Category Archives: Secret Santa

2018 Twantadors

PhotoFunia-1540831011Here’s a list of people taking part in Twanta this year. You might like to follow a few of these to mask who your actual twantee is. Thanks to @becmajor for reminding me to post this.

@_polyhymnia @alliterative @anise44 @approvedproduct @avensarah @azzathepirate @babalooblue @basdriver @becmajor @bilbobaggins2k @blossomxcat @bywordandstitch @captain_doodle @cara_erin @carly_whyborn @cdlcreative @cherina82 @cherries109 @chrisgn @chrisridd @ClaireWithAn_I @confusedlinnet @craftsboy @crazyladywriter @cumbrianblondie @davidtims @dawn1968 @dbrereton @dutch_bitch @emma_esl @evermoreanon @f41rygirl @fannyingabout @fantasticpru @fisher1946 @flylilypad @gemmajoobjoob @ginlington @greythorne @helibobs84 @hugeshark @iainlj @jaxtipsyknits @jayalay @joraamn @katobell @kaylou_4 @kirstyhalton @kirstywarner @kizletwiggle @kjhighsocks @ladyjuliejools @lemurlotte @leontia2001 @lgh95 @Lisey_loo @lockiebaws @LolInKent @lottacraft @louisehector @lovelockou @LucieMR @LydiaMNicola @magentakoru @maggie_dolores @mallrat_uk @manctoby @michigander58 @miladycheryl @misslockstock @missmastery @mrsashboroscat @mrssimontemplar @nickatthemill @NicolaCubes @nikkisinclair64 @ninjaworrier @obibronkenobi @owlbird @patellagirl @phantom_blonde @purplequeennl @rachamuffin @saltwateritch @sarahhanner @sarahtregear @sarahv1982 @secretstef @sharonmcg1971 @sparkleytwinkle @squeakysays @starlitwolf @sumarumi @sundayhandbag @superkrispydj @taffy3rock @theweeyin15 @titchfairy @vspearson85 @waysidehealer @woodpeckergreen @zipperdidoodah

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Twantadors 2017

Image1In case you want to be like Nicola (see right) here are all of 2017’s Twantadors, ready for some Secret Santa fun.

@_inno @_natmo @_polyhymnia @4paris1 @alexbrightsmith @alliterative @ananizapta @anise44 @avensarah @AzzaThePirate @bieredeluxe @bilbobaggins2k @ButMadNNW @bywordandstitch @captain_doodle @cara_erin @carly_whyborn @cdlcreative @cherina82 @chrisridd @ClaireWithAn_I @confusedlinnet @craftsboy @crazyladywriter @cumbrianblondie @davidtims @dawn1968 @dbrereton @debs_brown @doodledawne  @dutch_bitch @ekctafc @evermoreanon @fannyingabout @fisher1946 @fizzandnonsense @flylilypad @gemmajoobjoob @ginlington @greythorne @hollieeeejones @hugeshark @iainlj @jamerz3294 @jaxbourne @joraamn @katobell @kernowbeeching @kimnmilward @kirstyhalton @kirstywarner @kizletwiggle @kjcollard @kophoogte @kykaree @landladycheryl @LauraMullan @leontia2001 @lgh95 @lottacraft @louisehector @LucieMR @LydiaMNicola @magentakoru @maggie_dolores @mallrat_uk @marmotbiscuits @mavisdee @mrmoth @mrsashboroscat @mrssimontemplar @NicolaCubes @nikkisinclair64 @ninjaworrier @nyncompoop @owlbird @phantom_blonde @pricklyemu @purplequeennl @rachamuffin @raevynlunatique @saltwateritch @sarahtregear @sarahv1982 @secretstef @smayman @squeakysays @starlitwolf @stickymitts @sumarumi @Sundayhandbag @superblouse @superkrispydj @taffy3rock @Talking_Spheres @teddy_red @theweeyin15 @underbundle @urberwoot @waterworks_nick @woodpeckergreen @xkylet @zipperdidoodah

#TWANTA2016 twantadors

HHsqVVW1For those who like to disguise their Twantee stalking by following more than one new twantador, or even those who like to make new friends, here’s a list of this year’s participants.

