*notcot - 12.06.08 , 13:27 -

NOTCOT Giveaway 20: StrangeCo Toys!

strangeco1.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ sharing your favorite childhood toy! ENTER BY 12/9. WINNER: Karen in NYC!

StrangeCo ~ the wondrous purveyors of the peculiar ~ and probably one of my favorite toy distributors of all time ~ so many awesome collectibles and amusements that live under my monitors, and i love that in the last year or so they even made the move to truly making toys for all ages with fun plush toys for young’ns that are of awesome quality and really fun designer characters (i.e. TokiDoki, FriendsWithYou, Somewhere City)… definitely been my go to for kids presents when i’m at a loss…

SO, today we’re giving away a set of their latest, a nice mix for all ages! In the bundle are:
- Mr. TTT - Rainbow ~ the awesome plushy FriendsWithYou creature that comes apart to amuse and delight kids
- Julie West’s Limited Edition Bumble & Tweet Tree Edition ~ so special, i don’t even have somewhere to link you, but lots of close ups on the next page!
- TokiDoki’s Captain Coco

Whether you split these up as stocking stuffers, hoard them for your own collection, or open them and go nuts… i leave that up to you! Afterall, toys are for enjoying!!! So check out some close up pics of these guys on the next page, and leave us a comment with your favorite childhood toy for a chance to win!

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*notcot - 12.05.08 , 14:24 -

NOTCOT Giveaway 19: 3 VDC Mimobots!

winmimos1.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ Pick #1, 2, or 3 (one only!) and tell us your favorite cartoon character! ENTER BY 12/8. WINNERS: Justin in Texas, Thomas in Virginia, + Jackson in Massachusetts!

More Mimobots!!! For Giveaway #19, i considered sending this adorable trio to one home, but they are so awesome, and your comments have been so incredible, i’m splitting these guys up to three commenters! Soooooo, you’re going to have to choose which you love best and tell us what your favorite cartoon character is to win one of these guys ~ each is 2 GB! …and come with a Protohoodie to keep them warm and safe from scratches… and part of the new VDC (Vimobot Design Contest) Series… #1 is Holybot by the fickilians, #2 is Yakuza by eetteekers, and #3 is Golden Panda by ShanDurRah! So see more pictures on the next page, as well as some sneak peeks at the other digital goodies stored within!

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*notcot - 12.04.08 , 15:07 -

NOTCOT Giveaway 18: Incase Metallics

incaseMAIN.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ Tell us about your favorite shiny object! ENTER BY 12/7. WINNER: Peter in Salisbury, NC!

Yay! We’re up to NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #18 already, and i’ve been going nuts sitting on this one, dying to post it… so here it is! Incase sent over a special VIP Boxed set of Metallic iPhone 3G Slider Cases!!! (Actually they sent over 2, one for reviewing, and one for the winner, so don’t fret, that winner’s is still perfectly untouched!)

The packaging, is, as always, AMAZING. So fun to unbox, and the cases are just gorgeous. I’ve been drawn in further and further by the whole metallics trend the last few seasons, and it doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. I’m sure you’ve seen them on their site, but in person, the colors are better than i expected. Metallic finishes can be tough to photograph, so many times you end up finding them so different in person, but there are that perfect slightly matte just metallic enough without causing car accidents with the reflection, and easy to grip… and they look GORGEOUS on the iPhone ~ i stole dan’s iPhone and kept switching cases and comparing them with nail polishes and outfits… Hardest part is really picking between the colors… so luckily Incase has made up a boxed set of four for one lucky winner: Silver, Gun Metal, Gold, and Copper. I tried to pick a favorite, but i just can’t. So, to the winner, if you feel generous you can share with your friends, but i wouldn’t blame you if you hoard them all for yourself and switch them with each mood/outfit/nail polish color… I even compared them to the Chanel Gold Fiction and Kaleidescope colors… see a full unboxing on the next page!

To win? Leave a comment about your favorite shiny object… (and no, if you don’t leave a relevant comment, you’re not in the running!)

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*notcot - 12.03.08 , 13:12 -

NOTCOT Giveaway 17: Seagate FreeAgent Desk 1TB

seagate3main.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment here ~ telling me one must see spot in your city/town/etc that most people don’t know about! ENTER BY 12/06. WINNER: Lauren Michele in Minneapolis, MN!

