November 07, 2013

How to Host a Mitten Exchange



Start a New Gifting Tradition

Today begins a two-week post series:

Planning a mitten exchange as a new gifting tradition. A mitten exchange works perfectly for friend groups, co-worker groups, large families, and anyone else who loves the idea of receiving a beautiful new pair of handmade mittens.


My girlfriends and I recently got together for a mitten exchange - aren't they fabulous mitten/hand models? Just wait until you see the creative wrapping showcased in next week's post! 
(Many thanks to my friend Caitlin who originally got me thinking about this idea). 




Celebrating with a Mitten Exchange
The exchange can be set-up in several ways:

(+) Assign each participant a person to shop for in advance.  This option works well if you have different sizing needs (such as children and adults) or need to suit a wide variety of styles.

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(+) Purchase (handmade preferred!) or knit your own mittens, and wrap your mittens without knowing who the recipient will be. Bring wrapped mittens to the exchange and assign a number to each gift.  Each person draws a number and matches it to his or her gift. 

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(+) choose your own way!  The possibilities are endless.


Plan a date, time, and location for your exchange.  Encourage creative gift wrap. 

Featured Handmade Mittens

Love the mittens that you see here? Be sure to visit each of the individual hand makers featured here this week:  (+) Handmade red & pink mittens made with 100% pure Icelandic wool from pureIceland (+) one of a kind upcycled sweater mittens from MadeAgainMittens (+) Upcycled felted sweater mittens from Wormewoole (+) Sheep's grey hand knit thrummed mittens from Manda's Mittens.








Want more Mitten Exchange Inspiration?
See how 5 friends each wrapped a pair of mittens for the exchange.  Gorgeous gift wrap inspiration for any gift!





Mitten Exchange Illustrations by Kimberly Kling: Joyful Roots

11 comments:

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    1. Thanks Bev. I love it too! Kim and I have been planning this for months - so happy I can finally share with the world!

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  2. Cute idea Alison - and a great selection of mittens too! Off to check out the mitten shops.
    ~Marisa

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    1. I agree! I had lovely creatives participate in this collaboration and I (secretly) wanted to keep all the mittens for myself! Handmade mittens are a fabulous gift idea

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  3. Such a sweet + warm idea and I love the mitten illustration! This project really makes me wish I had a mug of hot chocolate in between my hands right now.

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  4. I love it! And brrrrrrr. Is it chilly up here!

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    1. Hi Karen - Exactly! Most of us can use a beautiful new pair of mittens - I'm wearing mine already!

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  5. What a wonderful idea! I've got to try it with a group of friends sometime, maybe next year? And use Kim's lovely invitation, too, so perfect :D

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    1. So fun with a group of friends - next week I share how we all creatively gift-wrapped the mittens. Really fun if you have a group of knitters too (some of us have decided to try to learn to knit now!)

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    2. Ha, the knitting virus keeps spreading! Seriously, though, there are some GORGEOUS mittens in your photos (I might need to find some of those patterns). I can't wait to see all your gift wrapping -- you have the best wrapping posts!

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