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Santa Came Early, And Twice!

The Holidays are nearly here, but the books are already rolling in! LibraryThing hosts SantaThing each year with its members and you can choose what level of participation between $10 and $30 and from what retailer whether Amazon or Book Depository. I love this program because you get to specify what kinds of books you’re looking for and most of the time they arrive on your doorstop by Christmas.

This year, I signed on for the $30 level, and my SantaThing got me these goodies (hat not included, that’s mine):

SantaThing 2011 Gifts

My Book Blogger Holiday Swap gifts arrived as well, and I was excited to find a new blogger to follow as well — Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews!

I got a boat load of cool goodies from a Santa ornament in a cowboy hat holding a cactus to a sparkly penguin bookmark and some bookplates.  Who can’t use more bookplates when they lend out books?  I know I can, though I probably would spend a mint to get all the bookplates I would need.  Here’s the goodies I got from Sharon!  THANK YOU!

Book Blogger Holiday Swap 2011 -- Bookplates

Book Blogger Holiday Swap 2011 -- Cowboy Santa

Book Blogger Holiday Swap 2011 -- Goodies

Oh, yes, Wiggles and I with help from Daddy will watch the little Elf grow in water!

Book Blogger Holiday Swap 2011 -- Books

  • Great gifts Serena! Lucky you! I like the idea of the book swap. Like Ti, I haven’t participated since the first year when all I got was a very used paperback (not even something I would read) and paper bookmarks that you can grab at the bookstore by the till Lol. I took it very seriously and picked up something nice for who I had. Anyhow, I’m glad to see that are a lot of bloggers out there who do take the time to give a gift that looks like they put some thought into it and make it special.

    • I had one year like that, but I had a couple of good years recently. I take it very seriously and I think a lot of people do.

  • Adorable and fun!

  • Enjoy all the goodies! I especially love that penguin bookmark. So cute!

  • Santa was very good to you..what great goodies and books!!

    • Thanks for stopping by and checking them out. I hope you all have a great holiday

  • Wow, Santa did come to your house! Those gifts will be hard to top!

    • I hope that there will be some bookish gifts for me, but maybe not these days since I have so many to read still.

  • Dawn – She Is Too Fond of Books

    Ho, ho, ho! Nice swaps from your early Santas!

    I especially like the cowboy Santa ornament, and MISS PEREGRINE is high on my own holiday wish list.

    Enjoy this first Christmas with Miss Wiggles!

    • I really liked the ornament! How cute. I hope you have a great holiday with your family as well.

  • Ti

    You got some good stuff!! I love bookish gifts. I didn’t participate in any exchanges and haven’t since the one time I did and never got anything in return 🙁

    • Ti, that’s terrible. I would have sent you something had I known. That’s just not fun at all….I think this is the best gift receiving year I’ve had with these exchanges.

  • Ooh, bookish surprises are the best! I’ve known Sharon for a long time. She’s a great book blogger and obviously knows how to do a gift swap right! 🙂

    • I can’t wait to start reading her blog, though I have little time to read blogs these days.