Ok, here’s NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #17! The 3rd of 5 coming from our awesome sponsor, Seagate! Now, i know you already told me what you’d do with 320 GB and about your macs… now here’s the Seagate FreeAgent Desk - 1T (yes 1000 massive gigabytes) to fill… connects up via USB 2.0, and has more mesmerizing pin hole lighting patterns on the front… So to win it - how about commenting me one must see spot in your city/town/etc that most people don’t know about?

More pics on the next page!

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*notcot - 12.02.08 , 13:58 -

NOTCOT Giveaway 16: Right Brain Terrain

giverbt1.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ Tell us about your favorite poster (ever! not favorite of these)! ENTER BY 12/5. WINNERS: Jeremy in Charlottesville, VA + Jessica in Hillsborough, NJ + Miranda in Martville, NY + John in Miami, FL + Michael in Portland, OR!

We could all use a little more Focus and Integrity ~ and as far as motivational posters go, they still don’t come more gorgeous than Right Brain Terrains Alternative Motivational Posters. Focus has been my favorite since they started! And for this giveaway, Right Brain Terrain is giving away:

5 Pairs of Focus and Integrity posters! So yes ~ 5 winners on this one!

and… “WE’VE TURNED GREEN! Our posters are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled papers that are FSC certified and certified processed chlorine free (CPCF). We only print with vegetable based inks, such as Soy. The tubes we ship all of our posters in are made from 70% to 100% post consumer recycled content.”

See more of my favorite posters from their collection as well as info on how to care for your posters!

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*notcot - 12.01.08 , 14:51 -

NOTCOT Giveaway 15: jimmyjane

winjj.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ Tell us your favorite Fairytale! ENTER BY 12/4. WINNERS: Cassandra in St. Helen’s, OR + Daphne in Brooklyn, NY + Erika in Tumwater, WA!

All the way up to giveaway 15 already! Today i’m excited to share with you what our friends who specialize in the design of pleasure down to every last detail at jimmyjane have for you! This time will pick 3 winners! One for each of these playful gifts!
- CONTOUR M + AFTERGLOW SENSORY SET: Ceramic Massage Stone and Natural Massage Candle
- CONTOUR I + BEYOND SENSORY SET: Ceramic Massage Stone and Massage Lotion
- SPIN ME : Game of Mischief

Ooh and on fun reads, check out this article from founder/designer/etc of jimmyjane, Ethan Imboden, over at Huffington Post: “Money Can’t Buy You Love — But a Recession Just Might.“… it’s a fun one!

To see what exactly each of these gorgeous massager sets and modern (adult) twist on spin the bottle are up close, see the next page! To win one, lets keep the comments on the playful side by telling us your favorite fairytale!

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*notcot - 11.29.08 , 01:02 -

NOTCOT Giveaway 13: Seagate FreeAgent Go (Mac)

2seag1.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment here ~ Tell us about your mac! ENTER BY 12/02. WINNER: Caroline in NY!

Ok, so everything got a little jumbled up, and i got a bit behind on what i had planned for today with all the Thanksgiving festivities! So switching things up a little, here’s the second (of 5!) giveaway from our 2008 Gift Guide Sponsor, Seagate! I know, the first Seagate Giveaway isn’t even over until tonight, but this one is even more exciting! Especially if you’re a mac user! Today’s giveaway is the Seagate FreeAgent Go 320 GB External Hard drive for Mac! I know, you’re probably wondering what the difference from the other one is, so here you go: (1) Silver (not blue) (2) has Firewire 800/USB 2.0 and comes with the FW 800 cable, FW 800 to 400 convertor cable, USB cable, and USB power cable (the other was only USB 2.0, and came with a USB cable) (3) has travel case (4) has desktop docking station… and it’s formatted for Mac and Time Machine-ready!

Basically you get even MORE goodies with this one, and it can have transfer speeds that are nearly twice as fast! So, for this giveaway, tell us something about your mac in the comments for a chance to win! (And non-mac users, don’t worry there are more drives to come…) See more pictures of this bundle on the next page!

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*notcot - 11.28.08 , 00:24 -

NOTCOT Giveaway 12: Elsewares Nooka

winnooka.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ Tell us something glow-in-the-dark related! ENTER BY 12/1. WINNER: Leah in Maryland!

