The Rabbit Room Gift Exchange 2016

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Back by popular demand, the Rabbit Room Christmas Gift Exchange!

But wait, what is it?

It’s a “Secret Santa” program. Everyone who wants to participate signs up, then we pull names out of the virtual hat, and everyone gives a gift (or gifts) to the person whose name they receive. You can remain anonymous if you wish, or you’re welcome to be as open as you like.

How much should I spend on a gift?

We’ve set a suggested gift value of $30. We’d love it if you bought your gifts in the Rabbit Room Store (this is a great time to share your Rabbit Room wishlist—click here), but you don’t have to, and we encourage folks to give creative gifts, something handmade maybe, something you made maybe. Be creative! But please ensure that the gift you give is something you’d value at about $30. You’re welcome to lavish your recipient with more if you like. (And please feel free to disregard the wishlist and shopping options built into Elfster—see below.)

Where do I sign up?

The link at the bottom of this post will take you to the Elfster website where you can sign up for the exchange. The site is a little clunky (and we hate the ads) but the exchange has gotten so big in the last couple of years that we need to use a system like this to administrate it effectively.

What if I don’t get a gift?

We urge everyone to be sure they mail or deliver their gifts well in advance of Christmas Day so that no one feels left out. However, should your Santa drop the ball, please let us know on or after January 1st. We’ll do our best to remind them and resolve the situation, and if necessary, we’ll make sure that person cannot participate again next year.

Can I be a backup Santa?

Yes! You can! If you’d like to make yourself available in the event that someone doesn’t receive a gift, please let us know via email at info@rabbitroom.com. We hope you won’t be needed, but we’d love to have your help if the situation arises.

When will I find out who I’m giving a gift to?

Sign-up starts right now. The sign-up deadline is Monday, November 21st, and names will be drawn on Tuesday, November 22nd. NO LATE ENTRIES will be permitted. If you miss the sign-up window, you’ll need to wait until next year—this isn’t because we’re mean, it’s because it’s a closed system that cannot be amended once names are drawn. Everyone who enters will receive an email with their target’s name and address on Tuesday, November 22nd.

Any other questions? Ask in the comments and We’ll do our best to answer. Have fun!

And please use the comments section to introduce yourself. You might also want to let folks know what your interests are and what books and music you like in order to give your Santa some hints to work with.

Click Here to Join.


57 Comments

  1. Joy

    Is this Gift Exchange open for people living internationally, like in Australia? It’s such a lovely idea!

  2. Lisa Eldred

    @firstcrusader

    Yay, so excited for this!

    For whoever gets me, I really appreciate receiving two sorts of things during the exchange: items that are meaningful to you-the-giver, and/or items that are regional to where you live. So this could be food (I eat virtually anything, though dried fruits tend to give me problems), coffee mugs, your favorite book you read this year, etc.

  3. Andy

    @andytate

    I am so in! This sounds like so much fun! This is my first year so I don’t even know where to start and I have no idea what I would want. Hmm.

    To the one that gets me I love new music (mostly in the acoustic realm) and I write poetry/song writing but am lacking in what would be considered quality poetry/books. I have been a part of Rabbit Room for quite a while but am not as up to speed on literature as I would like, I am a very slow reader (I blame it on having gone through cancer twice … but I was slow when I was younger too, mostly because I didn’t read at all). I just finished the Wing Feather Saga and have read several of N.D. Wilson books but that is pretty much it. I however have every AP album, Gullahorn, Gray Havens, Sandra McCracken, Ben Shive, Audrey Assad, Jenny and Tyler there is. I unfortunately am not a visual artist, my best drawings consist of stick figures and poorly built houses. I love the beauty of creation and the mysteries behind the world that pours forth speech, coffee, and watching sunsets (it’s beginning to sound like a dating site application, lol, I better stop).

  4. Teresa Hill

    Stuff specific to your region. Also, something that you love that you think everyone should have and why. We’d love to hear the story that goes with it. 🙂 We’re a British-American/American couple, married 17 years living in the Chicagoland area (CUBBIES!!!👍) We’ve been foster parents for the last 3 years, which has stretched us beyond what we thought we could handle. Life is challenging at the moment but we take it one day at a time.

  5. kadubb

    @kadubb

    I’m so excited.  I did this a few years back and really enjoyed choosing gifts for the recipient.  I didn’t get a gift in return that year, but trusting I will this year 😉

  6. Sarah Rees

    I’m excited to participate! I enjoy all things LOTR and Narnia, journaling, pottery, paper, and baking supplies. We have two boys we adopted aged 4 and 2.

  7. Jake Willems

    I’m very excited this is back again this year. I’ll echo what other people have said. If there is entertainment or media you love that you think I haven’t heard of, I’d love to experience it! I love music, books, running, board games, and movies. I would mostly love to find something new that would be fun. Thanks!

