Giveaway: The cubicle survival kit.

From the odds and ends of the BlogHer 2011 exhibitors hall comes this bag of necessities. Good for temp workers, state employees, cubicle dwellers and anyone who needs to know that the boss is sneaking up on him.

Included are:

Nissan Thermos insulated travel tumber: Stainless steel with a flip-top drink lid that lets you enjoy the coffee that you brewed at home since you can’t afford a coffee stop. Or if you can afford it, ask them to fill up this mug instead of a paper cup. You get to feel all environmentally friendly that way.

Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss coffee creamer: This product is made with milk, cream, sugar and natural flavors and comes in vanilla, caramel and sweet cream flavors. Redeem this free coupon when it’s time to chip in for the coffee fund. Or keep it at home and add it to the brew you bring in your new stainless-steel mug.

An 8-inch pen: No one can walk off with this one.

A 4-pack of rollergel pens: You’ll want to guard against people walking off with these pens, made by The Write Dudes. They’re pretty.

Hershey’s lunch bag: Who can afford to eat out every day? It bears the “Hershey’s” logo and is — you guessed it — chocolate brown. Could actually be used as a fun purse.

Foam laptop bag: In case you bring your computer to work. It’s red, it’s made of some kind of foldable foam and it says “LG” on it.

An i-Bean: I didn’t know what that was, either. Turns out to be a set of retractable headphones with up to 3.5 feet of cord. Works for phone or MP3 player and, apparently, most airline jacks. It, too, has a logo: “Lipton 100% Natural Iced Tea.”

Protective rear-view mirror: Affix this to the edge of a cubicle wall or your computer screen lest the boss get close enough to read your Facebook updates.

Internet Security Suite Plus: This is from CA Technologies. You download it using the URL on the back of the card. It promises a $20 American Express gift card if you enroll in the auto-renewal program. If you like the service, go for it.

Book o’stickies. It looks like a small notebook but opens to display small and medium Post-It notes plus five colors of the skinny little stickies you use as document page marks.

Stress ball: Squeeze this instead of grinding your teeth.

Sticky dart guys: Two little humanoids with sticky caps instead of heads. Throw them at a wall and they stick! Throw them at the ceiling and they stick, too, but you’ll have trouble getting them back. Christen them silently with the names of the most annoying people in the office, and fling them around when you need to let off steam.

Microfiber cloth: Wipe your computer screen, or your glasses. The cloth comes tucked into a tiny pouch that can clip onto your keychain.

Hip flask: I know I shouldn’t be encouraging people to drink on the job. Here’s another idea: Fill it with your booze of choice. When the whole gang goes out for happy hour, order a soft drink. Hold it below the bar level and surreptitiously spike the soda. Yes, this is wrong, too.

Google sunglasses: Bright red, with the Google logo on one stem. They’ll ease the glare if last night’s happy hour was just a little too happy.

Mints: A little tin of what I think are peppermints. Maybe they have a different flavor. Don’t you just love a mystery? Plus, they’ll mask any on-the-job tippling.

These items will be packaged in a large, zippered tote bag that’s ideal for stealing office supplies the day you’re laid off. Just kidding.

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

The deadline is 9 p.m. PDT on Monday, Oct. 3.

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  1. This is a must for a woman who is the only female at her workplace…like I do! 😉

  2. My husband would get use out of many of these items! I may have to thumb wrestle him for the sunglasses, though!

  3. Katherine

    This does sound great! I could really use a bunch of these items, and the rest sound like alot of fun.

  4. The cubicle survival kit souonds wonderful. Donna, you are so thoughtful.

  5. This is one of the best giveaway packages you’ve ever done! I laughed myself silly as I was reading. I could use every single one of those items at work, especially the hip flask. 🙂

    Congrats on being named a Plutus finalist!

  6. I Facebook-ed your giveaway.

  7. I tweeted about it too

  8. Wow those things would make my desk a nicer place.

  9. neat, I can have fun stuff in my cubby. I already have run out of candy.

  10. I wished I had that kit at my last job.

  11. lostAnnfound

    Love the sticky dart guys! Might be better at relieving stress than stress ball.

  12. lostAnnfound

    I read you via RSS and also over at GRS

  13. Recently retired. Set up a home office and this would be great to help furnish it.

  14. Ohhh…my cubicle could use this prize!!

  15. I am also a subscriber.

  16. And a FB follower : )

  17. Procrastamom

    Would love to win! I’m a subscriber.

