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Stories from the Food52 Holiday Swap!

Have you participated in the Holiday Swap before? We want to know some of the memorable stories from throughout the years! Did you get an especially thoughtful gift? Did something funny happen one year? Why is participating in the swap important to you? Tell me all, either on this thread or email it to: [email protected]

(If you're new here, the Holiday Swap is an annual (this will be the 6th year!) community-wide, non-denominational, secret gift exchange—every year hundreds of Food52ers swap homemade treats and favorite regional goodies with other members across the country (and beyond!). Sign-ups coming soon, stay tuned!)

Lindsay-Jean is a Contributing Writer & Editor at Food52.

asked about 1 month ago
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BerryBaby

BerryBaby is trusted source on General Cooking

added about 1 month ago

Are used to have many holiday parties for lady friends. One year I did a theme of the 70s. All the food I made was from the 70s including a Jell-O mold it was really amazingly fun. We did a gift exchange and all the gifts had to be items from the 70s we have a ball.
But the best gift exchange was a 'Dollar' gift exchange. Gifts couldn't be more than one dollar and the creativity was amazing!

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BerryBaby

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added about 1 month ago

Oops, sorry, I misread. I'm new this year, so no, I have not participated in the Food52 Holiday Swap but am looking forward to it!

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BerryBaby

BerryBaby is trusted source on General Cooking

added about 1 month ago

Sorry for the typo errors.....voice activated auto correct!

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added about 1 month ago

The person I swapped with and I ended up liking to the whole thing so much that we made it a year-round/ foodie penpal thing. We switch months sending each other a food item, whether its homemade cookies a grandmother's recipe or a set of ice cream spoons purchased on a recent vacation.

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Lindsay-Jean Hard

Lindsay-Jean is a Contributing Writer & Editor at Food52.

added about 1 month ago

How cool!

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Susan W

Susan W is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added about 1 month ago

This is so great. Really captures the spirit.

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added about 1 month ago

I love this! So sweet!

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SKK
added about 1 month ago

What I found inspiring was enbe, the young woman who started this 5 years ago with a simple question:

'Secret Santa - Food52 Style

I'm not sure if this topic has been brought up before but would anyone be interested in a holiday food exchange? There would be many limitations (freshness, cost) but we're crafty and I'm sure could put together something. I'm thinking about this especially for those of us in low density food52 areas who want to share the food52 love (but really for everyone).

Thoughts? Feedback? Interest? I'd be happy to organize..."

The over 4.000 plus views to the question. We took photos of what we sent as Secret Santa, and what Secret Santa sent us. Incredible generosity and thoughtfulness went into this. My memory is of being in touch with a warm, talented community!

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Lindsay-Jean Hard

Lindsay-Jean is a Contributing Writer & Editor at Food52.

added about 1 month ago

Hear, hear!

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I have received a thank-you note every time I've participated (three years, now, I believe), and I think that makes it all worth it. Knowing that someone enjoyed their gift and took the time to write out their thanks during the busiest time of the year makes the entire experience rewarding and so much fun!

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Chops is a trusted home cook.

added about 1 month ago

I've participated twice. As an adult, I felt like a kid opening a present on Christmas Day. It arrives and you're so excited! And so grateful. My experience has been great.