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02 Dec, 2013

Ottawa giveaway alert: Win a $100 gift card to spend at terra20

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews|Oh! Things!

Update: We have a winner! Was it you? Scroll down to the last comments in this post to see.  Thanks for all of your thoughtful entries everyone. I hope Santa brings you everything you wished for. :)

I think the recent snowfall we’ve had here in Ottawa has pressed the “fast forward” button on my Christmas. Normally I leave it to the last-minute, but this year I’m way ahead of schedule. I’m making plans, browsing the stores, humming Christmas tunes, and getting into the holiday spirit early for a change!

Over the past few years we’ve changed our outlook on Christmas gift giving. Here at Casa Fishbowl we have tried to shop more mindfully, and  make some of our purchase at neighborhood stores and buy things that are made a little closer to home. (There are a lot of reasons why we do this, but it’s mostly because I want our money to stay in our community. Here’s a good piece about shopping locally over at Huffington Post if you’d like to read up on the other benefits – and there are many!)

This giveaway is from Fishbowl patron, terra 20. They’re on my list of places I will be doing some of my shopping, and lucky for me, they’ve opened up a little sister store in West Wellington which is not far from where we live. Have you been? It’s smaller than the original Pinecrest location, but the selection is generous, especially in beauty and personal care items. I love the size. It’s compact and cozy, and it’s a comfortable place to shop.

Can I suggest some really nice gifts? These are a few of my favourite things at terra20 right now:

na Coille Cutting Boards
na Coille is also a Fishbowl patron. Some might recall that our breakfast bar (pictured in this post) came from there. na Coille also makes gorgeous cutting and serving boards. I got one for my birthday last year and I admire it every.single.day.

Not only does it look pretty in our kitchen but we’ll never have to buy another cutting board ever again! Yay!

Purple Urchin gift sets
I’ve written about Purple Urchin here before. If I’m going to give smellies, isn’t it nice to give ones that are made locally out of good ingredients? terra20 carries gift Purple Urchin gifts sets (great for the teen in your life!) but the individual products – like the soaps – can make great stocking stuffers and hostess gifts too.

And then there’s Cate & Levi. My kids are a bit too old for it now but the designs just sing to me. terra20 carries a whole assortment of their hand puppets, notebooks and other adorable little things. And they’re made in Ontario, out of upcycled wool sweaters.

Anyway, that’s just a few of the things that tug at my heartstrings at terra20 right now. (Ask me later about the BB cream I picked up there. It’s amazing!)

So let’s get down to business! This giveaway is for one $100 gift card from terra20. You can use it to put a dent in your Christmas list or buy something you’ve been longing to try, whether it’s eco-friendly cosmetics, pet toys, fairly traded chocolate (THINK OF ALL THE CHOCOLATE YOU CAN BUY), or something practical and non-glamorous like household cleaners. :) Interested? Please read the following carefully:

  • In order for your entry to qualify, please leave a comment below. Tell us, what are your top considerations when buying gifts? Is it price? Design? Packaging? Where it’s made?
  • For a second entry, take a look through the terra20 catalogue. If you want, you can leave a second comment telling us what you might buy with your gift card. Leave a link so we can see what it is!
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • The winner of this giveaway must pick up their giftcard at terra20 in a timely manner at the location of their choice (Pinecrest or West Wellington.)
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason you can email it to me for posting at andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.
  • I will draw one name using Random.org at noon EST on December 9, 2013. I’ll contact the winner via email at that time.

That’s it! Over to you!


120 Responses to "Ottawa giveaway alert: Win a $100 gift card to spend at terra20"

1 | Judy

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:18 am


What I think about is different when shopping for my kids (3months and 5 years) then for my spouse or parents. For the kids we shop for what they want (within reason!). For adults I am much more mindful of supporting fair trade and local. We used to shop our neighborhood toy store for the kids before it closed earlier this year. Now we make an effort not to drive all over the place. So while we may not be supporting locally owned we are conscience about not driving unnecessarily.

