WIN A $20 Groupon Gift Card

And get $5 to boot! That’s right! Groupon is giving $5 OFF on any Groupon deal until November 3, 2010.

I’ve done a lot of Christmas shopping already. In fact, I have already wrapped several packages and expect to finish my shopping BEFORE Thanksgiving. So, while the spirit of giving is alive and well at Pennywise Panache, I’ve decided to share some of my generosity with you!

Two Pennywise Panache fans–one existing Groupon member and one new Groupon member–will will a $20 gift card from Pennywise Panache! Here’s how:

Existing Groupon Members

  1. MANDATORY ENTRY: If you’re already a Groupon Member, share this post with your friends, asking them to join through this link. Using this link will give them $5 OFF a Groupon purchase through 11/3/10. So that you’ll get credit for the referral, your friends MUST post a comment below reading “[YOUR NAME] referred me to Pennywise Panache.”
  2. Earn an extra entry by subscribing to my RSS Feed. If you’re already subscribed, just leave a comment indicating that you’re a subscriber.
  3. Earn extra entries by tweeting about this giveaway daily. Tweet “Get $25 to spend at Groupon from Pennywise Panache! Please retweet!” Leave a comment that includes your Tweet Username for every day that you Tweet!

New Members

If you’ve never experienced Groupon, you’re in for a treat! Just join through this link, and you’ll automatically get $5 off any deal purchased between now and November 3, 2010! Trust me! You’re going to find something you can’t resist!

  1. MANDATORY ENTRY: Join Groupon by clicking here and you’ll receive $5 off a Groupon purchase between now and November 3, 2010. To confirm your membership, forward your Welcome E-mail from Groupon to before 11:59 PM ET on November 3, 2010.
  2. Earn an extra entry by subscribing to my RSS Feed. If you’re already subscribed, just leave a comment indicating that you’re a subscriber.
  3. Earn extra entries by tweeting about this giveaway daily. Tweet “Get $25 to spend at Groupon from Pennywise Panache! Please retweet!” Leave a comment that includes your Tweet Username for every day that you Tweet!

Contest ends November 3, 2010 at 11:59 PM ET. Two winners (one new Groupon member and one existing Groupon member) will be selected, using, to win a $20 Groupon Gift Card.

Here are the Groupon deals that are right in my backyard:

$40 for $100 Worth of Home Furnishings at Nadeau in Charleston!Nadeau characterizes its furniture as “with a soul” because it’s true artisan work: handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a double-domed glass-door cabinet ($284), or in a hefty, finely trimmed kitchen hutch ($410). Or, display a new moving picture box on a delicately polished TV stand/buffet ($500). Small console tables ($160) and storage chests ($224) come in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau’s ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables ($435–$548) and chairs ($80 each). Prices and selection may vary due to rotating inventory, but pieces are always fully assembled and ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.

All Nadeau products are built to last out of fine core woods such as teak, sheesham, and mahogany imported from India and Indonesia. Feel free to ask one of the friendly staff about the durability and elasticity of your item of choice; Nadeau’s crew is knowledgeable about products, eager to help customers navigate the expansive showroom, and willing to offer advice on home decorating and catapult construction.

The Details: Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per order. Must use in 1 visit. In-store only. Valid only at listed location. Tax not included. Not valid with other offers.

$7 for Two Admission Tickets and $4 Worth of Food Sample Tickets at the 2010 Charleston Mac Off ($14 Value)!For $7, today’s side deal gets you two admission tickets and $4 worth of food sample tickets at the 2010 Charleston Mac Off on November 12, a combined $14 value. Sample various mac and cheese recipes from 12 to 14 local restaurants ($1/sample). Live music provided by Fowler’s Mustache and The Diesel Brothers. Beer and wine available. A portion of the proceeds benefits Charleston Peace One Day, committed to reducing violence through conflict resolution.

$10 for $20 Worth of Pancakes, Eggs, Lunch Fare, and More at The Original Pancake House in Charlotte! Founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1953, The Original Pancake House has since put local hungers to rest by using only the highest-quality ingredients such as Grade AA (93 score) butter, pure 36% whipping cream, and a secret spy-guarded sourdough starter recipe to craft each breakfast dish. The wide-ranging menu includes blueberry pancakes, light and lemony Dutch Babies, crepes, omelets, waffles, flapjacks, sandwiches, pastries, and more. The Original Pancake House offers a charming abode where butter and jam meld with lovingly lavish early morning fare to energize diners like an edible game of underwater field hockey.

The Details: Limit 3 per person/1 per table or 2 per table of 4 or more. Gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers.

