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This thread is a place for people to find game stores in their target's country. Please, retailers only* post in this thread, and post only once; periodically I will update this post with the list of retailers, organized by country, with links to the BGG user, the store's web site, and their post in this thread.

Note to participating retailers: last year, 1300 people participated in BGG's Secret Santa program. Why not send Aldie a small donation for his part in this?

* OK, if you're not a retailer, but you want to be responsible for your favorite retailer's information, you can post too. Include any instructions for anonymous shipping, discount codes, etc.

Other resources

- Last year's list of BGG Secret Santa retailers
- 1000rpm's The Good, the Bad, and the OLGS: Rate the Online Game Stores - Europe Edition, based on helioa's list of the best European online shops from last year
- BaSL's FLGS of the World - A List of Game Store Advice on BGG

A cautionary tale about international ordering

silk wrote:
Could you please add one hint about international gifts to the front page?
Last year my Santa from the US ordered me a gift from an USA online shop. The shipping was done by the online shop.
By doing this it became very expansive for both of us.

Santa spent 150$ for game and shipping.
I spent another 80$ for customs.

The game would have been available at nearly all german online retailers for roughly 40$.
The problem is:
When a shop sends me a package it is as if I had ordered it. For customs not only the game price but also the shipping costs are regarded.

Solution:
1. Use shops in the "trading zone" of the target (USA, EU)
or
2. Santa buys it and sends it as a gift. Then there are no customs. Shops aren't allowed to send gifts.

I know my Santa wanted only make me huge present (and spent way too much money in my
opinion). Unfortunatly it backfired and I had to pay for my gift as well.


USA     (Well, look, Tom had this first in last year's list.)

CLS Games - www.clsgames.com - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, target want-list reviews (see post)

Tyche's Games - www.tychesgames.com - link to post

Boulder Games - www.bouldergames.com - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message, double candy, $5 coupon in box

Wargame Depot - www.wargamedepot.com - link to post
Anonymous (see instructions in post)

Best Dang Games - http://www.bestdanggames.com/bogagesesasp.html - [article=4147153]link to post[/article]
Gift-wrapped, custom message

Boards & Bits - www.boardsandbits.com - link to post
Anonymous, custom message, 5% gift certificate for sender (see instructions in post)

Get Your Fun On - www.getyourfunon.com - link to post, other post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message, something extra in the box, 5% donation back to BGG

Funagain - www.funagain.com -
Anonymous

Time Well Spent Games - www.timewellspentgames.com - link to post
Anonymous, custom message

Griffin's Toy Chest - www.griffinstoychest.com - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message (see post for instructions)

Rogues Gallery - www.roguesgallerytx.com - link to post
Gift-wrapped, will hold in store for targets in Austin, 5% donated to BGG

Australia

Mind Games - www.mindgamesalbury.com - link to post

Unhalfbricking Games - www.unhalfbricking.com - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, maybe hand delivery to targets in Melbourne

All About Games - www.allaboutgames.com.au - link to post
Gift-wrapped, 10% off, sender & target get 10% off next order (code: BGG-Santa)

Caterpillar Games - www.caterpillargames.com.au - link to post
Gift-wrapped

See also EndersGame's post about his comprehensive list of 18 online Australian retailers.

Belgium

...is right next door to France.

Brazil

Some users who may be able to help you are here and here. See also nsolitander's post here.

Canada

Starlit Citadel - www.starlitcitadel.com - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message

HIT Board Games - www.hitboardgames.com - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message

Fun Games Cafe - www.fungamescafe.com - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message

German Boardgame Company - www.germangames.com - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message

Espace Jeux - espacejeux.canalblog.com (in French) - link to post

Craving for a Game - www.cravingforagame.ca - link to post
Gift-wrapped (see post for instructions)

J&J Superstore - www.jjcards.com - link to post

baconcow's Canadian Online Board Game Retailer List - Price Comparison - 2009

Denmark

Fantask - www.fantask.dk (in Danish?) - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message, but see post for instructions

Finland

lautapelit.fi - www.lautapelit.fi - (in Finnish?, English) - link to post

Fantasiapelit - www.fantasiapelit.com (in Finnish, partial English) - link to post

France

Ludibay - www.ludibay.net (in French, partial English) - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message, €5 coupon in box, €5 discount (code: BGGSANTA2009)

Germany

Magierspiele.de - www.magierspiele.de (in German) - link to post
(See comments in post)

