Saturday 1 October 2016

2016 Christmas Sock Exchange [Closed]

2016's Sock Exchange is closed.
Check back mid September for 2017's Christmas Sock Exchange! 

   After the success of last year's Christmas Sock Exchange, I knew I had to do it again this year!
   The premise is the same as last year: it's like Secret Santa, but you're using a pair of Christmas-themed socks - new socks, obviously - to make a mini Christmas stocking by filling one sock with goodies and stuffing the other in on top to keep it all in. They can be normal socks, fluffy socks, slipper/grippy socks, whatever you'd most like to give - but realise that this means that, if you give a duluxe pair of socks, that doesn't mean you'll get a duluxe pair back!
   You won't be sending to the person you're receiving from, either, but everyone will be assigned to each other as appropriately as possible using the information you provide in your sign-up email.

   This is a very quick exchange. You have about 3 weeks to sign up, after which point there will be a 1-week opt-out window, and then three weeks in which to fill your sock before shipping it out.

Required Information (email by November 1st):
Full Name:
Email address:
Full address, including country:
Sending preference: National/Europe/International*
Allergies (food colouring, Coeliac's, sensitive skin, etc):
Blog (if you have one):

*Delete all unappropriate options. If you select 'national' but you are the only person within your country participating, you will be contacted on November 2nd. You can either change your mind and switch to an alternative option, or you can choose to back out.

• To participate you must fill in the below form and email it to me by October 23rd, or November 1st.
• If you sign up before October 23rd, you will have the chance to change your mind between October 23rd and October 31st. Anyone who signs up between October 24th and November 1st will be unable to opt out. Their sign up will be locked in.
• As of November 1st, anyone who hasn't dropped out is obligated to participate; this is also the date when you will be emailed your partner's information.
• You must ship your package no later than November 21st to ensure it arrives in time for Christmas.
• Please obtain proof of postage from the post office, if you can. This tends to be free and in the form of a receipt - they usually offer, but if they don't, just ask at the counter.
• You must buy new socks, unworn and adult size. You can choose to just buy patterned day socks or you could choose to buy more expensive rubber-bottomed slipper-socks instead. The choice is yours, but be aware that you may not receive the same generosity. Don't think about what you'll receive, think instead about what you will give. It's for Christmas, after all!
• The cost of the socks' contents can exceed £10/$15, but, again, don't expect to receive anything worth more. £10/$15 is the average.
• You don't need to fill both socks! Fill one sock, roll up the other and use it to 'cork' the filled sock.
A word of warning to flakers: anyone who signs up, does not opt out but still doesn't participate will be publicly named and shamed right here on the blog. I've participated in things like this a few times in the past, and three of those times my partner flaked. As harsh as it might be, I will not stand for anyone doing it here. Most of the time, bloggers who host things like this don't want to admit if something went wrong and so never state if a few rotten apples spoiled the bunch, but I am not going to shy away from that as I've been on the receiving end too often.

Contents suggestions:
• Stationery
• Jewellery
• Decorations & Christmassy stuff!
• Sweets/chocolates
• Toiletries
• Christmas novelties
• Tiny toys/games

All participants must submit the above details by October 23rd. There will then be a 1-week window in which to drop out. As of November 1st, anyone who hasn't dropped out is obligated to participate properly. All packages must be shipped to the recipients by November 21st to ensure delivery in time for Christmas. Anyone who signs up must be willing to participate fully.
All participants must also be willing to pay full shipping fees.
Be sure to mark the package as 'gift' on any customs forms.
   I cannot be held responsible for missing packages or uncooperative partners. If you sign up, please play properly, and play nice. If your package doesn't arrive before Christmas, don't jump to conclusions; with the Christmas rush clogging up the postal system, it's inevitable that it may get slowed down and delayed. Be patient and try not to think about it!


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