Secret Quonsar 2019 THANK YOU! November 15, 2019 8:54 AM   Subscribe

Thrilled and honored to be the first to post a THANK YOU to -- I don't know who specifically, but the kind and generous soul who honored my request to be sent "anything made of dark chocolate that comes from their corner of the universe." I am now the very, very happy recipient of 6 glorious bars of superior dark chocolate from Toronto. I shall savor every bite.

Fun side note -- I received an email yesterday from "Secretariat" (one of the awesome folks that stepped up to help make Quonsmas happen this year) -- to say that my secret quonsar pal had gotten notification that my gift couldn't be delivered because I wasn't home to sign for it. I received this email while out shopping for my secret quonsar gift!!

Thank you to EVERYONE who has made Quonsmas happen this year. I hope everyone participating enjoys their secret gift as much as I will enjoy mine. Secret Quonsmas 2019 proves once again that MetaFilter is a lovely, wonderful community of amazing people.
posted by pjsky to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:54 AM (231 comments total) 39 users marked this as a favorite

posted by ocherdraco at 8:59 AM on November 15

Is it Soma chocolate?
posted by jacquilynne at 10:33 AM on November 15

Yes, it is Soma chocolate. Yum!
posted by pjsky at 10:45 AM on November 15 [1 favorite]

Ah, I knew there was something else I needed to get today, and I was in just the right shop too.
posted by biffa at 5:20 PM on November 16

I just sent my gift out yesterday! May the Quonsmas winds of delivery flow ever-smoothly.
posted by Munching Langolier at 5:55 PM on November 17 [1 favorite]

I got my Quonsmas gift last week - and man! what a delight - Stranahan's Whiskey (from my home town - Denver!). Really, really good - it's got nice vanilla notes, not overly sweet, and just a hint of minerals, just how I like my whiskey. I've had to consciously ration it so it will last a *bit* longer. Thank you, unknown SQ!
I'll be sending mine next week sometime.
posted by dbmcd at 1:28 PM on November 18 [5 favorites]

I just received a beautiful card in the mail that reads “QUONSAR INCOMING.” It is signed “Q.”

I love Quonsmas!
posted by delight at 11:37 PM on November 18 [4 favorites]

Whoa, Secret Quonsar, that was fast! And this is one heck of an enormous box of yarn to sort through!! Not sure what I'm going to do with it all! Thank you for thinking of me, it was very nice of you!
posted by sarcasticah at 12:16 PM on November 19 [6 favorites]

My gift is now officially on it's way to my Quonsee in NYC and soon the Quonsmas circle will be complete!
posted by pjsky at 12:54 PM on November 20 [2 favorites]

Shipped mine off today, the elf at Canada Post told me 4 business days to Texas! I hope there will be merriment!

*Of course Canada Post is not always full of truthful spirit.
posted by antiquated at 2:26 PM on November 20 [2 favorites]

I came home from a long day (3 hour meeting with my supervisor followed by teaching a 3 hour class) to find a slim package from Hong Kong!!! It contained (wrapped in amazing jungle cat paper) Cities Without Ground: A Hong Kong Guidebook, and a note from mdonley that made me cry a little. I hope I get to use this book to explore Hong Kong soon when it is a free, open, safe, and peaceful place! Thank you for connecting me with your place, mdonley, and thank you, Secret Quonsmas Elves and Metafilter for facilitating this community!
posted by ChuraChura at 3:24 PM on November 20 [13 favorites]

Thank you SQ! I couldn't read the MeFi name, but someone sent me the most lovely (and delicious!) fancy hot chocolate mix. Just what I needed after a long day at work.

I received the last part of my outgoing SQ gift today, so my gift will be sent this weekend!
posted by cozenedindigo at 5:10 PM on November 20 [5 favorites]

I sent my parcel today; it's supposed to be delivered on Saturday.

(I feel a little uncertain because the name of the city that showed up with the ZIP Code in the USPS system was not the same as the city I was given in the address, but it looks like that might just be down to the vagaries of ZIP Codes and not some dumb thing my fingers did when I was writing the address on the box. I think I can successfully quash my anxiety for now!)
posted by minsies at 11:49 AM on November 21 [2 favorites]

Quonsar gift on it's way! Priority mail, I don't know what the delivery timing is supposed to be.
posted by coppertop at 11:59 AM on November 21 [1 favorite]

You guys, I received a delightful little package from Quebec containing rainbow plaid shoelaces! I love them, Aniola and Sibilatorix!
posted by Munching Langolier at 1:46 PM on November 21 [8 favorites]

Munching Langolier - thank you so much for my Quonsmas gift! It's possible that there was a little dance done when I opened the package and realized it was my SQ. :)

Nothing will be safe from my googly eyes (and seriously, how can you *ever* go wrong with adhesive googly eyes?), I love the watercolor postcards (I can play with my alcohol ink paints with them!) and the dual brush markers are fantastic - I have been wanting to try them for a while, but hadn't bought any.

It's all so fabulous, thank you!
posted by needlegrrl at 5:13 PM on November 21 [6 favorites]

My partner was finally able to go pick up packages today and I had a lovely quonsar gift from Miles Per Flower. It included a lovely note, chocolate rugelach (one of my mostest favorite things) from Zabar's, black and white cookies from Zabar's, a NY "I voted" sticker (which is totally going to my office), handwarmers to help me get through my first Philadelphia winter, and, the piece de resistance, a NY Public Library magnet. I may possibly have jumped up and down in joy. I *may* share the black and whites with my partner but the rugelach are all mine. Thank you, thank you, thank you for joy in this time of exam nuttiness and cold!
posted by eleanna at 6:18 PM on November 21 [8 favorites]

And I am sending mine out this weekend as soon as the last bits I need are here.
posted by eleanna at 6:19 PM on November 21

Mine was sent out today. All the way across the globe. Time to sing my special Quonsmas mail song:

My parcel flies over the ocean
My parcel flies over the sea
Oh may this wee parcel land safely
and rapidly reach my Quonsee.

oh carry
oh carry this present for me, for me
oh carry
oh carry it to my Quonsee.
posted by Too-Ticky at 8:24 AM on November 22 [13 favorites]

I went to my mailbox yesterday, saw a package from [location where an old friend lives], got very confused, and then delighted that it was in fact, my Quonsmas gift!

Thank you so much veggieboy for the gorgeous tea towel and maple leaf cookie cutter! Time to get planning for the cookie swap (and also continue trawling my local shops for my gift for my Quonsee)!
posted by damayanti at 8:33 AM on November 22 [4 favorites]

Glinn, this gift is perfection! Seriously every part of it; the packaging, the artwork, the chocolate - I had one piece of each immediately (I'm trying to save the rest to pair with their recommended drinks), the T-shirt was made for me and the trees...oh the trees just made my day! The whole thing was an absolute delight, thank you! (Sorry for not giving more direction, hope it didn't cause any stress.)
posted by doublenelson at 11:49 AM on November 22 [5 favorites]

My Quonsmas package arrived today! I am not allowing myself to open it until I send my Quonsee's gift (Monday latest). Excited!
posted by sunset in snow country at 6:46 PM on November 22 [1 favorite]

Happy Quonsmas! And many thanks to daisyace who gifted me a puzzle book so puzzling that I had to puzzle out what the puzzle was before trying to solve it. Now I am trapped in the book but hope to escape at some point this winter. Thanks as well for the lovely note!

My own gift will be shipping early in the week.
posted by maurice at 5:53 AM on November 23 [3 favorites]

You're very welcome, maurice, and a Happy Quonsmas to you and all!
posted by daisyace at 7:06 AM on November 23 [1 favorite]

My Quonsmas gift went out in the mail, and should arrive to you this coming week, hopefully, Quonsee!
posted by sarcasticah at 12:13 PM on November 23 [1 favorite]

So I bought everything and got the company to send it out, and I asked if I could have a note in there.
"No note!" the company replied.
"Okay, how about you make one tiny change to the shipping address so that my recipient knows why they're receiving this package?"
"Too late, we're shipped it!"

So now I'm going to be obsessively watching this thread hoping that my recipient understands that the box full of pretty neat things they eventually receive in the mail is the Quonsmas gift and not, I don't know, a stalker or something.

Ugh. Sorry, recipient! I meant well!
posted by Katemonkey at 3:12 PM on November 23 [5 favorites]

Thank you It's a Mermaid for the delightful box of treats including the most Texan ornament ever! I'll drink the chocolate while writing to my mefi card club pen pals on the stationery while looking at the cowboy armadillo on my tree! The shark tooth kit will be a fun activity to share with my young friends during the season.

Thank you so much!
posted by vespabelle at 5:54 PM on November 23 [5 favorites]

Katemonkey, does the package have a tracking code? If so - after you see it's been delivered, you can ask the Secret Quonczars by email to relay a note to your quonsee that the package from __company name__ is their SQ gift.

