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Second Annual Christmas City Swap

Last year I hosted my first Christmas City Swap here on my blog and had 90 participants. Ever since last years’ swap I’ve had readers asking about one this year! For those who didn’t participate last year, here’s the concept:

  • If you want to participate – you’ll be required to come up with a gift or card to send to someone else in another city. All the contents of your basket/package must be local products from YOUR city. For example: I might send someone a bottle of Brother’s Drake honey mead, a special something from HOMAGE, or a Candle Lab candle with a few trinkets and a postcard!
  • You sign up to participate in the swap by filling out the form below. It will require you to give me your full name, mailing address, email, dietary restrictions and spending budget.
  • I will then match up the participants to the best of my ability and email you all with the person that you’ll be gifting! I will do my best to make sure your spending budgets are the same.
  • Last year I had about 5 people who never received a gift. I felt really awful about it and will try my best to make sure this doesn’t happen again this year. I will be sending reminder emails but if you aren’t sure you want to participate – then don’t!

The entire point of this concept is to GIVE (while sharing a bit of our town/city). We all hold so tightly to our stuff and stress about money so much that we forget what it’s like to just do something special for someone else. Don’t feel like you need to give your recipient something “perfect.” Let the gift share a little bit about who YOU are instead. I hope we all make a friend!

Here are a few guidelines, however, to ensure this all works out smoothly:

  1. You must sign up by Friday, November 22nd!
  2. You will receive your gift recipient’s information by Sunday, December 1st. Feel free to start shopping or planning before you get this information!
  3. Due to the many dietary restrictions these days, please refrain from sending perishable food. Candies or spices are fine.
  4. You must mail your package by Friday, December 20th! 
  5. Unfortunately – this swap is really only intended for those located in the US since most of my readers are from here. I didn’t want to burden anyone with the cost of shipping. If you DO live in another country, feel free to sign up and if someone else in your area signs up too – I’ll match you! If there’s not a match, I’ll notify you via email.
  6. Lastly, if you bail and just flake out – you’re kind of a meanie. Don’t sign up for this if you don’t think you won’t be able to follow through.

UPDATE: SIGN-UPS ARE NOW CLOSED!

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30 Comments

  • Reply Corina

    This is such a brilliant idea!!
    i would have to think about what i could send from my island since everything is eatable lol and will be definitely coming back!

    November 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM
    • Reply Allison

      Please do!! And if you can only send food – no worries. I’ll pair you with someone who doesn’t have allergies!

      November 6, 2013 at 2:57 PM
  • Reply Brianna

    Yay! This was so much fun last year!

    November 6, 2013 at 12:23 PM
    • Reply Allison

      I agree – SO fun to get festive.

      November 6, 2013 at 2:57 PM
  • Reply Heather

    Thank you so much for the organizing this again!

    November 6, 2013 at 2:05 PM
  • Reply Shayla

    I’m in just sent my info! :)

    November 6, 2013 at 2:30 PM
  • Reply Danielle

    I missed this last year so I am happy you are doing it again :) Signed up!

    November 6, 2013 at 4:21 PM
    • Reply Allison

      So glad to have you, Danielle!

      November 6, 2013 at 7:08 PM
  • Reply Tanya Patrice

    Ooh I’m glad I recently discovered your blog – this sounds awesome. I signed up!

    November 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM
    • Reply Allison

      Glad you found me AND the swap! Welcome :)

      November 7, 2013 at 9:11 PM
  • Reply Daniela

    Yay! Looking forward to participating again this year. :)

    November 7, 2013 at 11:03 AM
    • Reply Allison

      I’m so glad you joined this year!

      November 7, 2013 at 9:11 PM
  • Reply Sky

    Could I do it from Guatemala if I can have a friend carry the package up and have mine sent to Minneapolis, where I’ll spend Christmas? I should be able to ship the package by the 9th of December. Pretty please?

    November 7, 2013 at 11:26 AM
    • Reply Allison

      Yes of course!! Sign up!

      November 7, 2013 at 9:12 PM
  • Reply Allie

    SO happy to be doing this again! Loved loved loved it last year!

    November 8, 2013 at 9:16 AM
    • Reply Allison

      YAY! So glad you joined again!

      November 11, 2013 at 1:45 AM
  • Reply Clare

    I remember this from last year, definitely signing up this time! Great idea, thanks for putting it together!

    November 8, 2013 at 10:17 AM
    • Reply Allison

      My pleasure, Clare!

      November 11, 2013 at 1:45 AM
  • Reply Juliette Laura

    So obsessed with this! Very excited.

    November 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM
  • Reply Alexandra

    I’m so excited about this! Especially because I now live somewhere much more exciting to shop from ;)

    November 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM
  • Reply Jessica

    I just signed up and I’m super excited!

    November 13, 2013 at 7:50 PM
  • Reply Ashley Emerson

    Hi! I signed up back when this exchange was open, but I haven’t rec’d any info. If I can’t participate, that’s fine, but I want to make sure I wasn’t matched up with someone and somehow missed the email. Can you double check? Thank you!!

    December 3, 2013 at 8:53 PM
  • Reply Sacha (@zigged)

    Got my item purchased and in the box. Now to make a little note and post it to the recipient. Excited to share a little bit of Indy with someone!

    December 9, 2013 at 2:21 PM
  • Reply Amy Taylor

    A little piece of Columbus is leaving Ohio tomorrow and heading east. It has been such a delight mulling over what bits and pieces of Cbus to share with someone else. Thanks for this opportunity, Allie! xo

    December 16, 2013 at 9:27 PM
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