Thursday, December 9, 2010

Shopping at Marshalls and TJ Maxx and a Gift Card Giveaway for YOU

TJ Maxx in Boston


I spent all day yesterday shopping with the children. Matthew (17) needed some clothes and a new winter coat. We went to TJ Maxx in New Hampshire. It was a long drive to get there. Obviously we don't take many shopping trips, but when we do, we are delighted with our finds.

Early last month, I talked about my Trip to Boston and how I visited the corporate office of Marshalls and TJ Maxx. They provided me with so much information, I felt like an insider while shopping yesterday. As soon as I entered TJ Maxx, I felt knowledgeable. I knew all about their products, their layout and the great treasures I would find.

Matthew was in the mens department while the rest of the children and I browsed around. I thought about all the things I'd love to buy as gifts. Wouldn't Nana like this? I thought to myself. Or Wouldn't Grandpa enjoy that? There were so many different kinds of merchandise, I would have been thrilled to fill up a carriage with presents. Of course, in this frugal economy, I must be careful. So this trip was for Matthew. Any other shopping ideas would have to wait for another time!

When I was in Boston, we were asked to participate in a Secret Santa event. I was given the name of another blogger and asked to spend $50 buying her gifts. (I was provided with a gift card to carry out this mission). I was given "Deanna" from Mommy Gaga. I had been able to talk to her for a little while before shopping, so I had a good sense of what she might like as a gift. She is the mother of one young child and is expecting another. I thought she would like some pampering treats.  Here is what I selected for her:

Shopping at TJ Maxx in Boston

1. A burgundy cosmetic luggage bag.
2. Fancy scented soaps
3. Bath sets
4. Hot chocolate tin.
5. Assorted Truffles

These gifts were later shipped to Deanna. She received them at home a couple of weeks ago.

Guess what? Someone was also my Secret Santa! I received a package in the mail and it was full of a delightful array of pure white elegance!  My Santa was Beth from The Stories of A to Z.  Beth was so thoughtful, she even included a gift receipt. When I sent her a twitter notice to thank her for the package, she immediately told me to go ahead and exchange the gift if I wanted to. She was so sweet! She is certainly a super gift shopper!

Here is what Beth chose for me (using a gift card provided by TJ Maxx and Marshalls):

White Sweater and Scarf




Soft, warm winter gloves

The sweater and scarf are lovely, but not practical for me. I decided to take them to my local TJ Maxx and exchange them for something else. I kept the gloves - they are warm and cozy!

I had to wait until I was heading into the city to make the exchange. Finally, I needed to pick up Nicole (21) from college, so I drove for 2 hours and stopped at a TJ Maxx on my way to her school. I had Amy (15) and John (13) along to help me.  We had so much fun looking through all the merchandise. John found something he wanted. Amy begged for many items. I finally agreed to one. I also chose a couple of gifts for other family members. Here is what I ended up with (using the exchange credit and a small amount leftover from my own gift card):

Presents from TJ Maxx

1. Purple Leg Warmers with a cute side zipper (Amy)
2. Cozy Isotoner Slippers (for me!)
3. Shirley Temple DVD (adorable!)
4. The Bee Movie DVD (John)
5. Journal with Marilyn Monroe on the cover (Amy chose this for her sister Nicole-21)
6. Journal with Audrey Hepburn on the cover (Amy chose this for her sister Rachel -22)
7. The last item is my favorite and it was for me. A small box of delicious, delightful, elegant Godiva chocolate!

I have to say, shopping for others is so much fun! I only get to spend money a few times a year, but it is a great adventure to find treasures!

How about you? Would you like a chance to go shopping at TJ Maxx or Marshalls? I have a $25 gift card available for a giveaway. To enter, all you have to do is leave me a comment telling me about a special present you received.

For Additional Entries -


1. Post about this on Facebook.

2. Post about this on Twitter. 

3. Write a post, linking to this giveaway, on your own Blog. (This is worth 3 entries. Please leave 3 separate comments.)

4. Subscribe in an email to The Legacy of Home.  

5. Become a Public Follower through Google Friend Connect, or let me know if you are already a follower.

6. Choose to "Like" The Legacy of Home on Facebook.

7. Follow TJ Maxx on Twitter.

8. Follow Marshalls on Twitter


*Please leave a separate comment for each entry.*


One random winner we be selected on Monday, December 13, 2010. (U.S.  Entries only.) If I am unable to reach the winner within 48 hours, an alternate winner will be selected. Your entry is only valid if you include a way for me to contact you. 

To find out more about my commercial breaks, please see my disclosure page.  

