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Question: If I choose Elf Gift, that means I don't have to gift anyone right? Only I will be getting a gift?
YoniharuNov 20, 2021 10:42 AM
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Nov 20, 2021 10:39 AM
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So which elf do i submit it too? and hopefully its a speedy delivery for the giver and the receiver as well.

Nov 20, 2021 10:41 AM

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It looks very fun ngl hehehe

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Nov 20, 2021 10:55 AM

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Hi. :3 I'm a little confused about the Elf Gift thingy.

Does that mean I have to buy a random MAL user a gift like an Anime figure, manga ect, and ship it to them? Because I'm cool with that but I don't want to make that person that I send the gift to uncomfortable or think that they were chipped off if my gift arrives late to their home. 😭

Also, I'm confused about the New Badge.

Does anyone who joins the Event get it? Meaning that the person that gifted or requester of said gift both get it or is it only the gifter that gets the badge?

I'm sorry if this doesn't make any sense. Just woke up.
Nov 20, 2021 10:58 AM
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I'll volunteer to be an elf, last year I helped out a bit but this time I should be more ready (JogoscomGugu#1893 on Discord).
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Nov 20, 2021 11:01 AM

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Yes! I was waiting for this event <3
Nov 20, 2021 11:10 AM

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ALovesickMenhera said:
Hi. :3 I'm a little confused about the Elf Gift thingy.

Does that mean I have to buy a random MAL user a gift like an Anime figure, manga ect, and ship it to them? Because I'm cool with that but I don't want to make that person that I send the gift to uncomfortable or think that they were chipped off if my gift arrives late to their home. 😭

Also, I'm confused about the New Badge.

Does anyone who joins the Event get it? Meaning that the person that gifted or requester of said gift both get it or is it only the gifter that gets the badge?

I'm sorry if this doesn't make any sense. Just woke up.
I'm not a moderator but I'm pretty goddamn sure you're not supposed to give someone a literal real gift.
YoniharuNov 20, 2021 11:13 AM
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@Axquilt That's why I asked the question because I was confused. I didn't understand whether the elf gift meant like a “real life gift”. Did you read my previous comment? No need to be rude.
Nov 20, 2021 11:21 AM
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axquilt said:
Question: If I choose Elf Gift, that means I don't have to gift anyone right? Only I will be getting a gift?
Yes. You get a personalized recommendation made by one of our elves, without needing to make a gift for someone else. (Note you won't get a badge either.)

Crow_Black said:
So which elf do i submit it to
You will receive a PM around Dec 3~4 with more instructions.

ALovesickMenhera said:
Hi. :3 I'm a little confused about the Elf Gift thingy.
MAL Secret Santa is all digital only: personalized recommendations of which anime/manga to watch/read, or images for your profile/forum space.

For the personalized recommendations, we offer two options: Gift Exchange (make gift, get gift, get badge) or Elf Gift (get gift only, no badge). We offer Elf Gift as an option for people who: (1) haven't seen/read many titles or (2) are too busy with school/work to make a gift.

Hope this clears things up.
Nov 20, 2021 11:45 AM
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Woho, get ready folks!



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Nov 20, 2021 11:48 AM
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Yes, let's go everyone! Gets you right into the holiday season!
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Nov 20, 2021 11:51 AM

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nobody does christmas better than karen!


Nov 20, 2021 12:02 PM

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ALovesickMenhera said:
@Axquilt That's why I asked the question because I was confused. I didn't understand whether the elf gift meant like a “real life gift”. Did you read my previous comment? No need to be rude.
My bad, I didn't mean to sound rude lol
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Nov 20, 2021 12:34 PM
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Yosh Damm its already Christmas O.O, where did time go









Nov 20, 2021 12:36 PM
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I don't understand everything but I want to participate with the Personalized MAL Images
Nov 20, 2021 12:46 PM

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Oh this looks very interesting i might try this.
Nov 20, 2021 2:08 PM
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I would like to volunteer to be an elf
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Seeing this kind of thread brings back the Christmas Spirit. Time to finally play Christmas Songs in the office!



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I'd like to be an elf, preferably for images if possible >.> Discord: Annie-chi#8559
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Nov 20, 2021 3:31 PM

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Submitted for Anime Recs and Manga Recs

This is gonna be so much fun 🤩🎄🎁✨
What debating with DigiCat is like according to APolygons2
That's why I thought a discussion would be pointless. It doesn't feel like a debate. It feels like I'm playing chess and somehow lose to an uno reverse card after loosing all my monopoly money lol
Nov 20, 2021 3:38 PM

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I don 't understand what the gift exchange/elf gift options are, as in how to respond to the final bullet:
Choose one—Gift Exchange (make gift, get gift, get badge) or Elf Gift (get gift only, no badge):
Can you please elaborate?
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Nov 20, 2021 3:43 PM
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mwalimu said:
I don 't understand what the gift exchange/elf gift options are, as in how to respond to the final bullet:
Choose one—Gift Exchange (make gift, get gift, get badge) or Elf Gift (get gift only, no badge):
Can you please elaborate?