Happy Black Friday! Before you get to all your crazed online black friday shopping at all hours… Giveaway #12 is from our friends at Elsewares (they are also the geniuses behind Supermarket which is like a beautifully curated Etsy - awesome stuff from indie designers!)… So for this giveaway, you have a chance to win the Nooka Glow Zub Zen H! Have you heard the back story on this glowing timepiece? Earlier this year Nooka made 15 of these to gift to Kanye West at the end of his Glow-in-the-Dark Tour ~ as blogged by Nooka founder (and Parson’s adjunct instructor), Matthew Waldman. This self proclaimed “native new yorker, bilingual japanese/english, design genius in brand development, graphic and product design” has really grown Nooka into a fascinating brand to watch, and the Kanye move… well that was just brilliant… and a Glow In The Dark Watch! Who doesn’t want that?

So check out more pics of this glowy gummy-esque time piece on the next page, as well as a coupon to the super fun Elsewares!

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*notcot - 11.26.08 , 15:25 -

NOTCOT Giveaway 10: Seagate FreeAgent GO

seagateg0.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment here ~ How about tell us what you’d store on it? ENTER BY 11/29. WINNER: Taryn in Kansas!

Can you believe we’re up to Giveaway #10 already? It’s been incredibly fun giving away all of this stuff to you guys, and so fun to read all your comments! But don’t get tired yet, lots more to come as well! Today’s giveaway comes from our big 2008 Gift Guide Sponsor, Seagate! This is the first of 5 giveaways from Seagate!

First up, here’s a Royal Blue 320Gig Seagate FreeAgent GO. It’s so crazy how 320 Gigs can literally fit in your pocket these days ~ AND have awesome pin hole light up patterns on the case as well! For more details check out my review and closeups… and see more pics and details on the next page as well! (You have to check out the amazing rainbow of hues, i’m kind of craving the green… in a 500Gig?)

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*notcot - 11.25.08 , 12:54 -

NOTCOT Giveaway 9: Design Public

givedp00.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment here ~ answer this: “You’re trapped in a room, and all you have are these objects… what would you do?” ENTER BY 11/28. WINNER: Matthew in Halifax NS!

Design Public has a little bit of everything ~ from furnishings to gifts to awesome kids stuff ~ so for this giveaway we’re going with some of the funkier gift ideas in a bundle of fun! So here’s what you can win: 1 pair of Cake Octopi Cups, Harry Allen Rabbit’s Foot Keychain, and Harry Allen Bulb Candles!

More pics of the goodies on the next page, and a few things to note ~ that lucky rabbit’s foot is HEAVY! It’s 14k Gold Plated Brass! The Octopi cups are larger than i expected, they’d make for some crazy beer mugs! The lightbulb candles would be so fun to burn!

So when you comment to win, answer this: “You’re trapped in a room, and all you have are these objects… what would you do?”

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*notcot - 11.24.08 , 16:01 -

NOTCOT Giveaway 8: Genius Jones

wingenius.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment here ~ tell us an office anecdote? ENTER BY 11/27. WINNER: Weiyi in Singapore!

Genius Jones “Design For A New Generation” ~ don’t be fooled, sure it may sound like a kids store at first - a fabulously playful and design kid store online… but there are so many goodies in there that i’m wanting even! So for this giveaway, Genius Jones is giving one commenter a Lomography Fisheye 2 White Edition and NY City Limits Electronic Stapler!

All we ask in return? Leave us a comment about an office anecdote? Afterall, how much fun is this fully automatic stapler with all the colorful gears and gizmos, doesn’t it just brighten up and desk and basic office task? And the lomo Fisheye ~ everything looks cooler with a fisheye… any cubicle can look like its own massive WORLD seen through that lens! See more pictures of the goods and a coupon from Genius Jones on the next page!

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*notcot - 11.23.08 , 15:47 -

NOTCOT Giveaway 7: Rocket World Shag Master Creature Hoodie

shag0.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment here ~ tell me some animal/adventure story? ENTER BY 11/26. WINNER: Jeremy in Alexandria, VA!

Not to be biased or anything, but i am so giddy about this giveaway even more than any of the others so far! This was a late addition, cooked up over late night emails with Otter X (aka Patrick Ma, founder of Rocket World and T.A.D. Gear) ~ where upon ordering myself an early bday present in the form of the awesomest fleecy hoodie EVER, he offered to give one away to you guys too! And mine came on friday, and the temp dropped ridiculously at night, and its the coziest thing ever… so i’m even wearing it NOW!

