2015: 12 Days of Christmas {Holiday Guide + Giveaway}

“Go big or go home” has always been a motto I enjoy to live by, so this holiday shopping guide and giveaway will be no different. This year for our annual 12 Days of Christmas guide & giveaway we are collaborating with 12 small businesses to bring you the biggest and most epic holiday giveaway of the season.

Browse, swoon and drool over these small, indie or handmade businesses. See what they have to offer you from Moody Sister Whitney’s reviews and read up on why you’ll want to not only shop, but enter to win each prize.

Every day you get a chance to win, plus all your daily entries are rolled over for your chance to win the grand prize with over 12 prizes valued over $440.00!

12 Days of Giveaway

+Day 12: 12 Days of Christmas Grand Prize

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… A Grand Prize Bundle for Me What you can win: A prize from each of the companies valued in a bundle of over $440! Moody Sisters Pedicure Set (2) Black Dahlia Laquers 1 Little Sun Hat Gift Certificate Brenda McGowan Jewelry (5) Bags of Hail Merry Macaroons Eco Lunchbox Set of 3 Nesting Stainless Steel Containers Medallion Hoop Earrings from Swanky J Boutique $25 Gift Certificate from Strawsome Frosted Willow Gold Sparrow Bracelet Box of Variety Candy Bars from OCHO Candy Bag of Love Me Knots Tote Bag from Lucy Jane Stamped Spoon from Stamped Frosting

Enter below each day for your chance to win a daily prize and a chance to win the grand prize with a complete package of ALL 12 daily prizes valued at over $440.00

+Day 1: Strawesome - Winner Jennifer Markus

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me… A glass straw for my smoothie.

Company: Strawesome

Why You’ll Love them: Founded in 2009, Strawesome is a family-owned and operated Michigan-based green company with a commitment to health and the environment. We offer fun, safe, and reusable glass drinking straws to people of all ages - making it easy to go green! Our straws are all hand-made in our workshop in Michigan and we take pride and care to offer the best products and service possible.

Why Moody Sister Whitney loves them: These fun reusable straws are a great alternative to rid plastic and trash from your home. I love having these on hand for smoothies and they are easier to clean than any other reusable straw I’ve used before! They are not flimsy or fragile either so very safe for all ages. You can get them with fun little designs too to make a good stocking stuffer or gift for families with kids.

Where you can find them:

Follow on Twitter - @BeStrawesome

Join Newsletter - https://www.strawesome.com (sign up at bottom right corner)

Follow on Instagram - @BeStrawesome

What you can win: $25 gift certificate for use on www.strawesome.com - value can be used on any item including custom orders, clearance and shipping!

Enter below each day for your chance to win a daily prize and a chance to win the grand prize with a complete package of ALL 12 daily prizes valued at over $440.00

+Day 2: Swanky J Boutique - Winner Wanda Morris

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Too cute scarf…

Company: Swanky J Boutique

Why You’ll Love them: Our goal at Swanky J is simple – empower you to say who you are by letting your outfit speak for itself.

Jacqui, our founder, has a passion for fashion and love of all things colorful. She started Swanky J, a chic, online boutique to carry on-trend, high-quality and affordable accessories, handbags and apparel for women just like you. She searches for stylish brands from across the county and strives to bring fresh new looks to the site every week.

She handpicks every item, which is a responsibility she does not take lightly. She wants her customers to shop with her time and time again to find that perfect outfit. She personally packages each order with love by wrapping it in tissue paper and adding a handwritten note.

Why Moody Sister Whitney loves them: Cute, trendy and quality made. I can’t say enough about Swanky J. She sent me this beautiful maxi skirt with bright, bold and beautiful colors and it was so soft and silky I wanted to roll up in it. You can tell that each piece is very high quality. There is a great selection and the pieces are affordable as well. My new favorite online boutique!

Where you can find them:

Follow on Instagram @swankyjboutique

Follow on www.facebook.com/Swankyjboutique/

Sign up for newsletter www.swankyjboutique.com at the bottom of the page

What you can win: PLAID ABOUT YOU BLANKET SCARF - RED Retail value $26.99 - This is the blanket scarf everyone is RAVING about. Scarf features very soft chunky plaid in reds, blacks, blues and tans. Fantastic complement to ANY outfit this season or make this your statement outfit as a cape!

Enter below each day for your chance to win a daily prize and a chance to win the grand prize with a complete package of ALL 12 daily prizes valued at over $440.00

+Day 3: Eco Lunch Boxes -- Winner Janet Stanek

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me… 3 Nesting Containers

Company: Eco Lunch Box

Why You’ll Love them: ECOlunchbox makes stainless steel and plastic free lunchware options to help you waste less one lunch at a time.

