The Gift That Keeps Giving

Holiday GIfts

Giveaway closed! I hope you had a good weekend. Anel and I finally got our tree up, and it makes me happier than I can even put into words. There’s something about sitting next to sparkly lights with a cup of hot cocoa, listening to Christmas music with my husband and puppy that makes me the happiest girl on earth!

Maybe it’s the tradition of it all, and the memories that it brings back of my childhood holidays, who knows.  Speaking of tradition, when GODIVA reached out about partnering this holiday season, I immediately said yes. One of my favorite traditions of the year is when, on Valentine’s Day, my dad sends me and my sister each a dozen pink roses and a big box of GODIVA chocolates that lasts almost until Easter. I get giddy every, time I open that box, and it was no different this time around for the holidays.

I love the exclusive box they created this holiday season: The Box that Keeps Giving. It’s filled with gifts nestled inside one another. How does it work? The idea is that you can keep a box for yourself, and give the other one to someone in your life who deserves a delicious holiday! Then that person can continue to pay it forward by surprising another loved one with a box of chocolates. Each box that keeps giving has many boxes inside allowing you to gift three different people in your life.

I ended up giving my second half to my photographer, Courtney, who took these photos for me. She was so excited and appreciative. She gave her other half to her mom. I love that! Anel and I definitely devoured the half that I kept and it was so delicious.

This box isn’t available for sale anywhere, but we’re giving one away today, so comment below, letting me know who you would gift your “to give” half of the box to and why. We’ll randomly pick a winner tomorrow (Tuesday) at 12pm EST. Good luck! Note, giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Jennifer!

GODIVA
The box that keeps giving

GODIVA for Christmas

Godiva Chocolates

Holiday Chocolate

Thank you to GODIVA for sponsoring this post. Photos by Courtney Ann Photography.

Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, that’s such a good idea for a gift! I’d give the other half to my sister because she’s in charge of making Christmas dinner this year so I think I need to keep her sweet so that she makes plenty of extra roast potatoes so I can go all out and stuff my face silly.

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  2. Melissa said:

    Don’t have to think twice about who I would give the othe half to – my work friend who always brings a smile to my face.

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  3. Lauren said:

    I’d give the other half to my mom! Between work, family & the holidays, she’s constantly on the go! She puts everyone & everything before herself. She can enjoy this in front of the tree as “me time” & we can show her how much we appreciate everything she does!

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  4. I would give the other half to my grandmother who loves chocolate as her dementia is getting worse. She bought me my first piece of Godiva chocolate when I was younger in the mall!

    Have a great week, Julia!

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  5. Nicole said:

    Would love to give half to my mom, my dad used to get her Godiva each year for Christmas and since he passed away, we’ve continued the tradition

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  6. kristi94 said:

    I would definitely give the other half to my mom. Thx for the chanice to win.

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  7. Gretchen Freihofer said:

    I would give my other half to one or my employees- they deserve a sweet treat too!

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  8. kaitlin crean said:

    I’d love to give the other half to ur host’s on christmas eve!

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  9. Moira said:

    I would pass the tradition on to my grandaughter!

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  10. Melinda said:

    My my dad is a chocolate fiend and I always buy him Godiva chocolate cheesecake for his birthday. This box would be a bonus treat for him!

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  11. I’d send it to my Grandma! I think I got my sweet tooth from her 😉

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  12. Veronica said:

    I would give it to my older brother. He just started law school and could use a treat to get him through his exams!!

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  13. Lauren said:

    My sister!

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  14. Rashmi said:

    I’d give the “to give” box to the staff members at my son’s school as a sign of appreciation!

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  15. Lillie said:

    To my coworkers, because we are always in search of a bite of chocolate!

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  16. Christine said:

    I LOVE this! I would give the other box to my big sis because ever since we were little we watched our dad give a box to our mom every Christmas and it’s a tradition we love.

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  17. lindsey said:

    YUM. I would give the other half to my hubby who loves chocolate and has been such an amazing dad and support system to me as we navigate parenting!

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  18. Kelsea said:

    What a great idea! I would give the box to my sister who LOVES chocolate.

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  19. Emily said:

    Ooh, I would give them to my grandma! She’s 97 and has a serious sweet tooth.

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  20. Jen said:

    I’d gift it to my stepmom, who loves chocolate as much as I do!

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  21. Elizabeth Rogers said:

    My middle name should be chocolate – I have a serious love affair. This is such a fun idea – I would gift the other half to my husband, who loves chocolate just as much as I do. Plus, we would enjoy this by the fire with our tree lit!
    Xo
    http://stripesandsolitaires.com/

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  22. Marla said:

    My office staff to start the holiday season with the best chocolate ever!

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  23. Elisabeth said:

    This is such a cute idea and thoughtful gift! I would give the other half to my office friend, for us to indulge in! Thanks for sharing this!

