A Christmas City Swap

If you know anything about me, you know that I’m obsessed with Christmas and all things related to winter holidays. I decided to incorporate some of my festive cheer into my blog this year and host the first ever CHRISTMAS CITY SWAP! Inspired by my friend Heather P and her holiday themed craft ideas – I decided to host a gift giving swap! Here’s the concept:

  • If you want to participate – you’ll be required to come up with a small gift basket / package 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 swapping with! I will do my best to make sure your spending budgets are about the same.
  • While I won’t ban you from talking to each other before you send your packages, I do think it might be more fun to be surprised and then reach out via Twitter or email after you’ve received your gifts!

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 30th!
  2. You will receive your gift recipient’s information by Monday, December 3rd. 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 21st! 
  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.

So feel free to sign up below! Tomorrow, there will be a button on my sidebar that will link back to this page so tell your friends and family about it!

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  • Brianna
    Posted at 10:19h, 06 November Reply

    What a great idea! Just signed up and already thinking what goodies a Denverite can send.

    • Allison
      Posted at 23:45h, 06 November Reply

      Thanks for joining, Brianna! It’s fun to start planning!

  • Allison
    Posted at 11:17h, 06 November Reply

    So excited:):):) I love Christmas!

  • candace m.
    Posted at 11:42h, 06 November Reply

    i have done other types of city swaps before and they are SO FUN. yay!!

    • Allison
      Posted at 23:46h, 06 November Reply

      I’ve never done one of these before – so why not host one?!

  • Jess Rogers
    Posted at 13:20h, 06 November Reply

    Super, super excited for this! Like Brianna, I’m already trying to come up with some ideas that fit into the budget, yet are fun!!

    • Allison
      Posted at 23:46h, 06 November Reply

      YAY! Glad you joined, Jess! Let the planning begin!

  • Bianca Elysse
    Posted at 15:28h, 06 November Reply

    I already have so many ideas of what I can do within my budget! I think I’m more excited about decorating the box- that’s my favorite part of gift giving :o)

    • Allison
      Posted at 23:46h, 06 November Reply

      Ohhh good call! I love doing that + tags. So fun.

  • Emily
    Posted at 15:31h, 06 November Reply

    just signed up! great idea, can’t wait to put my basket together!

    • Allison
      Posted at 23:47h, 06 November Reply

      Glad you joined, Emily!

  • Sofia
    Posted at 17:06h, 06 November Reply

    Excited to participate. Such a great spin on a gift swap.

  • mandie
    Posted at 17:26h, 06 November Reply

    I LOOOOOVE this idea! I’m stoked!

    • Allison
      Posted at 23:48h, 06 November Reply

      Eek!! Me too!!

  • Alyssa
    Posted at 13:42h, 07 November Reply

    What a wonderful and cheery idea! So excited :)

    • Allison
      Posted at 20:08h, 07 November Reply

      Me too! I love this kind of stuff :)

  • Bree
    Posted at 20:07h, 07 November Reply

    Hmmm……already thinking about what to include…

    • Allison
      Posted at 20:08h, 07 November Reply

      Me too, Bree! Also I’m getting excited to pair people at the end of the month!

  • Allie O.
    Posted at 22:34h, 07 November Reply

    Ohio! Man- I wish shipping down some Jeni’s ice cream was in the budget!!! We have plenty of amazingness here in St. Augustine – but no ice cream {ever} compares to Jeni’s!!! Go have a scoop for me! :)

    • Lisa // Elembee
      Posted at 13:09h, 08 November Reply

      You might look around and see if any of your grocery stores sell it — my Fresh Market does! (I live in Oklahoma.)

    • Allison
      Posted at 16:46h, 12 November Reply

      Yes you can usually find pints at lots of markets!! It’s the besssst.

  • Lisa // Elembee
    Posted at 13:08h, 08 November Reply

    I am so excited about this!

    • Allison
      Posted at 16:46h, 12 November Reply

      Me too, Lisa!! Glad you signed up!

  • Andrea
    Posted at 13:10h, 12 November Reply

    I’m in! All about representing Colorado this year! :)

    • Allison
      Posted at 16:46h, 12 November Reply

      Awesome!! So glad you joined, Andrea!

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  • sarah
    Posted at 11:19h, 15 November Reply

    love this idea, allie! i love giving gifts (well, and getting them! who doesn’t?!)… it will be so nice to exchange gifts with someone who feels the same!

    • Allison
      Posted at 09:42h, 16 November Reply

      I love it too! So excited to see what people get!!

  • Marissa
    Posted at 19:11h, 15 November Reply

    Absolutely wonderful! Can’t wait! :)

    • Allison
      Posted at 09:43h, 16 November Reply

      Thanks for joining!!

  • chloe
    Posted at 10:07h, 16 November Reply

    This is awesome!
    I am going to share it on my blog!

    • Allison
      Posted at 02:11h, 20 November Reply

      Awesome!! Thanks for sharing, Chloe!

  • Trish
    Posted at 03:28h, 18 November Reply

    I signed up! Hooray!

    • Allison
      Posted at 02:12h, 20 November Reply

      Glad you joined, Trish!

  • Emily O
    Posted at 11:08h, 30 November Reply

    Eek! So glad I made it. Excited!

    • Allison
      Posted at 11:23h, 01 December Reply

      I’m excited too!!

  • Kelly
    Posted at 11:34h, 30 November Reply

    What a fun idea! I’m so excited to do this

    • Allison
      Posted at 11:24h, 01 December Reply

      I’m glad you joined, Kelly!

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