CosimShop - www.cosimshop.de (in German) - link to post
Anonymous, custom message, candy or chocolate in the box, 5% discount donated to BGG (see post for instructions)

Spiele-Offensive.de - www.spiele-offensive.de (in German) - link to post
Anonymous, free shipping in Germany (see post for instructions)

gruescher also suggested www.amazon.de?tag=article-geekdo07-21 here

See also Torquato's post here

Greece

Yiannis Avramandis - link to post

Hungary

Compaya - www.compaya.hu (in Hungarian, but see post) - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message, free shipping in Hungary

Indonesia

Timewalk - http://www.facebook.com/timewalkers - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message

See also greatredwarrior's post here

The Netherlands

The Summoner - www.summoner.nl (in... Dutch?) - link to post

Gezelschapsspellen - www.gezelschapsspellen.com (in... Dutch?) - link to post
Gift-wrapped, 5% discount (code: SantaBGG)

New Zealand

Mainly Toys, Auckland - mainlytoys@educationalexperience.co.nz - link to post

Seriously Board - www.seriouslyboard.co.nz - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message, 10% off, target gets 6% off next purchase (code: SANTA)

Norway

See toreengeland's post here

Poland

See a2na's post here and markoo's post following it

Portugal

Loot - www.loot.pt (in Portuguese, English) - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message, Secret Santa sticker, 5% credit

See also Planeton Games under Spain, as apparently they have the same shipping rates to Portugal.

Russia

Triominos.ru (?) - www.trigra.ru (Russian) - link to post

See also trn_dsn's post [article=4228624]here[/article]

Singapore

Board Game Lifestyle - www.boardgamelifestyle.com - link to post

South Africa

See kaytel's post here.

Spain

Planeton Games - www.planetongames.com - link to post
Gift-wrapped

Switzerland

See horus83's post here.

Taiwan

Dolphin Boardgamer - www.boardgamer.org (partial English) - link to post

United Kingdom

Shire Games - www.shiregames.com - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message, BGG Secret Santa labels on gifts & box, free shipping to members of the Shire Gamers guild

BoardGameGuru - www.boardgameguru.co.uk - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message, BGG marketplace, maybe free shipping to targets in London

Brascogames - www.brascogames.webs.com - link to post
Gift-wrapped, free worldwide air mail shipping (code: SSTV)

Green Knight Games - www.greenknightgames.co.uk - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message

The Games Player - www.thegamesplayer.co.uk - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message

Infinity Games UK - http://www.iguk.co.uk/bgg.aspx - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message, free UK shipping

Chimera - www.chimeraccg.co.uk - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message, free delivery within 5 miles of either of their stores

Dicebay - www.dicebay.co.uk - link to post
Gift-wrapped, custom message, 1 GG to Santa, see note about PayPal or Google payment

Land of Games - www.land-of-games.co.uk - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message, photos of the wrapping process

Heron Games - www.herongames.com - link to post
Anonymous, gift-wrapped, custom message
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Woohoo!

As we have done every year, Shire Games will be more than happy to help out any struggling Santas.

We're based in the UK, so drop us a line if your victim target is over here.


Anyone who orders their Secret Santa gift(s) through us will get the following:

- Everything in the package will be completely anonymous, so your identity is safe.

- The gift(s) will be individually wrapped in posh Christmas wrapping paper

- Personalized anonymous message from Santa can be included, if required

- "From your BGG Secret Santa" labels on the gift(s)

- "BGG Secret Santa" address label on the outer box.

- Finally, if your target happens to be local to us (check to see if they are a member of the "Shire Gamers" guild, then there'll be no need to pay shipping ... we can hand it over! (Still wrapped, of course).


Plus ... New for 2010 ...

- Every Secret Santa order will come with a free "Decision Dice"* to help your target decide who goes first in their new game(s)

- And all Secret Santa orders over £50 will not only get free UK shipping, but their target will receive a free copy of either Ice Flow or Fagin's Gang**!


Have fun, everyone!




N.



* = While stocks last, but we think we have enough!

** = We will choose which one based on stock, but promise to do a little research to see if your target already has one, or may favour one over the other

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For the Netherlands you can also order from www.summoner.nl
Good selection, nice prices
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kuhrusty wrote:

Other resources

- helioa's list of the best European online shops from last year.