  18. What a great giveaway! Would love to bring this to the office!

  19. I have a little office, not a cubicle, but I still have the boss-sneaks-up-behind me problem, so the mirror would definitely come in handy. And once I’m no longer pregnant, the hip flask will, too. 🙂

  20. I am also a subscriber.

  21. What great ideas to make the $5-limit office-Christmas treats.

  22. I suscribe to your and your daughter’s moving (get it?) blog: “I Pick Up Pennies.”

  23. Ashley H.

    This would be great for our technician suite.

  24. Ashley H.

    I like you on facebook.

  25. I covet this prize!

  26. Great giveaway!! I may snag your idea for my own blog 🙂

    Or if I win… I may regift.


  27. Aubreylaine

    I’d love to win 🙂
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  28. Aubreylaine

    I follow surviving and thriving on fb
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  29. Would be a nice gift forcthe hubby

  30. Yes! Yes! I would love ALL of those things in my cubicle. As much as I try to brighten up my gray padded box, it still looks so depressing and sterile.

  31. Elizabeth

    Wow – lots of great things! I actually need one of the laptop protectors and would be great not to have to buy one.

  32. Elizabeth

    I subscribe via email.

  33. Ha ha this would be fun!

  34. Ooh, I’d love to have this stuff! great survival gear for everyday office work.

  35. I subscribe via email.

  36. And also I follow on Facebook.

  37. This sounds great!!

  38. I NEED these things in my life!!

  39. I tweeted & shared on Facebook. I would love the Google glasses! 🙂

  40. Following on twitter

  41. Holy Cow! This sounds like some great stuff!

  42. I follow you on RSS!

  43. Sounds like awesome prizes to win!!! Please pick me oh random number picker!!

  44. Cubicle dweller for 16 years – sounds perfect!

  45. This would be perfect as I just scored a job!

  46. I subscribe via RSS!

  47. Some people don’t have stress at work….they cause it! I’d love to win!

  48. Facebook too.

  49. Marcia Carli

    This is the best giveaway ever! So much fun stuffbut useful items as well!!! Great!

  50. Laurelle Powers

    Oooh… Pick ME! PICK ME ! ME ME ME ME ME!

    This is my first ever comment on your blog- love them BTW.
    I look forward to reading about all of your adventures.
    I also follow you on FaceBook too!

  51. Laurelle Powers

    FaceBook too!

  52. This would be the perfect survival kit for my new internship. (I’m of drinking age, by the way)

  53. I am subscribed via RSS.

  54. And I’m now following you on twitter!

  55. I will use the hip flask , while looking in the protective rear view mirror.

  56. I like you on facebook.

  57. I’m an email subscriber.

  58. I receive your rss feed.

  59. I like free stuff and that stuff looks fun!

  60. Cubicle dweller here!

  61. Jessica N

    I’m a cubicle dweller and these things sound like they would make my life better!

  62. I want it!!!! (1)

  63. I’m subscribed to your rss feed (2)

  64. I’m following you on facebook (3)

  65. Rebekah Gienapp

    I love office supplies!

  66. Rebekah Gienapp

    I like you on Facebook.

  67. Rebekah Gienapp

    I’m subscribed to your RSS feed.

  68. What a fun collection of odds and ends! Thank you!

  69. Pamela W

    Just reading the list brought a smile to my face. Thanks, Donna!

  70. I’d hope no one was cheap enough to sneak in liquor to make their own mixed drinks while at a bar with friends for drinks… but I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened.

  71. I subscribe via RSS.

  72. I follow you on Facebook.

  73. I so love this post. Perfect for my cubicle hating husband.

  74. I am an email subscriber.

  75. Sounds fun! Hope I win! 🙂

  76. Sherry H

    I love it!!! I must have one of your cubicle kits! OMG……I totally see myself using each of the items you described….

  77. Darcy B

    Yes please–I just found out today I got a job (my first in 10 years–kids) this will be my first cubicle and I’m terrified!

  78. Darcy B

    email subscriber

  79. Julianne

    I love odds and ends and I love office supplies as I am a special education teacher!

  80. Julianne

    I receive your emails

  81. Julianne

    I am a FB friend

  82. Rochelle in San Diego

    I subscribe via e-mail. I appreciate the items I “won” in the great CVS Blog Her bag. I hope to win this giveaway…

  83. I subscribe by email. I’m always glad to see you in the mornings.

  84. jestjack

    If it’s free…it’s for me.

