Thursday, June 11, 2009

A bloggie gift exchange...

So, I participated in a "simple delights swap" recently held by Ms. Less is Always More of The Good Life for Less (a blog you must check out if you haven't already!)
Basically, it's a sort of gift exchange between randomly paired bloggers. Since I rarely turn down the opportunity to receive a gift I knew I had to be part of it. Here's some of what roped me in:

"I will pair you up with another lovely blogger and you guys/gals will exchange contact info and within the next week or so will put together a small package containing a simple pleasure. It could be gourmet candy, some flower seed packets, some silly postcards, a sweet little trinket, etc - don't spend a lot of money - it's more about the thoughtfulness and the simplicity - finding joy in ordinary places. A nice handwritten note would be a great addition."

I wasn't worried about who my partner in crime would be, but I was pleasantly surprised when I was paired with PS~Erin from Perfect Sentiment.
Here's what I received (pre-opening). I think one of my favorite things is receiving packages in the mail; I may just have to start sending them to myself. It was like Christmas morning without all the green and red.
The point of the Simple Delights gift exchange was to NOT spend a lot of money and it was a great reminder that some of the best gifts come straight from the heart, not the wallet.
Here's what Erin gave me:
1) Three of her own "Happy Birthday" cards. You can visit her shop here. I'm so excited to use them...why the heck did everyone have to be born in May?!
2) Two mini nail polishes, one of which is already on my toes.
3) Quite possibly the yummiest gum ever. (They have a cooling sensation, it's true!)
4) A set of Burt's Bees Lip Balm which satisfies my lip balm addiction.
5) A handwritten note, from Erin, which put a huge smile on my face.
I don't know if The Good Life for Less will be holding any more of these, but if you have the opportunity to participate, I encourage you to do so. If you're interested in seeing what I put together for the lovely Erin, you can see it on Perfect Sentiment...

21 comments:

PS~Erin said...

This was so much fun! It was so nice to have an excuse to get to know you just a little better. Thanks for sending me such a sweet package. Have a great day!

LuLu Lake said...

Sounds like so much fun! I just found your blog yesterday and already I love it!

umama said...

I just did one of these... so fun! (Hosted by Love and Photographs). This was what we swapped http://umama143.blogspot.com/2009/06/sweet-swappin.html

It was so much fun that I did another one (hosted by City of Dionne) and I'm super psyched to have an international partner!

It's so fun thinking that there is some one you barely know out there doing something sweet for you!

ms. less is always more said...

SO fun! I def should host another one, huh? This was too fun not to do again! Maybe beginning of July...

Ginger said...

I just read about this on The Good Life for Less, and I'm bummed I didn't hear about it in time to participate! I hope she does it again; it's such a lovely idea;)
I try, every other year, to make Christmas a "no money" holiday by asking friends and family to make gifts, or give to charity in my name; it's so much more fun that way!

Mmmmm; Burt's Bee's Lip Balm . . . .;)

Julia said...

They are such a good idea :) I loved her little notecards she sent you!

naphtali said...

What a fantastic idea! This should happen more often!

jess@noelmarie said...

What a lovely idea!

Couture Carrie said...

What a fabulous idea! Spreading joy one care package at a time :)

xoxox,
CC

TheBeautyFile said...

I love this idea!! Like a secret santa for bloggers!

Kate said...

What a fun idea!!!! I should start doing this! How do you get involved with it?

PS~Erin said...

I just noticed I had a grammatical error on my note to you. Ack!

Blair said...

Oh, how sweet! Love what you sent her too:)

LipstickOne said...

so nice!

Simply Mel said...

It's always the greatest feeling to receive a special gift in the mail for no reason except 'because'!

Elizabeth Marie said...

How fun! I want to get in on this...sounds so positive and I love meeting new bloggy friends.

I hope you're having a fabulous day!

Liz

Hanako66 said...

that is such an awesome idea...would love to do something like it!!

bananas. said...

what a cute idea. i love burt's bees chapstick. i cannot live without it. you made out well my friend.

Callie Grayson said...

what fun!!!

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Aww, I so wish I lived in the US and could do fun things like this! What an awesome project.

ana b. said...

Wow! This is such a sweet thing to do. I spot some very cute nail polishes.

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