A Chanukah Gift Basket Giveaway!

Edited to add: Check out this must-see Chanukah video. I dare you not to smile.

Have you noticed the trend toward talking about holidays instead of just Christmas? It's nice when people recognize traditions like the solstice, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Chanukah, but all too often "holiday" is really a PC word for Christmas.

Take the CTA Holiday Train. Who are we kidding? It's the Santa Train. (That said, I think it's delightful and I'm working on a Tweet-up on 12/23 to celebrate it's arrival in Skokie because the train seems more like reason for a family-friendly get-together than, say, the opening of the new LazerZone.)

My point is, yesterday the folks at 1800Baskets offered me the chance to provide a holiday gift basket for my readers and I thought of it as an opportunity to go Full Chanukah. Yeah, baby.

Thanks to them, I'm offering a Chanukah gift basket filled with goodies that will arrive before the end of the holiday. Well, it's not Full Chanukah and possibly not all Kosher, but it does have a tasteful blue ribbon and shiny blue packaging, which will nicely complement the Chanukah-themed kitchen and bath towels gifted to you many years ago.
Beyond the tasteful ribbon, the basket contains many tasty treats within: sugar cookies, chocolate covered graham crackers, honey wheat pretzels, chocolates, and much more. Click for the full scoop on the basket, which has a retail value of $74.99.

To enter, leave a comment sharing one of your favorite Chanukah traditions. Make sure you leave me your email or a link to it, so I can contact you. For extra entries, tweet this giveaway and come back and comment letting me know you've done so. Entries will be accepted through 2:00 PM CST on Monday, 12/14/09.

Fine print: The only payment I'm receiving for the contest if the joy of sharing. If only warm fuzzies paid the mortgage....The prize will only be shipped to a US mailing address. Sorry, DH, I know you love snacky gift baskets, but this contest is not open to members of my immediate family. The winner will have 24 hours to contact me with a mailing address or another winner will be chosen in order to expedite the prize.

Take a peek behind the scenes of 1-800-Baskets in my Whrrl story. I haven't looked at gift baskets the same way since then.

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While I was on tour at DesignPac, the 1800Baskets facility, I noticed they are sister companies with HearthSong, which offers fabulous alternatives to holiday gifts from Big Box stores. They have loads of fun, creative toys that are not branded with corporate icons and labels. When my mother attempted to offer my young boys Toys R Us Greed Guide, I offered up the HearthSong catalog as an alternative. I knew they could choose anything out of it without me having to censor their choices.
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