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.

1,492 thoughts on “Macy’s Elf Adventure {$250 Gift Card Giveaway}”

  1. I would design it with materials from around the house and would make a baby elf. Maybe using cotton balls.

  2. Oh, I’m imagining something like how you would make a Build a Bear, soft and fluffy with a cute little outfit, hat and shoes. Something a child would love to cuddle.

  3. This sounds like it would be so much fun. I would put felt as clothing on our elf. I’d add some buttons, for a jackets, some ribbon to design the pants & jacket and a nice hat with ribbon. I’d also like to paint the face to look very happy. This would be a really fun project for the whole family to work on together.
    Thanks so much.

  4. I’m a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Macy’s on Facebook (Margaret E. Smith)

  5. I would use some yarn for his hair under his hat (which I would use a ton a glitter on 🙂 and some googly eyes, felt paper/fabric, glue and markers!

  6. My elf would be eco-friendly in that I would use old fabric to construct a floral pattern top, yarn for the hair (and hat) and cereal boxes for pants and shoes.

  7. Get a garden gnome and transform it into an elf with a new hat and some Christmas-colored felt clothes.

  8. I would make my elf with big floppy ears so you would quesation…Is that an elf?…Yes?…No?…I give up!

    Scott Martin
    spmartin122 at gmail dot com

  9. I “liked” you and Macy’s on Facebook. THANKS for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!!

    Scott Martin
    spmartin122 at gmail dot com

  10. Tell me how you would design your elf.

    I’d send it to celebrity stylish Rachel Zoe and ask her to outfit it in something fab! LOL

    Or……..I’d put it in a darling bikini, cuz by Thanksgiving it’s already getting cold in NYC and that elf will want to high tail it to somewhere tropical.

    amy rouse
    dropastitch at yahoo dot com

  11. I would have my girls help. I’m sure we would use lots of paint, felt and buttons for decorations. thank you!!

  12. I would put some pink on my elf & bling it a bit with a bedazzler or something b/c my 2 little girls would love it that way.
    jeanlynd at att dot net

  13. I’d use holiday colors and sequins, and anything in my crafts box that would enhance the fun of a holiday elf.

  14. I would design a fashionista elf… with the lastest “fashion” and “hat” combo!
    1prizewinner at gmail dot com

  15. I would dress the elf with pink and purple. It would be the girliest elf ever, with a tutu and ballet shoes to math

    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

  16. I would make my elf very Christmasy. I would want it to look like she came straight from Santas workshop!

  17. I would give my Elf polka dot tights, black pointy shoes, a red skirt with yellow stripes and a yellow shirt with red stripes.

  18. Fun!! I’d use sharpies, yarn/ribbon, and some glitter lol-My Godson would help me design my elf!

    thank you for the chance to win!


  19. My 3 year old wants me to create a mcqueen in mario kart elf…not sure that’s possible so maybe just s mommy elf..pair of glasses, purse and cute shoes!

  20. I would design my elf with green and yellow in his outfit and with pointy toed shoes with bells on the end!

  21. my elf would be a little girl, her outfit would be red and green and white all with a little pink mixed in ,she would have red hair in 2 pig tails , her shoes would be pink ballerina shoes. she would be missing one front tooth when she smiled, she would have big green eyes that shine, her hat would be pink with white fuzzy trim, her dress would be red , with pink buttons shaped like snowmen!

  22. I would put some bright, neon colors on him. I would put brown yarn for hair.

    sassysasha817 at gmail dot com

  23. I would make my elf very colorful and happy. Festive with green and pretty purple. Big, happy eyes and a smile to match. How fun! Thanks!

  24. Okay, I know it’s wrong (since Elf takes place in Gimbel’s) but I’d definitely make him look like Buddy!

  25. I would do a Meke Kalikimaka Theme and dress mine in a Hawaiin Grass Skirt, hawaiin macadamian nut eyes, some glitter and holiday ribbon around the waste, and braided yarn hair adorned with sea shells.

  26. Well, since the nearest Macy’s is 200 miles away – I’m fairly sure I won’t be decorating one (but I DO love shopping with them online)! But if I COULD decorate one – he’d be all decked out in red & green and GLITTER! LOL!

    Dara Nix
    kitty32504 at cox dot net

  27. my elf would be sophisticated in black and white with lot’s of bling (sequins) and of course some elf stiletto’s

  28. Mine would be a girl elf wearing a winter hat with fake fur around the rim and she would have a winter coat on and wearing mittens.

  29. I would use lots of yellow on my Elf because it would look pretty against the blue sky or make a grey sky look less gloomy on parade day.

  30. My elf would have a green suit with fur collar, a pointy red hat, and gold shoes that curl up at the toes.

  31. My elf would sport a black out with neon green stars and pointy black shoes with green bells on the tips of the toes! And a green hat!

  32. As a loyal Ohio State fan, I’d probably deck my elf out as an honorary Buckeye all in scarlet and gray (and green to keep him festive for the holidays). I’d probably give him a jersey with number 25 (for Christmas) and have him holding a football with a bow on top. Thanks!

    gkaufmanss at yahoo dot com

  33. i would either dress him in a saints football jersey 🙂
    or make him look like Paula Deen, since Bordain slammed her this week for no reason!