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Shop 'n' Share: Hubby Goes Shopping at Marshalls

I don't know about you, but I think men are so much harder to shop for than women, especially if you are shopping on a budget.  I feel it is not difficult at all to buy for a man if you have a few hundred dollars to spend.  Most of my husband's wish list is comprised of tech and electronics items, all of which run from approximately $100 to $500.  As far as clothing goes, he is very brand-conscious.  Luckily, Marshalls and T.J.Maxx offer designer and brand name clothing, shoes, and accessories for men at a huge savings over upscale department stores.  To prove to me that it is easier to find a reasonably priced gift for men than I think, Marshalls sent my husband a gift card to shop . . .

When we walked into our local Marshalls, my husband was immediately drawn by the huge shoe department.  He is very hard on his shoes, so he always needs to replace his sneakers once or twice a year.  As I had previously mentioned, my husband associates specific brand names with quality based on past experience.  For athletic shoes, he mainly looks for New Balance or Nike.

One thing about shopping at Marshalls or T.J.Maxx is that you are usually treasure hunting.  For shoes, sometimes you may not find the size you are looking for.  There were about 8 or 9 pairs of sneakers my husband liked, but the size selection helped him narrow down his choices.  He ended up replacing his existing New Balance sneakers with this leather pair by the same brand.  They only cost $39.99 compared to a retail price of $59.00, which is what I would normally expect to pay for a decent pair of adult athletic shoes.  My husband was extremely happy to find a pair of New Balance sneakers that he liked and we were both more than pleased with the price for a pair of first quality brand name men's shoes.

Personally, I would not choose a pair of shoes on behalf of my husband as a gift since he is so particular.  I would buy him a gift card so he can shop for himself.  If you have not bought your significant other or your Dad a gift yet for Father's Day, I highly recommend a gift card to Marshalls or T.J.Maxx.  A gift card from either store will be accepted in both stores.  You can even order the gift cards online.  To learn more, visit and

Thank you to Marshalls and T.J.Maxx for sending us a gift card to shop and share our experience with our readers, and also for providing a second gift card for our contest prize.

What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive a $50 gift card valid at T.J.Maxx or Marshalls stores.

This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address and be age 18 years or older. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win this random drawing.

How to Gain Entries:
Leave a comment telling me what you your favorite designer or brand name is for men's clothing, shoes, or accessories. You MUST do this to be eligible to win this contest.

Extra Entries:
1)  For 5 extra entries, leave a relevant comment on one of my non-giveaway posts. Then leave FIVE separate comments with the name of the post on which you commented. You will earn 5 extra entries for each different non-contest post you comment on.

2)  For 5 extra entries, enter one of my other contests. Leave FIVE separate comments here telling me which contest you entered. You will earn 5 extra entries for each contest you enter.

3)  For 5 extra entries each, sign up to receive email updates from Marshalls (top right of homepage) and/or from T.J.Maxx (top right of homepage). Then come back here and leave FIVE separate comments telling me you did for each.

4)  For 1 extra entry eachFriend me on Facebook and/or "Like" the 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires Facebook page, then leave a separate comment here telling me so with the link to your Facebook profile.

5)  For 1 extra entry each, follow T.J.Maxx on Twitter and/or follow Marshalls on Twitter and/or "Like" T.J.Maxx on Facebook and/or "Like" Marshalls on Facebook. Then leave a separate comment for each with the link to your Twitter or Facebook profile.

6)  Follow me on Twitter. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your Twitter profile.

7)  Tweet about this giveaway linking back to this post. Then come back here and leave the link to your tweet in a separate comment. You may do this once per day until the end of the contest.

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(All entries will be verified prior to awarding this prize.)

Random Drawing:
This contest will be closed on Monday, June 27th, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

Good luck in the drawing!