This was from the 'What Products are you Dying to Try' thread that is now archived and cannot be edited....
so... I've copied it here, updated it... and it can hopefully be of use to any sneaky swap faeries and switch witches
General Goddessrobyn Gifting Guidelines (and some suggestions):
PLEASE do not feel limited by this list... I will love whatever you send... really... I'm just thrilled to get mail!
I don't really shop much except when I need something (or when I'm up late and stupid stoned and buy random shit on Amazon I don't remember until it gets delivered)...so when I say I ANYTHING I really mean it... BUT... if you need some concrete, traditional ideas or a direction to go into... here it is:
I don't take baths; I'm strictly a shower gal... my usual go to is Dr. Bronner's Liquid Soap in either peppermint or lavender
I also shave daily... I'm really into Public Goods shaving cream but I also love to shave with bar soap so if you have a favorite bar of soap feel free to enable me. I've found that for shaving natural soaps which use clay are EXCELLENT so bonus if your favorite brand makes a "clay" version.
I do NOT really wash/condition/style my hair, ever so products to do so are lost on me. I DO braid my hair a bunch (its super long) so some decent hair elastics are always a great gift.
TARTS!!!! I have several tart burners in my house and can always use more tarts...
My favorite brand at the moment is The Rustic House and my fave flavors are Red Currant, White Tea + Ginger, and Signature Scent, but I'd be happy with any of their scents.
Dark Candles Tarts are AWESOME as well. Faves include: Nag Champa, Nosferatu, Dracula, Coffin, Patchouli**, etc... Would love to try Corpse**, Ice Queen, Graveyard, Amber Velvet, Exorcism, Apparition, Absinthe...
COFFEE!!! I make my own cold brew so I go through several POUNDS of coarse ground coffee each month. I will ALWAYS love a bag of coarse ground coffee... (I have a fancy schmancy coffee grinder too... so whole beans are amazing as well)
I don't wear much makeup... daily look is Urban Decay Perversion liner (usually the pen version but haven't been able to replace mine for a bit so currently using the regular pencil version), some sort of eyeshadow, and black mascara...
no powder, blush, foundation, etc.
I LOVE MAC... especially their brushes and I'm trying to work on a good brush collection.
I do really like Bare Minerals Buxom lip gloss - I like Dolly and Alice but will try anything once! Trixie and Stella are also on my must have list. I definitely could use some good lipgloss of any kind.
I love false eyelashes... the more outrageous and drag queen-esque the better...
I LOVE lotions, especially pure/ semi-pure shea butter lotions/ creams. My current favorite is https://mountainmanoils.com/t/womens-hand--body-lotion although the version I have is unscented and not currently available on the website
I love anklets, bracelet and earrings and other funky jewelry. Some assholes kicked in my door last year and stole EVERYTHING so I literally only have 3 necklaces and about 4 bracelets to my name... *sad* (note: this was a couple years ago... but I still have barely replaced my jewelry...)
I spend most of my days in cowboy boots so socks are a great gift. I really like funky socks - both thin ones made for running/ hiking in and crazy patterned knee hi and OTK socks - but my favorites are Pride Socks, World's Softest Socks in black or green and SockDreams Military Boot Socks in Black and Olive. I wear a Women's size 10-11 in shoes so... size accordingly
I also LOVE cute panties that say funny things on them (but I realize that for some of you that may be totally weird to buy for a stranger... but... if it's NOT totally weird for you, lemme know and I'll send style and size info if you want to take that route)
I collect dragonflies (not real ones...), skulls, bones, "wet" specimens, and framed/mounted bugs and insects (yes, real ones)...
I also collect Dia de los Muertos stuff... my living room/kitchen looks like a giant alter...
I love pirates, ninjas, and strange yet adorable stuffed animals (think biggerCritters, UglyDolls, giant microbes etc), "cute" zombie things, tattoo art, basically, anything out of the ordinary...
OH!... I love magnets, too. my refrigerator is covered in them...
If you want to see all the random particulars of things I like, I have an Etsy and an Amazon wishlist.
I have a cat and 2 snakes, and a tiny little cotton ball of a dog who we have named Biscuits (on instagram as @whitefluffybiscuits)... the cat (Maia... aka Smush) does play with toys and eat kitty treats; the snakes (Fluffy and Kai) don't play with anything and only eat live rats so... probably best not to send gifts for them.
IF you want to send clothing here are two things you should know:
if it's not black I probably won't wear it.
if it's a t shirt I will cut it up before I wear it.
Would you like anything from Future Primitive? (It's fine to mention OOS things) https://futureprimitivesoap.co.uk/
Does anyone have a favorite horror movie that they love? Need a copy/DVD of? not a huge modern horror fan and with streaming services etc, I generally try to avoid getting MORE dvds etc
Do you like smallish knitted stuff (hats, fingerless mittens, scarves, toys, etc. -- be specific!)?