  8. Emma Chmura

    @emmaj

    This exchange has become such a fun part of the Christmas season. Excited to get matched with some new Rabbit pals!

    My wish list:
    Breakfast with N.D. Wilson and family, during which writing courage and inspiration will be magically absorbed into my person.
    The ability to finally beat my mom at Scrabble.
    Some very strong glue to keep me in my seat long enough to finish a book proposal I started a while back.

    Or, uh, surprise me : )   I love handmade things, if you are so inclined. A new journal is often very inspiring. Rabbity books not yet in my library include: Life in the Big Story (Heidi Johnston), Helena Sorenson’s Shiloh novels, The Green Ember, The Wishes of the Fish King and any volume of the Molehill except the first one. My playlist would certainly benefit from an Audrey Assad or Son of Laughter infusion. Or one of the In the Round albums.

    But really…just share with me something that you love. Or, like Lisa said, something special from your home area.

  9. Bailey Gillespie

    Just signed up! I’m a California girl and really love gifts that nurture. I also love mugs, spiritual memoirs, music, or anything unique to your region that you find interesting. Happy Christmas. 🙂

  10. Hannah Hubin

    @hannahh

    I’m so excited to be part of this again.  I’m a student from the Nashville area who loves dark chocolate and anything tea-related (tea, teacups, teapots).  I collect first editions and vintage editions of all sorts of books (including, but not limited to Lewis, Tolkien, Chesterton, and MacDonald).  I’m also in need of a new journal (Paperblanks have my deepest affection).  Honestly, what I would love most is something that you find beautiful; there’s no doubt I’ll find it beautiful as well.  Merry Christmas.

  11. Glenn

    Comments section. Commence commenting. This is my fourth year participating, and every year it’s been such a blessed, fun part of the Christmas season. I can’t wait to start scheming and planning about how to play the part of Rabbit Claus again this year. Okay, so me:

    -Art, children’s lit, Legos, food, music, beauty in any form, really. I’ve been blessed with three amazing givers the past three years who have found amazing ways to bring beauty into my home. You know who you are…

    Let’s do this!

  12. Amanda Brindley

    @abrindley

    Let’s see…Rabbit Room Christmas is one of the highlights of this season for me! This will be my 4th time participating! A bit about me: I work full time at a used bookstore in the suburbs of Cincinnati. I grew up near the ocean and miss and love the rocky beaches of Maine. I finally made it to Acadia National Park (and Prince Edward Island!) for the first time this summer and loved all of it.

    Favorites

    Books/Authors: Anne of Green Gables (series), Emma, Harry Potter, Wingfeather, the Inspector Gamache series, Lewis (Perelandra), Madeleine L’Engle, Luci Shaw (I don’t have any of her more recent poetry), whatever other rabbity authors you like! I just discovered Elizabeth Goudge recently and I would love a copy of Middle Window! I’m also missing L’Engle’s Crosswicks journals 3 & 4 and currently loving 1 & 2. I love beauty and liturgy and stories that capture truth and the sort of non-fiction that RR authors tend to write. Definitely open to gift-recommendations 🙂

    Music: AP, and the other usual suspects….just discovered Eilidh Patterson at Hutchmoot and would love to have some of her music. I’m listening to Kate Rusby for the first time, too, and loving her. I love Needtobreathe’s Rivers in the Wasteland, but don’t have the CD 🙂

    Other stuff: I’m enjoying watercolors lately. Colored ink is something I’d like to try next. I like mugs, sweaters, blankets, photography, tea and coffee (I have a french press, so whole bean is good). I love winter, birds and deer, blank notebooks and stationary, candles, chocolate, handmade things, and traditional/historical/whimsical things. I’m an introvert (big surprise, around here) and I like to travel, but also snuggle up on my couch with a good movie or a well-loved episode of Gilmore girls. I’ve seen almost nothing, so movies are a safe bet for gift-giving; Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Leap Year, Emperor’s New Groove, and A Little Princess (not the Shirley Temple one)…as well as the new Cinderella… are some favorites.

    I love a good story and letter writing, so I’d love to hear whatever part of yours you’d like to share, Rabbit Claus! Hopefully something of that is helpful 🙂

    This is so fun!! Can’t wait to gather up a boxful of goodness to send to one of you!

  13. Bethany Winz

    @bwinz

    Hey, y’all. I’m a college student in Nashville, but by the time Christmas rolls around, I’ll be a college graduate in Nashville. 🙂 I love good books (Walter Wangerin Jr.’s Beate Not the Poore Desk has my eye at the moment), good music, and hot tea. I also do quite a bit of cooking. Like most of the folks before me, I’d like it best if you sent me something you love and want to share or something you made or something specific to your place. And if there’s a book or album you wish you’d had when you graduated college, I’d love that too. All I ask is for nothing consumable since I have a number of food allergies. This was so fun last year, and I can’t wait to do it again this year!