I have gathered the components for my quonsee's gift, and now just need to package and mail them! My goal is to get that done before US Thanksgiving.
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 8:03 PM on November 23 [3 favorites]

Super fast, pjsky! Thank you so much for the super cute, wintry-looking, gender-neutral baby gear! You're the best -- and your handwriting is really cool, too, by the way.
posted by knownassociate at 9:01 AM on November 24 [3 favorites]

I'm a little slow putting things together this year but looks like my quonsee's package will be on the way shortly. Hang in there quonsee! It's going to have to travel clear across the country but it should make it to you by next week (I hope).
posted by Two unicycles and some duct tape at 2:30 AM on November 25 [2 favorites]

knownassociate -- so happy to know your gift arrived! Congrats on the impending arrival of a new little Mefite. May your holidays with little JrAssociate be happy and healthy and full of joy.
posted by pjsky at 6:44 AM on November 25 [1 favorite]

Sent my gift off this morning, should arrive by Friday. Now I need to start gift-shopping for my relatives, which is somehow less exciting. Heh.
posted by cozenedindigo at 9:36 AM on November 25 [1 favorite]

I just got the best Quonsmas gift from wellred - a Chocolate Survival Kit (a truly great mix of different things to try!) and some lovely sustainable hot cocoa from Purdy's. I'm going to enjoy the hell out of this. I was in the middle of packing up my own Quonsmas gift when the doorbell rang, which was extra neat. Thank you, wellred!
posted by SeedStitch at 10:37 AM on November 25 [5 favorites]

My pleasure, SeedStitch! I checked to make sure there was no fruit involved :)
posted by wellred at 10:45 AM on November 25 [1 favorite]

Just mailed off my gift. Hope you like it, Quonsee!
posted by widdershins at 11:38 AM on November 25 [1 favorite]

Thank you so much, Lawn Beaver!! Lovely stripey socks and FOUR books I have never read before, including two Bujold, who I’ve been meaning to read for approximately forever! All that plus a note on a lovely postcard! Thank you thank you!!
posted by epj at 2:44 PM on November 25 [4 favorites]

I know one of you has my Secret Quonsar present - open iiiiitttttt ;)
posted by divabat at 4:10 PM on November 25 [2 favorites]

Just mailed my gift!
posted by Secretariat at 4:13 PM on November 25 [1 favorite]

DIVABAT!!! Tbh I had already guessed you were my quonsar from this comment (and my brain was so convinced of it that I had a dream that you popped back into the PoC slack to say hello, lol), but I GASPED when I opened the package and pulled out Gaysia because I LOVE BENJAMIN LAW and follow him on Instagram (and even did an internship at his American publisher, albeit shortly before they decided to publish the book, so I haven't read it)! And Bengali Harlem looks really interesting and exactly like the kind of thing I loved to read when I was doing Asian American studies. I'm so excited to read these!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
posted by sunset in snow country at 6:39 PM on November 25 [6 favorites]

I have been remiss in posting! I received a delightful gift from waviolet on Thursday and tore into it with abandon. This is the earliest I’ve ever gotten a Quonsmas gift! For about fifteen seconds I considered waiting to open it, but it has been a pretty rough month for me with family and personal health issues and assorted other stress. So I decided to open it! Pictures here!

I recieved a catnip toy for my cat Pippa (will share pictures soon!) and a super cut cat tarot deck! I’m super excited to play with it and try to do a reading.

Thank you so much waviolet - truly a thoughtful and lovely gift that brought a much needed smile to my face!

Happy Quonsmas!

(My own package will be going out on Saturday!)
posted by firei at 8:00 PM on November 25 [5 favorites]

I got such a cool Quonsmas gift today!! A beautiful postcard, a fun cat sticker, and two AMAZING wooden coasters that are truly gorgeous. This was very on-theme because I said that I like sustainability and art, among other things, and these handcrafted coasters from a local-to-the-sender vendor definitely fit the bill. You can tell they were made with love by someone who’s very skilled at their craft.

Quonsar, I don’t know your Metafilter username, but you did a fantastic job and I am so grateful! And the card you sent along beforehand was such a nice touch as well.

Thank you!!
posted by delight at 9:12 PM on November 25 [3 favorites]

Quonsar arrived, and I'm thrilled with the package from my new favorite mefite minsies. In addition to a cute card--with a nice note signed by them and their two dogs*--there were beautifully wrapped gifts (one with a dapping Santa tag on it!), including an assortment of treats from their local confectioner and a book by China Miéville--a perfect addition to my reading stack, especially as said stack is short on fiction at the moment. (I'm also glad to finally read a book by Miéville!)

Many thanks for brightening the Quonsmas season here at chez maxwelton--a merry Quonsmas to you, and pass along some scritches for the doggos!

* The only oversight I can see is that the package was not delivered via tiny sleigh pulled by said pups wearing clip-on antlers, but I suppose there is that thousand mile gap...
posted by maxwelton at 1:11 AM on November 26 [5 favorites]

Committed my Quonsmas parcel to the vagaries of the UK postal system yesterday. Hope it travels with low impact and arrives before it crumbles into bacteria food.
posted by davemee at 1:44 AM on November 26 [2 favorites]

Hooray! Glad everything arrived intact, maxwelton, and apologies for the lack of delivery by my dogs.

However, even if they had been able to make the trip without consuming the contents of the package (very unlikely), they definitely would've needed some assembly upon arrival.

Merry Quonsmas, and I hope you enjoy the book and the treats! The dogs will be duly scritched.
posted by minsies at 7:01 AM on November 26 [4 favorites]

Mailed my gift!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:36 AM on November 26 [3 favorites]

I have a package sent from Canada! I am waiting till Thursday evening to open it. I AM SO EXCITED!!!
posted by mightshould at 10:37 AM on November 26 [1 favorite]

Thank you thank you to my secret Quonsar! I love the soap and candles very much, and I look forward to trying the wonderful jam-- everything is just wonderful. I really appreciate it. Merry Quonsmas to you, and have a great new year!
posted by oflinkey at 1:52 PM on November 26 [3 favorites]

OH My GOSH Y'ALL. I got the best Quonsmas gift from Sinagpore! Thanks appleses! I was just in Singapore last summer visiting my sister and loved everything I ate there. I am so excited to have a new stock of salted fish skins.

Instagram pics of the package and contents!
posted by advicepig at 2:05 PM on November 26 [7 favorites]

It's great to see so many gifts sent and received so far! As a reminder for other participants --

Sending deadline this coming Monday, December 2.

We always appreciate a note - either here or to our email, - when you've sent or received a gift, as we send out periodic reminders/check-ins throughout the month(s) and we can cross you off the list if we know the status. It helps anxious quonsars know that the gift got to you, too, even if you plan to wait on opening it. =)
posted by curious nu at 4:05 PM on November 26 [3 favorites]

I just got home from a morning out buying things to send off to my Secret Quonsar, to discover a package for me!

Thank you so much, cozenedindigo, who sent me a beautiful scarf in exactly the right shade of blue (and which fills a gap in my winter clothing I had been contemplating how to fill!) and an adorable crocheted octopus catnip toy for my cat.

(Astra is currently curled up on the bed sleeping and peering at me, but I am sure she will enjoy it when she gets around to being active again.)

Merry Quonsmas, everyone!
posted by jenettsilver at 10:17 AM on November 27 [4 favorites]

My package arrived, not opening it until my gifts are sent. Will be prepped today, shipping o Sat., ideally. Thank you Qounsar Claus, looking forward to opening it!
posted by theora55 at 11:09 AM on November 27 [1 favorite]

Just received a package from my Secret Quonsar, bulging with surprises! All beautifully wrapped in kitty cat paper, which I love. I'm not sure if your Mefi name is revealed within one of the packages and don't want to reveal your real name, but thank you so much. I want to enjoy looking at them a bit longer so I'll be posting again when I open them!

posted by antiquated at 11:37 AM on November 27 [2 favorites]

It looks like the US is getting hit with Some Weather this week, so delays may be in the forecast as well!

Two quick notes:

Tracking numbers
If you have a tracking number for your gift, and you'd like your quonsee to have that, please let us know and we're happy to pass that on. If you'd rather we just hold onto the number for proof-of-shipment and troubleshooting in case anything goes awry, we can do that, too.

If there's anything in your package that should be kept chilled, out of the light, hermetically sealed, et cetera, please let us know and we'll pass that on to your quonsee. Many people wait to open gifts until later in December to coincide with their holidays, and may not post a note in the thread until they do so.
posted by curious nu at 1:54 PM on November 27 [3 favorites]

I have just sent my package today! I wrapped it real real good but at the post office they marked it fragile anyways. Better safe then sorry I guess? I will be using the tracking number with baited breath!
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 2:46 PM on November 27 [1 favorite]

I came home from work to find a package on my porch that was addressed to me but that I had no memory of ordering. I suddenly realized it could be my Quonsar gift and I was right! My Quonsar chose to remain anonymous on the gift note so I can’t thank them by name, but they have chosen a delightful “literary witches” (women writers) tarot deck for me to explore - what an excellent choice! It ticks so many of my boxes and I ADORE gifts like that! They also included a yummy treat of caramel hot cocoa mix which I will absolutely be sampling this evening.

SQ, thank you so much!!! You did an excellent job!
posted by meggan at 5:42 PM on November 27 [3 favorites]

Well I ended up having to work late today, so my revised plan is to mail out my quonsee's gift this weekend. Hooray to the folks who've already sent and received gifts!
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 10:05 PM on November 27

A mystery package has arrived form Canada!!!! My first international Quonsmas!!!!! I typically save the opening until opening Christmas gifts with family so I can't be specific in my thanks yet, but I have already received the gift of anticipation!!!!! Thank you! Merci!
posted by Tandem Affinity at 8:12 AM on November 28 [4 favorites]

Just a note to say I mailed my gift on Tuesday! Hopefully my quonsee sees it soon!
posted by Pretty Good Talker at 3:58 PM on November 28 [2 favorites]

I usually open my Quonsmas gifts as soon as I receive them, but the packages that just arrived are so wonderfully wrapped that I have to save them under my tree to open at Christmas. Thank you so much, Secret Quonsar!
posted by Vectorcon Systems at 5:16 PM on November 28 [3 favorites]

Oh gee, gosh, I'm almost speachless. My wonderful quonsar has begifted me with a stunning tree decoration made in Nova Scotia - selected as beautiful symbol of my love for gardening. While it's meant to be an ornament I think I'll be using it as a daily talisman against darkness and seeing it as a symbol of growth and life. How wonderful.

And I also have a delightful little moosie themed pouch thst will be a perfect size to protect and carry my cell phone while I'm out gardening.

But most grand of all is the personal note and loving thought that comes along with this quonsmas season.

I don't know if you want to be outed as my quonsar, so I will not name you here, but my most sincere gratitude is beaming your way. It's all so lovely!
posted by mightshould at 7:43 PM on November 28 [8 favorites]

Tracking indicates that my SQ gift reached its recipient last week. I hope my misguided attempts to send industrial grade marmosets wrapped solely in tinfoil have succeeded.
posted by sciencegeek at 4:44 AM on November 29 [3 favorites]

Posted my SQ gift yesterday and apparently it left the country at 2am this morning - guessing that means it will have arrived on the other side of the Atlantic by now!
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:40 AM on November 29 [1 favorite]

Hooray, the post office is open on Black Friday! Dear quonsar, your package should arrive on Monday. Merry Quonsmas to all!
posted by orrnyereg at 8:46 AM on November 29 [1 favorite]

I just opened my Quonsmas presents and they're excellent!! After I sent my guidance, I started fretting that I'd over-stated my appreciation for useful things over gift-y ones, so I'd get something boring. I needn't have worried! My SQ, craven_morhead, interpreted it perfectly and selected a simple, well-designed, wood-handled pocket knife that I will really enjoy having.