2 | Joy M.

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:25 am


Price is #1 – we are on a VERY tight budget – love products that are locally made, or at least made in Canada. Packaging (or lack of) always attracts me too – I am very influenced by what I hear from others as well :)

3 | Joy M.

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:26 am


http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/9593/C%26L-Journal-Dog/ – I would so buy this for my daughter!! And probably some Purple Urchin stuff – love them!!

4 | Amy

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:28 am


My top consideration is the person I’m buying for. I want to get a big smile out of them when they open my gift.

5 | Amy

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:30 am


My daughter is loving puppets right now, so I would be looking at the Cate and Levi stuff for her

6 | Christine

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:31 am


What do I consider? What the person would like . . . thoughtful gifts over anything else!

7 | Mel

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:32 am


we are trying to be more mindful this year, too. Our kids are 5 and 8 and I have had enough of the cheap plastic toys that get played with for awhile and then become clutter. I’m buying things that they need or that help us spend time together as a family (like games!)

8 | Linda Poitevin

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:34 am


Top considerations are quality and durability (I try to buy things that will last for years and years); ability to purchase locally (even if it’s not made locally, I try to support the smaller, local businesses); and, wherever possible, environmental impact.

9 | andrea tomkins

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:34 am


Posting on behalf of a reader:

“When I think of buying a gift for someone, my top consideration is quality. I spent too many years buying big over-the-top gifts for friends and family, thinking more of quantity and how grand it looked. It took me longer than I would have liked to come to the realization that the best gifts I had ever given were smaller, more carefully chosen, high-quality things that really lasted and felt good to wear or use or play with.”

Thank you!

10 | Valerie

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:36 am


I look for things that are well made and will get used. I don’t like things that sit around gathering dust or break on first use.

11 | Christine

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:36 am


From the catalogue?http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/6652/EcoG-Wind-Pwr-Gen-Kit-Eco-Bikr/
For my daughters bike, pretty cool!

12 | Brenda A

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:40 am


When gift giving I like to find something special that the receiver would not normally buy for themselves. A little indulgence. I prefer handmade items by Canadian crafters and love craft shows.

13 | Valerie

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:41 am


I bought this cow for my son. It is SO adorable – it shoots cool mist through the ears. It works really well, so I want to get the soccer ball one for my daughter.

14 | Brenda A

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:42 am


Terra20 has so many cool things for everything! I really love the bamboo kitchenwear, especially the bowls. The huge assortment of personal care items are great, too! I can always use more lip balms as my family goes through them like mad in the winter!

15 | Rebecca

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:43 am


We have two little kids, so I have to admit what I think of first is convenience! I do not want to go to to a mall! I like to shop locally or online for this reason. For the kids I like to focus on quality gifts that will last (both in terms of keeping their interest and not breaking). For the grown, we stick practical (new cutting board) or consumable (chocolate!).

17 | karen

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:44 am


When shopping for my kids I usually like to buy a few of the things they are asking for. After I manage to buy those I just like to browse everything and find a few things I know they will love but never think to ask for.

When buying for adults I usually look for something of good quality that won’t break the bank.

18 | Mimi Golding

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:49 am


Hmm. Price. Person. Colour. Size. Usability. All these things come into play.

As for the second posting … I’ll put in one and say I’d probably spend my gift card on Purple Urchin products … LOVING THEM.

19 | karen

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:52 am



I would get this cheese grater for my 15 year old daughters stocking. I think she would get a kick out of it and she like making nachos for herself so it would be used.

I also thought my son would like the soccer ball humidifier.

20 | andrea tomkins

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:52 am


Posting on behalf of DL who writes:

“I wish it could be shopping green or local, but at this time in my life, my top consideration is budget.”

