Having a blog can be really fun at Christmas- all the gift guides, new products, festive posts and excitingly this year the East Midlands Bloggers Christmas Calendar Swap.
If you live in the East Midlands and you blog/create/write then you really should be a part of East Midlands Bloggers. You can join in on Facebook here.
This year I took part in Jay and Jess’s Christmas Calendar Swap where you’re paired with another blogger from your region and create an advent box to send them full of little gifts to open in December. It’s such a fun idea- the box had to include 25 presents with everything costing between £15-£30 in total and everything had to fit inside a shoe box.
I was paired up with the lovely Kirsty from Derby. You can check out her lifestyle, beauty and books blog here.
At first I thought it would be easy but it’s actually quite a challenge to find 25 different gifts. I read up on Kirsty’s blog to find out a bit more about her and then cracked on with the fun part- shopping. I have a feeling we’ve probably bought each other similar things, as we’re both very much into our products and cute things! It was good fun hunting around lots of different shops to find enough items for the box, and I wanted to make sure there was plenty of variety in there too. From a colouring book to beauty products, chocolate treats to stationary. The swap is also a great way to get to know another bloggers in your area and it’s always nice to discover new blogs and posts to read. Everyone in the East Midlands Group is super supportive and there’s always social events and topics of discussion on their Facebook page. It’s a great way to meet other likeminded bloggers and connect with people with similar interests as you.
I was so excited when mine arrived and it’s been fun every day having a little present to open. I’m going on holiday next week so I might have to save the rest until I come back- surely it’s bad luck to open them all before I go. Tempting though…
Can’t believe it’s only two weekends until Christmas! Happy shopping…