Along with it, he also sent a stand he made in his wood shop. It's decorated with a fox (his sweet logo), which is so appropriate because soon after we moved into our new house, we were delighted to spot a litter of foxes by our mailbox! My husband will get a ton of use out of the stand, since he's been struggling to prop our tablet up against random stuff while watching sports -- but I'm the one who will most appreciate that those piles of stuff will be put away, replaced by this lovely, minimal stand.

Thank you so much, craven_morhead, and a happy Quonsmas to all!
posted by daisyace at 1:08 PM on November 29 [5 favorites]

Funny how the littlest thing can give you such a spark of happiness. For what did appear in my mailbox this evening but a sweet note from my quonsar informing me the elves are still at work on my present

And now I must resist trying to figure out what the gift is, based upon a little clue. (But guessing and opening is half the fun!)

Meanwhile earlier this week my quonsee's package went off to another country. I haven't sent many packages outside the US, and didn't know a customs form detailing the contents would be attached.(?) I hope the quonsee will skip reading the list and go straight to unwrapping the gifts!
posted by NorthernLite at 4:14 PM on November 29 [2 favorites]

Mailed my quonsee's gift today! I think I quadruple-checked the address, and I wrapped up the box to try and protect it from the elements, so hoping it makes it there safe and sound. There was no line at the post office and I made the clerk laugh, so hooray for good spirits all around. Hey that rhymes. Hooray for accidental rhyming!
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 4:30 PM on November 29

I asked my husband to mail my quonsar gift out about four days ago. Unfortunately I forgot to ask him to make he got the tracking number to me so I am searching the house for the receipt. But it should be en route.
posted by PussKillian at 4:34 PM on November 29 [1 favorite]

USPS tells me the gift I shipped was delivered today!
posted by maurice at 4:55 PM on November 29

Pretty Good Talker it arrived today, and it's perfect on several levels! I forgot to mention in my MeMail that the brilliant shininess of the wrapping and envelope also made me squee. Thank you (and Pretty Good Wife) so much!
posted by rhiannonstone at 6:42 PM on November 29 [4 favorites]

Sent mine out and got confirmation it was delivered on Wednesday.
posted by XtineHutch at 6:50 PM on November 29 [1 favorite]

I don't even know how to begin!

needlegrrl, who in addition to being a lovely mefite in general has also organized the metafilter winter holiday card exchange these past three years (which has led to the valentine exchange and the delightful monthly meficardclub), sent me an incredibly thoughtful gift of a set of incredibly gorgeous Daniel Smith watercolor primatek tubes (they're made of ground-up minerals! and this brand is my favorite!) and I am so touched I'm on the verge of tears.

For my whole life, my creative outlet was writing stories and exchanging long letters and reading endless stacks of books, but since I got sick (and forgetful and unable to concentrate and just really tired, which is part of the whole thing, and arguably worse than the physical symptoms), I've been unable to connect. On a whim this fall, I signed up for a weekly beginner watercolor class as a kind of birthday present to myself, even though I'm awful at most kinds of art, and from the first swipe of the brush, there was vibrancy and play in my life again. After nearly four years of feeling so dull and uncreative and helpless to address that, I felt joy.

So the package came tonight and I opened it and I squeed quite loudly and scrambled over to the work table and tested them out immediately and they are so vivid and captivating and glossy and, oh how they absolutely dance in a shimmer of water. They look like something out of a dream.

In my guidance this year, I mentioned I like art supplies. But needlegrrl must have somehow found my comments about watercolor and my fascination with moody hues and how much I enjoy them. I've been transitioning my collection from student paints to artist grade soooo slowly and these are so lovely. You tripled my collection. It's just so thoughtful, and exactly perfect, and such a gift in so many ways.

This is my eleventh year doing SQ and it's funny but somehow every year I receive a gift that's thoughtful, genuine, personal, and from the heart. It's like it's from family -- you know, good family, the ones who actually get you. I can only hope to begin to match that in the gifts I send.

So thank you, needlegrrl, for your thoughtfulness, your warmth, and your kindness, as always, but especially today. I am so touched and excited about exploring these vibrant new paints through the depths of winter. You're a star. And I thank you.
posted by mochapickle at 7:18 PM on November 29 [19 favorites]

I got such a lovely SQ gift from a non mouse, a cow herd of a beautiful puzzle , She-Rah socks that made me squee so loudly that Pretty Good Wife and Pretty Good Cat were startled, and a beautiful note. Thank you so much to my Quonsar and to everyone who put Quonsmas together. A merry Quonsmas to us all!
posted by Pretty Good Talker at 8:51 PM on November 29 [6 favorites]

I’m feeling cheerful as I have received delightful gifts from Bookworm4125. Thank you for everything - it definitely hit the mark. I shall enjoy sketching, and am appreciating the stones as I type.

They have brought San Franciscan sunshine to the gloom of an English winter.
posted by Gilgongo at 3:55 AM on November 30 [5 favorites]

I went to pick up some parcels and also post my sq parcel. But apparently you can't actually send parcels from the parcel office.
Because... Reasons I guess?

Also all the post offices have been torn down. So I'll find a post office on the way to work on Monday.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 5:26 AM on November 30 [1 favorite]

Woohoo! mollymillions quonsed me with something highly relevant to my interests and that I totally love: a sweet black t-shirt with a storm trooper made out of tropical flowers and diamond emojis. I never would have picked it out for myself (despite all the boxes it checks for me), and I appreciate it even more for that. It's graphic and absurd and excellent. Thank you!
posted by miles per flower at 7:18 AM on November 30 [6 favorites]

oh my!!! Liesl found an old post about rice and sent us the most crazy collection of different rices from an outstanding market near her. complete world tour of obscure stuff we have never tried (or even heard of half of them... green jade rice? yes please!!) thank you so much. Quonsmas has come to mean so much to me every year it's hard to express. even my wife and kids expectantly wait for the day it comes and can't wait to see what an internet stranger has brought us!!!

thank you so much Liesl, expect memail with pictures of happy rice eaters!!
posted by chasles at 9:33 AM on November 30 [8 favorites]

Many thanks for the Vegas Golden Knight socks, Quonsee! I could not find a name on the package insert but know that I'm sending lots of appreciation your way!
posted by beaning at 10:32 AM on November 30 [3 favorites]

I have sent my thing off into the void, via UPS. It's supposed to arrive by Wednesday but given the weather I wouldn't be surprised it'll get delayed.
posted by bondcliff at 10:46 AM on November 30 [2 favorites]

I'm feeling excited; I found a couple of final items for my secret Quonsar recipient today, and I should be on track to mail the package out on December 2nd.
posted by Annabelle74 at 11:49 AM on November 30 [1 favorite]

I'm not sure who sent me The Pepper Plant and Tia Lupita hot sauces, and the Rustic Bakery cacao nib shortbread cookies and Dick Taylor chocolate bar, but I'm super-happy to receive the gift. It all looks really delicious, and I've never even heard of any of these brands, so, all in all, that's some excellent quonsar-ing. You pick out a nice wrapping paper, too.
posted by box at 12:34 PM on November 30 [5 favorites]

I just got back from a week with only spotty internet and was sorting through the mail pile. I couldn’t remember what I had ordered from Amazon that would be book shaped. I was delighted to discover it was a beautiful book about English paper piecing and some EPP templates too! Thank you so much lemon_icing! I can’t wait to step up my paper piecing game!
posted by itsamermaid at 1:31 PM on November 30 [7 favorites]

I, a millennial, have never mailed a package in my life and did not realize that all the post offices around me are closed on the weekend, so there go my carefully laid plans to not get things done last minute. Ah well...
posted by brook horse at 4:28 PM on November 30 [6 favorites]

Initial stats edition, in julen tradition!

Largest group was USA Only, followed closely by International. Australia/NZ group didn't make it this year due to only one initial sign-up (who gracefully accepted international). I think doing a 1st + 2nd choice group next year might be a good idea? Or possibly some extra groups, or selection of countries, or.... something!

286 total participants!
75 gifts confirmed sent!
43 gifts confirmed received!

More to come as things roll in! Thank you to everyone who has been keeping us updated on gifts sent/received. I'm planning on reminder/check-in emails at the end of this coming week.
posted by curious nu at 5:24 PM on November 30 [18 favorites]

Ok, dudes, I have received the *awesomest Quonsar gift* today from the fabulous mrcrow! I’m putting this here as a placeholder thank you, because I’m about to dash out to someone's house after having just gotten back from work (yeah, it’s Saturday on a holiday weekend), but I just want to note that this was the perfect gift at the perfect time. More later, I promise! Thank you, mrcrow!!
posted by holborne at 6:25 PM on November 30 [3 favorites]

According to USPS, the package I sent has been delivered so hopefully it is safe in the hands of my quonsee!
posted by brilliantine at 10:18 AM on December 1

Gilgongo I am overjoyed you like the gifts! Thanks for that great photo. I think choosing and sending is more fun than receiving! I've heard my gift had been received here at my house but I want to wait to open it. :)
posted by bookworm4125 at 1:34 PM on December 1 [1 favorite]

Just posting to say I sent out a gift to my quonsee yesterday! :)
posted by pdxhiker at 1:57 PM on December 1

[Posting to say my gift has reportedly been delivered!]
posted by knownassociate at 3:20 PM on December 1

Gifts wrapped and packed and ready to go to Post Office tomorrow.
posted by LeftMyHeartInSanFrancisco at 4:53 PM on December 1

I was all over town today searching for the perfect thing, but struck out and went with a backup-gift from the internet. It feels weird not to be taking a SQ parcel to mail.
posted by janell at 5:42 PM on December 1 [1 favorite]

ThePinkSuperhero, thank you so much for that wonderful package of candy and super cute office supplies (individually wrapped in newspaper comics!) It's extremely thoughtful and I'm already plotting how I can incorporate everything into my bullet journal and boring work desk. What an awesome first Quonsmas!

