I was lucky enough to be chosen to go on a $25 spending spree at HomeGoods, courtesy of HomeGoods and BlogHer Publishing Network.
I’ve never been to HomeGoods before; actually before BlogHer asked if I wanted a chance to shop there, I’d never heard of the place. I’m glad that I was chosen for a gift card because otherwise I may have never known about this store. I don’t shop a lot, and I don’t shop for a lot of gifts, so I don’t get out much to spend money. But now that I know about HomeGoods, I will be stopping there occasionally when I do need to find a gift for a friend or family member.
I missed my exit off the freeway and got a little bit lost. Ironically, I’d decided to shop at Sprouts after I stopped at HomeGoods and I knew where the Sprouts was located. I mean, I knew it was at Queen Creek and Alma School and if I was just going there I would have been fine. But I did a Google Maps because HomeGoods doesn’t mention the cross streets, just the address.
When I finally got to HomeGoods, can you believe I found that Sprouts was RIGHT NEXT DOOR? Seriously.
As I walked in the store, I was reminded of the housewares section of Ross Dress for Less minus the clothing. HomeGoods has a huge selection and variety of “home goods”. Just about anything you want, you can find it there.
The first thing that caught my eye were these luscious blanket that were so soft I almost snatched one up and put it in my cart to keep for myself. They were only $19.99 and oh, so soft.
But I really wanted to have a good look around the store, and hopefully I could find something for my coworker whose name I pulled for the Secret Santa this year, or maybe my mom or something for me. Or maybe my husband, or my son. Or me.
My husband has been wanting two of those folding chairs that are made of aluminum and cloth. You know how they fold up and then go into a slender bag and have a carrying strap? I thought maybe I might find a couple of those and could buy them for him. So off I went to see what else the store had. I looked around this furniture area, where they had a lot of unique looking furniture.
When I came to this section, I thought of my son AJ, an ex-cook who still loves to cook:
Or maybe a new pillow for Big A:
Maybe I could buy something for my coworker who has the most adorable little five year old girl:
Maybe this beautiful butterfly wall decoration for my Mom:
Or maybe just something for me from one of the many CLEARANCE aisles throughout the store:
Maybe a new set of towels for me:
And then I came across these… I was amazed. They have these huge rugs, some for as little as $149.99.
I called Mr. A when I saw this one for only $199.99. It is 10×13 and would cover most of our living room floor:
I was simply amazed at the selection in this store. And the prices are reasonable, too! I thought of another of my coworkers when I saw these Italian cakes. She always brings one into the office during the holidays:
More specialty food to buy… wondering what food my Secret Santa coworker likes… hmmm… jams, jellies, maple syrups, Moose Munch, Biscotti, spiced fruit biscuits, pancake mix, biscuit mix, barbecue sauce, hot sauce, shortbread, tortilla chips …
… chocolate coated sunflower seeds, organic vitamin C lollipops, Jelly Bellies jelly beans, Godiva chocolate, gumball machines, gumballs, English toffee, Lindt 70% cacao chocolate …
… chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!
And of course they had lots of Christmas decorations:
I spent a good hour in the store, trying to figure out how and on whom to spend my $25 gift card. Maybe a picture:
Or maybe I could buy a frame and put a picture in and give to my Mother-in-law… or maybe one of those adorable jewelry hangers on the top shelf. Those were just too adorable. I was very tempted to buy one for myself.
In the end, I decided to buy a dozen votive candles that were smokeless and dripless so that I can make several Jingle Bell Jars for family and friends, a beautiful box which I’m going to put on my bathroom sink, a pretty clipboard with a to do list to help myself stay organized, and several boxes of candy to use as stocking stuffers for my boys. I panicked, okay? I wanted to find one beautiful thing for $25 but I couldn’t do it. In the end my “want to get more bang for my buck” tendency won out.
Be sure to visit the BlogHer Exclusive Offers page to see what others spent their gift cards on, and also for a chance to win a gift card worth $100, and twenty gift cards worth $25, be sure to go there and enter to win!
Have you ever shopped at HomeGoods? What do you like best about HomeGoods?