VTech Holiday Basket Giveaway


I guess you know by now that the holidays are coming up -- every time I turn on the television, I'm being inundated by ads from stores trumpeting their latest gift ideas and holiday layaway plans. The temptation to go all out and spend lots of money on presents is enormous, but in this economy it's important to remember that the holidays is all about celebrating life with the people you love -- and although your parents and siblings are certainly not going to turn their noses up at a new e-reader or gift card to their favorite store, taking the time to write out a card, or better yet, spend some time catching up over the phone, is what really shows them you are thinking of them during the holiday season.

In fact, according to a new survey conducted by independent market research firm Toluna on behalf of leading U.S. cordless phone manufacturer, VTech® Communications, 45 percent of respondents said a phone call to catch up is the best present a distant friend or family member could give them during the holiday season. In fact, a phone call outpaced gifts under the tree, holiday cards and emails!

Here are some interesting excerpts from VTech's press release:
For people over 55, the gift of a phone call was especially desired with nearly 60 percent citing it as their number one choice over other forms of holiday communication. The majority of respondents also ranked a phone call as the top choice, when considering the best way to stay connected with friends and family during the busiest time of the year. Additionally, calling family and friends more often was at the top of their wish list of things to do during the holiday season (28 percent).

Other key findings of the survey, which took a pulse on holiday season attitudes and behaviors, include:

Shoppers are still feeling the effects of the economy, with nearly half (40 percent) of respondents ranking having “more money to give presents” as their top wish during the holiday season. In addition, 47 percent of consumers said not having enough money is the most stressful thing to worry about during the holidays.

A special moment with family and friends is all consumers want for the holidays. The holidays are known for great food and special traditions, so it’s no surprise that consumers embrace the season for its togetherness. Survey respondents ranked a holiday meal (24 percent) as the No. 1 thing not to miss during the holidays, followed by a special family tradition (22 percent). The holiday spirit rings strongly, as the overwhelming majority of consumers don’t want to miss out on any seasonal festivities with only 13 percent of consumers saying “bah humbug” to holiday cheer.

“A simple phone call is a powerful way to connect with loved ones during the holidays,” said Matt Ramage, senior vice president, product management, VTech Communications. “The consumer data shows us that in today’s frenetic world, sitting down with a reliable home phone to have a good conversation with a distant relative or friend is still a simple desire people want and need in their lives – especially during the busiest time of the year.”


Go ahead, pick up the phone and call!


Win a VTech Holiday Basket
One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will win a holiday basket from VTech! The basket will be filled with must-have holiday items such as:

Colorful, hand-threaded shopping basket
Chocolates
Festive holiday candle
Long distance calling card
Keychain digital photo frame
VTech Connect-to-Cell phone system
Fun holiday trimmings



About the VTech Connect to Cell phone system For people who rely primarily on mobile phones but experience problems with spotty reception at home or have trouble hearing their cell phones from another room, VTech’s DS6421-3 (MSRP: $99.95) Connect to Cell™ phone system is a great solution. This all-in-one phone system allows users to make and receive cellular and landline calls, while enjoying the high-definition audio sound clarity, comfort and ease of a VTech cordless home phone.




Required Entry
Leave a comment on this post and tell me who you will be calling this holiday season. This entry must be completed before any extra entries will count.

Extra Entries
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3) Write this on the Bonggamom Finds Facebook page (1 entry):
I entered the VTech Communications giveaway! http://ow.ly/7ngLu

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I entered to win a holiday gift basket with must-have holiday goodies and a VTech Connect to Cell phone system on Bonggamom Finds! Enter by Nov. 27 at http://ow.ly/7ngLu

4) Follow @bonggafinds on Twitter and tweet this, up to once per day (1 entry per day):
@bonggafinds is giving away a gift basket (worth $100+) w/ holiday items + a phone system fr @Vtech411 ! Enter by 11/27 http://ow.ly/7ngLu




The Rules
This giveaway ends at 11:59PM PST on November 27, 2011; I will draw a winner at random on November 28 and post their name after confirming acceptance. Continental US residents only. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!

