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The Third Annual Food52 Holiday Secret Swap

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Can you believe it? Another year has flown by and the holidays are just around the corner which means...drum roll's time for the third annual Food52 Holiday Secret Swap!

This event is our very own Food52 goodies swap (think: non-denominational Secret Santa) where Food52 users from around the country (and around the world!) send packages of baked goods, preserves, candies, and any other creative things they can come up with to another Food52er. It's our way to spread some holiday cheer to other people in this wonderful community. 

Last year was a great success with over 130 participants from all over the globe, and hopefully this year will be even bigger! If you're interested in participating again this year, sign up here by November 24th and be prepared to ship by December 16th. Check out our Tumblr to see some of the creative, generous and festive packages from last year.

And this year, all participants will receive a promo code for 10% discount in Provisions!

I look forward to another successful year!

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11 months ago milehighlori

I received my swapee's name earlier today. I think I'm more excited about the giving than the receiving.


11 months ago enbe

Great! And I agree, that's the best part!


11 months ago jaders

I still havent gotten my message and i signed up before the deadline - HELP!


11 months ago Francesca Murphy

Me neither, and I have to ship internationally. I don't know what we are supposed to do to find out.


11 months ago Francesca Murphy

Thank you, Enbe. I just emailed you.


11 months ago Francesca Murphy

When will we find out who our swappees are?


11 months ago Smelky

I'm also wondering if there are guidelines, and when we will we find out who we swap with?!?!


11 months ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Yay, enbe! Thank you for spear-heading and organizing this amazing event for the third year in a row.


11 months ago mcs3000

Count me in. Two years ago participated. @dymnyno sent me the reddest package w/her family wine!


11 months ago foxeslovelemons

I can't wait for this! Need to start thinking about what I'll send. Hmmmm.....


12 months ago sel et poivre

I'm in Singapore and would love to participate. Are there any restrictions on the kinds of food I can ship to N. America (or anywhere else for that matter)?


12 months ago Franziska

It really depends on the country you will be sending things to. For example, when I lived in the US, my friends did send me homemade goods and it came through the mail alright (I also had a bit of a google, and it seems that only businesses that send food would have to submit specific customs forms) but of course you always have to take into consideration that a parcel may sit in customs for a bit longer, so send stuff that will last a long while.
As for other countries, I know that for example Australia has rather strict regulations on food coming in from abroad. It is fine to send (if correctly declared) food that has been 'processed' so for example store bought cookies/chocolates that are in sealed packaging, however, I am pretty sure you may not send homemade goods. Depending on which country you'll be sending things to, it is good to do some research beforehand!


12 months ago sel et poivre

Thanks Franziska for being so thorough. I was thinking of several handmade goodies but now I guess I'll just have to wait and see who my swapee is.


11 months ago Franziska

No worries! :)


12 months ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

My first swap and I am super excited!


12 months ago Francesca Murphy

I just signed up for my first Food52 swap! Are there rough guidelines for the $ value of gifts? I only participated in a secret swap years ago (a knitting thing) and we were given very strict guidelines for that. Just wondering. :)


12 months ago enbe

And this is always a tricky question since home cooking is both priceless and hard to put a price on but in the past, the standard has been to send along enough for a family/household to enjoy and something that you feel comfortable sending (and something you would be excited to receive). In the past it has seemed to work out pretty well (check the tumblr for the range of packages). Hope that helps!


12 months ago Maria

Just signed up, I'm really excited!


12 months ago Franziska

So excited about this! Can't wait to see who will be my swapee!