MetaFilter Gift Swap 2022 THANK YOU! November 14, 2022 9:14 AM   Subscribe

By tradition, the first gift recipient gets to start the annual swap THANK YOU thread....

And I want to say THANK YOU to JiffyQ for the Fruits D'Alsace loose tea and Toblerone chocolate! I am looking forward to brewing a cup and having a piece of chocolate (or two or three) during my free time over the holidays. Thank you so much!
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs to MetaFilter-Related at 9:14 AM (104 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

I have received a batch of Pittsburgh-themed goodies from kara, including a bar of craft soap called "Pittsburgh Sky". It looks gorgeous and smells amazing. There is also a LOVE YINZ sticker. I looked up YINZ and can now use it properly in a sentence. Thank you, kara!
posted by rekrap at 10:05 AM on November 14 [6 favorites]

I would like to thank the lovely hansbrough who drew my name for last year's exchange. There were shipping snafus, and though we communicated privately, by the time they were resolved, the 2021 thank you thread was no longer active.

I received a beautiful Asplenium fern with accompanying ceramic planter! And what's more, though the first delivery attempt was smashed up a bit, the plant from that survived so I was ultimately gifted two now-thriving epiphytic Birds Nests, perfect for dim and rainy winters. It's cooler than recommended here but they are not only managing the temps, they're getting too big for my kitchen sill. I love them and this Spring I will enter into my first fern-repotting adventure!

Thank you so much, hansbrough, and I'm sorry you had to wait a whole year for a proper acknowledgement ♥
posted by to wound the autumnal city at 10:26 AM on November 14 [8 favorites]

Major big special thanks to adekellny for the book of Super Mario piano sheet music! I was in a coma for a week six months ago and lost a lot of my mobility as a result. I'm still working to get my movement back in order, and now that I'm feeling stronger, I'm trying to get back into playing the piano again. I'd been too weak to effectively press the keys up until recently, so it's great to have something familiar to learn while I'm working on regaining my strength. I'm 41 and the Mushroom Kingdom is still my happy place at heart.
posted by Servo5678 at 11:04 AM on November 14 [19 favorites]

By tradition, this is my favorite thread all year! YAY!
posted by mochapickle at 11:09 AM on November 14 [4 favorites]

This is so exciting! Yay!!!!
posted by okayokayigive at 12:32 PM on November 14 [3 favorites]

oh darn. i totally forgot to look out for the swap email this year. have an excellent time, all!
posted by mollymillions at 10:12 PM on November 14 [1 favorite]

Mollymillions - the card swap is still open for sign ups until the 20th!

But hooray, I love this thread!
posted by freethefeet at 12:06 AM on November 15 [2 favorites]

My gift is en route to its lovely recipient on the far flung other coast of this continent! I made a goal to get my gift on its way early since things become awfully hectic in my brain as the winter ticks on, and with a toddler thrown into the mix for this first time this year, our house is bound too be even more chaotic than usual this holiday season, so I'm proud of myself for marking this delightful item off my to-do list in plenty of time this year!! I very much enjoyed musing and hemming and hawing and trying to pick something that lands right smack dab in the middle of the Venn diagram of stuff both I and my giftee love, so I hope they enjoy it! A little sad I didn't prolong the deliciousness of choosing the perfect selection of things just a liiiiittttttlllle bit longer in order to eek out every ounce of joy from the process I could, but an early gift is a thing of beauty in itself, I suppose! And infinitely better than the alternative, which (since I have absolutely zero middle ground in anything I do) would have been an absurdly late gift.

Very excited to follow along with this thread as it is absolutely my favourite thing about Metafilter every single year.
posted by Dorinda at 11:56 AM on November 15 [4 favorites]

I have mailed my gift to a recipient on a whole separate continent. The Trackinator has been updated. HANG ON BUDDY, YOUR SECRET BEANS ARE ON THEIR WAY!!!
posted by Lawn Beaver at 7:19 AM on November 16 [4 favorites]

My gift is on the way from the EU to Great Britain, and hope very much that Brexit will not delay delivery too much. Completed the trackinator and let's hope for the best.
posted by 15L06 at 9:55 AM on November 16 [3 favorites]

Thank You jillithd for the excellent truffles from Legacy Chocolates. Absolutely divine!! I'm in heaven. Some are going to be savored with a fine chianti and the others with 115 proof bourbon. (On different nights, of course, I still believe in not mixing the grape and the grain.) What a lovely way to start the holidays. THANK YOU MUCHLY!
posted by pjsky at 4:33 PM on November 16 [5 favorites]

Thank you carnival_night_zone for the parrot stationary. What a perfect gift, I have so many bird flavored letters to write!
posted by aspo at 3:37 PM on November 17 [3 favorites]