21 | andrea tomkins

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:53 am


Second comment on behalf of DL who writes:

“I would love the try the Eco Bar! http://shop.terra20.com/store/department/18/ecobar/

22 | Jan Dempsey

December 2nd, 2013 at 11:11 am


When buying gifts I consider what the person would really like to receive as a “unique” gift. I look for something different/original, of quality and made in Canada.

23 | Natalie

December 2nd, 2013 at 11:12 am


As an artist I’m all about supporting local artists and entrepreneurs :) it encourages and supports community and business!

24 | Lynn

December 2nd, 2013 at 11:16 am


Sad to say, it’s usually price that is my number one consideration when buying gifts. I definitely have a budget to stick to per person, and am looking for something inside that range; then, I’ll watch flyers and online looking for a sale. I am definitely swayed by flyers, coupons, and Black Friday offers!

25 | Lynn

December 2nd, 2013 at 11:16 am


As for something from the terra20 catalogue, I basically would like all the ecojot notebooks EVER, but one particular ecojot product I will surely be buying are these adorable wise owl notecards – SO perfect for teacher thank-you cards at Christmas or end of year.


26 | Natalie

December 2nd, 2013 at 11:17 am


Second comment I might buy something from Arterro and try their natural cleaning products :) thanks Andrea!

27 | Tricia

December 2nd, 2013 at 11:40 am


First concern for me is budget, but on the positive side, we don’t buy each other things. We do gifts of hope…buying chicks for families in Africa, school supplies, malaria pills…that kind of thing. I purchase a cataract surgery on behalf of my mom every year. The only things we buy each other are stocking stuffers, and those I try to buy locally.

28 | Tricia

December 2nd, 2013 at 11:44 am


I’ve had my eye on the bamboo sheets for a long time, but just couldn’t justify spending the money on them. If I were to get the gift certificate though…hmmm……..

29 | Jan Dempsey

December 2nd, 2013 at 12:04 pm


Second comment: I would buy the Cate & Levi Bunny Journal and the Dog Journal for my sister’s twins. They love writing and I’m sure they will fall in love with these adorable journals. So unique and made in Canada !


30 | tobi

December 2nd, 2013 at 12:10 pm


Top concerns would be budget and quality.

31 | Kate

December 2nd, 2013 at 12:19 pm


With the kids, it’s mostly about what’s on their wishlist (within reason). For everyone else I try to come up with a happy medium of price/locally or Canadian made/easy to get.

32 | Kate

December 2nd, 2013 at 12:21 pm


If I had a terra20 gift card, I’d buy towels, because that’s what my sister would like for Christmas, and that would really help with the price aspect and such a bonus that they are eco-friendly.

33 | Krista R

December 2nd, 2013 at 12:59 pm


Price and budget are definitely a considerations. If I can buy local / canadian or handmade I prefer to do that.

34 | Krista R

December 2nd, 2013 at 1:00 pm


From the Terra20 catalague, I would load up on bath products like this: http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/4970/DesEss-Gre-Apple-Ging-Bdy-Wsh/

35 | Rachel

December 2nd, 2013 at 1:04 pm


When I am buying a gift for someone the main thing I think about is what they want or need. I don’t want to give a gift that will just sit on a shelf unused collecting dust. Next considerations are – quality over quantity and local is best. :)

36 | Ayla

December 2nd, 2013 at 1:12 pm


I tend to make meals/bake for most of my relatives for giftgiving, but for the rest price is a big factor! Normally those people I buy actual presents for have wishlists, except for my best friends for whom “where things are from/made” are the most important.

37 | Rachel

December 2nd, 2013 at 1:15 pm


2nd comment.
If I was to be lucky enough to win a gift card, I would spend it on my new nieces who are currently teething. So perhaps this:
http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/17665/AppPark-FB-Rattle-Belle-Cow/ or this: http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/8871/GrnSprts-Infinity-Teethr-Rattl/.

And also a Cate and Levi hand puppet because omg cute!

