Winter 2015 Handmade Gift Exchange Sign Ups

Looking for to get in the holiday spirit?? Join the Winter 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 to join the exchange! handmade gift exchange

Handmade Gift Exchange

Welcome to the 12th Handmade Gift Exchange!! This bi-annual gift exchange has grown to be the largest online handmade gift swap.


elfsterI use the Elfster site to facilitate this exchange. If you have any questions or issues with Elfster, please email them at

Gift Exchange Timeline 

*Please mark these dates on your calendar!

  • Sign Ups – November 2-8
  • Partners Assigned – November 9, 2015 {please email each other!}
  • Get to know each other and make a gift for them – November 9-30 
  • Deadline to have gift postmarked – December 1, 2015 {Snap a picture before you mail it!}
  • December 1-January 31, 2016 – Show off handmade gifts in the link party.

You will find out your partner on November 9

You’ll get an email from Elfster with your partner’s name. Please shoot them a quick email to acknowledge the assignment and to get to know them. The person you make a gift for, will make a gift for you.

Please Read this Entire Post Before Signing up!


  • You are expected to make a thoughtful Handmade Gift and mail it by Tuesday, November 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 link parties: Summer 2015Winter 2014, and Summer 2013.
  • Take pictures of the gift you make and receive! Use #HandmadeGiftExchange 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 is not a giveaway or shopping spree. Please be thoughtful in what you make and send your partner.
  • If you have a crisis or something unavoidable come up and 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 some that do not follow through. We generally have between 80-90% 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 11/9/15. You can also log onto Elfster to find out.
  • What counts as Handmade? A gift that you make, modify, or put together.
  • There is no official theme for this Gift Exchange. If you want to do a holiday theme, that’s great! If not, no worries!
  • Can I make a gift from a kit/pattern? Yes!
  • Can the gift be in digital form? No. If you create a printable/digital artwork for your partner, but please PRINT it and mail it.
  • Can’t participate in this exchange, but want to do the next one? Sign up for a reminder! Click here and enter in your email address.
  • I do not have an Angel lined up for this exchange. If you have a handmade business and would be interested in helping out as an Angel, please email me! You will get free advertising in exchange for helping out.


Click on the name of the exchange below 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 Sign Up

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.

After you have signed up, on Elfster 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. 

*PLEASE NOTE: The wish list tool on Elfster is a way to communicate your style and preferences to your partner! DO NOT purchase a gift!! HANDMADE GIFTS ONLY

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 #HandmadeGiftExchange

I signed up for the Handmade Gift Exchange! So excited! Join the fun here: 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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  1. 1

    Hi this is something that I would like to be a part of
    Are there uk participants?
    Postage over seas is to high for me

    1. 1.1

      Hi Tracy, As of right now, there are 4 other UK participants in the All Countries exchange. After you sign up, if you email me, I can set it so that you only get someone in the UK.

  2. 2

    Hi there! So excited for the exchange. I filled out the form but I’m not sure if it went through… Will I get an email? I don’t want to miss out :)

    1. 2.1

      Which exchange did you sign up for?

  3. 3

    I think I signed up for your handmade gift exchange but I’m not sure it worked. We’ll see if I get a response.

    1. 3.1

      When you log into Elfster and click on “Exchanges” it will show the Handmade Gift Exchange if you signed up successfully. If it does not show up there, then it didn’t go through. Feel free to email me if you have questions!

  4. 4

    IT’S AN AMAZING IDEA. Shamed I found it too late. Please let me know if there’s any other exchange soon as I would love to join you!

    1. 4.1

      I actually have an opening in the Canada exchange. If you live in Canada and want to hop in this round, email me I’ll add your email to the reminder list for the next round this summer.