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26 Aug, 2010

Giveaway alert: school supplies from Hilroy

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Giveaways and product reviews

If you’re anything like me, this is the time of year you start salivating at the thought of school supplies.

I love school supplies. I truly do. 

When I was in school it was my favourite time of the year. Something about clean ruled paper, new binders, pencils and pencil cases just made me giddy. And you know what? It still makes me feel giddy. I remember asking (and receiving) a pencil sharpener for my birthday one year. THAT is how much I like paper goods and school supplies.

Brand new school supplies hold so much promise, don’t they? There is so much potential to be unleashed in all those papers and pens.

Hilroy approached me awhile back and asked me if I’d like a box of Hilroy products. How could I say no? Hilroy is as Canadian as beaver tails. Seeing their logo on all those excercise books just makes my heart pitter patter.

And they are graciously offering to send a duplicate box to one lucky (Canadian) winner.

Here’s where it gets tricky. The winner will be getting the same box I did. My box is here beside me but the girls have already pillaged its contents so I don’t know exactly what was in it. :) I can tell you (a) it’s about $70 worth of Hilroy product, and (b) that I’m an office supply snob and it’s pretty nice and (c) it WILL MAKE YOU FEEL GIDDY AGAIN.

Sarah claimed the 1 1/2″ colour-your-own binder as soon as she saw it. I would have loved this at her age. (Heck, I doodled on my binders no matter what was on them. This is license to doodle!) The front and back is like a colouring book. Check it:


Hilroy Zwipes stuff is pretty cool too. Zwipes are also doodle-friendly. It’s like someone took a white board and made school supplies out of them. You use a special pen (it’s supplied) to draw your picture, your to-do list, or the initials of your latest crush … and when it’s time to change it (like when you realized the boy you thought was really nice turned out to be a total jerk) you just use the other side of the pen to erase it.

I know there’s a Zwipes binder and pencil case in this box too. Emma had a Zwipes binder last year and really liked it.

There’ll be a number of recycled products in there too … which I think is pretty cool. There’s a sweet blue/yellow binder made out of 100% recycled chipboard. And pencil cases are made out of 50% recycled PET materials. (Correct me if I’m wrong but I think that’s old pop bottles and food containers, right?) Here’s a pink version.


I would link directly to items within their site but the way their site is set up I can’t link to individual products. (Hilroy – I would be happy to give you some advice on site design and usability! Call me.)

Anyway, yes, SCHOOL SUPPLIES. Who wants ’em?

What you need to know:

1) You need to have a Canadian mailing address to qualify.
2) You need to (a) leave a comment below and (b) subscribe to my Extra Helping. There’ll be giveaways over there too in the near future!
3) I will do a random draw using Random.org at noon on August 31, 2010. Please make sure you leave a valid email address. You can’t win if I can’t reach you.
4) Hilroy will ship the goods right to your doorstep. The winner will need to give me their addy.

Over to you!

64 Responses to "Giveaway alert: school supplies from Hilroy"

1 | Kaitlin

August 26th, 2010 at 9:00 am


I hate being the first or second entry on giveaways, even though I know random is random. Jumping in!

I’d love to share these with my niece, but I might have to keep the binder for myself…

2 | Lee Ann McLellan

August 26th, 2010 at 9:05 am


sounds like a wonderful giveaway, my daughter would love it :)

3 | meanie

August 26th, 2010 at 9:11 am


Love the doodle binder…count me in!

4 | Melissa

August 26th, 2010 at 9:23 am


ooooh. Leanne just got a Klutz colour your own pencil case, to go with the colour your own mail style bag she got for her birthday. It was awesome – she had a few girls over for cake, this bag was opened and all the girls sat down and essentially coloured the whole thing it that night.

She’d love the binder to go with the bag and pencil case! I’m teaching a course at UofT this semester and could use the pencil case :)

5 | Joy

August 26th, 2010 at 9:37 am


We love school supplies. My daughter has had hers organized since July – she can’t wait for school to start. She would so LOVE this!

6 | Pamela

August 26th, 2010 at 9:50 am


I agree it is a giddy time…………….my daughter would love this!

7 | Pamela

August 26th, 2010 at 9:50 am


I agree it is a giddy time…………….my daughter would love this!

8 | megan

August 26th, 2010 at 10:13 am


I do not share your love of school supplies os any excuse not to go to Staples would be appreciated!

9 | SJM

August 26th, 2010 at 10:13 am


Yeah! School supplies! Count me in!

10 | KarenL

August 26th, 2010 at 10:35 am


Count me in! I can’t wait for school to start!

11 | Meghan

August 26th, 2010 at 11:50 am


I have not bought one thing yet and would love to not have to!

12 | Alison in Ottawa

August 26th, 2010 at 12:17 pm


Super fun draw! We would love some fun new school supplies for my SK and grade 3 students this year.

A good pencil sharpener is the most important thing, then higher quality pencils and a good eraser.

