One for you, one for a friend: giveaway!
Andrea Bellamy |

Contest alert! The delightful has partnered with Heavy Petal to offer fabulous prizes to one very lucky reader. What do you win? That’s up to you. Yep, you choose your prize! Here’s how it works:

Head on over to and check out some of their awesome wares. Comment on this post, telling us what you’d love to win for yourself. Then head back to and comment on something you’d love to win for a friend. (Each item for sale at has a comment feature just like a blog – click on “discuss or review this item” to leave your comment. Be sure to note that you’re coming from Heavy Petal.)

Even if you don’t win, has also extended an offer to all Heavy Petal readers: free shipping for purchases over $25! Just enter code HeavyPetal at checkout. (Password is case sensitive.) Who knows? Maybe this will be the year you get your holiday shopping started in October.

Now, if I may… here are some delightful picks, and my personal faves:

The Grobal by Karim Rashid. dubs it the “cutest self-watering plant pot ever,” and I’m forced to agree. Available in two sizes, I’d like mine in “sky” (a lovely aqua-tinged blue) please. This would be great to have on hand as a quick hostess gift.

Better Life Cleaning Products. Yes, the whole line (although unfortunately I have a pressing need for the one called 2am Miracle – a safe, non-toxic nursery cleaner that is “perfect for the three P’s: poop, pee and puke.” Yay, babies!). I never thought cleaning products would make my top … anything list, but hello? 100% plant-based, eco-friendly cleaning products that really work. And the packaging? So fun.

Envirosax reuseable bags. I love the patterns on the Mikado set (shown). I already have one Envirosax bag, and I absolutely love it. It folds up super tiny and I carry it everywhere and use it for everything (it’s great for plant purchases – really!). As such, one is not really enough. More, please.

But enough about me. Here’s what I’d choose for my nearest and dearest.

The J.Fold card case is perfect for my husband. He keeps buying them for friends’ birthdays. Doesn’t that really mean he wants one for himself?

The Fabulous Wine Finer and Corkscrew for my dad, who I think would appreciate it for the fact that in just 30 seconds you can decant a whole bottle of red wine just by pouring it.

The Sun Jar for my mom, who’d love its low-tech romance.

The gorgeous Snow and Graham calendar for my best friend. Love the fine-art quality and sweet letterpress designs.

These beautifully-illustrated language flash cards for Lila. Okay, yes, she’s not even six months old. And I’m not really a flash card type of parent. But they’re so sweet, and they could easily function like a book or sorting game.

Drooling yet? Get clicking. Contest ends November 3, 2008. A winner will be chosen at random.

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