I could definitely use a hat... especially one that I could pull pigtails (as opposed to ONE pony tail) through... I have hella long hair...
Texas doesn't get a ton of cold weather... but when it does, its really cold LOL
Do any of these knitted items appeal to you?
Easy Fingerless Mittens
Pfeilraupe Asymmetrical Scarf
Close to You scarf
Rikke Slouch Hat
Simple Yet Effective Cowl
Little Bear Stuffy
How do you feel about thrift store finds (assuming they're in good condition and have been thoroughly cleaned before shipping)? thrift store finds are great
I may have bought several full size Rituel de Fille makeup items in a frenzy over their whole vibe. If I tested something once or twice (and it can be sanitized), would you be interested? eh... not a huge makeup girl
Are you interested in trying different skincare products from higher end, clean brands? no
Any interest in anything from Torrid, noting their "fangirl" and Halloween collections are updated? haven't had time to go look for specifics but in general I like their stuff
What on the following list would you like to receive something related to (or have something donated to in your and Joni's honor?)
· animal rescue YES (my animal rescue of choice is Bully Ranch (https://www.bullyranch.org/)
· pie YES (favorite flavors are key lime or buttermilk)
· dogs YES (again, Bully Ranch...)
· bears sure... but I don't have any suggestions on this front
· turtles sure... maybe a donation to http://www.seaturtleinc.org/
· inappropriate candies (either in shape or in contents—ex., boozy candies, creatively shaped peanut brittle…) no peanut brittle... but anything "inappropriate" is usually awesome so...
I'll be going to Seattle, London and Paris during this round- anything you'd love to have from any of these locations? besides the less than 100 degree weather???? IDK
Is there anything you would particularly like from Japan? Stationary, bento supplies, a particular snack, etc. The fall flavors for kitkats this year are Chestnut, Sweet Potato and Apple Pie.
those kitkats sound interesting... especially sweet potato... but... in general, I'm down for whatever but I don't specifically collect anything japanese nor am I a "japanophile" as i know some folks around here are
Thinking about really good natural food stores like Natural Grocers or Whole Foods, if you could have ANY bath and beauty or body care items, what would you love? living in Austin (home of Whole Foods before it was purchased by Amazon and made to become "basic") I pretty much have my bases covered... however, I'm down to try anything you want to send
Also what kind of treats, snacks, foods, condiments, bulk items, teas, housewares from the same natural food stores would you love?
Also, are there any particular sustainable kitchen or household items you would love to receive?
Did anything catch your eye from the Liliths? I haven't looked but Liliths dont usually fit in with my "whore in a headshop" scent preferences
Would you like anything from Lush? I used to work there so I'm mostly over it...
Is there anything kind of weird and niche about which you feel this way, fellow witchees? I'm pretty sure that all my interests mostly fall into "weird and niche" I'm obsessed with skulls and insects and taxidermy...
Kickstarter (and similar): Any thoughts, witches? meh
Do you have an Etsy/Goodreads/Amazon or anything else wishlist you’d like to share? Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/people/robynleepowell?ref=hdr-fav&tab=items
And what’s your preferred wrist/necklace size? wrists are on the large size, necklaces... as long as its not a choker I'm probably good.
Does anything from Bird & Blend take your fancy?
Knitting questions have have been asked, but how about wash cloths, anyone need any? What colors?? I don't use knitted washcloths... I am fond of those scrubby bath towel cloth things... I believe they are Korean originally... someone sent me one in a swap a year or more ago and I'm very attached to it. Would LOVE another... the more scrubby/exfoliating the better!!!!!
is there anything from World Market that tickles your fancy? uh... generally everything
There's a special thing happening over at Rituel de Fille this weekend, where some gorgeous makeup items are coming back for just a couple of days. I'll be placing an order Sunday or Monday- anything that might strike your fancy, either from the special sale or from the site in general? (https://ritueldefille.com) not familiar with them
How do you feel about tarot or oracle decks? Would you be interested in any (for artwork or for mystical purposes)? New or used? either new or used (although if not obvious please include a note to LMK they are used so that I can take extra cleansing precations) and yes... love this sort of thing
Would pigment samples from companies like M.A.C. or Notoriously Morbid tickle your fancy? If so, what colors catch you eye?
do you have a favourite saying or quote?
Danger and I were born together and I am more dangerous than danger
Take it easy... but take it
How do you feel about spicy foods, and where on the Scoville scale do you hit your limit?
I like spice but as i'm aging I find it doesn't always like me...
How do you feel about coloring books, especially those pertaining to a personal interest or fandom?
love to color
A few questions have been asked about knitted items--are crocheted equivalents acceptable? (crocheted fingerless gloves, shawls, etc.)