$59 for Six Kettlebell Fundamental Classes at Advanced Training Concepts in Charlotte! For $59, today’s side deal gets you six kettlebell fundamental classes at Advanced Training Concepts (a $120 value). Through 6 hour and a half classes, learn the fundamentals of kettlebell training and lifting. Build muscle, burn fat, and increase flexibility with the help of trained, supportive instructors. Total-body kettlebell training has been used to treat poor posture, back pain, and shoulder instability.

The Details: Limit 1 per person to new clients only (18 years or older); may buy multiple as gifts. Reservation required. Groupon is forfeited for no-show. Not valid toward fitness professionals or personal trainers. Must use all classes within 2 weeks of first.

$25 for $53 Worth of Skincare Products From Donell Super-Skin! Human faces experience a lifetime of wear and tear from gravity, driving into the wind, and pineapple-pie-eating contests. Today’s Groupon for skincare products from Donell Super-Skin helps you restore your cheeks’ original splendor. Donell Super-Skin’s dermis-strengthening goodies harness the pharmacological power of MCC (mucopolysaccharide cartilage complex), an active protein that’s long been used by plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and resilient cartoon characters to speed wound-healing time and renew skin. Products cater to human husks of every variety, whether in need of basic maintenance or specialized age-fighting, rosacea-zapping, or surgery-recovering care. Steroid-free products made from MCC are especially good for sensitive or allergy-prone skin. Peruse the long list of testimonials given by dermatologists and other medical professionals as your skincare products make their way through the mail system, dodging storks, paper planes, and liberated dust bunnies. Free shipping is included with every order.

The Details: Limit 2 per person. May buy multiple as gifts. Must use in 1 purchase.

$24 for a Seasonal Five-Month Membership at Spinner’s Resort & Marina ($60 Value)! For $24, today’s side deal gets you a seasonal membership to Spinner’s Resort & Marina in Leesville (a $60 value). Spinner’s is an 11-acre resort—including a marina and beach—on the shores of Lake Murray. Membership is valid for purchaser, spouse, and children younger than 21, plus three visits for guests (when accompanied by a member). Gain access to the main restaurant and visit the Sand Bar & Grille. Dock at members-only boat slips and enjoy free boat launching. Attend special events and parties at the resort. Receive a 10% discount on guest cottages. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. May pay difference to upgrade membership. Allowed up to 3 visits with a guest.

The Details: Limit 2 per person. May buy multiple as gifts. Must use in 1 purchase.

If Groupon is not in your city (you can find out with the little widget below), don’t worry! There are always several online deals every day that anyone can purchase, regardless of geography! Groupon hasn’t made it to my city yet, but I’ve taken advantage of some great deals and you can, too! Here are some of the ONLINE deals for November 3, 2010:

$45 for One 16″x20″ Gallery-Wrapped Canvas Including Shipping and Handling from Canvas on Demand ($126.95 Value) A wrapped canvas is a professional photorealistic reproduction printed on textured artist canvas and gallery wrapped around a sturdy 1.5″ edge. Upload your desired image and pass it off to Canvas on Demand’s image touch-up experts. They’ll make complimentary fixes, such as improving sharpness, balancing and enhancing the color, fine-tuning contrast, and removing suspiciously red eyes, before reproducing your image on a 16″x20″ canvas. Customers can also opt to mail in traditional prints; Canvas on Demand’s image magicians will make a high-resolution scan and return originals by mail—unless they’re baby photos, which are returned via stork.

With a wrap-around canvas, your new art will have a colorful edge, and it won’t need a frame. About a week from receipt of your initial submission, you’ll have your gallery-canvas print in hand, ready to hang with pride above any lonely fireplace in need of a non-imaginary friend.

The Details: Limit 1 per order. Holiday orders should be placed by 12/5 in order to ensure delivery. Not valid with other offers. Tax and shipping included.

$15 for $30 Worth of Personalized Children’s Clothing and Gifts at Makaboo!Children, who are born naked, must be immediately swaddled to prevent their “new baby” smell from wafting out windows and attracting feral Peter Pans. Seal in your offspring’s freshness with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of personalized children’s clothing and gifts from Makaboo, an online purveyor of custom textiles for kids. Shipping is not included with this deal; see the sidebar for rates.

As featured in People’s celebrity baby blog, Makaboo specializes in design-it-yourself clothing and gifts for babies and kids from such tried-and-true brands as Angel Dear, Bella Bliss, Kissy Kissy, and Swaddle Designs. Pillow pals ($29.99) provide a fuzzy companion, head supporter, and indoctrinator into the lifelong skill of spooning. A snuggly hoodie jacket ($49.99) makes an effective, colorful cocoon for darling human larvae when the weather gets nippy. Robes, blankets, bibs, and burps help parents attend to the various needs of their twee tater-tots with stylish aplomb. I’ve pictured all the items under $50 to give you some idea of what you can buy with this Groupon.

The Details: Limit 1 per person per order. Valid online only. Tax and shipping not included.