 

@_inno @_polyhymnia @alexbrightsmith @alliterative @ananizapta @anise44 @auldyth @avensarah @AzzaThePirate @bieredeluxe @bilbobaggins2k @bywordandstitch @captain_doodle @cara_erin @carly_whyborn @cdlcreative @chrisridd @confusedlinnet @cumbrianblondie @davidtims @dawbes @dawn1968 @dbrereton @dutch_bitch @ericafairs @evermoreanon @fannyingabout @fisher1946 @fizzandnonsense @gemmajoobjoob @gingerfig @ginlington @gordon_t_miller @greythorne @hols1983 @iainlj @Im_Gggrr @jaxbourne @JustSJP @katobell @kimnmilward @kirstyhalton @kizletwiggle @kjcollard @kykaree @landladycheryl @leontia2001 @lgh95 @louisehector @LucieMR @magentakoru @mallrat_uk @marmotbiscuits @mavisdee @monbling @mrsashboroscat @mrssimontemplar @MsSJH @NicolaCubes @nikkisinclair64 @ninjaworrier @nyncompoop @phantom_blonde @poorlittlenell @pricklyemu @rachamuffin @sarahtregear @sarahv1982 @secretstef @squeakysays @starlitwolf @stickymitts @sumarumi @Sundayhandbag @superkrispydj @taffy3rock @tajasel @tauntongardener @teddy_red @theeastanglian @tjathurman @waysidehealer @woodpeckergreen @xx_ItsOnlyMe_xx

Twanta2012 Part Two

You can read Part One HERE. Now, on with the shenanigans.

hinnyhlw My #twanta2012 present. My twantador really hit the nail on the head. What a great first year!A candle kit kicks off Part Two, as well it might. Recipient @hinnyhlw, for it is she, tells us “My twantador really hit the nail on the head. What a great first year! Can’t wait to play.” All the nice girls…. oh wait, better not revisit that old rugby song.

 

 

hols1983 Here is my fab #TWANTA gift in all it's glory. Thank you very much mystery twantadorThe very lovely @hols1983 has been sheeped up. Here is my fab #TWANTA gift in all it’s glory. Thank you very much mystery twantador. Hover over the pic to solve the mystery.

 

 

hugeshark Fabulous music for from the beautiful @sciencewitch! Thank you so much!

 

 

 

 

I have the envy at @hugeshark’s pressie. I lurve discovering new musics.”Fabulous music for from the beautiful @sciencewitch! Thank you so much!” says V.

 

hunyock My lovely #twanta2012 gifts!Now, what do we have here? A tube map clothy thing, and some stripey mice that are, it has to be said, rather cool. @hunyock thinks they’re lovely.

 

iainlj Thanks very much for my #twanta2012 present, although I still haven't been able to do it!

 

 

 

Aaaaaah, puzzles! I hate it when they beat me, hate it, yet I have to keep trying. I do hope that @iainlj isn’t that way, cos he says “I still haven’t been able to do it!” Aaaaaah!

 

jimthesg Me and my #Twanta2012 gift

 

 

It’s Jim! Jim and a thing! His thing is (peers closely) a Melting Snowman. Wait a minute, couldn’t @jimthesg have just popped outside and built one of those?

 

 

 

julieanon 2 Both very much appreciated and I am becoming addicted to the hand creamjulieanon Both very much appreciated and I am becoming addicted to the hand cream

 

Ah, now heres’ @julieanon’s two gifts. “Two?” you say, “WTF?” Yes, two. When it looked as though Julie’s original twantador was going to miss the final deadline, a fairy stepped in to help.Her original twanta then popped up at the last minute like Sooty from behind a counter. Lucky old Julie says “Both very much appreciated and I am becoming addicted to the hand cream.”

 

kaPOWed Thank you #twanta2012 ! Love my pressie!

 

Ah now this is beautiful, and obviously sent by someone with exquisite taste. Obviously from a woman – can you imagine a man sending this? Pas moi. @kaPOWed says “Thank you #twanta2012 ! Love my pressie!”

lahossner hank you! How well you know me! I've just passed Go!

