Handmade Gift Exchange SIGNUPS {Holiday 2011}

gift swap on craftaholics anonymousits time for another Handmade Gift Exchange! YAY!! welcome to the Holiday 2011 edition!  i absolutely love hosting the Handmade Gift Exchange. my fave part is seeing the thoughtful gifts you make for each other and hearing about the wonderful friendships you’ve made through the exchange.

if you’re new to Craftaholics Anonymous, twice a year i host a Handmade Gift Exchange and let me tell you, it is loads of fun!! it gives you the opportunity to meet a fellow crafter AND the perfect excuse to get your craft on! {if you want to see what people have made/received in the past, check out previous gift exchange linky parties: Summer 2011 and Winter 2010.}

HOW IT WORKS: after you sign up, i will send you an email with your partner’s mailing info and email address.  you will then make and send a gift to your partner, who in return, will make and send something to you. For ex: I make and send a gift to Jane Crafty and in return, Jane Crafty will make and send me a gift.

It is mandatory that you read this entire post BEFORE you sign up!

If you have any questions, PLEASE email me at [email protected] before signing up.

THE DETAILS: i am limiting everyone to 1 gifting partner this time. i’m sorry ladies! i had arranged to have a program written so that i wouldn’t have to manually copy and paste every email and mailing address into individual emails…… but the programmer fell through at the last minute. argh! so instead of dedicating an entire month of my life to copying and pasting emails, i am limiting everyone to 1 partner.

there are 2 different exchanges: United States and International. you must live in the United States for the USA exchange. if you live outside the USA, please sign up for the International Exchange. For the International exchange, i will try my best to pair you up with someone in your country to help with shipping costs. BUT i cannot guarantee anything!!

  • If you commit to participate in this exchange, you will need to make a thoughtful Handmade Gift for a fellow crafter and have it post marked by wednesday November 30, 2011. In return, you will receive a Handmade Gift from a fellow crafter in the mail.
  • Fill out the form below to officially sign up. Sign up ends Nov. 7, 2011.
  • I will personally email you with your “Gift Exchange Partner’s” mailing and email address. {please please please add [email protected] as a contact so that my email does not go to your Spam Box. this is important because i copy and paste the entire email so it  seems “spammy” to most email accounts.}
  • After you get the email with your partner’s info, please send your partner a quick email to introduce yourself. Include things like: your favorite color, what type of decorating you like, your current obsessions, your blog address, or your life story. either way is just fine :)
  • Make a gift for your assigned partner. Need ideas? Check out my Craft Tutorials.
  • Take pictures of the gift you make! there will be a linky party and several posts featuring YOUR gifts. You can link up both the gift you MADE and the gift you received. The gift  linky party will start on November 15. There will also be a Flickr group for those without blogs to upload their gift pictures.
  • Please have your gift post marked no later than Wednesday November 30, 2011. this is crucial! If you make and mail your gift early, that would be ideal. AND gold star to you for being so on top of things!
  • Participating in this exchange means you will probably have to make a trip to the Post Office. Please take this into account when you’re looking at your busy holiday schedule.
  • If you own a handmade shop, DO NOT simply tell your partner to pick out what they want from your shop. i ask that you customize the item for your partner {i.e. color, design, style etc} this exchange is to promote handmade. please keep that in mind.
  • If at any time you are unable to follow through with the exchange, PLEASE email me ASAP!! I understand life happens and that some things are out of our control. i just ask that you shoot me an email immediately to give me a heads up so that I can arrange for your partner to receive a gift.
  • **I have no way of patrolling everyone’s participation….usually, people are honest and do their part .**

Please tell your friends, family, co-workers or that crazy lady in line at the grocery store about the Handmade Gift Exchange! The more the merrier. If you’d like to blog, tweet, or FB about the Handmade Gift Exchange to spread the fun, that would be awesome. {that’s what those share icons below are for!}

Sign up now for the Handmade Gift Exchange! hosted by @CraftaholicAnon  http://tinyurl.com/6ffmkhw #HandmadeGiftExchange

i signed up for the Handmade Gift Exchange. you should too! http://tinyurl.com/6ffmkhw hosted by @CraftaholicAnon #HandmadeGiftExchange

If you’re on twitter, please use the hashtag #HandmadeGiftExchange if you tweet about the gift exchange.That way others can join the conversation….. and I’ll totally retweet your churps :)

to sign up, click on the link below and fill out the form!



