I grew up in a gorgeous small town in New England, but I currently live in NYC. My favorite thing in the world to do is travel. I've been all over the country and to a number of foreign countries as well. My favorite place so far is the Bahamas. I love being in nature and hiking, whitewater rafting, swimming, snorkeling, etc.
I adore unique handmade items, and whenever possible I try to avoid corporate and mass-produced stuff. I like:
*the ocean, marine animals (not jellyfish though!), lakes, rivers, streams, waterfalls - any body of water
*postcards of any kind, especially handmade - feel free to send me handmade even if swap specifies store bought. Also don't be afraid to send vintage cards.
*spooky things (nothing grinning/smiling)
*abandoned buildings, urban blight, post-apocalyptic scenes
*old sci-fi/outer space themes (like robots and rayguns)
*organic products, cruelty-free items (not animal tested)
*tealights, votives, wax tarts or beads
*celestial theme (especially the moon)
*plays on words/literary references
*sparkly and shiny things.
*Canadian swappers: I'd love to get a Wunderbar candybar. I ate some on a trip there and loved them. So tasty!
Red and burgundy, but I also like black and silver. I prefer darker colors.
Scents: nature-based scents like pine, lavender, cinnamon, lime, ocean, sage, apple, rain, spice, cucumber melon, eucalyptus, vanilla, etc.
Favorite animal: cats. I have a calico named Calliope.
New England, West Virginia, Florida, the Southwest, Bahamas, The Tropics, Ireland
I'm an avid reader. Science fiction is my favorite, but I also love Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, Jonathan Lethem, David Foster Wallace, David Mitchell, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende, Alan Watts, Dean Sluyter, many more.
Mainly goth, industrial, EBM, synthpop, and new wave. I love darker music that you can dance to (or poppy 80s new wave!). Old Cure, old Sisters of Mercy, old New Order, Amduscia, Hocico, VNV Nation, Apop, Covenant, Mesh, Wolfsheim, Love is Colder Than Death, Dead Can Dance, Front Line Assembly, Front 242, Leatherstrip, Wumpscut, Cocteau Twins, Agonoize, STG, many, many more
Fight Club, Hard Core Logo, American Beauty, Aliens series, Blade Runner, The Thing, Cinema Paradiso, Gone With the Wind, Angela's Ashes, etc.
Amazing Race, Breaking Bad, Weeds, True Blood, Monty Python, Arrested Development
I try to be a non-materialist. I would much rather spend my money having experiences (like traveling) than buying stuff. Also, I hate clutter. On that note, I would much rather receive items I can use up (like tea or incense) or your handmade artwork than "knick knacks" or other useless shelf-sitters.
Other stuff not to send: preachy/religious items; jewelry (I don't wear much!); picture frames; candleholders or incense holders (maxed out on these); "cutesy" things (like kawaii).