I'm not sure who sent it, but thank you for the Yawn Brew Hot Chocolate Advent calendar!! I LOVE it and I could not have come up with a more perfect gift. I may have broken out the Salted Caramel a titch early, haha. Thank you so much, merry Quonsmas!
posted by randomquestion at 7:09 PM on November 17 [1 favorite]

Yay Randomquestion that’s from me. My favorite time of year. Secret beans abound!
posted by Pretty Good Talker at 11:47 PM on November 17 [3 favorites]

Thank you to the lovely individual who sent me two delicious types of tea … so cozy! I’m looking forward to enjoying a steaming mug by the fireplace while I watch the snow fall. ❄️
posted by WaspEnterprises at 5:47 PM on November 18 [3 favorites]

What a surprise … another package arrived today! It was filled with what appeared to be a wide variety of local dark chocolates. Thank you for this sweetly unexpected addition!
posted by WaspEnterprises at 8:23 PM on November 18 [2 favorites]

I am delighted by the charming, personal, and thoughtful gift from PistachioRoux. Thank you my new friend! Reading and sharing with my partner (who loves zines!) ahead. Happy Beansdays!!
posted by wellred at 12:07 PM on November 19 [2 favorites]

Thank you to the lovely gifter who sent intensely fragrant coffee from a small-batch roaster, the most sophisticated dark chocolate Kit Kats, and toy coffee and croissants so the cats wouldn't feel left out! I didn't manage to snap photos of Kosmas using the mocha as a pillow or Gennoveus standing on his hind legs and chirping at the first whiff of croissant, but we're all enjoying a cozy, snowy weekend.
posted by yarntheory at 9:01 AM on November 20 [4 favorites]

Thanks to wellred, who gifted me with a coffee mug, button, sticker, and postcard, all from their home city of Toronto. The coffee mug is subway-station-themed, and the sticker is a raccoon in a trash can, which as a fan of both mass transit and urban wildlife I find especially delightful.
posted by box at 3:19 PM on November 21 [5 favorites]

Dearest beaning, you have outdone yourself. The bottles of Texas' finest brown liquor you sent all arrived with only one seal getting broken (and I had to drink it first, you know) and the glassware arrived just fine, and it will be put in use tonight for a drink to start the long descent into madness weekend. I'm just glad the USPS didn't give more scrutiny to the package. That's the only benefit to the postal service being a shambles lately. Sorry I didn't post earlier. After I opened the package and the card and set the card and boxes near the floor, the cat ate the damned card. I couldn't recall who sent this delightful package!

Thank you thank you thank you!
posted by deezil at 5:40 AM on November 22 [4 favorites]

the cat ate the damned card

A successful gift for the whole family, then.
posted by phunniemee at 8:06 AM on November 22 [8 favorites]

Many thanks to orange pamplemousse for the tea and the notebook! Much appreciated and they'll get good use. :)
posted by notquitejane at 9:22 AM on November 22 [3 favorites]

Hey there box, so happy you're enjoying. Hope you get to see Toronto one day!
posted by wellred at 1:23 PM on November 22 [3 favorites]

Thank you ellieboa for lovely the Box of Gifts which arrived today. I love the scarf, so incredibly soft, very nice biscuits and delicous tea i am just enjoying with a biscuit or three. And Mimi much appreciates the fish!
Thank you!
PS: it is nice to hear that Empress Sisi still adorns your fridge.
posted by 15L06 at 11:12 AM on November 24 [3 favorites]

Yay! Glad it arrived and that you (both!) like it!
posted by ellieBOA at 12:34 AM on November 25 [2 favorites]

I have been gifted! I noted that I like Lego minifigs. bondcliff is a talented woodworker, and made a wood maxi-fig. It's very cool and fun and came with a nice letter. Thank you, bondcliff! I might make hats for it.
posted by theora55 at 7:56 AM on November 25 [15 favorites]

Dear recipient, when you get my package please know that options one and two fell through for me and I did get you something from your list, just I had to go to Amazon to get it from my local company to get it to ship on time. With love, gentlyepigrams!
posted by gentlyepigrams at 8:02 AM on November 25 [4 favorites]

Dang, that wood maxi-fig is gorgeous.
posted by box at 8:17 AM on November 25 [6 favorites]

yayyyyy yarntheory, I'm glad it arrived and you and the cats liked everything! (also I love the cat photos)
posted by aaanastasia at 12:28 PM on November 25 [4 favorites]

Thank you to obol for my box of dinosaur parts! I have two very cool little replica fossils now: a velociraptor claw and hadrosaur skin! Velociraptors are the coolest meat eaters and my favorite veggiesaurus is a hadrosaur, so I'm delighted. (Also, perfect mefi colors on the sticker from the Burke Museum! I'm now a lil salty I didn't know about this place when I was visiting the Seattle area a few months ago.)

