HomeGoods Review and $50 Giveaway

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and HomeGoods.

I get a lot of emails asking me to spend my money, but rarely do I get one asking me to spend someone else’s money. So when BlogHer and HomeGoods offered a $50 card for me to spend on gifts, they didn’t have to ask twice. And letting me give away a matching $50 gift card to one of you made the deal even better.

HomeGoods stocks all kinds of housewares, but I decided to limit myself to the kitchen and tabletop section in the interest of time. This turned out to be a good idea, as it took me more than two hours to explore the bargains in just that one part of the store.

If you’re looking for a specific kitchen thing, you may or may not find it at HomeGoods, but if you do, it will usually beat — and sometimes by quite a bit — your best price at a full-line housewares store or online retailer. If you enjoy just hunting for deals, you’ll find gadgets, bakeware and cookware, dishes, table linens, small appliances. There are “bargain brands” as well as top names like Calpahlon, Cuisinart, All-Clad, and…

Scanpan! Now before I say more, I would like to point out that 1) BlogHer said it was perfectly okay to use the money to buy a gift for yourself, and 2) I am selfish.

Now that we’ve clarified that, back to the Scanpan: I was already the very happy owner of one of these fantastic Danish ceramic titanium nonstick pans, but I didn’t think I’d ever own another one — these things are expensive! But HomeGoods had a 12-inch (or so) covered saute pan for $50, an 8-inch covered saute pan for $40, and a 10-inch square fry pan — the one I opted for — also for $40. Those prices are a 33 – 67% savings over even the best online prices I could find for those pans.

I got the best-cooking, best-cleaning nonstick surface I’ve ever had the pleasure of cooking with, on a pan that is the perfect shape for French toast!

Oh, and I also had enough of my $50 left to buy this adorable apron for my adorable mother, who taught me never to pass up a good bargain.

That was the fun part for me. Here’s the fun part for you (and me): I get to give away a $50 gift card, courtesy of HomeGoods and BlogHer. Here are the details:

  1. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
    • Leave a comment on this post, telling me whom you’d like to shop for (yourself counts!) and the kinds of things you’d have in mind for them.
    • Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post.
    • Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post.
    • No duplicate comments, please.
    • See the official rules for alternate form of entry.
  2. Sweepstakes ends at 5 PM PST on December 29, 2010.
  3. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.
  4. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.
  5. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The official rules are available here. To see what other bloggers did on their shopping trips, visit the sweepstakes roundup.

Full disclosure: In addition to the $50 gift card, I received additional compensation for this review. All opinions are mine.

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  1. Oh boy, guess I’m feeling selfish. I’d love to go shopping.

  2. You got me at Scanpan. I have two Scanpan skillets and I adore them. I’d probably start there. And oh yeah, shopping for me. And for my husband’s stomach. He doesn’t cook, but he gets to eat the results.

  3. Ohhhhhhhhh, shopping. With someone else’s money. What could possibly be better. Who would I shop for….? Hmmmmm, me. I need a lift (been a bad year), or for my BFFs. Depends on what I’d find. And I do love me some HomeGoods !

  4. Can’t lie I would love to shop for myself and probably get a new skillet because all of ours are in pretty bad shape! :)

  5. what a great idea!
    and just in time for christmas! I have some foodie friends that would love a kitchen prize if I don’t stumble on something for myself :-)

  6. Being that I am the only one in my family who is obsessed with baking, I would definately use the gift card on myself to purchase anything that I do not have :-)

  7. I would shop for myself because all the rest of my shopping is done. And I would shop for kitchen stuff.

  8. Baking pans for ME!

  9. Though I am feeling a bit selfish… I will probably sit down with my lovely wife and try and get something we both can use in the kitchen.

  10. Hmmm …. I think it would be one of those Scanpans for me!

  11. I would have to get a grill pan for myself. I have been drooling over it for a while and most of my friends and family are not really into lots of cooking.

  12. Totally spending it on myself LOL

    I’ve been wanting to try a scanpan . . .

  13. I would definitely look into those pans, for me!

  14. I was going to say I’d use it for a gift for my mother-in-law but I wouldn’t get the gift card til after christmas… so I guess that means I’d have to use it for myself! I love checking out all the little kitchen gagets at home goods!

