Here’s the thing: I get a lot of stuff for ‘free’. Well, it’s all relative because I know other ‘media outlets’ get a shitload more, but I can say that I receive more things in the mail now than I’ve ever received in my entire life. I am very lucky. I have not had to purchase shampoo or conditioner or mascara for a good while, and this is all due to the fact that I put down my thoughts and opinions on this little blog every now and then.
It’s very easy to hoard.
While I am grateful to be put in the position where people will just post me things just to see if I like them, I’m also well aware of the fact that often I don’t have a use for the things, or they don’t fit, or I’ve got so many moisturisers that I don’t need another one right now.
I’ve helped my friend Sarah move house twice in the last two months, and in doing so it has got me thinking. I have too many things. Don’t get me wrong, I love stuff. People are lying to you if they say they don’t like free stuff*. Everybody loves free stuff, especially stuff that comes in the mail. I don’t feel like people (mainly bloggers, magazines, media outlets) talk about free stuff in public that much. It’s kind of like we all pretend we don’t know how things landed on our front door, like if we say that something was sent to us and we say we like it, that somehow it’s discredited because we didn’t pay for it. (Which I guess is understandable because isn’t that how magazines often work?) But at the same time, maybe we wouldn’t have even known we liked the product or that it even existed if it wasn’t sent to us in the first place. (I have actually had product sent to me before, tried it and loved it and continued to purchase it (the Garnier ‘Goodbye Damage’ range of hair care, for example) so this is an actual thing.) It’s a hard one.
Anyway, I digress. The point is I’ve decided I need to be less of a ‘I’m going to save this candle even though I have two already, just because I want things’ type person, and have less material items. I don’t have the space for all of it and I actually have to move all my things in January (long story) and I feel like if I remove items from my life now, I will feel much more zen and as a bonus I won’t be hating my life come move day.
So, in the spirit of Christmas and ‘having less stuff in my life’, I’ve decided to re-gift my unused gifts. I don’t know how PR people will feel about me doing this, but hopefully they realise it’s for the greater good and it’s better for things to get used as opposed to just sit there. Also, this way, others will be able to try one or two new products.
The way I’ve done it is I’ve picked out some of my favourite things (for example, MAC product and Maybelline NY lipsticks and MOR cosmetics soap, Karen Walker socks (which I actually purchased two pairs of and realised I’m an idiot and only need one)) and made them into 10 little packs to give away in a lucky dip type thing.
So. Every day from today (Friday 7th December) for 10 days, I’ll be posting a photo of one of the packages on my Facebook Page. To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is comment under the photo. You don’t have to like the page, you just have to comment. You can comment on all the photos if you want, but can only enter once per photo/pack (if that makes sense?). You have to comment on the photo by midnight Sunday 15th December. On Monday 16th December I’m going to do a random draw from the commenters on each photo for each pack and if you’re a winner I’ll contact you via Facebook for your details. Hopefully if all goes to plan, the winners will receive their re-gifted gifts by Christmas!
You have to be from New Zealand because if I’m being completely honest, I don’t want to pay the overseas tracked postage. Sorry.
I guess this is also a good time to thank anyone who has gotten to the end of this post without closing the tab, for reading. And to everyone who has ever read this blog or commented on it or talked about it or hated it or known of its existence, a big thank you for your time and effort in supporting (because even haters are putting energy into hating it) this online outlet of mine.
PS: Also, a special thanks to those PR companies, brands and PR people who think I’m important enough to gift things to. 1. – I get to receive things in the mail on a semi-regular basis which is THE BEST. Anything by mail (bar bills and circulars) is the tops, 2. – I get to try a bunch of new things and see things before most others do, 3. – I get to make other people happy by sharing the things, whether by word of mouth or online or in this case – in physical form. For this I am grateful.