As crafty people, we all have a list of people for whom we need to craft. Maybe a list is a little overzealous this early in the season, but we certainly all have an idea about such people.
I propose a swap where we exchange the details about 3-5 family and loved ones and have someone else do the crafting for them, while you craft for their family and loved ones. The idea being that for each family member that your partner crafts for, you craft for one of their family members, so that you are both end up with a finished gift to give for the holidays.
An alternate idea would be collecting the details about 5 different people and matching people up by the crafts they would like them to receive. Each person would make three crafts and get three crafts.
For example, Mary wants a gift for her mother-in-law (jewelery), her sister (jewelery), her husband (football fan), her teenage daughter (wrist warmers), and her father (Corvette fan). Mary can sew up a storm and make soap. Jane, on the other hand, is looking for gifts for her three sisters-in-law (soaps and such), her newborn nephew (baby stuff), and her uncle (coffee theme). Jane makes jewelery and customizes pre-made wooden storage boxes.
Jane could make jewelery for Mary's mother-in-law, and Mary could make a spa set for Jane's sister-in-law.
With this method, each swapper would be sending to up to three different people, and would receive from as many as she sent to. If this method was used each swapper could indicate on the survey if he prefers to have only one partner, or would rather swap with many. In the example above, Jane and Mary could just as easily craft for all three of their compatible family members, but they would just miss out on the variety of swapping with different people.
Each person would make a medium sized gift for the people they were given, regardless of which method is used. The only hitch is that each swapper would have to answer a pretty detailed survey about each family member in order to get a gift that would work well for them. Also, gift wrapping would be out so that each person can check everything out before they give it away.
Despite all of the above, the only thing that would really concern me is, how do you tell people that they should only send things that non-crafty people would appreciate without being rude. For example, there are times in swaps when we make something to fit a theme because the person we are crafting for is available for questions, and we feel certain that they would love it (and they do, of course). But at the same time, we would never choose those items to display for sale. What I'm getting at here is that there are many people who wouldn't appreciate a gift simply because it was hand made. There are qualities about many hand made items in which crafters find charm and some non-crafty people find flaws. I have no idea how to word that in a polite and concise manner, but I think you get the idea.
So I probably over-thought this way too much, but what do you think? Sound like something you'd be interested in?