Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Preparedness Stocking Swap

I'm going to try something a little crazy here, so bear with me and play along, okay?

You all know Christmas is coming.  If your house is anything like mine, you've got stockings to fill, and usually Santa is a little more sparse on the grown-ups stockings.  Do you stuff your own? Use a sticky note to remind your Santa not to forget the stocking?  End up with stuff in there that you really don't want or need?  Of course I've never had any of those happen, I'm just asking ;)

Anyway, this year, I thought I'd have a little stocking stuffer fun, so I am hosting a preparedness stocking swap here at Adventures in Self Reliance. If you are interested in giving and receiving some fun preparedness/self reliance related stocking stuffers this year, please join in the fun.  Here's the basics: I will assign each participant a new friend for whom they will prepare and ship a stocking full of prep related goodies. And another new friend will be shipping goodies to you.  How fun is that?

Here's the important details:
  1. Sign up to participate by sending me an e-mail here. Please include your ship-to adress and your blog address if you have one. The deadline to sign up is Monday, Dec. 7th.  Please only sign up if you are for sure going to participate, we don't want anybody left out.

  2. I will e-mail you the info for the person to whom you will be sending stocking stuffers. I should be able to get all this information out by Dec. 10th at the latest, probably before.  Get to know them, read their blog if they have one, and get some ideas.  Think preparedness and self reliance . . . things like cooking or canning supplies, items for an emergency kit, flashlights, candles, you get the idea.

  3. Choose gifts. Be sure to include preparedness type items--that's the point here--have fun and get better prepared. I would encourage you to use your imagination rather than your wallet.  Be creative.  There are quite a few preparedness items that are cheap or free or you can make yourself.  You probably already have a few extra items around your place you could use in the swap.  I don't want to have a dollar limit, but I also don't want anyone to feel they got shorted, so I am recommending about $20 total. And they should all fit into a standard size stocking, which you will NOT need to provide.  (No Mom, not the ginormous stocking you made sweet husband, a STANDARD size stocking.)  You all do have your own stocking, right?

  4. Ship your stuffers by Thursday, Dec. 17th so everyone will have them by Christmas.

  5. When you receive the package, you can let someone else stuff it in your stocking so you're actually surprised on Christmas morning, or not. :)
Need some more stuffer ideas? Check this post at The Survivalist Blog or this post at Survive the Worst or this one at The Survival Mom.  Some of these ideas from Preparedness Pro could fit in a stocking also. Need more? Kentucky Preppers Network is running a 12 days of prepper Christmas series with some great gift ideas also! Of course we want our TOTAL to be around $20 so don't get too carried away :)

I really hope a bunch of you join in on the fun here, but even if only a few want to participate it will still be fun. Please feel free to invite a friend, or post about this stocking swap, or grab my stocking swap button my sweet friend made me late last night because she loves me that much (thanks Sharla!).  Just copy the text in the box and paste it on your blog.  Men, you're invited too of course!

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Preparedness Pro said...

What a fun preparedness idea, Angela! I hope you get lots of participation. I did a post recently on some great gifts for the prepper on your Christmas list, too... or yourself! :)

Angela said...

Added a link to your article. Good stuff! :)

HermitJim said...

That's a pretty unique idea! Sounds like it could be a lot of fun!

I think we can all use some more fun that we adults can participate in!

Good post...thanks!

Momnerd said...

Great idea! Last year I got a mug I've never used and a box of English tea. lol. I'm thinking this time might be a little more useful....

Pete Smith said...

This sound very unique and I think I will jump right in.

dymphna said...

sounds like a great new unique idea. Love it...I'm in

Angela said...

Okay you guys--make sure you send me an email with your shipping address so I can give it to the person stuffing your stocking! I'll be contacting those of you who've left comments but not shipping info. :)

Cluttered Brain said...

This sounds like fin...I could use a little help in the preparedness area..I found U thru Sharla...She ROCKS!!!! (I even won a book from her...just now)
Also she helped design my blog....:)

Any-hoo my blog addy is:
I'll email you later with addy if U don't email me first...

Cluttered Brain said...

Actually i was supposed to type FUN....any-hooo