  14. Jessie Sommers

    This is my first time participating and I’m so excited!

    I am a stay at home Momma from Nashville, and I love baking, coloring books/book marks, COFFEE!, mason jars, the Local Show, all things Sara Groves and Andrew Peterson, happy coffee mugs, and any good book (my favorite is fantasy).

    I would love to read some more Wendell Berry. The only thing I’ve read so far is Hannah Coulter and I loved it.

    To whoever gets my name, thanks!

  15. Carlee Lingerfelt

    @carlee

    I’m so excited I didn’t miss the deadline! This will be my second time participating and I love figuring out what to send my match!
    I’m a 30y.o. woman living in South Carolina. I love to travel to the Northeast. I love the woods and the mountains. I’m an illustrator and seamstress.
    I have a lot of the Rabbit Room stuff already, all of AP, AG, and JP’s music, and a lot of AO’s. Two books I don’t have are Everlasting Is the Past and anything by Luci Shaw. And I would love any of John Hendrix’s books! I already have Drawing Is Magic. I’ve been a fan of his work since 2006. (Other books on my list – I am perfectly fine with used, even brutally-used, books as long as they’re legible :))
    I love food BUT: I am on a pretty restrictive diet for an autoimmune illness that I am trying to put into remission (for the curious, AIP & Hashimoto’s). So it’s probably best not to send me anything edible- even tea. As much as I would love it, it would undo all the hard work and self-control I’ve invested over the past year.
    I love good art and well-crafted things, handmade especially. I like handmade Christmas ornaments and festive-looking anything. I make a few things myself- I have two Etsy shops, one for my drawings and one for my textile-related crafty stuff. I collect fabric and art supplies, though I have a lot of both. I also LOVE hand embroidering, and I guess one can never have too many embroidery hoops, right?!
    If you like to make things, I love receiving handmade (and sung and written) gifts. Oh, especially if you knit… I love hand-knit things. I like any shades of violet, green, red, ochre, and grey. I’m not as crazy about pinks, oranges, and blues. But if you feel unable or unskilled, no pressure and no worries! I also love the rustic nature-inspired aesthetic. Anything with pinecones, deer, trees and leaves… I’m a sucker for it. 

    I also collect really interesting spoons.

    So that’s about ten million things I like, but I am really much more excited to find and/or make gifts for whomever I get matched with. 🙂

  16. Carlee Lingerfelt

    @carlee

    I tried posting this a few minutes ago, but it gave me an error message. I’m hoping it doesn’t post this twice:

    I’m so excited I didn’t miss the deadline! This will be my second time participating and I love figuring out what to send my match!

    I’m a 30y.o. woman living in South Carolina. I love to travel to the Northeast. I love the woods and the mountains. I’m an illustrator and seamstress.
    I have a lot of the Rabbit Room stuff already, all of AP, AG, and JP’s music, and a lot of AO’s. Two books I don’t have are Everlasting Is the Past and anything by Luci Shaw. And I would love any of John Hendrix’s books! I already have Drawing Is Magic. I’ve been a fan of his work since 2006. (Other books on my list – I am perfectly fine with used, even brutally-used, books as long as they’re legible :))
    I love food BUT: I am on a pretty restrictive diet for an autoimmune illness that I am trying to put into remission (for the curious, AIP & Hashimoto’s). So it’s probably best not to send me anything edible- even tea. As much as I would love it, it would undo all the hard work and self-control I’ve invested over the past year.
    I love good art and well-crafted things, handmade especially. I like handmade Christmas ornaments and festive-looking anything. I make a few things myself- I have two Etsy shops, one for my drawings and one for my textile-related crafty stuff. I collect fabric and art supplies, though I have a lot of both. I also LOVE hand embroidering, and I guess one can never have too many embroidery hoops, right?!
    If you like to make things, I love receiving handmade (and sung and written) gifts. Oh, especially if you knit… I love hand-knit things. I like any shades of violet, green, red, ochre, and grey. I’m not as crazy about pinks, oranges, and blues. But if you feel unable or unskilled, no pressure and no worries! I also love the rustic nature-inspired aesthetic. Anything with pinecones, deer, trees and leaves… I’m a sucker for it. 

    I also collect really interesting spoons.

    So that’s about ten million things I like, but I am really much more excited to find and/or make gifts for whomever I get matched with. 🙂

  17. Mary Kathryn Daigle

    @marykathryn-2

    Hello! I am so excited to participate in this gift exchange!

    Just some context about me to help give you some ideas: I love all books and literature, especially those by Lewis, Montgomery, Alcott, Austen, and Shakespeare but I am always willing to expand my bookshelf! I am an aspiring writer and would love any resources that you know of/ have used (if you aren’t a writer, Beate Not the Poore Desk has caught my eye 🙂 ). A northerner who loves American history, I would love to receive anything that is particular to your region! I love all things that have to do with animals (especially rabbits, ironically 🙂 ) long walks in the Pennsylvanian woods, tea, period movies, Avonlea, the live action Cinderella, and of course, faith and the Lord.

