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The Food52 community is organizing a Secret Swap for the holiday season -- sign up below and join the fun!

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Last year, thanks to Food52er enbe's organization, over 100 Food52 cooks swapped tasty treats across countries and continents in a Holiday Secret Swap. She's done it again this year, and we hope that even more cooks will participate. Who doesn't love getting tasty holiday surprises in the mail?

Here's the deal: Sign up by November 24th, prepare some treats for your assigned Food52 member, and send them out by December 12th. Get creative: cookies, preserves, and any other edible forms of holiday cheer are all welcome. (We can't tell what we're more excited about: giving gifts or getting them.)

Need some incentive to join? Check out some of the delicious treats that were swapped last year. Now go forth and swap! Full guidelines can be found on enbe's sign-up sheet. Be sure to take pictures of what you give and get on the official Tumblr page -- we can't wait to see what our community does this year.



Tags: secret holiday swap, Food52 community, reciprocity, gifts, holiday cheer

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

JUst got a package from my secret Santa (i think it was left there yesterday at the door step, I didn't notice it until now).. yet to open it.. am keeping it under the tree..Thanks so much!


over 2 years ago Ms. T

Just received a lovely package from melomel and posted a photo on the Tumblr page. So much fun--thanks for organizing!


over 2 years ago walkie74

I don't suppose anyone got left behind? I know I'm late, but I'd like to participate too...


almost 3 years ago Bevi

I am having such fun organizing and brainstorming for my secret swap. It's really nice to give a gift to someone who will be totally surprised!


almost 3 years ago Marc Osten - Marc's Culinary Compass

This is such a fantastic idea. As a small 'd' democratic community building activist I can imagine a lot of ways to build off of this secret swap idea. Thanks for the nugget


almost 3 years ago Panfusine

Thanks for organizing this event again Enbe!


almost 3 years ago enbe

Thanks for getting the word out!


almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

enbe, thanks for organizing again. I've been waiting for this all year! It's such a fun project.


almost 3 years ago ryanm

This was great fun last year and I look forward to it again. I'm wondering, though, if there's a way of integrating Hurricane Sandy victims into this? or another Food 52 initiative to help those people with (among more pressing needs) some holiday foods?


almost 3 years ago Bevi

That's a great idea. I was also wondering if there was some way to help out via the food52 cookbook parties. Can we send a group package from our various party sites? Make items that ship well and go in as a group on the shipping costs?


almost 3 years ago enbe

I think this is a great and generous idea too. The structure of the swap currently is not very permissive (especially since many people have already signed up and I wouldn't know how to match them with people who have more pressing problems than logging onto Food52) but if there is a good way to help those in need, I would love to contribute!


almost 3 years ago ryanm

I wonder if maybe the Food 52 folks could help with this; they already did a lot last week (and posted about it); perhaps there is an organization that would be interested in receiving holiday food. I've been giving, through their Amazon "wedding registry," things like hammers and diapers to Occupy Sandy. But how or whether they could handle being sent various boxes of homemade holiday treats I don't know. And yet I'm certain that, while hammers and diapers are needed more urgently, some nice homemade cookies would also be crucial for people struggling with the devastation.


almost 3 years ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Thank you for proposing this -- we'll brainstorm on our end!