UPDATE 5/9/2014: When I agreed to do a review of this company’s product, it was with the understanding that they would also sponsor a giveaway with three winners. The company sent me my review materials in a timely manner and I thought it was a cute, unique gift idea; however, this company has NOT followed through on their promise to award the giveaway winners their prizes. (Several other blogs have reported the same problem). My winners were selected and submitted to the company for prize fulfillment at the end of March, but the company has not responded to any communications I have sent them despite my repeated efforts. Therefore I absolutely can NOT recommend that ANYONE work with or buy from this company.
I work very hard to provide thorough reviews in a timely manner and make sure that the companies I team up with on giveaways have all the information necessary to award prizes to my readers. I’m extremely disappointed in this company and their lack of follow-through, and apologize sincerely to all my readers, in particular my three readers. I hope to make this up to those three very patient readers in the near future!
My youngest son will be turning a year old in two short weeks. Buying a gift for a one-year-old can be challenging – there are lots of options for the latest toys and entertainment, but in my experience, the birthday boy tends to be more interested in the box the toy came in than in the toy itself. Or maybe eating the wrapping paper. So I’ll go spend way too much money on a toy that lights up and plays music, he’ll ignore it in favor of the box, he’ll play with the toy periodically, and then outgrow it and it’ll end up in the donation box.
When I heard about Name a Star, I immediately realized that it would make a great gift for my son’s first birthday. My husband was one of those kids who loved everything astronomy related (and even went to Space Camp a few times as a kid and hoped to become an astronaut until he grew too tall to qualify), and plans to pass his interest on to our son (who will probably also end up too tall to become an astronaut). It’s one of those gifts that he won’t be able to play with, but that will last forever. I was given the opportunity to try out the service, and now my little guy has a star named after him, forever!
The purchase price includes the naming of the star, a certificate with the star’s coordinates that’s emailed to you for you to print out and frame, as well as a personalized message that shows up over the star on Google Earth.
It’s a really simple process – you choose what you want to name your star (I chose my son’s name) and what you would like your personalized message to say. You provide your email address and payment information, and within 48 hours you’ll get your emailed certificate and instructions on how to find your star using Google Earth. Finding the star is easy too, even if you’ve never used Google Earth – after Google Earth is installed, you download a file at the link they’ll provide and open it using Google Earth, then click on your star’s name in the left hand side. Google Earth zooms right to your star! (And it’s pretty neat to watch it zoom through space to get to it, too!)
You can give the gift of a star named after a loved one for any occasion – birthdays, Christmas, weddings or anniversaries, births, christenings – or “just because”! The personalized message is especially fun (although I wish the message were included on the certificate, but since it arrives as a .jpg file, it’s easy enough to edit it and add your message in before you print it if you’d like). You can name a star for only $12.99 – a great deal for a unique, creative gift that the recipient will be able to appreciate forever.
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Name a Star is giving not one, not two, but THREE of my readers the opportunity to name a star! Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below – and good luck!
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