    Honestly, I’m happy to receive anything, so have fun! Merry Christmas!

  18. Rebecca Lloyd

    @beckylloyd

    Oh so much loveliness and fun-ness one feels as if her heart may burst! I just signed up for my first ever RR gift exchange! If my Elf finds his/her way to read this, let it be known that I echo the sentiments of most of these good people – a good mug full of something warm is a delight, my Rabbit Room library is patch-bare and would benefit from the addition of just about any tome, and I find joy in anything beautiful, especially handmade (bonus points if you buy it from some adorable little local shop). If it transports me to another place where I am reminded of my Creator then I will be a happy, happy recipient!

  19. Kristen Kopp

    @kristenkopp

    Hello, Rabbit Friends! I’m excited to participate in another Rabbit Room gift exchange. I live in a small house in a small city on the prairies of Southern Minnesota. I love the idea of sharing something you love (a favorite book, movie, album, etc.) or something that is unique to your area. (I’m stealing your idea again, Lisa!) Some of my favorite things include handmade items, art supplies, shades of aqua, coffee, tea, journals, pens, chocolate, old books, board games, stationery, pinecones, the night sky, wildflowers, leaves, and trees. I know I will love whatever my Rabbit/Elf sends!

  20. Mary Kathryn Daigle

    @marykathryn-2

    Hello! I am so excited to participate in this gift exchange!

    Just some context about me to help give you some ideas: I love all books and literature, especially those by Lewis, Montgomery, Alcott, Austen, and Shakespeare but I am always willing to expand my bookshelf! I am an aspiring writer and would love any resources that you know of/ have used. As a northerner who loves American history, I would love to receive anything that is particular to your region! I love all things that have to do with animals (especially rabbits, ironically 😉 ) long walks in the Pennsylvanian woods, tea, period movies, the live action Cinderella, and of course, faith and the Lord.

    Honestly, I’m happy to receive anything, so have fun! Merry Christmas!

  21. Josh Bishop

    @joshbishop

    I’d love whatever you want to give me! I’m a big reader — YA, general, classic and historical fiction, theology, poetry, general nonfiction, biography, history; I’ve sort of been into the Puritans lately; I like the Inklings and their ilk. I’d love to receive your favorite book, whatever it is.

    I’m a husband, a dad of two boys and a writer. I like local/regional history and fine playing cards that you can’t find at Walgreens. I drink ale, whiskey, gin, coffee and tea. I smoke pipe tobacco (aromatic and non-). I love food. If you’re looking for specific ideas, here’s my general wishmas list that I harass my family and friends with at every gift-giving occasion — but please don’t feel limited to these!

  22. Reagan Dregge

    @rdregge

    Hooray for Christmas!

    I cherish all forms of Story, especially Tolkien. My husband and daughter and I live in an old farmhouse with one cat, two dogs, and a coopful of chickens. You’ll find me easy to please, fond of coffee, games, and postage stamps. Feel free to stalk me on the interwebs, or just send something YOU love.

  23. April McClure Stewart

    Hello, dear Rabbits… My name is April and I love this gift exchange. I live in the midst of the cornfields of central Illinois in a big green house with my five children and one husband.  I’m a former-pastor/ forever-church-nerd and I love all things ecclesial, especially the church year and seasonal observances and prayer books and liturgies and statuary and icons and such.  I homeschool my children which necessarily means I love good coffee and dark chocolate that I needn’t share. I have deep affection for beautifully illustrated children’s books and English hymns and high choral music and Bach.  I covet wooden trivets and spoons, and pottery in shades of blue, and embroidered things that I’d probably rarely use.  I appreciate art and lettering and handmade shawls and scarves and I buy handmade earrings from every place I visit on vacation. Also, I write run-on sentences. Finally, you should know – I will swoon over pretty much anything you get me.  Thank you, dear one, for being part of this wondrous group!

  24. Laura Peterson

    @laura

    Hello, gift-exchangers! Pertinent details about me: I live in Michigan, but my gift exchange mailing address is in Ohio. Don’t let it throw you off!

    Things I love: beautiful photos, Christmas ornaments, drawings by small children, library-related trinkets, fun earrings, picture books, and really anything purchased from the Rabbit Room store, so in that spirit I just shared my RR wish list in the facebook group and you may view it there. 🙂

    Wishing a peaceful, hopeful Advent season to all!

  25. Micah Hawkinson

    @micah

    Hi, everybody! This is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. In the past, my favorite gifts have been ones that the giver really liked and wanted to share. I’ve also really appreciated arts and crafts that they made themselves.