$15 for $30 Worth of Shirts and More at Donkey Tees!T-shirts are easy to get into, unlike college pottery courses or invisible mime boxes. Overcome comfort barriers with today’s Groupon to Donkey Tees. This purveyor of casual wearables offers a head-spinning selection of shirts, hoodies, and pajamas donning clever catchphrases and pop culture references. Donkey Tees’ online shop features a plethora of torso wrappers, including vintage, novelty, and Ohio-themed designs.

The Details: Limit 2 per person; may buy multiple as gifts. Not valid with other offers. Must use in 1 purchase.

$22 for a 24-Cookie Gift Box from Insomnia Cookies ($50 Value)!Insomnia Cookies began as a project to feed fresh-baked cookies to hungry college students who spend the wee hours studying, partying, or studying parties for an anthropology course. Cookie gift boxes can be shipped nationwide and store their baked bounty in a chocolate-brown box topped with a satin ribbon. Inside, your mother, father, or long-lost identical twin will discover 24 deliciously soft cookies in an assortment of signature flavors, which include chocolate chunk, snickerdoodle, white-chocolate macadamia, double-chocolate chunk, M&M, oatmeal raisin, and peanut butter. Include a message in the complimentary greeting card, or leave it blank as a haunting memento to the delicious flavors words cannot express.

The Details: Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per order. Not valid for tin box. For delivery in December, must place order prior to December. Shipping and tax included.

$20 for $50 Worth of Holiday Cards, Canvas Prints, and Other Merchandise at! In business for nearly a century, the family-owned business specializes in a wide array of photography products. Using the latest digital printing equipment, the knowledgeable robo-staff can create high-quality digital prints from film, digital images, and more. They can turn images into a life-sized poster ($24.99–$59.99) or museum-worthy wrapped canvas print ($39.99 and up) to comfort and watch over the cat while you’re at work. Create your own cards, announcements, and invitations ($1.09 and up), or celebrate the season with photo-laden gifts such as mugs ($12.99–$19.99), T-shirts ($16.99–$24.99), and notepads ($12.99–$45). Holiday cards come in a variety of shapes and styles, including multi-image cards and folded cards ($1.39–$2.39).

The Details: Limit 1 per person, per order. Must use in 1 purchase. Tax and shipping not included.

$15 for $30 Worth of Soaps, Lotions, and Lip Balms from Firefly Essentials! Firefly Essentials delivers moisturizing products straight to your home; these products battle the itchy, red, and uncomfortable skin brought on by dry air and wintry weather. More than 25 varieties of handmade soaps are available—including bar blends ($4.75 per bar) such as coconut breeze, lemongrass, and cucumbery melon—that transform the body into a tasty treat for nocturnal, closet-dwelling trolls. Goat-milk-based body lotion will ensure sleek skin by wicking away spilled nacho cheese, while beeswax lip balms formulated with cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and tea-tree oil will soothe the mouth pillows after a season of chappage. Otherwise, opt for one of Firefly’s quick gift sets, like a four-pack of natural soaps tied in raffia cord ($19.50).

Skin is the anchor that keeps body organs from floating away like balloons. With Firefly Essential’s convenient mail-order delivery, you’ll be able to cleanse in style after a sudorific session of table tennis or Monday-night fight club.

The Details: Limit 2 per person. Does not include shipping.

$15 for $30 Worth of Customizable Skins for Smart Phones, iPhones, iPods, Laptops, eReaders, and More from GelaSkins!
Upon reaching secondary education, the students’ first task is to wrap and protect their sworn enemies: textbooks. Safeguard and stylize the things you actually care about with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of customizable skins for iPhones, iPods, laptops, gaming systems, and more from GelaSkins, an online hotspot of technological personalization. Though shipping is not free, the Groupon can be used toward shipping and tax is included.

Each skin features a durable, scratch-resistant coating. Skins are easily applied and removed using a non-gunky adhesive. The stylish and functional coatings turn any device into an enviable work of art. Browse the site to see if you have a device fit to be skinned alive. The total number of compatible unclothed machinery exceeds 100 and includes numerous phones, iPods and MP3 players, laptops, gaming consoles, and eReaders. As for the design itself, users have the option of browsing the gallery or uploading a custom masterpiece. Bedeck an iPhone with an army of all-seeing aliens ($14.95), a Zune HD with a graphic ink pond ($14.95), or a Wii with five dancing figures ($29.95). GelaSkins has even teamed up with a number of collaborators, including Marvel comics and National Geographic, to bring recognizable and professional imagery to the backside of your electronic sidekick.

The Details: Limit 1 per person. May buy 3 additional as gifts. Valid for “buy 3, get 1 free” offer. May use toward shipping. Must use in 1 order. Tax not included.