Anyway, they both have a home now in my not organized but always accruing dinosaur cabinet, adding some much needed academic grounding. Thanks, obol! Your calligraphy on the card was so pretty.

p.s. As a bonus, the box this came in fits the gift I'm sending to MY beansee just about perfectly, saving me the final step of having to box craft a smaller box from other too-large boxes 🙏
posted by phunniemee at 11:50 AM on November 26 [4 favorites]

Many thanks to jet_pack_in_a_can for the delicious coffee from Blanchard's in Richmond, VA! I hope to visit Richmond in the future and check out the food there.
posted by jason6 at 7:26 AM on November 27 [4 favorites]

Thank you, to wound the autumnal city, for the beautiful liverwort prints and magnets! The plant and science nerd in me is delighted! The print is getting framed soon and can bring a much needed splash of color to the bare walls of my small windowless office.
posted by astapasta24 at 10:46 AM on November 27 [5 favorites]

Thank you jilloftrades for the lovely package. I love midori stationery but I have not tried their notebooks; I'm looking forward to using the corgi planner this year and wearing the pin (and hopefully not putting it through the wash); and my dog is enjoying the snack you sent. Thanks for brightening my day.
posted by Tesseractive at 7:41 PM on November 27 [4 favorites]

Early on in this thread I grinned at Dorinda's gleeful description of finding & shipping gifties, which captured the giddy fun of the gift swap I feel every year--and the gifts they were shipping turned out to be for me! THANK YOU DORINDA for the assortment of west coast goodies that were the perfect blend of sweet, salty, crunchy, earthy, and handsomely designed. Somehow I did not know about kari kari sauce before. How on earth is the garlic so crunchy when it's soaking in spicy oil?? (You know what, please don't tell me, it'll be chemistry I don't understand or sorcery best left hidden, or vice versa.)

I've had a rough stretch this last month, I'm worn out and stressed out, and the arrival of this care package was a lovely nudge toward needed joy. Hooray for all this, as always.
posted by miles per flower at 10:15 AM on November 28 [4 favorites]

Mine arrived tonight! My gifter sent me handmade, natural bar soaps from the UK. English tea, chai, and frankincense & myrrh, for that wintery scent! The package smelled heavenly and I cannot wait to try them out. Thank you :)
posted by lesser weasel at 2:24 AM on November 29 [4 favorites]

Hi Honey! I'm Home!

Just got back from traveling to find I had been sent some lovely honey (brought inside by my other honey, Mr. Nat) by my swapper. 4 different varieties, from Honeyrun in Central Ohio. Big thank you to my swapper!

I look forward to getting to try it, but confess to holding off a little longer since my own gift is not yet headed to my swappee. It's still under preparation (it needs a hanging method which I am still brainstorming -- I have another day to figure it out)...
posted by nat at 10:18 AM on November 29 [3 favorites]

I have been quonsed beansed! craven_morhead, thank you SO much for my gifts!! I am a game fanatic, as you clearly deduced, and I cannot wait to play Guillotine, which I have never played before! And the chocolate - *chef's kiss*. Thank you so very much; it is truly one of the highlights of the holiday season to receive something from this place. Yay!!!

... which is why it pains me to say that I have not yet been able to send off my gift! I have one item but am waiting on another, and I probably will not be able to send it until this weekend. Despite having no HR background, I am the new interim head of HR at my company as of a week ago, and I have been working around the clock, basically literally. But it will be sent! Sorry again!!
posted by widdershins at 12:10 PM on November 30 [4 favorites]

I just received a box from the wonderful SunPower, containing my favorite tea, a hat-shaped knitting gauge measurement tool, soft Pima cotton yarn in a pretty teal color, and a coconut-scented, pineapple-shaped fidget toy! The card with its sparkly pink writing was lovely, too, and everything was so nicely wrapped! I've been in a bit of a funk lately, but today I am very happy. Thank you!
posted by jet_pack_in_a_can at 1:14 PM on November 30 [4 favorites]

Gtrwolf sent me an amazing artisan small farm set of mint chocolates and they are such a delight. Thanks for making my day! It’s going to be difficult to not eat them all in 24hr time!
posted by kthxbi at 6:07 PM on November 30 [4 favorites]

I got my gift today, which is coincidentally the same day I sent mine off.

From joseph_elmhurst, a first-time Gift Swap participant, I got a delightful package of Oregonian treats (lip balm, salty caramels and a chocolate bar), along with a cassette tape made up by a local dj and some lovely notebooks to add to my collection. Here is a picture of everything.

For being a first-timer, they knocked it out of the park! I just tried (like, literally still chewing on) one of the caramels and they are so salty and buttery and delicious. Thank you so much, j_e !