  • There is no skill level required. A handmade gift is always wonderful, no matter how technical it is!
  • There is no price minimum on the handmade gift. If shipping costs are an issue, you can make a gift that is light weight and fits inside an envelope.
  • You do not need a blog to participate!
  • There is no official theme for this Gift Exchange. If you want to do a holiday theme, go for it!
  • Can I make a gift from a kit/pattern? YES!! If you made any part of the gift, that’s perfect!
  • Can the gift be in digital form? No. You can create a printable or design something for your gift, but please PRINT it off and send a physical copy to your partner. Part of the fun is actually receiving a gift in the mail.

happy gifting!!

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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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  2. 3

    I am so excited! I’ve been waiting for this since I first read about your spring exchange! If you need someone to make some extra items for someone who gets “forgotten” I’m more than willing to help out!


    1. 3.1

      Thank you Jennifer! That is very sweet of you! I’m glad you were able to sign up this time :)
      happy gifting,

  3. 4

    Thanks for hosting this … you’re amazing for starting such an awesome way for others to meet and share the holiday spirit! I’m really excited :)

    Pamela @pbjstories.blogspot.com

  4. 5

    This is such a fabulous idea! I’m really excited to see who my partner is! Thanks so much for hosting this, I know it has to be a lot of work. You rock!

    1. 7.1

      i’m glad you signed up, Christine! if you have any quesitons or issues, just let me know!
      happy crafting,

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  6. 8

    This is such a great idea Linda! I just signed up and am really looking forward to it. Thanks for putting it together :)

    1. 8.1

      i love doing it! i’m glad you signed up. you’re going to have loads of fun :)
      happy crafting,

  7. 9

    Oh I am so excited! I have been planning my gift for a little while now. I am super exciting to meet my partner and get to work on the project.

    Thank you Linda for hosting this awesome event you’re a super star!

  8. 10

    Oh I am so excited! I wanted to do this last year but was a bit behind so I never got signed up!! I can hardly wait!!
    Peggy @piglogsandtaterberries.blogspot.com

  9. 11

    Hi there – this will be my first year. However – I am having trouble accessing the sign up form…Do you have any suggestions?


  10. 12

    This is really so exciting! I just joined your blog not too long ago and I saw one of your older posts about the handmade gift exchange. I couldn’t wait:) Thanks for hosting this!!!!

  11. 13

    count me in! i love starting the season with a fun craft exchange just for us (you know, before the holidays become all about the little ones!) thanks for hosting!!

  12. 14

    So excited for this year !!! I love getting a package in the mail!

  13. 15
    Dianna Glantz

    Fun! Count me in!

  14. 16

    I just signed up for the exchange and I’m super excited! Looking forward to hearing from you and “meeting” my exchange partner!

    1. 16.1

      yay! i’m glad you signed up! you should have an email in your inbox from me :)

  15. 17

    This is such a great idea! I’m relatively new to your blog but completely in love!!! I’m already jumping up and down with excitement about who my partner is going to be and what I’ll make!!

    1. 17.1

      yay! i’m glad you signed up! i’ll be emailing you shortly with your partner’s info :)
      happy crafting,

  16. 18

    I’ve got a question about the gift exchange. Will everyone that signs up receive a name to send to? Then will we send a gift to the person that sends us a gift. I’m sorry I’m confused.

  17. 19

    It’s that time again! Very excited!

  18. 20

    Count me in! The last one was a blast, and I enjoy doing this! :)

    1. 20.1

      awesome! i’m so glad you signed up again, Jennifer! if you have any questions or issues, just let me know!
      happy crafting,

      1. Hi Linda, I never got any info on my swap partner? Can you re-email it so I can get ahold of them and start working on a package for them? Thanks!

        1. Hi Jennifer,
          I can’t find you in the sign up list. Did you fill out the form and get a kick back email? Sounds like the form may not have worked correctly. Shoot me your mailing info and I’ll pair you up with a partner.

  19. 21

    Thanks for doing this again! I love it! Last year was so fun and I met a great gal in Oklahoma! :)

    1. 21.1

      awesome! i’m glad you signed up, Erin. hopefully i didn’t confuse you too much with all my crazy emails haha
      happy crafting,

  20. 22

    Jumping in and signing up! Thanks so much for hosting this!

