The Lighter Stuff: Exchanging Gifts with Strangers

Hey stranger!

As you guys know, I’ve made it my personal mission to not get bogged down in all the yucky headlines of late and instead turn my focus to the lighter stuff in life so I don’t cry myself to sleep every night. Well, I’m a woman of my word, and in my attempt to do good, I’ve recently signed up to the FMS Gift Exhange for 2014! I thought that this is a perfect example of a fun little project that might help restore our faith in humanity and a real sense of giving!  It also helps that I’m mad keen present buyer/giver and nothing gives me greater joy than to get my present on!

So, what is this magical FMS Gift Exchange I’m waffling on about? It’s basically a little project dreamed up by the fabulous Chantelle (AKA Fat Mum Slim) that encourages people to sign up to a worldwide group of beautiful gift-exchangers! (Hello! FUN!) You’ll be assigned a random person from the group to buy a gift for,  and then given the spy-like opportunity to ‘stalk’ your gift recipient to find out more about them (in a cute way, not a creepy way!). Once suitably stalked, you will be armed with the knowledge to able to buy the gift of their dreams! (so long as the gift of their dreams has a $25 limit). Now as if that’s not rewarding enough, not only will you receive a lovely return gift in your mailbox from a complete stranger, but more importantly you are being a part of a fun little movement that is spreading love across the world! Yay!

I’m super stoked that this year, signing up to the FMS Gift Exchange invokes a $5 ‘fee’. This fee is then donated towards one of my favourite charities, Rafiki Mwema!  Rafiki is a very worthy cause that I also support through my business Pineapple Traders (I volunteer my services by packing and posting their charity totes which you can buy here).

Rafiki kids excited about their new funds raised by the gift exchange

The beautiful girls of Rafiki Mwema

Rafiki Mwema is a safe-house in Kenya that has been set up to protect and heal girls who’ve been horrifically sexually abused.  Some of the girls are as young as 3, and it’s awful the things they’ve endured, but Rafiki Mwema is the big fat rainbow after the rain for these girls! Who better to throw a measly $5 at?! (And you can totally donate more than that if you’re feeling generous!).

Wanna sign up? Yay! you can do so until Sunday October 5th 2014. Just pop over here for all the details!

I’ll be sharing my experiences of the FMS Gift Exchange here on Marns the Mama, so make sure you keep popping back in and  you can keep helping me spread the lighter stuff!

Anyone else signed up to the FMS Gift Exchange?! Tell me in the Comments below!

#TheLighterStuff

xo Marns

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9 thoughts on “The Lighter Stuff: Exchanging Gifts with Strangers

  1. This is so awesome! i did it last year for the first time and loved it. i think the charity donation makes it even better because it feels like we are giving something back. Together we can make a difference (and have some festive fun!) I can’t wait to start stalking and shopping!

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  2. Oh how good is it!! It’s like totes scientific fact and everything that doing good things for others actually makes us happier, releases the same happy juices as eating chocolate. So I’m thinking eating chocolate WHILE gift shopping can only mean immensely good things. So lovely that you help out via your business too- go you! x

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  3. Oh how good is it!! It’s like totes scientific fact and everything that doing good things for others actually makes us happier, releases the same happy juices as eating chocolate. So I’m thinking eating chocolate WHILE gift shopping can only mean immensely good things. So lovely that you help out via your business too- go you! x

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