38 | Ayla

December 2nd, 2013 at 1:26 pm


Ha! Looking through the terra20, my partner and I have been thinking about getting a humidifier, and that penguin one would be adorable*. However, I am curious about, and my dog would love to sample, the Mano Verde Dog Grass Planting Box**! Hmmm.

* http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/704/Crane-Humidfr-Air-Mist-Penguin/

39 | Erin

December 2nd, 2013 at 1:40 pm


Shopping local is the biggest consideration for me. If we want our neighbourhoods to be truly walkable, we have to support the closest businesses and “walk the walk” so to speak.

40 | Erin

December 2nd, 2013 at 1:44 pm


2nd comment, if was to win the draw, I would purchase a hand puppet, and eco eggs colouring kit for my daughter and would stock up on products from the Eco bar

41 | Elizabeth

December 2nd, 2013 at 1:47 pm


The Artterro Eco Art Kits look like so much fun, and I know my crafty daughters would love them.

42 | Cath

December 2nd, 2013 at 1:57 pm


My top considerations are the interests/tastes of the person I’m shopping for, as well as whether it is something they will use / enjoy — I hate the idea of buying gifts that end up as someone else’s clutter!

43 | Cath

December 2nd, 2013 at 1:58 pm


2nd comment is that I would totally buy some puppets to feed my children’s love of creative play!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

44 | Tiana

December 2nd, 2013 at 2:03 pm


My first consideration when shopping for gifts is if the person with get good use out of it (is it functional, will it last etc).

45 | Tiana

December 2nd, 2013 at 2:04 pm


I would probably get some of these adorable hand puppets. http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/9587/C%26L-Cow-Hand-Puppet/

46 | Carolyn

December 2nd, 2013 at 2:30 pm


Price is the biggest factor for me but if I can find a one of a kind, perfect for that person type of gift, I just do it (although I’ll search every corner of Ottawa looking for the best price for that perfect gift :) and if I can’t find a better price, I’ll get it because it’s the thought that counts in the end. I also appreciate things that are made by someone – I love to bake so that’s what I give out to all of my friends and my children’s friends. I may be frugal financially but I still try to be as generous as possible with my time.

47 | Carolyn

December 2nd, 2013 at 2:32 pm


2nd comment – I love everything at Terra 20! If I had to choose, it would be Daniel Thompson cosmetics and my cleaning products from the Eco bar.

48 | Brian

December 2nd, 2013 at 3:20 pm


Price is indeed a factor, but not the main factor all the time. I go with how it looks, how it’s made and the purpose of it. A day to day item that requires to be usage and not break down, price is not the biggest concerns.

49 | KL

December 2nd, 2013 at 3:50 pm


My main consideration is what the person would like and quality over quantity. I do my best to shop local whenever possible.

50 | KL

December 2nd, 2013 at 3:56 pm


I would love to slip this in my own stocking…http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/12793/PUrch-Chocolate-Facial-Mask/
And this I would tuck away for Easter to inspire my kid to write…

51 | Jayda

December 2nd, 2013 at 4:10 pm


I adore terra20. I just bought stocking stuffers there, over the weekend. I do my best to shop locally and mindfully. For my boys (5 and 7) I buy toys that are going last (in interest, durability, developmentally, etc.). Price does matter, but I would rather spend more on less.

53 | J-RJ

December 2nd, 2013 at 4:53 pm


My number one consideration is quality; and it has to fit within the budget that I pre-set.

54 | J-RJ

December 2nd, 2013 at 4:55 pm


I love essential oils, so I would probably choose a bunch of those.

55 | Jan

December 2nd, 2013 at 8:04 pm


My priority is the best combo of quality, local and “perfect” fit for my giftee…or at leas that’s what I strive towards!

57 | Jo

December 2nd, 2013 at 8:13 pm


I look for good quality things and I love things things that are pre-owned or repurposed. Even better if its made and/or available locally.

