Macy’s Elf Adventure {$250 Gift Card Giveaway}

There are a few things that are a given on Thanksgiving Day in my home.

  • I will eat turkey.
  • My husband will watch football.
  • I will eat more turkey (and some chocolate pie).
  • We will all watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade!

As far back as I can remember, I have watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in awe of the Rockettes, Santa and of course the high-flying balloons. To be totally honest, the kid in me really wants to be one of those balloon holders (or maybe even a Rockette). But if I can’t be in the parade, I’d love to be at the parade! While this parade is much different that my beloved Mardi Gras, it is definitely on my bucket list.

This year, Macy’s is giving one of their Fans plus three guests a trip to New York City to attend the Thanksgiving Day parade! From the press release:

More than 10,000 of Macy’s Parade’s ever-rambunctious elves have magically taken residence at Macy’s stores nationwide and at locations in select cities. Fans who find one of Macy’s hidden elves, give it a makeover and submit their design to Macy’s Elf Adventure Facebook application could see their elf design transformed into a flying wonder and watch it soar in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! In addition, the winner and three guests will receive a trip to New York City to see the Parade live.

How do you find a rambunctious elf?

From August 9-24, 2011, look for clues on Macy’s Facebook page and via Twitter @macysevents or follow the hashtag #macyself. Daily clues will be posted along with a password. Once you figure out the riddle, whisper the password to a Macy’s department sales associate who will then reward you with a coveted elf. The daily clue and password can also be received by texting* ELF to MACYS (62297). Elves can also be found frolicking in 10 cities hosting Macy’s Elf-Apolooza, a fun filled event for the entire family.

I have an elf. Now what?

Let your imagination run wild! Design your elf, take detailed pictures of the front and back and submit your design by completing the Elf Application after “Liking” Macy’s on Facebook. The application will ask for the identification serial number found on the packaging of your official Macy’s Elf and all applications must be received by Wednesday, August 24th at 11:59:59 PM EST.

I am so proud of myself! My elf ROCKS! Will I win?

From the received entries, a judging panel from Macy’s Parade & Entertainment Group will narrow down the entries to the Top 85. These entries will be posted on Macy’s Facebook page on Tuesday, August 30th when voting begins. The Elf design with the most votes as of Wednesday, September 6th at 11:59:59 PM ET, will be announced in mid-September. And of course, the winning design will be transformed by the Macy’s Design Studio into a high-flying helium balloon!

What are you waiting for? Go find those elves and start creating!


Want to shop while looking for an elf? One winner will receive a $250 Macy’s Gift Card!

How to Enter:

1. Tell me how you would design your elf.

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Macy’s (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and @MacysEvents on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Limited to 10 a day, please. (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Macy’s on Facebook.

5. Place my blog button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on August 30th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. only.

This post is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy. No compensation was received for this post. Macy’s is providing the gift card for giveaway. All opinions remain 100% mine.


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  3. I would use fluorescent green , lots of glitter and a hat

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  18. My elf would have a lot of colorful clothing.

  19. I love purple so it would be wearing purple, maybe gold trim, the rest I’d think of as I went

  20. Veronica Garrett says:

    I would design my elf in pretty pink girl clothes with a mischevious smile.

  21. I’m subscribed

  22. I would make one with a red hat.

  23. I am a subscriber.

  24. I’d design my elf to be a hippy.
    Thanks for the contest.

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    Thanks so much

  30. Jacqueline Griffin says:

    I would Defiantly bring on the BLING Elf! Don’t forget to add PINK! LOL!
    Thank You!!

  31. I found an elf and blogged about it. What a really fun contest!
    Made it in the top 85. Mine is ELF 14. 😀

  32. Purple, sequins and sparkle….that would be my elf