I love participating and coordinating the swaps. I think we don't always, or at least I don't see a $ amt that is suggested for the swap, so it leaves alot to the imagination and your budget. Depending on my buddy's profile, I will look thru my stash of not only yarn but other things I might pick up and put that in the pkg, sometimes I do go out and get the type of yarn or needles that the person really likes. I very much try to keep to the theme, thats why I chose that swap. so I quess I am a 50/50, sometimes purchase and go over limit and then sometimes I can stay pretty well withing the budget, ITS the SHIPPING THAT gets me!