Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Stocking Swap



Stockings from Etsy: Dick and Jane Rick Rack Stocking by lucky17, eco stockings by rikrak, The Bestest Felt Christmas Stockings EVER by cuzifeltlikeit, peace dove stocking in tweed by 3rdlife, Fireworks Christmas Stocking by howaboutorange, Delightful Swinging Monkeys (suede) Christmas Stocking by buckland



Christmas stockings are a cherished tradition at my home, with my husband and I both having grown up with specific stuffers that each child received every year. For him: chocolate oranges, pistacchioes, smoked oysters, and a new toothbrush. For me: chapstick, jewelry, and plenty of candy. We have taken items from both sides of the family and added a few of our own.


But... When Santa comes to your house on Christmas Eve, is Mom's stocking the only one left flat and empty? Or does it contain a few token things, that you probably wouldn't have chosen for yourself? Or do you, like me, fill your own or give your Mr. Claus minute instructions on how to fill it? Last year I followed some excellent advice from the FlyLady and swapped stockings with my fabulous sister-in-law. We had a lot of fun, and I had been debating on broaching the subject with her again, when I had an idea.


I am hosting a stocking swap here at The Well-Rounded Woman. If you are interested in giving and receiving some fun & creative stocking stuffers this year, please join in the fun. I will assign each participant a new friend for whom they will prepare and ship a stocking full of little sussies (a term borrowed from nicole). And another new friend will be shipping goodies to you too.



Details:

  1. Sign up to participate by sending me an e-mail at thewellroundedwoman@gmail.com. Please include your ship-to adress and your blog address. The deadline to sign up is Sunday, Dec. 7th.
  2. I will e-mail you the info for the person to whom you will be sending stocking stuffers. You should receive your assignment by Dec. 10th. Get to know them and find gift inspiration by reading their blog.
  3. Choose gifts - crafty, original, fun, useful, pretty, important, keepsakes - whatever you would like. We are encouraging you to use your imagination rather than your wallet. I don't want to have a dollar limit, but I also don't want anyone to feel they got shorted, so I am recommending a range of $10 to $20 total. And they should all fit into a standard size stocking, which you will NOT need to provide. Let's assume everyone already has their own stocking. If you need one, check out Etsy, where I found the beauties above. I would send the first one to my friend, Jane.

  4. Ship your stuffers by Wednesday, Dec. 17th so everyone will have them by Christmas.

  5. When you receive the little package at your house, please keep the fun going by passing it unopened to someone else, who will open it and fill your stocking on Christmas Eve. Then you can enjoy the magic of discovering everything Christmas morning.


I really hope many people join in on the fun here, but even if only one or two or three want to participate it will make for plenty of fun. Please feel free to invite a friend, or post about The Stocking Swap, or grab a button for your blog. This swap will be Working For Me this year, and I hope other Works For Me Wednesday fans will join in. Happy Christmas!




20 comments:

Audra Krell said...

Hi Tara!
What a cute and fun idea! I won't be able to participate this year, but I hope lots of our girlfriends do!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

This is a great idea. I hope it is a success. I don't think I can participate, this year. But, you never know. I may be back!

Sherry said...

Cool! I did one with a friend last year and it was a hit. Just make sure to let them know if there are any goodies that are in it that need to be eaten right away. LOL!

Becky said...

My stocking is often flat--unless I buy my own stuff that is. I am willing to participate and will send you an e-mail. Thanks for such a fun idea.

Jane @ What About Mom? said...

Usually I don't want to have one more thing to do at Christmas time, but this sounds like a really fun idea -- plus, getting started so early means it won't be stressful or anything.

I'm in! Yippee!

Blessed said...

This is a great idea! I probably shouldn't participate... but I think it will be the fun thing I do for myself this Christmas!

I'm emailing you now...
Oh and my WFMW post is here:
http://afrugalhousewife.com

Blessed said...

Oh and I blogged about it on my blog - A Blessed Crazy Life :)

Kirby3131 said...

I'm in!! I'm in!! I was hoping to be able to join in another Swap - my other two have already finished and I'm still wanting to do another.

Emailing you now - Thanks!!
Kristin

Cindy said...

This is one of the best ideas I've heard of in a long time! I'll send you an e-mail and I'm putting it on my blog, too so my girlfriends in the same boat get a chance to participate. Thanks!

LADY JANES' EMPORIUM said...

Love it,oh my gosh...too cute! Sign me up...I will post you on my blog! What a wonderful way to meet new bloggers and share some girlfriend fun! Hey...I wish I was the Jane that your first stocking was going to LOL! I am taking my Mom to the dentist and am going to have to do some SERIOUS button posting tonight! Yeah...and for the first time in a LONG time I will hget to be suprised with the Contents of my stocking!
P.S. Love chocolate!

Sharla said...

This has got to be the best idea ever! I really will be excited like I used to be as a kid! Glad I found you through Jane.

Marianne Thomas said...

This sounds so fun and you're absolutely right - I stuff my own stocking with my fave chocolates to eat, guilt-free, Xmas morning.

I am so in! Emailing you...

Berry Patch said...

First - LOVE this idea.
Second - My hubby will be SO very thankful I'm signing up. ;-)
Third - I'm blogging it in a few minutes. Thanks!

Monkey's Momma said...

What a neat idea! I will have to think about it for a day or so before I commit.

Kara said...

Hey - Just found your blog through Rocks in My Dryer. I am a sucker for anything fun and this sounds super FUN! I wanna play too! I will email you my info and add the button to my blog today. I will do a post to my blogging readers and will hopefully get others to play along too! Thanks for doing this. Glad I stopped by. Meeting new people is a gift in and of itself!

Robyn said...

WOw way to bring out the commenters! I'm in, definitely! I'm in the fill it myself category. So it would be fun to see what someone else will do.
Neat!

Jennie said...

It took me a long time to decide to do it- adding one more thing to my list. But, it sounds like so much fun I just couldn't resist! I'm e-mailing you shortly. Great idea!

Kirby3131 said...

I FINALLY blogged about it here, on The Goat. I'm so excited. I've already picked up a few items and I haven't even been assigned anyone!

Diane said...

I would love to be involved in this! I've sent you an email. I hope I'm not too late! Sounds like great fun!

Tia said...

What a fab idea! I will be sending my info now!