    In case you want to know more about me, here are some details about my life and likes:

    I’ve been alive for about 35 years and lived in Kansas for 34 of them.
    I’ve been married for 11 years. My wonderful wife and I have three boys (6, 5, 2) and a little girl (18 months).
    I was the third of 11 children, and I honestly like all of my siblings.
    Every Saturday morning, Dad made us pancakes and we listened to kids’ radio shows (Ranger Bill, Adventures in OdysseyUncle CharlieJungle Jam and Friends).
    At 10, I dreamed of a job that would pay me to build Legos and read all day.
    At 20, I was an English and history major. I dreamed of becoming a writer (non-fiction, fiction, and poetry, in that order).
    At 30, I was working in the technology department of a financial services company. It paid the bills but drained my soul. I dreamed of escape.
    At 35, I write pharmacy software for use in correctional institutions. I love my job, my co-workers, and the small company I work for. This is probably the closest I will ever get to building Legos and reading for a living. Sometimes I dream about my code.
    I love Jesus and am deeply involved with my church.
    My wife and I recently started a small group that focuses on serving our community.
    In my spare time, I teach literature to homeschooled high school students.
    I play games, all sorts. (Sports, word games, Eurogames, PC games)
    I enjoy the work of many authors. Dickens, Twain, and Asimov were my first loves, but I’ll read pretty much anything.
    Ditto with music. My earliest tastes tended toward Vivaldi, Caedmon’s Call, and Big Tent Revival, but yesterday (for example), I listened to Ron Block, Kanye West, the Hamilton cast recording, Andrew Peterson, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Enya, and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
    I love geeky toys. I’m thinking of using a Raspberry Pi to build a computer for my boys.

  26. Jade Payne

    I am hoping the person who’s name I drew will pop up here and share a bit of themselves. Everyone, share about yourself! 🙂

    For you who might have drawn my name, just know that I am sure easy to please. I basically love everything with all the heart emojis: I am a dreamer who loves fairy tales and adventure stories. I am a painter and photographer and I love beauty. Hot tea, books, TREES, art, Harry Potter, all things GEEK (I like to think of myself as Nerd Chic….I get the eye roll from my people a lot), camping, nature exploring, travel, London, Oxford, Inklings, Rabbit Room. I love the whole world and want to hug everyone. Or give high fives to the folks who need personal space. Let’s be friends!

    I live on a summer camp year round with my husband and three small sons. We love Disney Pixar movies and epic movie soundtracks and run-on sentences and homeschooling and our border collie and pizza.

  27. Jamin Still

    @jamin

    Anyone know if the “Secret Q&A” on Elfster is really secret? The person I’m paired with has nothing on their wish list and I’d like to ask them without giving myself away.

  28. Jen Rose Yokel

    @jroseyokel

    Yay, I missed doing this last year! Excited to be in on the fun this year. 🙂

    So hi, I’m a writer/poet, Floridian transplanted to New England, book and music lover, amateur cook, and occasional doodler. I will totally love whatever you want to send me, but if you need more help than that…

    – Something unique to your region. Coffee from a local roastery, interesting food, or something locally made by you or someone nearby is awesome.
    – My husband and I like tea too. Rooibos chai is our fave.
    – I dabble in/am trying to learn hand-lettering. If you’re an artist with recommended pens/supplies, I’d love that.
    – Your favorite books or music. We have a record player, so vinyl is fun. (Last time we got a jazz record and loved it. Instrumentals we can play in the house or Christmas music is great, but we’re open to surprises)
    – If you want to patronize the RR, we already have a lot of the books… haha. But Beate Not the Poore Desk, the last two books in the Shiloh trilogy, or new Christmas music from JJ or Jenny and Tyler are not in the collection. 🙂

  29. Kate Willis

    @katewillis

    I am so excited to take part in this celebration! I love everyone’s ideas of gifts that are meaningful to them or related to places they live. Here’s what I wrote on my Elfster profile as my wishes: “I love the Creator, nature, anything writing related, books (new and old), and antiques”. We own all AP music, Wingfeather Saga, and Rabbits with Swords books; but other than that feel free to surprise me! 😉

  30. Laure Hittle

    @mrs-hittle

    i love reading all these comments! It makes me wish i could have ALL OF YOU!!! This is my third Rabbit Room Christmas, which is wonderful and crazy and i am so glad to keep knowing and loving you people.

    About me: i love the Budge-Nuzzard with my whole shrively heart. My husband Jonathan and i have been married for twelve years, live in Colorado, and have the best Geek family in the world. i love mothering and pouncing on people, sometimes simultaneously. i can tell the difference between reality and fiction, but usually don’t consider it worth the effort. i am an Old Testament major currently studying Akkadian and really missing Hebrew. Favorite hobbies include reading aloud, board games, lurking, helping, and ridiculous haikus. i do have a Goodreads list that is fairly up-to-date if you are thinking of books, and a Rabbit Room wishlist also (most of which is on said Goodreads list), but what i would most like is something you love, so we can love it together. Or, if you are an artist, some little thing of yours would make me so happy.