Why Moody Sister Whitney loves them: I always am on the search for a sustainable and eco friendly option when it comes to Tupperware and Eco Lunchbox hits the spot. These reusable containers are sturdy and the lids are super flexible while staying on tight for the perfect on to the go storage. I love how this set nests for great storage in your Tupperware drawer too! If you haven’t found a good alternative for your plastic containers, than look no further. You’ll be so good and safe using these stainless steel containers for you and your family’s food storage needs.

Where you can find them:

Sign up for newsletter: http://eepurl.com/w0KTb

Follow on Facebook: http://facebook.com/ecolunchboxes

Follow on Instagram: http://instagram.com/ecolunchbox

What you can win: Seal Cup Trio / Three piece nesting lunch containers made with sturdy stainless steel bottoms and leak-proof, but still plastic-free, silicone lids. / Retail Value $30

Enter below each day for your chance to win a daily prize and a chance to win the grand prize with a complete package of ALL 12 daily prizes valued at over $440.00

+Day 4: Frosted Willow - Winner Mike Pena

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… A gold sparrow bracelet…

*Company: Frosted Willow*

Why You’ll Love them: Large selection of handmade bangle bracelets from unique Frosted Willow line of dainty, thin wire bangle charm bracelets. From simple to elegant, and colorful in gold and silver including; personalized bangle bracelets, friendship bangle bracelets, family bangle bracelets, wedding bangle bracelets including; custom bridal bangle bracelets and bridesmaid bangle bracelets, and of course bangle bracelet sets. Every Frosted Willow piece a creation of love, designed & handmade as one of a kind pieces, limited editions, or as some of my most popular jewelry on Etsy.

Why Moody Sister Whitney loves them: These handmade bangles are so simple and elegant. I love how light and non-cumbersome they feel on your wrist. You’ll never want to take yours off! The band has a delicate look, but is very sturdy and well made. Each piece is beautifully made and packaged in a cute box—the perfect gift to commemorate an occasion or show someone how much they mean to you. And if something like that doesn’t come to mind … one for yourself will do.

Where you can find them:

Follow on Instagram @frostedwillow

Follow on www.facebook.com/FrostedWillow

Signup for Newsletter http://eepurl.com/9nf3P

What you can win: Gold filled Sparrow Bracelet- A golden brass sparrow spreading her wings wide has been transformed into a delicate gold sparrow bangle bracelet with a 14k gold filled band. Retail value $27.95

Enter below each day for your chance to win a daily prize and a chance to win the grand prize with a complete package of ALL 12 daily prizes valued at over $440.00

+Day 5: Hail Merry & Stamped Frosting - Winner Annamarie Voss

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Five Macaroons…

Company: Hail Merry & Stamped Frosting

Why You’ll Love them: Hail Merry exists to help people achieve higher health. By creating truly great tasting snacks using our award winning recipes. Our pure ingredients are consciously sourced and prepared in innovative ways, while also meeting the needs of those with special dietary restrictions. Hail Merry is a category redefining snack-food company born out of the yoga culture that is owned and led by women who seek to nurture each other, our employees, our partners, our families and our customers.

Stamped Frosting: I make custom hand stamped creations from keepsake family jewelry, to everyday pieces with boho flare. I also love hand stamped vintage silverware. There is something about taking a piece of silverware I've found in a cool, vintage shop and turning it into the perfect addition to your cereal bowl or PB jar. I make each piece by hand, stamping one letter at a time. I put love and attention into each and every piece I make. And I am so very grateful I get to create for such amazing people every day!

Why Moody Sister Whitney loves them: Hail Merry snacks are extremely scrumptious and satisfying while being gluten free! It’s not often you can find a company that is gluten free and has such delicious treats, but Hail Merry hits a home run with their macaroons! Nom nom nom nom. Insert Cookie Monster here I not only, couldn’t tell they were gluten free, but I also couldn’t stop eating them. I was very impressed by the quality and variety they offer. If you are needing or wanting to take gluten out of your diet then make sure to give them a try!

Stamped Frosting spoons are unique and one of a kind. Each spoon different on its own and then stamped to perfection with a cute message or saying. I want to collect more so that I have enough to share with friends when they come over for coffee, tea or ice cream. The perfect gift for any girl friend who has shared a special moment with you over a bowl or mug.

