This is a really great thread. Thank you for it, and reps to you, especially deserved because you follow your own rules!
I just have one suggestion for you to add - send the host/hostess a note in WW
after you receive your prize. It only costs a little bit of KC, and it means so much to receive those little thank you notes in return.
I recently held a contest, and I decided to give everyone a reward even if their entry did not exactly deserve it. I wanted everyone to enjoy winning, and I myself wanted to enjoy everyone's satisfaction with their prizes. I loved hearing back from people saying... "wow thanks so much! I appreciate it!"
However there were some people who never responded to me at all. No thanks or anything. It kind of ruins it for me, because I wonder if a)They even received their prize, and 2)If they even appreciated the effort I gave in giving them a gift. It makes me think that it is not worth hosting another contest...
Gifted and Gift Guru members are not required to hold contests and give away prizes. We do it because we want to. Some gifted/GG members do not have a ton of special items to give away, and Wshop items should be just as appreciated as receiving a retired exclusive. It is the effort and giving nature of the contest host(ess) that should be appreciated.