Category Archives: Secret Santa
In 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
For 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
You can read Part One HERE. Now, on with the shenanigans.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.”
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!”
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!”
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
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.
And 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…
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”.
*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!”
Here are @louisehector’s three gifts – Where’s Wally, After Eights, and a bored @Thomas_Cat. He must have been fun to wrap up.
“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.
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!”
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.”
It’s @mannymunkeh squealing there “DUDES!!!!! Awesome #twanta2012 pressies”. What’s a “stress banana”, Manny? Is it a sex thing?
This is daft, and therefore perfect for #twanta. Drumstick pencils! @mattcochr says “Thank you, #Twanta *goes off to find all the saucepans*”.
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.
“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.
*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.
@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.
I have no idea what this is, but I suspect booze cos @NoYOUcockoff says “My #twanta did a bastarding find job. Look. “
Sexpot @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.
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
@lahossner sent by @leontia2001 sent by @mrpeterwood sent by
@hols1983 sent by
@hugeshark sent by
@hunyock sent by
@IainLJ sent by
@JimTheSG sent by
@julieanon sent by
@littlebit_bod & @kimnmilward
@kaPOWed sent by
@lilianlouvaine sent by
@little_mavis sent by
@littlebit_bod sent by
@louicidal sent by
@louisehector sent by
@luciemr sent by
@luggermatt sent by
@macJude sent by
@mannymunkeh sent by
@matcochr sent by
@mrsactive sent by
@MrsAshborosCat sent by
@nomdetwume sent by
@NoYOUcockoff sent by
@nyncompoop sent by
@och23 sent by
@lahossner sent by
@leontia2001 sent by
@mrpeterwood sent by
Before 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.
First 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 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!
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!”
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.
“I opened my secret Santa to a wonderful atmospheric picture” says @alicestronaut. I agree with her assessment: tis luvverly indeed.
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.
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!
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?
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!
“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.
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’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.
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.
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
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”. Oh, she knows who her Twanta was. In that case there’s absolutely no need for you to hover over the pics, now is there?
More 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.”
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.
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.
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”
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.
AWWWWWWWW! So cute! Here’s @em_and_lola saying “My #twanta2012 present modelled by the lovely Lola, thank you very much @hunyock”
Sweeties! Perfect for @ericafairs, who yips “Thank you! Whoever thought this through got a big RIGHT! Brilliant! Yummy!” Bit excited there, dear.
“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.
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!”
This is nice. @gemmajoobjoob thinks so too – “Absolutely made up with my Twanta gift! Although my cats have taken an unhealthy interest too!”
This is extremely lovely, and look – it says #Twanta on it! It was received by @greythorne, who displays it here on her tree.
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
Having 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.
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.
TWANTEE – the person receiving said gift, with a smile and a song.
TWANTADOR – general term for anyone taking part.
TRIFECTA – the magic three milestones achieved by a Twantador who has sent a gift, learned that it has arrived, and received their own.
TWUMBUG – a dirty rapscallion who fails to send a gift as promised (see last year).
TWAT – see TWUMBUG.
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.
TWANTAVERSE – every bloody thing to do with Twanta. Constantly expanding.
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.
Almost 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.
Hello, 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.
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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.