The 12 Days of Giveaways are officially over, and it was quite a year on the Ellen DeGeneres show. Every day the talk show host surprised the audience and lucky viewers with everything from mobile phones to spa treatments. She also added in a few extra gifts here and there (ahem, a car), and even gave away ALL 12 days of gifts to a down-on-their-luck family. That's tens of thousands of dollars worth of holiday cheer! So did this year's Giveaway compare to last year's? It's impressive enough to see the gifts day by day, but check out how the they stacked up by category.
Tablets and Laptops
Ellen gave her viewers a tablet or laptop 6 days out of the 12. These included an iPad 2 with Holiday Spree app, a Kindle Fire, a Google Chromebook, Dell Inspiron 15R Laptop, and a Toshiba Thrive Tablet.
Food and Drink:
Ellen DeGeneres likes to keep her fans well fed! With a $500 gift card to restaurant.com, $200 to CBTL (the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf) single-serve beverage system, Le Creuset Cookware, a Calphalon 10-Piece Bronze Cookware Set & 12-Cup Coffee Maker, $200 to Starbucks, and a Breville Die-Cast Programmable Espresso Machine, some winners will be eating out and some will be cooking in style.
Five days of the Giveaways included lavish stays and getaways. These included 3 day and 2 nights at La Costa resort and spa, a $500 Hilton Gift Card, a 3-Day/2-Night stay at Miraval Arizona, a $950 gift card to Caesars Palace, 3 days and 2 nights at the JM Marriott in New Orleans and a round-trip gift certificate on Southwest Airlines. Ellen also gave a way a beautiful set of Samsonite Luggage.
Game Systems and Games
The Ellen Show is all about fun, so it's no surprise the funny girl gave away a group of game systems and games. These included an Xbox 360 4 GB Console with Kinect, a Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation 3, and a bunch of games to keep the kids (and adults!) playing for hours.
Maybe when one thinks "Ellen DeGeneres," fashion and flair aren't the first words to come to mind. But that doesn't mean her audience doesn't love a little bling! Her winners brought home a Bulova watch, $1,000 Palladium Necklace, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Tory Burch sunglasses, a Dooney & Burke Go2 Black Tote, a MICHELE watch, and Coach bag.
Music and AV
Life has become all about music and video, whether at home or on the go. Ellen delivered in both those departments--check it all out: A 3M video projector, Kodak Playsport video camera, Monster iSPort headphones, iHome music player dock, GoPro HD Hero2 camera, Beats headphones by Dr. Dre, Tivoli Audio Model 10 clock radio, Fujifilm Finepix S4080 digital camera, a Roku 2 XS, Toshiba 32" LCD HDTV, Toshiba Blu-ray disc player, 3-Year Hulu Plus membership, Muve Music on the Samsung Vitality Phone & 6 months of service from Cricket wireless, a concert DVD package from Universal, $250 Ticketmaster gift card, Fender Strat Playing Pack, Casio LK-165 Keyboard, Zephyr 550 & iPod Touch, Samsung 32" LCD TV, Samsung Home Theater, Universal Package of DVDs, Olympus PEN E-PM1 camera, Star Wars Blu-ray Completed Box-Set, and Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviators headphones.
Other Gift Cards and Presents
But wait, there's more! A $3oo gift card to the "Retail Me Not" coupon site, $500 to JC Penney, Product Red Items, a Magellan GPS, Cirque du Soleil Iris tickets, Ellen's book Seriously I'm Kidding, a Windows Phone HTC Radar, $1,500 Target Gift Card, $300 Cost Plus World Market gift card, Dyson DC41 Vacuum, Kiehl's Gift Box, HTC Wildfire S and case, $500 Shutterfly Gift Card, $150 Macy's Gift Card, P90X exercise system, and a 24 Hour Fitness 1-Year ?Gym Membership.
Wow! It's overwhelming to imagine all those gifts under the tree, but Ellen still wants to give more away. She is now launching Ellen's "Winner Wonderland." Viewers can watch the show Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2 for a secret word, then enter it at the show's website.