Last Friday, I opened my front door to discover a large white envelope. The return address was mysterious:

Secret Santa Return Address

I opened the envelope to discover an extremely clever wrapping job: a Christmas dish towel, neatly tied with a ribbon!

Secret Santa Wrapping

Inside the towel I found The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, both books I’ve been wanting to read for a long time. I’m so excited! (Funny how similar the titles are, no?) As a bonus, there was a clever book-centered holiday card: “The 12 Days of Christmas,” book lover style. And, of course, the festive Christmas dish towel!

Secret Santa GiftsA huge thanks to Mary from Bookfan for the generous and thoughtful Secret Santa package! This was my first year participating in the Book Blogger Holiday Swap, and I had a great time. I haven’t done a Secret Santa swap for years, and it’s even more fun with books.

But that’s not all! A few days later, an envelope arrived, postmarked from the Netherlands:

Secret Santa Bookmark Envelope

Inside was a beautiful card and a lovely bookmark, along with some personalized classics recommendations, from Judith:

Secret Santa Bookmark

Thank you, Judith, for the card, bookmark, and recommendations! Thank you, too, to Anastasia from Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog for hosting the Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange. It was nice to have a less expensive holiday swap option!

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    1. I know…who expects to be able to reuse their gift wrap? It makes me want to wrap everything in dishtowels!

    1. I don’t even know if it was intentional, but I love it too! Plus, they happened to be the two books on my wishlist I most wanted πŸ™‚

  1. Hi Erin. Sorry, I never checked back to see if you received the card – and I probably didn’t leave my blog address or email address… Anyway, it was my and I’m very glad the card arrived in time, and that you enjoyed it.

    Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Judith! There was no contact info on the card, so I’m really happy you checked in. The card and bookmark were both beautiful — thank you! I also appreciated the book recommendations and have added them to my TBR list. A very happy new year to you as well!

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