I also really appreciate that through this I got to connect to a Mefite I hadn't crossed paths with previously! My recipient is someone I "know" (ie follow on social media) off the site, which is a first for me, and I feel like I'm getting the best of both worlds. Yaaaaay Metafilter Gift Swap season! 🥰
posted by Sparky Buttons at 6:10 PM on November 30 [9 favorites]

I haven’t gotten my gift yet, and my recipient has already thanked me privately, but I wanted to share the beansmas thing I’ve been doing for the past few years.

Back in 2020, the guidance I received included my recipient saying they like “order out of chaos.” Now, I am a biased fiber artist who likes finding excuses to make things, but I saw that and thought “what is knitting if not order out of chaos?” I don’t know how I specifically got the idea to make vegetables, but somehow I hit on that and made a tiny knitted eggplant and broccoli, which went over very well.

My next year’s recipient reported liking “tiny cute things.” You know one thing that’s tiny and cute? Little knitted vegetables. I made a carrot.

This year my recipient’s guidance included nothing that directly screamed “make me a vegetable,”, but at this point tradition is tradition. Butternut squash it was, based solely on the colors I had immediately available.

Anyway, here’s my beansmas veggie collection. Next year this could be you.
posted by ActionPopulated at 7:22 PM on November 30 [14 favorites]

Glad you like it aspo! This is my first year participating in the gift swap, and I definitely had a fun time picking out the gift!
posted by carnival_night_zone at 6:10 AM on December 1 [4 favorites]

Just a heads-up to the organizers that I sent you an email with a question about the trackinator. (To my match: I'm so sorry, I live clear on the other side of the world and I only got organized enough to get it to you this week! You should get a tracking number from the organizers though.)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:35 AM on December 1 [1 favorite]

Last night, I came home quite late after a pretty difficult day at the office and a loooooong musical performance (not be me -- by the Metropolitan Opera) to find a lovely package from internet of pillows. Inside was a panettone from Eataly, with orange cream and chocolate chips. It was too late to try it last night, but I had some for breakfast this morning and it was fabulous. I may or not let my husband have any; that's as yet undetermined. Right now I'm trying not to eat it all at once. Thank you, internet of pillows!
posted by holborne at 11:11 AM on December 1 [2 favorites]

holborne I gasped at the panettone with orange cream and chocolate chips. That sounds stupid good, especially for breakfast.

My gift is making its way to its recipient. I was able to get a little bit crafty again this year, although I was slowed down (and had to scale down) due to my inflamed shoulder and wrist.
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 1:03 PM on December 1 [2 favorites]

I got excellent mail today - a Card Club card from winesong, an issue of the Journal for Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers, AND my secret beans gift from miles per flower. Miles very thoughtfully sent me a bottle of snazzy olive oil, a cute notebook, some stickers, and a set of post-it notes printed with radial coordinates for WHO KNOWS WHAT MISCHIEF. All wrapped in the most exuberant and colorful wrapping paper of show posters/like flyers on a telephone pole. Thanks miles per flower!
posted by janell at 6:37 PM on December 1 [4 favorites]

I ordered my recipient’s gift today - nothing like waiting til the last minute! It’s expected to arrive no later than 12/13 and I’ll add the tracking number to the Trackinator once I get it. : )
posted by SisterHavana at 9:45 PM on December 1 [2 favorites]

Just received my gift from lesser weasel from across the ocean! I made many giddy sounds as I opened the package and read the card, and welp, it's the second year the mefi gift has made me tear up. Mugs have picked up somewhat of a metaphorical role in my life this year, so it is just perfect you selected this very special mug and teas for me as I welcome in a new year. Thank you so much. Wishing you all the best.
posted by monologish at 8:46 AM on December 2 [5 favorites]

I got my gift a couple of days ago and opened it today! It was a delightful cornucopia of Michigan-based gourmet treats from yarntheory! Delicious dried cherries -- the note said that they were included because Michigan grows the best cherries; what yarntheory didn't know is that cherries are absolutely 100% my favourite fruit! 🍒Super-fancy multi-colour artisanal pasta! 🍝An intoxicating and absolutely unique syrup made from the white pody part of the cocoa fruit! 🍫 Thank you so much for the wonderful gift! (The box it came in is now on the way to my secret gift recipient...♻)
posted by Superilla at 11:28 AM on December 2 [4 favorites]

Thank you, Rubydooby, for the hockey themed hot chocolate present! I shared a pix of everything with my sis and she was all "this is so perfect for you!" Now off to pretend I'm Robo from the Dallas Stars and put 22 marshmallow goals in the mug of hot chocolate. Then I'll pretend I'm the other team and drink my "sorrows." Happy hockeydays to you too!
posted by beaning at 11:42 AM on December 2 [3 favorites]

We were in Canuckistan last week and just picked up our packages from our next door neighbor.

thomas j wise sent a beautiful black walnut serving tray and it was waiting for us. I understand it was made locally to them, which is very cool.

