REDE_SignatureGiftBoxA few years ago, I was going through a stressful time.  One day the UPS man brought me something I hadn’t ordered:  Beautifully packaged in a big red box and tied with a ribbon, I found a home spa getaway basket.  The kit contained everything I needed to kick back and de-stress with some quality Me Time.  It also let me know that a friend was thinking of me and wishing me the very best – at a moment when I both least expected and most needed it.

The gift my was my introduction to RedEnvelope, a site for unique and personalized gifts.  RedEnvelope is all about indulging yourself or someone you love in a little bit of luxury and they offer everything from spa packages to silk pajamas to help you do just that. And, since presentation is part of the experience when you’re giving a gift (or an indulgence for yourself), everything comes packaged in the signature red gift box with ivory ribbon pictured on the left.  As someone who received a gift from RedEnvelope,  I can personally report that it’s lovely.

Since all of us could use a little Me Time right about now – not to mention that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, we’ve got a good one today:

Two $50 RedEnvelope gift cards are up for grabs for two lucky readers.  To enter for your chance to win, just comment to this post by 11:59 pm eastern time on December 31st.  And – not required, but it would be nice – we’d love it if you’d share with us a story of an unexpected gift or moment in your life when someone did something wonderful for you when you most needed it.

Here’s mine:  On my 21st birthday, I was home on a college break and staying at my family home in a (very!) small town in Virginia.  I heard a knock on the door and there stood the owner of a local flower shop holding an enormous bouquet of red roses.  21 red roses, as a matter of fact.  The card said they were from my older sister.

I immediately called my sister in the midst of my floral bounty-induced joy to thank her.  She expressed surprise and told me that she’d sent a dozen.  Conferring with my mom, we decided to call the flower shop to tell them that they’d made a mistake.  No, they hadn’t, the owner told my mother.  He just thought that every young woman should have 21 red roses on her 21st birthday.

Thank you, Frederic’s Flowers.  It’s a moment I will never forget.

The tradition of giving lives on, right?

Remember, to enter for your chance to win one of two $50 gift cards, just comment to this post by 11:59 pm on New Year’s Eve. The winners will be randomly selected and announced here on Friday.

Note for our International Readers:  RedEnvelope does not ship to addresses outside the U.S., so, regretfully, this contest is open only to U.S.-based readers.

Note for those nice folks at the FTC:  RedEnvelope is a site sponsor of All About Romance and very kindly donated these gift cards for giveaways to our readers.

– Sandy AAR