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Win a Gingerbread House Kit - Week 2



Thanks to everyone who shared their best ever childhood Christmas present. We were able to relate to many of your stories and it was once again very difficult to pick a winner. The story that intrigued us the most is from Sharon Markwell who said:

"My best present was given to me over a few years. Each Christmas my sister and I were given, by a family friend, pieces of a dressing table set (do you remember what this even was?). One year a perfume sprayer, next year a jewellery box, etc etc, and the last piece was the tray to put them all on. Hers was pink and mine was blue. Each year we were on tenterhooks with excitement wondering what the next piece would be."

That's it for this year, but be sure to join our newsletter below to be notified about future contests. A very Merry Christmas from all of us at Gingerbread House Kit.


It's contest time again and this week we're asking you to tell us the best present you ever received as a child. How about the Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle? You might not be that old, but are you old enough to remember the Cabbage Patch Kids riots? Or was it something that you can still get today? Share your memory below, in 100 words or less, for a chance to win one of our gingerbread house kits.

  • Entries close midnight AEDST Wednesday 12th December.
  • Chance plays no part in the result. The winner will be the entry that we find the most interesting.
  • Multiple entries are allowed.
  • Keep it family friendly.
  • Not all entries will be published.
  • Your email is only used to notify you if you win. You will not be added to our newsletter list (if you want to be notified of future contests and gift ideas, you can join the newsletter below)
  • You must enter a correct email address in order to be contacted about your prize.
  • Prize can only be sent to an Australian address.
  • If the winner does not respond to our email within one week, Mrs Claus will give the kit to one of Santa's elves.
  • The winner's name will be published here.
  • The winner is ineligible to win another contest in 2018.


Dec 17, 2018 • Posted by Kaye Hackett

As a twelve year old in the early sixties, receiving a transistor radio was what every child wanted, to keep up with ever changing music scene. I was ecstatic.

Dec 17, 2018 • Posted by James

I grew up poor living in housing commission and my mum was a single parent. One year I made a Christmas list for fun, not expecting to get anything from it.
One day my mother came out of the shops and handed me a bag and told me it was an early Christmas present, the bag was full of items from my list… more than half the list!
My mother had found my list and bought as many items as she could afford, I was so happy and proud of my mother for what she had done for me.

Dec 17, 2018 • Posted by Kerrie T

I remember getting my first Magna Doodle. This thing was just pure magic! I am sure this gift was solely responsible for me getting into Art when I was at school. And I’m sure my Mum loved it just as much as me because as long as I was using it there were no pens, pencils and papers scattered all over the place. I owe my creative streak to Magna Doodle. I hope the closest I get to decorating my first ever Gingerbread House is not on my own kid’s Magna Doodle!

Dec 17, 2018 • Posted by Jackie Rasmussen

I had been BEGGING my parents for a puppy for years and on my 10th birthday I received a piece of paper from my dad (who was the one saying I could never have a puppy) and it said ‘you are entitled to one puppy of your choice’! I was so overwhelmed with happiness and excitement that I cried for hours until we got to the pet shop and brought home our beautiful ‘Jasmine Lucy’. Jasmine has since passed but I will never forget that moment, or my sweet little dog.

Dec 17, 2018 • Posted by Sonya

My best present ever was a stamping machine! I had peeked under my parents’ bed and seen it there but was too young to read at the time and didn’t know what it was, but on Christmas morning I found out…. you just put paper under its wheels and turned its handle and it would stamp all over the paper. I was mesmerised by it and would love to give one to my own children but have never seen anything like it again!

Dec 17, 2018 • Posted by Salmaan Khan

A stuffed Kangaroo.

It was 8 years ago this year I got him. He was the animal of choice that my parents got me from Target.

That was the year that my parent’s resolved their differences, and of course things were great, but still ‘Joey’ as I named him was who I considered my true best friend. I had Joey until last year, but he will forever remain in my heart <3.

Dec 17, 2018 • Posted by Marie White

My nephew was born on Christmas Eve night, slighly before midnight, when I was 13. What a perfect gift.

Dec 17, 2018 • Posted by Helen Hamilton

I wanted a Pedigree walking doll but mum was a widow with five children and we were poor. I longed for this doll and would stare at her through the shop window. A couple of years later I found ehr under three but I was too old to play with dolls. I loved her and I still have her. This week I promised her to my little granddaughter. She is in perfect condition for a 60year old!

Dec 17, 2018 • Posted by Bella Ki

A two wheeled bicycle! I was so jealous of all my friends who rode two-wheelers, whilst I was still learning how to ride, with training wheels! Once the wheels were off, I felt so cool and was ready to show off to my friends. Pity I still didn’t know how to ride properly, but hey, looking cool may cause you pain!

Dec 17, 2018 • Posted by ERN

The tiny black bundle of fluff, so utterly terrified but cute as a button with a big red bow. We grew up together, best mates sharing and living experiences side by side, glued at the hip. Sadly he was hit by a car not long after his 16th birthday…..but the memories live on, best present EVER.

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