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  24. Jamie Whittendale said:

    Would totally give one to my best friend Taylor! We both share a love of all things chocolate / sugar, so we would really enjoy sharing these boxes together. And if I know one thing about Taylor, she’d give her half box to her mom!

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  25. Maureen said:

    I would ‘give’ half the box to my mom. Because, well, she is the best!

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  26. Jessica said:

    I LOVE this idea! I would give the other half to my boss. She recently announced she is retiring after nearly 30 years and I can’t imagine something that would make her smile more! If only we could get these in the store :).

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  27. allison miller said:

    I would give it to my husband (is that cheating..so i get to eat more?)..he’s the only person I know that loves chocolate (almost) as much as i do and he just had knee surgery so could use a little extra love this holiday!!

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  28. TheWorkInProgressBlog said:

    …to my mom. She loves chocolate and does so much for me!

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  29. Lauren Schully said:

    What a cute idea!! I would definitely give it to my dad…he is such a chocolate lover and actually gives me a box each year on Valentine’s day too!
    xo Lauren
    http://www.loveandlauren.com

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  30. Chrystele said:

    I would give my box to my cousin who is in her final year of nursing school and taking finals this week! This would definitely be the best way to celebrate being done with finals!!

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  31. Jacqueline Collins said:

    I love this idea and I also love Godiva chocolate. I would give my other 1/2 to my father-in-law. He visits every year for Christmas and loves chocolate just as much as I do!

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  32. Janice Darlyne said:

    I’d give the other half to the ladies in my office-set it in our shared space and tell them to go to town! These look amazing!

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  33. Jamie said:

    definitely my co-worker! She has made my job so much easier since we hired her a few months ago. I don’t know how I ever did it without her!

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  34. Ginna said:

    My dad. Hands down. His ONLY vice is chocolate and he’s my best friend!

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  35. Rachel S. said:

    What an amazing idea! I would probably give these to my mom, as a thank you for always being the best listener and cheerleader.

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  36. Cory said:

    My sweet co-worker!

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  37. euni said:

    I would definitely give my “to give” half of the box to my boyfriend, who has been the most supportive and helpful better half I could ever ask for! Chocolates (especially Godiva ones) are our favorite sweets ever!

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  38. Lauren said:

    I would give the other half to my sister.

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  39. cDs said:

    I would give the other half to my mom. She’s the best mother on the planet to me and each time she gets a new little class of 1st graders. This year, she event supplied a winter wardrobe to one of her babies in need.
    x0x0 Caroline http://thecarolove.com/

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  40. Rachel said:

    I love that idea, so cute! I would give the other half to my mom since she loves chocolate 🙂

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  41. Janet said:

    Our administrative assistant at work – she’s responsible for each of us having personalized Christmas stockings hanging outside our offices!

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  42. Tai said:

    I would definitely bring the other half to work to share with my coworkers. With Nutcracker on its way (I work at a ballet company) we all need a little chocolate to get us through the next few weeks.

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  43. Amber Marie Werner said:

    Love Godiva! I would love the chocolate to give to my in-laws when we go see them in a few weeks.
    Xoxo Amber

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  44. Pamela Goussy said:

    Oh definitely my sister-from-another-mister friend who’s been beyond like family and my primo chocolate hookup for nearly 20 years, LOVE her!! Though she deserved the whole box… And I’ve a few good ideas of some great women she’ll pass the next box to. Ya gotta give back ya know. What a great idea!

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  45. Melanie Hall said:

    I would (selfishly) “give” them to myself, because I LOVE chocolate! Well… okay… I might share a few with my family!

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  46. CelebratingthisLife said:

    Your photos are so pretty (big props to Courtney!). I would give my half to my mom because she took such good care of my son these last two weeks. He traveled with Grandma to visit our family in Scotland, with a few stops in London and even Paris! It’s been a while since she had a 14 year old to run after so I really think she deserves a chocolate break now that she is home 😀 xx Rox-Anne, Celebratingthislife.ca

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  47. Abby said:

    My gym coach! Because even they need to indulge sometimes 🙂

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  48. Christina S said:

    I would give the other half to my mom because she loves chocolate and would definitely appreciate it!

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  49. Kate jorens said:

    What a fun idea!!! Definitely would give it to my mom.

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  50. Sarah T said:

    So fun! I would give the other half to my friend Monica. Her mom passed away about 3 weeks ago and I know the holidays are going to be especially hard this year. This would just be a small reminder that I’m thinking of her.

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  51. Krista Springer said:

    I would give the other half to my 2 daughters 🙂 They are finally old enough now to appreciate a fancy box of chocolates and would feel so grown-up eating them!

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  52. Karla said:

    I would give the other half to my daughter who is 2 years old and she hasent tried chocolate yet. And this would would be the first special time she would have chocolate. She would love it

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  53. Ann Myers Petree said:

    I would share the other half with my husband on our 44th anniversary December 24th!!!!!

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  54. June Pope said:

    If I won the chocolates I would give the other half to my 32-yo daughter. We both love chocolate and when she was young we would share all our desserts….pie, cake, candy, whatever. When she was very young she asked for a Whitman Sampler for Christmas so she could try out all the different chocolates.