(Also, TPS, I hope you don't mind that I liked your idea of sending cards ahead of time so much that I stole it for my quonsee.)

Yay Quonsmas, and thank you to all of the organizers who made this happen this year!
posted by jameaterblues at 5:47 PM on December 1 [5 favorites]

Tandem Affinity:

A mystery package has arrived form Canada!!!! My first international Quonsmas!!!!! I typically save the opening until opening Christmas gifts with family so I can't be specific in my thanks yet, but I have already received the gift of anticipation!!!!! Thank you! Merci!

You're welcome!

I would like to reveal myself as your Secret Quonsar. I will, of course, remain mum on the exact nature of your gift since you're saving the opening until Christmas. I will, however, say that I admire your restraint!

Happy Quonsmas!
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:37 PM on December 1 [2 favorites]

Thanks to meinvt! The custom cutting board is very cool and part of the wonderful randomness of Quonsar!
posted by Nackt at 8:03 PM on December 1 [2 favorites]

I got a fabulous book called Why We Quilt from maurice! It’s past 1AM, I have just returned from seeing a show with other mefites, and still I am finding it difficult to keep myself from staying to read the whole thing. This is lovely. Thank you.
posted by ocherdraco at 10:23 PM on December 1 [3 favorites]

So glad you like it ocherdraco! Hearing about that book by a local artist right after drawing your name is one of those Quonsmas miracles.
posted by maurice at 5:00 AM on December 2 [1 favorite]

Useful Info: If you're using an Amazon Wishlist, please double-check that the address attached to that list is up-to-date. Apparently this is not always the case! *makes notes in the SQ Manual*

I want to thank my secret quonsar (and their mischievous helper elfs) for a copy of a card game called Royalty! This was a complete surprise and I'm looking forward to playing this with friends sometime soon. =)
posted by curious nu at 5:41 AM on December 2 [5 favorites]

I did find the receipt, and my quonsmas gift should have been delivered on Saturday. Hopefully no time-of-year delays happened.
posted by PussKillian at 9:19 AM on December 2

I have successfully located an undemolished actual post office and have successfully dispatched my quons to the vagaries of the postal service.

It will probably arrive tomorrow, seeking a signature to validate its epic 14 mile journey.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 9:45 AM on December 2 [4 favorites]

Thank you to my SQ who nailed my gift so perfectly I’m in awe. Botanical themed tea in BEAUTIFUL packaging and the most darling floral binder clips I’ve ever seen. I just sent out my gift across the ocean today - nothing like submitting right up to the deadline eh? What a fun tradition and I’m so happy I participated this year!
posted by seemoorglass at 10:26 AM on December 2 [2 favorites]

Thanks to Puss Killian for a wonderful bottle of specialty cocktail bitters! I use them not only for tasty cocktails, but also for flavoring fizzy water in our house. Happy qonsmus!
posted by craven_morhead at 10:53 AM on December 2 [3 favorites]

USPS tracking says the Quonsmas package has been delivered!
posted by coppertop at 11:14 AM on December 2

So I *finally* got A package off to my Quonsee today - there will be more, but the core gift is on it's way!
posted by dbmcd at 12:11 PM on December 2

Despite the weather, I managed to get mine to the post office this afternoon - it's going priority, so it should be there Thursday or so.
posted by jenettsilver at 12:54 PM on December 2

Mailed out a package to my Quonsee today! December really snuck up on me, wow. Anyway, USPS says it should arrive in three days.
posted by yasaman at 1:49 PM on December 2

I mailed my package out and USPS says it was delivered to the front desk/reception/mail room on 11/27!
posted by queensissy at 2:10 PM on December 2

I managed to mail mine off last Friday and hope it makes it across the ocean in good order...
posted by frumiousb at 2:21 PM on December 2

Dear Secret Quonsar -

My desk is an old, heavy, metal, ugly industrial beast that I inherited when spouse and I purchased our home. So it is a perfect medium to display the beautiful little Marcart and Boston Red Sox duck and ducklings magnets which are now proudly hanging on one of the drawers.

Everything is perfect. The Holiday tea, the luggage tag, the beautiful little bell ornament and lovely red scarf and beautiful card. Thank you, thank you, thank you for such a thoughtful combination of gifts.
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 3:23 PM on December 2 [3 favorites]

Thank you, capricorn! What a delightful package I received today, overflowing with adorable otter (?) stickers, totally On Brand For Me sticky notes with squid, octopi and whales, and a cute strawberry milk carton shaped pencil case stuffed full of colored pens! Yay! Thank you so much! Happy Quonsmas to all!

(I mailed a postcard a week ago to my SQ recipient as their gift is postponed. I will check with the company to see if they have an ETA tomorrow.)
posted by jillithd at 3:57 PM on December 2 [2 favorites]

Mailed my package today and will now obsessively track progress.
posted by rekrap at 4:20 PM on December 2

Thank you, centrifugal! One wondrous thing after another tumbled from my perfectly packed package. I feel like I got one of everything on my long and particular list. A Seattle-themed dish towel, a charming notebook, gourmet goodies made from your own garden (that crab apple pepper jelly(!) yes, i have already tried it), and that gorgeous handmade orange mug. My mother-in-law was a potter and my husband remarked on your considerable talent.

I am moved to tears by your thoughtful gifts and sweet note. Thanks for brightening my little corner of the world. Happy Quonsmas!
posted by XtineHutch at 4:26 PM on December 2 [3 favorites]

USPS confirmed that SQ package was picked up today! Off it goes across the border.

I probably could have driven it there in less time. Fingers crossed!
posted by RhysPenbras at 7:04 PM on December 2

I am in receipt of a wonderful, thoughtful Quonsmas package from antiquated! I have extra cushiony warm socks, a delicious-smelling maple syrup candle that promises to crackle like a fire when lit, a new-to-me flavor of Lay’s chips (ketchup!), and the most beautiful glass earrings made by antiquated’s very own hands. (Here’s a pic that does not do the gifts justice.)

Any one of these delights could stand on its own as a perfect gift, but all together! I’m overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity. Thank you so much, antiquated, for your thoughtful gifts and the lovely card. You’ve made my holiday season especially bright.
posted by erloteiel at 7:10 PM on December 2 [3 favorites]

XtineHutch, I’m so glad you liked the package - putting it together made me so happy! I can’t believe it got there so fast. Happy Quonsmas!
posted by centrifugal at 7:38 PM on December 2 [1 favorite]

I have quonsed off my quonse, and hope it arrives soon and makes my quonsee happy!
posted by Mister Moofoo at 7:42 PM on December 2

omg I just looked at my receipt and
I can TEXT
to a number for updates.
how did I never know about this?

how do I resist the temptation to just keep on trackin?
posted by Mister Moofoo at 7:50 PM on December 2 [1 favorite]

I got to the post office more than 30 minutes before closing, stood in line for 20 minutes, and then watched for another 20 minutes while the only desk employee wrestled with the POS terminal and finally declared that he couldn't get it to work and I should come back the next day. :-(
posted by drlith at 8:05 PM on December 2

Thank you, secret Quonsar in 11226, who gifted me a ginger snap (yum!) Tanzanian chocolate bar, funny (cotton, YAY!) NYC socks which will annoy my fellow Boston citizens, and a super cute mini travel case “avec interieur velour.” I feel all warm and fuzzy.
posted by mollymillions at 8:26 PM on December 2 [2 favorites]

I have joined the league of those who have sent! Road construction be damned, I arrived at the post office and posted. Quonsee, it’s on the way!
posted by ZenMajek at 8:53 PM on December 2

Wow. Wow. Just arrived back home after T-giving to find an amazing gift from queensissy! Seriously contemplated joining Instagram just so that I can post pictures the beautiful handmade magnets (how?... the beads?!... in that shape?!?!...), the colorful brads, wonderful soft pencils, and pictures of my cats scarfing up the first 4 days of the Cat Advent Calendar Treats (I tried to convince them you're supposed to open only ONE window, I really did!). The gifts were perfect! Even the postcard included was beautiful! I'm so glad I participated! I cannot wait till next year!
posted by Dotty at 8:54 PM on December 2 [3 favorites]

Quonsee's gift has been bought! It should arrive to a destination west of me between 12/7 and 12/11.
posted by SisterHavana at 9:09 PM on December 2

Today I was thrilled to receive a lovely scented soap and candle from Sparky Buttons - handmade by a local artisan.

While I of course wash my hands numerous times a day as one does, I save a special nice-smelling bar soap for nightly bed time wash-up. I often think fondly of the person who gifted me the soap while sudsing. So, as a result of operant conditioning, I will forever think positively of Sparky Buttons. Thank you so much!
posted by rekrap at 10:25 PM on December 2 [3 favorites]

Dear erloteiel, I’m so delighted that you like your surprises. I hope you enjoy them and have a happy holiday and Quonsmas season!
posted by antiquated at 7:32 AM on December 3 [1 favorite]

After a crazy busy November, I finally managed to finish one thing I wanted to include. So for the quonsmas elves, note that my package went out yesterday. Down to the wire!
I did not realize how obsessive the USPS has become about including every little detail on the customs declaration, so now an entire post office worth of strangers know exactly what is in the package because I had to repeat the list out loud at least three times... :shakes head:
posted by gemmy at 7:35 AM on December 3 [1 favorite]

stuart_s, thank you SO MUCH for my amazing package of stickers, cat-themed stuff, and my favorite, ZINES! Everything was so thoughtful and it was such a joy to receive. The super cute impostor syndrome zine is going to stay on my desk at work so I can read it whenever I'm feeling those impostor feelings. Thank you again for making my first Quonsmas so enjoyable!!
posted by miserable-mild at 7:59 AM on December 3 [2 favorites]

So glad it arrived safely, jillithd! (And yes, they're otter stickers!)
posted by capricorn at 9:54 AM on December 3 [1 favorite]


A package was waiting for me in our mailroom today.

It was from my Secret Quonsar yarntheory!

THANK YOU for the awesome fridge magnets. One is a Maine lobster with spring-loaded legs and claws, and the other is a reproduction of Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry, North Wall. I've seen it in person, so I'm glad to have it up on our fridge -- and both are a welcome addition to our fridge magnet collection.

yarntheory also included a wonderfully heavy 2 tbsp. stainless steel measuring spoon. I love it, and it will get lots of use.

