12 Days of Giveaways: Day 12: GIFTS FOR THE ‘REAL’ HOUSEWIFE

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for your entries, and happy holidays! Here at XOXOAD, we love doing something special to usher in the holidays, and this year, we’re celebrating with 12 Days of Giveaways! Enter each day for your chance to win a different prize pack of books perfect for any reader—and we hope you get everything you wished for. Our twelfth and final day of giveaways, brought to you by Gallery Books executive editor Lauren McKenna, is all about letting yourself be appreciated! To enter the contest, please leave a comment telling us what your loved ones do to show their love for YOU during the holidays!


Everyone who’s anyone knows that the holidays can be anything but cheery for the woman of the household–with large meals to prepare, visiting family members to accommodate, children on break from school, etc., it can feel like pretty much nonstop action from Thanksgiving right up until that ball drops on New Year’s Eve. LADIES OF THE HOUSE, take note: you deserve presents, and by presents, I mean worship. But, in case your man is displaying a bit of indecision/inaction in purchasing you those rightly-deserved goodies (what?! A man procrastinating?? Is this the Twilight Zone??), I’ve created a handy little list of the top 5 gifts you need to request–read: demand– like, yesterday:

#1) Massage. Back aching from standing in the kitchen whipping up delicacies, wrapping presents, decorating the tree (you TOLD your guy he should have invested in a ladder this year, but noo)? Make sure you get a gift certificate for a nice, long, relaxing massage at a spa for a day of much-earned pampering! 

#2) Mani/pedi. To go along with the massage, obvi– because what’s a spa day without some pretty painted fingers and toes? Make this a must-have on your gift list.

#3)  Jewelry. Nothing says “thanks for all you do” like those sapphire drop earrings you’ve been eyeing. And hey, if a printout of those luxurious jewels just HAPPENS to find their way under your guy’s pillow? Well, blame it on a subtle hint from Santa.

#4) Cleaning service. You are not, you are NOT, taking up a broom/mop/duster/insert other cleaning apparatus at any point following the holidays. Get that service up in here!   

#5) An IOU coupon book from your kids listing all the things they plan to do for you. JK, everyone knows ‘coupon books’ come to fruition just about as often as Santa Claus trooping into your house to eat the cookies and milk you left out for “him” (I’m looking at you, Mom). If you’re presented with this farce of a gift, call BS and put everyone in your household on the naughty list immediately.

REAL #5) Designer bag. Yaaaaaas, Mama, you DO need to tell your significant other about that RLL handbag you’ve had in your online shopping cart for the past four months. So what if that buttery color will never make it past the first kid-friendly snack you stuff in there? It’s the holidays!! Go wild! 

DO NOT let yourself get roped into: 1) A gym membership; 2) A juicing GroupOn; 3) A puppy.

Happy holidays!!

Today’s Giveaways are:

Drinking and Tweeting by Brandi Glanville

Leggy Blonde by Aviva Drescher

Bigger is Better by Big Ang

Becoming Sister Wives by Kody Brown

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Drinking and Tweeting

Drinking and Tweeting

Brandi Glanville

From The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Brandi Glanville, who is unapologetically filter-free.

Leggy Blonde

Leggy Blonde

Aviva Drescher

Aviva Drescher, the REAL Housewife of New York City, born and bred in Manhattan, shares her REAL story in this tell-all memoir.

Bigger Is Better

Bigger Is Better

Big Ang

GO BIG OR GO BIGGER: Everything about Angela "Big Ang" Raiola is larger than life: her lips, her 36JJ breasts, and especially her personality! In a lifestyle guide as genuine and fun as Big Ang herself, the star of VH1's Mob Wives, called the show's "den mother" by the New York Times, serves up the hilarious and poignant wisdom she's learned while running her bar, raising her family, and dating made men.

Becoming Sister Wives

Becoming Sister Wives

Kody Brown

Since TLC first launched its popular reality program Sister Wives, the Browns have become one of the most famous families in the country. Now Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn reveal in their own words exactly how their special relationship works--the love and faith that drew them together, the plusses and pitfalls of having sister wives, and the practical and emotional complications of a lifestyle viewed by many with distrust, prejudice, even fear.



23 comments so far

  1. My husband will make me breakfast in bed!

  2. featherlight

    Last year my husband bought me diamond earrings. It was the first jewelry he’d bought me other than my wedding ring since we’d been married 9 years !

  3. My spouse makes me breakfast in bed to show love during the holidays (and it is much appreciated).

  4. My mom makes me cookies and my husband takes me out 🙂

  5. During the holidays my son helps out more around the house and makes me coffee. That makes me feel loved!

  6. My loved ones help with the cleaning and decorating during the holidays.

  7. they join me to make cookies and candy for christmas

  8. Lunch at a favorite restaurant and a trip to the bookstore.

  9. my family gets together and watch holiday shows while drinking cocoa

  10. MichellesAngels

    They don’t really do anything to show their appreciate for me, it’s just like any other day in my house where I do just about everything.

  11. One of my daughters is coming home!!! Yeah…we will make cookies and go to the spa. We will facetime or somehow live chat with my other daughter.

  12. My husband takes care of the tree. He picks it out, decorates it, and waters it. All I need to do is sit back and enjoy?

  13. The biggest thing that my family does for me, is keeping me calm, and helping me prioritize what to do next.

  14. Mbrowningasea

    My significant other bought me a 2 ct. tanzanite ring and matching 2 ct. pendant. My daughter surprised me with a day at a 5 star spa.

  15. My hubby bakes my favorite cookies (Peanut Blossoms) and my whole family buys me books. I love this contest! Can’t wait to read Big Ang’s book. Thrilled it’s in a contest.

  16. I get gift cards for books and everyone leaves me alone while I read

  17. they help me clean up…that is about it lol

  18. midnightallie

    They help me decorate and clean the house top to bottom to get ready for company.

  19. KristineEL

    My husband is wonderful about cleaning up the house around the holidays so that I can relax. Best present ever.

  20. It’s the little things that mean the most to me. Like hubby surprising me by hanging a sprig of mistletoe in the kitchen. Getting up early to make all the beds and have coffee waiting for me. Love this time of year to bond and create new memories!

  21. stephcullers@gmail.com

    My family helps to shop, clean, decorate, cook, and to bake….needless to say that they also help to eat too 🙂

  22. NormaStar5

    My Uncle Billy calls and cheers Mom up. Then my two brothers call from the V.A. from different states , and my sister calls from New York, all to cheer Mom up as I cook our Christmas Dinner. Mom is disabled and the calls from family really help us in many ways. We’re seniors now and every minute is precious and helpful. That’s my Christmas help! Merry Christmas, everyone!

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