Every year I make myself the same promise: Start shopping early so I’m not the asshole sweating it out at Walgreens on Christmas Eve wondering if my secret Santa would prefer windshield wiper fluid or blackhead scrub.
The key part of that sentence is “every year”. Unfortunately I’m not great at learning from my mistakes *pours more tequila in blender* and I’m sure this holiday season you will again find me perusing the pharmacy aisle for stocking stuffers at the 11th hour.
But this year, I’m going to help one lucky reader avoid the gift giving time squeeze because I am giving away three great prizes that you can give to that special someone, or keep for yourself (I won’t judge).
Prize #1: Personalized container from Take This Personally.
Stacey is an amazing artist and can pretty much paint whatever design you want on a handy personalized storage container. The winner will receive a small container (like what is pictured here) but she also does cups, platters, popcorn sets, beer steins and just about anything else you can think of. For real… just imagine how together you’ll look if you have the foresight to PERSONALIZE SOMEONE’S GIFT. I mean HAVE SOMEONE PERSONALIZE SOMEONE’S GIFT. This gift is the perfect mix of cute and practical, sort of like your “yoga” pants. Simple to order – just give her a shout out on her Facebook page. You’ll need to order by December 5 to make it in time for Christmas, and November 30 for Hanukkah.
2. Copy of the children’s book Absolute Mayhem by Kelly Suellentrop.
Kelly is a local (St. Louis) author and this book is precious beyond words. It’s a story filled with imagination and fun and the illustrations are adorable. My kids ask to read it every night, and what parent doesn’t love getting new books for their kids to further their learnin’?
It is available for pre-order on Amazon now and will be printed and in your hot little hands in early December. It’s also easy to frantically wrap in the driver’s seat of a mini van outside your college friends’ annual holiday party.
3. Moonstruck Fiber Lashes from YouNique
Okay. So here’s the deal with this little gem. If you haven’t used it yourself, you have probably heard about it because oh my god it makes your lashes look amazeballs. I recently had a night out with my fancy friends – the friends who have tried every beauty product known to woman (and man, god love their patient husbands) – and we talked about this mascara for A HALF HOUR.
Imagine giving this as a gift and everyone would be all “Look at you and your knowledge of beauty and fashion” and you would be all “Yeah no doy I’m awesome” and you would for shiz be the winner of Christmas. Or something. Check out the mascara and tons of other awesome products on her website here.
2. Then leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling me the weirdest gift you’ve ever received. Could be holiday-related, or birthday or anniversary – whatevs.
I’ll randomly pick a winner on Monday, November 24 so rub your lucky rabbits foot, nail a horse shoe above your door then throw a salt shaker at your kids and maybe this year you won’t show up at your in-law’s house bearing gift wrapped hemorrhoid cream.
CONTEST RULES: Contest open to legal U.S. residents age 18 and over. Family members and advertising partners of site administrator are not eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected among eligible entries on Monday, November 24 at 12pm CST. Prize may not be redeemed for cash. Winner will be notified via Facebook, Twitter and email. If winner does not claim prize within 24 hours, alternate winner will be selected.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided services, goods and/or monetary compensation for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.