Handmade Gift Exchange Winter 2011 Linky Party!

handmade gift swap on craftaholics anonymoushands down, this is my FAVORITE part of the Handmade Gift Exchange. i LOVE seeing the awesome handmade gifts you creative ladies made for each other! you ladies are so thoughtful and talented. i love it!

Why I do the Handmade Gift Exchange

i get asked this quite a bit. i’ve always been fascinated by the idea of having a pen pal. as a kid, I had several pen pals that I wrote back and forth to {via snail mail….wow i feel old} and i looked forward to each and every letter i got.  i guess i never out grew this obsession and started this exchange only a couple months after i started this blog.  i thought it would be so fun to have a “Crafty Pen Pal” of sorts. and i won’t lie, playing match maker and lining people up is fun too. my favorite emails are the ones that just rave over their crafty new friend they met through HGE. those emails make my day!

this is my 5th Handmade Gift Exchange. i can’t believe i just typed that. i had no idea this idea would catch on when i started it. each time it gets bigger and bigger. {900+ participants this time. woot!} i sincerely enjoy this exchange and look forward to it although it takes a lot of time. davis thinks i’m crazy to organize such a large exchange….but i just gently remind him i’m a craftaholic! but i am passionate about helping others meet crafters from the other side of the country, to the other side of the world.

ok, now let’s see those gifts!!!


  1. This linky party is for Handmade Gift Exchange Winter 2011 Participants ONLY. {all other links will be deleted}
  2. Please show off the gift you made and the gift you received, if possible. {I know a few of you forgot to take pics before you shipped it. That’s ok!!}
  3. Link directly to your post NOT your home page!
  4. The linky party ends January 31, 2012. so if you have not received your gift yet, don’t worry. there’s plenty of time to link up.

for those who do not have a blog, please upload your pictures to the Handmade Gift Exchange Flickr group.  {feel free to join BOTH the Linky party and the Flickr party!!}

Click here for the Handmade Gift Exchange Flickr Group.

*yes, i will be writing several posts featuring the gifts YOU made!

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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  1. 1

    first one to link up and break the ice :) thanks so much for this brilliant idea!!! xox, d.

  2. 2

    didn’t realize i missed the sign up. :(

    1. 3.1

      Hey Kassandra,
      Sorry for the slow response! the next Handmade Gift Exchange will start June 1. Signs ups will run the first week and then gifts will be mailed out on June 30. If you would like a reminder email about the sign ups, shoot me a quick email and I’ll add you to the list so you don’t miss out!
      happy crafting,

  3. 4

    Thank you Linda, for once again hosting this wonderful event. 900+ participants. That is very impressive. It must an enormous amount of work. I know I am not the only one who really appreciates your enthusiasm.


  4. 5

    :(…..I missed it too. I can’t wait to see all the creative gifts!!! When is the next one…..I can’t miss this again

    1. 5.1

      Hi Karen,
      So sorry you missed this one! The next Handmade Gift Exchange starts June 1. So mark your calendar! Or you can shoot me an email and I’ll add you to the reminder email list :)
      happy crafting,

      1. Thank you for responding!! I signed up for the reminder and won’t miss the next one!! Thanks again!!

  5. 6

    Could not get picture sto load kept going to pictures from Blog and did not show
    Gift exchange pictures. It is here on my web site.
    Sent an e- mail as well.
    This was a lot of fun. will be doing it again next year.

  6. 7
    Jennifer H

    I’m not sure what I did wrong when I tried to link my picture the first time (My First Dresden), but I couldn’t figure out how to delete it…..Sorry!!!

  7. 8

    Thanks so much for all your hard work putting this together! fun as always!

  8. 9

    Thank you so much for hosting this Linda! You’re so awesome! :) Loved my partner. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

  9. 10

    Help, I can’t figure out how to post a picture of my gift for my partner.

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  11. 11

    Wow! These all look so fantastic! Thanks for hosting. It was so much fun! I mailed my gift today.

  12. 12
    Angie Weber

    I am not sure how to put my photos on that Flickr group page, can someone help?? Thanks!!

  13. 13

    I am so sorry, I had no idea what I was doing and uploaded my link twice. Sorry!!!

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  17. 14

    I am so glad I joined it. It is so great to be able to see what everyone made. So many inspiring ideas. Thanks everyone for sharing. Linda, thanks so much for all your work to organize the swap.

  18. 15

    I did it twice, is there a way to take one down?

  19. 16
    tanja c

    I had an awesome partner and loads of fun just like the last time.
    Can’t wait for the next Exchange, thank you Linda hosting this =)

  20. 17

    Im so glad that I signed up this year for this wonderful exchange. So many awesome projects given to one another. My partner was amazingly crafty and we just opened our gifts and I posted about it today.

    Thanks Linda for hosting such a great event!

    Lucky 7 Design

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  22. 18

    Wow, there are a lot of great handmade items here!
    Thanks Linda, for allowing me to be part of this amazing handmade gift exchange!

  23. 19

    My camera died & I wasn’t able to take piv=cs of what I sent to my partner. :-/

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  25. 20

    Hi, The pics of both what I sent my partner and what she sent me are in the same post…so I have put up the link twice. My partner doesnt have a blog…or a flickr thing. I hope its okay…

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