This contest is now closed. The winner is - "Our Village is a Little Different"

*Disclosure - I received the gift cards and presents in order to write this review.*

170 comments:

Mami2jcn said...

Two years ago I found out I was pregnant on Christmas. That was the best gift!

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Mami2jcn said...

I'm an email subscriber.

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Mami2jcn said...

I follow you publicly on GFC

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Mami2jcn said...

I like you on Facebook- Mary Happymommy

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I follow TJ Maxx on Twitter (@mami2jcn)

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Mami2jcn said...

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Mama Hen said...

My hubby got me a pearl and diamond ring that is very special to me.

Mama Hen said...

I follow you.

Nicole said...

This year has been really special for us. My husband came home from Iraq shortly before Thanksgiving so everything we are able to do with him involved this year feels like a gift. I guess one could say his very presence in our family is a gift.

Nicole said...

I am also following you on facebook now :)

meeyeehere said...

The best gift I ever got may have been a ring my hubby welded for me himself when he had a welding job years ago.It was a ring of grandmothers that was broken.It was very thoughtful of him to fix it.
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meeyeehere said...

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Our Village is a Little Different said...

On my 40th birthday, my husband wrote the story of our courtship, and our marriage from his perspective. He had it made into a book, and gave it to me as a present.

Our Village is a Little Different said...

I am an email subscriber.

Our Village is a Little Different said...

I follow on GFC

Our Village is a Little Different said...

I like your blog page on facebook.

siilenti said...

I once got this hand painted art piece I had been in love with forever. It was gorgeous :)

siilenti said...

Im a public follower via GFC!

tristatecruisers said...

The best present i ever got was my son coming home from the hospital--he had pneumonia and was in there for several weeks. I wasn't sure if he was going to get out before Christmas but he did. :)

marci
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tristatecruisers said...

follow via GFC :)

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tristatecruisers said...

a fan on FB :)

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Kathy said...

I think a favorite gift that has been very practical and used every day was a mother's day gift for me several years ago. My family bought me a Vitamix. That is very extravagant, but my health issues often require a liquid fast. It is very healthy for me to put fruits and veggies into the vitamix and make a healthy filling drink. My kids also love the smoothies and milkshakes. I'm very thankful each day to have this gift, but I must say the best gift I've ever receieved is the gift of God's love and grace in my life. I don't know where I would be without it.

Robin said...

Best present ever was bike one year for Christmas. I "thought" I knew what was going to be under the tree that year so it was the ultimate surprise.

TerriG said...

One year on my birthday my husband really surprised me. He gave me a beautiful antique diamond ring. I was wondering why my oldest had the camcorder running, it was a lovely surprise.

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

So glad you were able to find some things you liked! Merry CHRISTmas girl! Blessings :).

JC said...

One very special present I received was round way tickets to Europe that my grandparents gave me when I was in college.
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JC said...

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Janet said...

I like you on Facebook!:)

I guess my favorite gift of all was my Raggedy Ann doll I received when I was 2 years old. I still have her--she is truly raggedy now.:)

bukaeyes said...

Last year I got a photo frame from my mother for my ultrasound pictures of my baby girl. It says I loved you from the very beginning! It made me all teary eyed!
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bukaeyes said...

I follow on GFC as bukaeyes
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bukaeyes said...

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I follow TJ Maxx on twitter @bukaeyes
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Brooke Anna said...

I recieved scarves from my nuderma that she kept fot years. She used to wear them and I can remember them from when I was young. I will be able to use them when I begin teaching:)
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Brooke Anna said...

I follow GFC!
currently.

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Callie said...

I just love TJ Maxx--I am hoping that I get a sweater from them this year. The best gift I ever got was a ski jacket--yep, I think it was from TJ Maxx!

Callie said...

Also, I follow you on GFC
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The Crazy Mom said...

One of the lovliest gifts I've recieved is a tiny little digital heart on my facebook wall. I was very down at the time, and the wonderful woman who posted it there will never know, this side of heaven, how much it meant to me!

The Crazy Mom said...

I follow on GFC.

The Crazy Mom said...

I follow you on FB.

The Crazy Mom said...

I sub with Feedburner.

The Crazy Mom said...

I follow TJMaxx on Twitter.

The Crazy Mom said...

I follow Marshalls on Twitterd

Tami said...

a special christmas present i have received- my engagement ring!!!

Tami said...

fbed this

Tami said...

i follow you

Tami said...

i sub via email

Tami said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/godlyhomemaker/status/13114562173739008

kaileyranae said...

I received the family recipe to the my boyfriend's favorite pancakes from his mother.

kaileyranae said...