I took that information to create this geeklist, which is probably now more up to date as people have added more stores and the ones that have closed have been removed:
The Good, the Bad, and the OLGS: Rate the Online Game Stores - Europe Edition
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Hi from Greece

I could sent Secret Santa gifts all over Europe.

The gifts would be wrapped as presents.

My list of english games.

My list of greek games

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Hi,

Count us in, please: www.loot.pt

We're located in Portugal and this are our special SS features:

- Cheap postage prices for Portugal and Spain;
- We'll charge nothing in postage for packages to be delivered in Lisbon;
- anonymous packaged delivered with a special Secret Santa sticker in it;
- Christmas wrap inside the package;
- addition of a message card, should the giver desire it;
- 5% credit on the giver's account for all purchases;

Thank you.
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In Auckland, NZ, people can contact Dianne at Mainly Toys, via email:
mainlytoys@educationalexperience.co.nz
She's a class act who supports local gaming with discounts and prize raffles.
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As always Starlit Citadel is in as a retailer as well for any Canadian sales. As always; we'll send the gift(s) anonymously with full gift wrapping and a note if required.
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For Australia:

www.mindgamesalbury.com

or

www.mindgamescanberra.com

are happy to help out.
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The cheapest in the Netherlands. If not, sent an email and the price WILL be adjusted!

www.Gezelschapsspellen.com


5% Discount for participators (enter code SantaBGG)
FREE gift wrap!
If your game is not online please contact us, we probably will be able to find it!

Languages available English French and Dutch
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I guess for Finland there's

www.lautapelit.fi

and

www.fantasiapelit.fi

I believe that on average lautapelit.fi might be a bit cheaper, but dunno with shipping. Also, lautapelit.fi has a better English version of their website.

Edited to add:
Uuh, I'm unsure if I'm "allowed" to list any stores here, but figured I'd put in the two stores in Finland that I know about. I'm in no way affiliated with either of these, and I dunno if they have any special Secret Santa offers or anything like that. Should I ask them about this?
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www.boardgameguru.co.uk

Hi i'm owner of the store and we would love to participate again:-

- All games will be wrapped in christmas paper
- All games will be sent with a free copy of Counter Magazine
- Games will be sent anonymously, with a message if the secret santa wants to add it.
- Each parcel will be identifiable as from a 'Geek secret santa
- We ship to Uk and countries in the European Union
- If the recipient lives in London (UK) it is possible that there may be free delivery

If you would like the 'Geek to make a commission on each sale i also sell games (over 700) on the 'Geek Market place.

When placing an order at my store please note it as BGG Secret Santa in the checkout 'Any Special Instructions field'. If purchasing through the market place just drop me a Geek mail with your recipients details.

Paul Lister
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BrascoGames - http://www.brascogames.webs.com/London UK

I offer: free worldwide air mail shipping gift wrapped for everyone participating at Secret Santa 2009,just mention code SSTV - offer ends December 8 2009. Contact email valid only for Secret Santa Tom Vasel : Brascogames@aol.com




regards
Nello Cozzolino
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Once again Unhalfbricking Games is keen to join in. I gift wrap & send anonymously (i.e sent from BGG Secret Santa). Most games in Melbourne could probably be delivered by hand. I'll let you know if yours is one fo these.

I'm happy to receive PayPal payments from overseas buyers for Australian/New Zealand recipients, but cannot do credit cards this way, sorry.

Julian
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Green Knight Games in the UK are delighted to be involved again. We will gift-wrap, pop in a small 'From your BGG Secret Santa' and send anonymously. We'll also write any special messages, if requested. We also try to determine that the gift has arrived (where possible). Gift givers need only indicate that it’s for a BGG Secret Santa in the ‘Reason for buying’ field on our website.

www.greenknightgames.co.uk
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It's a BGG Games Playing Christmas!!!

from The Games Player in the UK

www.thegamesplayer.co.uk

Games wrapped in Christmas paper with your special messages
and all completely anonymous.
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We would be happy to help.

We are located in Canada:

www.hitboardgames.com

-Please remember in your purchase notes to add any special instructions including any notes etc.. that you want shipped with your gifts.

-Indicate as well that it is a Geek Secret Santa gift.



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FunGamesCafe.com in Canada will participate again this year as we have for that last few years. We will gift-wrap and leave a note for free and keep the order anonymous, just leave a note for us with special instructions.

