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Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Swap

I’m so excited to host a 12 Days of Christmas swap with one of my bloggy besties, Janna! If you’re not already following her then head over and say hi. She’s awesome so you’ll be glad you did.

Anyway, Janna and I love presents so we’ve decided to host a fabulous swap. πŸ™‚ Our plan is to assign partners then create packages with 12 little gifts inside – each wrapped separately so that we all have gifts to open for the 12 days leading up to Christmas. πŸ™‚

Here is a list of the particulars that you need to know if you plan to participate:

* You must have a blog to participate! It’s important because participants will be asked to post about the event on their blogs too. We want to see what everyone receives! πŸ™‚
* This swap is only open to bloggers in the US. I heart my international friends, but shipping will be too complicated at this time of year. We should have come up with this idea sooner, right? πŸ˜‰
* Don’t be cheap! The gifts don’t need to be expensive! They just need to be thoughtful and fun to receive. Fill the package with gifts that you’d like to receive. πŸ™‚ Think about how you want to feel when you open your package, and add a little “wow” to your gifts. You get the idea, right?

Here are some ideas in case you need examples:
your favorite lotion
Christmas ornament
favorite candy or healthy food item

Find out things about your partner…this is also supposed to help you gain friends πŸ™‚ Have tons of fun with it!

* Each gift MUST be individually wrapped. You can number the gifts so your partner knows what to open each day or just write a note that it’s okay to open them in any order.

The package must be mailed out by Thursday, December 9…so that they can start opening their 12 days of Christmas on the 13th…please don’t be that person that sends it late…

So here’s what to do:

* Add a link to your blog at the bottom of this post
* Leave a comment with your e-mail address so we know how to contact you.
* Post about the swap on your blog and link back so others can join. Hey..they more the merrier right? πŸ™‚
* Sign up before Friday, Dec. 3rd at noon central time.
* Wait for an e-mail with your swap partner’s information and blog address.

If you have any questions you can email Kenz or Janna at: shrinkingkenz@gmail.com or atxbikegirl@gmail.com!

* You will have a partner by Saturday December 4th

Then let the shopping and shipping BEGIN!!!

This is such a great way to make new friends! Please join the fun and do your part to make this an incredible swap! πŸ™‚ Janna and I are definitely looking forward to it! πŸ™‚

*This swap has ruffled a few feathers so let me be clear. This idea was not newly conceived by Janna and me. I’ve seen swaps like this in years past. We just thought it would be fun…there’s plenty of fun to go around folks…celebrate the season…

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36 Comments

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    Jill
    November 29, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    What a cute idea! Unfortunately I can't participate, but I look forward to checking what other people send!!

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    Sarah
    November 29, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Holy cow! This is awesome! I can't wait to see who I get for my "partner".. πŸ™‚

    Off I go to buy some little goodies..

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    nicole d.
    November 29, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I wish I lived in the US! But I look forward to reading about it. By the way, thanks for the add on Facebook πŸ™‚

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    Sami
    November 29, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    So, I guess it's safe to say that you no longer want to participate in mine? I have been trying to email you for a few days, and I guess I'll just go ahead and direct your potential partner to your swap now. I wish you the best of luck. It was a great idea! How unique of you to think of it!

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    Finding The Thin Within
    November 30, 2010 at 1:47 am

    I'm totally in. katiewarren88@gmail.com

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    Diet Chic ~ Jury
    November 30, 2010 at 2:24 am

    This is such a cool idea! IΒ΄m all in, who doesnΒ΄t like opening gifts right? YAY. dietchiconamission@gmail.com

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    Brandi.
    November 30, 2010 at 2:54 am

    I'm in. My email is: brandi.montenegro@yahoo.com. And I'm going to steal this post for my own blog. πŸ™‚

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    Karla
    November 30, 2010 at 4:08 am

    I am in!!! I love to shop and I love presents!!! Sounds like fun!

    iamkarlam@yahoo.com

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    foodfoodbodybody
    November 30, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Very excited! I already have 6 little gifties ready. My email is foodiemcbody AT hotmail DOT com!

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    thinspired
    November 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    This is a super cute idea! I'm new to your blog, but thought this would be too much fun to not sign up!!

    My email is laleach2@gmail.com

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    Deb
    November 30, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Sounds like fun! I'm in Canada though, so won't be participating. Our postal system sucks anyways, so it's probably just as well you didn't include us. πŸ™‚

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    Crow
    November 30, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Came over here from Janna's page. I have let my blogging go since I finished building my house, but you guys have given me reason to start up again! Looking forward to this fun!

