Christmas in July ’14

25 Jul

Much like with the swap I organized last July, I decided that the Christmas in July concept is the perfect excuse to host an exchange among my pen pals. Just like last time I told those interested to PM me a list of 3 general ideas to pass along to their Secret Santa, keeping in mind that no one should spend more than $10.

Sara, who asked for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, stationery, and jewelry bezels, was the first to receive anything… probably because I was responsible for her package, hehe.


Othella’s wishlist included a used book, stickers, and something homemade. The picture shows other things Othella received that day, but what was from Allison had to have been pretty awesome as they are FB friends now 😛


Emily requested Hello Kitty stickers/ stationery, Dinosaur stickers/ stationery, and anything Tokidoki. I believe her exact words were “It’s the best Christmas in July evah!!!!”


Kari’s list consisted of stickers, stationery, and washi tape, and it looks like her package consisted of exactly that.


Allison’s three things were a used copy of a book her Santa loves, a used copy of a movie they also love, and the-brighter-the-better stationery. This was what was waiting for her upon her return from New Jersey.


Justine, who asked for local candy, fruity tea, and touristy postcards, has yet to receive her package, but she should get it any day now according to her Secret Santa.

But then there’s me! Even if there was nothing remotely secretive about it I wanted to be involved this time around, giving my Maryland pen pal the list of refrigerator magnets, craft supplies she’d think I like, and a used copy of a favorite book. I was hopeful it would arrive in time for today’s post (along with Gone Girl, the book she is letting me borrow) but that shall be a picture for another time…

But wait, there’s more! When Emily, who you may know as Nerd in the Brain, saw my FB posts she was inspired to host a Secret Santa, too. I gladly signed up. The socks on the left (along with a bookmark I forgot to document) were sent to a woman who asked for funky ones, and I was given the book on the right from another woman.

Actually, I was given a few books as Othella surprised me with The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield and Allison purchased Semi-Sweet by Roisin Meaney for me on a complete whim. Tune in on Monday for my thoughts on the latter 😉

Yeah, I’d say this Christmas in July has been a merry one. I will definitely continue to host these, hehe. Happy holidays!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~


7 Responses to “Christmas in July ’14”

  1. Sincerely Kate 07/25/2014 at 8:56 am #

    Bah! I tried time traveling, I guess. Hopefully it shows up as ’14 and not ’13 now 😛

  2. nerdinthebrain 07/25/2014 at 10:46 am #

    I’ve had a lot of fun with the Secret Santa exchanges. I’m so glad you inspired me! 😀 My Hello Kitty stuff is awesome! I’m looking forward to doing this again next year. (Amy loves, loves, loves her socks and bookmark, by the way.) 😀

    • Sincerely Kate 07/25/2014 at 4:07 pm #

      I am trying to decide if I want to do this again in December, or do more of an exchange where everyone sends me enough of something to distribute to each participant– like one person could get candy, another stickers, another a few postcards, etc. etc.

      • nerdinthebrain 07/25/2014 at 7:49 pm #

        Oh, I like both ideas! It might be cool to do the gift exchange each July and the other thing each December. 🙂

      • Sincerely Kate 07/25/2014 at 10:05 pm #

        I will tell you why I’m torn about the other kind of exchange in the letter I’m working on for you 😉


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