I've signed up for Buy Books for the Holidays 2008! This holiday season, I promise to, whenever possible, buy books to give as gifts. :D And I promise to help promote buying books as gifts for the holidays. We all know that books make very lovely and meaningful gifts. And as Amy of My Friend Amy says, this "would be a small contribution that we could make to show our appreciation to the people who bring us books, to give back to the industry that we love, and to help save books." As a book lover, how could I resist helping out everyone in the book community and sharing my passion for books?
Will you join Buy Books for the Holidays 2008? :o)
I've also signed up for the Book Bloggers Christmas Swap 2008!
How it works:
You sign up by sending an e-mail to xmasswap08 at gmail dot com. You have until the 18th of November to do so. You will then be randomly assigned as another blogger’s Secret Santa.
What you have to do next is send that person a little something - it can be a book, a journal or bookmark, a box of Christmas cookies, a mixed CD, whatever you can think of. It doesn't have to be anything pricey, of course. Second hand books are perfectly acceptable, as are homemade gifts.
A different person will be assigned as your Secret Santa, and you'll only find out who they are when you get their package in the mail.
Something to keep in mind:
Because there are book bloggers from all over the world, this is going to be an international swap. Not everyone can afford to send a package overseas though, so if that's the case with you, please don't feel that you can't sign up. Just include a note saying so in your e-mail, and you'll get a blogger who's near you.
What else should your e-mail include?
Other than your name, mailing address and willingness to send internationally, you should include your blog url and a short paragraph about what kind of gifts you like, so that your Secret Santa has an idea of what to get you. You could also include links to online wishlists, your librarything catalogue, etc. Anything that you think will make your Santa's life easier!
The most important date is the 18th of November. It's very important that you sign up by then, because after the 18th of November Secret Santas will be assigned, and once that has been done it would be complicated to include new participants.
As for when to mail your package, if you're sending internationally it's probably best to post it before the end of November. If you're sending within your own country there's more flexibility, but remember that the mail tends to be slow around this time of year.
In any case, you should all know who your blogger is around the 20th of November, which leaves you at the very least ten days to get and mail your gift.
One more thing:
If you could help spread the word by posting about this on your blogs, it would be very much appreciated!
Join the Christmas swap! I think it'll be a lot of fun. I am SO excited to have a book blogger Secret Santa and to be another book blogger's Secret Santa. :D Hurray for making new friends!