Give-Away Day–December 3, 2008

on November 17 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 55 Comments

We love you guys. We really do. Thank you for stopping by every day and enthusiastically embracing Handmade Holidays. We’ve received oodles of emails telling us about even more great shops, tutorials and recipes. People even want to give us stuff to give away! We would love to include them all, but it just isn’t possible. The truth is, we had all of our November posts wrapped up in October and we’re already prepping for December and planning for January.

We do, however, want to do whatever we can to help you promote your blogs and shops. That’s why we’re going to encourage you to participate in Give-Away Day, 2008! The idea is that everyone who wants to participate hosts a give-away on their blog on the same day. Readers benefit because a) they get exposed to blogs with great ideas; b) they get directed to shops with wonderful gifts; c) they get the opportunity to win a cool handmade prize, just in time for the holidays; d) they know exactly when to tune in! Participants benefit because a) they get new readers; b) they get potential shoppers; c) they can experience the joy of giving something they’ve made to a virtual friend. Want to play? Here are some guidelines:

  • Your give-away item must be either handmade (for example, soap, jewelry, bags, mmmmmmarshmallows), or can be used for making handmade gifts (for example, buttons, ribbons, candle wax.)
  • Email to let her know you’ll be participating. On Give-Away Day we’ll post a master list of participants.
  • You need to write a post about the item on December 3, 2008 and ask visitors to comment that day.
  • You decide how you want to choose the winner (random, best answer to a question, etc.)
  • You should be clear about whether or not you’re willing to ship the item internationally.
  • You ship the item in a timely manner–hopefully the same week.
  • Spread the word! Make December 3 a give-away day all over blogland! If you’d like, grab our button and link back to this post to let your readers know you’ll be participating. The code gets wonky when we post it here, so here is the image url: and here is the link url:

We also want to remind you that we’ll be sharing snippets of your Holidays at Home posts throughout December. We’ll post a photo and a portion of your post, with a link back to your blog. See the Holidays at Home description for more information.

Edited to add: Please be sure to email Beth your blog or shop URL. We’re ever-so-slightly swamped so we’re not going to email you back… Just check the list early on December 3rd to make sure you’re there (we’re pretty sure you will be!). We’re not listing what you’ll give away (your new readers will see that when they click over to your space). We have tons of participants so far. This will be great fun!

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55 Responses to Give-Away Day–December 3, 2008

  1. sharon says:

    Hi – sorry I missed this, maybe you can have 1 more in a week or 2?

  2. Terry S says:

    I just want to thank you for sharing your gift of sewing that the Lord has given you.
    These are great and save $$ for everyone. I cannot sew well but you make it easy to learn. I am going to try some of these with my children.

  3. Nicole says:

    ooo i would love to win!! awesome idea!! =)

  4. of course I’m in…

  5. I would like to play too. Don’t know what I’ll have for the give away, but should be fun.

  6. Lisa says:

    Count me in too! Can’t wait to see everyones blogs

  7. the4rs says:

    I am advertising the giveaway on my site. Count me in

  8. Deanna says:

    Please count me in

  9. Pamela Posch says:

    count me in!

  10. Lalli says:

    Wow!! How can I miss this?? Please do count me in. 🙂

  11. Dawn says:

    count me in..please..

  12. Doreen B says:

    Add me to the contest please!!!!

  13. I’m in! I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be giving away, but will put up photos of it on Wednesday. I love this idea!

  14. Joan says:

    I’m a newbie too and I was just thinking about having a Give-Away. Count me in, please! Thank you so much for doing this for all of us!

  15. Nena says:

    Oh this is just what I needed! The other day I was thinking about doing a give-a-way! I am so in!-Nena

  16. Berte says:

    Sounds great! Count me in.

  17. Debbie says:

    Hey, I love a giveaway, pls count me in.