 

 

 

 

An inflatable monkey! I do hope that the valve that you had to blow was not anywhere embarrassing. @lahossner breathlessly gasps “Thank you! How well you know me! I’ve just passed Go!”

 

leontia2001 I must have been a very good girl to get this from @twanta2012

 

This is really pretty and hand-made in Brighton. The gift, I mean, not the recipient. Not that @leontia2001 isn’t gorgeous, I’m sure. I mean *I* would, wouldn’t you? Stop digging, Wombie, and let the lady herself speak. “I must have been a very good girl to get this”. Really? Shame Winking smile

 

lilianlouvaine Look what I got from #Twanta2012 ! A kitty, some owl & pussycat magnets, a lipstick pen & a ring tree! Thanks Twanta!

 

 

 

It’s that @lilianlouvaine, chirruping merrily “Look what I got from #Twanta2012! A kitty, some owl & pussycat magnets, a lipstick pen & a ring tree! Thanks Twanta!” I think this one was a hit.

 

 

 

little_mavis look what arrived while i was out

little_mavis Aaand my beautiful & amazingly well disguised by exceptional bubble wrap packaging #twanta present. Thank you twantaHere is my really, really pretty #Twanta2012 gift. Thank you very much TwantaAnd now here’s the most beautiful woman taking part this year, although I may be biased. Yes it’s @little_mavis, who says “Aaand my beautiful & amazingly well disguised by exceptional bubble wrap packaging #twanta present. Thank you twanta.” Interesting labelling there…

 

littlebit_bod Dear Twanta Thank you for my lovely gift. A proper & warm breakie had before Grammie's B'day walk xx

 

 

The lovely @littlebit_bod received somwe smashing egg-cosies that I envy greatly. “Dear Twanta,” she says, “Thank you for my lovely gift. A proper & warm breakie had before Grammie’s B’day walk xx”.

 

louicidal Here's my excellent & very well-chosen Twanta pressie! Couldn't upload the when I tried before.

 

 

*bites tongue so as not to say anything that might be misconstrued* I’ll leave it to @louicidal, who says “Here’s my excellent & very well-chosen Twanta pressie!”

 

louiseector Thank you #twanta - what a great present. And @Thomas_Cat also approves.

 

 

Here are @louisehector’s three gifts – Where’s Wally, After Eights, and a bored @Thomas_Cat. He must have been fun to wrap up.

 

luciemr My #Twanta12 present. Perfect for my tired tootsies after a hard day at work. Thank you @twanta2012 xx

 

 

“My #Twanta12 present.” says @luciemr, getting the hashtag wrong. “Perfect for my tired tootsies after a hard day at work. Thank you @twanta2012 xx”. Look, you can touch the socks. How sensual.

 

 

luggermatt Yay! Thankyou #TWANTA they will be much enjoyed!

 

All I can read on this is “8 tiddly penguins”. I assume, therefore, that they are toy birds that do a wee-wee. Strange gift. “Yay!” says @luggermatt, “Thankyou #TWANTA they will be much enjoyed!”

 

 

macjude Loved my #twanta gift, for the kitten's first Christmas. Here it is, and here he ismacjude

 

It’s time for @macjude to show us her little furry bundle of goodness. Yes, that was a double-entendre, since when did you know me to miss an opportunity? She says “Loved my #twanta gift, for the kitten’s first Christmas. Here it is, and here he is.”

 

 

mannymunkeh DUDES!!!!! Awesome #twanta2012 pressies

 

It’s @mannymunkeh squealing there “DUDES!!!!! Awesome #twanta2012 pressies”. What’s a “stress banana”, Manny? Is it a sex thing?

 

mattcochr Thank you, #Twanta goes off to find all the saucepans

 

 

 

 

This is daft, and therefore perfect for #twanta. Drumstick pencils! @mattcochr says “Thank you, #Twanta *goes off to find all the saucepans*”.

 

mrpeterwood My #Twanta2012 gift. Should take me until 2013 to figure the puzzles out though

 

 

These are lovely. I do like to have wood myself. @mrpeterwood’s opinion? “My #Twanta2012 gift. Should take me until 2013 to figure the puzzles out though.” So he’ll have done them now then.