So here’s the Rocket World Shag Master Creature Hoodie (what a name, right?) - its the third in a line of exclusive fleeces from Rocketworld (pics of the first two on the next page!)… the biggest difference for me is that this one is versatile with its removable bear ears (which can also be switched for horns or anything you can make and velcro on!) - so less commitment to being an instant-furry with the full face and claws! These hoodies are the perfect combination for those of us who adore the Rocket World IWG well armed animal toys and the high quality tactical gear of TAD Gear. This is a variation of the original T.A.D. Gear Shag Master fleece. If there’s one thing you can’t miss about Patrick, his attention for detail is impeccable ~ combine that with his love of toys, nature, product design and a background in the army… is it really surprising that even this Creature Hoodie has had orders heading to soldiers in Iraq and A-stan as well as hollywood studios? His clientele on any given day ranges from die hard toy collectors to special forces, so you can only imagine. ANYHOW… you know i can rant on for eons about how incredible the company and products are, but lets move on to showing you all the details and fun photos of them skating at night with the hoodies on the next page, and to win one (he’ll drop ship it in your size!) leave a comment with some adventure/animal tales!

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*notcot - 11.22.08 , 12:22 -

NOTCOT Giveaway 6: Perpetual Kid

winkid.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment here ~ make it fun! ENTER BY 11/25. WINNER: Tim in Pittsburgh, PA!

Our friends at Perpetual Kid, not only have nearly everything from Fred & Friends as seen in the Fred Giveaway, but more gifts and playfulness than you can imagine for just about ANYONE on your list. So for a fun weekend giveaway, here’s a silly duo that i bet most can relate to… coffee cups and cup o’ noodles ring a bell? Well old classic bad habits of my boarding school/college career have been reinvented into ceramic icons… One winner will get: 1 I Am Not A Paper Cup which is double walled porcelain with a silicon lid, and 1 Ceramic Noodle Cup… more images and coupon on the next page!

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*notcot - 11.21.08 , 11:24 -

NOTCOT Giveaway 5: Fawn & Forest

winfawnforrest.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ this time tell us something fun about kids toys! ENTER BY 11/24. WINNER: Michal in Florida!

On to giveaway #5 ~ our friends at Fawn & Forest always find the most amazing kids gear - from furniture to clothing to really really fun toys and they have found that perfect balance between modern and eco-friendly! So for this giveaway, they’ve generously offered a bundle of woody goodness for kids (ok, or some for you and some to share with the kids)…

Since this one is drop shipping, the winner will get to pick wood/colors for: a Earnest Effort Wood Baby Rattle, a Naef Juba Worm, and a Suddenly, It’s Real! Wood Yoyo!

See more closeups of the products below, as well as stories behind the designers, and a coupon to Fawn & Forest!

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*notcot - 11.20.08 , 01:04 -

NOTCOT Giveaway 4: Fred & Friends

fredgive1.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ this time lets mix it up, and in honor of Fred we’ll pick one of the comments that is most amusing! ENTER BY 11/23. WINNER: Maria in Chicago, IL!

So it turns out Fred & Friends, over at World Wide Fred, really love you guys and the NOTEmpire… i was totally expecting them to send over 2-3 items for today’s giveaway, and this giant box of goodies appeared today! This box will single handedly transform your kitchen/locker/packages/etc… it’s ready to really spruce up your next party! So what have we got?

- Calf & Half (i LOVE this double walled creamer glass)
- Pick Your Nose Cups (drinking games perhaps?)
- Salt & Peeper (turn his head and eyes change colors and s or p comes out)
- Luckey (bottle opener!)
- Gin & Titonic (icey ships for your drinks!)
- Frozen Smiles (these teeth ice cubes freak me out!)
- Tinsel Tape (makes packages that much more festive!)
- Spoon Rest (adorable pillow made of silicon to hold your drippy spoon!)
- Finger Food (perfect for parties!)
- Hot Shot Hand Warmer (b/c its getting chilly out?)
- Stuck Up Magnet Set (Yes, gum shaped magnets… awesome for the fridge?)
- Classic Cassette Tote (nothing like a giant cassette to carry your laptop in!)

As you can see, the folks at Fred love to mix humor, puns, and quality design into every product, and their photography for all of the products is always hilarious as well! So in line with Fred’s design philosophies, to win this bundle of amusement, leave a comment to amuse us (and your fellow commenters)! Additionally, see more pictures on the next page, a coupon, and i was SUPER curious about the Calf & Half, so snuck a peek and got some closer look…

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