Thursday, 19 December 2013

the Secret Penpal Scavenger Hunt 2014

Hello guys! Everything is ready for the Secret Penpal Scavenger Hunt 2014! Keep reading if you'd like to be a part of it!

 The rules are very simple:
1. You'll be assigned to one secret partner that you must keep secret, until a precise date when we'll all be revealing what we sent and received and who our partner was.
2. You'll have to find/create five object wrote down on a list (that will be available once the partners are assigned), and buy one surprise for your partner.
3. After max. 15 days from the revealing of the list, you'll have to send out your parcel and email me a picture of it for proof.
4. Once you receive your parcel from your "secret penpal" you'll have to make a blog post and share it on the set date.*
Some additional things you may want to know:
  • This project is completely free to join, the only condition is that you have to be an active blogger either on Blogspot, Wordpress or Tumblr, or even very active on Instagram. (read more about it below)
  • However, you can support it by donating, or sign up to be an 'angel'. (read more about it below)
  • All the objects in the list won't be expensive, on the contrary they'll be object that need to be literally "found" - in your stash, in the street and so on.. - or that you can create yourself.
  • Therefore, used things are an acceptable bargaining chip. However you must make sure that they're clean, in good condition, and not damaged.
  • Your address won't be shared to anyone except your "secret penpal" which will be asked to keep it secret.
  • Partners will be assigned randomly. So please be prepared to ship internationally.
  • However, on the sign up form you can express a preference whether if you'd prefer to ship outside your Continent or not, but it will be possible only depending on the participants.
  • This is a one time only penpal exchange, which means that after the swap you don't necessarily need to become penpal with your partner unless you both want to.
So, if this tickles your fancy, sign up by filling this form.  
CLOSED!! Thanks everyone for joining!
Read the FAQ's below before filling the form. It will help you not to encounter problems with it.

  • Sign ups close on the 23rd.
  • You'll receive your match on January 3rd.
  • Your package needs to be sent out by January 18th.
  • You'll receive a weekly email to remind you of all the deadlines.
Donations & Angels:

As I mentioned above, this year I'm introducing donations. Why, you may ask: well, that's because last year an handful of people ended up not receiving their package. As much as I'd love to be able to send them all something, I unfortunately don't have the means to do it on my own, so any amount I'll receive via donations will go towards a fund to be used in case of emergency.
However, donations aren't just that. To reward you for your generosity, you'll be entitled to the following:
  • You'll receive your match on December 26th, so you'll have an additional week to hunt.
  • You'll receive a postcard from me, as a thank you for being extra awesome.
Or, you can sign up to be an 'angel', that is showing your availability to send a package to whoever may end up empty handed.
Both those possibilities are obviously optional and completely up to you. 


In order to participate, as mentioned above, you're required to be an active blogger either on Blogspot, Wordpress or Tumblr, or even very active on Instagram. Last year I was quite permissive, but this time all the entries will undergo a more detailed check to prevent any flakers. I grant myself the right not to accept everyone unconditionally, so if I don't consider you eligible, I'm sorry but I'll have to keep you out of this round.
(to be updated as we go) 
  1. This swap will be a Round Robin (i.e. = A sends to B, B sends to C, C sends to A and so on); 
  2. The list of things to find, will be the same for everyone. It will be composed by 10 object BUT you'll have to find only 5 of them + a gift that you will have to buy based on your partner's preferences. The spending minimum for the gift is ~3€/$4/£2.50;
  3. If your phone number is too long for it's section, just write "000 000 000" and add your phone number to the "about me" section; 
  4. If the form doesn't accept your instagram, please write it in full:*username*
  5. The "about me" section has a limit of 200 characters, so please double check that your text won't end up being cut by the system. 
I really hope you'll like the idea! Feel free to comment below if you have any questions and I'll get back at you as soon as I can!

Have a nice day!

* you can also include it in the "incoming mail" kind of post, but please specify that it was part of this swap. Or if you don't have a blog, you can share it on Instagram or Tumblr.



  1. Hi Fab, I would love to participate and tried to fill in the list, but I can't fill in my phone number (there are two numbers of my phone number that I can't get in the form because it's restricted to less numbers..) Could you try to fix that?

    1. I can't change it because the form is standard and I can't edit it, unfortunately. However, try and put "000 000 000" in the phone number section, and put your phone number in the "about me" section and I'll edit that for you when the form gets sent it! x

  2. I'm so excited - I just signed up! Thank you for hosting this! ^__^

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    1. If it accepted this format, that's ok, don't worry! Otherwise, just write " , *your username*" and I'll fix it for you when the form comes in.

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    3. Oh ok, then write: :)

  6. I deleted my comments thinking I could change email address to my other one but I don't think it worked. I updated preferences so it should be ok. But yes, adding the http:// to the front worked! Thanks!

  7. Is it possible to change my participation form? I forgot to mention my IG nickname. And I was wondering, is it possible to only send to European people? I now checked only my own country.

    1. No, you can't edit it, but I see that you checked the option to only be paired with someone from Europe, so don't worry about that! As for your IG username, you can tell me it here and I'll add it for you :)

  8. I signed up on the iPad and I'm not sure it was done correctly (Not you fault - everything with forms on the iPad is a mess!). Will I receive a confirmation e-mail? If not, will you let me know if I'm on the list or not?
    Love this project and can't wait to find some treasures to send! :D

    1. Yes, you should receive a confirmation email. Also I've checked and your name doesn't show on the list, so you may want to try from a computer if you can!
      Thanks for your interest in joining, I hope you'll be able to sign up eventually! :)

    2. Yup, I'm on the list now!.. Will just quickly do a post about this on my blog, hopefully that will get more danes on the list :D

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  10. I'd like to add my Instagram account

  11. woot, my first time doing a package swap.
    gathering all my courage and yay, signed up! : >

  12. I wish I could still join…missed the sign in :-(

  13. Noooo! i missed the sign in too! Again, this is the second time i miss it ! :/