Friday, October 7, 2011

Holly Bloggy Christmas Gift Exchange!

I am so excited to let you guys know about a project that Sarah of Kindergarten Korner and I have been cooking up!  We both had personal blogs for friends and family for a few years before we started blogging about our classrooms.  Back when we were doing that, there was a fun blogger gift exchange called Pink Christmas where bloggers all got a secret pal and exchanged Christmas gifts.  Sarah participated but I was always too late for the sign ups!  Sooo…this year we want to do our very own Christmas exchange with our teacher blog friends!  We’re calling it a Holly Bloggy Christmas. 


Here are all the details:
-        Holly Bloggy Christmas is a Christmas gift exchange for members of the teacher blogging community.  Participants will receive a gift from another teacher blogger AND a virtual stocking full of teacher resources from our sponsors!  It is free to participate, but sponsorship options are available and all donations will go to support TOYS FOR TOTS!
-        Sign-ups begin NOW and will last until October 31st.
-        In order to sign up, please send an email to  Copy and paste the questionnaire below into the body of the email and answer the questions.  We will send your answer to your secret pal, along with your address.  This information is TOP SECRET!
-        Sarah and I will put participant’s names into a bowl and draw names to match you with your secret pal.  By November 10th, you will receive an email with the name of your secret pal and their answers to the questionnaire. 
-        Get to crafting and/or shopping!  Be creative!  There is a $15 spending limit before postage.  Before you place your gift in the mail, snap a picture and email it to us.  On Christmas we will post all of the pictures of the super fabulous gifts everyone received!
-        Send your wrapped gift in the mail (with delivery confirmation) by December 5th.  This way it has plenty of time to make it to your secret pal!
-        Open your gift on Christmas morning!  NO PEEKING!  We will have a linky party for everyone to link up to a post about their gift and their wonderful secret pal!
Want to sponsor Holly Bloggy Christmas?
-        Sponsorship is $5  All money will go towards TOYS FOR TOTS!
-        Submit your donation via the paypal link in my sidebar.
-        Sponsors have the opportunity to send us a product (unit, game, worksheet, etc.) that will be placed into a virtual stocking that all participants will receive on Christmas!  This is a great way to gain some exposure.  Please submit your product in PDF to
-        Sponsors will also have their blog button or TpT/Teacher’s Notebook store button placed on the Holly Bloggy Christmas page of each of our blogs.
-        For every $5 donation you make, you may submit one product.
-        Email us at if you have questions.

Holly Bloggy Christmas Secret Pal Questionnaire
1.      Full name or your “teacher” name (for monogramming!)
2.      Mailing address
3.      Email address
4.      Blog/Website/Store (so your pal can learn a little more about you – but you don’t have to have a blog to participate)
5.      Grade level
6.      Favorite treat
7.      Favorite colors
8.      Not-so favorite colors
9.      Give a little bit of information about yourself.  Married?  Kids?  Hobbies?
We are very excited and hope this will be a fun way to get to know each other better!  Please spread the word by posting about Holly Bloggy Christmas on your blog! Just grab the button in my sidebar! The more participants we have, the more fun it will be!
Please email the questionnaire by October 31st if you wish to participate.  Feel free to contact me or Sarah if you have questions.  Make sure you follow both of our blogs since we will take turns posting updates and you won’t want to miss out on any important information!



Jennifer K. said...

Just one question! Can I donate now and send my product later? I don't have anything ready yet, but I want to make sure I don't forget to come back later to donate. This is a great idea!

Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

Ms. Preppy said...

Absolutely! Thanks for joining! Please share with your bloggy friends! :)

Also...remember, people won't get their stocking of products until Christmas, so we don't want to fill it with all Christmas-themed products!

Anonymous said...

Ms. Preppy, can future teachers participate? I will (hopefully) be a teacher this time next year and would love to have the opportunity to get to know some more blog teachers. I understand if you want to keep it closed to in-service teachers! Just let me know :)


Ms. Preppy said...

We would love to have you, Ashley!!

Tammy said...

What a wonderfully FUN thoughtful idea! Thank you and I can hardly wait!

Little Lilly Polka Dot Bedtime Blog said...

HI Caitlin-- love your blog!! Came by way of the TBTS room on FB!! Am now a follower! LOVE your polka dots too!!! You might want to take a look at the TEACHERS FIRST website recommends it as a good resource for the K and 1st grade classrooms!! Would love your feedback!! And of course the site is FULL of polka dots!!

PS- I put your button on the Little Lilly Bedtime Blog

Little Lilly Polka Dot Bedtime Blog said...

Question- who does your graphics?


Sally said...

Such a fun idea! I'm game!

Sally from ElementaryMatters

Ms. Preppy said...

Thanks guys! So glad you're all joining the fun. We already have several signed up!

Oh, how cute is Little Lilly Polka Dot?! Thanks for sharing her with me! :) McKenna of Project 3 Designs ( designed my blog and buttons! She's fabulous.


Hilary Lewis said...

This sounds so fun! ...I love your blog too....McKenna just updated my blog too! I've even got blinky lights! I'll get going on this in the morning! Thanks!


Ms. Preppy said...

Thanks! Love what she did with your blog--isn't she amazing?! So glad to have all of you in the exchange!

Kristy said...

Ohhhh - how much fun is this?!!! Count me in!

Teachin' First

Katie @ Miss Klohn's Classroom said...

So excited for this!

Danielle said...

Love this idea! I will fill out the questionnaire tonight. Just grabbed your button!(my first one - it's so cute!) Still have to figure out how to make mine....I'm getting there! Love your blog!!

claire said...

I always miss out on fun stuff!
I am guessing that this is only for American teachers?
boo! :-P


Anonymous said...

Nice exchanging gift at christmas ... Thanks for sharing.. And now I would like to buy Christmas Gifts

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