Disclosure: I did not receive a sample or monetary compensation for this post. Thanks to VTech Communications for sharing the tips above and providing the giveaway prize. Product information (in italics) is provided by VTech Comunications. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

111 Comments, Leave yours here:

Tabathia on November 8, 2011 at 4:17 PM said...

my family in maryland
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia on November 8, 2011 at 4:18 PM said...

twitter follower & tweeted
https://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/134062061234823168
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia on November 8, 2011 at 4:18 PM said...

post on bonggamon finds fb page
https://www.facebook.com/BonggamomFinds/posts/144167109017021
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia on November 8, 2011 at 4:19 PM said...

posted on vtech fb page
https://www.facebook.com/VtechPhones/posts/276484382396432
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Elena said...

I will be calling my family in Europe

elena150980@yahoo.com

Elena said...

I wrote on your wall:

https://www.facebook.com/BonggamomFinds#!/BonggamomFinds/posts/136228356480510

elena150980@yahoo.com

Elena said...

I wrote on VTech Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/VtechPhones#!/VtechPhones/posts/298409196855651

elena150980@yahoo.com

Elena said...

Follow you on Twitter and tweeted:
http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/134063606781325312

elena150980@yahoo.com

♡♥♬ Raven In A Blue Room ♬♥♡ on November 8, 2011 at 5:57 PM said...

family in AZ

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

Louis
pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

♡♥♬ Raven In A Blue Room ♬♥♡ on November 8, 2011 at 5:58 PM said...

I left a Wall Comment on your page

pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

♡♥♬ Raven In A Blue Room ♬♥♡ on November 8, 2011 at 5:58 PM said...

I left a Wall Comment on VTech's page

pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

♡♥♬ Raven In A Blue Room ♬♥♡ on November 8, 2011 at 5:59 PM said...

following you on twitter @left_the_stars
I tweeted your giveaway

pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

GoldenOrchard on November 8, 2011 at 7:34 PM said...

I'll be calling my mom and my best friend this holiday season!

goldengoddiss09(at)gmail(dot)com

Kimberly on November 8, 2011 at 7:36 PM said...

We will be calling family in New York
kims2312@verizon.net

Lori Thomas said...

Calling family in Oklahoma

Lori Thomas said...

Wrote on the Bonggamom Finds Facebook page(https://www.facebook.com/BonggamomFinds/posts/225441477521506)

ctymice at gmail dot com

Lori Thomas said...

Wrote on the VTech Phones Facebook page(https://www.facebook.com/VtechPhones/posts/270296533013652)

ctymice at gmail dot com

Lori Thomas said...

Follow @bonggafinds on Twitter and tweeted(https://twitter.com/#!/CrftyDuchess/status/134117678003654656)

ctymice at gmail dot com

debijackson on November 9, 2011 at 3:00 AM said...
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debijackson on November 9, 2011 at 3:01 AM said...

my family in iowa debbie jackson
djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

justicecw on November 9, 2011 at 7:47 AM said...

We will be calling my inlaws who live out of state. Thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

justicecw on November 9, 2011 at 7:48 AM said...

Following on twitter and tweeted at https://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/134296054387572736
justicecw@hotmail.com

Elena said...

tweeted 11/9:
http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/134326454606503936

elena150980@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

we will be calling family all over the US during the holiday season! costana@q.com

Anonymous said...

http://www.facebook.com/BonggamomFinds/posts/179106365509903 costana@q.com

Anonymous said...

http://www.facebook.com/VtechPhones/posts/298836100146294 costana@q.com

Anonymous said...

http://twitter.com/#!/Costana78/status/134357125643243520 costana@q.com

Tabathia on November 9, 2011 at 7:48 PM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/134475257401704448

Anonymous said...

https://twitter.com/#!/Costana78/status/134576657666281472 costana@q.com

Hetal on November 10, 2011 at 6:38 AM said...

my sister in India

Hetal on November 10, 2011 at 6:38 AM said...

wrote on the sponsor's fb page:heta s

Hetal on November 10, 2011 at 6:39 AM said...

tweeted:hminnesota

Elena said...

tweeted 11/10:

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/134684832256106496

elena150980@yahoo.com

justicecw on November 10, 2011 at 9:40 AM said...

11/10 tweet at https://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/134686711828590592
justicecw@hotmail.com

bison61 on November 10, 2011 at 11:18 AM said...

I will call my 2 brothers

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

Sarah on November 10, 2011 at 4:17 PM said...

