Giveaway Day ~ December 12!

on November 26 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 82 Comments

It’s time for The Original, the big, the amazing… Giveaway Day! Mark your calendar for Monday, December 12th!

Giveaway Day is a HUGE event we coordinate where everyone with a shop or blog can give something away. This year we listened to your feedback and made some changes. We’re using a link-up system rather than having you submit your giveaway information ahead of time. On Monday, December 12 at 6 a.m. PST you can come here to submit your own link and a thumbnail photo for your giveaway. We’ll share instructions for how to do it (it’s easy) and we’ll be available to answer any questions about the process. In the meantime you can think about which category best suits your giveaway:

  • Handmade for the Home (quilts, hot pads, pillows, etc.)
  • Handmade Bags
  • Handmade Baby + Kid Items
  • Sewing Supplies (fabric, patterns, buttons, trims)
  • Other Craft Supplies
  • Handmade Accessories (hats, scarves, belts, adult clothes, etc.)

Our first Giveaway Days were just that, a Giveaway Day. Over the years it’s grown by leaps and bounds; to give you time to browse through the hundreds of giveaways this time Giveaway Day will last all week, from December 12- December 16. All giveaways must close on December 16 at 5 p.m. PST, and winners should be announced by email no later than Sunday, December 18 (you should also updated your Giveaway Day post to include the winner’s name).

Here’s some background about Giveaway Day, plus tips and info on how to participate:

Why do it?

Participants benefit because a) they get new readers (many participants end up with hundreds of comments & visitors); b) they get potential shoppers/readers; c) they can experience the joy of giving something they’ve made to a virtual friend. Readers benefit because a) they get exposed to blogs with great ideas; b) they are directed to shops with wonderful items; c) they get the opportunity to win a cool handmade prize; d) they know exactly when to tune in!

Guidelines

  • Your giveaway item must be either handmade (for example, bags, artwork, etc.), or something that can be used for making handmade gifts (for example, buttons, ribbons, patterns, etc.).
  • You need to write a post, including a photo of the giveaway item, and ask visitors to comment on that post.
  • Your post must link to a blog. No Facebook or Etsy shop links this time.
  • Come here Monday, December 12 at 6 a.m. PST (or later!) to submit your link.
  • Decide how you want to choose the winner (random, best answer to a question, etc.).
  • State in the post whether you’ll ship the item internationally.
  • Leave your giveaway open until December 16 at 5 p.m. PST.
  • Email your winner by December 18, and note the winner in the giveaway post.
  • Ship your item by December 24.
  • Spread the word! Make December 12 Giveaway Day everywhere! Grab our button and link back to this post to let your readers know you’ll be participating. Tweet about Giveaway Day, spread the news on Facebook, write on your blog… http://www.sewmamasew.com/november2011/GiveawayDay.jpg and here is the link url: http://www.sewmamasew.com/2011/11/giveaway-day-december-12/
  • Please include a link back to SewMamaSew.com/blog so your readers can enter more giveaways.

Tips

  • Every Giveaway Day people shout this tip from their virtual rooftops– People do not like it when you require them to become a follower, etc. in order to enter to win your giveaway. Make it easy for people to enter to win your giveaway. Feedback from participants tells us “hoops” like requiring people to Tweet about the giveaway, become a follower, etc., tend to frustrate readers and might make them less likely to visit you again.
  • Include a picture of your giveaway. You’ll need one clear photo when you link to our giveaway posts. Take a good photo in natural light, without lots in the background to distract from your item(s). People will decide whether to visit based on the photo, so you want it to be good.
  • One bit of feedback we also hear over and over is that people appreciate answering more specific questions when they comment on your post. Rather than just a random comment, consider asking readers to tell you their favorite food, what the view looks like from out their window, a favorite holiday tradition… Something to help people connect in some small way.
  • Have fun!

Sign-Up

Want to participate? Prepare your giveaway item(s), take a photo, write your post and then link up on Monday, December 12 (starting at 6 a.m. PST). We’ll have separate pages for each of the different categories. Explore other sites and try your luck at winning a great giveaway!

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82 Responses to Giveaway Day ~ December 12!

  1. I added my link for the Giveaway! Thanks for hosting such a wonderful giveaway day or days!

  2. Cindy C says:

    I don’t have a blog, and the links to Publish don’t make any sense to me. Very frustrating. I am not comfortable leaving my email address in the comment.