Winning them might make up for all the Djeco kits I bought my daughters and nieces after you brought them to my attention ;)

13 | Kiki

August 26th, 2010 at 12:33 pm


I’d love to win for my kids! We will be away on the draw date and a few days after. I may not be able to check my emails…oh I subscribe to your extra helping!

14 | Vanessa

August 26th, 2010 at 12:39 pm


I am also a School Supply geek. The smell of fresh erasers is one of my favourite smells :)

15 | Tanya

August 26th, 2010 at 1:02 pm


Are you kidding – if I’m lucky enough to win, that doodle binder is mine!! LOL

16 | Carla

August 26th, 2010 at 1:07 pm


oh, I always loved school supplies as a kid too, we used to have to cover all our books (different colour depending on your grade), and nerdily enough I always enjoyed the book wrapping marathon. I’m in the extra helping already. So, crossing fingers!

17 | Heather

August 26th, 2010 at 1:37 pm


My daughter is not school aged yet but if I was to win I would dontate them to Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa!

18 | Natalie L.

August 26th, 2010 at 1:56 pm


I’d love these products for myself to use during the school year. I”ll also share with my 2 kids and students. Hope I win….

19 | Lee

August 26th, 2010 at 1:57 pm


Oooooohhh…. can I join the school supply geek club? (Would it be wrong to keep the product for one’s own use and not pass along to the offspring?)

I’ve already subscribed to your newsletter, but with a different e-mail addy.

20 | Binki

August 26th, 2010 at 3:32 pm


Can’t say I share your passion for school supplies. I have always struggled with back to school even though I was a top student. Summers were always sooooo full of fun, even when I was working like a dog.

But I always liked new colour pencils. They were most definitely full of potential creativity. And nice new erasers. My daughters love school supplies and back to school. (????!!!!) So sign us up for the give-away.

21 | Jane

August 26th, 2010 at 3:38 pm


pick me! Pick me!

22 | joan

August 26th, 2010 at 3:41 pm


Count me in on the giveaway! What cool new products. Thanks for offering them.

23 | Krista

August 26th, 2010 at 5:41 pm


Count me in! I would be happy to split all these goodies up amongst my kids!

24 | Jay

August 26th, 2010 at 5:45 pm


I do heart this time of year!
Yay Hilroy:)

25 | Sarah

August 26th, 2010 at 5:49 pm


Love school supply time! So happy my girls are finally school age so I can go school supply shopping! :)

26 | Jenny

August 26th, 2010 at 5:49 pm


I’m with you – I love school supplies and I haven’t been to school in years! I use alot of them myself though, so while I’d share with the kids, I can see the majority of things being used by me.

27 | Erica at KitchissippiKids

August 26th, 2010 at 6:09 pm


I don’t typically win things – but you never know. I did win those tickets to the Harry Potter exhibition earlier this year so maybe the karma is changing!!

Is there karma or is it truly random?? = )

Both my boys love school supplies…or at least the acquisition of them.

28 | Darcy

August 26th, 2010 at 6:10 pm


Would love some school supplies. Great giveaway.

29 | lala

August 26th, 2010 at 6:12 pm


This is a great giveaway. I could split it between the teenager, the kindergardener and moi.

30 | Mel

August 26th, 2010 at 6:13 pm


Awesome giveaway! I love school supplies and now my oldest does too!

mouellette 80 at hotmail dot com

31 | Terra

August 26th, 2010 at 6:36 pm


I definitely share your passion for school supplies. I cherished mine every school year. What a great idea for a giveaway.

32 | karen

August 26th, 2010 at 6:53 pm


We all love school supplies in this house.

33 | Shar-Lee

August 26th, 2010 at 7:03 pm


Sweet School Supplies!

34 | Phil

August 26th, 2010 at 7:23 pm


My favourite school supplies quote…….

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”

35 | Christa

August 26th, 2010 at 7:25 pm


My daughter’s would love these school supplies!

36 | Betsy Mae

August 26th, 2010 at 7:30 pm


AWESOME give away!!! This one I seriously want to win, the girls would go nuts….and I might too.
I’ve signed up for my ‘extra helping’ already and here is my comment with my valid email!

Fingers crossed.

37 | Val

August 26th, 2010 at 7:32 pm


I loved school supplies when I was a kid!
Count me in.

38 | Carrie C

August 26th, 2010 at 8:24 pm


I loved the new school supplies. For those of you that have started – go grab that new box of Crayolas you bought for the kids. Now open it, and inhale. That smell? Takes me right back to my childhood, every time.

I’m on the Extra Helping list already. I would love to win this.

39 | Rae

August 26th, 2010 at 8:27 pm


Yay! Yes Please!

40 | Cath in Ottawa

August 26th, 2010 at 9:29 pm


Oh, we’d love this – the best part of September! Thank you!

41 | Carly

August 26th, 2010 at 9:32 pm


I heart school supplies (they have to keep me away from the Office Supply catalogue at work) AND extra helpings.

Thanks for the giveaway, even if I don’t win!

