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Member gift exchange? Answered

I just heard about imgr doing sort of a secret Santa type gift exchange for valentines day and thought that was a super cool idea. While we're probably too late for v day, maybe that would be a fun thing to put together for a "spring cleaning" maker trade. There's a lot of amazing talent on this site and I bet some of us could definitely stand to clear our workbenches of surplus or unsold projects. Each person would get the name and address of another member and send something they make, and receive something from a different person in return. I'm happy to help organize it, but I'm not sure about the best way to assign gifts since we can't just draw names out of a hat. Suggestions? And do we divide it by country so nobody has to deal with international postage, or leave it wide open? I welcome ideas and definitely would like to gauge interest.

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bravoechonovember1

3 years ago

sounds interesting! I'd love to participate in something like this.

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Kiteman

3 years ago

It's been tried, some time ago, and proved very hard to arrange.

I don't remember who got the picture I made, but I never got the item that should have been sent to me.

*If* you go ahead, it might be worth everybody sending items to a central address, and then they get sent out semi-randomly to participants. That way, only those people who give shall receive.

So, if you're going to have a central address, I'd talk to HQ, see if they're up for giving it another go.

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ashleyjlongKiteman

Reply 3 years ago

Ah, good to know. Thanks for the heads up. I've had the same problem when trying to do a "craft it forward" on Facebook. I'll think about it some more and contact HQ if it feels like there's any hope. Since you're the only response to this thread, that might say it all right there.

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Brooklyntoniaashleyjlong

Reply 3 years ago

The post was only put up a couple days ago. I'm only just seeing. it. I could be up for it. My husband always having fun doing Reddit's Christmas exchange even if he doesn't receive.

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Kitemanashleyjlong

Reply 3 years ago

Not really - the forums are a poor reflection of how active the site actually is.

If HQ go for it, the interest would probably come via the newsletter, Facebook or Twitter feeds, rather than the forums.