 

mrsactive Pic of my gorgeous Great British Bake Off notebooks. Thank you sooo much

 

 

 

“Pic of my gorgeous Great British Bake Off notebooks. Thank you sooo much” says @mrsactive. I know nothing of this, and so anything I said would be redundant.

 

mrsashboroscat Hey @twanta2012 I’m over the moon with my gift! I’ll get it framed before Sunday. I got sweets too. THANK YOU!!

 

 

 

*honky tonk piano music* @mrsashboroscat sashays in wearing feathers and balloons. “Hey @twanta2012 I’m over the moon with my gift! I’ll get it framed before Sunday. I got sweets too. THANK YOU!!” Boo-boo-pi-doo.

 

 

nomdetwumenomdetwume Inspired #twanta2012 all the way from the Netherlands. Thank you! And thanks to @Wombat37 for organising xx

@nomdetwume is making words – I’ve just realised; you can probably play a game on your fridge with this. “Inspired #twanta2012 all the way from the Netherlands. Thank you! And thanks to @Wombat37 for organising xx” she says.

nomdetwume Resolutions. Still putting my #twanta to good use,

 

 

 

 

noyoucockoff My #twanta did a bastarding find job. Look.

 

 

I have no idea what this is, but I suspect booze cos @NoYOUcockoff says “My #twanta did a bastarding find job. Look. “

 

nyncompoop my secret Santa. Choc and Lego, it's almost like they know me! And I love the knitted covers! SKILL!nyncompoop Thank you @twanta2012! And yes the booze has startedSexpot @nyncompoop says “My secret Santa. Choc and Lego, it’s almost like they know me! And I love the knitted covers! SKILL! Thank you @twanta2012! And yes the booze has started.” Choclit & booze? Shocking.

 

 

och23 Thank you to my secret Santa, I now have two cosy eggs. Yummy.Look, little jumpers for eggies! We’ve seen these before, I’m sure, but that’s no surprise cos they’re AWESOME. @och23 says “Thank you to my secret Santa, I now have two cosy eggs. Yummy.”

 

Below is a table of the receivers and givers in this post, mainly for those who are looking on a phone and can’t hover over the pics.

 

 

List of Twantas in Part two

Twantee – sent by Twanta

@hinnyhlw sent by @alexbrightsmith

@hols1983 sent by @luggermatt

@hugeshark sent by @sciencewitch

@hunyock sent by @mrpeterwood

@IainLJ sent by @matcochr

@JimTheSG sent by @lilianlouvaine

@julieanon sent by @littlebit_bod & @kimnmilward

@kaPOWed sent by @Superblouse

@lahossner sent by @mannymunkeh

@leontia2001 sent by @alicestronaut

@lilianlouvaine sent by @luciemr

@little_mavis sent by @alezed

@littlebit_bod sent by @ericafairs

@louicidal sent by @kaPOWed

@louisehector sent by @NoYOUcockoff

@luciemr sent by @doodledawne’s emily

@luggermatt sent by @ariadnes_web

@macJude sent by @em_and_lola

@mannymunkeh sent by @owlbird

@matcochr sent by @sjnewton

@mrpeterwood sent by @sammartin58

@mrsactive sent by @hols1983

@MrsAshborosCat sent by @cornettofairy

@nomdetwume sent by @dutch_bitch

@NoYOUcockoff sent by @gemmajoobjoob

@nyncompoop sent by @sarahtregear

@och23 sent by @TheFlossieTP

Twanta2012 Part One

A-upOnLCQAAj3_f.jpg largeBefore I start with your photos, have a BIG Thank You from me for making this year’s Twanta a wonderful one. There were none of last year’s shenanigans; just a few stumbles that fate threw at us. I only had to call on a couple of Twanta Fairies this year, but my eternal gratitude goes to all who offered. Even if you weren’t . If anyone tries to tell you that Twitter is rubbish these days and people aren’t as nice as they used to be, point them to Twanta for proof that it bloody well isn’t and they bloody well are. Oh, and thank you SO much for the Twantador Calendar, about which I’ll post a separate blog after this.

Here we go then. As usual, hover your cursor over the pic to see who sent the gift. If you’d rather not find out, hover ye not. There is a list at the bottom for those without Hoverability, or looking on the phone. Click the pic for a larger image. Be also aware that some contributors have decided that they’d rather remain secret forever.

