Hi Anon! The gift exchange originally had two purposes: 1 boost Louis-related content, 2 create bonds/make new friends. I have been trying to find a solution, because I don’t want anyone to feel excluded. The thing is, doing the exchange anonymously might be doable practically, but the fun of it all is by getting a name, looking at the blog, getting to know the person and finally making a gift that they will enjoy. Losing this experience wouldn’t be fair to the participant gifting you relative to everyone else.
Is it okay if I ask why you wanna stay anonymous? I assume you’re a secret solo louie and don’t want the people you interact with to know you are joining this exchange. Just so you know, this exchange is for everyone, no one is meant to feel excluded, and it is not fandom-politically charged. Everyone is welcome. So yeah, if you could explain why you want to stay anonymous that might help me understand and find a solution.
Here is my preliminary suggestion to you (meaning that idk how good this is, I’m still thinking about how it would affect other participants):
Make a new email address, make a new blog, post a bit on there, at least occasionally. You don’t have to add your name to your application, it’s optional. Age is mandatory, because I do want louies that are minors to feel safe. If you do that, and post a lot, then I might be able to add you to the gift exchange, with everyone else. You know how a blog has a whole personality? How it feels like you know the person? If you post a lot, and not just pictures of Louis, then the person who has to gift you can get to know you, your personality, see what you like, send you anon asks, etc. Basically, yes, I am asking you to make a separate solo louie blog, and for it to be an actual tumblr blog.
If you don’t want to make a solo louie blog and post on it because you really want to keep every aspect of your personality anonymous, then, still, I’d suggest making a separate blog, just to be able to post the gift you made easily at the end (since anonymous submission isn’t practical at all, just tested it with @hilaryezra (tysm ily) to see if it can be a solution, and it’s really not). But in this case, I (@tomlinsno) would gift you and you would gift me, I could do it since I’m organizing and I really don’t want to take away anyone else’s fun from the experience. The gift I would make you would be generic, probably fanart based on an already-existing picture of Louis.
Please explain why you want to stay anonymous in more details, just so I can determine what type of solution is appropriate.