  31. Rachel

    @kementari

    I am excited! This is my first Rabbit Room Christmas! I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

    I love Tolkien and CS Lewis. I enjoy both tea and coffee; and a mug to drink them in! (Especially original mugs!) I only have the first of the Wingfeather Saga and I want to complete the collection. I am writing a book. If you have wisdom in that area that would be a wonderful gift. I am not opposed to surprises. Thank you.

  32. Kyra Hinton

    @kyra-hinton

    Hello everyone! This is my first year doing this and, reading through all your comments, I’m so excited! What an awesome opportunity to connect and get to know all of you a little bit better!

    I live in the green valley of Roanoke, Virginia with my husband, 20-month-old daughter I want I be like when I grow young, and little family/community group.

    Right now I’m loving the idea of hygge (look it up now if you don’t know it!!) so I’m crushing on anything cozy like knit blankets, mugs, and natural candles. I’m also really interested in modern calligraphy/hand-lettering so I’ve been going crazy over inks and fountain pens and nibs. Like, eek! Could do it all day.

    I love exploring new places, mostly in real life but books are also good. 😉 I look for beauty wherever I go and thus I find it everywhere. I pour that beauty and love I see into my photography, watercolor painting, blogging, poetry, and bullet journaling.

    I have some stuff on the Elfster wishlist as inspiration, but I’m really just excited to see what you (whoever happened to get my name) comes up with. This is the best way to get into the Christmas spirit! ☺️ I love this little community more and more each day.

  33. Linda Rogers

    @misslinda

    I just realized that I probably need to say something, or the poor person who got my name is going to be guessing about everything. I’m really not picky, but shopping without SOME type of guidance is stressful, so I’m going to try to make it a little easier. I have a wishlist here, but it doesn’t have that much on it. I intended it to be a shopping list for myself, not for someone else. http://store.rabbitroom.com/apps/iwish?share=1234286979

    Please don’t send me food. I have several relatively strange food allergies. While I’m sure my Dad won’t let anything tasty go to waste, I probably won’t get to enjoy it if you send something edible.
    Please don’t send me strongly scented things, particularly essential oil things. I’m allergic to some of them too.

    I have a lot of interests but sometimes they are hard to describe. I like learning things. I like making things, as long as they aren’t so hard that it becomes work instead of fun. I get along really well with children. I like books, especially books with really good themes and layers of meaning so that I can think about them excessively and read them over and over. I love the Wingfeather Saga enough that I ought to be in the running to be the President of the Wingfeather Fan Club. As far as music, lyrics matter to me. I enjoy a lot of different styles when they have something worth saying, and a lot of people around here have something worth saying. I am gradually collecting Rabbit-y music, and now have most of AP’s stuff, Jill Phillip’s more recent things, and Matthew Clark’s CDs, which aren’t sold here but ought to be! (If you want to know more, go here and support a good cause and get good music at the same time-http://noisetrade.com/matthewclark/international-justice-mission). I am not sure whose music I ought to discover next, so if you know, feel free to help me out.

     

    This has been a hard year for me. I think what I want this year is for you to send me something that has helped you to know God better or reminded you of what He is like when you needed help remembering. Whatever that is for you, that is what I would like.

  34. Dawn Morrow

    @dawn11476

    I recycle this with tweaks every year…I’m just too lazy to write a new one.

    I’m Dawn…there’s two of us so don’t be confused! I live in Chicago and I work for the government. I just moved into a new neighborhood, outside of downtown for the first time. And I love love love Chicago.

    Other things I love, in a random stream-of-consciousness list…
    sunflowers and giraffes
    art that symbolizes hope
    music that tells stories…anything that tells stories
    Christmas lights and music
    reading – particularly fiction. I’m a lazy reader though. If it takes too much work, I probably put it down.
    little kid art
    deep purple things
    thunderstorms, the first snowflakes of the season, warm spring rains
    silver jewelry
    warm socks
    drum and bugle corps (I was a founding member of the Jersey Surf up in NJ…25 years ago. yikes.)
    minions
    tea and ice cream (usually not together)
    Iowa Hawkeyes and UNC Tarheels
    Harry Potter
    the smell of fireplaces on the first cold nights of fall
    writing (poetry, mostly) and coloring
    exploring Chicago
    board and card games

    I have a sad lack of Sara Groves between her second CD (All Right Here?) and her most recent one. I also have a Rabbit Room store wishlist here: http://store.rabbitroom.com/apps/iwish?share=1236832323

  35. brooke

    @brooke

    Hi hi!!  This is my first year doing the gift exchange.  I’m excited and also a bit nervous (about send a gift to my person — not about receiving).  If you want guidance, I tried to put a few RR books on my wishlist (Wishes of a Fish King, Ellen & the Winter Wolves, Subjects with Objects).  Really, I would love to be gifted with a piece of you… something you’ve loved that you want to share, something local, something that makes you smile.  I’m a 35 year old mom, two little kids and one husband.  I’m a trained pediatric nurse who dabbles in art while staying at home with my kids.  I love anything quirky or that makes me laugh, I love how things look and feel, I love light and contrast.