 

 

@Leontia2001First up, purely because I stored the pictures in alphabetical order. is a pocket wine book sent to @2you2me2you. I must admit I’ve never tried pocket wine, but it sounds like it would have a dusty palate, with backtones of fluff.

 

 

 

37ellie My fab, handmade #twanta2012 gifts. Love it! (Also, the doll has ice skates - very cool!)

 

 

@37ellie says “My fab, handmade #twanta2012 gifts. Love it! (Also, the doll has ice skates – very cool!)”. I can confirm that Ellie was VERY pleased with her pressies, which were beautifully made. Check out the sender, and buy stuff from them!

 

alexbrightsmith & here's mine, thankyou #twanta ... it seems I may have been giving the imression that I was just a teeny bit stressed!Some sort of sex device here sent to @alexbrightsmith, or I’m no judge of…. what? HEAD massager? Are you sure? Cos you could totally put your….OK.Oh well, I stand corrected then. Alex says “It seems I may have been giving the impression that I was just a teeny bit stressed!”

 

 

alezed My #twanta2012 gift awesome thank you TWANTA!

 

Aw, I love this one. Dangly owls for the win. I believe that @alezed has long been a fan of things that dangle, so this would have been most welcome indeed.

 

 

alicestronaut  I opened my secret Santa to a wonderful atmospheric picture featuring a bg of my brothers leg

 

 

 

“I opened my secret Santa to a wonderful atmospheric picture” says @alicestronaut. I agree with her assessment: tis luvverly indeed.

 

 

alliterative Thank you, secret Twantador, for my #twanta2012 present! I hadn't heard of Michael Fish before but my FIL told me the hurricane story.And I'm really enjoying the Vimto too. Always wanted to try them I don’t need to say anything about @alliterative’s present, cos he says it all. *does Canadian accent* “Thank you, secret Twantador, for my #twanta2012 present! I hadn’t heard of Michael Fish before but my FIL told me the hurricane story.And I’m really enjoying the Vimto too. Always wanted to try them.” You should try the squash, too! Nice hot.

 

 

andromedababe

 

 

You’ll probably need click on @andromedababe’s photo, as it’s quite hard to make out the detail. Tis a Christmas Quiz Kit with lots of bits and pens – I want one!

 

 

ariadnes_web I forgot! Sorry - here are my lovely #twanta2012 gifts from @ScullyScully It was good fun as usual - thanks to all. X

I have no need to reveal the sender of @ariadnes_web’s bun*, for she already knows that it was @ScullyScully. Maybe it’s not a bun, but a cunningly disguised something else, but what would I know, being a simple wombat?

*let’s not start the bun/cupcake argument again, eh?

 

 

avebsarah I must show off the really beautiful gift I got from my #Twanta! Thank you so much!avensarah 2

 

 

 

Jewellery time! Here’s @avensarah to tell us about it: “I must show off the really beautiful gift I got from my #Twanta! Thank you so much!” Much joya!

 

 

azzathepirate My #twanta2012 knows me better than she thinks! Thank you @teddy_red“Ooh arrr, ooh arr!” Oh wait. That’s @azzathefarmer isn’t it? Hang on a second. <ahem> “Ha harrr, me briny buckoes!” says @azzathepirate. Probably. “My #twanta2012 knows me better than she thinks! Thank you @teddy_red”. Oh, see, he knows who his is from. That sounds wrong. He knows from whom his is. Nope. Last try. He knows from whom is his gift. Psychic pirate.

 

belmsie Thank you #TWANTA2012. Especially love the poem

 

Bacardi! Is that some king of alcohol? How naughty. @belmsie says “Thank you #TWANTA2012. Especially love the poem”. You’ll probably want to click to see the bigger picture, wherein will be revealed a poem about dear old Father Christmas getting ratarsed.

 

 

 

bexagin My #TWANTA2012 gifts! (There were some candies, too, but those got eaten.)

 

 

@bexagin’s #TWANTA2012 gifts. Apparently there were some candies too, but those got eaten according to Bex. I’ve only just realised that she said ‘candies’ rather than ‘candles’. I was about to comment on odd transatlantic tastes.

