I participated for the first time in The Broke and the Bookish blog's annual Secret Santa swap this year and I had so much fun with it! I will definitely be joining in again next year -- and then I'll be able to stuff my partner's box with all kinds of Hawaiian stuff! ;)
There were three options for signing up and I chose option 2 -- one or two books and some goodies -- and, based on a questionnaire we all filled out, I was matched up with someone else who chose the same option as me and has similar reading tastes, Alise from Read. Write. Repeat. I had a blast shopping for her and knitting a hat to stick in her package! (P.S. Though my partners and I all have book blogs, you don't need to be a blogger to participate!)
My secret Santa turned out to be Jennifer from The Leaning Stack of Books. She sent a wonderful box filled with local chocolate, some amazing peppermint-white chocolate popcorn, an adorable stack-of-books ornament (I hope she has one for herself since it goes perfectly with her blog name!), an amazing pack of boxer dog notecards that feature a dog who looks so much like our Conan did, and two books from my wish list: "Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson and "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng. I love, love, love everything Jennifer sent, and it was so much fun to experience the anticipation of receiving and opening a mystery package!
In addition to the fun of assembling a surprise for someone else and receiving my own awesome box of goodies, I made two new book-loving friends and that's the best part of all!