  36. Jennifer Bast

    @jbfullyalive

    Hi friends! I’m so happy to be participating again this year. I’m well stocked on books and music.  I’d love something handmade and/or regional.

    I like silly, whimsical things, but rarely buy them for myself. I would enjoy a t-shirt (Medium Unisex t-shirt, Large women’s cut/size, XL if it’s misses/juniors) or socks or mug or any fun item related to Doctor Who, Harry Potter (My husband and I are Hufflepuffs), Narnia, Anne of Green Gables, Gilmore Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Wingfeather Saga (I did get the Tales and posters, patches, etc. through the Kickstarter).

    I love food, but I have unfortunate sensitivities to gluten, dairy and refined sugar, so that significantly limits my options. I’m a bit of a hippie when it comes to personal/bath products, home fragrances, etc.  If you, a friend, or a vendor at your farmers’ market makes homemade lotion, lip balm, body spray, and so forth,  I am down with that.

    I like things that are vintage, fair trade, and/or upcycled such as jewelry.   I like crossbody purses/bags, but not the tiny organizing ones. An infinity scarf would be lovely. I would like a milk frother with which I could make foamy chai lattes at home.

    That should be enough to go on. I know I will be pleased with whatever comes my way.

  37. Kaitlyn Luce

    @kaitlynluce

    Hi friends! This is my fourth year participating in the Rabbit Room gift exchange, and it has easily become one of my favorite traditions.

    I work at the Rabbit Room, so if you have my name, either don’t order from the RR store for me, or don’t put my name on it because I’ll wind up packaging it myself and I like being surprised. 🙂

    I grew up in Florida and moved to Nashville nearly two years ago. I like strong black tea, candles, cozy things, books, and music. A couple years ago, after I graduated from college, I received a book from my secret rabbit about how to move into the change of the next season of my life. It was one of my favorite gifts I’ve ever received. So, if you have a book or music that helped you in a certain season of life, particularly one where you have kind of fallen into a rhythm with your life and maybe needed something reawakened in you, that would be totally fun! Other than that, I love trying new things. Like many others have said, if there’s something local to you that would help me get to know you better, that would be lovely. I’m not picky, and just love connecting with people in this way. I’m so excited for this!

  38. Loren Warnemuende

    @lorenwarn

    Good Morning, Rabbits! Happy Day After Thanksgiving. It’s so lovely to be a part of the gift exchange again this year–I’ve loved each year’s experience of giving and receiving.

    Our family has been on the move for the past few years. We’re originally from Michigan, just spent two years in Guadalajara, Mexico, and now live in Longview, Texas. I’ve loved the feeling of settling into a home again after two years of an apartment, and our gang of five is learning the ropes of East Texas culture.

    So my loves and wishes? Books–always. We do have a ton of the Rabbit Room collection, but I’ve been gazing longingly at Walt Wangerin’s new Beat Not the Poore Desk. I love fiction, particularly historical fiction, classic mysteries, and fantasy/sci fi. Most of my reading these days is with my kids, so we enjoy a lot of junior fiction. And music–I don’t have any Audrey Assad (horrors!).

    Consumables are always a treat: dark coffee and dark chocolate.

    I love jewel tones and our new home has a lot of wall space, so something pretty to hang on a wall is always welcome. I love Jennifer Trafton’s artwork.

    But that’s enough about me. I’m looking forward to hearing more about you!

  39. Carrie Givens

    @carrieg

    I’m very delayed on getting to this, but hopefully my Rabbit Santa isn’t too furious with me. I have most of the music of the RR and many of the books, but I’m still lacking Jonathan Rogers’ children’s books (don’t tell him). I’m a huge audiobook fan, so if there’s a recording of a book you love, I’d be up for that. I love fiction, mysteries, memoirs, narrative non-fiction.

    I live in Charlotte, having moved there from Philadelphia a few years back; I grew up in Michigan. I love the globe, so anything international or well-traveled in the US would be fun. I’m a word geek, a baseball fan, and a lover of stories.