  3. Pilar says:

    I would love to enter.
    Hugs

  4. Melanie says:

    wow this is nice. pick me up.

  5. Denise says:

    Love this amazing idea!!!

  6. Kirsten says:

    I’m so excited!

  7. Shirley says:

    Sorry but I don’t know how to grab a button and put it on my blog and link to it. If you have time could you add that to the instructions? Thank you.

  8. Clara Gonzalez says:

    Not sure how I can enter can someone please help?
    Thanks

  9. Debi Tullier says:

    I am ready to link up and very happy to participate!!!

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  13. Katarina says:

    All set up!!!YAY!My first time!!!

  14. kathy says:

    I am excited

  15. Cal says:

    Looking forward!

  16. Scott says:

    my post is already to go, but I won’t be able to link up til about 4pm-ish PAC time I will be at work at 6AM….I am assuming that is still fine though, yes??

  17. I’ll be participating again…will be my 2nd time! My post will be up tomorrow afternoon and will link up then! Thanks for organizing this and can’t wait to enter everyone else’s giveaways!

  18. Deb Riddell says:

    This sounds amazing! Off to take some GOOD photos and write up my giveaway post, can’t wait to see all of the amazing giveaway goodies. Thanks so much for this, Deb

  19. Donna Baker says:

    is it too late to participate?

  20. Jodi says:

    Awesome, can’t wait. Thanks for making it give away week this time, staying up half the night last year was not a good idea and I have an active 16 month old now so she doesn’t let me catch up on sleep during the day so much now.
    Thanks again, I am really looking forward to finding some great new creative people to meet in Blog land.

  21. Marivel says:

    it sounds great !!

  22. MJ says:

    Love all the changes!! I can’t wait to host a giveaway again and participate!! :)

  23. Jingle says:

    I am looking forward to it!! Thank you!

  24. Miranda McKown says:

    I’m so excited to find new blogs! I have to go organize my “pins”to get ready!:)

  25. trish says:

    This is my first year to participate and I am soo excited to do so! Thanks for such a fun give a way day. Have a wonderful week! Sincerely, Trish

  26. Donna says:

    I participated in the last one and got lots of new readers for my blog. It was fun. Can’t wait until this one. Thanks for sponsoring it.

  27. lyn lewis says:

    Im in too…………what fun!

  28. Joey says:

    This is great! I have just finished sewing my giveaway. :) This will be my first and I know it will not be the last.

  29. Looking forward to participating!

  30. Patti Manes says:

    Awesome stuff!

  31. SewTara says:

    Giveaway day was such a blast for me last time! I got so many great comments and I even managed to pop around a bit and won some prizes myself. Can’t wait for this one!

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  33. Anastacia says:

    I am in – I will be giving away other craft supplies (original crochet patterns). I’m tired so I probably just missed this – do I need to write up the post now, & wait to link up, or wait until the 12th to write up the giveaway post? The latter makes more sense to me, but I just want to sure. Thanks!

  34. elena says:

    It will be my first giveaway day. Can’t wait! ;D

  35. aelsyium says:

    I am so excited about these changes! Hopefully I will be able to put together a giveaway in time to participate this year.

  36. Toni-Anne says:

    Cant wait, i took part in the last giveawa nad found it was everything you described. I learned so much and communicated with some wonderful folk all over the world and even sampled first-hand some loveliness as well which I treasure.

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  38. Penny says:

    OH! I am so glad that I didn’t miss this… been a crazy week! Just going to figure out what I am gonna do.

  39. I’ll definately be participating in this!

  40. Esther says:

    I am sewing away as we speak ;-)
    Esther.

  41. Christy says:

    love the changes

  42. Caren says:

    love the changes you’ve made. I’m excited to be a part this year (my first!)

  43. Katy says:

    How exciting, this is new to me and I’m really looking forward to participating!

  44. Dianna says:

    Yay, a give away day. I participated in May and am very excited about this one. Thanks for the changes and all your hard work. Look forward to it!

  45. Mama Lusco says:

    Can’t wait! I love participating in Giveaway DAy!

  46. I have been saving a bunch of things for a giveaway, so I will do this for sure. I will prepare my post and be ready to go.

  47. Really looking forward to participating again! Question: do the fabrics have to be from my stash or can my sponsor provide the fabrics?