  15. I would love to win this!! It is one of my favorite places to shop for my mom, my sister and myself – that’s who I’d buy for :) And I would start with kitchen gadgets then cottage chic decor and finishing with Christmas ornaments :)
    How Fun! Happy Shopping to whomever!
    Grace & Peace,
    Andrea M Wernz

  16. Wonderful ‘gift’ to win this time of year!

  17. I promised myself a new nonstick pan when I got a promotion at work. That was over 18 months ago and I still haven’t bought the pan. So, I guess that’s my way of saying I would spend the gift card on myself. :)

  18. I would like to shop for myself. I love buying myself kitchen stuff. I would also consider shopping for my mother as I know she appreciates this type of gear almost as much as I do.

  19. Whats a “ScanPan” Maybe if I win I will find out.

  20. I’d love to go shopping for some small kitchen tools :)

  21. I’d probably buy myself a dutch oven.

  22. I would definitely shop for me! But it will be my family and friends that would benefit the most because I am always cooking up something for someone! The Scanpan looks like something I’d love to use!

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  24. yes your mother is adorable….
    hope you had a great holiday….
    i would probably use it for one of the many gifts
    on my list….

  25. Would love to go shopping for myself :-) ahh selfish, oh well. I would love to get a couple of pans that I been wanting for a long time so there you go, selfish mom :-)

  26. I’d like to get some cook/bakeware for my boyfriend. He’s in dire need of some basic supplies, like measuring cups, pots and pans. Maybe I’d throw in a few fun food items as well!

  27. I absolutely love HomeGoods. Was just there yesterday. I can never go into that store without buying something. I love their gourmet foods, cookware, china, linens……
    I saw a beautiful pink throw covered in lace rosettes, if I won I would go back and get that :)

  28. I’d go shopping for myself. I would love to get a 10″cast iron skillet, and I’d also get a standard 9″ pie pan. Somehow I have only a 10″, and all my pie crusts end up being too small for it.
    And yes, I’ve been thinking I need an apron myself!

  29. Oooh, I would love to get one of those Scanpans for myself :)

  30. i would buy for my husband simply because i can’t bring myself to spend any of my hard-earned money on him.

  31. I would love a new 9 x 13 baking pan, maybe LeCrueset, since I broke mine recently…

  32. Well…..I really need cake pans, but on the other hand, that Scan Pan looks very handy. I could get rid of my dilapidated small griddle!

  33. I would be shopping for myself. One can never have enough skillets, and I love scanpan.

  34. LOVE HomeGoods!!! Got great deals on loaf pans there . . . would love to buy some more baking supplies!!

  35. I would love to shop for me! And I would buy a Scanpan. I’m very intrigued!

  36. Oh, I love Home Goods… and could really use a nice sautee pan. And with HG’s prices, I could probably get my girlfriend some new dishes to boot.

  37. I’d probably use it to buy some kitchen tools. Or more bakeware!

  38. I’d like to buy gifts for everyone in my office (The office is small–thats 4 people besides myself). I was thinking ramekins which I’ll then bake something in to give or else coffee mugs.

  39. I would love a few new tools such as a candy thermometer to replace the one I broke and a marble rolling pin…..Oh, and a good 8 inch cake pan for my mom

  40. I’d shop for my hubby because he does most of the cooking. He loves those bendable spatulas. That’s a running joke in our family because he’s always buying spatulas. But I’d also get something small for myself because I do most of the baking.
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  42. I would like to shop for my dear sweet husband. He and I really do enjoy our meals together and he is always so appreciative of what I make, except for that ONE time :-)
    Our lives are getting simpler as our children get older, so not much, but things of quality and beauty.

  43. I ‘m always making French toast with leftover homemade bread and did not realize Scan Pan had a square pan! I’d love to shop for one of these to make 4 slices at once rather than the 3 in a round pan. Thx.

  44. I would shop for the family, for kitchenware. We have some pretty beat up specimens that I would love to replace!

  45. I’d love to go kitchen shopping!

  46. I would shop for myself, because apparently all I ask for Christmas are things that should be “for the family” not a fun Christmas gift.

