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Blind Surprise Swap (January)

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Swap Coordinator:snailmailer1 (contact)
Swap categories: Miscellaneous 
Number of people in swap:58
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:January 23, 2015
Date items must be sent by:January 31, 2015
Number of swap partners:1

This is a monthly INTERNATIONAL swap. I am regularly asked if this swap can be made USA only. My answer is always no. There are an abundance of US only swaps out there. Please join those if you aren't happy with international shipping.

NB I cannot angel this swap this month.

Here are the rules:

For this swap, you will send AT LEAST 5 goodies to your partner, in no smaller than an A5 (6x9) envelope.

The idea of a blind surprise is to select and wrap each item individually BEFORE your partner is assigned. For this swap, anything goes...

BUT please only send in the condition you would like to receive.. DO NOT send any dirty or broken items. Items should be as good as new/ new.

Approximate spend: £5 / 5.91 Euros / 7.58 US dollars excluding postage.

This swap is a flake free zone. If you cannot afford to send items to this value, or you do not have the time to, please do not join.

No recent 1s or 3s. I will be checking profiles.

Only well filled out profiles. If you have an empty or brief profile, you will be removed.

Examples of goodies to send:

Small souvenirs from your country




Note cards

Fridge Magnets

Washi Tape

Sticker sheets

Postcards (4= 1 item)

...The list is endless!!

If you receive something you do not use, save it for another swap. Simple :)


I check all profiles, and remove as required immediately prior to assigning partners


atinagrace 12/21/2014 #

I love the idea. would you consider making a USA version?

paraxparaxnoia 12/21/2014 #

@atinagrace the host is from the UK so it would be impossible for her to make a US only swap. Also, this is an international swap so you're welcome to join :)

snailmailer1 12/21/2014 #

Thanks for explaining @paraxparaxnoia As my profile says, there's a whole world out there @atinagrace Embrace it :)

snailmailbythesea 12/22/2014 #

I love surprises!! :) Can't wait to get things started!

LovelyLici 01/ 8/2015 #

Does the envelope really have to be that big? For me, to mail an envelope that size would cost more than the amount stipulated here. Most of the suggested items would fit in a letter-sized envelope anyway.

I hope you'll reconsider envelope size so I can join this swap. :)

Jen2108 01/ 9/2015 #

@LovelyLici - A5 is a letter sized envelope? It's half the size of A4, the kind of envelope you'd mail a regular sized greetings card in.

LovelyLici 01/ 9/2015 #

@Jen2108 Letter-size would be the second one here: http://www.paperstone.co.uk/images/categories/envelopes/Envelope-sizes-1600.jpg

In The Bahamas, the charge for a 6x9 is far higher than a letter-sized envelope. I'm just thinking that it makes sense to send in a letter-sized envelope if everything fits rather than sending in a larger envelope which would cost a lot more money, take up more space, and waste the product.

I don't mean to be super-critical here. Just raising a point that I think some others may be able to relate to.

MiRdLHWY43 01/ 9/2015 #

@lovelylici the required size for this swap is a 6x9 envelope. It will cost around $6 to $12 US to send overseas if the items are over 1/4 inch thick, which is likely as the gifts are required to be wrapped. And I personally would use a bubble mailer so that the items will not get damaged traveling so far.

snailmailer1 01/ 9/2015 #

@LovelyLici - Yes, the size of the envelope is the minimum requirement. I for one would be very disappointed to receive a flat envelope for this swap. The suggestions are just that - suggestions.

hyperoma 01/11/2015 #

Pity I will be away on holiday during the swap. Can't wait for next month's!!!

snailmailer1 01/13/2015 #

All questionable swappers will be removed prior to assigning partners.

Zorin 01/18/2015 #

Hi! I just joined this swap. I'm a newbie and hope my profile is okay so far. Please let me know, if I should add anything, etc. Thank you in advance! xox

LokiAngel 01/23/2015 #

Could I make a USA version of this? Will credit of course.

Frenchberry 01/24/2015 #

Hello there! As Zorin,I'm also a newbie and I love the idea of this swap. Hope that my profile will be accepted...

kayetankt 01/26/2015 #

First time I'm doing such a swap! Sending out my parcel tonight!

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