Handmade Gift Exchange Winter 2014 Sign Ups!

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 right now!

  • Nov. 2-7 – Sign ups.
  • Nov. 8, 2014 – Partners will be assigned. Please email each other.
  • Nov. 8-30 – Get to know partner and make a handmade gift for them.
  • Dec. 1, 2014 – Deadline to have gift postmarked to partner. {Snap a picture before you mail it!}
  • Dec. 1-Jan. 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 on Nov. 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 Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. {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:  Summer 2013Winter 2012, and  Winter 2011.
  • 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 12/8/14 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 Exchange

Live in the USA and have participated in a previous Handmade Gift Exhange.

Newbie USA Exchange

First time exchangers that live in the USA.


Live anywhere in the world and have participated in a previous Handmade Gift Exchange.

Newbie ALL COUNTRIES Exchange

First time exchangers that 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=14899 #HandmadeGiftExchange

I signed up for the Handmade Gift Exchange! You should too! Sign up here: http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/?p=14899Host: @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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  1. 1

    thanks for hosting the gift exchange again this year,, I joined last year and it was a lot of fun. Looking forward to getting my partner and getting started.

  2. 2
    Shelley Lard

    Where do I sign up? I’m not seeing where.

    1. 2.1
      Shelley Lard

      nevernind, got it!

  3. 3

    Such a great idea! This will be my first time and I’m very excited :)

  4. 4

    2 years ago I was blessed with a beautiful grandbaby. She inspired me to make hair bows to match her beautiful baby outfits. Since my first attempts, my skills have developed into a full blown-up hobby. I have being doing lots of hair barrettes, headbands, hair bows etc., and I thought that I would love to share some of my creations with anybody who has a baby princess at home.
    Bet regards,

  5. 5

    Hey Linda,

    I just want to double check that I have this right… I got my partner and are we partners for each other? I know I get to make her a gift but does she also make me a gift or am I dealing with two different people (someone making me a gift and someone I’m making a gift for)? The anonymous question asking is confusing me, especially if we already know wh each other is. I didn’t get a gift in the summer exchange so I want to make sure I’m doing it right :) Thanks!


    1. 5.1

      Hi Emily! So sorry you didn’t get a gift this summer! You are correct, you are making a gift for the person who is making a gift for you. You’re swapping with only 1 person. Sorry for the confusion! I’m still working with Elfster to change the wording to fit our exchange. If you have any more question, please let me know! But that’s a really good sign if your partner is already asking you question! :)

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