Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ever Get Burned on a Gift Exchange?

 One of the fun things about blogging is getting to know people all over the country and even the world.  I was so excited when Survey Junkie and Simply Stacie decided to host a Secret Santa Gift Exchange.  We were supposed to send the person we were matched up with a gift or gifts with a total value of around $15 and get it in the mail by December 1st.  Time got away from me and I didn't get it into the mail until December 14th.  Fortunately, it got delivered before Christmas.

Because the gift idea suggested to me was home decor, the gift I chose to send was a candle jar with a design etched into the glass by my husband.  It's a simple Nativity scene design and kind of hard to photograph, but it looks pretty cool in person.  I liked being able to send something with a more personal touch to it.

Christmas has passed and I haven't heard anything from my partner in the gift exchange.  That's always the gamble, of course, when you participate in something like this.  It's a bummer, but I'm not going to let it keep me from trying a gift exchange in the future.  I've seen a lot of blog posts by different people in exchanges for gifts, ornaments, cards, tatting, etc., and it looks like they usually have a lot of fun.  Anyone else have interesting experiences with a gift exchange?

1 mad comments:

Anonymous said...

Uhg! Yes! I find there is substantial confusion about what is "White Elephant." From my experience, a white elephant gift is a silly, but reasonable gift found in your own home (or cheaply purchased). Some folks use "white elephant" to refer to a gift exchange (where gifts could be really nice) and others use it to refer to only gag gifts of no value. Because there is lack of clarity on this topic, I've regularly found myself bringing nicer gifts to joke exchanges. I'd love to get rid of this term since there aren't an universal truths about it. Meanwhile, I hope you get your gift!!

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