I am opening registration for my Christmas Ornament swap for 2021. Last year the Swap was only available for Aussies to swap with each other as it was a bit of a last minute thing I decided to do when we were locked down here in Sydney for Christmas. However SO MANY OF YOU wanted to play from around the world, that I will open it to everyone for this year.
PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE ADD ANY PREFERENCES you have for your ornament - eg I like modern colours, please use pink etc... in the "Special Instructions for Seller" box section when you checkout.
There are some things you need to know that are VERY IMPORTANT before you sign up so please read below before you hare off to join!
1. The swap works like this. You register, I take a few weeks to work out everyone’s partners, you are sent their name and address and preferences for a Christmas ornament. You then make or purchase an ornament, and post it to them by the deadline date, along with a little treat or a Christmas card or whatever takes your fancy to send. You then receive a package from the person who is your swap partner. The person you send to is NOT the same person who is sending to you. The partners are secret until the packages are delivered. Registration is open all of September, partners are sent at the beginning of October, the first date to send your package is November 15 (no sending before that!!) and the deadline of the LAST DATE for posting is November 30.
2. Please DO NOT register if you cannot commit to making or purchasing something for your partner by the shipping date. It takes me hours and hours and hours to chase everyone, and hassle everyone, and make replacement gifts when someone flakes out, and it’s so unfair to all the people who do the right thing and send their packages. This is supposed to be a fun and happy thing to do for someone else, and it is such fun when it works and everyone does what they commit to do. If you run out of time to make something, please buy a nice ornament instead to post to your partner, don’t just not send something. Please remember that people go to a lot of trouble to make lovely things, you need to send something to your partner that you would enjoy receiving yourself.
3. This year there will be a $5 AUS registration fee to participate. This is basically to cover the admin, which is extensive when there are so many of you! We had several hundred last year and that was just the Aussies.
4. Your partner could be from anywhere in the world. I simply cannot manage to partner people only within their own country. Please don’t sign up if you are not willing to post your package internationally. Remember that a small flat Christmas ornament made of fabric or felt and a Christmas card won’t be heavy, so there are ways to send something lovely without having to pay a lot of postage.