Gifts That Inspire Family Time + Giveaway (Closed)

When thinking of purchasing gifts for the holidays, some people think that gifting gift cards is something you do when you don’t have much time or effort into finding something more “special”.

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But gift cards can be special!

Here are some “special” ways to transform ordinary gift cards into personalized, one-of-a-kind presents for everyone on your list.

Bass Pro Gift Shop Gift Card – Get the kids together and make a fun outdoor activity with daddy.  If the whole family is the outdoorsy type, take a family trip to the lake or pond and go fishing.

Applebee’s Gift Card – Get the kids together and have them help mom create a special “Dining Out” calendar for a special dinner night.

iTunes Gift Card – Get the whole family together and have a family dance party.  If you aren’t the dancing kind, gather the family around and have a karaoke party!

JC Penney Gift Card – Go buy new pajamas for the whole family and have a pajama party complete with cookies and hot chocolate.

To be perfectly honest with you, I’d much prefer a gift card over most traditional gifts any day — especially when people aren’t sure what to get me.  What about you?


Three (3) winners will each receive a gift card; two (2) winners will receive a $50 iTunes and one (1) winner will receive a $50 Applebee’s card!

How to Enter:

Simply leave me a comment below letting me know which gift card you’d want to win and how you could make it a special gift!

Extra Entries Available:

After you have completed the first entry, you are eligible for additional entries. Make sure you leave a separate comment for EACH entry. Each counts as one extra entry unless noted otherwise.

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This giveaway will end on January 3rd at 10:00 PM Central time. Winner will be chosen via a random number generator. Giveaway is open to US entries. The winner must contact me in 48 hours to claim their prize. Good luck to everyone!
The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely that of the blog owners. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. I received a gift card in order to facilitate this post.

About Crystal

Crystal is Owner & Editor of Simply Being Mommy. She is a work-at-home mom and enjoys being wife and mommy. She loves family, travel, chocolate and Diet Coke.


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    Bass Pro Gift Shop Gift Card.. it’s something my husband would love.

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    shirley pebbles says:

    I would want to win the applebees gift card as a gift for my sister ho never gets to eat out with all the financial difficulties they have had.

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    I would love to win the Applebee’s Gift Card because I’d love a night off of cooking.

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    Jillian Olson says:

    An ITunes gift card would really be great for my dad!

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    I would love the Applebee’s gift card. I could take my husband out for a nice date night

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    I’d love the $50 Applebee’s card and use it to take my daughter out for her birthday dinner

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    Thanks for the giveaway…we would choose the iTunes GC; with two teens in the family it’s all about the music !

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    I would choose the iTunes gift card. Hubby loves his iPod and he deserves some new stuff on it!

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    I would love either gift card. The itunes one would be nice because since my nephew was born almost three years ago, I have created a video compiled of all the video and picture taken of him each year. I add music to it to make it that more special and entertaining. I would use towards the videos. If I won the gift card, I would probably take that same sister out to eat! We haven’t had a lot of time together since her babies were born.

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    I would like to win the $50 Applebee’s gift card to take my sister out for her birthday.

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    Any of them would be great. I would pick the Applebees. I would wrap it in pretty paper.

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