58 | Sarah

December 2nd, 2013 at 9:44 pm


I try for a good balance of price, quality and thoughtfulness.

59 | Sarah

December 2nd, 2013 at 9:49 pm


I would love to buy the Daniel Thompson moisturizer to help protect t he faces I love this winter…sorry couldn’t get link to work!

60 | Amanda

December 2nd, 2013 at 9:53 pm


I try for something unique that someone would enjoy but not necessarily have bought for themselves.

61 | Leslie

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:20 pm


My top priority for buying is if I can’t make it myself!

62 | Leslie

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:28 pm


I love the Global Amici Rainbow Old Fashion Glasses. I’ve seen them in the store and they are beautiful!

63 | Lisa from Iroquois

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:51 pm


There is always a tight budget, more so these days with the price of postage. Within those constraints its important that it be personal, gift card to Chapters for a book worm and a gift card to Timmie’s for the coffee drinker.

64 | Elnaz S

December 2nd, 2013 at 10:56 pm


When purchasing gifts, quality is the most important thing to me. I’m willing to splurge on something if I know that it is made of high quality materials that will make the product durable!

65 | Elnaz S

December 2nd, 2013 at 11:02 pm


I’d love an All-Season Bamboo Duvet – so amazing that it’s actually filled with bamboo fiber! http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/1716/DD-All-Season-Bamboo-Duvet-TWN/

66 | Lisa from Iroquois

December 2nd, 2013 at 11:06 pm


From the catalogue I’d beeline right to the smelly stuff. Love those candles.

67 | Cathy C

December 2nd, 2013 at 11:49 pm


Quality (meaning will last a long time) Price and the Brand. I like to buy green where the option is available at a reasonable price. Doesn’t have to be cheapest, but has to be reasonable.

68 | Cathy C

December 2nd, 2013 at 11:53 pm


I think I would put the gift card towards this Soda Stream if I won.

69 | mariehore

December 3rd, 2013 at 7:28 am


I think I would buy all my work peeps some Purple Urchin for their stockings… Except I’m doing that this weekend @terra20 so I guess if I won the card, I’d have to treat myself to some Purple Urchin????

70 | mariehore

December 3rd, 2013 at 7:30 am


And oh, if products I want have to much packaging, then I simply cannot buy it! Plus local is always the best!

71 | Beverley

December 3rd, 2013 at 8:46 am


Top considerations for Christmas shopping are to buy interesting and useful gifts – this year it includes note cards with made with photos from our garden, Michael’s dolce jam, and homemade Florentine cookies, among other things.

72 | Beverley

December 3rd, 2013 at 8:51 am


Love Terra20! I’ve shopped at the Pinecrest store and the Wellington store is on my list for next week as I want to show my friend what an interesting store it is. I would use the gift card for something from na Coille. Beautiful, natural products!

73 | Sarah McCormack

December 3rd, 2013 at 9:45 am


We would love to get on of their humidifiers for our son’s room. He has bad seasonal allergies and I think it would help with the dry winter air as well! For Christmas, budget is always important and as I don’t go nuts with gifts… I would much rather buy a few good quality items that a pile of “stuff”.

74 | Natalie Fraser

December 3rd, 2013 at 9:46 am


My top consideration is will the gift bring them happiness!

75 | Carla

December 3rd, 2013 at 9:53 am


My top consideration in buying gifts is that the gift should match the person. I spend time thinking carefully about what a person might need, might find beautiful and/or would enjoy but wouldn’t buy for her/himself. And price – I do a lot of shopping in thrift and consignment stores and often buy things that are new with tag and it’s a great way to save.

76 | Carla

December 3rd, 2013 at 10:00 am


If I got the gift card, i would love to buy a wind-up radio, solar flashlight and maybe the hepa diner set for my kids, so many beautiful and functional things!

