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
  • Corina
    Posted at 12:01h, 06 November Reply

    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!

    • Allison
      Posted at 14:57h, 06 November Reply

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

  • Brianna
    Posted at 12:23h, 06 November Reply

    Yay! This was so much fun last year!

    • Allison
      Posted at 14:57h, 06 November Reply

      I agree – SO fun to get festive.

  • Heather
    Posted at 14:05h, 06 November Reply

    Thank you so much for the organizing this again!

  • Shayla
    Posted at 14:30h, 06 November Reply

    I’m in just sent my info! :)

    • Allison
      Posted at 14:56h, 06 November Reply

      Glad to have ya!

  • Danielle
    Posted at 16:21h, 06 November Reply

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

    • Allison
      Posted at 19:08h, 06 November Reply

      So glad to have you, Danielle!

  • Tanya Patrice
    Posted at 10:26h, 07 November Reply

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

    • Allison
      Posted at 21:11h, 07 November Reply

      Glad you found me AND the swap! Welcome :)

  • Daniela
    Posted at 11:03h, 07 November Reply

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

    • Allison
      Posted at 21:11h, 07 November Reply

      I’m so glad you joined this year!

  • Sky
    Posted at 11:26h, 07 November Reply

    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?

    • Allison
      Posted at 21:12h, 07 November Reply

      Yes of course!! Sign up!

  • Allie
    Posted at 09:16h, 08 November Reply

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

    • Allison
      Posted at 01:45h, 11 November Reply

      YAY! So glad you joined again!

  • Clare
    Posted at 10:17h, 08 November Reply

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

    • Allison
      Posted at 01:45h, 11 November Reply

      My pleasure, Clare!

  • Juliette Laura
    Posted at 13:00h, 10 November Reply

    So obsessed with this! Very excited.

  • Alexandra
    Posted at 10:24h, 11 November Reply

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

  • Jessica
    Posted at 19:50h, 13 November Reply

    I just signed up and I’m super excited!

  • Ashley Emerson
    Posted at 20:53h, 03 December Reply

    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!!

  • Sacha (@zigged)
    Posted at 14:21h, 09 December Reply

    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!

  • Amy Taylor
    Posted at 21:27h, 16 December Reply

    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

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