 

 

breadesign Dear #TWANTA2012 Thank you for my (very appropriate) gifts, and a very Happy New Year to all

 

Here lie some Gruffalo thingies and a notebook, I think, which were described by the recipient @breadesign as “very appropriate”. I’m sure there’s some sort of joke I( could make about that, but since I’ve never read it, I’m lost.

 

 

 

butmadnnw 2

 

 

butmadnnw 1 For #twanta2012, I received  love the word proper thereand hope I remember how

Here’s @butmadnnw who prefers not to know who sent her gifts. I do believe there’s a clue in one of the pics though Smile

 

 

 

captain_doodle Oops, nearly forgot. Thanks very much for my #twanta pressie, Twanta person, whoever you are

 

The originator of Twanta, that @captain_doodle feller, seems to have been sent a big old brick. I’m saying nowt except that Lego is entirely appropriate for his mental age.

 

 

 

The gorgeous @cara_erin (I think that’s her on the right) says “My fabulous #TWANTA2012 gifts. Thank you to @hugeshark for the presents”. cara_erin And a shot of the kitten playing with her part of the #TWANTA2012 giftOh, she knows who her Twanta was. In that case there’s absolutely no need for you to hover over the pics, now cara_erin My fabulous #TWANTA2012 gifts. Thank you to the man himself @twanta2013 for organising & @hugeshark for the presentsis there?

 

 

 

 

 

 

cornettofairy It fires sweets into my face at high speed & the cat chases the ones that I aim badly. Thank you xMore cat referencing now (well, it is the internet) as @cornettofairy gets stuck intyo her sweeties, mumblingh as she chews “TWANTAAAAAAAA! Thank you xxx It fires sweets into my face at high speed & the cat chases the ones that I aim badly. Excellent work.”

 

 

davidtims Brought a smile to my face even as I was unwrapping it, an experience in itself. Thank you #twanta2012

 

 

 

Oooh, look at the decorated box in this one! @davidtims says it “Brought a smile to my face even as I was unwrapping it, an experience in itself. I will be scrawling all over it when I get back.” Yeah, the jammy bugger’s in Sri Lanka at the moment, the big sybarite.

 

dbrereton My #twanta2012 gifts...a mini Christmas day all on its own. Sadly the fudge is long gone

 

A mighty collection of goodies! @dbrereton says “My #twanta2012 gifts…a mini Christmas day all on its own. Sadly the fudge is long gone.” I hope he ate it rather than…. let’s not go there.

 

 

doodledawne thank you so much, it's beautiful and I haven't taken it off all day. Say hello and claim your thanks x

 

 

Jewels, precious! That elegant wrist belongs to @doodledawne who purrs “Thank you so much, it’s beautiful and I haven’t taken it off all day. Say hello and claim your thanks x”

 

 

dutch_bitch Opened my #twanta2012 gift  Thank you!  @Rachamuffin & also @twanta2012 for organising! Merry Christmas

 

The bitch is back – the nice one, obv. “Opened my #twanta2012 gift,” says @dutch_bitch, “Thank you!  @Rachamuffin! Merry Christmas.” Heh, nearly typed ‘dutch_butch’ then. That would have been just wrong.

 

 

em_and_lola My #twanta2012 present modelled by the lovely Lola, thank you very much @hunyock

 

 

AWWWWWWWW! So cute! Here’s @em_and_lola saying “My #twanta2012 present modelled by the lovely Lola, thank you very much @hunyock”

 

 

ericafairs Thank you! Whoever thought this through got a big RIGHT! Brilliant! Yummy!

 

 

Sweeties! Perfect for @ericafairs, who yips “Thank you! Whoever thought this through got a big RIGHT! Brilliant! Yummy!” Bit excited there, dear.

 

 

eversnanajules Oh I'm going to post my #TWANTA2012 thank you so much I'm so happy with my gift. Thank you twantaPerfect for my cooking mad self notecards with recipe Book and chocolates

 

 

“Oh I’m going to post my #TWANTA2012!”” screams @eversnanajules, “Thank you so much I’m so happy with my gift. Thank you twanta – perfect for my cooking mad self; notecards with recipe Book and chocolates.” Actually, she probably didn’t scream.

