Thursday, October 17, 2013

Coming Monday: A Handmade Christmas Exchange

Okay friends... the next exchange is coming.  If you didn't read yesterday's post, go read it to find out why this exchange is a little different from the last two. 

I am feeling like I am finally getting this whole exchange thing down.  Thankfully, there have been very few kinks in the road, but I have definitely learned a few lessons that will help me make this exchange the best one yet!

So are you ready to hear what the next exchange is???

Okay I'll tell you, but before I do please promise to read this whole post until the end


The theme of this exchange is "A Handmade Christmas" but it does not have to be handmade by you. Keep reading.

Last year I really wanted a gift that I could make for all my close friends, neighbors, the kids' teachers, extended family members... you get the idea. I had about 30 people on the list and I didn't want to break the bank. So I searched Pinterest until I found something I loved: homemade vanilla extract. I bought some pretty little jars, made a cute label, and looked like an alcoholic buying a case of the cheapest vodka I could find.  Then I packed it all up along with a lemon, a sprig of rosemary, and directions for simmering it all together to make the most fabulous home fragrance ever.  It was a big hit.

And that's the inspiration behind this exchange: an affordable handmade item that can be duplicated {by making it or ordering it} for an inexpensive gift.

So here are the two options:

MAKE IT YOURSELF
Make something that you think your receiver could duplicate, and include simple instructions for duplication.

ORDER IT YOURSELF
Order a handmade item that your receiver could also order, and include the information on why you chose this item and where they can purchase it themselves.

I have once again created a Pinterest board to help you get started brainstorming.  You can find it here.

Now, please KEEP READING.  I'm about to give you the nitty-gritty, the 411, the low down.

PLEASE ONLY SIGN UP IF YOU PROMISE, CROSS-YOU-HEART-HOPE-TO-DIE, PINKY SWEAR ON YOUR MOM'S LIFE THAT YOU WILL PARTICIPATE AND GET YOUR PACKAGE OUT ON TIME.
I have had a handful of people from the Hoop & Garland Exchanges that never received their gift.  It's such a bummer for someone to have excitedly sent out their package and never get one in return.  I'm sure its possible that some were lost in the mail.  I also think some were never sent.  And that sucks.  I am giving you three weeks for this exchange, so there is no excuse for getting it out late.  When you don't send it out on time people think they are not getting anything, and then they email me, and then I have to hunt you down, and then you have to come up with some lame excuse like "my dog ate it"... and it's a whole hullabaoo.  If you sign up send your package out and send it out on time.  It's that simple.

UNFORTUNATELY I CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT IF YOU SIGN UP AND SEND A PACKAGE, YOU WILL GET ONE IN RETURN.
I am just the middle man, and sadly there is not much that I can do if you don't get a package.  There is a good possibility that I will be out of town getting a baby at the conclusion of this exchange, so I cannot promise that I will be able to contact senders or try to get new packages sent to you.  That's just the sad truth.  So if you will be devastated if you get gypped and send me hate mail... please don't sign up.

LET'S REMEMBER OUR MANNERS, AND KEEP IN MIND THAT THE END GOAL FOR THIS EXCHANGE IS TO BRING A BABY HOME TO A WAITING FAMILY.
I was SO, SO sad to learn that some nasty emails were sent over the Garland exchange.  Apparently some feathers were ruffled when someone didn't get a prompt thank you for the garland she sent.  So here are a few reminders from my Girl Scout days: Be kind.  Say thank you.  Give generously and without expectation.  If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.  And if you don't include contact information with your package, it is very difficult for your partner to thank you.  {That one isn't from Girl Scouts... that's from me.}

Okay, enough of the Debbie Downer details.  Are you excited???  Then go sign up here, starting this Monday! 

2 comments:

  1. Just HAD to comment. Amen, sister! Sad that you have to put proper etiquette in this post, but hey, what's the world coming to?
    SO moved in a GREAT way by you and your glorious actions. HE is working through you in BIG, big ways! : )

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  2. Just have to say you lesson on etiquette made my day!! Sad you had to post it... but it made me laugh. Thanks for doing these, I loved the garland exchange so very much and can't wait for this one. I think I have become and addict for exchanges. LOL Praying this is as successful or more than the garland one for this family! You are awesome!

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