When Online Shopping Goes Bad: Redemption!

Date December 29, 2012


In less than 40 minutes all the tea and charms have been claimed!!
Put the kettle on Girls!

As I told you yesterday. . .
I wanted six boxes of tea.
I ended up with six cases by mistake.
And if that’s where we let the story end it would just be one more amusing anecdote and the only thing we’d gain is more evidence that I should never be allowed to shop online unsupervised. Something my spouse has known for far too long already.

But while I enjoy a good laugh at my failings and fumblings like the next person today I had an idea how with your help my mistake could be turned into magic, my oops into an opportunity, my blunder into a blessing, my gaft into a gift, my . . . oh please, someone stop me!

After I set aside the tea I’m keeping here at home and sharing with friends I ended up with 23 boxes of tea and I want to send those 23 boxes to 23 of you who are willing to make some Christmas magic with me.
The tea is free. The shipping is free.
You pay nothing. Absolutely nothing. Instead I’m asking that you give away something.
Here’s my idea. See if you’re interested.


Each box of tea cost me 2 dollars and 99 cents.
To mail a box of tea anywhere in the United States will cost me 1 dollar and 50 cents.
That’s a total of 4 dollars and 49 cents.


But I don’t want you to send me 4 dollars and 49 cents so that I send you a box of sugar cookie tea. Instead I want you to double that amount to 8 dollars and 98 cents and then I want you to take that 8 dollars and 98 cents and give it away as a kindness to someone else.

  • Buy 8.98 worth of warm socks and hand them with a smile and a caring word to a homeless man on the street.
  • Drop the 8.98 into a charitable donation jar.
  • Write a check for 8.98 and send it to Feeding America for the children.
  • Spend 8.98 on cookie ingredients and then give the cookies to someone you know who could use a plate of TLC.
  • Buy 8.98 worth of canned foods and take the cans to a food bank.
  • Use the 8.98 to buy a coloring book and box of crayons for a children’s hospital.

In the scheme of things 8 dollars and 98 cents might not seem like much but it’s something
and when it’s given away it becomes worth a whole lot more than not much.


Now I realize it would just be cheaper for you to go to the store and buy your own box of sugar cookie tea. I get that I’m asking you to essentially pay double the cost but here’s the thing. . . if you just go to the store and buy a box of tea for 2.99 or you have me send you a box for 4.49 then all you have is a box of tea but if you end up giving away 8.98 then you’ll not only have the tea but you’ll have made the day a little less hungry, a little less lonely, a little less cold, and a lot more compassionate and caring for someone else.


And you will have transformed my 103.27 blunder into 206.54 of gracious giving.

So if you want to be one of the 23 who gives away 8.98 and receives 2.99 (plus shipping) worth of sugar cookie tea then here’s what you do:

  1. Live in the United States or move to the United States before proceeding to 2.
  2. Make a commitment to yourself to give away 8.98 to a charity or someone in need.
  3. In the comment section of this post tell me you want to be one of the 23 and commit to giving away 8 dollars and 98 cents.

That’s all there is to it. I’ll notify the first 23 people by email and at the same time ask that you send me your mailing address and then I’ll send you your sugar cookie tea. Then it’s up to you to give away the 8 dollars and 98 cents.


Oh, and there’s one more thing. Along with the box of tea you’ll be receiving an adorable little one-sided pewter standing mixer charm because not all that long ago I meant to buy 2 standing mixer charms online but when they were delivered I realized I’d actually bought 2 bags of standing mixer charms.

Does any of this ring familiar?


The tea and charms are packed and ready.
Care to join me in ending the year with a random act of kindness?
If you do I promise that first sip of sugar cookie tea will be the sweetest you’ve ever tasted.

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26 Responses to “When Online Shopping Goes Bad: Redemption!”

  1. Christy said:

    Oooh. I want the mixer charm, but not the tea!!! Any chance of that? I'll give an even $10 to Metropolitan Ministries in exchange for one of those charms. You are the. best. Anita. I love your giving spirit.

  2. Diana W said:

    I would love to be one of the "23" Sugar Cookie Tea recipients! I have to work on New Year's Eve and Day-also worked on Christmas Day-and I always make a pot of something yummy to feed my co-workers. Would that be okay to use the $8.98 towards? Happy New Year! God Bless!

  3. Smidge and Pinch said:

    Wonderful! I sent an email to you. This is such a great idea.

  4. Jeanette Carter said:

    This is such a great idea. I do not live in the US and no plans to relocate anytime soon, but I will still donate to the Soldier On fund here in Ontario, Canada

  5. Marlene Charbonneau said:

    I will be working with our local homeless shelter all this coming week and plan to do three cookie "surprises" for people I know can use some cheering up!

