Sunday, 23 October 2011

Persephone Secret Santa

I am very excited to be hosting this year's Persephone Secret Santa with the lovely Claire from Paperback Reader. We've co-hosted a number of Persephone events before, but this is the first time that I have been involved with the running of the Secret Santa, although it is the third time it has happenend! Claire will be co-ordinating the responses and I will be matching up the santas with their santees. I will also be hanging up my stocking and hoping that Santa brings me one of the three new Persephone books which I haven't yet been able to buy...

So without further ado, here are the instructions from Claire:

1. Email Claire at on or before November 6th (two weeks today) with your name, address (all personal information will be destroyed after completion of gift exchange), a list of Persephone titles you have read and/or own/wish for and specify whether or not you are willing to ship your gift internationally.

2. In the following week, names will be randomly drawn and participants will be notified as to who they are playing Santa to (do please look out for this email from Verity - it may possibly go to your junk mail).

3. Using the list of Persephone titles provided by your recipient, go back through your assigned blogger’s posts looking for favored authors or subject matter and choose a title you know the blogger will enjoy.

4. At this point, it is up to you as Santa how creative you wish to be in the workshop. You can order the book, have it gift wrapped and sent straight on to the recipient…or you can have the book sent to you first and go a step further by including a small gift that is homemade, bookish in nature or related to how you celebrate Christmas, then wrap it all up and send it on its way. Either way make sure you include a card revealing your identity. (Please indicate in your email if you will be including an additional gift.)

5. With the increase of packages being sent during the holidays, please aim to have your package delivered before or during the first week of December. Take into account the extra time needed if shipping internationally or if you are going on holiday/to see family over the holidays.

6. On December 16th, have a festive get together by revealing your Secret Santa is in a blog post and sharing what he (or she) brought you.

7. Spread the word … the more the merrier! Please feel free to use the image above and post about the event on your own blogs.

If after signing up, something comes up to where you cannot participate, let me know as soon as possible so that I can make other arrangements. Please consider all costs involved before participating (for the book, for any shipping, the additional gift, etc.). This is meant to be fun, not stressful, and I wouldn’t want anyone to feel overwhelmed by the commitment. Do please note that Persephone Books have recently raised their prices.

If you have any questions, you can leave a comment or email Claire.

Thank you Claire for writing the instructions and I hope lots of people will participate this year!


  1. How lovely to see this return - and only proper that the two Persephone Ambassadors are hosting together :) I'm sure everyone will have a wonderful time.

  2. Annual events are so lovely in creating anticipation. Thank you for co hosting this.

  3. Thanks to Nymeth, I found my way here. I've recently discovered Persephone so I am thinking of joining the Secret Santa. Thanks for hosting it!

  4. So excited! I've already emailed my information to Claire. This was so fun last year, I'm so happy to see you're doing it again.

  5. I might think of this for next year but I'm already making some Christmas presents this year so don't want to take any more on.


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