12 days of Christmas

It’s our second 12 Days of Christmas gift swap and we are very excited to match you up with a (new) friend this year. It’s a fun way to make a new friend, get into the Christmas spirit, and also shower someone with love. We all know giving is so much more rewarding than receiving, right?

If you did not join in this year, and need a little inspiration, why not look at these mamas’ experience of our previous 12 Days of Christmas Swap.

Read mine here, or Lia’s here, or how about the woman that inspired the Christmas Swap, Angie.

12 Days of Christmas

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS SWAP

Last year’s Christmas theme was all about KINDNESS. This year we are SLOWING DOWN. And that will be our 12 Days of Christmas Swap theme. It’s been a hectic year for most, and unless we purposely try to force ourselves to slow down, this year will run us over.

The idea behind the 12 Days of Christmas Swap is that you send the blogger you’re paired up with 12 gifts to open on the 12 days leading up to Christmas day. In return, they do the same for you.

WHO CAN SIGN UP

  • Bloggers, micro-bloggers, creators, and social media influencers with public blogs or social media accounts, or even if you have an active insta-account (business or personal) that is public and you’d like to get involved
  • People located within South Africa

HOW THE SWAP WORKS

If you’ve never participated in a blogger swap before, here’s how it goes:

  1. You fill out your information the handy sign-up form
  2. I use the information you provided to match you up with another who has also signed up
  3. Get to know your new pal (stalk their blog/social media, email them questions, etc.)
  4. You each pick out 12 fun gifts (within the allowed price range) that you think each other will like
  5. Wrap the gifts (whether or not you number them is up to you)
  6. Mail each other the gifts all at once
  7. You each open one gift every day in the 12 days leading up to Christmas
  8. Post about your gifts/experience/new friend on your blog or social media

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Sign-Ups: November 12th – November 19th
  • Partners Matched by: November 22nd
  • Packages Mailed by: December 6th (They must receive their packages BEFORE December 12th)
  • Start Opening Gifts: December 13th till 24th Dec
  • Post About Experience: Every day you open a gift, or once off in a blog specifically dedicated to this whole experience
SECRET-SANTA Christmas gifts

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS SWAP RULES

Here are the rules you need to abide by when swapping:

Follow through.
If you sign up, you need to follow through and send off the gifts. It isn’t fair for your partner to put in the effort of sending to you, and then receive nothing in return. Please please please follow through.

YOUR PACKAGE

You must send 12 wrapped gifts to your partner.
How you wrap them is entirely up to you, you can go all out or just wrap them up in newspaper. No judgement here. They just need to all be a surprise so that they can be opened on 12 different days without spoiling it.

Your complete package should not exceed R500 cost before courier.
The reason for the cost limit is so that we don’t have one partner who goes all out, and another who might not be able to afford to, and then a disparity in gift quality that leaves one or both feeling badly. Try to keep your gifts inexpensive. (R500 divided by 12 gifts, averages about R40-odd a gift) You can cut your cost by:

  • Shopping sales.
  • Handmaking some of the gifts.
  • Regifting (gifts need to be new or like-new, nothing old and gross)

SHIPPING RULES

Your package must be shipped out by December 6th.
They need to have the package in hand before December 12th so they can start opening gifts on time. You should courier earlier if you think it’ll take longer with regular shipping, or use a faster method of shipping. I recommend that you just put it all into one of those Aramex bags (from PicknPay) that courier overnight.  It’s the easiest and has no weight limit. Postnet also offers great rates.

You MUST provide a tracking number.
I cannot stress this enough. As soon as you ship out your package, you need to send the tracking number to both your partner and to myself so we know that it’ll be arriving and can watch out for it. This also helps us make sure that there is follow through so someone isn’t left without. Again, those amazing flat-rate Aramex bags include this, so I recommend them.

POST ABOUT YOUR SWAP

You need to post about your swap somewhere publicly.
You can blog about it, or you can post to your Twitter/Facebook/Instagram, etc. It just needs to be posted somewhere publicly. Please tag your gifter. This is just a nice way to show your gratitude and show off what your partner got you. It also allows you to give your followers a little introduction to your partner and you both get more exposure in each other’s world.

Most importantly; Have fun and be kind!

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SIGN UP HERE:

I cant wait to make new friends, match everyone up and see the beautiful Christmas vibes happening!

All my (almost Christmas) love,

Simone

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    Diana Studer says:

    You need to call that the 12 days TO Christmas.

    The 12 Days OF Christmas start on St Stephen’s Day 26th December and run to Three Kings Day on the 6th January. Part of the Christian Church year.

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