Monday, November 1, 2010

Get Hands On For the Holidays {GIVEAWAY & DISCOUNT}

Woo hoo!  It's the first day of November which means we're kicking off the HOLIDAY HAPPENING here on AFOMFT!

What does that mean?  Over the next 30 days, we'll be posting yummy recipes, cool crafts, great gift ideas and more to get you ready for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas.  And that's not all - we'll also be having at least one giveaway per day!  After all, they say it's better to give than receive, right?  So grab our HOLIDAY HAPPENING button, put it on your blog and get yourself in the holiday mood because things are kicking off right now.

I'm so excited about our first HOLIDAY HAPPENING feature because I love Christmas ornaments.  Love them.  Growing up, my mother let my brother and me choose a special ornament every year and about 15 years ago, I started collecting ornaments from every place I visited.  Now when I hang them on the tree, it's so fun to reminisce about what they all represent.  Sure, pretty ornaments are great but the ones that mean something make tree trimming all the more fun, which is why I adore the new holiday collection from Hands on Keepsakes.

Hands on Keepsakes was started by Sarah and Rachelle after a mutual friend brought back a pendant from England with her daughter's handprint and name on it.  They both loved the idea but were unable to find anything like it in Canada, where they're based, so Hands on Keepsakes was born.  Being moms themselves, Sarah and Rachelle understand how quickly time flies and how important it is to hold on to each and every memory.  Their new line of ornaments helps you do just that.  Take a look:

Yes, those are James' and Jake's actual hand and foot prints.  Is that sweet or what?  And even better - you won't have to pack this ornament away when the holidays are over because you can remove the ribbon and replace it with a key ring (one is included with every order).  Genius!

There are so many wonderful personalized designs to choose from.  Baby's First Christmas is just precious.

 I love the pieces made from children's artwork!  Hands on Keepsakes can take this:

And make it into this!

And there's even something for your four-pawed friend!

In addition to ornaments/key rings, you can also order personalized print necklaces.  This one is perfect for mothers of twins.

And the lettering on this adorable pendant was actually written by the child. 

One of my favorites is the Family Tree Tags.

You can put names on all of the tags, or use words and phrases like FAMILY, CHRISTMAS 2010 or EST. 2007.  I love that you can add to it over the years and that, of course, you can carry it with you always.

Sarah and Rachelle want you to find the perfect holiday gift or keepsake so you can customize almost anything in the shop.  Choose from bronze or silver, get the tags in round, oval, rectangle or heart shapes, pick the fonts, change the text - it's all up to you!  And if there's something you don't see that you'd like, be sure to contact them because they adore custom work and would love to create the perfect memento just for you.

Hands on Keepsakes helps you celebrate the joy of the holidays all year long, which is why they're first on our 2010 HOLIDAY GIFT PICK list. 

And they're offering a present to one of you too!

Hands on Keepsakes has generously offered to give away one set of four Family Tree Tags to a lucky AFOMFT reader! 

To enter, visit Hands on Keepsakes and post a comment here telling me which item in the store is your favorite (this is mandatory).  For additional entries:
  • Subscribe to AFOMFT or let us know you are a subscriber.
  • Publicly follow or subscribe to the Hands on Keepsake blog.
  • Visit Hands on Keepsakes on Etsy and make the store a favorite.
  • "Like" AFOMFT on Facebook
  • "Like" Hands on Keepsakes on Facebook
  • Ask your friends to "like" AFOMFT on Facebook by sending them this link - - and post a comment here with the names of each one who does.  You'll earn one entry per new friend who "likes" our page and names will be cross-checked.  
  • Follow AFOMFT on Twitter (@AFOMFT or click the birdie icon on the sidebar) and tweet this post by clicking the graphic above or this giveaway:  It's the Holiday Happening on @AFOMFT with a giveaway-a-day all month! #Win a family tag ornament worth $60 -
  • Click here to vote for AFOMFT on Top Baby Blogs and post a comment here that you did - Vote For Us @ Top Baby Blogs.  You can vote once per day per computer so if you vote every day or on different computers, be sure to post one comment for each one.
  • Grab our button and put it on your blog or website and post a link here showing us.
  • Grab our HOLIDAY HAPPENING button and put it on your blog or website and post a link here showing us.
  • Blog or post on Facebook about this giveaway with a link to this post (worth 2 entries so please post two comments) and make sure your comments include a link to your status or blog post.
Please leave a separate comment for each entry (two if you've blogged about the giveaway) and make sure to include a link to your tweet, blog post, etc. All entries must be posted on AFOMFT as a direct comment to this post.  Comments on Facebook will not count as entries.  This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada and ends November 8th at 11:59 pm EST. The winners will be selected by and announced on AFOMFT on November 9th. If the winners don't contact AFOMFT within 48 hours, a new drawing will be held so be sure to check back to see if you've won!

And that's not all!  Hands on Keepsakes is offering readers of AFOMFT free shipping through Sunday, November 7th!  Enter AFOMFT in the message to seller box at checkout and your shipping fees will be refunded via Paypal or contact Sarah and Rachelle before you checkout and they'll create a reserved listing for you.  Happy shopping!

Images: Hands on Keepsakes

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