Holiday 2012 Handmade Gift Exchange Linky Party!

Happy Friday, crafters! 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 January 31, 2013. So plenty of time to link up. 

handmade gift exchange

Why I do the Handmade Gift Exchange

I get asked this a lot! 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 guess I just never out grew this obsession and so I started the Handmade Gift Exchange only 3 months after starting Craftaholics Anonymous. 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 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.

I sincerely enjoy this exchange and look forward to it although it takes a lot of my time. Davis thinks I’m crazy to organize such a large online gift 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.


  1. This linky party is for Handmade Gift Exchange Holiday 2012 Participants ONLY{all other links will be deleted}
  2. Please show off the gift you made and/or the gift you received.
  3. The linky party ends January 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. {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 June 1, 2013. Click here if you would like a reminder emailwhen the sign up starts for the Summer 2013 exchange!

*yes, i will be featuring the gifts YOU made in upcoming posts!

happy crafting,


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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

    I wanted to do this so bad…but was scared to commit and then not have time to do it. I’m excited to see what everyone did!! Maybe next year I’ll join in!!
    Thanks again!

  2. 2

    Linda, I had so much fun making a gift! Thanks for organizing this! Smiles, Jill

  3. 3

    Linda, Thank you so much for all of your hard work in facilitating and organizing!! I have not yet gotten my gift, but I had great fun making one and I can’t wait to see what everyone else gets! :)

  4. 4

    Thank you for organising this! I had a lovely time making the gift and I can’t wait until I get mine :-)

  5. 5

    Yay! I was so excited to participate in this again :)

  6. 6

    Hi, Linda
    Let me just say what a huge taking this handmade gift exchange must have be for you and with your busy schedule, with that being said I am so grateful you did it anyway. Thank you, this was so much fun and it cause my creative juices flowing. I enjoyed making this special gift. Thank you!


  7. 7

    Thank you for organising this Linda, I have enjoyed making my gift and it is now on it’s way. It is lovely to see what others have made too.

  8. 8

    Linda, Thank you so much for organizing this exchange again this year. I LOVE doing these. It’s something I always look forward to in the summer and winter! Thank you!!!


  9. 9
    Laura Maxwell

    Hello Linda. I never received a gift from my partner. I thought I saw some kind of link where you post if you never received a gift but I can’t find it. I really did have fun making my gifts for my partner though. It is just hard for me to believe people can be like that.

    1. 9.1

      Same here – let me know what we are supposed to do if we didn’t get a gift…

      1. Laura Maxwell

        Hello Marin,
        Sorry to hear you did not get a gift. What you can do is send an email to Linda with the tracking info from the gift you sent to your partner and she will add you to a an angel list or something.
        She is excellent about responding so I wouldn’t be surprised if you already received this info from her.