    My email is tcrower care of gmail.

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    fatgirlwearingthin
    November 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    It's reasons like these why I enjoy the holidays so much, and I'm excited to participate…..already thinking of ideas!!

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    mensa
    November 30, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I think I'll give it a shot. Sheilah at racoon49@yahoo.com

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    Kelley
    November 30, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Sounds fun…count me in!

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    Kelley
    November 30, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    sorry…forgot to leave my email…kelleythejewelrylady (at) yahoo (d0t) com

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    Rachel
    November 30, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Okay you got me!
    http://watchmelooseit.blogspot.com/

    rachel.donald08@gmail.com

    I will post it on my blog in a bit. Working from the hospital. This sounds like JUST the cheer I need! I LOOOOOOOOOOVE gifties!

    Rachel

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    Joanna
    December 1, 2010 at 3:12 am

    This sounds like so much fun. I really don't get that many gifts for Christmas – so this will be AWESOME!!! Cant' wait.

    jojo_hill44@yahoo.com

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    Tracy
    December 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Count me in too….looking forward to buying for others….glass_girl1970@yahoo.com. Merry Christmas to everyone, hope it is a blessed one.

    Tracy

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    Tracy
    December 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    This sounds like fun…count me in glass_girl1970@yahoo.com….Happy Holidays to everyone!

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    erinmakesitwork
    December 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Ahhh yay! I am so excited for this!

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    Danielle
    December 2, 2010 at 12:40 am

    I love shopping for and receiving gifts so this is so much fun. Since I'm also somewhat new to blogging it is a great way to meet new people. πŸ™‚

    My email: choconaut@gmail.com

    ~Danielle

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    Karla
    December 2, 2010 at 3:49 am

    I went today and started my 12 days of Christmas shopping!!! soo fun

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    Steelers6
    December 2, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Oh, this sounds like fun Janna & Kenz! Dang it, I don't have a blog!
    Well, it was fun reading about it, and the rest of ya'll have fun. πŸ™‚

    smiles, Chrissy

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    Steph
    December 2, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Count me in!!! thoughtsfromcali@gmail.com

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    The Fat Mom
    December 2, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    This sounds like fun!!! Count me in. I will email you with my personal email address.

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    Deb Willbefree
    December 2, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Oh, this sounds like fun, Kenz. I'm sorry I can't participate. My surgery is going to take longer to heal than I expected so shopping is out for me for anouther couple of weeks. Othrwise, I'd be all in.

    If Jesus tarries, maybe next year. πŸ˜€

    Deb

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    fatgirlwearingthin
    December 2, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Duh! Why is it so hard for me to follow directions?! email: ellen@fatgirlwearingthin.com

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    Karla
    December 2, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I am having soo much fun, I am almost done!!! I can't wait until we exchange

    iamkarlam@yahoo.com

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    Mom to the Fourth Power
    December 3, 2010 at 1:17 am

    I Love it!!! I'm totally in. My email is: Margeneishere@yahoo.com
    I'm excited to get a partner!

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    Michele
    December 3, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I'm in, too. What a great idea! Definitely a fun way to keep us all merry and bright as December picks up. Looking forward to meeting my PARTNER!! Michele

    http://ruminationsasiuncoverthewomanwithin.blogspot.com/

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    Michelle
    December 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    This sounds like a blast. Count me in πŸ™‚ Michelle

    mparadis@gmail.com
    http://www.makingmefit.blogspot.com

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    Michelle
    December 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    This sounds like fun. Count me in πŸ™‚
    mparadis at gmail dot com

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    Julie
    December 3, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Crap it's 12:40 Central Time. I meant to come this morning, daycare didn't allow it. Well I'll just watch from afar and drool over the goodness everyone gets. I hope you all enjoy and have a blast.
    Take care and God Bless!!

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    Julie
    December 5, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Thank you guys for letting me join. I added my link and sent you the info. Thank you again for letting me join. I can't wait, I've been looking for a way to start out the holiday and this is perfect.
    Take care and God Bless!!

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    β™₯ Shrinking Kenz β™₯
    December 6, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Actually, it's an attack when you degrade my character without knowing me or much about my life.

    I can't keep you from reading my blog and/or twitter nor would I bother, but I'm not sure why you'd want to except to be dramatic. But you're right about one thing..I put myself out there which draws criticism from time to time…but where there's one person who acts like a jerk there are a thousand who don't.

    I post about most things on twitter..if you have a problem with that I'm sure you'll manage to get over it. I'm done with you "Sue…" Best of luck to you..

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