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    It’s time for the Winter/Holiday 2016 Gift Swap to get started! 🙂

    PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE watch the deadlines. If you sign up and something happens that you can’t participate, PLEASE let me know by the 24th (US Thanksgiving Day) if possible! No matter what, if something comes up, at least let me know ASAP, so I at least know what is going on if arrangements need to be made, so no one is left without something. Communication is ALWAYS best! 🙂 If we have any non-US participants or someone outside the US shipping to the US, please be aware you need to ship EARLY to ensure items get through customs, which can take a few weeks.

    What it is: If you enlist, your name gets thrown into a hat. You will receive the name of one person, and someone else will receive your name. Your goal is to put together a small care package for that person. Letters, candles, incense, chocolate, bath goodies, foodie goods, craft-store finds, etc. Something nice to brighten his or her day. You might even get a new friend out of the deal. You DON’T have to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, the first snow or any other holiday at this time of year to participate. You just have to appreciate brightening someone’s day. 🙂

    November 3, 2016 — Sign-ups – OPEN
    November 11th, 2016 (Fri) — Sign-ups close at 8am EST –
    November 11th, 2016 — Swapper notifications –
    November 24th, 2016 (Thurs)– The last day to notify me of a back-up need –
    December 3th, 2016 (Sat) — Last Day to put packages in the mail –

    General Guidelines:
    — It is suggested that you use a method with a some sort of shipping confirmation/a tracking number. I understand that this can get quite pricey shipping overseas. If you’d prefer to ship within country, just state so (US and Canadian residents, unless we get a lot of other countries participating). It just saves headaches when packages go missing at this busy time of year.
    — It is suggested you include at least 3 items in your package if you are getting smaller gifts; if you wish to send one large item that is fine too.
    — General price range will be $25 – $35 total spent on gift items, though if you’d like to invest more, that’s fine. And $25 is not a mandatory minimum that you have to spend– if you’re good at crafts or you have a knack for finding thrift store treasures, that’s cool, too.
    — Please, please, do not ask to participate if you are unsure about your ability to follow through on your end. Yes, there are generous people who have and will throw together back-up packages so that no one gets left out. No, that does not mean that it’s okay to flake. Please note: November 26th is the absolute last date to tell me that you need to bow out.

    Got it? Good! 🙂

    To participate, please fill out this questionnaire and send me a PM here on the forum or email to me at ‘sifert dot brianne at alumni dot hartwick dot edu’ (please make sure to type out my email the correct way rather than just copying and pasting: I’m trying to avoid spammers!), with the subject line “Windstone Winter/Holiday 2016 Gift Swap”, just so I know that the email isn’t spam.


    **NOTE: When replying, PLEASE don’t just submit answers! It’s A LOT of work to have to go back and match up what question your answers correspond with in order to send your information to your swapee without is sounding completely random and nonsensical. **

    Windstone Forum Name:
    Full Name:
    Email Address:
    Mailing Address:

    Willing to ship internationally?:
    Are you familiar with putting the required delivery confirmation on packages within the US?:

    Spiritual orientation (or godless heathen?):
    Favorite Holiday:

    Favorite Windstone sculpt:
    Favorite Windstone coloring:
    Favorite Windstone line: (Dragons, Unicorns, Griffins…)
    Favorite animal (in general):
    Do you have a Windstone ‘Wishlist’? If so, what is it?:

    Hair type:
    Skin Type:
    Other things to avoid:
    Favorite bath/beauty products:
    Do you have a bathtub and/or do you like to take baths?:
    Favorite bath/beauty stores, online or otherwise:

    Scents/notes/types of smells that you prefer:
    Scents/notes/types of smells that you don’t like:

    Do you burn candles/incense?:
    Do you have a wax tart burner or a scented oil warmer?:
    If not, would you want one?:

    Clothing Style:
    T-shirt size and preference (standard, babydoll, tank, cami, etc):
    Favorite online stores:
    Favorite stores in general:

    Favorite colors:
    Style/home decoration style:
    Things you collect (aside from Windstones):
    Favorite music/artists:
    Least favorite music:
    Other food restrictions:
    Favorite foods/drinks/snacks:

    Favorite authors/genres:
    Least favorite authors/genres:
    Books/authors you’d like to read, but haven’t yet:

    Jewelry – gold-tone or silver-tone? Do you have any allergies to metal?
    Pierced ears, stretched ears, neither?
    Ring/wrist/collar size:
    Favorite gemstones:

    Magazines you subscribe to:
    Magazines you like, but don’t subscribe to:

    Favorite movies:
    Favorite TV shows:

    Hobbies/crafts done:
    Do you like/collect any homemade crafts/art?-
    Wish lists (, etc):
    Organizations/Causes/Activities (Things you belong to or causes you believe in):

    What things do you like to do to relax?

    Is there anything else your swapper should know or you’d like to mention?


    * If there are questions you don’t feel comfortable answering, feel free to omit them.

    I will assign swappers/swappees and mail you your recipient’s questionnaire. I will also keep a list of swappers/swapees, so if someone doesn’t send their package, I’ll know, and will find some way to compensate.

    Everybody, have fun! 🙂



    Yahoo! Ya! I’m signing up …. 😀
    I’ll send my form to you shortly.

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    Me too.Thank you and HAPPY HOLIDAYS

    (Wanted.. Fantasy or Silhouette GB Young Unicorn)



    I sent my entry. Can’t wait to see the gifts this year. 🙂

    Looking for-
    red fire young dragon
    old animal line frog, wolf, barn owl, tortoise, tiger cub



    Sent my entry!



    Form sent! Thanks for doing this! 😀


    Celestial Rainstorm

    Submitted my form!

    Finding happiness again.



    I sent mine in!



    I’m in! 😀

    Check out my finished artwork at and my sketch/studio blog at




    We have 12 people so far! Signups close Friday morning, so I can send out notifications/swapee info that evening.

    Just a note, I’ll have this thread moved to the Swaps category later this week. So if you don’t see it in the Community thread, check there. 🙂



    Sign-Ups are CLOSED. I’ll update the first post as soon as I figure out how to edit in the new system.

    I’ll send out swapee information tonight. 🙂



    Gift swap information has been sent! Let me know if anyone didn’t receive their swapee’s info or if you have questions.
    We have 13 people! Whoo hoo! 😀



    Oh.. no I signed up but did not realize I was suppose to message you.. or.. I didn’t get a message about being part of the group. I did post above that I would like to participate. If it is to late.. I understand



    Dang. I was too late maybe next year. 🙂

    -- Angie



    I didn’t sign up but if anyone missed the deadline, message me if you want to do our own swap.

    Looking for rainbow or pink & teal grab bags!

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