Thanks again and happy holidays!
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:48 PM on December 2 [4 favorites]

My Beansmas present is here! Daisyace sent me some local goodies: a jar of maple cream and a black raspberry & vanilla sugar scrub. Plus she constructed a personalized crossword puzzle for me! Thanks so much, Daisyace, and Happy Beansmas to you!
posted by SisterHavana at 4:09 PM on December 2 [3 favorites]

I got my package into the clutches of USPS Priority Mail today..."only" one day late is pretty good for this disorganized yob, and tracking has been entered into the trackinator. USPS sez it will be there Monday, so fingers crossed.
posted by maxwelton at 4:55 PM on December 2 [2 favorites]

I'm so glad you liked it, monologish! ♥ Wishing you many cozy tea times!
posted by lesser weasel at 6:15 PM on December 2 [3 favorites]

Thanks so much, Daisyace, and Happy Beansmas to you!

And to you, SisterHavana! Constructing crosswords is my current obsession. I hope you enjoy the presents!
posted by daisyace at 8:36 AM on December 3 [3 favorites]

My gift is out for delivery today. Hope you enjoy it, dear recipient!
posted by gentlyepigrams at 9:08 AM on December 3 [2 favorites]

I managed to drop off my gift at the post office today and the trackinator has my info, so now I can finally breathe easy. I hope you like it, beansee!
posted by widdershins at 11:16 AM on December 3 [2 favorites]

OMG my gift from Glinn is one of the more fabulous gifts I've ever received. Honestly... it brought me to tears.

Beautiful dia de los muertos calavera artwork that is something I would TOTALLY buy for myself except it was made for me by the amazing Glinn. I can't get over how perfect it is. You are so skilled, this is amazing. It's going up in my home. Plus a book to doodle in, art pens and some delicious chocolates. All of it wrapped lovingly in beautiful paper with a badass card and an extra card to boot.

Honestly, I've had close family members that haven't reached this level of gift giving awesomeness. Thank you so much Glinn. You really made my holiday season as a somewhat newly fully single person much much much happier. This felt like a gift that was truly intended just for me and I'm just so grateful.
posted by mulkey at 11:59 AM on December 3 [8 favorites]

I just arrived home to a gift from ThePinkSuperhero! Some delicious chocolate and an adorable cat toy :)
Thank you!
posted by cozenedindigo at 2:37 PM on December 3 [4 favorites]

Mail carrier just delivered my gift.Thank you NorthernLite for the amazing book and some dark chocolates. Really appreciate the selection. All I need is some coffee to go with the book and dark chocolate (perfect for a rainy day)😊
posted by SunPower at 2:56 PM on December 3 [3 favorites]

I received the most delightful package from kthxbi, containing everything I need to make some adorable needle felted animals. I can't wait to get started! Thank you so much, and I wish you and yours the very merriest of festive seasons.
posted by bunnysquirrel at 3:09 PM on December 3 [2 favorites]

Huge thank you to Seed Stitch for my lovely gift that arrived today! The book is perfect (the graphic novel adaptation of The Parable of the Sower) and I am SO EXCITED to try the fancy chocolates!!! You absolutely nailed it, thank you!!!
posted by meggan at 5:53 PM on December 3 [3 favorites]

Yay and thank you to Vespabelle! Who leaned into the goofy a little - Vespabelle apologized for her gift being a "bit of a grab bag", but that just made for a bounty. I'd mentioned I was interested in bakeware that would work for single-serving cakes, and got three teeny baking pans in "fun" shapes, including one in the shape of a foot. Hee!

And there were also three things for my Purple Garden Plot - including purple basil which was the one thing I hadn't gotten yet. And also a purple kneeling pad (and my bad knee is very happy about that). Thank you!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:32 AM on December 4 [2 favorites]

Huge thanks to kbar1 for the Cats of Star Trek (TOS) mug and kitty-themed comfy socks—these are some of my favorite things! It's currently snowing where I live (a sort of rarity) and the mug is about to be filled with hot chai. LLAP, kbar1!
posted by joseph_elmhurst at 10:09 AM on December 4 [2 favorites]

I finally opened my package from pjsky… sorry it took so long! I had to wait until I sent my own package off, and then I was out of town for a few days, but I have finally opened it and wow! Amazing, wonderful, giant tin of Laura’s Hemp Chocolates - Dark Chocolate Bark. It is awesome! Thank you so much for supporting a vegan vendor on my behalf, and it is delicious and also dark enough that I won’t eat them all in one sitting. Huzzah and Happy Beans!
posted by Glinn at 11:54 AM on December 4 [3 favorites]

