After such a dark week, I thought we should do something to spread a little kindness & cheer. Tis (almost) the season, after all – so the perfect time for a little Christmas Gift Exchange.
For anyone who’s never participated in an online exchange before, it works exactly like a ‘Secret Santa’, except the gifts travel all across the world to meet their recipients. You’ll find out their username, so you can cyber-stalk them to figure out what they’re into and send a really great pressie. Or if you’re short on time, just place an order online and send it direct! Everyone should send and receive one gift, and hopefully will make a new insta-friend or two along the way. Sounds good, right?
some simple rules:
Aim for around a £15 / US $20 spending limit, including postage. Handmade gifts are welcome too!
Get proof of postage. If your gift gets lost in transit, you might need to show this.
Don’t be a flake. If you sign up, commit to sending.
The focus is on giving & connecting, so pour your energy into that. What can you send to make somebody’s day?
Be sure to add your Instagram username to your profile on the exchange site, & include it somewhere in your parcel, too, so the recipient knows who to thank!
Feel free to invite your online friends to join in too, by signposting them to this post. I’m calling it an ‘instagram’ exchange, but bloggers, twitter-folk and all the rest are welcome too 🙂
Hashtag any posts you want to share with #theinstaexchange to spread the festive fun.