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Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway: $50 CafePress Gift Card [[Ends 12/02]]

Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway: $50 CafePress Gift Card [[Ends 12/02]]

cafe pressMy dad doesn’t buy us Christmas presents. I’m not talking about semantics of gift giving. I mean he is not the one who physically chooses and purchases our gifts. My mom does that and signs my dad’s name to the tag.

And then one year, out of nowhere, my dad brought down a box for me and my brothers. Everyone was confused. Dad got us a gift?

We opened them and inside mine was a travel mug with the logo from a boat on Deadliest Catch. My brothers had, I believe, a hat and a coffee mug with the same logo.

Where did you get these? we asked.

He found them on CafePress.

And that was it, my only real experience with CafePress until the other day. I was approached by the site to host a fantastic giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the site.

The site, let’s talk about that.

CafePress is a site where you can personalize items with your own pictures, logos, etc. If you’re really creative, you can open a shop there and people can buy your items. Got a funny t-shirt design? This is how you can reach your audience.

Or you can just shop other people’s sites. But it’s not just regular people. There are also brands that have shops [[like The Hunger Games, someecards, Deadliest Catch and more]] where you can buy items they created, like unique ornaments.

If you’re feeling festive, you can search for Christmas stockings and items to stuff them with. Or you can design your own sweatshirts, mugs, plates, etc. You don’t need to worry about selling them on the site. You can just make your own and that’s that.

Right now, you can save 20% off orders from CafePress.com, excluding shipping charges, gift wrap charges, and applicable sales tax with the code SAVNOW20 at checkout. This ends at at 11:59pm PT on November 29.

I’m ordering a few items for Christmas there, so I’ll post a full review later. This is just the giveaway. It starts now and ends at 11:59pm ET on December 2. Just enter via the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be contacted via the email in the Rafflecopter and will have 24 hours to respond before another winner may be selected.

Good luck.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Full disclosure: Drugstore Divas is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

This post is part of Drugstore Divas’ Holiday Gift Guide.

Pear Tree Greetings: 20% Off Personalized Storybooks [[Today Only]]

Pear Tree Greetings: 20% Off Personalized Storybooks [[Today Only]]

Today only, you can get 20% off personalized storybooks from Pear Tree Greetings with the code BOOKSTODAY.

These books features a personalized name printed right into the story. So cute. I remember having one of these when I was little and just loving it.

I will have a full review of Pear Tree Greetings tomorrow, but right now, I can just tell you that the quality of the products I got from there are really great, so I can only imagine this book will be fantastic.

You only have the rest of today to get this so hurry and make yours now.

DSW Frenzy Alert: Win A Pocket Mirror

DSW Frenzy Alert: Win A Pocket Mirror

dswDSW has a frenzy alert going on right now.

If you remember, this was happening all the time over at DSW last year, so I’m so excited it’s starting again.

Right now, you can head over to this link and enter to win a Shoe Lover pocket mirror.

The first 150 to enter, plus 150 people selected at random, will get one. You must enter before midnight ET to win.

Keep in mind, you can only win one frenzy this holiday season.

Good luck.

If you wanna try winning more things, check out today’s giveaway roundup.

Holiday Gift Guide: Origami Owl Locket Review & Giveaway [[Ends 12/06]]

Holiday Gift Guide: Origami Owl Locket Review & Giveaway [[Ends 12/06]]

I always say I’m not good at many useful things. I’m really good at being a girlfriend, I’m awesome at Internet stalking, and I’m fantastic at gift giving.

None of them are really that marketable, except maybe that Internet stalking thing, assuming people are in need of a lazy PI.

Of the three, I think gift giving is the hardest. You have to come up with at least two really good, really touching, really sentimental, and really thought out gifts a year [[you know, one for a birthday and another for Christmas]]. Anything that’s an inside joke is generally bad [[yes dirty jokes in the supermarket are funny, but giving someone a butternut squash for Christmas is just horrible]] but anything that is extremely personal is good.

That’s why I am so excited to have found Origami Owl. Origami Owl is a company that makes gorgeous personalized lockets. You can choose your locket, charms, plates, and more to completely personalize your collection. It’s similar to a charm bracelet, in that there are personalized charms, but it’s in a necklace and a lot less bulky. Plus, with personalized bracelets all the rage, this is a nice break from that. It’s similar but so unique.

I got a chance to actually make a necklace thanks to Kerri Dyer, an independent Origami Owl distributor [[you can check out her website here — and I really encourage you do]].

The concept of the living lockets are simple, but the possibilities are endless. Click Kerri’s link and you will see locket choices. I would tell you to start there and build it from the outside in. It’s easier that way.

