Nov 9, 2008

Book Bloggers Christmas Swap 2008


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Welcome to the second annual Book Bloggers Christmas Swap!

The second annual what?
Last year, I organized a Christmas gift swap between book bloggers, and this year Dewey and I are doing it again!

How does it work?
You sign up by sending an e-mail to xmasswap08 at gmail. You have until the 18th of November to do so. You will then be randomly assigned as another blogger’s Secret Santa.

What you have to do next is send that person a little something - it can be a book, a journal or bookmark, a box of Christmas cookies, a mixed CD, whatever you can think of. It doesn't have to be anything pricey, of course. Second hand books are perfectly acceptable, as are homemade gifts.

A different person will be assigned as your Secret Santa, and you'll only find out who they are when you get their package in the mail.

Something to keep in mind: Because there are book bloggers from all over the world, this is going to be an international swap. I understand that not everyone can afford to send a package overseas, though, so if that's the case with you, please don't feel that you can't sign up. Just include a note saying so in your e-mail, and we'll make sure you get a blogger who's near you.

What else should your e-mail include?
Other than your name, mailing address and willingness to send internationally, you should include your blog url and a short paragraph about what kind of gifts you like, so that your Secret Santa has an idea of what to get you. You could also include links to online wishlists, your librarything catalogue, etc. Anything that you think will make your Santa's life easier!

Important dates:
The most important date is the 18th of November. It's very important that you sign up until then, because after that we'll be assigning the Secret Santas, and once that has been done it would be complicated to include new participants.

As for when to mail your package, if you're sending internationally it's probably best to post it before the end of November. Last year, I suggested that people post theirs before the end of the first week of December, but that turned out to be a little late. If you're sending within your own country there's more flexibility, but remember that the mail tends to be slow around this time of year.

In any case, you should all know who your blogger is around the 20th of November, which leaves you at the very least ten days to get and mail your gift.

One more thing: if you could help spread the word by posting about this on your blogs, it would be very much appreciated!

That's everything for now. Please don't hesitate to contact me or Dewey if you have any questions or suggestions!

* Original image by jacalynsnana; used under a Creative Commons license.

40 comments:

  1. I wrote about it in my blog and sent an email.

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  2. Ditto here. I can't wait to see who I am paired up with this year.

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  3. Yuppi!I was looking forward to this!

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  4. Sharon, thanks!

    Serena, I remember that it was through last year's swap that I "met" you. I'm so glad you're participating again!

    Valentina: Glad to hear it :D

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  5. I blogged about it here and I've already sent my email. I can hardly wait to see who my partner is!

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  6. I'm in! I just sent my email, will blog about it this week.

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  7. Ooooooh, what fun! I'm definitely in. I'll blog about it tomorrow.

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  8. I Love this idea! I will blog and send my e-mail this week:) Fun!

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  9. I blogged and sent my e-mail. Thanks for doing this again!

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  10. Thanks for signing up, everyone! I'm so glad you're all excited about this :)

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  11. Hello there my book twin! I would so love to join again this year. Will post about it right after this comment :)

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  12. sounds like fun! count me in. (I just sent off the e/m)

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  13. I just sent my email and posted on my blog!

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  14. Hi Nymeth, count me in! Sounds like a lot of fun. I'll email in a sec and blog about it sometime this week. Thanks!

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  15. So you met Serena through this last year, and I met Lightheaded! :)

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  16. Book twin, glad to have you in :D And the same goes for everyone else, of course!

    Dewey, I remember that! I know there was at least another blogger I met last year (Lisa at Booknotes by Lisa), but there might be more I can't remember.

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  17. Yeah!! I'm so glad you're doing this again this year. I participated last year as a new blogger. It was so much fun. I've emailed you my information and put a little note on my blog to help spread the word!

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  18. Oh what fun! Another secret santa to participate in...I have one at work, one at church...what's one more! I sent my email to sign up today! Man am I glad I started blogging...You book bloggers are too much fun!

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  19. This sounds like a lot of fun!! I didn't have my blog last year so I missed out on the fun. I'm so glad to be able to be part of the exchange this year! I sent an email and I'm going to post on my blog!!

    Thanks so much for hosting!

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  20. Of course I'm in! I had so much fun doing this last year, I couldn't miss it this year!

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  21. I'm in! It sounds like fun...

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  22. I'm in. Sending an e-mail now. :)
    Thanks
    RebekahC

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  23. hooray! i loved this last year. i'm going to have to have a quick look at my finances... i hope i can afford to do this!

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  24. I'm so psyched that you are doing this again this year!

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  25. Thank you for joining, everyone :) I hope you all have fun!

    JP, I hope you can make it!

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  26. I just added a post to my blog!!

    I look forward to participating!

    :) Wendi

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  27. Looking forward to it. I assume the email you gave is .com let me know if mine doesn't reach you.

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  28. I just posted about the swap and have sent an email. This will be my first year participating, I'm excited!

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  29. Rhinoa, yes, it's .com. You're all in! Thanks for joining, everyone.

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  30. I'm game and I am spreding the word.

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  32. This was really fun last year, so please count me in for this year's fun! I just sent you my email.

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  33. I'm doing it! A new reader here, but still want to reach out! :)

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  34. I blogged it amd sent and email.

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  35. I just sent the email to sign up :)

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  36. Aaaack! I am ready to ship a box to my pal, but I can't find where I put her information could you resend it to me please.

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