I am sooo excited to start. Yesterday, I pulled names at random to designate partners.
We ended up with 36 participants-way more than I was expecting! I may have squealed a little when I picked the name of the person to pair myself up with. While it would be super cool picking someone I didn't really "know", I am thrilled with who I got because I have a few things in mind already!
In the next hour or two you will be getting an email from me with your partner's contact information and their answers to the questions each person was asked. You have until the last day in November to mail your package. Feel free to contact them if you wish but try not to discuss your package or the contents. The goal is for it to be a total surprise. (Don't even tell them when you mailed it!) I can't tell you how fun and exciting it is when you realize your package was delivered. First you'll be all like "OH EM GEE, A SURPRISE! For ME?!" Then you'll be like, "Oooooh what could it be??!?" Then you'll be all like, "Yes, good stuff!" Then you'll think, "D'awwwww she shouldn't have!" Christmas in November, people.
Try to use the answers you receive as clues to what your partner might like. You can even send them things you like and would love for them to try. Keep your contents to $30, no more no less. Aly also brought up a good point about packaging. If you send something breakable or potentially messy, wrap it up in papertowels, bubble wrap, zip loc bags etc. She received a package that included nail polish and it ruined all the rest of the contents :( No one wants that surprise when they open theirs!
Also feel free to be creative with the wrapping. I've seen people wrap each item individually in funky paper or simple paper with a reason you picked the item written right on it.
Please include a card or note with your contact info if you'd like to stay in touch, reasons you picked each thing, and a little about yourself. Not only is this about getting a fun present in the mail, but it's mainly about meeting someone new. Take full advantage! If you have any questions at any point this month regarding your partner or the swap, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I plan on doing a couple more of these in the future!
And one last thing. When you receive your package, whenever that may be, PLEASE share on your blog what you got and include lots of pictures! I can't wait to see everyone's goodies (get yo minds out the gutters girls!)
Have a fabulous Thursday! It's almost Friday! (Friday, Friday, Fridayyyyyyyyyyyy....I wonder if all of us get this song stuck in our head now thanks to adorable Holly?)