By joining, you will receive a recommendation. Do you want to give a recommendation to another user? If you do, choose Gift Exchange; otherwise, Elf Gift.

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mwalimu said:
I don 't understand what the gift exchange/elf gift options are, as in how to respond to the final bullet:
Choose one—Gift Exchange (make gift, get gift, get badge) or Elf Gift (get gift only, no badge):
Can you please elaborate?


Gift Exchange: you give a gift and you get a gift (and you get badge)
Elf Gift: You don't give anyone gift, elf gives you gift
What debating with DigiCat is like according to APolygons2
That's why I thought a discussion would be pointless. It doesn't feel like a debate. It feels like I'm playing chess and somehow lose to an uno reverse card after loosing all my monopoly money lol
Nov 20, 2021 3:57 PM

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@Conde_Mohr @DigiCat Ah, I get it now. I had misinterpreted the parts in parentheses to be sub-options.
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Nov 20, 2021 4:37 PM

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Ah yes finally, I can't wait.


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Nov 20, 2021 5:31 PM
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Here to volunteer for elf! I said so on Discord before but saying it here too. (Ebo#1466)

Nov 20, 2021 5:41 PM

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i also would like to help! joined to discord too (Shuuka#2278)


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Nov 20, 2021 6:31 PM

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Reminds me that I have not opened (watched) the gifts (recommendations) I received last year.
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I have a question about "Event #3: Personalized MAL Images", what do you mean by personalized MAL images? Should I edit any image to serve as a profile picture for some user? I've never been on Secret Santa before, so I'm not sure what to do...
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Another year of secret santa, looking forward to it!
Nov 20, 2021 7:04 PM

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NICE~~

@Kineta Also, I can help with the voulenteer work. I have watched 433 anime which is like average I guess but if you think it's okay I can definitely help. Sorry if I wasn't supposed to mention you.
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Nov 20, 2021 7:20 PM
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hugrim said:
I have a question about "Event #3: Personalized MAL Images", what do you mean by personalized MAL images? Should I edit any image to serve as a profile picture for some user? I've never been on Secret Santa before, so I'm not sure what to do...


It depends on what your recipient asks for, but yes, essentially you'd just be editing an image that suits their tastes for their gift. Your user could ask for a profile picture, about me image, profile set (profile picture + about me image), or forum set (forum avatar + forum signature).

The image also doesn't need to be anything complicated. Just cropping and maybe adding some borders is perfectly fine, like on Luna's profile :)

Nov 20, 2021 8:32 PM

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Last year I could not partake since my computer suddenly died when I was about to sign myself up and it completely slipped my mind back then when my new system finally arrived. So here I am and signed myself up.

Let's go! :^)
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hugrim said:
I have a question about "Event #3: Personalized MAL Images", what do you mean by personalized MAL images? Should I edit any image to serve as a profile picture for some user? I've never been on Secret Santa before, so I'm not sure what to do...


It depends on what your recipient asks for, but yes, essentially you'd just be editing an image that suits their tastes for their gift. Your user could ask for a profile picture, about me image, profile set (profile picture + about me image), or forum set (forum avatar + forum signature).

The image also doesn't need to be anything complicated. Just cropping and maybe adding some borders is perfectly fine, like on Luna's profile :)
I got it, thanks!
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I'm just here for the badges.
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Min-Max length:24 episodes.
❅Likes: harem, shounen, romcom, adventure
❅Dislikes: yaoi
❅Any sub/stream restrictions?: none
❅Can the recommendation be on your Plan to Watch list? (Yes or No):no
❅Number of Completed entries on your anime list:+300
❅Does your MAL list include everything you've seen?:yes
❅Link to anime list:
❅Choose one—Gift Exchange (make gift, get gift, get badge) or Elf Gift (get gift only, no badge): § If we find it too difficult to match you, we may move you from Gift Exchange to Elf Gift. This will not affect you receiving a badge.
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DeadlyRaven said:
🎄 The time has come!!! 🎄

Scene of which anime..?
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DeadlyRaven said:
🎄 The time has come!!! 🎄

Scene of which anime..?

I just used a random cute gif, buuuuuut google is telling me it's from Sakura Quest.
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@kineta hi can u please tell me how to make the topics bold? and is that compulsory? It's my first time, and I don't know how to do it
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