Our Lewis Chessmen magnets seem either excited or concerned about their new neighbours, depending on which one of them you ask.

Thank you, yarntheory!
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:21 AM on December 3 [4 favorites]

Just mailed mine off! I regret to say that it went out a day late, because I was waiting for one more thing that was delivered yesterday, but since it is just going elsewhere in my state and should arrive Friday, that hopefully shouldn’t be a problem! I spent my time in line at the post office glowering at the woman berating the postal clerks behind the counter for how long the line is - because sure, those folks are definitely in charge of hiring and staffing.
posted by skycrashesdown at 1:43 PM on December 3

Oh goodness we were supposed to give updates! Please forgive this first-timer!

My quonsar gift was dropped off to be delivered on Dec 1, and it is scheduled to arrive at the destination on Monday (Dec 9).
posted by sweetpotato at 1:46 PM on December 3

USPS says that the first portion of my quonsared gift arrived to its recipient yesterday, despite the snow dump in the Boston area! Next installment tracking to arrive on Thursday!
posted by Tandem Affinity at 3:21 PM on December 3

secret quonsar, I'm drinking the Harney&Sons tea RIGHT NOW and the aroma is DELIGHTFUL. I can't wait to try the honeyed hazelnut chocolate from Maine--and ngl I laughed at the title of the book you sent along, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. XD Thank you so much! ♥
posted by ilicet at 3:38 PM on December 3 [2 favorites]

Quick update to my Quonsar - my kitty Luna loved the bell so much she tried to take off with it. It will be placed high, high, high on our tree once we get it up.
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 3:46 PM on December 3 [1 favorite]

Mailed my package today—it was slightly behind schedule, but, in my defense... uh, I don’t know how to end this sentence.
posted by box at 5:41 PM on December 3 [2 favorites]

Ditto box. My package went out today. In my defense, time marched on whether I was ready or not.

Seriously, though, sorry for the delay!
posted by erloteiel at 6:34 PM on December 3 [1 favorite]

Quonsmas ahoy! We dug out from our snowstorm and I mailed off my package and a package from Dibbery, and what do you know - I got home today to find a package waiting for me!

And not just any package - Bondcliff has mailed me a HUGE, MASSIVE, 9-pound package. Something inside has apparently clawed air holes for itself at one corner, so I'm apprehensive, but tremendously excited.

I'm going to wait a few days for my wife to get Quonsed too, so that we can celebrate Quonsmas together - I'll report back when I open it. (I'm assuming the duct-taped marmosets inside will not be too unhappy to wait a few days? Bondcliff, please let me know if this is a bad idea...)

So excited!
posted by RedOrGreen at 7:05 PM on December 3 [6 favorites]

Mine also went out today, so sign me up for membership in that club. I rather absent-mindedly forgot my wallet at home yesterday.... but I definitely remembered it today!

I have also received my gift in the mail, today! A quick glance did not reveal a MeFi username, and I shall not be opening this until my gift has reached its recipient. Thank you in advance Quonsar from the USA!! I will return with many compliments for the contents once the post office does its work.
posted by invokeuse at 7:05 PM on December 3

Sorry SQ, I wasn’t timely in getting to the Post Office, but your gift is in the mail and due to arrive on Friday, 12/6. Happy Quonsmas to all!
posted by kbar1 at 9:01 PM on December 3

My package was sent off on the 2nd, and should arrive within five days of that date!
posted by ilana at 10:39 PM on December 3

A big thank you to OntologicalPuppy for the game Telestrations! I received it (with great delight) last week, but then in an extremely rare fit of tidying my husband threw the box and note out for recycling. It took some digging to find the note and get the right handle for my thank you. I can't wait to play -- it looks super fun! (And I look forward to snagging my own Maine penny one of these the summer! ;)

(p.s. I mailed my package Friday!)
posted by Mrs. Rattery at 3:44 AM on December 4 [2 favorites]

My gifts are off, a two-parter. I had to order one and have it shipped directly and shipped the other myself on Monday. It occurs to me that I probably didn't include my username in the package so if you get a two-part gift including something delicious from St. Louis... that's probably me.
posted by jzb at 4:51 AM on December 4 [1 favorite]

Eek, a little flurry of excitement (not the good kind) at work caused a delay. Package is going out today. Sorry, Quonsee!
posted by holborne at 6:29 AM on December 4

USPS tracking says my Quonsee's parcel is in the destination city and "currently in transit to the destination" so maybe it will arrive today??
posted by EndsOfInvention at 6:53 AM on December 4

Sorry, Quonsee! We got a nasty snowstorm over here and the mail didn't get picked up on the 2nd! Your gift is on its way, though, and you should have it by the end of the week!
posted by lydhre at 6:54 AM on December 4

Hurray! I find myself thoroughly quonsed by Scretariat! They sent me a whole stack of local magazines and papers, making for a neat portable peek into their world. Furthermore, there is a very pretty card to explain what they all are and which I hung on the wall right away because it looks great. There is interesting local chocolate in two flavours, several bags of tea (of which I already enjoyed one), and a gorgeous art card of a tiger, to keep or to send (I think I'll keep it for a while at least, it looks so nice!) and the thing I love the most is the enamel pin depicting a tiger eating a book! You really hit it out of the park there.

Finally, there is a toy for the cats too. It looks like a little, felted sushi roll. There must be catnip involved because the cats find it a lot of fun. Here's one of them pausing/posing for a picture. Taking pictures of black cats playing with a mostly black toy isn't very easy so this is the best I managed.

Thank you very much, you did a great job!
posted by Too-Ticky at 7:03 AM on December 4 [4 favorites]

(And sorry for mistyping your username. It must have been the excitement.)
posted by Too-Ticky at 8:29 AM on December 4

Yay theBigRedKittyPurrs , I'm so glad you liked them!
posted by darsh at 9:14 AM on December 4 [1 favorite]

I am still waiting for the final component for my collection of gifts to arrive, and then I can send mine off. I didn't realize when I placed the order that it was coming all the way from Portugal, so I'm not sure when I can expect it (there's no tracking info available that I can find - I'll contact the seller directly).

Hold tight, Quonsee, it's coming!

In the meantime, please enjoy my new favorite holiday song.
posted by MsVader at 11:57 AM on December 4 [2 favorites]

For the record, though I am admittedly 2 days late in mailing out my secret Quonsar package . . . it is now in the mail and I have a tracking # for it. Hooray! I mailed it in a flat-rate Priority box and it doesn't have to travel terribly far, so my Quonsee should receive it by next week.
posted by Annabelle74 at 12:20 PM on December 4

I AM LATE, but my gift is shipping direct and should arrive to my Quonsee no later than the 16th?!?
This has been a busy month and I didn't get a chance to put together the SQ gift myself, Ugh I suck this year, but I hope they like it.
posted by Julnyes at 12:42 PM on December 4

Hi! I received my SQ package today, but I am traveling for work and can't open it until I get back home Sunday.
posted by minsies at 12:49 PM on December 4 [1 favorite]

USPS says my quonsee's package was delivered today! (sorry my handwriting is terrible quonsee, some days my hand doesn't work good) anyway hope you enjoy 🍵🕯️🎄🎉
posted by Two unicycles and some duct tape at 2:22 PM on December 4 [1 favorite]

Who has two thumbs and posted a thank you in the sign up thread?

👍This guy.👍

Good news update though, I got out of work before 4:30!
Bad news: my train was off schedule and I missed it!
posted by phunniemee at 2:32 PM on December 4 [3 favorites]

Thank you so much, rekrap, for the gifts! I don't think you knew that I have a preschooler at home, but he has already commandeered the racetrack. I'm planning to keep the homemade goodies for myself! Happy singing!
posted by pingzing at 2:58 PM on December 4 [2 favorites]

Sorry for the late thank you, but thank you so much baseballpajamas! Love the hyperlocal nature of the gifts, and enjoyed learning about Adamant. We are saving the local maple syrup for a special day, and the special chocolate for a special evening (nudge nudge wink wink). The goat milk soap also smelled amazing, and the coffee mug will be put to good use this snowy winter. Happy Quonsar!
posted by Philbo at 3:35 PM on December 4 [2 favorites]


I just got three wonderful gifts from JenettSilver:
--Some delicious-looking dark chocolate
--An equally delicious looking Regency romance novel
--Adorable doggy magnets

I love it! The holidays are off to a great start!
posted by zeusianfog at 4:31 PM on December 4

I have been outrageously spoilt by Raccoon409! Thank you so much, I love all of it. Stroopwaffels are delicious and one of my very favorite treats! The other things look wonderful as well (strange European chocolates)! and I am delighted to have been your recipient. Thank you again!
posted by PearlRose at 5:09 PM on December 4 [3 favorites]

According to USPS my quonsee's package was delivered at 12:35pm (their time? my time? UNCLEAR) today!!
posted by brook horse at 5:09 PM on December 4 [1 favorite]

What a treat to come home to a treat today! I am super excited to learn that such a thing as a Gooey Butter Cake exists and is a St. Louis specialty with a fun history - thank you, anonymous Quonsar! I can't wait to try the gooey caramel goodness, and I can't believe this is only "part 1 of 2" of my Quonsmas gift!
posted by Dibbery at 5:54 PM on December 4 [3 favorites]

Oh, reading up the thread, jzb must be responsible for my gooey goodness! Thank you, jzb!
posted by Dibbery at 6:00 PM on December 4 [1 favorite]

Yes, indeed! I hope you enjoy it. I can’t get enough when I’m back in St. Louis, but it’s better for my waistline that it’s not often... happy Quonsmas!
posted by jzb at 7:35 PM on December 4

It did come last night, Two unicycles and some duct tape! And thank you so much for the perfect quonsmas gift - drinking lovely tea now and I lighted the balsam fir candle last night. Looking forward to reading the Dickens Christmas ghost book - and the additional Dickensian/Victorian cards will be fun to decorate with!

Happy quonsmas!