77 | laura

December 3rd, 2013 at 11:09 am


I like to give gifts that people can use. I also try to shop locally or at least at Canadian retailers like Simons. This year I am giving gift certificates from The Record Runner, Hairfellas and Lauzon Music all on Wellington St. in my ‘hood. I am also giving some recycled cardboard birdhouses I ordered online from Boutiquecascades.com to my friends with yards or cottages. Terra20 is one of the stores I plan to hit for some kitchen soap and lunchbox accessories, so the gift certificate would be appreciated. ????

79 | Wynne

December 3rd, 2013 at 11:15 am


I like to consider quality & durability when shopping for little ones. I would love it if a gift could be used/played with over & over again for a good long time.

80 | Sarah

December 3rd, 2013 at 11:22 am


I’m a fan of buying things that are usable – and if possible from a local shop.

82 | Sarah

December 3rd, 2013 at 11:25 am


That was supposed to be a heart – not a question mark…

83 | Kristen

December 3rd, 2013 at 12:06 pm


I like buying close to home. I also consider what the person needs and would like — I hate buying junky stuff!

84 | Kristen

December 3rd, 2013 at 12:08 pm


From the catalogue, I’d buy the Andalou hair products for myself! Reasonably priced and a quality product.

85 | Allan Lussier-Meek

December 3rd, 2013 at 3:08 pm


My top considerations when buying gifts are durability, usefulness, and uniqueness.

86 | Allan Lussier-Meek

December 3rd, 2013 at 3:08 pm


I’d buy five 4L bottles of the Ecobar liquid laundry detergent (http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/13072/Liquid-Laundry-Unscented-1L/). With an infant and a toddler, it seems like our washer and dryer are going 24 hours a day.

87 | jason

December 3rd, 2013 at 5:14 pm


I always like to have a local component as part of each person’s gift – something that indicates thought and support for community.

89 | HollyStar

December 3rd, 2013 at 5:56 pm


Price is a factor for me but I love finding unique gifts. We have a set price limit every year that is comically low so I often start at thrift stores, bazaars, & garage sales for new to me items. I fill out my thrifty finds with local stores, craft fairs and things I make myself.

90 | HollyStar

December 3rd, 2013 at 5:57 pm


With the terra20 card, I’d treat myself to a new pretty water bottle like this:

And use the rest to stock up on cleaning supplies!

91 | Ange

December 4th, 2013 at 9:58 am


My top consideration when giving gifts is whether it is something the recipient will appreciate and use, and then secondary to that, I try to buy things that are more unique and less mass marketed. I shop online at stores etsy and around the city at farmer’s markets and craft fairs throughout the year to find things as they grab me. Price is not too much of a concern if I know I am supporting someone’s business while finding something unique that will be appreciated.

92 | Ange

December 4th, 2013 at 10:09 am


I would buy the “billy would Tri-Colour Leaf Long Necklace” with the gift card, as I have a friend that loves this style of necklace very much! — http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/21742/billy-Necklace-Tri-Col-3-Leaf/

93 | Kate

December 4th, 2013 at 11:38 pm


My first top consideration is the receiver and what they are interested in! I love to buy local when possible and love to get great deals on gifts!

94 | Kate

December 4th, 2013 at 11:39 pm


I would love this for my fiancée! He does not love our current cutting board. http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/18435/NCoille-Reclam-Wood-Md-Cut-Brd/

95 | Alex

December 4th, 2013 at 11:41 pm


I make a budget and try to find unique local goods. I love giving food and drinks.

97 | TLJ

December 6th, 2013 at 10:32 am


One of my top considerations is whether I can find it online and have it shipped. Items that arrive this way often have much (MUCH!) less packaging than the same item that is displayed on a retail shelf. And it saves time and hassle.

98 | TLJ

December 6th, 2013 at 10:33 am


I would chose one of their many skin creams/lotions and maybe some makeup.

