On Sunday I posted about the upcoming 2011 MugSwap, where we bloggers create a coffee mug complete with our bloggy brand and secretly send it to its designated recipient. For all intents and purposes, this is a “Secret Santa”-type swap, so keeping secret the name of the person you’re creating the mug for is essential (To read more about the swap, follow the link above to Sunday’s post.).
The main #MugSwap2011 is among U.S. residents only, though I’m also organizing a swap among a smaller group of Canadian bloggers, so if that’s you, please send your info along to me.
It’s also important that those taking part are currently active on their blogs and in the social media realm (For more on this, take a peek back at the first post.).
What I need from you
- Your REAL name (Sorry, but I don’t think the U.S. Postmaster accepts Booyah’s Momma or The Mother of the Chalupa as a recipient name)
- Your Blog URL
- Your Twitter handle
- Your snail mail address
- Type “Mug Swap” in the Subject line
- Send the email to: BelleBeanDog@Gmail.com
To make this process as simple and straight-forward as possible, the below dates are firm. If you miss the deadline for submission, you will not be able to take part in #MugSwap2011.
- By Friday, November 11th – I need all of the above information from all those who want to take part in #MugSwap2011. Once I receive everyone’s information, I have to designate the “who is sending to who” portion of the swap, so it’s not easy to add in new names after the fact. This means that if you come to me on the 12th, I’ll going to need to say “No.”
- By Tuesday, November 15th – I’ll send you the name and information of your secret blogger so you can get to work on your coffee mug design.
- By Friday, December 2nd – You need to have completed your mug design and your purchase. This will ensure that Zazzle, or whatever mug-making store you use, has plenty of time to make and ship out your mug. Those who took part in #MugSwap2010 know that Zazzle became VERY backed up, with some mugs taking weeks to reach their destination.
How do I design my mug?
Prices (U.S.) start at $13.95, and last year, many of us opted for the 15 oz mug vs. the 11 oz mug, but that’s completely your discretion.
Most of us also uploaded a “front” and “back” to our mug, and could do so for no extra charge.
What do I put on my mug?
The creative vision is all you but for those who want a bit of help, here are a couple front and back examples of 2 mugs.
Can I stuff my mug with something and send it myself?
Yes, you definitely can! It’s a great way to personalize your gift, but do keep in mind that this adds time and cost. Due to Zazzle’s delays last year, the couple people who shipped the mug to their own home in order to stuff it with extra goodies felt a lot of pressure to get it turned around in time.
Why should I take part in #MugSwap2011?
Because it’s #ALLCAPSAWESOME and going to be fabulous! Just based on my initial post on Sunday, I already have 35 confirmed participants!
If you have any further questions, please leave them in the comments so I can answer them for all to read.
Thanks and Merry Mugging!