  47. I’d shop for my mom. Her pans are terrible & everything she cooks in them sticks to the bottom! So, I’d get her some good pans to cook with.

  48. a kitchen scale for my mother!

  49. I would buy for myself. I really need a couple of good kitchen knives. I got married and had to leave the good knife with the proper owner: my mom. So this year, I have been with out a decent knife.

  50. This is a tough one, but I would certainly invest in some Stoneware pots. I have always wanted to purchase some for baking purposes, but I could never justify the cost. This could be the time to make that big buy!

  51. Mom wants a saute pan for Christmas!

  52. my home could use some Home Goods Lovin’!!!!!

  53. Ohhh… where to begin.
    A handful of heat proof spatulas to start and the start to a smaller dutch oven oh and a pastry bag with fancy tips.
    I really could get carried away!

  54. I’m looking for presents for my sister and my mom. I’d probably look for steak knives for my sister, as hers are dull and basically useless. Or I’d look for a red kitchen accessory for my mom. :)

  55. I’d love to keep the GC so I could buy some new towels!

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  56. I’d like a new Bundt pan, and/or something for my daughter and/or daughter-in-law, both of whom are great bakers and cooks – and I’d like a good excuse to cruise a Home Goods store because I’d have a good reason to do so – walking around with an oxygen tank has its disadvantages and this would make it more than worthwhile.

  57. I’d shop for myself, I could use a few good bread loaf baking pans. Thanks!

  58. I’d give it to my older sister. She is the most giving person I know. It would be fun to surprise her with a treat that she knew I hadn’t spent a dime on….she’s like that.


  59. I’d like to shop for one of my best friends!

  60. I adore Home goods. I love all their seasonal displays, and buy something for the home or even for a gift for the holidays.

  61. I love shopping for my mom. She loves everything I buy her – even the little things!

  62. I was selected at a book signing by Jayden Hair of Steamy Kitchen last year to receive a Scanpan covered saute pan. The most amazing cookware! I love Homegoods and would love to win the gift card which I would spend on my favorite sister (or myself).

    Love Wild Yeast!

  63. A fantastic site; I hadn’t heard of it before. I’d love to have the gift card, and would use it for something for my mother for Christmas.

  64. I would definitely spend it on myself. Table linens, wooden spoons, measuring cups. Oh my, the list is endless! Thank you for the chance.

  65. I’d go shopping for my mom! Her “set” (read: dull and broken miscellany) of knives is from the 60′s.

  66. Well, My birthday is the 30th so maybe a little something for myself would be nice ;)

  67. for my brother! he would love that pan, but it’s a little too much for me on a grad student budget…

  68. Great giveaway. I’d shop for me (I’m selfish too) and buy a couple square 9″ pans (the nice ones with sharp corners and straight edges).

  69. I would be shopping for my husband and I would be looking at kitchen stuff, stainless steel pans mainly

  70. I’d like to get some tea cup sets and serving dishes for my sister
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  73. I’d shop for myself! I’ve been wanting to get a food processor or a kitchen scale.

  74. I’d like to get my mom some new bedding!

  75. I’d shop for my daughter and I – we need some new cutlery

  76. I’d love to say I’d do the shopping foor someone else but I’d love it even more to shop for me!!! Stephanie

  77. I’m going to shop for my girls. I’m redecorating their bedroom and $50 goes a long way on bedding at HomeGoods!!

  78. I would like to shop for my household. We have everything we need, but it would be nice to get something just because we like it and not feel guilty about it!

  79. I would go shopping for a small kitchen table, so that my husband could sit and work there while I cook or bake.

  80. Maybe I’m selfish, but I’d sure like to have one of those scanpans for myself


  82. I just moved into my first house, so I can think of a kajillion ways I would use this…some lidded serving dishes, a steamer/double boiler insert, some good bread pans…the list goes on. Fun! Thanks for the chance to win–

  83. I would like to shop for my son since I know they have a great selection of Melissa and Doug toys!

  84. I would like to shop for my wife who through 6 years of love and cooking has worn through every non-stick cooking surface in our kitchen by using metal utensils.