 

flylilypad My genius #twanta2012 a craft I've never tried!! Perfect (& hard to find!) Thank you mystery twantador!

 

A Latch Hook Kit! Wow! What’s a Latch Hook Kit? @flylilypad murmurs, like a gentle stream, “My genius #twanta2012 – a craft I’ve never tried!! Perfect (& hard to find!) Thank you mystery twantador!”

 

gemmajoobjoob absolutely made up with my Twanta gift! Although my cats have taken an unhealthy interest too!

 

 

 

 

This is nice. @gemmajoobjoob thinks so too – “Absolutely made up with my Twanta gift! Although my cats have taken an unhealthy interest too!”

 

greythorne My lovely #twanta2012 gift on our tree

 

 

This is extremely lovely, and look – it says #Twanta on it! It was received by @greythorne, who displays it here on her tree.

 

hallmork My trees

 

 

More trees – pretty trees, too, received by @hallmork. I’ll bet they look good a-dangling from whatever she dangled them from.

And there I’ll leave it for Part One. There will be another two parts covering the rest of the Twantadors just as soon as I can get around to writing them. See you later, alligators.

 

List of Twantas in Part One

Twantee – sent by Twanta

@2you2me2you sent by @leontia2001

@37ellie sent by @warnhopepark

@alexbrightsmith sent by @shysarah2009

@alezed sent by @JimTheSG

@alicestronaut sent by @andromedababe

@alliterative sent by @nyncompoop

@ariadnes_web sent by @scullyscully

@avensarah sent by @waywardlou

@azzathepirate sent by @teddy_red

@belmsie sent by @louicidal

@bexagin sent by @avensarah

@breadesign sent by @greythorne

@captain_doodle sent by @littlebit_bod

@cara_erin sent by @hugeshark

@chickenprincess sent by @starlitwolf

@cornettofairy sent by @tonihill79

@davidtims sent by @hallmork

@doodledawne sent by @smp1972

@dutch_bitch sent by @rachamuffin

@em_and_lola sent by @hunyock

@ericafairs sent by @Yorkshire_Rosie

@eversnanajules sent by @cara_erin

@flylilypad sent by @hinnyhlw

@gemmajoobjoob sent by @flylilypad

@greythorne sent by @secretstef

@hallmork sent by @mrsactive

Twantionary

A fine example of an EPISTLETOEHaving trouble separating your twanta from your twantee? Completed your trifecta yet? Got no bloody idea what I’m talking about? Then this blog post will save you from social embarrassment akin to leaving the Ladies with your skirt tucked into the back of your knickers.

Gift with a bow  TWANTA – this word has two meanings. Firstly it is the all-encompassing name for the whole cosy event itself, although usually with the relevant year attached to its tail. Secondly, the Twanta is the person sending a gift. It is the Twanta’s own choice whether or not to remain secret.

Gift with a bow  TWANTEE – the person receiving said gift, with a smile and a song.

Gift with a bow  TWANTADOR – general term for anyone taking part.

Gift with a bow  TRIFECTA – the magic three milestones achieved by a Twantador who has sent a gift, learned that it has arrived, and received their own.

Gift with a bow  TWUMBUG – a dirty rapscallion who fails to send a gift as promised (see last year).

Gift with a bow  TWAT – see TWUMBUG.

Gift with a bow  FAIRY – a good-hearted TWANTADOR who volunteers to step in and provide a gift at short notice for anyone who falls victim to a TWUMBUG.

Gift with a bow  TWANTAVERSE – every bloody thing to do with Twanta. Constantly expanding.

Gift with a bow  EPISTLETOE – a hand-written letter included with the gift (see above) to add a virtual Christmas kiss and a personal touch. Not to be confused with Camel Toe, which is something else completely.

Finally, here’s a hat tip to @mrsactive for the blog title, and to @captain_doodle for the inspiration for this post.