Looking forward to a Merry Christmas!
--Paul
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Based in New Zealand, SeriouslyBoard are excited to offer their services for the BGG Secret Santa.

We will deliver to any address in New Zealand nationwide within 3 business days, so as long as you order by December 20th, we can guarantee that your target will receive his/her gift(s) in time for the big day!

If we don't currently stock what you're looking for, just send me an email at: david@seriouslyboard.co.nz, and I'll see what I can do!

http://seriouslyboard.co.nz/

What's in it for you, Santa?

As the giver, you'll receive 10% off all the games you purchase excluding freight.

You'll also get a receipt sent to you and the opportunity to provide an anonymous note to your target.

What's in it for your target?

Your target will receive their gift(s), wrapped in seasonal wrapping paper.

They'll also get an anonymous note from Santa, and a 6% discount for their next purchase.

http://seriouslyboard.co.nz/

Just use the word 'SANTA' as a coupon code! thumbsup
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All About Games proudly supports Secret Santa 2009
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http://allaboutgames.com.au in Australia will be delighted to participate in this years Secret Santa program.

We will deliver to any address in Australia within 5 working days. Let us know if you need shipping to somewhere unusual and we can give you a quote.

We will be offering a gift wrapping service as well.

All About Games is the new kid on the block in Australia. So we are prepared to give you 10% off your Secret Santa order, along with an additional 10% coupon for both you and your gift receiver. Quote BGG-Santa as a coupon code and after your order is placed we will send your code by email.

We also offer free delivery on orders over $100 (delivered inside Australia).

As we are still getting all the products we offer online ... if you are after something and can't find the item then send us an email at mailto://sales@allaboutgames.com.au and we will add it ASAP. We can also source and buy in games we don't currently have in stock ... but please allow an extra week for shipping ... just in case .

Please let us know that you are participating in the Secret Santa program in the notes when you place your order.

We look forward to helping brighten someone's day

nb: All About Games is run by gamers with the goal to help support the gaming community and gamers.



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www.planetongames.com is ready for Secret Santa 2009 (Portugal & Spain)
www.planetongames.com in Spain, and as we did for the last two years will be honoured to participate again in this years Secret Santa.

We will deliver to any address in Spain and Portugal within 24 hours, gift wrapping service is included if requested (not extra cost), nice prices, good service

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Thank you Rusty for arranging such a great event,

For gifts to be sent to Indonesia, Timewalk may be able to help you to reduce shipping costs & high custom taxes.

We are based in Surabaya, Indonesia.
We have over 300 games in our collection, especially the top games.

We'll help you make your package anonymous, wrapped in Christmas paper, sent with a minimum S&H charge to anywhere in Indonesia. You are welcome to add your personalized message and other tidbits you'd like to give.

Enjoy the season of giving, guys..
Thank you,

Eric Pramono
http://www.facebook.com/timewalkers
(for the list of games: please e-mail me at epramono at gmail dot com)
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FANTASK in DENMARK will also be happy to participate.

There is a small problem, due to the fact that our orderform does not have a message field, where you could indicate that you were ordering as a Secret Santa. So it is VERY IMPORTANT that you accompany your order, with a mail to marit@fantask.dk where you tell us that you are in fact a Secret Santa (and what you have ordered). Then we will bill you as normal, but ship the item to the happy recipient anonymously.

Sadly, our homepage is not available in English. But with a little help you should be able to order stuff. An article on our website entitled "Dear Secret Santa Customers" will guide you. You can also email us (on the above email adress) if you need help.

Visit our shop at www.fantask.dk

We carry a wide selection of boardgames, cardgames, miniatures, comics etc.
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Greetings from Infinity Games UK (www.iguk.co.uk)

Please see our BGG Secret Santa page (www.iguk.co.uk/bgg.aspx) for details of the service we offer...

• Free UK Shipping
• Christmas wrapping
• Personalized message
• Anonymous if required

All the best and have fun!

Steve
www.iguk.co.uk
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Hello,

Hungary quite small country, and usually only a few participiant... if I remember, last year was about 5 or 6 people - I know all of them personally - so I'm happy to complete your quest, and usually I can help to make your present unique.

I'm offer:
- Free shipping in Hungary
- Free grift wrapping
- keep your identity secretly
- paypal/bank transfer is acceptable
- communications in english.

www.compaya.hu (I'm sorry it's hungarian, but feel free to contact me directly).

PaYa




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