Any fiber issues? I couldn't tell you the difference between knitted and crocheted if you held a gun to my head (I know one is needles and the other hooks but in terms of the actual textiles created... zero clue) I have no fiber issues... I live in Texas so cold things don't get much use BUT... I literally don't OWN any cold weather things and it does get REALLY cold here during the winter... just not OFTEN... so... I'd love some warm things for when it does (also I'm going to the Chicago area in November and Breckenridge in December so...
A few questions have been asked about knitted items--are crocheted equivalents acceptable? (crocheted fingerless gloves, shawls, etc.)
Any fiber issues? I don't know the difference between knitted and crocheted... well, I do but... not really LOL
About the Weenies: please list what you've bought or are definitely purchasing for yourself *as well as* what you would like to possibly receive from someone else!
feel like I might have answered this in thread... most don't seem interesting...
Dear Witchee, are you at all boozy? Anywhere between hard cider to straight whisk(e)y? And any interest in the "unusual" stuff? (unusual as in non-mainstream, local craft ciders or meads, regional fruit wines, experiments from local distilleries, etc)
YES to booze... tequila is my favorite. vodka and gin will be regifted. LOL
Nail Polish: Do you need or want some? If so, what colors and brands are you interested in? don't need
Does anyone else do nail wraps? no
What about postcards? love postcards... especially frameworty ones
Is anyone interested in anything from the Nocturne Alchemy Halloween release (or, presumably, anything else from the site)? no
How do you feel about salt? I don’t mean, like, salted nuts or potato chips. I mean straight-up salt, like alder-smoked finishing salt or Hana Flake sea salt.
salt is life
I am infamous for baking (shortbreads savory and sweet, poundcake, various cookies and bars), butter caramels (flavored or plain), and catnip. Are any of these relevant to you or your household? old fashioned sugar cookies or caramels
Do you like to cook and do you need/want any spices for such pursuits? no
Would you wear any of these?
Fern , Nuada, Manannan, Duleek Abbey or an infinity scarf or tube cowl tall enough for a hood (like this scarf or this cowl for shape example)?
Do you have any utilitarian needs for everyday life? Things that would help or that you've been needing or wanting for work or whatever?
What kind of vegan snacks do you like? And vegan chocolate...favorites?
How would you describe your crafting style? Whimsical & Cute? Elegantly modern? Totally Traditional? I don't craft except for specific purposes (film sets, swaps, etc) and style is matched to whatever I'm trying to achieve
So....we are about to process a metric f*ton of green tomato relish, which is basically bread and butter pickles but with sliced green cherry tomatoes. Is this relevant to any witchees? i think that's probably a hard no because of the allergy
How do you celebrate Halloween/Samhain? I'm usually working LOL
Do you dress up? not unless I'm being paid to do so... I hate to dress up
Would you like something for your costume? not for halloween but I can always use "victorian" things for DIckens on the Strand in December. We are required to dress up (which I hate!!)
And am I the only person left on the planet who wears socks? nope... I wear boot socks just about every day.
Are you interested in anything from Art Of Tea or Adagio Teas? not a tea person
I make light-weight hairfalls, doll-style, using a variety of fun stuff, like ribbons, lace and soft batting. Would you be interested in receiving a set in the colors of your choosing? I don't know what a hairfall is but I'm pretty sure my hair would eat it
And a quick question here--I'm going to this amazing looking event on Saturday--does my witchee see anything they might be interested in? https://www.facebook.com/events/903999316607440/ (the Oddities Market) almost everything!!! I've been to the one in Austin and its amazing... lots of skulls and taxidermy ❤️
How do you feel about enamel pins? Love them, hate them, slightly interested, totally indifferent? love them
Ok... Here's the ever-changing list of questions from the SW thread, updated as much as I can keep up with it... NEW (10/15) Anything from this curiosity shop that interests you OMG yes everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(10/14/18) Is there anything you want from Japan? Some kind of food, cute stationary, fandom merch, maybe you collect lucky cats, anything! I don't know what to ask for... I LOVE weird candy and snacks (nothing too out there for my Americanized palate, though...) I like Gudetama (sp? the weird depressed egg??) and really anything foreign fascinates me so... sure!! OH!! someone once sent me a strange, tiny penis warrior statue which reminds me of the fertility fest in Japan where they parade the giant cocks around... I like strange little figures and such... I'm easy...
Practical Magic or Hocus Pocus? Didn't really know that was an either or thing... probably haven't watched either one in a dozen years. I do like The Craft as others have said...
Does anything from either of these shops interest you? The Stitchety Witch (https://www.etsy.com...estitchetywitch) cross stitch creations and patterns Black Abbey Studios ( http://www.blackabbeystudios.com)art w/ a gothic tendency
Is there something (either a specific item, or type of item, like bath/body, perfume, candy etc) you're really looking forward to or hoping to get? I don't really go into this with expectations... probably will love anything you send... that said... I guess I DO always hope for something that I wouldn't have bought for myself that is in line with my tastes... or something from a company I've not tried/heard of that I will enjoy... something new and surprising.
