Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange 2012

Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange

This year, the Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange is organised by me at Leeswammes’ Blog and by Courtney of Stiletto Storytime. Anastasia of Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog has passed the baton on to us. Anastasia is the originator and ran this very popular event for two years. Courtney and I were sorry to hear Anastasia wasn’t running it this year, so we’re very pleased she allowed us to take over. As we’re a little late announcing this event we’re more or less taking Anastasia’s text from last year, with her permission (thank you so much, Anastasia!).

The Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange is an event in which book bloggers send each other a holiday card around the Christmas period (the end of December). This isn’t just for people that celebrate Christmas, though! Everyone is can join in the fun.


1. Sign up for the exchange by November 30, 2012.

2. Emails with partner info go out December 3, 2012 (please check your spam folder if you didn’t get the email, then contact us).

3. You have until December 13, 2012 to send your card(s).

4. Since it’s a book-lovers card exchange you have to include something book-related in your card. Some ideas:

  • Write about a book you’ve read recently.
  • Give a few book recommendations to your partner.
  • Tell a book-related story.
  • Something else book-related that you think up yourself.

5. Since this is a book blogger holiday card exchange, you need to be a blogger who blogs at least sometimes about books to participate.

6. The swap is open internationally. It’s too cumbersome trying to pair up people who do/do not want to send internationally, so everyone must be willing to send internationally.

7. You can exchange up to five cards. You won’t always get a card from the same people you send your cards to. It will nevertheless be an awesome thing.

Some Things to Remember

1. You HAVE to send a card. A card is something like this. You can make it yourself or buy it at the store. Everything you write must be contained in the card itself. Letters are not cards. The card doesn’t have to be book-themed OR holiday themed (but it might be nice if it was). We suggest you refrain from sending specifically religious-themed cards, because that sort of thing tends to offend people, even if you didn’t mean to offend them.

2. You HAVE to write something book-related in your card (see above). You can’t just say “happy holidays.” You COULD just write a list of books and that’s all, but I don’t think that’d be a lot of fun, do you?

3. You DON’T have to send anything else but the card, but if you want to stick in something else that’d be fine. A bookmark, for instance, would be really nice. Whatever you send: it has to be flat enough to fit in the envelope– no upgrading into package territory, here.

4. The most you should spend is $5. The point of the exchange is that it’s cheap enough for us money-less people to participate in, so everything should cost $5 and under. I don’t know if you can even buy a card that costs more than $5. Can you?

Quickie Privacy Policy

Courtney and Judith are the only ones who will see ALL the information. You partner(s) will be the only ones besides us who will see your address/email/etc. After the exchange is over all the info will be deleted.


If you have any questions, please feel free to comment here or email us about them!  leeswammes @ gmail dot com 

Also, please do spread around the link for this post! Feel free to take the graphic at the top of the post and post it on your blog, etc. The more people know about the BBHCE the more fun it’ll be!

Sign Up

Fill out the form below to sign up for the exchange!

Fill out THIS FORM. Partners will go out December 3rd.

Oh, and the Twitter hashtag is #bkcardex.

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69 Responses to Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange 2012

  1. Ellie says:

    Laughing at the expensive card comment…$5 is just over £3 which would barely get you a nice card and a stamp to send within the UK if you buy individually. Greetings cards are expensive over here unless you buy boxes of them 😉

    • Leeswammes says:

      Ellie, you buy something nice, don’t worry about the price too much. 🙂

      It’s true, cards are very expensive in the UK. Here in the Netherlands it’s a little better – I tend to buy boxes of nice Christmas cards, probably 6 or 8 cards for 8 euros ($10, 6 pounds).

  2. Birgit says:

    Awesome idea!! I used to participate in Postcrossing some years back and loved it, so this is a nice variation of it, plus book related which is always a bonus!

  3. Cass says:

    So glad you’re taking this on! It’s one of my favorite events.

  4. bibliosue says:

    I’ve signed up! Call me old-fashioned but I still love receiving handwritten mail.
    Thank you for hosting, Judith.

  5. Alex says:

    Glad you guys picked it up – so much fun!

  6. Jennifer says:

    Yay, sounds like fun! I’m in 😀

  7. What a great idea! I used to handwrite and mail letters when I was a teenager, but these days I don’t even send cards on birthdays anymore. So sad that a quick “happy birthday” etc. message on Facebook is perfectly acceptable now. This is much more fun!

  8. Love the idea, and I just signed up. I think it is really nice to receive and send cards to eachother, especially if you know the others are book-lovers as well!

    kind regards, Bettina

  9. Suey says:

    Yay! Thanks guys! 🙂

  10. Rikki says:

    Great idea! This will be my first time participating!

  11. Leslie says:

    This will be fun. I haven’t sent cards out for a few years, but I bought a box of them at the end of the season last year so I’m all set! I kind of miss getting ‘real’ mail once in a while.

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  13. D. Ann says:

    Signed up and I can’t wait. Now I have to go shopping for cards 🙂

  14. Isi says:

    I’m sending you an email!

  15. Now if only you could figure out a cookie exchange too 🙂

  16. Jeanne says:

    I signed up, even though on the blog this week I revealed that I despise handwriting, mostly because my scrawl is not always readable. Isn’t it in the spirit of the thing to type something, print it, and glue it into a card?

  17. Gavin says:

    Love this idea! Thanks for arranging all this.

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  19. Melissa says:

    This is wonderful! I’m in!

  20. I’m in and have already bought the cards! Thank you so much for organising 🙂

  21. Lucy says:

    Thanks for keeping the tradition going. This is my first year participating and I love the idea 🙂 Added the graphic to my sidebar.

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  24. epkwrsmith says:

    So glad ya’ll are picking this up! I truly enjoyed my cards that I shared and received last year! 🙂

  25. Lucybird says:

    Reblogged this on Lucybird's Book Blog and commented:
    Looking forward to participating in this. Whoop whoop

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  27. Danielle V says:

    How fun! I’m new to the book blogging universe but I’ve already met so many wonderful, kind bloggers. Will definitely be participating in this! Thanks! 🙂


  28. melissaseclecticbookshelf says:

    I’m in…thanks so much for hosting…I put the button and a link on my sidebar to spread the word!

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  31. Really excited for this, especially since it involves writing something bookish. =)

  32. Kailana says:

    Okay, I am joining in. I have holiday cards and am bad with gift exchanges. I am better at mailing cards, so this should be fun!

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  36. Cynthia says:

    I would like to participate. But I did not see this until Dec 1 and the form is not available because the deadline was yesterday. Can you allow me to participate? This sounds like fun!


  37. Kayla S says:

    Awe I’m sad!! I just found the link on another blogger’s site! 😦 I’ll have to be on the lookout next year! This is such a great idea!

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