Sent my quonsee's gift yesterday - so should be arriving soon!
posted by jilloftrades at 5:15 AM on December 5 [3 favorites]

Yay!! I received my MetaFilter Quonsar package from Homo neanderthalensis on Tuesday. Here's a photo! Goodies included: Sunflower flower pot, San Francisco City Guide Notebook, California & San Fran stickers, Milk lip balm (so soft!) , Better than Sex mascara, a California enamel pin, a gorgeous quilled card, and confetti cilantro seeds from their own garden!

They saw the picture of the sunflower I grew on Instagram from September and sent me the pot. The O Henry twist to this all is that I really got into gardening this year because of their blog. Now tell me there’s no such thing as magic.

Without dredging up details from other threads...Homo neanderthalensis, your positive posts and voice here are missed. Thank you for this gorgeous gift and I wish you all the light and happy news the world can offer you in 2020.
posted by kimberussell at 6:24 AM on December 5 [14 favorites]

Yaaaaay mollymillions I’m so glad you like it!! I meant to include a card but stupidly made it to the post office without. Have a lovely Quonsmas!
posted by orrnyereg at 7:00 AM on December 5

I just received my wonderful gifts from a mystery quonsar! Some delicious fruit snacks I will be hiding from my toddler, two minty teas to sample, and a SIGNIFICANT amount of polymer clay. I was just pondering decorating glass ball ornaments with clay and now I have wonderful snowflake colors. Thank you!
posted by brilliantine at 8:17 AM on December 5 [2 favorites]

Thank you, thank you Hardcore Poser for a truly delightful package of Quonsmas joy. It's been a rough couple of weeks, and so getting the parcel filled with cool, thoughtful, and useful things* was a real lift.

To my own Quonsee, I didn't mail your parcel until December 03**, but Canada Post says it will be delivered on Tuesday.

*A cute wineglass charm, inspiring post card, pretty desk calendar, handsome bookmark (Quonsmas Czars, if you're keeping track of animals of Quonsmas 2019, count in a debonair pig), amazing skulls colouring book, sewing notions, a very nifty book cover that doubles as a pencil case, a marvelous card holder/stand for my phone, put into use immediately, and a LOL Quonsmas card.
**First time I've been late for Quonsmas in 10 years! Mea maxima culpa!

posted by angiep at 8:29 AM on December 5 [2 favorites]

You're welcome, miserable-mild. I was too cheap to spring for tracking and regretted it immediately - before I even got back to my car. I know that the post office is amazingly efficient, but I was still anxiously awaiting confirmation here.

Hopefully all of my future quonsees will be as much fun to shop for. Your guidance was a pretty close match to the stuff I get excited about at art/craft sales/conventions but can't think of someone I know to give it to.
posted by stuart_s at 10:53 AM on December 5 [2 favorites]

You're welcome, angiep. BTW that card was super hard to make, what with the strategic placement of Post-It notes saying 'Quons' over 'Christmas' and all. And don't get me started on choosing a pen colour :)
Happy Quonsmas!
posted by Hardcore Poser at 11:45 AM on December 5 [1 favorite]

I have just received a glorious set of gifts from an anonymous quonsar: a perfectly wintry candle, a bear-themed beeswax sandwich wrap (which is exactly the kind of thing I covet and never buy myself), a cat-themed dish towel, and a possibly magical bird-themed Swedish dishcloth. The note says that the dishcloth "might seem like a weird thing to give," but I am very excited about it, and about how many kinds of kitchen animals they've managed to gift me with (there are dogs and cats on the card)! Thank you so much, anonymous quonsar! I love it all, and it all hits exactly my favorite balance of delightful and genuinely useful.

(my only anxiety now is about my quonsee--the tracking shows that the package was left at their front door on 11/29, so I'm hoping they're just waiting to open it!)
posted by dizziest at 2:38 PM on December 5 [1 favorite]

Thank you thereemix, I love my new ornament!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:38 PM on December 5 [2 favorites]

Tracking indicates my sent SQ shipment arrived in England last week, so yay for that!

My own perfect gift, from a so-far anonymous giver, came from robocop is bleeding’s shop. I love it so much. Once I drag a tree in here to help illuminate the dark weeks ahead I will re-wrap it to be re-delighted later, but until then I will keep it in sight to gaze at admiringly as I ponder cryptic mysteries and the miracle of Quonsmas.

Thank you to my Secret Quonsar, who somehow knows my arcane heart, and to the little elves who did (and continue to do) such an admirable job pulling everything together this year!
posted by obloquy at 3:56 PM on December 5 [1 favorite]

The Owl and the Pussycat made some tea
In a beautiful china cup

They took some honey and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note
The Owl looked up to the stars above
And sang to their secret quonsar
O lovely thivaia! thivaia, my dear
What a thoughtful quonsar you are!
posted by drlith at 4:34 PM on December 5 [6 favorites]

Thank you sunset in snow country for all the wonderful desserts! I love the all the different flavors!
posted by obol at 5:47 PM on December 5 [1 favorite]

I'm not one to gush, HOWEVER, my gift is amazing and hit all my wants. Handmade crocheted black kitties, handmade unicorn card, a super cute black cat enamel pin, and the box was even covered with black kitties, and a little wood hanging unicorn with my name on it!!!! I'm shocked and amazed and so delighted. Thank you brookhorse!!!!!! I'm so happy and touched by your thoughtfulness.
posted by soakimbo at 6:41 PM on December 5 [3 favorites]

I'm so glad you like it soakimbo!!! Making the kitties and the card were great distractions from finals stress. And the black cats on the box are from a 2017 calendar that I KNEW I was saving for a good reason! :))
posted by brook horse at 7:15 PM on December 5 [1 favorite]

Ahhhh, Secret Quonsar, thank you so much! I got (part of 1 of 2) of my gift today, and I love it all so much! :D It was so beautifully wrapped, for one thing, opening it all was an absolute delight, as was reading each little note that went along with them. I derived an unholy amount of joy from the little jingle bells! And then the contents! So thoughtful, and a haul that makes me feel truly spoiled! I can't wait to try the teas, though I will do my best to ration them. The magnet by local artist Ray has a lovely, intricate design, and it'll fit in beautifully with my other magnets. And the baking supplies!! :D So many fun sprinkles I can't wait to use, and I'm already excited to give people cookies I make with those cookie cutters! I know the cactus and flamingo shapes will get a laugh out one of my friends who I send cookies to every year, and the snowflake and reindeer are welcome additions to my holiday cookie cutter collection.

Thank you again, dear Quonsar, you've really brightened my week! ♥ I will await part two with an already joyful heart!
posted by yasaman at 7:42 PM on December 5

I've gotten two out of three of my secret quonsar gifts from a mystery gifter! A subscription to Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet and a copy of The Raven and the Reindeer - queer spec-fic storytelling! I'm very curious about the third one now...
posted by divabat at 7:50 PM on December 5

It’s alive!!! I found a gift hiding behind the cement block marking my parking spot. I'm not sure how long it had been hiding there. Thank you, Oomny, for the beautiful card, your secret message, the peanut butter chocolate, the foot warming rice bag, and especially, my first Marimo Mossball! I promise to take good care of Mary (I tend to be very literal) and I’ll try to come up with a more creative name (I’m open to suggestions!). Happy Holidays!
posted by kbar1 at 8:32 PM on December 5 [1 favorite]

So glad you like it! My mossball’s name is Momo, so I’m not sure I am any help with better names lol
posted by oomny at 8:41 PM on December 5 [1 favorite]

Yay!! I have been quonsed and it's all spot-on-- thank you, hansbrough. I love the cookbooks, and suspect my weekend will go straight toward one of the recipes for turning sweet potatoes into brownies! Also, extra thanks for the speckled pebbles now atop my shelf of beach-combed treasures and the adorable llama stuffy for my pupper-- she'll be at it the instant I finish typing this. Thank you again for such a happy surprise after a long and busy week, and a very merry Quonsmas to you, too!
posted by stardustbunny at 11:12 PM on December 5 [2 favorites]

Thanks pingzing!

I hope to read both books this weekend, but that's probably a pipe dream. Joyous Quonsar!
posted by DigDoug at 5:27 AM on December 6 [1 favorite]

Thanks to arcticwoman from a fellow knitter. She picked up on the "yaaaaaarn" part of my quonsing requests and I have a lovely luminous hank of sock yarn to chase the winter blues away, as well as decorative sticky flags for keeping place in a pattern! Who would have thought that arcticwoman doesn't like the cold? It's beautiful, and you are wonderful.
posted by Liesl at 6:16 AM on December 6

Another package showed up and gifted me delicious hot chocolate mixes, as well as a new Rite in the Rain notebook + pencils. The latter will get used on my rainy winter hikes, and the former will get used AFTER the rainy winter hikes, so this is pretty great! Thank you again, secret quonsar(s).
posted by curious nu at 6:41 AM on December 6

Oh for the love of all that's evil and unholy, obol are you freaking kidding me?

I can't even cope with the awesomeness here. There are TINY DOOM BUGGIES. The little ghosts GLOW IN THE DARK. You go to BOO-NIVERSITY.

I don't care what's on the dining room table. It's getting cleared off and we're playing this EVERY GODDAMM NIGHT.

Thank you so much!
posted by Katemonkey at 7:02 AM on December 6 [4 favorites]

I have been Quonsed by the amazing tesseractive! They sent me the most adorable, wonderful little Maileg mouse. I have named him Pierre. He has the sweetest little outfit on, complete with a cap . . . I'm utterly delighted.

Tesseractive, it's as if you'd known me for years -- this was a spot-on amazing gift! Seriously, I'm the sort of person who walks into boutique shops, ignores the clothing, and heads straight to the little stuffed toys.

Here's a photo of Pierre sitting amongst my holiday decorations in my office:

Thank you so, so, so much!!!
posted by Annabelle74 at 7:37 AM on December 6 [5 favorites]

Thanks to all the Quonsmas Elves in the employ of RedOrGreen! They do a great job wrapping and a better job choosing gifts!

I was delighted by the book and the Hand Boiler (it's aready got pride of place amongst my various desk friends. My Vermont-born wife and daughter gave some serious side-eye to the hefty bottle of New York maple syrup, but I bet they'll get over it when I drizzle it all over some pancakes and/or french toast this weekend.