Where you can find them:

Follow Hail Merry on Instagram https://instagram.com/hailmerrysnacks

Follow Hail Merry on Twitter https://twitter.com/HailMerrySnacks

Subscribe to Hail Merry newsletter http://www.hailmerry.com/newsletter

Follow Stamped Frosting on Facebook - www.facebook.com/stampedfrosting

Follow Stamped Frosting on instagram - @stampedfrosting

Favorite Stamped Frosting Etsy Shop - www.stampedfrosting.etsy.com

What you can win: Hail Merry Gluten Free Macaroons in the following flavors: Blonde, Choco, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Lemon, and Caramel Sea Salt. Plus our Roller Girl tshirt and temporary tattoos. This decadent dessert snack is perfect as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, or as a guilt-free treat. Merry's macaroons use only pure ingredients and are dehydrated at low temperatures to protect the raw coconut oil for a melt-in-your-mouth taste experience. Retail Value for our macaroons is $25

My Favourite Things Hand Stamped Vintage Spoon - We all have our favorite things about the cold winter weather - Warm Socks, Hot Chocolate and….YOU! Sounds like the perfect winter day! Each letter and design is hand stamped, one at a time, by me! Made with love! Retail value $15

Enter below each day for your chance to win a daily prize and a chance to win the grand prize with a complete package of ALL 12 daily prizes valued at over $440.00

+Day 6: Lucy Jane Totes - Winner Dana Hemelt

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Stylish Handmade Tote Bags…

Company: Lucy Jane Totes

Why You’ll Love them: Lucy Jane Totes offers hand made, stylish hand bags for your every day life. Born out of a passion for design and creating, the Lucy Jane brand is about form, function, style, and unmatched quality. This Moody Sisters giveaway is your chance to grab your very own Lucy Jane! This pink and navy medium tote from the Collegiate Stripes Collection will have all of your friends and family asking, "Hey, where'd ya get that??".

Follow the Lucy Jane website and social media links for more beautiful LJ styles and customization options.

Where you can find them:

Sign up for the newsletter - http://eepurl.com/g86tM

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/lucyjanetotes/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/lucyjanestudio

What you can win: Lucy Jane Collegiate Stripes Collection (medium tote: pink/navy) Our Collegiate Stripes Collection totes are hand stitched with care, and are versatile, all-purpose bags for your carrying needs. Retail Value: $62

Enter below each day for your chance to win a daily prize and a chance to win the grand prize with a complete package of ALL 12 daily prizes valued at over $440.00

+Day 7: OCHO Candy Bars - Winner Melanie Bailey

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Organic Candy Bars

Company: OCHO

Why You’ll Love them: OCHO Candy makes organic versions of familiar favorites. Our candy bars are made with simple, high-quality organic ingredients. They are non-GMO, certified gluten free, and our Coconut bar is also certified vegan.

Our bars come in five flavors: Coconut, Peanut Butter, Caramel & Peanut, Mocha and Dark Coffee. Our pouches of Minis come in four flavors: Coconut, Peanut Butter, Caramel and Peppermint.

Have an OCHO bar and enjoy your day.

Why Moody Sister Whitney loves them: This is probably the hardest review to do, because what more can you say about a candy bar?! Delicious and mouth watering- duh. Then you add in gluten free, non-gmo and organic?! I fell in love with OCHO awhile ago when we collaborated before and then I recently saw them in our local grocery store too! The best candy bar alternative to the “big name” candy bars…. And that is saying a lot. Give OCHO a try and you won’t be disappointed. My favorite? Caramel & Peanut.

Where you can find them:

Like Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/OCHOCandy

Follow on Instragram http://instagram.com/OCHOCandy

Order bars for 20% off on our website using a discount coupon: moodysisters *one coupon per person and expires 1/15/16

What you can win: OCHO Candy Organic Candy Bars – 20 Bars (mixed variety $40 retail value)

Enter below each day for your chance to win a daily prize and a chance to win the grand prize with a complete package of ALL 12 daily prizes valued at over $440.00

+Day 8: Brenda McGowan Jewelry - Winner Elizabeth Sul-Celline

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Gorgeous Handmade Jewelry…

Company: Brenda McGowan Jewelry

Why You’ll Love them: Brenda McGowan creates delicate gemstone, sterling silver, and gold wire wrapped jewelry. Brenda began creating jewelry in 2000 after starting work at a local bead store, which sparked her love for the craft. Through the years her love for beautiful gemstones and quality design has grown, and has led her to start her own line of hand-crafted jewelry.