99 | Tara

December 7th, 2013 at 3:06 pm


I live in Wellington Village and just recently stopped at Terra20 for the first time. What I really love are the smart lunchkits. Anything that makes school lunches easier (and healthier – no chemicals leaching into food!) is a great help to me.

100 | alison p-h

December 8th, 2013 at 5:41 pm


Christmas gift decision making. First I think of the person, then I try and find something unique, maybe on etsy and then if I am stuck, I will ask them. Price is a factor too.

101 | alison p-h

December 8th, 2013 at 5:45 pm


If I were to win the certificate. I would definitely buy one of the beautiful aprons available. Then maybe a cutlery drawer or the Whitewater candles or the bamboo bed sheets. So many choices!


102 | Katie

December 8th, 2013 at 10:39 pm


When I am shopping for gifts, I am first attracted to colours and design, and I don’t like packaging in the way. I like to touch and feel things in my hands because I am willing to spend money when the quality is good and the product resonates with me. And then I have to remember this is a gift and think about my recipient and not myself!

103 | Katie

December 8th, 2013 at 10:56 pm



Green Toys are great quality, but that they have a pink dump truck puts the over the top!!
Then I’d been picking out some Cate and Levi something!

104 | Mary @ Parenthood

December 8th, 2013 at 11:26 pm


My top considerations for a gift are usefulness, amount of maintenance (cleaning!) required, does it need to be stored. I feel like I am drowning in clutter & don’t wish to gift anyone with the same feeling. I prefer to shop local if possible, although having stuff just show up is amazing.

106 | Chris

December 9th, 2013 at 9:19 am


I like to buy unique gifts for people.

108 | Rosanna

December 9th, 2013 at 9:22 am


I look for quality and value when shopping for my list.

109 | Rosanna

December 9th, 2013 at 9:25 am


I would buy my MIL these house shoes, because I know she would LOVE them


110 | Ryan Knuth

December 9th, 2013 at 11:05 am


Been drooling over the bamboo iPad covers for awhile. Would love the gift certificate!

111 | vmchick

December 9th, 2013 at 11:11 am


I look at value, and uniqueness when buying a gift.

113 | Allison K-P

December 9th, 2013 at 11:08 am


My first consideration is buying an experience rather than a physical gift, and 2nd consideration is price!

114 | Allison K-P

December 9th, 2013 at 11:13 am


I have bought the Life Factory glass water bottles from Terra20 in the past and loved them! I would also love to try out the Cuppow Mason Jar Reusable Lid http://shop.terra20.com/store/product/17359/Cuppow-2.5-Reg-Mouth-Reuse-Lid/

115 | Kristy M

December 9th, 2013 at 11:16 am


I often consider value first, before price. I prefer to buy local or hand made items, but if I can’t then I’ll buy from ethical or trusted manufacturers.

116 | Kristy M

December 9th, 2013 at 11:20 am


I really would love to buy the Artterro gift sets for my daughter, such a little artist. She would love them!


117 | Katy

December 9th, 2013 at 11:23 am


My criteria for gifts are that they be thoughtful, original, and perfectly suited to the recipient. I also try to choose gifts that are locally produced and purchased, and sustainable and/or handmade when possible.


118 | andrea tomkins

December 9th, 2013 at 12:12 pm


Thanks everyone, for your interest in this giveaway. I think we may have a record number of entries here! :)

Comments are officially closed to new entries! Stay tuned for the winner. I’ll be posting it ASAP.

119 | andrea tomkins

December 9th, 2013 at 12:15 pm


The winner is commenter 19 – karen – who wrote:

I would get this cheese grater for my 15 year old daughters stocking. I think she would get a kick out of it and she like making nachos for herself so it would be used.I also thought my son would like the soccer ball humidifier.”

Congratulations Karen! I will be sending you an email this afternoon with a few extra little details. :)

120 | Ashley

January 21st, 2014 at 11:03 pm


Design is #1! I always look for something that is unique.

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