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  55. Tapiwa Bururu said:

    I would give the other half to my mum! She has worked so hard this year while recovering from a broken foot and deserves a delicious treat to brighten her December.

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  56. Hadassah Starken said:

    I would give mine to my best friend! She’s definitely the sweetest part of my life, and always there for me when I need her. There’s no one I’m closer to or can share everything with besides her, and so of course I would share this gift with her!

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  57. D said:

    If I won I would give it to my 21 year old daughter who is struggling from a Traumatic Brain Injury. Her hard work & generous heart are overwhelming!
    She inspires me everyday and when things get really hard … Chocolate helps! She also introduced me to Lemonstripes and I enjoy ea post!!

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  58. Jennifer Stack Maisel said:

    I would gift it to my friend, Micheale. Both of our husbands travel frequently for work, so we’re left managing our households and caring for the kids on our own much of the time. She’s always there for me, and is about to undergo knee surgery on top of everything she’s already handling. She could use a little something to brighten her day!

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    • Congratulations, Jennifer. You won! Email me at julia@lemonstripes.com with your address and we’ll get that out to you ASAP. Happy holidays!

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      • Jennifer Stack Maisel said:

        Email sent last night. Please let me know if you didn’t receive it. Thank you so much!!! Have a wonderful Christmas!!

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        • I didn’t! But just emailed you, so let me know if you get that 🙂

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  59. Elisabeth said:

    I would give it to my friend Heather who is also pregnant. Chocolates are a nice treat when you can’t indulge in a glass of wine!

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  60. Krista said:

    I would give it to my mother. She adores Godivas!

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  61. Kristen said:

    I would give the gift to my Brother – He just moved back to CT and would appreciate the “welcome back” treats!

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  62. Alison Pearson said:

    I would love to give it to my co-teacher. She works so hard and is always working with me day in and day out to better our students!

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  63. Marie Ramirez said:

    I would definitely give them to my best friend Alexis. Because A. she loves chocolate and B. She really is the greatest friend ever.

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  64. Sandy Byrd said:

    I would share with my co-workers, we have had a ruff year at work family members passing away , co-workers getting laid off, lovers walking out off someone’s life. It’s been a really ruff year. We try to have girls night out, it’s working a little , this would be a great way for us to give each other a pick me up. Hope I win.I treasure my friendship we my co-workers.

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  65. Marilyn Kleinert Landman said:

    Traveling mid December to the UK to see my daughter and her British husband. Boy, I do miss her. She is unable to fly home because of her work schedule. She works long hours and has been stuck on trains and at railway stations btween London and her home. I think sharing a few Godiva chocolates (luxury) would be the best.

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  66. Wendy said:

    I’d gift mine to a Junior League friend and her husband-this is utterly crazy but they just had quints-after years of fertility struggles. 5 kids.at.one.time.

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  67. Lisa McCormack said:

    I would share with my daughter who works extremely hard every day at her job and deserves a sweet treat at the end of the day!

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  68. Amy Tretter said:

    I’d gift mine to my sister. She loves good chocolate and this would be great for her to enjoy in her new home this holiday season.

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  69. kendall said:

    My sister who lives in Madrid but will be home for a few days over Christmas! xo

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  70. Marnely Rguez-Murray said:

    I’d gift one to my library lady – she’s seriously the best!

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  71. Samantha Cossick said:

    Thanks for hosting a great giveaway, Julia! I’d love to gift my “to give” part to my mother when I’m home visiting over the holidays!

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  72. Kathryn said:

    Definitely my mother! She deserves it (& loves chocolates with beer!) Wonderful gift!

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  73. Emily Rabbitt said:

    I would give it to my sister!

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  74. usnamom2014 said:

    I would gift it to my hubby!

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  75. Audrey said:

    So cute! I would give mine to my Mom, we have a similar family tradition and I get her a box every year for Christmas.

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  76. Tierney said:

    I would share the box with my mother–she deserves it!

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  77. Tonda Oakes said:

    I would gift my box to my future daughter in law, letting her know how much I really love her and the fact she will be joining our family in just two short months. We are so excited for the future!

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  78. Kelsey McGownd Batten said:

    This is an amazing idea – I wish they sold it in stores too! My younger sister and I are chocoholics and used to buy each other a handful of hand-selected Godiva truffles for the holidays when we were young. Even though you could go buy a box yourself, it was always more fun to get and give as a gift. Especially with the beautiful Godiva gold boxes. 🙂

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  79. Makenzie Brais said:

    I would give this to my mom who has the biggest heart and is the most selfless and caring person in the entire world! The idea of a gift that keeps on giving is such a great reminder of what the season is truly about! Happy Holidays!

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  80. Regine Karpel said:

    Sister.

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  81. Olivia said:

    What a great idea! x

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  82. Nicole said:

    Where is your sweater from? So cute!

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