I will be calling my Mother this Holiday season!

Anonymous said...

https://twitter.com/#!/Costana78/status/134907365110726656 costana@q.com

Julia on November 11, 2011 at 6:52 AM said...

We'll be calling my hubby's grandparents in Oregon

JimandJulia at mchsi dot com

lisawith4 on November 11, 2011 at 7:40 AM said...

My husband's grandma lives about 3.5 hours away from us and we don't get to see her often. A phone call would definitely cheer her up!
lisa.otis6 at gmail dot com

Elena said...

tweeted 11/11

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/135054610732822528

elena150980@yahoo.com

justicecw on November 11, 2011 at 10:12 AM said...

11/11 tweet at https://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/135057077520449536
justicecw@hotmail.com

zeitersouth on November 11, 2011 at 10:39 AM said...

I will be calling my 90 year old Grandma:)

colesammom@gmail.com

jakiesmom on November 11, 2011 at 7:52 PM said...

my sister
nannypanpan at gmail.com

Anonymous said...

https://twitter.com/#!/Costana78/status/135262590766022656 costana@q.com

justicecw on November 12, 2011 at 7:09 AM said...

11/12 tweet at https://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/135373595093385216
justicecw@hotmail.com

Elena said...

tweeted 11/12:

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/135414686559649792

elena150980@yahoo.com

Tabathia on November 12, 2011 at 8:17 PM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/135536162298277889

Kathy on November 12, 2011 at 9:41 PM said...

I will be calling my adult kids who spend the holiday with their dates' families

Anonymous said...

https://twitter.com/#!/Costana78/status/135617554008911872 costana@q.com

Elena said...

11/13 tweet:

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/135774758812917760

elena150980@yahoo.com

Shooting Stars Mag on November 13, 2011 at 2:03 PM said...

i will be calling my grandma this holiday season!

lauren51990 at aol dot com

Tabathia on November 13, 2011 at 8:40 PM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/135929604971040768

Terra H. on November 13, 2011 at 9:27 PM said...

I will be calling my aunts and uncles who are special to me but I don't get to see often. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Gianna on November 13, 2011 at 11:02 PM said...

My parents.

Elena said...

tweeted 11/14:
http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/136130548870557696

elena150980@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

https://twitter.com/#!/Costana78/status/136185541044617217 costana@q.com

Valerie on November 14, 2011 at 1:46 PM said...

I will be calling my aunts and uncles who live out of state.

valj1617 at gmail dot com

Valerie on November 14, 2011 at 1:46 PM said...

I wrote on your fb page

Valerie on November 14, 2011 at 1:47 PM said...

I wrote on vtech fb page

valj1617 at gmail dot com

moushka on November 14, 2011 at 3:23 PM said...

We will be calling our relatives in Texas.

Tabathia on November 14, 2011 at 7:07 PM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/136239401134067713

Anonymous said...

https://twitter.com/#!/Costana78/status/136371127546150912 costana@q.com

Elena said...

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/136494162169176065

elena150980@yahoo.com

Tabathia on November 15, 2011 at 4:27 PM said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/136569785147326466
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

https://twitter.com/#!/Costana78/status/136727752823930880 costana@q.com

Tabathia on November 16, 2011 at 6:49 PM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/136936352313901057

Elena said...

tweeted 11/16:

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/137012866040598528

elena150980@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

https://twitter.com/#!/Costana78/status/137088570463764481 costana@q.com

Tabathia on November 17, 2011 at 7:55 PM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/137357466978615297

Elena said...

11/17 tweet:

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/137382884657987584

elena150980@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

https://twitter.com/#!/Costana78/status/137632320206286848 costana@q.com

Tabathia on November 18, 2011 at 4:21 PM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/137665467660771328

Elena said...

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/137705870971768833

elena150980@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

https://twitter.com/#!/Costana78/status/137808150278582272 costana@q.com

Tabathia on November 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/138018699994087424

justicecw on November 19, 2011 at 5:55 PM said...

Tweeted at https://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/138072763494707200
justicecw@hotmail.com

Elena said...

tweeted 11/19

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/138083818274963456

elena150980@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

https://twitter.com/#!/Costana78/status/138175436243996672 costana@q.com

justicecw on November 20, 2011 at 1:59 AM said...

