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December

SWAGG Gift App & Sweepstakes

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SWAGG is a free mobile app (download here) that lets you shop smarter using your mobile phone. Buy, send or swap SWAGG GIFTS and organize your old school plastic gift cards. For every download of the app between now and Dec. 31, 2010, SWAGG will donate $1 to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) , up to $125,000.
Clever Girls Collective and SWAGG are sending a pair of movie fans to the Sundance Film Festival! Download the SWAGG app and then visit the Ultimate SWAGG Getaway Sweepstakes site to enter to win a trip for two to the Sundance Film Festival. Entry deadline is January 3, 2011, 11:59pm, PST.

Gifts. Although we should be filled with peace on Earth, goodwill towards men, the reasons for the season, etc., a lot of our waking moments these days are spent scrambling for gifts. Searching for them at 2am online, hinting for them to clueless partners, trying to cajole the coveted presents out of our young kids who simply say “Santa knows” when we ask them what they want.

And then after we finally order or pick up the darn things, there’s cursing when the FedEx guy leaves a “signature required” ticket on our door 2 seconds before we pull into the driveway, wrapping while trying to not get any pet hair on the Scotch tape with a dog in our laps, internally rolling our eyes at the little old lady in the post office line who asks 20 minutes worth of questions about the difference between Priority and Express.

But it’s all worth it right?  The chance to tell a family member or friend that we love and appreciate them with a physical token. And even if the gifts we receive aren’t just perfect for our personalities, lives or bodies, hey, they’re still memorable, right?

Here are some of WORST, but still memorable, Christmas gifts I have received in my 35 years:

  • an XXL Pepto-pink sweatshirt with a psychotic looking teddy bear on the front
  • peanut brittle that broke off a bracket on my braces
  • a two-years expired package of instant guacamole mix
  • sparkly multicolored earrings that turned my earlobes aqua green
  • a man’s golf-logo baseball cap (that he proceeded to wear himself)
  • a singing bird clock (as seen on TV!)
  • a mug that said “Big Mama”
  • a book from a boy I hopelessly adored in which the male protagonist realizes he is gay
  • a big box of scrapbooking/baby book supplies (oh the guilt!)
  • bubble bath that acidly stung in all the wrong places
  • toys for my baby and toddler that had been prominently featured in the media as expired and containing lead paint

I know I sound ungrateful now, but I GUARANTEE that in all those cases I wrote a thank you note and was super gracious.  (Well, except in the cases where I regularly swapped spit with the gifter  — I think the saliva exchange cancels out the need for use of stationery.)

And here are some of the BEST Christmas gifts I have ever received:

  • a healthy baby boy born in December (yes, we considered the name Jesus – pronounced with the Spanish inflection – but decided that would be a tad too much)
  • not to leave out our other children: a healthy baby girl born right before Easter (this time, Magdalene and Veronica were considered) and a much-hoped for third baby on the way
  • visits from my family
  • airline tickets to visit family
  • the sacrifice of Christmas with one’s own family to spend it with mine
  • a five-foot high box stuffed with maternity clothes from my sister (this one is more of a loan but OMG, so awesome!)
  • an original oil painting from an up and coming Russian artist
  • a luxury leather handbag (when we were saving cash  so diligently for a new house that I was adding old blush to Vaseline to mix my own lip gloss)
  • two huge Honeybaked hams when we were hosting 30 people for Christmas dinner
  • a big Santa in an airplane blow-up for the front yard (from my mom to 2 year old airplane-obsessed Charlie.  It’s reverse chic!)
  • a Best Buy gift certificate for a new television, secretly wanted, even though I was in a phase where I publicly maligned television
  • leather-bound classic novels
  • a sapphire necklace
  • seven Christmases spent being a mother on Christmas morning

I know, I’m so cheesy. And really lucky.

But I have to say, I’ve been a lot less frantic this last week before Christmas thanks to the SWAGG app on my phone (available for iPhone, Droids and also you can just shop via their website). I’ve been able to quickly order last-minute gifts from local retail stores included in the 3,000 SWAGG merchant partners such as

  • 1800Flowers.com (I sent my Grandpa his own mini-Christmas tree with lights!)
  • American Apparel (cute maternity tees for expecting sisters in law)
  • American Eagle (teen heaven)
  • Omaha Steaks (great all-around hostess or family gifts – give the gifts of filets!)
  • Crocs (however, I only endorse Crocs for little kids in summer)
  • Wet Seal (for iCarly fans)
  • Arden B. (I used to shop here. Then I grew hips.)
  • Steve Madden (I love these shoes, esp. the heeled booties)
  • Live Nation (tickets to concerts and games and performances at the Verizon Center, Lisner, DAR Constitution Hall, you can even get tickets to The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre through LiveNation on SWAGG)

Learn more about the coolest new app that revolutionizes the whole shopping, gifting, and gift card-organizing experience and Download the SWAGG app to your iPhone or Droid. I was selected for this sponsorship by Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity.

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