Hi there, I wanted to do a quick post today with an idea I had for an expat holiday care package exchange. It’s no secret I love getting mail, especially care packages, so if you’re an expat and want to send (and receive) a box of goodies this holiday season to someone living in a different country, this is the post for you. Trying to see if there’s any interest, so please read on for details!
Holiday care package exchange for expats
OK, so about an expat holiday care package exchange. It’s hard to be an expat sometimes but even harder around the holidays — especially if you’re not going home and not getting or giving many gifts. And who doesn’t like getting mail? A few people have left comments and emailed that they’d be interested in this idea I posted about last week, so here we are. I’m open to your ideas too, just putting some basic ideas out there for now.
I’ve decided that it’ll be fun regardless of whether there are 3 of us participating or 30. So it’s on! I’m officially committing to organizing this. 😉
Details on the 2014 Expat Holiday Care Package Exchange:
1. Open to any expat around the world, old and new, male or female, blogger or non-blogger, who is able to ship out a care package by Dec. 1 to allow for holiday delivery.
2. Dollar amount: Would like to hear your thoughts on this, but because of the high cost of shipping, we should probably try to keep our boxes as light as possible and cap the value of the contents at US$20? 30? What’s reasonable?
3. If you’d like to participate, first do what I’m asking below. Then, I’ll BCC you on an email I send out in about a week asking for basic info and any country or food restrictions and maybe the types of things you like and you’ll send that info back to me only. (But don’t send that yet. See below for what I need from you now.) I’ll quickly match you up with your Expat Secret Santa (I’ll know who it is but you won’t) and send him/her the details you emailed me. I will organize this so you don’t know who/where your box is coming from. You’ll get the address of another expat mid-November with their details for you to ship to by Dec. 1 but you won’t know who is sending you something. Sound OK this way?
4. What kind of stuff can you send? Care package items can be anything from books, stationery or magazines, food products and candy, seasonal decor, home decor in general. The possibilities are endless.
WHAT I NEED FROM YOU IF YOU’RE INTERESTED:
- Please email me now at ouiinfrance at gmail dot com to let me know you’re in. You can use the contact form here as well. Put “Holiday expat care package exchange” or something to that effect as the subject and just a, “Hey, it’s Jimmy, an expat in China. I’m in” is sufficient (will send out an official email to all participants the following week once I know how many people we have where I’ll then ask for more info like your address.) Also, let me know what dollar amount for the contents you feel is reasonable. Remember, shipping will add a significant amount. Deadline is Nov. 15.
- Share this post on social media or email other expat friends to drum up interest. I want to make sure I give everyone enough time to shop and ship. Deadline to get involved is Nov. 15 (will give us 2 weeks to get the box ready and ship by Dec. 1)
So again, all I need from you now is an email telling me you’re participating and for you to share this post.