  85. Cynthia

    Love your humor!

  86. joyce fagan

    I liked you on Facebook.

  87. I would love to win this grab bback of goodies.

  88. should of been “grab bag” – I subscribe by email

  89. I follow on twitter

  90. What a nice assortment of goodies!

  91. Follow you on facebook.

  92. Also sbscribe via email.

  93. I would love this for my cage…I mean cubicle!

  94. Connie D.

    I love this giveaway package . I follow you on Facebook and have your RSS feed on My Yahoo page!! Have enjoyed your posts and read a lot of useful information there!! Great Job!!!

  95. I would all these goodies!

  96. I also subscribe to your emails.

  97. What a fun giveaway! Thank you!
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

  98. I subscribe via email
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

  99. I could do with a hip flask! And am subscribed. Thanks!

  100. I follow on facebook
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

  101. Great!! I am an email subscriber.

  102. You had me a the Sticky Dart Guys 😉

  103. I’m an email subscriber.

  104. Carnette

    a comment

  105. Donna, your gift baskets must be epic.

    Count me in for this giveaway!

  106. priskill

    Hah! I have a coworker who is famous for bringing her PINK flask to our after hours, uh, therapy sessions at happy hour — very frugal!

  107. SherryH

    What a fun package! Count me in – and thanks for the giveaway!

  108. This would be a great package to win. I would send most of the items to my son who is away at college. Minus the hip flask– that would be staying here.

  109. Awesome giveaway! Definitely count me in; I’m an email subscriber.

  110. Lol. I don’t have a boss or work in a cubicle, but you descriptions of the items in you Cubicle Survival kit, make me want one. The kit, not a boss, or a cubicle

  111. Oops, ‘your’, twice; not ‘you’.

  112. LOVE office supplies! You had me droolng at the post-it notes!

  113. Suzanne

    Great items – count me in for this giveaway

  114. Miranda K

    This is a strange pack but great. Love the ideas in it.

  115. Miranda K

    Subscribe to Reader Feed via My Yahoo

  116. Miranda K

    Follow Surviving and Thriving on Twitter.

  117. i *heart* office supplies! i keep tabs with you on facebook!

  118. …and i’m an email subscriber.

  119. Beverley

    Wow, can I have some fun with this. Thank you for the offer!

  120. Beverley

    PS – I subscribe via email! Great blog!


  121. Carolyn

    You have the best advice and I love reading your column.

  122. Anne Loyd

    I would love to win this! This is a great kit for my “cubicle” area.

    Thanks for your great blog!!

  123. Anne Loyd

    I subscribe to blog emails.

  124. Anne Loyd

    I like you on FB as Anne Loyd.

  125. Sign me up!

  126. Subscribe via RSS

  127. email subscriber

    I NEED the Google glasses! *now say google glasses 5 times fast* lol

  128. Oh my goodness, this is a silly mix of stuff. But count me in.

  129. I’m subscribed, too…

  130. What a fun pack! How much fun could you have with it and you’d definitely be given the kudos for donating. I’m an email subscriber, like you on facebook & here’s my comment! Love the blog!

  131. Everyone needs some humor at work! This kit will do it!
    someluckydog at gmail dot com

  132. e-mail subscriber
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  133. following you on twitter (someluckydog)
    someluckydog at gmail dot com

  134. maryegankirk

    I would totally love to get this package – although I would probably name the toss-arounds after annoying clients rather than co-workers – c’mon generator, choose me!

  135. I subscribe.

  136. Liked you on facebook.

  137. Lots of fun stuff. Hope I win 🙂

  138. Great survival kit! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  139. I subscribe to your emails.

  140. I follow Surviving and Thriving on twitter (moeyshay).

  141. I could use this for sure!

  142. I also friended you on Facebook!

  143. I never win anything on your blog but I am going to keep entering until I do-lol!

  144. email subscriber

  145. facebook follower

  146. This would be so fun! And I would share with my group — really! I’m an email subscriber. Thanks for all the good info you share.

  147. Magislibri

    Hope it’s me.

  148. Veronica

    wow, great give aways!

  149. Veronica

    I subscribe via email and RSS

  150. Veronica

    I work in a cube, and also get your Facebook. Thanks!

