Giving and a Giveaway – CLOSED

by | Jan 24, 2014 | Little Giveaways, Little Giving, Little School Kid | 82 comments

Officeworks 2014

So we did this yesterday. Luca, Ziggy and I headed into Officeworks armed with a $50 giftcard and proceeded to fill our basket with back to school goodies.

When Officeworks emailed me, I had already ordered all of Luca's school supplies directly through his school. I really didn't need anything. But when they mentioned that I could shop specifically for the Back To School Appeal which Officeworks runs for The Smith Family, I thought that sounded like an ace idea! Donations to the appeal are distributed to disadvantaged families by The Smith Family so that every child might begin their school year with everything they need.  

I explained to the kids what we were doing and they were excited, too. Of course, when we got in there, the boys were completely seduced by stationary because stationary is very seductive. I had to remind them once or twice that we were not there to buy stuff for ourselves. I had to remind myself that I didn't need a gorgeous notebook with a hot pink flamingo on the front or more pretty stuff for my desk. No, Angie. Just no.

At first, I was collecting rulers and sharpeners, cheap pens and erasers, thinking that more was better. But then I thought about the kids who would receive these items. I considered what they might want as they headed off to school. As a kid, I loved fresh school supplies at the beginning of each year and I had the freedom to choose the pinkest backpack, the coolest pencil case and quality coloured pencils instead of the el cheapo brands whose colours are never as bright and pigmented.

A kid whose parents can't afford to provide them with the basic school equipment is no doubt used to having the cheapest options of whatever they do get. I wanted our donations to be better than that. I chose things that would normally be out of reach, special things that they could feel proud to take to school. Things that every kid deserves.

It was awesome.

And it was busy! Melbourne was shopping for school supplies yesterday. Seriously. But you don't have to fight the crowds. Officeworks have two options that can save you time and hassle.

  • School List Service allows you to search for your school online and access a list of required school supplies to be purchased. You can then have the order delivered or pick up instore. 
  • Drop your list off instore where staff will pack your order for free and then notify you when it's is ready to be picked up.

Also, don't forget the Parent Price Promise:

Bts-parentpromise-postit-bolded-10If you are heading into Officeworks (there are 152 stores to choose from), consider popping something extra in your basket for the Back To School Appeal. Small or large, everything donated is helping make a difference for disadvantaged kids.   

Win a $50 Giftcard

Yep, I have one $50 giftcard for one super-awesome reader to spend at Officeworks. And the only thing better than stationary shopping at Officeworks is stationary shopping at Officeworks on someone else's dime.  

To enter, simply tell me in the comments below how many Officeworks stores there are in Australia. Hint: the answer is in this post. πŸ™‚ 


Conditions of entry:  

  • Entrants must leave a comment below (not on Facebook) and  be contactable via email. One entry per person. Open to Australian residents only.
  • Entries close: Friday 31 January 2014 at noon.
  • This is a game of chance. Winners will be chosen by, notified by email and announced on this blog post.
  • The prize will be posted by the Promoter.
  • Prizes are not redeemable for cash.
  • Prizes are not transferable.

 Promoter: The Little Mumma, PO Box 159, Montmorency, Victoria, 3094 


 Best of luck!



The lucky winner is Mary Preston. I have emailed you, Mary. πŸ™‚

Thank you to everyone who entered!


Hello friends


I’m Angie!Β  I mum. I write. I wife. My husband would say this is the correct order.Β  He’s so neeeedy. I live with my family in Melbourne, Australia, where I complain about the weather for 90% of the year – but I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Except maybe in Lake Como, waving to my neighbours George and Amal each morning.

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  1. Toni underwood


  2. Rachel

    Officeworks have 152 stores.
    I told the lovely lady at my local store to remind me to do it online next year as school shopping with 3 kids in tow is a nightmare. (Also the store was busy and it was only the first week in January)

  3. Bee Fox

    (one just down the road – phew!! )

  4. Jaz


  5. Sue Neale-Tarrant

    152 πŸ™‚

  6. Vanita

    I went to our local one for all our supplies too ( and also before Xmas for stocking extras ) love their stationary πŸ™‚

  7. Katherine Ryan

    152 stores to choose from! πŸ™‚

  8. Bek


  9. Michelle V

    152 stores

  10. Kelly Jones


  11. Kylie Catterick

    Yay you for thinking like that! I’m sure the kids who receive the supplies will be wrapt! πŸ™‚

  12. Kate

    152 πŸ™‚

  13. Mary Preston

    There are 152 stores. That’s impressive.

  14. Gemma

    152 stores!

  15. Suzanne

    152 πŸ™‚

    Love that you shopped for those most in need. You rock!

  16. hamir

    there are 152 stores….
    Our whole family loves officeworks – you can never come out empty handed once you go inside officeworks..

  17. Kim

    152 ….

  18. Kazzie

    152 πŸ™‚

  19. Andrew Mitchell


  20. Gayle Richardson

    152 πŸ™‚

  21. Armin Mehrabkhani

    152 stores

  22. Di

    152 πŸ™‚

  23. Diana O

    ” 152 ”

  24. kerry santillo

    there are 152 πŸ™‚ and they are awesome πŸ™‚

  25. jody buhagiar

    152 stores, thank you

  26. Andrea Wasiak

    There are 152 Stores.



  28. cathy bailey

    There are 152 stores in Australia.

  29. Sharon Fawcett


  30. Christine Barter


  31. Christine Barter


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  33. Kasey E

  34. Kasey E

    152 stores

  35. Jennifer B.


  36. Karren L


  37. Soni


  38. julian


  39. Jules N.

    152 Officeworks stores.

  40. Ken


  41. Meg


  42. Jules N.


  43. Sarah


  44. Sonya


  45. karina l

    152 stores!

  46. Mick G

    152 stores

  47. Jo

    152 stores. Thanks for the chance to win!

  48. Chris

    152 fabulous stores!

  49. Val C.

    152 fantastic stores!

  50. Arran

    152 fantastic stores!

  51. Elaine Pembroke


  52. Amber Boyce


  53. barbara

    152 Officeworks stores.

  54. Cat Fraser


  55. sam santillo

    152, wow there is alot πŸ™‚

  56. Trish J

    there are 152 <3 officeworks

  57. Jo Seed


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  60. kerry santillo

    152 stores.

  61. Julia Mason

    152 Amazing Stores, with all the items to kill being bored!!

  62. Karla Oleinikoff

    152 What a great idea to help the Salvos help disadvantaged kids.

  63. Nicole White

    ~152 Stores~

  64. Jade Gower

    152 stores!
    Thanks for the chance πŸ™‚

  65. Barbara


  66. Barbara


  67. Peta W

    152 Convenient and well stocked stores! $50 will be a delight to spend

  68. Peta W

    152 great stores, $50 will be a delight to spend

  69. Linda Dewbery

    152 πŸ™‚

  70. Kevin Kelly

    152 stores

  71. Miss A


  72. Sara W

    There’s 152 stores.

  73. Karlene


  74. Lauren A

    152 stores

  75. Pauline Stewart


  76. Jemma Y

    152 office works

  77. Ginny

    Stationary shopping is the bomb πŸ˜€ 152 stores!

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  79. Cocoa Loco

    152 stores πŸ™‚