  85. Love Homegoods and would love to win. Just bought our first new home so I would use it to buy more decorations, pillows, etc. for the house.

  86. I like to buy things for my home.

  87. Things I would like such as: small stainless steel saucepan or a baking stone

  88. I’d get a new skillet if I won


  90. Awesome! I would love to win. I’d purchase a new skillet for me, and one for my sis. Shopping, sharing and eating. What a blast.

  91. I love cooking but my cookware is rather sub par. So is my mother in laws, so I would love to be able to go shopping with her to upgrade!

  92. My daughter is 14 and wants a new comforter set for that’s not for “babies”. I actually bought her last set at HomeGoods and they even had matching drapes and a lamp. I’m hoping they have something perfect for my daughter this time.

  93. i would get gifts for my friends who recently bought a house-the Scanpan looks great.

  94. So sad to say but I would spend the gift on myself probably. Unless I see something perfect for someone I love, dh or my grandmother or aunts…

  95. i would love to buy myself either a small storage chest or rug for the living room
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  96. I would buy a meat thermometer and maybe a panini press (the cast iron kind that you use with a regular pan)

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  98. I’d like to get my daughter new glassware and an omelette maker.

  99. I would like to get one of those scanpans!

  100. Have given this some thought after my first comment.
    Still going with that one…

  101. I’d like to shop for my Daughter who recently had twins (2 months early but they are doing great.)

  102. I am shopping for things to decorate the new baby’s room! I’m sure I would find something perfect at HomeGoods.

  103. I would so love to have a camera….Yes, it is a self serving wish…..also paint to paint my little home..

    thank you

  104. Well, first of all I’m having trouble concentrating because I’m listening to the great music you’ve added on the left margin. How could the best blog on the Internet possibly get better?? By adding music! I don’t remember seeing that before. Anyway, I love shopping at Home Goods and have carted home many treasures. I tend to haunt the pots & pans section, looking for the heaviest, highest quality I can find. Thank you for the chance to win some nice stuff, Susan!

  105. my kids!!
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  106. for my soon to be daughter in law, who loves to cook. She is adorable

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  108. I’d shop for my new baby girl! She’s growing like a weed and the “newborn” size shower gifts won’t last the winter! Thanks!

  109. I think I would buy something for myself and something for my mom!

  110. I would shop for my home! We’ve lived in our house for a little over a year & it still needs a lot of decor!

  111. I LOVE HG! I’d buy our sofa new accent pillows since my 8 month old puppy took claim on them and now they look like lumpy zebras covered in dog hair! I’d also buy a faux fur blanket to encourage cuddling during the winter :)

  112. I would love to shop for my bedroom! I want to redecorate and I LOVE shopping at HomeGoods!

  113. I hate to be selfish this time of year, but I have to say I would go shopping for myself. I’m in the process of splitting up a household, so I need to buy replacements of many items.

  114. I watch some show on HGTV where the designer goes into Home Goods and I love all the stuff they have. The scanpan would be the perfect gift for my husband as he is really the cook in the family

  115. I would shop for my momma….she loves Homegoods!

  116. I would love to shop for my sister who just bought a house. She needs lots of things for her kitchen. Scanpans are on the top of my list.

  117. I would that store and could find plenty for myself and maybe a little gift or two!

  118. My daughter & son-in-love are closing on their 1st home 2 days before their 1st anniversary in January. I will have as much fun spending it for her new home as I would have spending for myself (though I can’t promise that something for my kitchen wouldn’t end up in the cart– I’m a gadget-geek) :P

  119. I’m buying my 1st house in January… so a HomeGoods giftcard would be super – fantastic!

  120. My sister wants a giftcard to Homegoods so bad, I could be persuaded to share with her. But I’d love to get some cute things for my kitchen!!

  121. would shop for me need a toaster oven

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  123. I am definitely going to be selfish and spend it on items for the home, home decor or kitchen!…on second thought, I could sure use some new king-sized sheets…lol…I’m under the weather, but this would lift up my spirits!!!

  124. I would buy things for my home, like decor items. .

  125. I would like to shop for my parents and get them so new bathroom decor-there current scheme is very outdated.
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  127. I’d like to shop for my mom. I’d love to get her some photo albums and frames!

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