I like to tune into the Ellen show during the month of December when she does her 12 days of Christmas gift giving.
For those who haven’t ever seen this, Ellen taps into her large bank account (no doubt with help from big corporate sponsors), and gives everyone in her studio audience lavish gifts. One of the days when I was watching recently, every member of the studio audience received $2,000 worth of gifts. From flat screen TVs to $600 coffeemakers, Ellen gives lots of stuff away. And it’s all brand new.
Well, in Nevada, there’s no Ellen show, not even a television studio.
But, there is a newspaper office, and I just happen to be the "Ellen" of this rodeo!
With no corporate sponsors or even a hint of extra cash to spend out in my bank account, I decided to try what Ellen does on a much smaller scale. There’s six days left until Christmas and here’s what I have to give away in my very own "Six Days of Christmas":
1) A like-new Hawkeye sweaterish sweatshirt, size adult medium. With the Hawkeyes going to a bowl game, this might make the perfect present for your medium-size Hawkeye fan. It was given to my son Ben as a gift a year ago, but he doesn’t like to wear sweaterish sweatshirts, so it’s just ‘Ben’ sitting unworn. It’s a grayish color with "Hawkeyes" across the front. It would certainly look better being worn by someone during the Outback Bowl than being folded up in a bag.
2) A blue-and-black fleece dog sweater, that would probably fit a dog of about 15 pounds. I bought it as a second coat option for my little guy, who just wasn’t "little" enough for this garment. Obviously, I don’t have a good pet-sizing eye! But it’s super cute and awfully soft. Don’t let your small pet be cold this winter! I’ve got you covered!
3) Some rarely worn black sparkly boots that don’t sparkle all that much. These boots were purchased for a History Day presentation last year. Caitlin and her project-mates wanted to dress up and have footwear that was sort of nice, but not horribly expensive. So, they bought these black pull-on boots that sparkle, but not as much as the ones that you see now with tons of sequins. My daughter wore these boots twice while she stood to present — about an hour of time total. If I hadn’t taken the tags off them, they’d have qualified to be returned. They would make a nice gently-used gift for a girl who loves boots and wears a size 7-8.
4) Two Nevada Cub purple hoodies, adult size small. My boys have outgrown them and they’ve just been taking up closet space. They’re in great condition, except for the draw strings. That’s the one thing my kids always seem to pull out of sweatshirts, so these hoodies don’t have those anymore. But if you’re looking to purple your kid up this year, I’ve got two sweatshirts that will do the trick.
5) An Avon lipstick and blush. Purchased not long ago, the tube of lipstick was a little too dark and a little too reddish for me, and the earth-tones blush was the exact same shade as one I had ordered a few weeks earlier. I clicked on the wrong shade and I’m too lazy to do a return! So, if you are into makeup, and aren’t too choosy about colors, or you think these colors might make you look snazzy, let me know.
6) Finally, I have a bag of Christmas candy, purchased right after Thanksgiving, that I was going to put in a candy dish and just never did. Hungry anyone?
If you would like any of the items in my six-day giveaway, send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re the first to ask, you will likely receive, as long as you’re willing to come to my office and pick up the gift next Monday or Tuesday!
To all of our readers and advertisers, Merry Christmas! Thank you for standing by us this year and letting us provide you with local news stories and content. To my staff — Wynne the Wise, Whitney the Wonderful, Lauri the Listener and Joe the Juggler (of many activities) — you guys are the greatest! Here’s to another year of laughter and fun.
(Marlys Barker is the editor of the Nevada Journal.)