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The 2020 FMS Gift Exchange is here!

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The FMS Gift Exchange is now closed for 2020. Please join us next year.

Hello! Hello! Guess what time it is? It’s Gift Exchange time! It’s my favourite time of year, and I know this year is going to be a great one. Well it has to be after the year we’ve all had, right?

If you’re new to this, let me explain. The gift exchange is a beautiful, fun little movement that’s been happening for eight years. Each year a whole bunch of strangers on the internet send gifts to other strangers around the world and everyone gets all the feels, and the world is good again.

{Please note: this is for people over 18 years of age only}.

This year we are doing things a little differently. There will be NO worldwide exchange, instead you’re invited to participate within the country you live in. This is due to COVID, the slower postal system and limitations due to the virus. Thanks for your understanding.

Here is how the FMS Gift Exchange works:

STEP ONE: You sign up to the gift exchange. In order to join the gift exchange you’ll be asked to donate $5 to the Rafiki Mwema charity as an entry fee. All monies raised will be going towards creating a new home for the older girls to live in, so that they can move into the community safely.

STEP TWO: Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be sent an email straight away to join Elfster. This is a very important step so make sure you read that email and follow the instructions. It will also have a link to our new Facebook group. Not following this step can mean missing out.

STEP THREE: On October 6th sign-ups will close, and then the following week you’ll be assigned a partner. This is ANONYMOUS. Do not to let the person know that you’re buying for them. You’ll be buying them a gift for Christmas. To find out what things they like, you can ask questions for the whole group and see if your partner replies.

STEP FOUR: You’ll buy your gift/s. The spending limit is AU$25 {for the gift only, this does NOT include postage} – use the currency convertor to see what this is in your currency}, wrap them and send them on with love by November 6th. Within your parcel, send a little card revealing who you are. It’s a good idea to share your Instagram name, your name and a little bit about you.


I’m looking forward to another great year. Please let me know if you have any questions below.


Can anyone join the gift exchange?
Of course! Anyone is welcome. The only people who are excluded are those who have played before and not sent a gift to their partner. Those people are marked as ‘flakes’ and will be removed from the exchange. Donations to Rafiki Mwema can not be refunded.

Can I donate more to Rafiki Mwema?
Of course. Head over to this page. All donations are gratefully received!

Can I buy something online and just get it sent straight to my partner?
This exchange is all about bringing joy to people. Everyone wants to receive gifts that are chosen and wrapped with love. Buying online and sending direct doesn’t really create that experience. Please make sure your gift arrives to your partner wrapped.

Does the AU$25 budget include postage?
No it doesn’t. If you’re sending a long distance, please be wary of the weight of your gifts because postage can get expensive quickly!