Last month was my first time participating in the Goody Goody Gift Swap & I must say I loved this experience SO much! I discovered the gift swap via Instagram. Founded by Jen Cantagallo, Goody Goody Gift Swap pairs creatives & makers together to swap either hand-made items or locally bought gifts. It's a wonderful way to meet someone new & spread holiday cheer with gift-giving :)
My swap-mate I was assigned to is Tessa, a Utah-based fellow graphic designer from Tessa Kate Design (check out her work. She is so talented!!). We've exchanged several lengthy emails getting to know each other & we have become instant pen pals! She creates colorful illustrative prints that feature mountain scenes, animals, bearded snowboarders & brush lettering. You can check out her amazing prints here.
Half the fun of putting gifts together the gifts is the packaging. I used pom-poms as bows that my mom had made (she's a quilter & crafter and super talented herself!).
I had the best time picking out & making my goodies to include for Tessa. Below is a pic of everything I put together. I made a calligraphy quote for her since she is a mountain lover. I also included calligraphy gift tags, letterpress notecards from Igloo & a hand-made wooden welcome sign for her home (props to my hubby for assisting me with cutting/drilling the wood). :)
And below is a picture of the goodies that Tessa sent me. She did SO GOOD. I am especially obsessed with the gold foil print. In our email exchanges, I mentioned I love the movie Jurassic Park, so she included a mini gold dinosaur in the package. Super cute!
I've had the BEST time getting to know Tessa, thinking up these gifts along the way & putting them together. I look forward to continuing my pen pal friendship with her! Can't wait to participate next year!!