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Minny 01-31-2013 07:35 AM

Gift Exchange

We need everyone to vote on this. Please let us know what you think.

How do you feel about doing a Gift Swap? There will be a theme every month. Like kitchen, ( towels, pot holder, recipe, etc) pampering ourselves, (hand lotion, shower gel, etc) winter warm up, (cocoa & a cup, cookies) recipes, ( your favorites, recipe magazine, small cookbook) stay in touch, (stationery, pen, address book) basket of goodies, (small basket with a book, bookmark, cocoa, towel, whatever) Holiday themes . You get the idea. You find a lot of things at a dollar store. But food should not be bought there. I know someone who bought chocolate. When she got home and opened it she saw that it was so old it was white on the top. That made me afraid to buy any kind of food. I suppose you could check the dates to see if something was still good. But even then, I'm not sure I'd want it. There will be a $5.00 limit on the gift and that doesn't include postal cost.

We will still match up names for this.

CHADSMOM 01-31-2013 08:27 AM

This sounds fine to me Minny if you can get enough participants I am game :)

Minny 01-31-2013 09:15 AM

I didn't get to post this as a poll but here are some questions that we need to have answered. Please tell us what you think.

1. "Do you want to change SS to a Gift Swap?"

2. "Do you want to swap every month?"

3. "Do you want to be given a theme for each swap?"
4. "Do you want it to be a secret swap?
5. " Do you still want to send ecards?"
6. "Do you want to keep SS the way it is now?"

seleach 01-31-2013 09:15 AM


danstigerangel 01-31-2013 10:20 AM

The gift swap sounds nice.
I really liked the Secret Sister club. I liked sending the ecards and recieving them.
I am excited to see how this all goes.

Minny 01-31-2013 05:26 PM

Lauri, you can still send ecards if you want to do that. Hope to get everyone's opinion on this. We're hoping to generate more interest & maybe get some new members to join us.

Vrsherren 02-01-2013 02:03 PM

:flashhearI like the e-cards, and gift exchange. Food is sometimes an iffy thing as I know some of us are diabetics, or have allergies. Recipies, gifts for themes are ok too. It's just some do not like the kitchen and don't cook. or really dislike stuff. I think we could have the forms that tell us what our SS likes as is done now and try to fit in a choice of 2 themes which would be good for everyone.
I've had all great SS. Most of them have read my profile list (on the info given to us) and have been great about sending within my list. I know I have also tried to do this (hopefully sucessfully). I always had fun getting my SS's name and going shopping for them. It doesn't matter how many items are in a gift, its the thoughtfulness that counts!

Haleys grandmom 02-01-2013 04:08 PM

I like it as is

seleach 02-02-2013 06:50 AM

So far, it sounds like most would like a gift exchange and changing names once a month. Keeping it secret and sending ecards, emails. Having a theme every month or 2 themes. So it looks like the only change is that a gift would be required with a $5.00 limit plus postage.
We could call ourselves SS Gift Exchange Club or Secret Gift Exchange Club. And have the same award we have now. These names would let everyone know a gift must be sent. Which name do you like? Or do you have a suggestion?

Info would be sent for the person you receive. All can look at their profile and include facts about health problems that affect what you can receive when it comes to foods and recipes or anything else you cannot receive. Or just put "please do not send food". You could also say "please just send diabetic recipes". I would have to say "please do not send any recipes using seafood."
If you have allergies, this should be in your profile.

I hope more people give us their comments.

cau 02-06-2013 08:48 AM

Sorry I missed getting this and joining in Feb. I like the idea of the ecards , gifts and secret names. I know it is hard when there are not that many of us. Also I wish we could somehow get a reminder at the end of the month. I've been in a lot of pain & other were sick so the days ran together and I totally forgot. If anyone of the regulars see I dinot sign up feel free to email & remind me.

Minny 02-06-2013 09:36 AM

I'll email some of the ladies that haven't been in for awhile & see if they are interested. Also, if you know someone that might be interested, please let them know about this so that they can sign up. They do have to have the required 75 posts to join us.

Cau, even if you had signed up, there wouldn't have been enough members to have it for Feb, so we decided to postpone it & now we want to try something a little different & hopefully attract more members. I'll try to remember to remind you but you may have to remind me to remind you.. LOL

I like the SS Gift Exchange for a name.

cau 02-06-2013 10:35 AM

Minnie it is a deal, between the 2 of us 1 should remember! :lovestruc

bar_bar 02-06-2013 11:03 AM

Cau you are not along about remembering about sign up time. Hey sometimes I forget the time it is and not post when I should on the sign up time. LOL.. not that's bad...

I do my best to mention on the friendship thread, and to post it on FC front porch.
but if I start with one person in reminding them, I would have so many othes that would want the same thing.. LOL.. so again I just try to post it in different areas that all will see to help them to know it's time.

seleach 02-06-2013 11:26 AM

I always forget until I see it somewhere.

harleychic 02-06-2013 11:28 AM


Thanks for the email. Your suggestions are pretty good. I like the name SS Gift Exchange. I've always liked sending e-cards to my SS-lots of them. I think it helps brighten their day. Of course I like to receive a bunch, too. It's so very disappointing when you only get one or two during the whole month. I know the current rules state that at least one a week should be sent. I personally think that statement should be discarded. I feel that in the past some have taken it literally. I think the ecards are an important part of the SS club and I would definitely leave them in. I like the idea of getting a new SS each month. The themes are okay, too.

If you can get enough participants, I'd love to join in again.

Minny 02-06-2013 12:00 PM

Thanks Lisa for replying. We'll let you know when we're ready to start up again.

bar_bar 02-07-2013 04:05 PM

Lisa it good to see you again and see you as well as hearing you would like to join us once again. You have been missed.
Thanks for your comments. It is appreciated.

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