Friday, November 30, 2012

Penny Wise Office Supplies Holiday Preparation Giveaway! ($100 value)

The holidays will soon be upon us and things will start feeling a bit rushed.  I like to prepare ahead of time to make sure that there's as little holiday stress as possible, by making sure that I'm well-stocked with all I'll need for the big reveal on Christmas Day.  Penny Wise Office Supplies wants you to be prepared too!  That's why they'll will be providing one lucky winner with an assortment of holiday preparation items. 

Wrapping presents is easy with the 3M Scotch Magic Tape Dispenser.  This hot pink stiletto tape dispenser will make wrapping presents a breeze, and support a charity.  Proceeds from this dispenser go to the City of Hope for Breast Cancer Research, Treatment, and Education. It comes with one roll of tape to get you started and has a manufacturer value of $15.  After Christmas it will look awesome on your desk at work and is sure to be a conversation piece.

Zebra's Stylus Pen is a great gift for someone with a tablet or a smart phone.  Those pop up screens can be mighty small for big fingers (great gift for Dad!).  It offers the precision that busy moms want when they're dashing off texts or playing games on their phone while waiting at the doctor's office. 

It's slim and sleek barrel make this a perfect gift for the tech savvy person on your gift list.  Priced at $4, it's an affordable and thoughtful gift. 

Holiday cards are on my list and not everyone has moved toward e-cards because they want to send personal greetings or perhaps even a lovely letter summing up their family's happenings in the past year.  Personally, I love opening up the mailbox and finding Christmas greetings inside.  I also love the idea of using fun and festive pens to sign cards or address envelopes.  It gives the greeting just a little something special, don't you think?   These Zebra Sarasa Retractable Gel Pens in Metallic (1 silver, 1 gold) colors fit the bill.  They're priced at $5.  Skip to the end of this post to see a craft that I completed using these pens, along with these Sharpie Brush Tips.

I thought the Sharpie Brush Tips were very cool.  I used them for a craft and can see many uses, including using them to make signs.  We have a fundraiser sale coming up in two weeks and I'll be using them to make signs to advertise our wares!  The tips are much bigger than the standard fine point Sharpies.  You'll cover more area faster with these.  They're priced at $18 and come in the colors shown in the photo.  I wish they had a  yellow --- who doesn't want a yellow star?

Holiday time, unfortunately, also means germ time!  Holiday season and cough and cold season collide.  Take a moment to stock up on Lysol Wipes and Kleenex Cool Touch so that you're prepared if a case of the sniffles interrupts your shopping or party schedule.  Be sure to wipe down common areas often as Lysol Disinfecting Wipes kill cold and flu germs on contact... and don't forget to use one on your shopping cart!  Lysol Disinfecting Wipes retail for $4. 

Don't bonk!  Forgetting camera batteries while remembering batteries for your kids' electronics is not a mistake that you want to make.  In the last few days before the holiday, be sure to do a data dump and get your photos and videos off your camera so that there's plenty of room for photos and videos of Christmas morning.  Using batteries --- like these Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA batteries-- are a must for your electronics.  Specifically designed for high-tech devices like digital cameras, they'll last longer than standard batteries.  

Manufacturer value is $12.

Fine writing instruments are a welcome gift.  This Parker Urban Premium Metallic Rollerball Pen comes in an elegant box, which speaks of quality.  A nice pen is something that they will want to use every day!  Affordably priced under $50, this pen has a manufacturer value of $45.  I loved the way it wrote on paper; it seemed to just glide across.  Be sure to let the ink dry or you'll smudge.

Cutting wrapping paper will be like cutting butter with Fiskars Non-Stick Titanium Scissors.  These non-stick blades are great for cutting tape, an annoyance if you're going to be shipping a lot of gifts.  They're also good for clipping coupons, because you will want to be looking for those to save money this holiday season.  It's soft grip will help with hand fatigue -- particularly if you're one to do a wrapping marathon right before the big day.

Keep your coupons and sales ads organized with C-Line's Expanding File Folder.  Don't miss a bargain by keeping store coupons handy, not to mention ads for price matching. Above, I've used C-Line's Expanding File Folder to organize my son's piano lesson books.  Each pocket is more than wide enough for individual books (he has 6!), plus his progress notebook.  Everything is snug and secure.  This product retails for $12.

My craft - a Christmas Star using Sharpie and Zebra products.

Giveaway!  One lucky Making Ends Meet reader will win a prize pack worth $100, with these items:

Parker® Urban Premium Metallic Rollerball Pen
Energizer AA Ultimate Lithium Batteries
C-Line’s® Stylish Expanding File
Zebra® Sarasa Retractable Gel Pens
Zebra® Stylus Pen
Fiskars® Non-Stick Titanium Scissors
3M Scotch Magic Tape Dispenser
Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes 
Sharpie® Brush Pens

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Disclosure:  My thanks to Penny Wise Office Supplies who provided me with the featured items above and other information at no cost to me to facilitate this review and giveaway post.  The opinions are 100% my own (as are the photos!)  Penny Wise is also graciously providing the giveaway winner with a prize pack and will be responsible for fulfillment of prize. 
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