#TWANTA2011

cAlmost all of you will remember what a HUGE success #TWANTA was last year. It made so many people smiley-happy that of course I’ll be running one again this year. So that #TWANTA2011 tweets don’t get lost in my normally pretty hectic timeline, this year I’ll be running it from its own account –

For those of you who didn’t take part, it works like this *does Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V from last year’s post*:
Those who want to take part will act as a Secret Santa for one of the others, buying and sending a small gift anonymously to that person. If you take part, you’ll get a surprise pressie for Christmas, which you should then photograph ready to post on Twitter for the special Christmas #Sundaypics. Sound like fun?
1. If you want to join in, follow @twanta2011. I’ll follow back from that account so that you can DM your address to it. Nearer the time, once I’ve sorted through all the participants (there were 120 last year, so it might take a while) I’ll give your address to your own Secret Santa.
2. Once I tell you who you are being Secret Santa for, buy a small, fun gift (no more than £5 or foreign equivalent, although I recommend about two quid just to exercise the imagination and the funny bone), and send it to them, anonymously if you like. Say “HO HO HO!” in a jolly manner.
3. When you receive your own pressie, take a photograph of it ready to enter it for the Christmas #Sundaypics (which may well be Christmas Day since that’s a Sunday this year).
After the event, I’ll destroy all the addresses so that I’m not transgressing that thingy about Data Protection and stuff.
 
 
PS If you fancy having a go in TWO of these things, the admirable @_gAiL__ is also planning to run one, which you can read about on her Twistmas Blog.

#TWANTA–Sundaypics Secret Santa latest

DSC07355Hello, children! Here’s a list of all the fun idiots people who have asked to take part in Sundaypics Secret Santa this Christmas.

I’ll start to DM you now. Remember:

  • Send a small gift only (no more than a fiver) – the idea is FUN, rather than kudos. Also, hey, less postage. Write TWANTA on the envelope so the recipient knows what it is. Mail it to the address I’ll DM to you shortly.
  • Don’t tell anyone who you’re giving your pressie to, especially the person themselves! The mystery of it will add to the jollity. 
  • When you receive your pressie, don’t open it till Christmas Day!
  • Post a photograph of your pressie for #SUNDAYPICS on Boxing Day (Dec 26th – which magically falls on a Sunday this year). It’ll be fascinating to see what people have given.
  @babymakingfiles    @flossietp    @andromedababe    
  @ironthighs @fraggle_red23 @inhumanbeing  
  @cymraescoch @julietims @tonihill79  
  @captain_doodle @gib46 @mannymunkeh  
  @ericafairs @talojo @hollylightly  
  @avensarah @greythorne @butmadnnw  
  @alliterative @jaxbourne @davidtims  
  @jamerz3294 @crofty @lettyp1  
  @ameadey @macjude @starlitwolf  
  @widget53 @johnrands_tmtl @hunyock  
  @sarahpez @ariadnes_web @wombat37  
  @little_mavis @toffeegirluk @lilianlouvaine  
  @fbishwife @ajonesie @matt_cochr  
  @mrchambers @rosamundi missonions (not on Twitter)  

#TWANTA–Secret Santa Sundaypics

l355777686Following an inspired idea from @captain_doodle, I’ll be running a special theme over Christmas – Secret Santa Sundaypics.

It’ll work like this – Sundaypiccers who want to take part will act as a Secret Santa for one of the others, buying and sending a small gift anonymously to that person. If you take part, you’ll get a surprise pressie for Christmas, which you should then photograph ready to post for the special Christmas #Sundaypics. Sound like fun?

1. If you want to join in, DM me on Twitter, or email me here. Remember to tell me your address so that I can pass it on to your own Secret Santa. (I’ll need to be following you if you want to DM me, so let me know if I’m not).

2. Once I tell you who you are being Secret Santa to, buy a small, fun gift (no more than £5 or foreign equivalent, although I recommend about two quid just to exercise the imagination and the funny bone), and send it to them, preferably anonymously. Say “HO HO HO!” in a jolly manner.

3. When you receive your own pressie, take a photograph ready to enter it for the Christmas #Sundaypics.

I’m not sure yet what I’m doing over Christmas, so normal #SUNDAYPICS schedules might well be disrupted, but this one will definitely happen. Also, there’s a lot can go wrong, so don’t blame me if it all turns to cack. Blame @captain_doodle. That’s what he’s for.

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