  18. Katherine says:

    I’ll be participating, but my blog is weekly, so I’m going to make my comment period open for a week. I know I’m not with it enough to remember to check in every day, so I’m going to be nice to the other scatter brains like me.

  19. megan says:

    this is so cool. such a fun time of year!

  20. MrsCatHead says:

    What a great idea! I’m a newbie too and am excited about this giveaway 🙂

  21. Katy says:

    I’m in! My blog is still in its newbie stages. And my brilliant prize will surely draw legions of readers. Thanks for the opportunity!

  22. kristie says:

    count me in! very excited to be participating.

  23. Helen says:

    I’m in. I think its a fantastic idea, kinda an early Christmas pressie to all my blog readers!

  24. I love you guys too! but I would love you even more if I could figure out how to make your code for the giveaway image work!!!!! any help would be appreciated because I would love to participate!

  25. Great excuse for another give-away!! Can’t wait to see all the goodies everyone will be offering up : )

  26. Paige says:

    I’m in! Sounds super fun.

  27. isabelf. says:

    i’m in :DD
    great idea, I’ve never done a “give away” on my blog, I think it’s time: D

  28. Yvonne says:

    I was planning on a giveaway for the festive season so this is perfect!

  29. Tammy says:

    I read about your giveaway over at StandingStill & knew this was my way to “share the spirit” of the season. Great idea!

  30. Amy says:

    What a fantastic idea! If I can swing it that would be a perfect time to launch my Etsy shop. I just signed up to participate…I think I’ll give away one of my custom monogrammed onesies. Can’t wait!

  31. Suzette says:

    Oh I can’t wait

  32. Tara says:

    ohhh Dec. 3 will be a good day! i can feel it!

  33. Heather says:

    Fantastic idea – this’ll coincide well with the opening of my new Folksy shop. Thanks for running it.

    Cheers 🙂

  34. amy says:

    That sounds like FUN!!

  35. Katy says:

    sounds like fun! count me in!

  36. I am doing this! I can’t wait! Now I just have to decide what little treasure I will be giving away. Hmmm. I wonder.

  37. missknitta says:

    I’ll be participating! What a wonderful idea 🙂

  38. Lynn says:

    I be joining! This sounds like a great idea!

  39. Bonnie says:

    I love give-a-ways! I will be watching!

  40. Jenny says:

    This sounds like a great idea. I think I might have to join you.

  41. Kelli says:

    Y’all are too kind, I can’t wait to find some new blogs and shops!

  42. Kelly says:

    What a fantastic idea! I can’t wait to participate!!! I’m marking my calendar now.

  43. Jennifer says:

    Grrrrrrrrreat idea! I will be going through my stuff to see what all I can give away. Awesome! Awesome!

  44. Carla says:

    Sounds like fun. I can’t participate even though I’d love to. Hubby having surgery that week and I’ll be out of town. You always have such a wonderful blog. Thanks!

  45. shaina says:

    That sounds like a day to mark on my calendars!! What fun.

  46. Alana Jo says:

    The coding doesn’t work.

  47. erin says:

    What a fantastic idea! I might have to start my own blog so I can play along. 🙂

  48. Anary says:

    What a delightful ideas guys! I am going to work on it! I want to be party of this party…So gals be aware from a giveaway from me on Dec 3rd!
    ps: Do we choose a winner in the same day too, say like winners posted on moday or whatever ?

  49. RebeccaC says:

    What a fabulous idea! I’m so in!

  50. Margie says:

    Wow such a great idea. I can’t wait for December 3!!

  51. betsy says:

    count me in!

  52. betsy says:

    count me in.

  53. Viv says:

    Cool idea. I’ll seriously think about participating, but I’m feeling under pressure already 🙁

  54. min says:

    Yay! How fun! I am way overbooked to host one before Christmas, but I will definitely be looking forward to finding a new site or two this way. Thanks.

  55. Hi, Am I doing something wrong? I can’t seem to get your code to work to make the button link. Please tell me what to do…
    Thank you, Ellie

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