  21. 23
    Amy Simpson

    I’m signing up! Have done all your previous exchanges and they’re always fun! I’m ready to start!
    -A. Simpson
    ([email protected])

  22. 24

    Yey, so excited, thanks for hosting this it was so much fun last year, been watching to do it again…

    1. 24.1

      awesome! i’m glad you signed up again, Karen!
      happy crafting,
      PS let me know if you did not get my email with your partner’s info

  23. 25

    Yay! Just the excuse I was looking for to try out a new gift wrapping idea. Thanks so much for hosting such a fabulous swap :)

  24. 26

    Looking forward to another great exchange!!! Thanks so much!

  25. 27

    Eek! I’m so excited to participate in my very 1st Gift Exchange!!! Thank you for hosting this fabulous event! :)

  26. 28

    This sounds like a lot of fun! This will be my first time doing it!
    Thank you! :D
    ~Mippy :)

  27. 29
    Jen Sawyer-Butler

    This looks like so much fun! I can’t wait to participate! I am guessing this is how you sign up for it?!?!

    1. 29.1
      Jen Sawyer-Butler

      Figured it out…off of someone elses comment

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  29. 31

    You are such a doll for hosting these! I cannot even imagine how much work it is!!! Thank you so much as these are just a blast!!!

  30. 32

    Yay!!! I am so excited!! Thanks for hosting!!! Do you have a button we can put on our blog to do some promoting/advertising?? I would love to share it on KKL!

    1. 32.1

      Thanks for reminding me, Kortney! i totally spaced that. oops! here is the code for the button:
      thank you for helping me promote it! i really appreciate it!
      happy crafting,

  31. 33
    Lisa Coleman

    I am very excited to to this! I have never been in a gift exchange like this before.

  32. 34

    I have been waiting for months for this!!!!! So excited!

  33. 35
    Sharon Compton

    I am so excited to participate in this again, I loved the summer one I joined. It was fun making something for someone I didn’t and a real surprise to get a beautiful gift in return. If your like me I do lots of gift giving, but I don’t get things often. So this is super fun!

    1. 35.1

      i’m so glad you signed up again, Sharon! let me know if you have any questions or issues. you should have received an email with your partners info, if you didn’t receive it, let me know!
      happy crafting,

  34. 37

    I’m so excited!! This is my first time to handmade gift exchange!! Looking forward to it!

    1. 37.1

      yay! its so fun! i’m glad you signed up, Heather. if you have any questions or issues, let me know!
      happy crafting,

  35. 38

    Oh what fun. Can’t wait to see who my partner will be!

    1. 38.1

      so glad you signed up, Carey! let me know if you dont get your partner assignment!
      happy crafting,

  36. 39
    Tiffanie Gillespie

    I can’t wait to get started.

    1. 39.1

      yay! so much fun! let me know if you did not get your partner assignment. i sent it out earlier today.
      happy crafting,

  37. 40

    I am so excited to join in the fun :] commenting enters me correct? I read the entire post, but just wanted to make sure!

  38. 41

    I am in the United States and this sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for hosting it!

  39. 42

    I am super excited to be participating for the first time! What a fun idea! Thanks! =)

    1. 42.1

      i’m so glad you signed up, Cora! if you have any questions or issues, just let me know!
      happy crafting,

  40. 44

    This will be fun I can’t wait!

    1. 44.1

      i’m glad you signed up! let me know if you have any questions or issues.
      happy crafting,

  41. 45

    Hello Linda, I am so happy to signed up. I can’t wait to here from my exchanging partner. I hope I can make somebody happy! Greetings. xxx

  42. 46

    OH, I can’t wait to get the info on my trading partner! This will be sooo much fun! What a wonderful way to make a new friend, one who has the same interest as me!

    What a fun way to start the Holiday season!

    From Susan Lawrence

  43. 47

    I thought I had already posted a note, but don’t see it here now. I’ve signed up for the exchange, and I’m excited to get my info on who I’m trading with!

  44. 48

    Linda, please let me know if I signed up in the right place! I really want to make sure I’m in this!
    Thank you!

    1. 48.1

      Hi Susan, did you get my email with your partner assignment? if not, let me know and i’ll resend it.

      1. Yup, got it and already emailed my “partner”! I’m SO excited!