I’ve been Beansed with a box of Kate Weiser artisan chocolates - and Reader, they are handpainted! 15 delightful orbs that look positively celestial. Thank you so much to my Secret Beanser; you have provided a key ingredient for a luxurious holiday.
posted by initapplette at 12:44 PM on December 4 [3 favorites]

thank you to the gifter who sent me the cool lamp! I love it!!
posted by aaanastasia at 1:42 PM on December 4 [3 favorites]

initapplette, I am your Beanser! I tried to get them directly through the shop but the shipping system was busted, so I went through Amazon. I'm glad you're happy with them! They are delicious and local to Dallas so I hoped they would meet your Beansing needs.
posted by gentlyepigrams at 1:46 PM on December 4 [3 favorites]

I opened my Secret Beans gift to be met with the most wonderful aroma! Captain_Science sent me the best goodies scented with fun soaps (Slovakian Christmas and Pyrohy on a Rope!) and a pierogi bathbomb that I can’t stop chuckling at.

In my guidance I said I love baking and spices. As true as that is, I’ve never let myself splurge on Penzey’s. Well now I can be fancy with my new Cupcake gift box. It contains vanilla sugar, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. So perfect for this time of year! Between baking sessions I can work on the craft kit I received. It’s an LED light-up frame that I can beautify with alcohol inks. I’m going to put the finished product on my desk at work to brighten up the space!

Lastly there’s a beautiful enamel pin reminding me to embrace love and that hope is everything. That perfectly captures the spirit of the swap!
posted by erloteiel at 3:34 PM on December 4 [5 favorites]

I received my gift on Friday and every single item in it was absolutely perfect for me. The wonderful oomny sent me two handmade handwarmers (my hands are always cold! My regular microwave heating pads are too big!), two local chocolate bars that are absolutely delicious, a painting she made on a sassafras leaf of a tufted titmouse and a printed card with a dark-eyed junco (no joke, juncos are my favorite birds and I'm watching a tufted titmouse at my bird feeder right now), and a print of the moon (my eternal fave). Honestly, every single item in this most excellent box fits just right and brought me a lot of joy. Thank you so much, oomny!
posted by SeedStitch at 6:17 AM on December 5 [3 favorites]

Glad you liked everything Seedstitch!

I received my package in the mail today from Sparky Buttons, and it had a little of everything that I like in it: a donation to my local park, an embroidered bird, cat toys and treats, and homemade foraged grape jelly and apple butter! Truly delightful! Really hit the mark! ♥️
posted by oomny at 9:49 AM on December 5 [4 favorites]

Many thanks to kimberussell who was given a strange and open-ended set of ideas and came through magnificently!
- A cheery pair of colorful knit socks for warmth: I did go on about socks as "just as an example!" but truly I was paging through very plain socks on the Internet last night, so these are wonderfully timed :D
- A terrifically handy and compactible brilliant-green utility bag: just as my daily grocery carry is ripping through.
- And a beautiful mini-painting of woods, meadow, and mountain. As an alternative to [socks] lol, I asked for art that could travel: not only can I encompass this easily in one hand, it's protected by a wee, solid frame with a stand. I love it sooo much. It reminds me of places I treasure and I've set the frame up so I'll see it first thing upon waking.

Thank you so much ♥
posted by to wound the autumnal city at 10:02 AM on December 5 [3 favorites]

Many thanks to the wrong kind of cheese for the minis and the cute marquee, which will go in my department office!
posted by thomas j wise at 10:36 AM on December 5 [2 favorites]

I just got a very heavy box delivered from the USPS with a return address in Wisconsin. It is from Twicketface and it contained five individually wrapped packages. I immediately unwrapped them all and found SO MANY SNACKS, all of them made in the great state of Wisconsin! What the photo does not convey is just how heavy those blocks of cheese are.

In my swap suggestions I usually ask for things made locally and he came through in spades

Thank you so much, Twicketface! My family and I will very much enjoy stuffing these items into our faces. om nom nom.
posted by bondcliff at 11:14 AM on December 5 [3 favorites]

Thank you so much to centrifugal! My favorite form of this gift swap is when someone finds just the right thing by digging through someone's site history, and that's what centrifugal did for me! She found a question I'd posted about native trees for our yard, and lydhre's answer about a place around here called Nasami Farm, and my reply saying I'd go check it out. Now I have even more reason to do just that with the gift card to Nasami Farm that centrifugal sent me! I can't wait to pick out a new native for the garden -- thank you!
posted by daisyace at 11:50 AM on December 5 [6 favorites]

miles per flower, I'm so glad your gift arrived safe! Karikari is something of a Seattle institution (or so the Seattle cool kids tell me, I'm a newbie here), so now you can be an evangelist for it on the Eastern seaboard and spread the spicy crispy love across the continent!