You can pick a cold or silver locket, in medium or large, jeweled with crystals or not. Once you have that selected, I suggest you look at the plates. The plates are that big charm that looks like a coin. You don’t need one, but I personally think they look better. It gives a solid background to the locket instead of having little charms just floating.

You can choose rosegold, silver, or gold for the plates and they come in 17 different words [[such as mom, love life, survivor, true, love, etc.]]. You can choose small, medium, or large. Now, here’s where I got tripped up. The lockets are named “medium” and “large” however, they correspond to the “small” and “large” plates. So, if you order a medium locket and a medium plate, it won’t fit.

Thank goodness Kerri was on top of my order. I selected a medium locket and a medium plate, which was an impossibility. She explained the plate sizes and sent me a picture of my choices — and what she thought was a better option. That is part of why you definitely want to work with someone you “know” on a project like this. If not, you will just get what you ordered and it may not look right. Thank goodness for Kerri actually working this out for me.

So now you have your locket and you have your plate. Now it’s the fun part. The charms. There are so many to choose from. I’m not listing them all, but I will list all the categories: HOBBIES & OCCUPATIONS; TRAVEL; SPORTS; ANIMALS; CAUSES; BIRTHSTONES; CELEBRATIONS; FAITH; FAMILY; FOOD; INITIALS; LOVE; MUSIC; SORORITY; VINTAGE; NUMBERS; ACCENT STONES and HOLIDAY. And no, I’m not yelling at you, that’s just how they copy and pasted.

I picked four charms for my locket, but you might be able to squeeze in another depending on how full you want it to look. I didn’t want mine to be too full because I added a dangling charm that clips onto the chain and rests on the locket.

And yes, these are lockets. I keep saying locket, but I can understand if you are getting confused since it’s not a typical locket where you open it and there is a photograph inside. But you can open these.

I mean, that’s how the charms get inside. You can fill it now, however you want, and buy more charms later to change out, depending on your mood — or, you know, if you made a family one and add a new baby to the mix.

I love these. Absolutely love them. When I got mine and was able to pick it up and really look at it, I was so impressed. The sentiment, the quality, oh it was perfect. Score one for the really good gift giver. I can’t post it here because then it will ruin the surprise. See, the person who I am giving mine too reads the blog so I would hate for that person to see his/her Christmas gift early.

Since Kerri personally puts the order together, you really need to place your order in the next two weeks [[by about December 12]] so she has enough time to make it and ship it to you so you have it by Christmas. Check out her website and place and order now so you don’t miss the deadline.

If you want one, but want to try your luck at winning one, you’re in the right place. Kerri is giving one lucky Drugstore Divas reader an Origami Owl living locket. You can choose the beach one that was featured in the majority of this post [[value: $63]]. Or, if you’d rather design your own, you will work with Kerri to design your own locket, with an approximate value of $50.

To enter: head over to Kerri’s website, look through the charms, and comment here letting me know which charm is your favorite.

Bonus entry: Head over to Kerri’s Origami Owl Facebook page and “like” her. Then, let me know you did in the comments.

The giveaway starts now and ends at 11:59pm EST on December 6. The winner will be emailed via the email left in the comments and will have 24 hours to respond before another winner may be selected.

Full disclosure: Drugstore Divas received an Origami Owl living locket for the purpose of this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

ModCloth: Cute Items For Your Holiday List

ModCloth: Cute Items For Your Holiday List

modclothMy grandma asked me to pick her up long, silver earrings for Christmas. They have to be plain. No balls, no gems, no loops, nothing.

So I’m on a wild goose chase, racking my brain, trying to this of any and every place to buy jewelry.

That’s how I stumbled over ModCloth. The online store, which offers free shipping on orders over $50, sells tons of jewelry. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I did find a ton of earrings for me. And then there are bags, and scarves, and clothing. Oh such cute clothing. And gloves, umbrellas, and beauty products. Oh my.

There’s actually a lot of nice stuff there and the majority of it is reasonable so I think I’m going on a shopping spree if I have any money left after Christmas.

Now, back on my hunt for these elusive earrings.

Coupon Alert & Lowes Foods Deal?: Country Crock

Coupon Alert & Lowes Foods Deal?: Country Crock

country crockGot a brand new coupon for  70¢ off when you buy any Country Crock Spread.

It’s $.35 when you click the link, but when you watch a video, it doubles to $.70.

Take that with you to Lowes Foods where it will triple to $2.10.

I’m not sure the regular price of Country Crock there, but I’m going to check tonight because we are in need of fake butter. Yes, I always have this in the house unless we are baking. That’s the only time I ever buy real butter.

I know this goes on sale for $1.50 at A&P, so I am guessing Lowes will sell it for not too much more … and then it would be free.

Do you know how much this costs by you?