Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange 2011

It’s that time of the year! I’m hosting the Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange once more (see the 2010 post here) and I’m hoping this year will go much more smoothly. Last year was fun but it took me forever to come up with partners; this year I’ve simplified things so hopefully I won’t have people getting more cards than they send out again.


1. Sign up for the exchange by November 30, 2011.
2. Partners go out December 3, 2011.
3. You have until December 13, 2011 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:

    a. Write about a book you’ve read recently.
    b. Give a few book recommendations to your partner.
    c. Tell a book-related story.
    d. 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. Since last year I got a big headache trying to pair up people who did/did not want to send internationally, this year everyone must be willing to send internationally. Okay? Okay.
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). I would personally 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

I’m doing this by myself, so I’m the only one who will see ALL the information. You partner(s) will be the only ones besides me 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 me about them! I’m sure I’ve forgotten something.

Also, please do spread around the link for this post! Feel free to take the graphic at the top of the post (if you click it there’s a bigger version) 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! You’ll notice the form is way less complicated than last year.

SIGN-UPS ARE NOW CLOSED! Partners will go out December 3rd. Hopefully.

Oh, and the Twitter hashtag is #bkcardex. Much easier to remember!

Edit 11/12/2011: Changed the banner to something less directly related to Christmas (thanks for the tip, Broche!). 😀 If you still want to use the Santa banner, it’s available here.

32 thoughts on “Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange 2011”

  1. Question here – can we participate if we’re not a book blogger, but follow and greatly admire a number of those who are? I don’t blog myself, but my reader is almost entirely book bloggers and I love getting recommendations and reviews from you all, and would like to say thank you by sending some holiday cheer out!

    1. Hm, well, I’d really meant this to be for book bloggers specifically (hence the name). If we need extra people to even out partners, I’ll keep you in mind! 🙂

  2. As someone who still loves getting snail mail, I am very excited to participate in this exchange and hopefully meet some new bloggers in the process. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Hi – I signed up in Nov., but I don’t think I got the email with the name I should send to – though I did receive a card in the mail from someone. Forgive me if I lost it in my junk mail or something – we had an unexpected death in our family last week and things have been more than hectic.
    Would love to take part! -Beth 🙂

  4. I did not get any email regarding who I’m supposed to be Secret Santa for. I dunno why. I got a card from *my* secret santa today, and I feel really bad about the one I’m supposed to send a card to :/

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