Critmas Clarifications!

Sign ups for Critmas and Critmas Lite!

My loves. Let me clarify. Things are a little different this year.

Critmas: Has a US$25 minimum on gifts, not including postage.
Critmas Lite: Has a US$5-US$10 range on gifts, not including postage.

This hopefully allows more people to participate.

Step One

You can sign up and choose your category here:

The deadline for this is the 30th September.

This does NOT send you anything, but it does put you on my list. If you are an anxious bean and wish to be sure, you can email me at crittersanta@gmail.com to check. But if you wait a week, you will get confirmation in the form of

Step Two

I will send you an email to the address you provide with a link to the Critmas Survey.

You will either get a Critmas survey or a Critmas Lite survey depending on what you signed up for. If you do not get the one you expect, please get in touch with me!

This survey WILL send you a copy of your answers, and allow you to edit them. Keep in mind though that once assignments go out, you will need to notify your elf of any changes.

The deadline to complete this is 8th October. You MUST have submitted it by this date in order to participate. I am sending these out in batches of 100, so the first 100 people to sign up should already have theirs, and the rest of you will get them over the next few days.

Step Three

You will receive an assignment directly from your elf sometime in the week between the 9th and the 17th October. You then have until the 1st of December to send something to your recipient. Your elf will be your first port of call for any information you may need. Hopefully this clarifies things! ❤

Introducing Critmas Lite

Hello wonderful Critters!

This year we have a whole new layer to our Critmas experience. Every year we have run Critmas, there have been many people who could not participate because the $25 minimum was more than they could spare over the holidays. This year we are offering an alternative: Critmas Lite!

How does it work?

It works exactly the same as Critmas, except that the goal is to send just a small thing – a little, thoughtful gift worth between US$5-$10 (excl. shipping) to someone somewhere in the world. The idea is to spend more time and thought than money – to carefully read your person’s answers an pick something little and frivolous and thoughful that will make your recipient smile and squee. We are hoping that by doing this, we will be able to open this wonderful experience up to more Critters.

Can I do both?

No! You must choose between Critmas and Critmas Lite – the idea is to create more opportunities for people to participate who otherwise would not be able to, but we simply don’t have the manpower for all our Critters to do both versions.

Is it still regional?

Yes. In every way other than the dollar amount, this will be run identically to Critmas. We will still give you options to pick a region, you will still have an elf taking care of you, and you will still be subject to the same level of accountability from our Cheese of Unusual Size.

I have questions!

If you have any questions about how this works, feel free to contact us either through our contact form, or by emailing Jax directly at crittersanta@gmail.com.

Rolling Exchanges

Good morning from a rather autumnal New Zealand!

Our rolling dice and book exchanges are pottering along nicely. This is just to let you know that the second round of both will be starting very soon, so if you want in on them, pop on over and sign up asap.

We’ve had a bunch of exchanges happening over in our Facebook group already this year. If you have an idea for an exchange you’d like to run, you can submit it here, and our lovely moderators will walk you through the process. 🙂

We have some exciting things in the works, but I can’t talk about them yet, so I am just going to sit here on my hands and NOT TELL YOU THE THINGS.

In the meantime, though, you could join our Patreon and start collecting official supporter stickers, badges and patches OR just buy us a coffee. 😉 This money helps pay admin expenses and lets us pay our mods and elves a token amount for the work that thy do. 🙂

We love you Critters! Keep being awesome.

Critter Gifting 2021

Hello most excellent humans!

It’s 2021, and we are in the very final stages of wrapping up Critmas. As I write this, there are, I think, five gifts unaccounted for, which, given there were 1600 participants around the globe at a time where postal services were under a lot of strain, is pretty damned good!

I had an amazing team of elves this year who definitely get much of the credit for making this such a successful year! So big thanks to all of them.

2021 exchanges are starting to appear in the Facebook group, so if you are a member, make sure you keep an eye out for those. I’ll be opening up the rolling dice and book exchanges soon! I just want to make sure I have the time and bandwidth to manage them. I’m hoping to get them going in the next couple of weeks though!

We have some big plans this year to massively upgrade our website and be able to be a lot less reliant on the whims of social media! I very much hope we’ll be able to tell you more about that in the coming months.

I even have some schemes for some (fairly simple) Critter Gifting merch that will help pay our admin bills.

We do have both a Patreon and a Ko-Fi where you can support us. The money from those gets divided into thirds. One third goes to the moderators, one third goes to the Critmas elves, and one third stays in our coffers to cover whatever costs arise. The Patreon has some pretty cool rewards, too. 🙂 Stickers and patches and pins for you to show your loyalty.

Thanks, as always, for being part of this astonishing and amazing community. Critters really are the best.

We love you. ❤