If you want to do it right, it can be a lot of work to be part of the Vegan Package Swap. You have to subscribe, confirm each month you want to be part, pick up your swapper’s name and address, ask them some questions about preferences and allergies, go shopping, put your stuff in a box, put it in the mail and then… you wait.
But why would you go through all the hassle if you could just sit on the couch and watch Breaking Bad all day instead? If you’re even just a tiny bit like me, you’ll love it!
If you’re an adventurous person
I love trying new things. In my short life, I have tasted so many foods, tried so many hobbies, read so many types of books, listened to so many types of music and met so many different types of people and still I’m not done. Only, Belgium is getting really, really small when it comes to food. I’m starting to feel like I’ve tried it all and tasted what’s out there. I’m not really inclined to get stuff shipped to me, because we have heavy import taxes and well… you never know what you’re getting. BUT… if you get a package by a swapper, you get all new stuff, without paying any taxes and you know that at least one person has tried and loved the stuff you are getting. And, yes, there will be stuff you don’t like, but yes, there will be stuff you will totally adore and be thankful for. And that stuff you don’t really like… just give it to someone you think will be happy with it. Which brings me to the next why…
If you love to give
I love Christmas! And people’s birthdays! And random days where you find something you just want to give to someone to make them happy. Giving gifts makes me happy. Knowing you are surprising someone and making their day is so cool. I usually spend months preparing for my boyfriend’s birthday. Choosing, trying, buying, wrapping, adding personal stuff,… Oh the joy!
The Vegan Package Swap is basically a monthly secret santa with a random person you don’t know!!! How exciting! You get to know this stranger a tiny little bit, which gives you enough to work with. Now you shop, shop, shop! You sneak around, giggle when you get something perfect, you amaze yourself at what you can buy with 15 euro, you plot over packaging, ribbons, stickers, … it gives a whole new meaning to the word ‘gift’. So enjoy the feeling of giving. Love the “oeeehs” and the “aaahs” when your package arrives and thank me later.
If you’re in a vegan rut
You’ve been vegan for a while now and you’ve been eating… a lot of the same. No worries! Not only do people send you stuff you haven’t heard of and never tasted, you will rediscover veganism! Since you can only put 15 euro worth of stuff in your package, you’ll have to be creative and start snooping around in the store again. And guess what?! There’s loads of good food you didn’t even know existed, right under your nose. Cheap, fresh and new! Did you know a lot of sauce packages are vegan? And Speculoos pasta?! You didn’t? Welcome to the Vegan Package Swap experience!