I follow on GFC as Kailey Crum

Tami said...

1 blogged it http://apronsandteacups.blogspot.com/2010/12/make-christmas-shopping-easier.html

Tami said...

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Tami said...

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kaileyranae said...

I follow Marshalls on Twitter - @kaileycrum

kaileyranae said...

I follow TJMaxx on Twitter - @kaileycrum

Jessica said...

My most meaningful presents have been the ones people have put a lot of thought into or made themselves. One of my friends made me a tall photo coffee mug.

sean89503 said...

My wife, a gift from heaven

Ashley DeLen said...

Hello :O)

I follow your blog :O)

Collins family said...

A couple of years ago my son bought me a vegetable peeler. He was concerned that I did not have a good one. It was the first time he bought me a present himself. I think he was 12.

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Collins family said...

I just posted about this on Facebook!

Tara Hannafor said...

About 8 years ago we found out that my father in law was dying of cancer. Our special christmas gift was being able to travel from Portland to Clarkston to visit him for his last Christmas, due to the generosity of my parents and two of our very close friends.

Roxy said...

my fiance is sending me a surprise gift now... i can't wait!

hockiemack at hotmail.com

Roxy said...

google friend

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Debbie said...

My best gift is having my kids all home for Christmas. Other than that, I like anything my kids give me.

Debbie said...

I follow on GFC.

Debbie said...

I like you on Facebook.

Anonymous said...

My favorite present was a tv.
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JBlanton said...

My daughter gave me an assortment of scented soaps wrapped in pretty paper from TJ Maxx and Marshalls- they smell so good

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JBlanton said...

following your blog with gfc- jenniferb

JBlanton said...

following TJ Maxx on twitter-jblanton41

JBlanton said...

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Katie said...

My dad gave me a pizza peel, which doesn't mean much until I tell you he got it for my hobby of bread baking -- he was really paying attention!
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Erin said...

A great gift I got was a photo collage of all my accolades growing up that my mother had been secretly keeping for years. It means a lot to me now that I am so far from my family.

Kristy said...

Email subscriber!

Kristy said...

Follower via google friens

Kristy said...

I like you on Facebook!

Kristy said...

I just found out I'm pregnant! Such a great Christmas gift!

Sarah B. said...

A special present I received was the year I got my iPod :)

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Sarah B. said...

I follow your blog!

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Sarah B. said...

I like you on FB (Sarah Bee)

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Sarah B. said...

I follow TJ Maxx on Twitter (@yes_teacher)

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Sarah B. said...

I follow Marshalls on Twitter! (@yes_teacher)

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Meredith said...

I received a lovely locket from my husband.

Sarah Tressia said...

My puppy - a Great Pyrenees!

Sarah Tressia said...

I am following your blog.

Sarah Tressia said...

I like you on facebook.

Jessica said...

a Wii!

Laura {{* *}} said...

Such generosity you offer!
Thank you.

Last year on our way home from visiting family, my husband pulled off I-95 at an obscure exit.
Nothing around for miles,
and there sat a lonely
Le Creuset Outlet Store.

He escorted me in and patiently shopped with me
while I chose a new pot.
His gift, my delight.

It is the best pot in my kitchen
and he is the best man in my life.

{{* *}}

Rich and Mallory said...

My most favorite gift was when my mom made copies of old family photos for me to put in my house now. It is a treasure to have the memories around the house!!

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Rich and Mallory said...

GFC follower

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Rich and Mallory said...

following TJ Maxx

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Rich and Mallory said...

following Marshalls

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Rich and Mallory said...

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Shan said...

Hi! Mrs. White,

One of the most special gifts that I have received recently is from my children. My two youngest started their own business of leaf raking, pet sitting, and babysitting. I found out later that the whole plan was not so that they could make money for themselves, but so that they could pay for one night at a Bed and Breakfast for us - just Matt and I. Matt and I have spent many special times at Bed and Breakfasts. We always buy a book from American Historic Inns which has a certificate for a free night. We are able to spend two nights in a cozy inn with great breakfasts for the price of one night. This was a real blessing to me!

eclairre said...

My most special present i got was my grandmother's ring when she died. Not only is it very pretty, but I remember her wearing it all the time. I love that ring! eclairre(At)ymail(dot)com

mandi said...

The Christmas present that means the most to me is being given to me this year. It's my parents. I haven't been able to spend a christmas with them in 6 years, and this year they're moving to where I am. I'll get to have a christmas with them for the first time in 6 years. I can't think of a greater gift than that!

Penny said...

