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Emote Secret Santa

What is a Secret Santa?

Traditionally, a Secret Santa is arranged among friends, coworkers, or family members during the holidays as a way to exchange gifts. Everyone puts their name and ideas of what to get them into a draw and once all the names are in, everyone randomly picks a slip of paper with someone else's name on it. On Christmas (or another time set by the organizers), everyone meets up and swaps gifts. That way, no one is excluded and you don't have to buy 20 gifts for 20 people--everyone partaking in it receives one gift per person and buys/makes one gift per person.

EmoteSecretSanta takes the same concept and puts it into place in the emote community. Everyone who wants to participate provides a list of a few things they might want to see pixelized and the organizers will randomly assign each emoticonist to make an emote from the list. In the end, everyone will have made a present for someone and received a present from someone else. :heart:






ESS 2015 - Sign-Ups Ends Tomorrow!

Sun Nov 15, 2015, 1:40 PM

Sign up ends at the ends tomorrw at 11:59 pm GMT! Be sure to sign up if you were thinking about it or it might be too late! :eager:
Also, sorry I jumped the gun. Just realized today was actually Saturday, not Sunday. :paranoid: Ignore me.

The Aim

EmoteSecretSanta is an emote gift exchange that opens up every winter. Every participant will make one gift for another participant, chosen at random, and will receive a gift in return. We hope to spread a little joy this holiday season and that we can get everyone in the emote community a gift this holiday season! :heart:

Keep in mind: You do not have to be any sort of religion to take part in EmoteSecretSanta, nor do you have to be a master at making emoticons. We just hope you come with an eagerness to try to make the best present you can for whoever you're assigned.


  1. Anyone who is interested in EmoteSecretSanta, send a sign up note to the group. This note should include information, like possible themes or ideas for a present, links to any emote OCs you have, and any other relevant information (like if you live in a warmer climate or celebrate Hanukkah instead of Christmas).
  2. Once the sign ups are closed (dates below), I will send each of the participants a note detailing which emoticonist (chosen at random) they have been selected to make a present for. Keep in mind: You may be asked to draw anything from a snowman to a dinosaur to a fire-breathing dragon, so be prepared to take on any theme an emoticonist may throw at you.
  3. Once you have received your assignments, you will have to make a work containing an emote and at least one of the artist's themes. When you have completed the task, upload the finished work to and send a note to the group. Do not talk to others about your assignment; we don't want to ruin the surprise!
  4. Once all the presents have been collected, one from each emoticonist, a journal will be compiled. It will be uploaded for everyone to see on Christmas day! :happybouce:

Dates and Deadlines

Sunday, November 29th - Sign-up deadline
All sign-up notes must be received by Sunday, November 29th at 11:59pm GMT (UK Time).

Wednesday, December 2nd - Assignments Sent
By December 2nd, 11:59pm GMT, you should have received a gift from the group with your assignment. If you have not received an assignment note by this time, please contact the group and I will get things sorted!

Saturday December 19th - Gift Deadline
All gifts must be submitted to your and sent in a note to the group before December 19th at 11:59 pm GMT (UK Time). Do not send the present to me in any other form. We don't want to spoil the surprise by having the present in your gallery early!

Reminders will be sent to you regularly until I have received your gift.

Thursday December 25th - Presents revealed
Some time on Christmas day, all presents will be revealed in a journal on this group. I will send notes out when it's posted. :eager: After this time, you can upload all your presents to your actual deviantART gallery.

Questions, Comments, Concerns

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, don't hesitate to ask. Either drop a note to the group or leave it as a comment on this journal and I'll get back to you ASAP.

I will see all your sign up notes soon. :la:

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JeanaWei Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Is this still going to happen this year? Because I had tons of fun last year~
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SpinningWolf Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you make a emote?
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shewolfzoroark Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it every holiday or just Christmas?
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DawnDancer11 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
When will we receive our Secret Santa gifts?

Many thanks,
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Class-b-dragon Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Can I join in? are we aloud to make emotes with an emote maker (then animate it?)
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