  151. I’m an email subscriber,too 🙂

  152. subscriber
    Facebook fan: 624
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  153. Hi there ~ what a wonderful blog! I am a follower on Facebook and I have also signed up for the newsletter. Keep the information coming…like you said, this would be perfect for a temp. worker, for which I am…always needing or using different things. Thanks again.

  154. Wow! What fun stuff! I hope its my turn to win.

  155. Michele

    You always get cool stuff!

  156. wow so many things 🙂

  157. rss subscriber

  158. Kim Tiba

    Hello Donna, I love reading your tips on everything. Can you enter me in your cubicle survival kit contest please? Schaumberg is a beautiful city. I don’t know of any breakfast places, but if you like pizza, there is no better place than Chicago. The best place ,in my opinion, is Gino’s East in Skokie ,ILL. I used to live in Seattle and miss it very much. Eugene,where I live now,is into Farmer’s Market and organic food. What I don’t understand, is why the fruits and vegetables at the market cost more than the grocery store.Sincerely, Kim Tiba

  159. A great set of prizes — thank you!

  160. RSS subscriber

  161. ImJuniperNow

    I want this I want this – The only thing I wish it had was noise-blocking earplugs to block the sounds coming from the cubicle next to mine from where I get to endure (did I say endure? I meant enjoy) the sounds of my co-worker slurping and chomping and sucking her teeth and humming mindless notes all freakin’ day long, even though eating at our desks is a sin (and humming something that’s not Beethoven’s Fifth should be).

    Maybe the flask will work in its place.

    Thanks, Donna!!!!!!

  162. Eleanor

    sounds like fun

  163. Hi
    I just discovered your blog. I’d love to win this great prize! I hope Canadians qualify.

  164. Would LOVE this!

  165. Diana Hanvelt

    Thank you for your great advice to survive and thrive.

  166. I would love to win this. I was just complaining how I couldn’t find a thermos for my coffee in the house.

  167. I subscribe via RSS.

  168. I am a subscriber and twitter follower @hofken


  169. Debbie E.

    I’m an email subscriber

  170. Debbie E.

    Wonderful giveaway!!! Hope to win 🙂

  171. KHBride

    Wow, this would be perfect. I share a small office space and could really use this!

  172. KHBride

    I subscribe to email

  173. KHBride

    Now follow on twitter: @KHBride

  174. phillip

    Enjoy your blog, really liked the insurance adjuster posting, been on the wrong side a couple of times

  175. Alissa A

    I’m an email subscriber. captainliss40(at)gmail(dot)com

  176. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  177. Patricia

    love the facebook page 🙂

  178. Please enter me in this giveaway. Looks like some cool stuff.
    John at darrows dot us

  179. I subscrive via e-mail as John at darrows dot us

  180. I follow on FB as Johncee Darrow
    John at darrows dot us

  181. I follow on Twitter as @JD_Denver_SW
    John at darrows dot us

  182. What a fun goodie bag ! Subscribe via e-mail

  183. =) Nice package.

  184. Would love a cubicle survival kit. Recently moved to a new office building where I now have a cubicle after having an office for 6 years. Ugh.

    I am an e-mail subscriber, too. Thanks for the opportunity.

  185. Count me in for the giveaway please! Thanks!!!

  186. Me! Me! Me! [wildly waving arms!]

  187. Office supplies are always useful! What a great giveaway.

  188. I subscribe via RSS.

  189. What a great giveaway, and I hope it’s available for Canadians!

  190. Meredith

    Enter me please!

  191. What a great giveaway!!!

  192. Vonnie Arellano

    Please enter me in this one – me and my cubicle could really use it! I subscribe via email!

  193. Pollyanna

    Oh, I SO need that mirror. In my cube, my back is to the aisle that management and others come down! (Not that I ever have anything up on my screen that is non-business, hmmm, well maybe that job search site….)

  194. I don’t have a cubicle, but could any and all of these things.


  195. Enter my name for this one. Nice goodies!

  196. I follow you via email.

  197. I like you on FB. Is that following? If not, how?

  198. Caroljean

    These are great items for work. Please enter me in this drawing.

  199. This is an amazingly fun giveaway! I would love to win this. I am a state worker so I could use everything!

  200. jesinalbuquerque

    Very cool. I like this blog a lot.

  201. I am new to this blog, and I think it’s great! I will post again when I subscribe and follow.

  202. I am now subscribed to your RSS feed!

  203. I am now following you on Twitter.

  204. Holly Underwood

    Thanks for all your positive articles, I really enjoy reading them.

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