42 | andrea

August 26th, 2010 at 9:39 pm


You guys are just as crazy as I am! I hope the folks at Hilroy toss some freshly sharpened pencils in there for you too. :)

43 | Mike

August 26th, 2010 at 9:48 pm


The only best part of going back to school( as my kids say…lol) is getting new school stuff…New supplies would be great.

44 | SamK

August 26th, 2010 at 11:20 pm


I’m with you all the way. I love school supplies too!!!
The doodle binder is so cool- what a great idea.

45 | Lindsay

August 27th, 2010 at 12:21 am


I love school supplies!! My mother would get so frustrated that I wanted fresh new pens and binders every year when my things from last year were all still perfectly good. :-)

46 | Beth

August 27th, 2010 at 8:01 am


Lovely! School supplies always make me excited for school…even though I am not in school anymore. I can hardly wait until my daughter is old enough and we can shop for this stuff together. :)

47 | Stephanie

August 27th, 2010 at 8:25 am


Oh, those erasable binders sound cool! We used to cover our textbooks with the brown paper grocery bags so we could doodle to our hearts’ content.

While I don’t have any use for school supplies myself, my mom mentors an underprivileged teenage girl who I know would be thrilled to receive a box of goodies like this. I’d happily pass them on to her.

48 | jennP

August 27th, 2010 at 10:17 am


ooooh i LOVE school supplies! i always get SO excited when we have to go shopping for new supplies!! when i was little, i remember starting a new notebook every time i got to page 10 because i just love NEW notebooks!

49 | Kerry

August 27th, 2010 at 11:57 am


Count me in! Back-to-school time is bittersweet for me (back to teaching and back to routine for the kids).

50 | Don

August 27th, 2010 at 2:06 pm


Well, better half’s teacher…

Imagine if Hilroy equipped her with cooler-lookin’ gear than her students :P

Besides, I’m sure many of the boxed items would make great prizes for math drills…

51 | Shannon

August 27th, 2010 at 9:15 pm


I’m a total school supply nerd, I can remember the days when the flyers would come and I’d get all giddy! Well, now the time has come again…I’m going back to school and feel like a kid all over again! I’d love the supplies since we’ll be on a penny pinching budget!

52 | Laura

August 28th, 2010 at 3:54 pm


We’d love it here too so please count me in!

53 | Chrissy

August 29th, 2010 at 10:38 am


I would love to win this! I’ve signed up for an Extra Helping too!

54 | Leanne

August 29th, 2010 at 11:43 am


Sounds like fun. The countdown to school has started. My gr 8 girl wants to head out today. I can’t wait. All those new and wonderful books, pencils, etc.

55 | Jackie

August 29th, 2010 at 12:34 pm


Also love this time of year, and the smell of fresh school supplies!

56 | Lisa

August 29th, 2010 at 8:47 pm


Coming to visit Ottawa this week and found your blog helpful.

Would be thrilled to win the Hilory package as well!

57 | krista

August 29th, 2010 at 10:06 pm


I too have fond memories of Hilroy!! Would love to share this with my kiddos.

58 | Annie

August 30th, 2010 at 5:48 am


Maybe my love for school supplies is why I became a teacher…

59 | DaniGirl

August 30th, 2010 at 7:08 am


In the craziness of getting ready for the move, not only have I not bought a single new thing for the boys for school, but I have decluttered every old bit of school supplies that could possibly have been re-used. AND, Simon is starting Grade One this year. AND the boys are starting a new school. Oy, the pressure — we need school supplies in a bad way!!!

60 | Jodi

August 30th, 2010 at 11:04 am


My kids recently went bananas over a pen purchase from Costco – what is that? They would love it.

61 | Karen C.

August 30th, 2010 at 12:25 pm


I still go crazy over nice pens, notebooks and beautiful planners. Pls, count me in!

62 | andrea

August 31st, 2010 at 9:55 am


This entry is from Valerie, who can’t comment from her workplace. If any of you are having the same issue please send me an email – with your comment- and I will paste it in for you.

Hi – I’ve been a regular reader for a long time (I’m an IRL friend of Danigirl, Anna, Sharon) but only get a chance to read from work and am blocked from commenting because of our proxies.

Just wanted to say that I have loved reading your KMDM posts (as well as all the others), and would love to take part in the Hilroy giveaway if you would accept this as a comment.

63 | andrea

August 31st, 2010 at 10:17 am


This entry is from Julie, who also can’t comment from her workplace.

WOW – awesome giveaway!! Hilory rocks and I too always remembered the pleasure of fresh school supplies! I’d love a chance to win your giveaway (I have already registered for your newsletter).”

64 | andrea

August 31st, 2010 at 11:08 am


The winner is Kaitlin – the first commenter! – who wrote:

“I hate being the first or second entry on giveaways, even though I know random is random. Jumping in!

I’d love to share these with my niece, but I might have to keep the binder for myself…”

Congrats Kaitlin! I will be emailing you ASAP. :)

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