Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday Give-Away: UglyDolls

UPDATE:  Our winner is Jackie, who commented on our blog at 5:18pm! Jackie, please email kristin[at]pacifieronline.com so that we can ship you an UglyDoll of your choice. We also posted a message to you on Facebook - thanks for commenting there as well. Have a great week, everyone!

Before we opened the store 7 years ago, I was home sick in bed one day, feeling miserable. My husband came in with two UglyDolls - the original Tray and Target. They were still hand-stitched at the time and only sold at Giant Robot. It's corny to say, but they brought a smile to my face and made me feel better.

 
Since the above picture was taken, the UglyDoll family has grown a bit, as you can see here. But they're still not mass-marketed at the local big-box discount store, which is a probably good thing because my husband has a tattoo of Tray and Target holding hands. (His look of horror when I suggested the possibility of UglyDolls hitting the shelves of Wal-mart was priceless.)

If you've never heard of UglyDolls, the story of how the company got its start from the international love letters of a couple in a long-distance relationship is a sweet one.

What was a memorable gift you've received in the past? Tell us below and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a 14" UglyDoll of your choice! As always, increase your chances by entering on Facebook, too! Winner will be announced on Tuesday.

33 comments:

Chelsea Simmons said...

I recieved a stuffed bear from my oldest brother who was 13 years older than me when I was about 9...I loved that bear so much and thought he was the best big brother ever! :)

Zita said...

My baby girl, Sophia!!!!!!!!

michele said...

My mom passed 4 years before I had my b/g twins. At the time I was so single but she must of had a great deal of hope...my dad came to visit after the twins were born and gave me a present my mom had put together before she died. Inside were 2 beautiful outfits for a boy AND a girl plus a hand-knit blankie. It was so special and thoughtful for her to think of this as she was dying of cancer and the fact that she included both a boy and a girl outfit makes you wonder...

Team Sass said...

My older brother gave me a cabbage patch doll, her name was Ruth Myrtle! I thought it was pretty great.

LizHergert said...

My father gave my son (his namesake) a pair of his socks and a stuffed bear from when he was a baby. Such a special gift that we now cherish.

colette said...

love the black bat! :-)

tara said...

my youngest son was born on my dad's bday, a fun gift to give grandpa!

aleelavine said...

Those dolls are awesome. Please enter me!!!

Marianne Wilhelm said...

My husband blew me away this year, he gave me new running shoes and a MacBook.!! I told him not to get me anything or just use the money on the 3 kids. He is so generous and takes such good care of the family:)

EmmaJ said...

My mom had saved some of the clothes I had worn when I was a baby and little girl. After my daughter was born she gave me the baby clothes and then when she got a little older the toddler and little girl clothes. It is so neat to have pictures of both myself and now her in these outfits.

Katie said...

My now-husband gave me a beautiful necklace early in our dating, and that thoughtfulness and his choice of just the right one for me was really special.

Stasie said...

From the mouth of my 4-year-old...the most memorable gift he got this year was for Xmas...Santa sent him an ANGRY BIRD (yes, he loves the iPhone app at much as his daddy does)...the red one. Now ANGRY BIRD goes with him to preschool every day and is his favorite snuggle buddy.

rene leer said...

My husband surprised me out of the blue with a gold diamond necklace. It wasn't a holiday or my birthaday. He insisted that we went out to eat, and when the salad came, it was presented with a tiny box in the middle. He had given it to the kitchen to bring out. It was so sweet of him. He had seen it after I had mentioned it to him, and he went out and bought it for me. I really thought it was out of our budget, so never thought he would go look at it, let alone buy it. He's a keeper.

Fanannie said...

Best gift ever was my Mandy doll that I got when I was 8 years old. I loved her!!!

Summer said...

My original sock monkey my grandmother made...still have to this day and my son treasures that it was mine when I was little. Still a classic.

ellie said...

A big russian doll from my childhood that my parents found and gave me when my baby was born (they'd brought it with us from russia). It was bigger than him then, now he knocks it around happily. I was so touched they found it... sigh.

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Jackie said...

one of my most memorable gifts was when I was a teenager. My dad suprised me with roses on Sweetest Day, a day I had never heard of before that. He made me feel SOOO special, I think of that EVERY september when it rolls around (hallmark holiday or not, the gesture was purely loving)

Lesa said...

Last year, my daughter broke her arm for the 5th time. To make her smile I bought her her first UGLY doll and put a blue cast on it's arm...just like hers. I think her UGLY doll needs a friend. Especially since she got her 6th broken arm this past Christmas. P.S. She is a very active child. :)

tric said...

My husband surprised me with a brand new extra-fancy camera for Christmas. I love it and use it almost every day!

Jesse and Katie said...

My husband gave me this snowman figurine last Christmas when I was pregnant of a baby snowman and a mommy, that said "Love you" - for some reason I thought it was so cute and cried when he gave it to me!! Maybe pregnancy hormones, but it always makes me remember that time in my life. :)

Kathryn said...

The Elton John "Caribou" record 3 years ago from my husband - lol!! The cover is priceless, and he got it for me out of a discount bin at the Electric Fetus because he knew I liked Sir Elton. :) Love him! (hubby, that is!)

Mark0157 said...

My mom died when my son was 6 weeks old...
She left him her flute that she had played
as a girl in marching band and that I had played
in grade school. She also left him a blanket
she had bought when we took a trip before she
passed. He sleeps with it every night.

mags0012 said...

After hearing about our grandfather's death, I headed to my parents' house. My sister had arrived earlier than me and had a hot mocha from my favorite coffee shop waiting for me. She died a year later and now it reminds me of her whenever I order a mocha.

Kelly said...

One of my favorite gifts was a Cabbage Patch Kid when I was about 8 years old. They were THE hot toy for Christmas and hard to come by. The greatest part about the gift is the story - my mother and grandmother got up at 5 a.m. to wait in line in the cold dark parking lot at the one store in town that was getting a shipment. The store only had 50, and allowed people in one at a time every couple minutes to check out the row of dolls. My younger sister and I each got the one we wanted - a baby boy for me and a baby girl for her. The presents were the last ones we opened, hidden behind the Christmas tree and we were so excited. I have always admired the UglyDolls and would love to give one of my young cousins one like the bat for her upcoming birthday! Giveaways are so cool!

Sophia Makes Three said...

Beautiful Tea dress given to us by a friend in a green Pacifier box. LOVE it...not sure the style name, but it's recent, grey and white and gorgeous. By babe looks beyond adorable in it and it game with her first mini ugly doll too!

Anonymous said...

My little sister hand-stitched a "pillow" for my barbie dolls when she was about 5. It was the sweetest thing and I loved it until it disintegrated!

Star Graf Design said...

My sister made tooth fairy pillows for both my boys this christmas. They have a long time till they need them, but they are fantastic!

mrspeters said...

My most memorable gift was a Pink Panther stuffed animal that was about a foot and a half tall. He was under the Christmas tree when I was around age six and my mom audio taped my reaction, "Pink Paaantherrrr!!!"

Ashley said...

Ooh pick me! I would like to win!

Tricia said...

Best gift is my sweet boys of course...and the diamond earrings my husband got me as a new mama gift! :)

Emili Bower said...

My husband gave me two days off from mommyhood for Christmas.

Kelly said...

A fully-stocked Barbie dream house. Best. gift. ever.

Don't hate - it was the early 80s.

Lillian Child said...

My best gift ever was when I was 7 years old and I got a Chatty Cathy doll. She and I were best friends for years to come. I would so love to be a lucky winner of an UglyDoll to share with my grandson. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!