Where you can find them:

Like Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/brendamcgowanjewelry

Follow on Instagram: @studiobjewelry

What you can win: Triangle Cut Blue Quartz Drop Earrings/ Wire wrapped sterling silver and blue quartz drop earrings./ $36

Enter below each day for your chance to win a daily prize and a chance to win the grand prize with a complete package of ALL 12 daily prizes valued at over $440.00

+Day 9: Little Sun Hat - Winner Kjirsten Cantrell

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Modern Hats for Kids

Company: Little Sun Hat

Why You’ll Love them: Little Sun Hat is a headwear company focused on offering timeless products for babies and young children with well-made and modern design. Our hats are delightfully produced in our hometown of Cashmere, Washington.

Why Moody Sister Whitney loves them:Little Sun Hats are made locally to us and we cannot believe how lucky we are to be able to collaborate with this amazing woman ran company. Each hat is to-die-for and oh so stylish. The fabrics change seasonally so you can switch up styles and patterns with temperatures and trends. The winter hats are made to be extra soft and warm to be sure to keep little heads warm and comfy. If you want swoon worthy winter hats for the kiddos- look no further!

Where you can find them:

Follow Instagram: www.instagram.com/littlesunhat

Like Facebook: www.facebook.com/littlesunhat

Follow Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/littlesunhat

What you can win: 1 Little Sun Hat headwear product of winner's choice/up to $48 Little Sun Hats feature a unique design that stays on your little one’s sweet head. Our classic bonnets are easy to put on, easy to take off, and most importantly: shade your child from the sun and wind. Add a warm fleece layer for extra weather protection in colder months. With ties, there’s no fear of this bonnet slipping off and forgotten on your adventure.

Enter below each day for your chance to win a daily prize and a chance to win the grand prize with a complete package of ALL 12 daily prizes valued at over $440.00

+Day 10: Love Me Knots - Winner Amanda Jordan

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Trendy Modern Hair Ties…

Company: Love Me Knots

Why You’ll Love them: "Knot" just another hair tie, Love Me Knot hair ties and headbands come in trendy, runway-inspired colors and exclusively designed prints to complement any wardrobe. Our knotted hair elastics blend fashion fun with practical convenience: wear them on your wrist and you've got both an arm party and your hair ties on hand. A fashion-must for the dreamer with wanderlust, Love Me Knot hair accessories go wherever life takes you. Love Me, Love Me Knot...

Why Moody Sister Whitney loves them:I am a big pony tail and bun person. I do enjoy wearing it down when it’s clean and I have time to make it look nice… but since that isn’t on a regular basis my low maintenance braid or pony deserve a little extra glam. Which is why I adore Love Me Knots. They are practical hair ties with flare. You can wear them on your wrist like a bracelet or give your regular hair do a little oomph. Stylish, sexy and practical! I love me some love me knots.

Where you can find them:

Follow at www.facebook.com/ShopLoveMeKnot

Follow on http://instagram.com/ShopLoveMeKnot

Email newsletter : http://eepurl.com/vFMHH

What you can win: New Year Glamour Hair Accessory sets in Logo muslin bag.

Love Me Knot elastic hair ties and headbands help to prevent unsightly dents in your hair while providing a new & chic way to keep those tresses at bay. Ribbon hair accessories also double as fashionably fun bracelets! New Year Glamour includes 12 hair ties and 4 headbands. Retail Value: $40

Enter below each day for your chance to win a daily prize and a chance to win the grand prize with a complete package of ALL 12 daily prizes valued at over $440.00

+Day 11: Moody Sisters & Black Dahlia Lacquers - Winner Amanda Alvarado

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Holiday Pedicure Sets

Company: Moody Sisters & Black Dahlia Lacquers

Why You’ll Love them:Rock your Moody life with Moody Sisters Natural Skincare. You'll enjoy Moody Sisters natural cream deodorants, body powders, mineral makeup foundation, organic body lotion, natural body wash, mineral mica eye shadow, natural perfume oil, natural lip balms, face lotion, all natural foaming face wash and other beauty products to give you clear skin and a natural beauty. Healthy skin that you can afford and feel good about. Fresh, Fun and down-to-earth products to simplify your moody life and balance your moody skin.

Black Dahlia Lacquer is a hand-crafted, vegan, and 5-free nail polish line created by a mother-daughter team. Our company, based in Austin, Texas, has also pledged to remain cruelty-free. We only work with vendors who have also committed to refrain from testing on animals. We are certified cruelty-free by the internationally recognized Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program and by PETA's Beauty Without Bunnies. We've also been approved as cruelty free and vegan by Logical Harmony.

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What you can win: Moody Sisters Skincare Green Tea & Mint Pedicure Set with Foot Cream and Pumice Scrub + 2 Black Dahlia Lacquer nail polishes. Retail Value $44

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