What's something you want or look at, but always talk yourself out of buying (or for whatever reason never purchase)? hmmmm... there are so many many things... a lot of jewelry dog clothes/costumes most of the things on my amazon WL lol
On a slightly related note, does anyone have a favorite source for vintage or handmade jewelry? I shop a lot of the local artists markets here where I live. Bohemian Jewel and Finery Elaborate Adornments (both on Etsy/FB/Instagram) are two of my favorites (and full disclosure: owned by two friends of mine)
NEW QUESTION! What are your DISO BPAL dreams? Always DISO Voodoo Queen... a bottle of Hellion would rock my world... I tend to buy up all the Snake Charmer I see, but I have enough I don't think it qualifies as DISO anymore... Aged Perversion (like cobalt bottle aged, preferably)
Are there any subscription/subscription style boxes you have an interest in? YES!!! I've just recently found out about such things, never tried one, and am DYING to order something... not sure what I want though so I haven't pulled the trigger. All these look cool... Brat Box (pins and patches) Loot Crate GlobeIn (homestuff) Vellabox (candles) and BarkBox or one of the similar pet ones
Is there any scents from the more current releases you have been wanting to try (Weenies, Motherhood/Fatherhood)? Weenies 2018: Inside the Golden Amber of Her Eyeballs Midnight Bonfire(?) Witch Bride (?) This Wan White Humming Hive The Night is Waning Away The Great He Goat Zoe and the Goat* Pomegranate: Dorian* Pomegranate: Snake Oil*
Fatherhood 2018: Puppet Kitty My Little Pop Star
Lilith 2018: Don't Tell Me Heaven is Under Earth Euterpe's Ukelale The Dream is Big Enough For Everyone True Love**
OLDER LEs: Apple X************************* Pumpkin Spiced Perversion******* (how the fuck did I miss this?!?) Aquarius 2016 Jiggery Pokey
For those of us Switch Witches who ARE witches...….if you have a BoS would you like a page for it from your witch? I'm not really that kind of witch
What house were you sorted into? I do not know my House
(10/12/18) Are you witchy or like witchy things like incense, sage, palo santo, crystals, tarot, altar supplies, candles, etc.? Whatcha like/need? hmmmmm... yes is the short answer. I love incense, sage, palo santo, etc. I adore crystals and am actively trying to learn more about them (so books on crystals are awesome, as are actual crystals I DO have the The Crystal Bible by Hall but other books welcome) my whole house is a giant alter of sorts so supplies are always good... things that are decorative are always good such as table runners, scarves, alter cloths, etc, or little dishes/bowls to put offerings/herbs/whatever in... I don't do a ton of rituals that involve "action"... more a lot of "prayin' and layin'" as my friends call it.... sort of a purposeful display of sacred objects with intention whispered over them more than something you'd see in The Craft or whatever. CANDLES!!!! I love candles...
Do you need decanting supplies? Sample vials? Pipettes? Standard labels? I don't really decant
(10/5ish/18) Would you like a postcard from the fancy schmantsy St Pancras Renaissance hotel that I'm about to stay in several times over the next month? Sure, frameable postcards are always awesome
Does anything catch your eye from Future Primitive, including oos things? I have never heard of them before but the lotions look amazing
Speaking of OOS/Discontinued - Are there any old favorites from no longer operating companies that you would like if either anyone had a stash OR could find a reasonable dupe? meh... unless you can find me some Voodoo Queen
Booze, yea or nay? Favorite kinds? most definitely YAY! I drink tequila almost exclusively... but I'm not actively opposed to anything except gin and jack daniels.
Knitted stuff? Need/want anything specific? Colors? as I said in my questionnaire... Texas = hot... but with that in mind... knitted things are awesome...
Feelings re: Lewis Carroll/Alice in Wonderland? Love it, hate it, meh it? love love love love love
Are you thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Any merch or pre-Nano supplies you might want? no... no nanowrimo... no spare time
I just recently discovered MoonMagic -jewelry with a focus on moonstones but also opals and labradorite. They currently have a sale. Anything that stands out to you? (moonmagic.com) omg! everything?? faves include: majestic ornament, radiant luster, lynx light, cosmic love, eye candy, eternal bliss, gothic affair, ... I could go on and on and on...
Are you interested in anything from Nerdlacquer (nerdlacquer.com)? so...I JUST spent too much $ on a bunch of BPTP claw polish and don't NEED any more... that said, the Electro Flash lip stuff looks awesome and I'd totally WEAR and USE more polish (their stuff looks wonderful)... I just refuse to window shop for some as I fear it will negatively impact my pocketbook LOL