Yes, for someone who is nervous about participating in swap-bot, I am participating in the site way too much! This time, it’s a little trade of Disney items. What I didn’t notice until right now is that the person I was assigned is the swap creator! Now I am more knotted up than ever. Let’s look at the swap, though. This went off to a swapper in Zella-Mehlis, Germany. It’s to have been a “little Disney swap,” and we were to send 4 items. I sent 6 (officially 5, because if you send 2 of something, it counts as just one). We’ve got goods from 3 different stores here (oh, these special swap-bot shopping trips!), plus a prior online purchase.
So how did I choose the specific items in the photo? My partner did share some Disney info on herself:
“Right now I am collecting different Disney things: postcards, stickers, and letter sheets/note books…My favorite movie is Beauty and the Beast, I also really like… The Lion King…”
After that, it just comes down to what is available where I shopped. Let’s look at the pic again, evaluating it as if I were the recipient:
* Postcards: I like these postcards very much; they’re my favorite thing, I think, in the package;
* Princess stickers & notes: not for me, but would make for some lovely regifting;
* Laundry bag: I think this is a very cool find–but I’d probably use it as a gift wrap for someone, and be very excited about doing so;
* Minnie jelly beans: Disney candy packaging is awesome! And also I hate jelly beans. I would regift them.
But that’s just me.
I wrote my partner a note, and packed it all up:
So we’ll find out how that goes over.
UPDATE: The results are in, and I got my high score: 5-and-a-heart! The recipient wrote:
Also, I’ve received MY small Disney surprises, and they came from a swapper in La Teste-de-Buch, France. AND, as so often happens with soft mailers, the first thing I did was to destroy part of the contents when I opened the envelope.
Only regiftable as a part of a gag gift. 😡 There must be a better way. If you have some opening-soft-packages advice, I’d like you to share it with me, please!
Is there anything here I would have bought for myself? Nope. I think my benefactor had about as hard a time shopping as I did. Also, I think that if I am going to participate in swaps beyond just postcards, I should refine my profile again to offer some helpful suggestions. Now, the stationary stuff here is very nice–for someone who wants it–and it’ll move right along to someone who I think might like it. Or at least enjoy regifting it.
And now, this:
Whoa! From Canada comes this day-making “small package swap.” Not so small, at all, and the sender REALLY went to a lot of trouble. Those blue things on top of the book are custom-made return address labels, in some of my favorite cartoon characters–and you see she also made matching ornaments! Dark chocolate (and in Aero, which I love for its texture), a book (because I like to read), and 15–15!!!–Kinder egg capsules! For some reason, this woman enjoys Kinder-brand chocolate (I love the eggs, but what they call chocolate I sweep up into the trash). This package induced gasp-after-gasp as I delightedly opened each of the little parcels within the padded envelope. This shows me that despite the fact I resist making my swap-bot profile a demand list, there’s enough in there for people to deduce exactly what I might love to receive. This trader is beyond perceptive–and generous. I’ve already used a couple of my new return-address labels.
So, going along with that swap, I HAVE ANOTHER UPDATE!
The package I sent out (look for the photo with the bookmark & cookie cutters) to the U.K. for this trade has landed! And I did get my 5-and-a-heart. Here’s what the recipient had to say:
Comment: Thanks for the great package 🙂 I adore the spotty packaging tape and pink bunny cookie cutter, but everything is lovely thanks ❤ It arrives here as Autumn is starting to set in and the heating in my house has finally gone back on!!
Whew! Whooooooooo! I don’t even know if my heart can handle more swap-bot package swaps, but when you receive a package like that last one… the addiction can be real. But maybe not as real as the nerves.