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Handmade Gift Exchange Linky Party

Yay for Friday! I’m so excited to start the Handmade Gift Exchange Gift Linky Party today!

This is my fave part of the gift exchange. I LOVE seeing the amazing gifts you creative crafters make! You are so thoughtful and so talented! I get goose bumps seeing the time and effort you put into your gifts. So thank you for taking a moment to share your pictures!

I know not everyone has received their gifts yet, but that’s ok! This link party will be open until July 31, 2013. So plenty of time to link up!

handmade gift exchange

Why do I do the Handmade Gift Exchange?

Well, you see, I have a fascination with pen pals. As a kid, I had several pen pals that I wrote back and forth to and receiving a letter from them was the highlight of my week! I still remember their names. And I guess I just never out grew this obsession and so I started the Handmade Gift Exchange 3 months after starting the Craftaholics Anonymous® blog. I thought it would be so fun to have a “Crafty Pen Pal” of sorts. That first exchange had a whopping 30 participants! But I was hooked! I won’t lie, playing match maker and lining up people is pretty fun too! To this day, my favorite emails are the ones that gush over the new crafty friend they made through the Handmade Gift Exchange and how they have continued their friendship beyond the exchange. Love those!

I sincerely enjoy hosting the exchange and look forward to it. Although it does take a lot of my time. Davis thinks I’m crazy to organize such a large online gift exchange twice a year….but I just gently remind him I’m a craftaholic and I love it! I am passionate about helping crafters meet crafters from the other side of the country, to the other side of the world.


  1. This linky party is for Handmade Gift Exchange Summer 2013 Participants ONLY{all other links will be deleted!}
  2. Please show off the handmade gift you made and/or the handmade gift you received in the Summer 2013 Handmade Gift Exchange.
  3. The linky party ends July 31, 2013{There’s plenty of time to link up if you haven’t received your gift yet!!}
  4. If you want a Handmade Gift Exchange button for your post, the code is at the bottom of my sidebar.

Flickr Group

For those who do not have a blog, please upload your pictures to the Handmade Gift Exchange Flickr group. Then link up your Flickr photo{s} to the linky party. {feel free to join BOTH the Linky party and the Flickr party!!}

When is the next Handmade Gift Exchange?

The next Handmade Gift Exchange will start November 1, 2013. Click here if you would like a reminder email when the sign up starts for the Winter 2013 exchange!

Will my gifts be featured?

Yep, I will be featuring the gifts YOU made in upcoming posts!

Summer 2013 Handmade Gift Exchange Link Party

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About Linda@CraftaholicsAnonymous

Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When not crafting, I can be found chasing my 2 small {but very energetic!} boys or playing with my new baby girl. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    Thanks for hosting! That was fun and I look forward to participating again. :)


  2. 2

    Thanks Linda so much for hosting another exchange! I love them so much!

  3. 3
    Kristin says:

    Thank you Linda for all your time and work, this was so much fun! I am looking forward to the next one! I hope everyone receives alot of fun things! Its nice to be pushed out of your comfort zone sometimes to create something for another! :)

  4. 4
    DeeDee says:

    Thanks for hosting again Linda.. I had a fabulous partner and we had a fabulous swap… see you again next time…. :D

  5. 5
    Samantha says:

    Thanks again for hosting! I had a fabulous time making the gift for my partner, and seeing what she made for me! Looking forward to participating again in the next one!

  6. 6

    The linky wouldn’t let me add another photo from the same blog post so take a look here for my painted canvas project and what I received from the exchange.


    Thank you for hosting these exchanges! They really are a lot of fun!


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