#apovgiftswap. Christmas Blogger Gift Swap.

27 Dec
#apovgiftswap. Christmas Blogger Gift Swap.


My very first blogger gift swap, and it was lots of fun. I am very glad that I joined into this and will definitely do it again next year. Firstly thanks to Viola from  who organised this gift swap.

What a great idea and so well organised. Viola set us all up with a paired blogger and then let us get on with it, communicating with each other and agreeing on how we should do our gift swap. My paired blogger is Shannon from .

Shannon and I swapped email addresses and spoke to each other quite a bit via Twitter and email. Shannon is really lovely and I couldn’t have asked for a nicer blogger pair. Through our conversations, we agreed that we would spend £7 on each other, (not including the postage). And as a twist for something different, we decided that we would only shop in charity shops. This we hoped would allow us to get extra bargainous gifts. Funnily enough, before we had agreed on the charity shop idea, we had both already bought something small from a normal shop.  😉

We both sent our parcels away and both received them in plenty of time. When I received mine from Shannon, it was so nicely wrapped. It was lovely to have it under the tree until Christmas day. box from shannon Shannon added a lovely little tag and a nice wooden heart tag. She really did put a lot of effort into the presentation. It made me look forward to opening it. I have to add at this point, when I was wrapping my gift to Shannon, my Husband was very sceptical that I was sending a parcel to a stranger and waiting for a parcel in return. I was very happy to show off my beautiful parcel to him!! ♥

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So, Christmas day arrived and I joyfully opened my gifts while Christmas music was playing in the background and my Husband was with me with the camera. I was very lucky with regards all my Christmas gifts. But that’s another story!

Shannon was so intuitive with my gifts, it really felt like she got to know me and the kind of things that I like. I loved all the gifts that she sent and am really thankful to her for all the thought and time that she put into my gift. Here is what she sent me:

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I received:

Cinnamon and Spice fragranced candle.

Botanics Set including, body lotion, bath elixir and a mini buffer.

Chocolate Wishes book by Trisha Ashley.

A Christmas Mug with a sachet of Wispa hot chocolate and marshmallow. *

I am very much looking forward to reading the book. On the cover it says ‘full of down to earth humour’ Sophie Kinsella. Sophie Kinsella is my favourite author, so that and the title of this book says it all for me. I’m sure its going to be great.

* When I picked up one of the gifts to unwrap, I got another little surprise as Christmas music started to play! It was the mug, when you lift it up it plays Christmas music. What a great Christmas novelty mug, perfect!

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Thank you so much Shannon, great gifts. I will be burning my candle while reading my new book and enjoying a delicious hot chocolate in my fantastic musical Christmas mug. Perfect for my relaxing Christmas holidays.

Shannon will also be writing a post on what she received from me. Here is a sneak preview……. My wrapping was definitely not as creative as Shannon’s. But hopefully she liked what was inside. 😉

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Thanks for reading. If you have participated in Violas gift swap or any other gift swap, let me know your thoughts and how your gift swap went. chocolate-heart-of-chocolate1


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14 responses to “#apovgiftswap. Christmas Blogger Gift Swap.

  1. catmab

    December 27, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    It was such a great thing to do! I really liked the challenge of finding something to suit someone new!!

    • chocolatepages

      December 27, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Me too, maybe there will be a summer one too???

  2. Eagle-Eyed Editor

    December 27, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Lovely! What a fun idea.

    • chocolatepages

      December 27, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Yes, unfortunately it was UK only, but you never know when an international one might come up so you can join too.
      I will certainly be doing another one if one comes up.

  3. mumjd

    December 27, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    What a fab fun idea #weekendbloghop

    • chocolatepages

      December 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Thank you, it really was. I hope there is another one next year.

  4. Shannon

    December 28, 2014 at 1:35 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed everything! It was so much fun learning about you by reading your blog and I’m very happy I got everything right. 🙂 I look forward to hearing what you think of the book too!

    • chocolatepages

      December 28, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Thank you, you too. I will write a review on the book after I have read it.
      I look forward to your #apovgiftswap post when you return. 😉

  5. whatsasssays

    December 28, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    What lovely gifts! Such great ideas 🙂
    Sass x

    • chocolatepages

      December 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Thank you, I’m also looking forward to Shannon’s post to see how she liked my gifs to her.

  6. SingleMotherAhoy

    December 29, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    What a lovely idea, I bet that was a lovely parcel to receive in the post! Thanks for linking up with #WeekendBlogHop, happy new year!

    • chocolatepages

      December 30, 2014 at 12:24 am

      Thank you, it was. I was looking forward to opening it from when I received it but left it looking pretty under the tree until Christmas morning.
      Loving the #WeekendBlogHop!
      Happy New Year to you too.

  7. Viola (@violahelen_)

    January 25, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Hi lovely,
    To only shop in charity shops is such a good idea! The presents look really nice – I’m so glad you enjoyed the swap 🙂
    I’m doing a round-up post very soon so keep your eyes peeled!
    Viola xo


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