One special present came from an internet friend on the other side of the country. She found a difficult-to-find book that I wanted at a garage sale for a quarter and sent it to me. ;)

Lisa said...

My first child was born on Dec. 23 and we went home from the hospital on Dec. 25. That was the best Christmas prestent ever!

Lisa said...

I follow you on GFC.

Angie said...

I don't have a really touching present story that comes to mind. Perhaps I'll have one after this Christmas.

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jskell911 said...

The most special gift I received were a dozen irises from my son on his birthday- because he wouldn't have a birthday without me. Tell me- who wouldn't cry over that???? He's 14

Kristi said...

I receive your awesome email updates. :)

Kristi said...

I have not had a working keyboard on my netbook for nearly a year. I told dh that I was going to spend my Christmas gift money on a new one and instead he purchased one as a surprise and gave it to me early. He HATES this keyboard but bought it because I really wanted to stop using the external keyboard. :) Happy gift, simple but very sweet.

Kristi said...

I posted this giveaway on FB

Kristi said...

I posted this giveaway on TWitter

Kristi said...

I am a GFC follower

Kristi said...

I *like* your blog on FB

Kristi said...

I now follow Marshalls on Twitter

Kristi said...

I now follow TJ MAxx on Twitter

Christine said...

My kids pooled their money together to buy me a book, a comfy set of js and a box of mike and ikes.

Christine
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Anonymous said...

I have three adult siblings and two live in other states. Last year, we were all together at my parent's house for Xmas and my parents offered to watch our kids and gave us money toward "dinner". A couple nights later we adults and spouses went to Midevil times and had an amazing, memorable night.
Leah
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Lynn said...

The most special present I ever received was a car from my parents!

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McMama said...

I received a new ring from my hubby one year...and of course the best gift; Jesus.

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McMama said...

I am already a follower of GFC.

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WWillows6 said...

The best Christmas present I've ever received was my oldest son. He wasn't due until Feb. 3 but couldn't wait to join us.
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WWillows6 said...

I Tweeted this giveaway. http://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/14154099205345280
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WWillows6 said...

I'm subscribed to your emails.
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WWillows6 said...

I'm following you on GFC.
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WWillows6 said...

I like you on Facebook user Lisa Garner.
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WWillows6 said...

I'm following TJ Maxx on Twitter @lisalmg.
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WWillows6 said...

I'm following Marshall's on Twitter @lisalmg.
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Jenette said...

The best gift I ever got was by husband. We got married three days before Christmas...does that count? It was the best Christmas. We saved some of our gifts from the reception to open on christmas. It was a lot of fun!

melanie said...

My favorite present i have ever recieved was my engagment ring (10 years ago) but still the best present ever. melaniecalcut@gmail.com

melanie said...

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melanie said...

Melanie Calcut Likes" The Legacy of Home on Facebook. melaniealcut@gmail.com

melanie said...

@mcalcut Follows TJ Maxx on Twitter. melaniecalcut@gmail.com

melanie said...

@mcalcut Follows Marshalls on Twitter. melaniecalcut@gmail.com

Karen said...

My husband gave me a beautiful necklace last year and I love it.
Thanks, Karen
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sweetbunnabunny(at)yahoo(dot)com said...

A sweet, heartfelt letter from my husband on a Christmas we weren't able to spend together!

sweetbunnabunny(at)yahoo(dot)com said...

tweeted!
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I follow on GFC!

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Tabathia said...

A vera wang night gown
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Michelle Smith said...

Five years ago for my anniversary I received a mother's ring for my anniversary. It contains a birthstone for each of my children. It is special to me.

My husband and son picked it out shortly after our "Miss Ladybugs" was born. While I had admired other mother's rings, I do wish that perhaps we had waited. You see, 2 years after I received that ring, almost to the day, our fifth child was born. I now say that he shares a birthstone with one of his siblings, who shares his birth month. Still, it would be nice to have a ring with five stones and not have to explain that I actually have five children.

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Michelle Smith said...

I posted about this giveaway on Facebook. :)

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Michelle Smith said...

I follow you through Google Friend.

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Michelle Smith said...

I am now following TJ Maxx on Twitter.

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Michelle Smith said...

I am now following Marshalls on Twitter.

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amy said...

The best present I got was the birth of my daughter! Perfect timing
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amy said...

I am a GFC follower

Marie said...

My husband always gives great gifts. He gave me 200 carnations for our 1year dating anniversary.

tina reynolds said...

my husband gave me for christmas a beautiful white gold necklace with little rings with my kids birthstones on them it is so pretty thanks for the chance eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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