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The 2nd Annual Diabetes Online Community Gift Exchange!

November 17, 2009

It’s that time of the year, folks! The air is chilly, the trees are trimmed with sparkly lights, and Starbucks cups have gone from traditional white to festive red…

The holidays are here!

I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe it’s almost December (2 more weeks) and that Thanksgiving is coming ’round the bend in just a week. I’m excited, of course, as I love the holidays and I think it’s a wonderful, happy time (when I’m not being trampled by tourists…). Last year, I gathered the troops for a holiday gift exchange hosted by Elfster, an online website devoted to coordinating gift exchanges. It was a rousing success (I got $30 worth of iTunes gift cards from Scott Strumello, so I was happy!) and I’d like to do it again.

The way it works is this:

  • From today until November 30, you can sign up to participate by visiting this link.
  • On December 1, Elfster will automatically draw names for everyone and email you. You will be notified of the person’s name and mailing address.
  • You have until December 24 to mail the person a gift.
  • Try to keep the gift around $25. But that’s just a suggestion. Not a requirement. Be thoughtful, be creative, be personal.
  • ONLY your Elfster match will receive your mailing address. All contact info is kept completely private.
  • If necessary, you can leave once the exchange has started, but we are not adding anyone because it causes the entire group to be reshuffled and that just gets confusing.
  • Remember: you must join by November 30!

This is open to EVERYONE, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmahanukwanzaka. Or nothing at all and you just like getting presents (and who doesn’t?).

It’s fun – it’s easy – and it’s fun! (It’s so fun, I had to say it twice).

Questions? Leave a comment or email me.

Don’t forget to join!

  1. Layne permalink
    November 17, 2009 3:40 PM

    I LOVE Secret Santas!! I actually had a lot of fun in the gift exchange last year. I got to know a lot of bloggers and the person that I sent a gift was fun to shop for and really sweet!

    Unfortunately, the fun ended when I never recieved a gift and never figured out who my secret santa was. That may sound super ungrateful but signing up and not participating just ruins the fun for everyone.

    I’m on the fence about whether or not to join this year?!? Hmm. . .

    • November 17, 2009 3:52 PM

      We actually had another person who didn’t get their gift, even though the sender said they sent it. So maybe it had something to do with the postal service? I’m definitely going to stay on top of it a little bit more this year and work with each person who signs up. Also, make sure that you having your mailing address listed, because I know at least one person hadn’t put anything up. Can’t mail a package if there’s no address! Hopefully you’ll join this year – I’m sure it’ll be better since you’ll be with an entirely new person.

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