One thing I love about Christmas is gifts – planning, buying, giving, receiving. It’s all fun for me! Which is why participating in Secret Santa exchanges is perfect for me! This year I participated in two different ones and want to share with you what my amazing Secret Santas sent to me!
The Broke and the Bookish Secret Santa
The Broke and the Bookish has an annual tradition of hosting a Secret Santa swap for bloggers. This is the second year I’ve participated and lemme tell you: it’s so much fun! I’m not sure what my favorite part is, searching for gifts for my pal, getting gifts or getting to know new bloggers. It’s just a blast all around!
This year my Secret Santa was Sydney at The Sydney Project and she gave me some lovely goodies!
1) Bath salts – these smell soooo yummy and I love the lid on them (you can’t see but it’s red and white checked). I can’t take a bath just yet after surgery, but when I can these will most certainly be used!
2) Book print “C” – This is oh so cute and I can’t wait to display it! I have the perfect place picked out too. 🙂
3) Strawberry shortcake recipe – One of the things I love is strawberries (it’s a sorority symbol too!) so my Secret Santa included her recipe for Strawberry Shortcake. It sounds yummy and I’m looking forward to making it this spring when strawberries are ripe!
4) The Name of the Star – I’ve been meaning to read this one forever but haven’t gotten around to it. Thank you Secret Santa for gifting me with this one so I can finally read it!
5) Handmade Christmas bookplate – It’s so cute! Will definitely get framed and displayed for Christmases to come!
6) Handmade Christmas card – Darling! I wish I was this creative with my cards. I really loved it!
7) Hair tie – not pictured because I think the cat got it and hid it. It’s cute though!
8) Doctor Who bookmark – not pictured because I forgot to put it up there. Whoops! But I love it! 🙂
This is the second year my SC gals and I have played Secret Santa. It was so much more fun this year because I felt like we all know each other much better than we did last year. I had a super fun time picking out stuff for my secret pal and getting to know her better through her likes and shopping for her!
My SC Secret Santa was Tee from YA Crush. However, had I not already seen her name on the package I would have known it was her the second I opened the box – all my gifts were wrapped in Disney Christmas paper!
1) “C” Stationary – I LOVE stationary, especially stationary that has my initial on it! This particular box is so cute. I love it! Can’t wait to send notes out to people using it!
2) The Dream Thieves – Yay! I’ve already read this one, but love that I now have my own pretty copy!
3) Peeta ring – My SC gals know how much I love Peeta Mellark. This ring is probably my favorite thing I’ve gotten so far this year!
4) Doctor Who bookmark – Yeah, it’s nerdy but I love it and can’t wait to mark my place in books with it!
Merry Christmas and thanks Secret Santas!