Thanks, and you've inspired me to finally get off my butt and get my gift in the mail, so my Quonsee thanks you too.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:44 AM on December 6 [4 favorites]

my outgoing gift arrived at Newark last night - I'm not sure if I'll be able to track it overseas once it's out of the US but its about to take its very first flight!!! And hopefully this means it arrives within the week.
posted by seemoorglass at 8:47 AM on December 6

I am derelict not only in thanking my own Quonsar, oceanjesse, for the excellent gift (of which more below) which arrived on my doorstep last week, but also in owning up to being the Quonsar to pjsky, our illustrious thread-starter! (I intended a gift note to be included with the package, so I promise the secrecy and mystique was entirely unintentional.)

I'm thrilled to have been gifted a fantastic-sounding recipe and some new-to-me ingredients to make it! What a swell gift idea, especially for someone (like me!) who is both trying to cut down on the having of stuff, and is always trying to expand my repertoire of interesting food-making skills. The recipe+ingredients gifting formula is definitely one I am going to steal and use myself! Many thanks, oceanjesse!

Even more bizarre, however, is that oceanjesse was my Quons-partner the first year I participated, and that despite us being (again!) in the "international" group, we (again!) ended up being able to hand-deliver the goods since we are basically neighbours. How neat!
posted by Dorinda at 9:08 AM on December 6 [2 favorites]

Thank you to my Minnesota elf beandip for delicious chocolates, which were consumed with, shall we say alacrity, and the darling little homemade bicornu now hanging from one of my kitchen cabinets!

The huckleberry jam awaits steaming waffles one cold morning. Merci buckets from NYC!

Sending hugs to all lovely mefites everywhere.... now off to post a box to my own quonsee...
posted by 6thsense at 9:27 AM on December 6 [1 favorite]

Part of my gift was shipped by the vendor, the card and a small homemade item mailed yesterday. The Monday-Tuesday stowstorm was a delaying factor. Therefore, I felt free to finally open my Quonsmas gift and will post a separate thank you.
posted by theora55 at 11:47 AM on December 6

I got a book from tigermoth. Suzanne McConnell and Kurt Vonnegut's Pity The Reader, very much my jam. This perfectly fits my details, including the note about the color of the book jacket (book jackets are not subject to color prohibitions). Thank you so much, tigermoth! I'm looking forward to reading it.

I'm terrible at effusive thank you's, but I genuinely value and am touched by the thought and care that has gone in to every quonsmas gift I've ever gotten, including this one. Quonsmas, qounzers, quonczars, quonsees, and elves are the fishpants ever!
posted by theora55 at 11:58 AM on December 6

I have been having SUCH a bad week. I've had Death Cough for over two weeks, which has been getting worse and worse. I've had absolutely zero energy. I've had over 90 papers that I haven't been able to brain hard enough to grade, have run out of half my classes while teaching to hack up a lung in the washroom, and have had to deal with academic dishonesty right at the end of the semester. My boss, with whom I have a great working relationship, suddenly got a job at another college and is leaving abruptly. And I wasn't drawn in the Fringe Festival lottery.

That is to say, I *really* needed a good Quonsing. And I have received it!

Thank you so much to Kevin Street, who somehow managed to discern that one of my/my husband's very favourite games to play is Codenames, and that we have a dearth of two-player games to play at home, and found the perfect match with Codenames: Duet! I'm delighted, and as soon as I recover and grade these papers (and finals), I will be overjoyed to play it.
posted by ilana at 1:36 PM on December 6 [1 favorite]

A giant Thank you to mostly vowels for the perfect gift of crunchy local snacks (saving to share with my nephew who also loves salty crunchy snacks) and many tiny delightful stickers from their own personal stash!!! Very exciting! Some of these will end up on some card club and holiday swap cards, and others on cookie exchange packages.

Thanks so much also to both the new and previous quonsmas organizers, I appreciate the time and effort it takes to wrangle everyone.
posted by tangaroo at 1:59 PM on December 6 [1 favorite]

I took the day off, it being my 50th birthday today, and my wife and I just came home from seeing Knives Out, which was excellent and also for some reason had a couple of scenes filmed in my town that I didn't know about. I'm in a movie, enjoying myself and... hey, there's my train station! I live in a dumb little suburb known for its malls and its army research lab, they don't usually film stuff here.

There was some mail waiting for me, two packages from my secret Quonsar, a Mr. DigDoug, who if you're playing along at home you'll recall was my SQ recipient a couple of years back.

Mr. D. sent me a couple of things his home town is known for, a graphic biography of Mohamed Ali, and a couple of wood billets from the Louisville Slugger factory! I have a used lathe waiting for me at a friend's house, I just have to go pick it up, so one of these days these billets will either become baseball bats or toothpicks, depending on how skilled I am when I turn them. I will probably wait until I'm skilled enough to make bats. I already have toothpicks.

Thank you, DigDoug! These are some super thoughtful gifts and I hope to one day do these billets proud! Maybe next year my Quonsee will be a baseball fan...
posted by bondcliff at 2:28 PM on December 6 [4 favorites]

I have been thoroughly and wonderfully quonsed by the amazing bunnysquirrel! They sent me an absolutely adorable book cover that I'm looking forward to using on all the books that just get thrown willy-nilly in my totebag (made by a local-to-them artist), and their favorite game (Quiddler), which I see is made by the same group that makes one of *my* favorite games (Set), which I am excited to play as soon as I am done with school in SEVEN DAYS. And everything was wrapped in orange, my favorite color! And there was a card with a lovely message! Thank you, bunnysquirrel, for making my fourth quonsar an amazing one.
posted by okayokayigive at 2:44 PM on December 6 [2 favorites]

It's been a pretty snowy week here in Northern New England. My evening commute was kind of a mess today, so it was very nice to get safely home and find my wonderful Quonsmas gifts from lydhre (consisting of some yummy snacks and a book that's been on my to-read list that I hadn't gotten around to buying yet).

Thanks so much for a delightful quonsing lydhre, and a merry quonsmas to all!
posted by OntologicalPuppy at 2:48 PM on December 6

I've just opened the most delightful package full of quonsmas cheer from MysticMCJ! I received a book full of most excellent puns from Frida Clements, truly the master of animal puns of our time (LOVE all her work); chip bag clips that look like actual chips (!); a very cool feminist button; a spoon in the shape of an ostrich that will be taking up immediate residence in my sugar canister for my morning tea to make me smile every morning; a beautiful magnet in the shape of one of my favorite creatures, the hummingbird; and an incredibly thoughtful and sweet note contained within a beautiful letterpress card with another hummingbird, specifically an Anna's hummingbird, which is the type of hummingbird local to my area and that I see at my feeder most mornings while making my aforementioned tea. MysticMCJ, thank you so much - this was absolute perfection for me and I appreciate all the detail and thought you put into this amazingly on-point gift. Thank you!!

And I just saw my recipient stardustbunny's post as well - yay! So glad you enjoyed everything!

I love quonsmas. Thank you organizers and everyone who participates in this tradition of merriment!!
posted by hansbrough at 5:02 PM on December 6 [1 favorite]

I’m so excited that a candy-cane wrapped package from soakimbo arrived - I’m waiting til my apartment is tidier and more welcoming of a surprise before opening it, but am gleeful it is here!
posted by beccasaurus at 5:33 PM on December 6

Big thanks to XtineHutch for the 6-button Sega Genesis Mini controller she sent me. Now I can play games like Street Fighter II and Comix Zone with the correct number of buttons! It's going to be a fun holiday vacation for sure this year.
posted by Servo5678 at 6:37 PM on December 6

For those who are on Instagram, check out or follow #secretquonsar and post your pictures there too! If you're so inclined. One of the few highly specific hashtags I follow that doesn't collect other mysterious cruft that I wasn't looking for (#metafilter, I'm looking at you.)
posted by Secretariat at 7:00 PM on December 6 [1 favorite]

I came home today to a package that contained a box wrapped in cat wrapping paper, and inside was a charming card, a set of delightful rubber stamps of woodland plants and animals, an "I love Bangor" button, and a beautiful canvas bag with a Maine-themed graphic that is definitely going to become my D&D dice bag now. Thank you so much, Vectorcon Systems, for a wonderful Quonsmas gift! I love it all!
posted by capricorn at 7:07 PM on December 6

tangaroo I'm so glad the box arrived!!

Thank you PearlRose so much for the pencils and candles! Love the cedar-scented candles, you totally aced the woodsy/vaguely masculine/wintry smell aesthetic I've been channeling this year, and I am looking forward to adding the pencils to my stash (especially the snail ones, one of my top 5 animals!)

Happy Quonsmas to all!
posted by mostly vowels at 7:07 PM on December 6 [1 favorite]

First of all I am so glad you love your gifts kimberussel and I am having a good chortle over the O'henry-ness of the sunflower serendipity! I hope the cilantro seeds sprout in spring for you, and that I didn't overstep with the make-up. I wear it so seldom but when I used to- that mascara was the bomb.

Now, as some of you may be aware, I've had a bit of a week. So to come home yesterday to a big non-descript package from Arkansas was just about the best thing ever. And what a haul! The wonderful box really nailed it too! I got a wonderfully quirky t-shirt from a local Little Rock artist, a cool heart sticker, a cute pencil, a book about Lucy, my favorite pre-neanderthal hominoid, and an awesome little skull planter! The planter itself has no drainage so I'm going to have to be creative with what I put in there. I'm thinking for now I'm going to use it as a vessel for damp sphagnum moss to try and sprout one of my tea seeds. (Camellia sinensis) This was an amazing haul and now I know my next bus read for the non-fiction club XD
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 7:21 PM on December 6 [5 favorites]

I didn't realize I was supposed to post to say I mailed my gift! But! I mailed it on Dec 2 and my quonsee should have it soon.

Also, I was most wonderfully quonsed by kbar1, who sent me one of my most favorite luxuries, a gift box from LUSH with an iridescent glittery body wash and an amazing smelling soap. Thank you so much for the joy and the perfect self-care items, and have a beautiful holiday!!
posted by fairlynearlyready at 7:32 PM on December 6 [1 favorite]

Merry Quons to me, I got tea! Granville tea that tastes of dessert. Thank you Orange Pamplemousse, your name is two of my favorite things.
posted by Freyja at 7:35 PM on December 6 [1 favorite]

I have received a delightful gift from halcyonday!

