A Step-by-Step Guide for Participating in Our Community-Wide Holiday Swap

November 13, 2016

Have you heard? Sign ups for the sixth annual Holiday Swap are underway!

If this is news to you, the Holiday Swap is a community-wide food exchange (like a non-denominational Secret Santa for food-lovers) and Food52ers from all over the world join in. To make sure you have the best experience possible, we've laid out a step-by-step guide to participating.

An outline of the fun:

1) Submit your information to this form by Monday, November 28th. Spread the word and convince your favorite Food52ers to join up as well.

2) Immediately after completing Step 1, donate at least $5 dollars to the Edible Schoolyard Project, using this link.

3) Within a few days of Wednesday, November 30th, you will receive an email with information about your Swapee. (Make sure to add [email protected] to your address book so the email doesn't get sent to your spam folder).

4) The best part: Prepare a holiday package for your Swapee! Think of all the possibilities! Homemade is ideal (you like to cook, right?), but really the goal is to send someone a little bit of holiday joy in whatever way you know how. Maybe your Swapee's profile will give you some clues about what his or her favorite treats are, or maybe you know your passion fruit preserves will knock their socks off. Be creative!

Keep in mind that some items will survive shipping better than others—package them well! Don't worry: we'll have more tips for you about what works well for shipping—and what doesn't—when sign ups close.

5) Drop your package in the mail by Wednesday, December 14th and wait impatiently.

6) Get a package in the mail from your Secret Swapper, open with glee and take pictures before you dig in. Share them on Instagram (don’t forget to tag it with #f52holidayswap) and the Tumblr page (or email me and I will upload it to the Tumblr).

7) Thank your Gifter by snail mail, email, sky writing, or whatever your preference (PLEASE don't forget this, it's essential!).

Remember: this will only work if we all follow these guidelines. By signing up for this swap, you are promising to send a gift. Don't leave a fellow Food52er hanging! (We will find out, you will be banned from future swaps, and you will get coal in your stocking, I'm sure).

Note: For Food52ers outside the U.S.: You’re welcome, too! Because it's trickier to organize, if you are international and sign up, you're committing to sending anywhere, either in your home country or elsewhere in the world.

Any questions? You can reach me at [email protected]



JNL November 20, 2017
Hi -- I think I was just told that it was closed -- is that true?<br />
SweetArlene December 9, 2016
Wish I had seen this sooner, what a lovely idea! Any room for late stragglers?
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enbe December 12, 2016
The swap is closed for this year but you can add your email to the signup sheet ( to get word when it starts up next year!
campbell December 9, 2016
So sorry I missed this, will not make the same mistake next year! In the meantime, my sister and I send each other "sister treats" throughout the year. We 're sandwiched among four brothers, live 800 miles away from each other and find this a great way to stay connected
Valerie M. December 4, 2016
Hi there,<br /><br />Has all the swap information been sent out? Was hoping to get mine soon and start planning. Thank you for all the organizing, so excited for my first swap!
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enbe December 4, 2016
Hi Valerie, Yes I sent out your match Friday from [email protected] - maybe it got bounced to your spam folder? Would you mind emailing me there so I can respond to that email with your match? Thanks!
Valerie M. December 4, 2016
Done, Thank you!
Valerie M. December 5, 2016
So sorry, did you receive my email?
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enbe December 5, 2016
Yes and I emailed back yesterday. Check your spam filter and I'll send it from another email address. Let me know if you don't get it in the next little bit.
magpiebaker December 2, 2016
Hi Noelle, hoping to receive my swapee's information soon so I can take advantage of this weekend to do some treat-hunting. I know you must be very busy but please send when you can :)
magpiebaker December 2, 2016
Yay it's here! Thank you :)
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enbe December 2, 2016
Hi! Sorry for the delay!! It took a bit to confirm donations. For everyone who has donated and has complete signup forms, you should get a match by tomorrow at the latest. Thanks for your patience :)
La'Chia December 2, 2016
Good to know. I have been wondering when I would get my swapee's imformation. Looking forward to putting their box together!
aussiefoodie December 2, 2016
I was having technical difficulties with my donation, but got it completed - am I too late?<br />