I, too, have now been beansed, and I'm delighted by the two very fragrant coffees gifted to me by kingdead! Very much looking forward to trying them both. Thank you, kingdead!
posted by Dorinda at 12:26 PM on December 5 [3 favorites]

I've already recycled the box, and I know my gifter's first name but not MeFi, Mystery Person who likes LePen pens, thank you very much! The rooster teacup is lovely and the Salvador Dali chocolate mint tea tasty AND wrapped in the most entertaining tea packets ever. My grandpa worked for a company named Bantam, so he and my grandma had rooster plates, pictures, etc. from the 1960s and the mug reminds me of those (only classier). I also love the flamingo-in-fancy-bonnet note! Happiest of holidays to you and yours, too!
posted by homelystar at 12:45 PM on December 5 [3 favorites]

Thank you nat for the lovely ornaments! They look awesome on my tree.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:12 PM on December 5 [3 favorites]

Thank you rebeccabeagle for the thoughtful package that arrived today. What coziness and joy! I am wearing the fingerless mittens now and am looking forward to the hot chocolate and minty marshmallows. The bookmarks and stickers are lovely and perfect. Happy holidays!!
posted by jilloftrades at 3:27 PM on December 5 [2 favorites]

Glad they got there safely, ThePinkSuperhero. It looks like you and me and cozenedindigo had a little gifting triangle! I am delighted to be in such colorful company.
posted by nat at 3:54 PM on December 5 [3 favorites]

Glad you liked it aaanastasia! Hope it gives some moments of fun and light :)
posted by recklessbrother at 4:16 PM on December 5 [2 favorites]

Dear maxwelton, thank you so much for the lovely box of gifts! I look forward to wearing the pickle tee, to sharing the kitty toys with Mr Alfonso and Miss Berry, to using the llama dice at our next D&D game, and to finally beginning my journey to Discworld, which my husband has literally been waiting two decades for me to decide to try! Truly your Beans have made everyone in the house happy!
posted by gentlyepigrams at 6:34 PM on December 5 [4 favorites]

My pleasure, gentlyepigrams, glad the items hit the spot. Merry beansmas!
posted by maxwelton at 6:51 PM on December 5 [3 favorites]

Thank you so much to someone (no ID) for the delightful North Carolina honey sampler from King Cobra Apiary!! It shall be enjoyed in much tea and on biscuits over this winter.
posted by tangaroo at 8:52 PM on December 5 [2 favorites]

My dog went all kinds of crazy at about 5:15 this morning making noises that mean 'there is actually something happening this time' so I got up to check it out and the commotion was the delivery of a box from janell who sent an amazing Nordic Baking book. I've leafed through it already and it's an amazingly dense book full of exactly the kinds of breads and treats I like to make. My mom's family is very Norwegian and my aunt lived in Sweden for a while so they will appreciate the new things I'll find in the book to bring to holidays this year. Mrs. Wreckage is equally excited - she's 'afraid of yeast' though she's a very good cook and has already picked out several things for me to make from the book.

There was a bonus of the most simplistic and accurate description of Minnesota on the card. It has me laughing at how we look to people from the outside. janell - you were pretty close to spot on in your description of our fine state and the imagery in the description was very funny.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 5:57 AM on December 6 [3 favorites]

Hi Tangeroo! I'm your Beanser. I'm glad the honey got to you!

I'd been trying to catch the apiary people at my local farmer's market but they sold out before I could get to them so online order it was!
posted by astapasta24 at 6:20 AM on December 6 [3 favorites]

I’m so glad you like it, Clinging To The Wreckage! Enjoy!
posted by janell at 8:05 AM on December 6 [3 favorites]

I came home last night to a lovely package from Gail in VA (didn’t see a username) filled with some delicious Trader Joe’s treats she had correctly ascertained were unavailable (and missed by me!) in my current location, a beautiful Shenandoah tea towel and local-to-her pasta. Thank you! I had a chocolate cup for breakfast and am excited to refresh our Chanukah chocolate gelt with some that might be worth tasting. :)
posted by charmedimsure at 8:50 AM on December 6 [3 favorites]

The demon that lives in the air thank you so much for the package! The dishcloths are adorable, I love honey sticks, and that tea is wonderful. I started heating the kettle roughly .5 seconds after I opened the bag and if it wasn't the afternoon I'd be on my second or third cup. Can't wait to have more tomorrow morning!
posted by lepus at 3:51 PM on December 6 [2 favorites]

Many thanks to deezil who sent some Kentucky goodies my way. We sampled the modjeskas after dinner last night (delish) and I’m eager to try one of the recipes in the Tim Farmer cookbook! My son loved receiving his own good luck horseshoe! Best wishes
posted by pingzing at 4:19 PM on December 6 [2 favorites]

Thanks bunnysquirrel for the Zeke's coffee beans! They smell sooo good and will activate my brain tomorrow.
posted by esoterrica at 4:30 PM on December 6 [3 favorites]