  40. nora k

    @ovenmitt

    Hi everyone! This week has been full of the most beautiful  mayhem and I think I’m probably up to take seventeen of “let’s get this post written” and I have to admit that I’m nervous about where it’s going to go. The first year I wrote this random stream of consciousness take on my life where it was and then last year I basically cutted and pasted and edited it and now it’s year three and I’m not sure what I’m going to do. Let’s start with a description of what’s in front of me. I have several frames haphazardly hanging on my wall, which include some handwritten lyrics from AP and AG, as well as one of the designs Evie Coates did for RR last year, this one with lyrics from Be Kind to Yourself. There’s a poster that has the most memorable lines from Le Petit Prince: on ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. L’essential est invisible pour les yeux. I’ve also got a framed poster from Justin McRoberts’s Prayer book, which I loved. “May I never grow tired of starting over or helping others do the same. My hope is always in renewal and resurrection.” Yes and yes. Finally, I’ve got a spot where my “Sea of Fields” framed art will go (saw Jamin on here and need to say it’s amazing and I’m so glad I get to show off your work!) (also, shout out to the people at Michaels who waited in line with me this am when I went to get my frames. At the time it made sense to go to Michaels on Black Friday…I mean, ‘who is gonna go to Michaels?’ SAID EVERYONE IN LINE WITH ME.)

    Anyway, I love things for my walls. I love to build my LEGO winter village and new villagers to populate our town would be very special indeed. I have an unhealthy addiction to stationary, cute socks, things to keep me warm, and improving my posture. Okay, not really an addiction with the posture, but the others are definitely borderline dangerous *cough*wonderful*cough*. I love college ruled notebooks, fine-tip retractable pens, lip gloss, hot tea (see above things to keep me warm for context), and the Renovaré book club. It’s been 399 days since I’ve had a “sweet treat” of any kind and depending on my Creator each day for sweetness has proved abundantly more satisfying. I love Proverbs 3.7 and Psalms 73.26 and Jan Johnson’s lectio divina writings. And I love you all.

     

    okay, that didn’t turn out too ba

  41. Kathleen

    @booklover7

    Hi all! I am always running late and it seems that I am true to form with this introduction….

    I have been a stay at home mom for a lot of years and have seven children.  I love to read and also to do an occasional family read-aloud, preferably around a fire. The last book we read as a family was Great Expectations; I have a notebook filled with all the books we have read over the years -with ratings, lol.  I love all classic literature, and also authors such as C.S. Lewis, Elizabeth Goudge, Walter Wangerin and Wendell Berry. I also enjoy movies from the thirties and forties, all classical music (youngest daughter is a classical pianist) and the music of Andrew Peterson, Audrey Assad, Ron Block, etc.

    I cannot imagine life without coffee (of any kind!) and also enjoy an occasional cup of tea as well. I also love anything handmade, especially coffee mugs.  I knit occasionally and garden frequently, and am always attending to our menagerie of dogs and cats. I have an Instagram account that is all about books; if you would like to check it out, my user name is @khstarnes.

    I am so excited to be a part of the exchange this year! After reading all the comments, I think there are many, many kindred spirits here. Happy weekend to everyone!

  42. dawngreen

    @dawngreen

    Oh I’m so sad to realize that (while I was getting my husband home from hospital/rehab after bilateral knee replacement surgery) I missed the deadline. I always look so forward to this part of my Christmas tradition. My fondest wishes to each of you for a Merry Christmas.

    Next year for the RR gift exchange.

    Blessings to each of you.

  43. Leah

    @leah

    Hi friends!!

    Sorry that I am so late to commenting here!  I wish that I could find an old intro that I could edit, too!  Ha!  I live in currently-snowy Wisconsin, I love reading (Wendell Berry is one of my favorites), having friends over for dinner (usually making soup), and playing games (I would love to learn more nerdy board games!  I don’t think I have any that would qualify that way!)

    I am writing this at work, and just got paged by the ER…so…more later perhaps!  🙂

  44. Leah

    @leah

    Hmmm, hopefully my prior one will show up as posted–i’ll have to come back and check.  Continuing on, my favorite colors these days are aquas,  blues and grays.  I like cozy things 🙂  I have a thing for candles that smell like fresh pears.

    Again, sorry so late on these thoughts.  I appreciate the thoughtfulness, and I love reading everyone’s comments on this thread!

  45. Teressa Mahoney

    @teressamahoney

    Dear Rabbity Friend Who Was Paired With Me,

    I am truly sorry to have kept you waiting for so long for a list! If you have already made your selection, then please disregard the rest of this post. I’m sure it will be lovely and I will love it! If not, here are some ideas:

    Books by Jonathan Rogers. (Literally anything, because I haven’t read any of them.)

    Anything blue

    Something from where you live. Maybe a t-shirt?? Size M

    Unique family board game. (We have 4 kids.)

    Other general notes: I love music, handmade things, soft and snuggly things, and tea things.

    I’m so excited for this exchange! Thank you for joining!

    ~Teressa

     

     

  46. Bethany

    @guineapiglover

    Alas! I too am late on here. But I have a wish list on Elfster; also, as others have noted, I’d love something unique from your part of the country, assuming you live somewhere other than Oklahoma. I love guinea pigs, Tolkien (but I own most of his books), calligraphy, crocheting, chocolate, and many other things. I have no food allergies, my shirt size is small, and feel free to ask any other questions through Elfster!

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