Monday, January 7, 2013

Holiday Swaps (with Fun Pictures)

These blog swap announcements are quite late, and for that, I apologize! First, the holidays got in the way and then I couldn't get blogger to let me upload photos. I had to download firefox for this, but here we are!

The above photo is from the 12 Days of Christmas blog swap. We had to send 12 individually wrapped gifts (and we got 12 in return) to open up- one gift per day leading up to Christmas. This was seriously one of my favorite swaps, because who doesn't like to get a gift a day?

Britney over at Jesse's Girl ran the swap and she was actually my swap partner, so all my gifts came from her! Thanks so much Britney! I loved it all. She gave me a lot of ideas of things to buy for future swaps too! I really loved the DVD's (including A Knight's Tale- a movie I love but don't own), the hershey bar (yum, chocolate!) and the Elf makeup, in particular. It was all fabulous though!

Unfortunately, Britney is on hiatus so she hasn't posted what I got her, so I'm afraid I can't send you that way. You can use one of the links above to see what other participants got though!

My next swap was the Holiday Swap, which you can read all about at Linny's Vault (one of the hosts). I was matched up with Crystal from Thrifty and Frugal Living. What's awesome about Crystal is that she used to live near me, so she knew exactly where I come from! I think that's pretty awesome.

This swap is one where we gave our partners information about ourselves and then went wild trying to find items we thought they would like. Crystal knew I liked to scrapbook and be creative, so she got me some mini craft paper and stamps (which is great, because I didn't have any stamps). She also got me The Dark Knight on DVD, as I love movies and this Batman series...but I didn't own the movie yet. I'm glad I have it now though, as it's probably my favorite in the trilogy. Heath Ledger is just great.

I also got some awesome Brownie Brittle. I'd never heard of this but it's so a hard brownie. Oh my goodness, I hope my local stores have it. I haven't checked yet, but here's hoping, so I can get some more!

As you can see, I got some other fun items like notebooks and lotion and a mitten ornament and even some hair ties that Crystal made herself! How cute, right?

Crystal is way ahead of me and already has her swap post up, so if you want to see what I got her, go here to check it out!


Kelsey said...

What a great variety of gifts! The DVDs and chocolate look wonderful ;)

Lin said...

Wowza, look at all that great stuff! Crystal sure did a fantastic job at getting you things that you can actually use & like. Yay!

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

And this is why I love swaps, you get to meet new people AND get fun goodies!

Michelle said...

Wow, what a great idea. So much fun. Xx

Aneeqah said...

Wow, it looks like you had a ton of fun with these swaps!! I love the idea of the first one, getting a gift every day for twelve days DOES sound awesome. And that brownie brittle sounds YUMMY. I want some!! I'll have to convince my sister to make some for me or something. ;)

This definitely convinces me that I must participate in a swap next year! I was going to sign up for one in 2012, but I didn't. It's going to happen sometime soon, though!

Thanks for sharing, and enjoy all your lovely gifts. =)

Candace said...

This is awesome! I need to do something like this for next Christmas. That brownie brittle is awesome!

Aylee said...

Wow, you participated in two swaps! Now, those sound like a lot of fun. And very involved, as well! (The times I've taken part in an Xmas swap, there have only been one gift exchanged). I bet these gifts were a lot of work to put together!

Erika said...

Ohmigosh this swap sounds so adorable, Lauren! I love everything you received - especially the Brownie Brittle! :)

LHughes said...

This is such a fun idea! I've only done Secret Santas at my work, and it's just one gift. But the idea of getting lots of mail/packages sounds so fun!

Lauren @ Hughes Reviews