$35 for a “Big Wall Graphic” Panoramic Wall Mural from LTL Prints ($84 Value)!
Larger Than Life specializes in wall art that combines modern materials with state-of-the-art digital-production technologies. With today’s Groupon, you’ll receive one of its panoramic wall murals, 48 inches by 12 inches in size. Browse the selection of city- and landscapes and order online. Keep it American with skylines of Boston, Chicago, and New York, or roam far away with a sweeping low-angle shot of the Eiffel Tower against a golden sky. Tropical and mountain scenes are also available, along with a lone sunflower amidst lavender plants and a diner on Route 66. Think not on frames or complicated mounting procedures; all murals are printed on fabric paper using eco-solvent digital inks, and are designed to adhere to any kind of wall material without leaving residue or damaging the underlying surface. If you need to leave town because a band of renegade apiarists is dangerously close to discovering the galvanized-steel hive stocked with superbees in your neighbor’s backyard, simply peel the mural and go—it’s safe to remove and reapply up to 100 times.

LTL wall murals make great gifts for back-to-school decorating, birthdays, Burton Gilliam Day, or most any day. They’re also good for college-bound students headed for empty-walled dorms, as well as for spicing up sawdust-flavored office walls. All LTL wall graphics are made in the United States, printed on demand, and shipped within 48 hours. With today’s deal, shipping (normally $4) is absolutely free; if you need the shipping expedited, just choose to pay extra during checkout.

The Details: Limit 1 per order. Valid for panoramic wall mural only. Shipping included.

$25 for $75 Worth of Wine from Barclay’s Wine! For $25, today’s side deal gets you $75 worth of fine fermented grape juice from Barclay’s Wine, an online shop that will deliver directly to your home or office. Whether you are a certified oenophile or attempting to shed your Welch’s training wheels, Barclay’s Wine’s customer-friendly site will help you see, swirl, and sniff out sophisticated sippables that pair well with your palate. The virtual bottle boutique’s impressive selection is sortable by style, varietal, region, winery, or price range. Stockpile your cellar with multiple mouth pleasers sold for less than $15, such as the delightfully crisp 2008 Apex chardonnay ($12.95), which you can enjoy while whittling holes into a block of swiss cheese on the porch, and the 2008 Bridgman merlot ($12.95), well-suited for washing down hearty plates of pasta. Or use this Groupon to guiltlessly treat yourself to a bottle with a slightly higher price tag, such as the 2001 Viña Alicia cabernet sauvignon ($62.50) from Mendoza, Argentina, sporting notes of cedar, blueberry, and chocolate. You may also apply the value of this Groupon toward a sampler case or Barclay’s Wine Experience, which gets you 12 bottles, an automatic corkscrew set, and more for $129.95 plus shipping ($54.95 plus $19.95 shipping when you use your Groupon).

To ensure an easy shopping experience, Barclay’s provides thorough descriptions of each offered wine on its site. The site’s team of behind-the-scenes wine guys prides itself on bridging the gap between winemakers and consumers by providing an outlet for producers to share their stories, philosophies, and experiences. Snoop around the site to learn about the luscious liquids and their origins, and then have your favorite finds delivered to your home, office, or underground peanut-butter refinery just in time for drinking them.

The Details: Limit 1 per person. May buy 2 additional as gifts. New clients only. Must be 21 or older.

$15 for $35 Woth of Wise Desserts at Fancy Fortune Cookies!
Over the years, the Chinese fortune cookie has become so dry and tasteless that many diners prefer to eat the fortune instead. Today’s game-changing Groupon delivers a reversal of fortune (cookie): for $15, you get $35 worth of gourmet fortune cookies and personalized fortunes from Fancy Fortune Cookies. You can buy as many Groupons as you want but may only use one per order.

Having baked its delicate desserts of destiny for the celebrity likes of Oprah, Jackie Chan, and others, Fancy Fortune Cookies offers a handsome array of crack-openable creations like the chocolate-covered-raspberry fortune cookie ($1.15 each), chocolate-covered cookie ($1.10 each), and cherry-flavored cookie ($0.65 each). You can also make yourself feel tiny by ordering one-pound gigantic fortune cookies ($29.95+) and much more. Check out Fancy Fortune Cookies’ larger-than-normal-fortune-cookie-sized selection of flavors here. Best of all, you can customize your own fortunes in a variety of languages (including French, Spanish, and even Arabic, which likes to end its fortunes with “inshallah” rather than “in bed”). Besides doling out pithy prophecies, lines of love, and Dadaist declarations, you can also use your fortunes to promote your death-metal band or your new pushcart business.

The Details: Limit 1 per order. Shipping not included.

Now, I need your help . . . I’m told this great little Groupon widget above will default to your most appropriate city. I’d appreciate my readers letting me know that this widget works properly. If it does, then you can bookmark this page to find your daily Groupon deal.


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