The crocheted monkey they sent me some years back is still very much in the custody of the small child.
The packaging (a box with don't panic on it in large friendly letters) is still prominently displayed on my book shelf.

But this year their gift will not be co-opted by a child. It will be eaten om no nom.

They have correctly divined my love of sausages, and have sent me a tremendously exciting kit with which to make my own giant cumberland sausage!
It's basically what if ballon animals, but then you could eat them! Which I will.
None for the crows, all for me!

I'm very excited to make some sausages!!!
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 5:34 AM on December 7 [7 favorites]

There was a soggy yellow envelope waiting for me when I got home last night, and inside was a Quonsmas surprise for me! Thank you DrMew for the lovely puerh tea cake! I drink tea daily and this will certainly find a place in my rotation. Can't wait to try it! A very joyous Quonsmas to all!
posted by amelliferae at 9:29 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]

Thank you, unreasonable, for the charming handmade book, pocket calipers, and local paper.
posted by janell at 9:52 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]

OK I need to apologize for being very delinquent on sending my gift but now it is OUT the DOOR with a delivery date of Dec. 10. I am so sorry, but I will note that my whole family got the stomach flu over Thanksgiving and all the best laid plans were waylaid.

Someone who was NOT a delinquonsar is okayokayigive, who sent me a nicely funky soap and flowerly planner stickers and cool paperweight-like thumbtacks. Thank you!!
posted by jeoc at 9:56 AM on December 7

I received such perfect gifts!! Thank you notes and postcards for book lovers (both beautiful!) and a pink rope for my Jamie pup. Thank you so much chura chura! I love it all!
posted by bookworm4125 at 10:00 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]

Hooray! Happy Quonsmas to you and yours!
posted by ChuraChura at 11:52 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]

Arg!! Amazon says my gifts were delivered this past Monday but no word from my quonsee! I usually shop locally and then wrap and ship a gift but I just ran out of time and energy this year. I hope Amazon didn’t screw it up!
posted by Weeping_angel at 11:59 AM on December 7

THANK YOU invokeuse!!

You really hit the nail on the head, there were sounds emitted that I may or may not admit to.

I have never heard of this type of tea before (Assam Monipur), but it smells amazing, so I think the shop assistant did great by your choice. The cat stickers are just the best, and the buttons already have homes on my work backpack.

THANK YOU again!
posted by RhysPenbras at 12:25 PM on December 7 [2 favorites]

I was delighted to open a box full of delicious jams and "sprankles" as well as "The Rogues Game" - what seems like it will be an exciting and unusual novel, and seems to be very much the sort of thing I'll enjoy but would have never found on my own.

The jams though - Oh my. We immediately dug into both of them, a Strawberry rhubarb as well as a peach cobbler jam. Strawberry rhubarb is one of my favorite flavor combinations, and I seem to always forget that until I have it again - this jam is perhaps the best one I've had ever, and I do NOT say that lightly. The peach cobbler jam is also excellent. And the "sprankles" - a secret blend of sprinkles and other goodies - are going to make their way into every breakfast we have for a while, I think.

Thank you epj, for putting together such a good package! Winter and the holidays in general is always a hard time for me, and SQ is one of the things I really look forward to - Thanks for ensuring it was a great one.
posted by MysticMCJ at 12:32 PM on December 7 [2 favorites]

MysticMCJ, thank you so much for the positive Quons feedback, especially on the jams!! A friend made them, and I will pass your praise on! So happy you’re happy!
posted by epj at 12:48 PM on December 7

I'm so glad you like the gifts, RhysPenbras! I had a lot of fun picking things out for you.

And it's now my turn to thank NorthernLite for their gifts! I have a ton of grading to do in the next few days, so the chocolate will definitely help that - and I hope I can use some of the stickers you sent along, too (but, uh, that one might be up to how the students do). I'm excited to try out the spa stuff, too!

Thanks for a happy Quonsmas, y'all.
posted by invokeuse at 12:57 PM on December 7 [2 favorites] was delivered Wednesday. Hoping it arrived into the right hands.
posted by dbmcd at 1:09 PM on December 7

Holy cow, I have been quonsed, and most excellently, too! Dear twicketface, thank you so, so, so much for my serious haul of Wisconsin CHEESE!!! My daughters were watching me unbox your gift almost as eagerly as I, and as I pulled out slab after slab they couldn’t believe there was still MORE. Including a new one I’ve never heard of and can’t wait to try. I am having a big party on Saturday and I can’t wait to put them all out and tell everyone they’re from the internet :)))

Thank you again so much - what a treat! Happy Quonsmas!!
posted by widdershins at 2:08 PM on December 7

Not_the_water, thank you so much for an epic quonsing! I received a great old bound compilation of some Harpers Magazines from 1891, a book about trails and humans and nature, which looks fascinating, and some goat’s milk soap that smells heavenly, plus two little salt scrubs that will be perfect for the winter. I am so happy! I put a couple of photos here on Instagram .
posted by PussKillian at 2:28 PM on December 7

So glad you liked them, okayokayigive! I also love Set, and I'm glad I didn't end up sending you a duplicate game. Best of luck in your last week of school! :)

My thanks go to fairlynearlyready, who really hit the mark with supplies for three! of my hobbies, an inspiring list of her plans for the festive season, AND a hand-poured candle made with positive intentions just for me, which I will save to burn on solstice in lieu of a yule log. <3

A very merry quonsmas to everyone!
posted by bunnysquirrel at 2:37 PM on December 7 [3 favorites]

yasaman is a genius! Thank you deeply for such a thoughtful and welcome gift. So many kinds of chocolate with stuff I have never seen before. Friends, did you know that there was vanilla salt?? That’s in dark chocolate with figs. Milk chocolate with nougat and honey and diamond salt from Cashmere! Dark chocolate with shortbread and Guerande sea salt! There was also an assortment of Hachez chocolates of different origins and percentages. As if that weren’t decadent enough, she added two Korean face masks... the day after I’d considered buying that exact kind for myself and decided to wait until after the holidays. The postcard from Istanbul was also a treat but I will refrain from eating it. It was all wrapped in individual little vintage xmas design packets that I carefully opened so I could reuse them and also look cool :)

Thank you to everyone who puts in the work to make this possible every year!!
posted by mrcrow at 3:29 PM on December 7 [2 favorites]

Yay, glad you like it, mrcrow! :D I always get a kick out of fancy chocolates, and Dolfin makes some of my favorite ridiculous decadent chocolate. Hope you enjoy treating yourself with the face masks and the chocolate, possibly at the same time...?? Up to you! The point is, treat yourself! :D
posted by yasaman at 4:36 PM on December 7

I wish there was video of me opening my Quonsmas gift. ("Oooh myyy gaaawwd," I squealed.)

Amelliferae had sent a note earlier that she'd found something relevant to my interests.

And people, yes, it is a piece of art featuring "The Good Place's" Eleanor and Michael standing in front of her house. Googling reveals it is by a gentleman who creates small fan art pieces in oils.

(BTW Fun fact, Amelliferae, Kristen Bell grew up in a house a few miles from where I lived for a long time.)

Anyway, this week was not without stress. So how great to end it with such a cute gift!

Amelliferae is going to The Good Place!
posted by NorthernLite at 5:18 PM on December 7 [2 favorites]

Sarcasticah sent me the most amazing smelling coffee (seriously, I’m not kidding how good it smells) and some delicious spicy honey that I ate on homemade biscuits and almost died with joy. Thank you!
posted by not_the_water at 6:15 PM on December 7 [1 favorite]

A big thanks to skycrashesdown, a book, candy, calendar, what else could I ask for! This is a joyful quonsar season indeed
posted by waviolet at 6:30 PM on December 7 [1 favorite]

Matildatakesovertheworld, well played! I am still smiling at the goopy putty being and making out a grocery list to try some of Snoop’s favorite recipes ( the jerk chicken will be the first). Thank you so much and I am very glad you had fun too!
posted by ZenMajek at 6:53 PM on December 7

Thank you to EmpressCallipygos for a very cool NYC cookbook (by the recently and too-soon departed Molly O'Neill) featuring recipes and culinary history from a mixture of gourmet restaurants, local fixtures, and neighborhood chefs!
posted by jedicus at 7:05 PM on December 7


That was from me!
I am so glad you like it!
Joyful Quonsmas!
posted by Mister Moofoo at 7:23 PM on December 7 [1 favorite]

Update! You guys!! I hadn't realized I actually received another package - it came earlier and I had a tidying flurry due to visiting family earlier this week and shoved the envelope in a closet and just now realized it was a SQ. MysticMCJ has ALSO given me a wonderful book on creativity that I have wanted very much since I first learned of its existence. Thank you MysticMCJ for the quons that keeps on quonsing!!!
posted by hansbrough at 8:38 PM on December 7

I have a missed delivery slip for a package that I am 99% sure is from my quonsar, but I need to make sure that one of my housemates will be around to receive before I reschedule the delivery. Will do that ASAP and report back.

Meanwhile, the main part of my gift should arrive at its destination on Monday.
posted by ActionPopulated at 8:42 PM on December 7

Thank you so much to my wonderful secret quonsar Mrs. Rattery! Your lovely note warmed my heart as much as the beautiful gifts. I am absolutely in love with the bird, Bug and home. What a nice thing to come home to this evening. I love this tradition and this community!
posted by queensissy at 9:50 PM on December 7

Aw, bunnysquirrel, I'm so glad you liked everything! I had a lot of fun putting your package together. :) Happy quonsmas and a happy new year!
posted by fairlynearlyready at 11:03 PM on December 7 [1 favorite]

I came home yesterday to a very thoughtful package from my Quonsar LeftMyHeartInSanFrancisco yesterday. It contained some toys and treats for my cat Max, some delicious chocolates, and some handwritten recipes which were a really nice touch. I'm looking forward to trying the recipes.

Max was especially pleased and immediately started attacking one of the adorable cat nip toys. Pictures here. Thank you so much it was a really thoughtful package and it made my day!
posted by SpaceWarp13 at 4:53 AM on December 8

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