Handmade Gift Exchange Sign Ups Summer 2015

Looking for a fun way to start your Summer?? Join the Handmade Gift Exchange! This exchange gives you the opportunity to MEET a fellow crafter and the perfect EXCUSE to get your craft on! There is no skill or cost requirement! handmade gift exchange


Handmade Gift Exchange

Welcome to the 11th Handmade Gift Exchange!! This bi-annual gift exchange has grown to be the largest online handmade gift swap.


elfsterI am using Elfster to facilitate this exchange. If you have any questions or issues using Elfster, you can email them at help@elfster.com.

Gift Exchange Timeline 

*Please mark these dates on your calendar!

  • June 1-7 – Sign ups.
  • June 8, 2015 – Partners will be assigned. Please email each other.
  • June 8-30 – Get to know partner and make a handmade gift for them.
  • July 1, 2015 – Deadline to have gift postmarked to partner. {Snap a picture before you mail it!}
  • July 1-August 31, 2015 – Show off handmade gifts.
  • There will not be an Angel this time. Although I am open to it. If you have an online shop and would be interested in helping out, please email me.

After you have signed up, you can: 

  • Send invites to your friends and family through Elfster! {the more the merrier!}
  • Share something with the group {a crafting tip maybe?} 
  • Jazz up your profile by adding your picture, blog, facebook, pinterest, etc.
  • Add items to your wishlist* to give your partner an idea of your style.

*The wish list tool is a way to communicate your style and preferences to your partner! DO NOT purchase a gift from their wish list!! HANDMADE GIFTS ONLY! 

Partner Assignments happen on June 8

You’ll get an email with your partner’s name. Please shoot them a quick email to say hi and get to know them.

*You will be paired up with one person. So the person you make a gift for, will make a gift for you.


Please Read the Entire Post Before Signing up!

  • You are expected to make a thoughtful Handmade Gift and mail it by Tuesday, June 30, 2015. {Early is always appreciated!}
  • Make a gift for your partner. Need ideas? Check out my Craft Tutorials or my Pinterest Board or browse past exchange pictures: Winter 2014,  Summer 2013Winter 2012.
  • Take pictures of the gift you make and receive! Use #HandmadeGiftExchange on Twitter and Instagram to show off your gifts. We will also have a link party.
  • Have a handmade shop? DO NOT simply have your partner pick an item from your shop. This exchange is to promote handmade and friendships, not your handmade shop.
  • If you are unable to follow through with the exchange, PLEASE email me ASAP!!
  • I have absolutely no way of patrolling everyone’s participation….Most people are honest and do their part. But unfortunately, there are always a handful that do not follow through. I generally have an 88% success rate. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • There is no skill level required. A handmade gift is always wonderful, no matter how technical it is!
  • There is no price minimum. 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!
  • How will I know who my partner is? You will get an email on 6/8/15 with your partner’s info. You can also log onto Elfster to find out.
  • What counts as Handmade? Use Etsy’s selling guidelines.
  • There is no official theme for this Gift Exchange.
  • Can I make a gift from a kit/pattern? Yes!
  • Can the gift be in digital form? No. If you create a printable for your partner, but please PRINT it and mail it.
  • I can’t participate in this exchange, but want to do the next one. Can I sign up for a reminder? Yes! Click here and enter in your email address.


Click on the name of the exchange that is right for you and it will take you to Elfster to get registered. {note: you may only sign up for 1 exchange}

USA Handmade Gift Exchange

Live in the United States of America or have a USA Shipping address.

CANADA Handmade Gift Exchange

Live in Canada or have a Canadian shipping address.

ALL COUNTRIES Handmade Gift Exchange

Live anywhere in the world.

Please tell your friends, family, co-workers about the Handmade Gift Exchange! Please blog, pin, tweet, or Facebook about this exchange to help spread the fun! Example:  

  Like to Craft? Sign for the Handmade Gift Exchange hosted by @CraftaholicsAnonymous http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/?p=17447 #HandmadeGiftExchange

I signed up for the Handmade Gift Exchange! You should too! Sign up http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/?p=17447 Hosted by @CraftaholicsAnonymous #HandmadeGiftExchange

Please use the hashtag #HandmadeGiftExchange to join the gift exchange conversation!
Click here for a Handmade Gift Exchange button to show off.

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happy gifting!

Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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    Kim Palmiotto

    Looking forward to this awesome event!!