Daisyace, hooray, I’m so glad my guess that that was still relevant was right! There’s another bit of something on its way to you from Seattle, mailed today, too!
posted by centrifugal at 7:51 PM on December 6 [3 favorites]

A big thank you to taffeta, darling! for the joyful card and package! I immediately made a cup of the TJ's Winter Wake Up tea, and now have a whole lovely collection of Trader Joe's snacks to nosh on. Thank you, too, for the local Texas Bluebonnet soap, which smells terrific, and the book, Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth. I visited the Alamo some years ago when I was at a conference in San Antonio, and (as a history major in the Days of Yore), I enjoy digging into the thorny reality of historical events rather than the version fed to us in school. Much appreciated!
posted by apartment dweller at 10:38 PM on December 6 [2 favorites]

Thank you to PingZing for your gift to me and bees! I love that you conducted research and found that Arizona is ranked first in a category I can be proud of – the most diversity of bee species in the US. I will do my best to help keep us in 1st place with my new bee home.
posted by kbar1 at 11:52 PM on December 6 [3 favorites]

I *think* I got my swap gift? It's an incredible root beer kit to make homemade root beer! My son and I are thrilled we get to play scientist. The note enclosed only said it was from "the Internet" so not sure who to thank but it really is a great gift that we'll enjoy!
posted by Twicketface at 5:16 AM on December 7 [3 favorites]

Thank you ilicet!

I was baffled by the mystery tag from FedEx on Monday, but they dropped the package off yesterday and I was delighted by the goodies!

I've already fidgeted with the fidget toy while on hold, though I'm making myself save the exciting Mango Chili chocolate for a winter solstice treat. The stickers and bookmark are both beautiful, and best of all, the card is hanging on my fridge =)
posted by Metasyntactic at 10:11 AM on December 7 [3 favorites]

I love lemons and all things that are lemony, and the wonderful Stynxno sent me the most delightful local lemony things! There's an absolutely HEAVENLY lemony gingery hand-poured candle that smells like sunlight and happiness in a jar. And a LEMON(!) lip balm that I am so looking forward to trying out, as Colorado is especially dry this year and you go through balms so quickly! Everything's really lovely and so very thoughtful.

It's a perfect box of sunshine to last me the winter! Thank you, Stynxno, and happiest holidays to you!
posted by mochapickle at 10:43 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]

I've mailed my package (sorry for the delay) and I'm delighted that it's going to someone who was among the first people I interacted with after joining MetaFilter. Doing the Hampster Dance just thinking about it!
posted by initapplette at 2:47 PM on December 7 [2 favorites]

I had just come home after a long day of work, when suddenly I spotted a mysterious package at my front door. Intrigued, I brought the package inside, opened it, and proceeded to peruse its contents.

Lo and behold, a truly generous holiday treat awaited me: journals, stickers and fancy tape, Gelly roll pens, mini dinosaur creatures...and stars. So many stars.

Also, a lightsaber bookmark that goes perfectly with the Star Wars book that I just borrowed from my local library.

Thank you so much phunniemee. Happy Beans!

P.S. Your wrapping skills are truly legendary!
posted by carnival_night_zone at 3:26 PM on December 7 [3 favorites]

Whoever sent me the delightful cocktail herbs grow kit from Uncommon Goods, thank you! I don’t know who you are, but you made my day better. (Unless this is a surprise from someone in my non-MF life, in which case they did…)
posted by centrifugal at 3:49 PM on December 7 [2 favorites]

Big thanks to theora55 for the hand tie-dyed napkins and tin of pure maple syrup. Can't wait to pour it on pancakes tomorrow morning and wipe my huge grin with the napkins!
posted by obol at 4:18 PM on December 7 [4 favorites]

I know they didn't, but I swear that knownassociate had to have contacted okayokayigive for input because they absolutely nailed my beanmas gifts!

A book about rowing (a relatively new obsession), "Taskmaster: The Card Game" (one of our favorite shows), a REALLY cool old school AirMail envelope (I've fallen into the paper ephemera obsession), a wonderful card, AND a lovely, decorated envelope from their toddler.

posted by RhysPenbras at 6:16 AM on December 8 [2 favorites]

I received a wonderful box of stationary and a Korean papermaking kit today from my gift giver (whose username I didn't see, but initials are JS). I am very excited to start using both -- and those we get letters from me may notice a fun change in stationary this year!

Thank you very much!
posted by chiefthe at 11:58 AM on December 8 [1 favorite]

Thank you delight for the Charley Harper puzzle!!! You could not have picked a better one for me (I’m sitting in front of a Charley Harper poster as I write this).

(It also felt serendipitous to peek at the tracking info and see that it was shipped from a town I used to live in!)
posted by rebeccabeagle at 3:39 PM on December 8

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