11/20 tweet at https://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/138194514786516992
justicecw@hotmail.com

eclairre on November 20, 2011 at 6:13 AM said...

my extended family.

Elena said...

tweeted 11/20:

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/138450317737066497

elena150980@yahoo.com

Gianna on November 20, 2011 at 10:46 PM said...

My parents.

Anonymous said...

https://twitter.com/#!/Costana78/status/138536391486353408 costana@q.com

justicecw on November 21, 2011 at 3:37 AM said...

11/21 tweet at https://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/138581520549019648
justicecw@hotmail.com

carla aldrich on November 21, 2011 at 5:30 AM said...

I will be calling my parents and siblings this holiday season

carla-aldrich@hotmail.com

carla aldrich on November 21, 2011 at 5:31 AM said...

I grabbed your button
http://carlaaldrichandfamilyblog.blogspot.com/
carla-aldrich@hotmail.com

carla aldrich on November 21, 2011 at 5:33 AM said...

FB post http://www.facebook.com/BonggamomFinds/posts/124079681036548

carla-aldrich@hotmail.com

carla aldrich on November 21, 2011 at 5:35 AM said...

Comment on Vtech FB page

http://www.facebook.com/VtechPhones/posts/278593232184717

carla-aldrich@hotmail.com

carla aldrich on November 21, 2011 at 5:37 AM said...

Tweeted
https://twitter.com/#!/carla_aldrich/status/138611932352614400

carla-aldrich@hotmail.com

Elena said...

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/138756429866741762


elena150980@yahoo.com

Tabathia on November 21, 2011 at 6:01 PM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/138762479181377536

justicecw on November 22, 2011 at 10:02 AM said...

11/22 tweet at https://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/139041004002091008
justicecw@hotmail.com

Elena said...

tweeted 11/22:

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/139074869315899393

elena150980@yahoo.com

Tabathia on November 22, 2011 at 8:52 PM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/139196904113315844

justicecw on November 23, 2011 at 7:41 AM said...

11/23 tweet at https://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/139367718506872833
justicecw@hotmail.com

Tabathia on November 23, 2011 at 1:55 PM said...

https://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/139450333385588736

Elena said...

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/139796880434544640

elena150980@yahoo.com

karenmed409 on November 24, 2011 at 4:29 PM said...

Calling our Mother In Law, aunts and uncles to wish them some Holiday cheer.
karenmed409 at comcast dot net

karenmed409 on November 24, 2011 at 4:30 PM said...

commented on your facebook wall-Gumma Medlin
https://www.facebook.com/BonggamomFinds/posts/253944494664337
karenmed409 at comcast dot net

karenmed409 on November 24, 2011 at 4:32 PM said...

Wrote on VTech facebook Wall-Gumma Medlin
https://www.facebook.com/VtechPhones/posts/299307873424194
karenmed409 at comcast dot net

karenmed409 on November 24, 2011 at 4:33 PM said...

daily tweet-http://twitter.com/#!/gummasplace/status/139863996961525760
karenmed409 at comcast dot net

karenmed409 on November 25, 2011 at 7:20 AM said...

daily tweet-http://twitter.com/#!/gummasplace/status/140087096399499264
karenmed409 at comcast dot net

Elena said...

tweeted 11/25:
http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/140162921849290754

elena150980@yahoo.com

Natalia said...

I'll call my Mom< she is in another country.
natatheangel at yahoo dot com

John said...

My 3 brothers
jdrombo(at)yahoo(dot)com

karenmed409 on November 26, 2011 at 8:28 AM said...

daily tweet
rt-http://twitter.com/#!/gummasplace/status/140466695801286656
karenmed409 at comcast dot net

Elena said...

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/140515172644159488

elena150980@yahoo.com

karenmed409 on November 27, 2011 at 5:20 AM said...

daily tweet-http://twitter.com/#!/gummasplace/status/140781853765402624
karenmed409 at comcast dot net

Elena said...

http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/140853904148668416

elena150980@yahoo.com

justicecw on November 27, 2011 at 8:09 PM said...

Tweeted at https://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/141005580868386816
justicecw@hotmail.com

Bonggamom on November 28, 2011 at 12:44 PM said...

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the winner: #59, Valerie!

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