A few weeks ago myself and a group of bloggy friends got together and decided to do a Christmas gift swap. A bit of a Secret Santa. Well, I say secret, we actually knew who each other had, but until today none of us have known what anyone else sent to each other. This is actually the first real Secret Santa I have ever been a part of (besides a little one we did with the kids last year) so I was completely flummoxed trying to decide what to buy, while staying in the £5 limit.
I wanted to get something that, not only had a meaning to me, but would also be of use to my giftee, which was the lovely Bonita who blogs over at Mama’s VIB. Here is what I sent:
2. A tin of multi-coloured pens to match. Again, every good blogger needs a pen, or eight. There are occasions that I’d like to differentiate between the masses of scribbled notes in my multitude of notepads and different coloured ink allows me to do this. although I have to admit my colours are limited to blue, black and red at the moment. I may go back and get this same tin for myself!
3. A Welsh themed keyring. I am very proud to be Welsh (as are most Welsh folk) so I really wanted to include something to reflect that. If budget had allowed I would have bought a lovespoon but sadly Bonita will have to make do with the dinky one on this keyring. Heres a close up:
There aren’t any pictures of these but I also included a couple of tiny candy canes, a Welsh Christmas card. There was some Stained Glass Gingerbread too (I’ll link to the recipe when I post it) which I’m hoping survived the trip!
My not so secret Santa was Karen from Mini Travellers. Why not pop over to her blog to read the reasons behind her gifts. I am a real bookworm and have been desperate for something new to read for ages. So when these came through the door I was really pleased, even if I now have to fight with a teen over who gets to read them first!
Before I finish I’d like to thank Katie from Life on Vista Street. She came up with the idea of this little gift swap and arranged everything. I’m so glad she did as I’ve thoroughly enjoyed giving and receiving these presents and also loved reading what everyone else gave an the reasons behind buying them.
Have you been a part of a Christmas gift swap/secret Santa? Have you ever given or received a really funny or memorable gift?