  48. Susan says:

    What a wonderful idea! Gonna have to make some decisions now on what to give away…

  49. Janice says:

    This sounds like so much fun! I’m in!

  50. MarciaW says:

    Last year was rather difficult for me to navigate to blogs (I’m on dialup) so perhaps will be easier this time.

  51. This sounds great — many wonderful improvements and tips (most importantly more time to do it!!!) Looking forward to participating again this year!

  52. SewLindaAnn says:

    Thank you (as a blog reader) for the changes you’re making. I adore your blog, learn so much and look forward to all the different things you do.Making it a week long even gives time for readers to explore so many new places.

  53. Great idea! And I appreciate the new rules and your advice. I too don’t like reading “legal documents” just to try to figure out what I need to do to participate in a giveaway. I’m looking forward to visiting and participating!

  54. Suzanne says:

    I like the changes that are coming our way!

  55. Natalia says:

    I’m really excited! Cool prizes!

  56. Divya N says:

    Love the changes…I wasted a lot of time last giveaway visiting blogs for giveaways I had no intention of participating in..will surely link up

  57. Shawna says:

    This will be my first year participating and I can’t wait. Sounds like alot of fun!!

  58. Andrea says:

    I look forward to this every year. It sounds like you’ve made some great changes to the process – I can’t wait!

  59. EmiC says:

    Sounds fantastic! I better get sewing so I can giveaway something as well! This will be my first time participating.

  60. Cricket says:

    Hooray! I love giveaway day! My poor neglected blog loves it, too.

  61. Great, I know just what I want to get together, thanks for sharing this opportunity!

  62. Mare says:

    I’m so sad! I have to work till 11pm. I’m gonna miss out. :(

  63. Vic says:

    I’m so in – will set an alarm because I forgot all about it last year until all these lovely giveaway day posts started popping up in my reader!!

  64. laurel says:

    i’m a big fan – and i completely agree – having to tweet, follow, etc, drives me nuts. and i do enjoy the specific questions!

  65. Beth T says:

    I’ve marked my calendar! Thanks for all the hard work that goes into it.

  66. Jess says:

    Yay, this is awesome!! I’ve always participated as a commenter, this year I think it’s about time I donated a skein of yarn!! :)

  67. nicke says:

    excellent! i am very excited to participate again!

  68. suzee says:

    Oh I’m sewwww excited for this! I might join in and do a giveaway! Last year I had fun entering alot of them and won some and found awesome new blogs (and friends) to follow! I didn’t really mind to “follow” the blog to enter. Its how I met alot of nice folks to keep up with their blogs. I’m glad its a week long now. I was up trying to read them all last time! lol I don’t know what I did before craft blogging! = )

  69. amy says:

    Love the changes! I’m mulling over whether to participate this time or not, but I’m wondering where handmade paper goods (books, gift tags, or something like that) would fall. What category, do you think?

  70. Cinnamon says:

    Great improvements! Looking forward to it again this year.

  71. Very excited for another giveaway day! Now to decide what to give away…

  72. Christy Dixon says:

    I’m so excited! Can’t wait to get started. I didn’t win a thing last year but I had fun entering and got so many great ideas for things I made this year! Thanks for coordinating this!

  73. Tiffany says:

    Wow this sounds fun! I’m definitely going through my patterns for something to give away! Everyone has been so generous providing ideas for the passion series I want to give something too! It’s the Christmas spirit :) Thanks for all you do! <3

  74. Beth says:

    This sounds really great. I think I’ll try participating for the first time.

  75. Mruna says:

    The link up is a great idea! Can’t wait!

  76. Crystal says:

    I’m preparing my items now! Thank you for making those changes (whew!) and for sponsoring this. It’s such a great event (as are all the events that you sponsor)!

  77. Emmmylizzzy says:

    I love giveaway day! Excited to participate again this year :)

  78. Erika says:

    Sounds like really good motivation to really start my blog!

  79. Ana says:

    Great! Can’t wait. And thanks for chucking out the Facebook shenanigans – they were SUCH a pain.

  80. Kelli says:

    I like the changes. Can’t wait…now to go choose what to give away!

  81. Annie says:

    Love the changes! Thanks for extending it to a week long event. No more stressing out that I can’t possibly click on that many links and explore that many blogs in such a short time.

  82. Rebecca says:

    GREAT idea to link up this time!

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