  6. Shawn Poe said:

    I am In 🙂 What a great idea! I will even up the donation to $20.00 just cause it is a great idea!

  7. Michelle Duke said:

    I would love to pay it forward and be a part of the 23 giving! I would like to choose our local Second Harvest Food Bank as the charity as they triple the value of each dollar donated. What a great thing for you to do!

  8. Amy Clough said:

    I would gladly give away 8.98 to someone else. This has been an incredible year for me, and I welcome the opportunity to help someone else!! I love your giving spirit, Anita. Your heart is ginormous!!

  9. Samantha B said:

    I love your spirit! I would love to try the tea, and I have some new cookie cutters and a recipe I have been dying to try! I will pick up $9 worth of ingredients and start on Tuesday!

  10. Reba said:

    Oh I want the tea but definitely the mixer charm! I already know who can benefit from the 8.98! This is a great idea to pay it forward!

  11. Kim @ The Cookie Puz said:

    Oh Anita..you crack me up! I too have ben the victom of online shopping blunders!

    So…in exchange for the tea and the charm….I will send $20 in iTunes cards to Cookies for iPads, my favorite organization…and cookies for their upcoming bake sale. I send cookies to them to sale as often as I can….and the $20 in cards will be given to an Autistic child along with their new iPad.

    So..they get iTunes cards….and cookies….and I get Cookie tea and a charm…win win win!



  12. Glenda J said:

    Man, wish I could move to the USA quickly, lol. Not very often am I sorry to be Canadian 🙂 I need to know where you got those mixer charms??? I love your idea of passing it on. The world needs more of this!!

  13. Debbie Sieber said:

    It would be an honor to be on of your 23! I've been in search of this tea locally and either the stores I visited aren't carrying it or already sold out of it (I blame you for that since we know EVERYONE reads your blog and made a mad rush to buy it all). 🙂

    So many things come to mind on what to do with $8.98 and how to pay it forward. I think I'll do it anyway, even if I don't win the tea/charm.

  14. Jenn said:

    Me, me, me! I looked in our humble, small town grocery store (ok, Safeway) for Sugar Cookie Tea to no avail! I was going to buy some online, but I'd probably end up with six cases. Xoxo

  15. Kathy Joyce (mamakat said:

    I would love to join you and will also double the amount to $20.00 and send it to Feeding America as that seems to be your choice for the donations…if you prefer it sent elsewhere just let me know ♥

  16. Kimberly said:

    I would love to be one of the recipients…not sure how I will be "paying it forward" yet….but I promise to keep up my end of the deal. Happy New Year!

  17. Nancy Cavagnaro said:

    I will donate to Sally Lieber's warm coat Drive. Great idea. Thanks.

  18. sharon gibson said:

    Interesting!!! I remember looking at that tea the other day, and wondering what it tasted like!! And who hasn't made errors in buying online?? It's a regular occurrence here!! 🙂 I work one day a week at the local food bank…I'd love to pass it on…they are always needing food!! Thanks for such a creative way to "pass it on"!! Sharon @ The Plaid Cookie

  19. Marlene said:

    Sent here by one of your fellow cookiers, and I'm totally in!

  20. Kim (Barefoot n Baki said:

    I would love to participate! I already had some ideas for some little care packages to hand out to some of the homeless I see around town and donating loads of food to the local food bank. You never cease to amaze me with your generosity Anita!

  21. LoriAnn Gilbertson said:

    How lovely are you?? 🙂 I make cakes and cookies for the Women's Shelter in our little town of Willmar MN. I am not permitted to teach a course as the women are to be focused on wellness issues, so I supply children with Birthday cakes and mommies with cookies and other treats. My son buys the ingredients – it's our mission project together. I would put that $9.00 to good use at the Shelter! What an awesome and thoughtful person you are!!

  22. Jen tuttle said:

    I would love to try the tea, am a baking chica who would wear that charm with pride, and random acts of kindness make my heart happy!!! Would love to double your mistake here in TX!!

  23. Katydoescookies said:

    I would love to participate. Will put the monies in the oblation offering for the poor on Sunday. Awesome idea. Bless you. –Katy

  24. Kim Russo said:

    I'm so sorry… But you have me a great laugh!!! Haha!! You are so kind! I am going to get a little basket of food together and bring it to my neighbor. I recently found out how much they struggle every month and it made me sad. Doing that would put a smile in my face! 🙂

  25. Julie said:

    I would love to participate. Going to ask my boys what ideas they have!

  26. RuthAnn said:

    Anita, you have such a way of turning things to good! Terrific! I will donate $10.00 to Hopelink, which locally helps families in crisis get back on their feet. We have a donation box at church and I will put $10 in tomorrow morning. I think you have my address.