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Monday, December 1, 2014

GIANTmicrobes Holiday Wreath Box + Rhinovirus Plush Review + Giveaway

Disclosure: I received products to facilitate this review. No compensation was received and all views expressed are my own. 

What's more fun than a plush caroling sore throat? Definitely not a real sore throat, that's for sure! 

Are you intrigued yet? I'm excited to share with you about GIANTmicrobes, a very unique company that offers stuffed versions of tiny microbes - at a million times their real size! There are over one hundred different stuffed microbes available - from probiotic creatures to cells of the body to aquatic amoebas and many, many more. Andrew (my hubby) thinks they are one of the greatest gift ideas ever and is always suggesting them for our family and friends at holidays and birthdays!

Perhaps one of the best fits for a holiday gift are the boxed sets that include holiday-themed microbes! We were sent the Wreath Box for inclusion in our Holiday Gift Guide and we couldn't be more tickled by it!

This group of miniature plush toys includes five different microbes:
-Sore Throat singing Christmas carols
-White Blood Cell dressed up as a snowman with top hat and carrot nose
-Stomach Ache as a delectable gingerbread man
-Nerve Cell with angel wings and halo
-Limited Edition shimmering gold Amoeba (only available in this set)

This little collection is so stinking adorable - they are both educational and hilarious. But my favorite thing about them is that they are basically indestructible. They're adorning the lower half of our Christmas tree and even though they have been dragged off and across the house multiple times this week, they are still looking great. Thanks, toddlers, for making it virtually impossible for moms everywhere to actually decorate Christmas trees.

Microbes peeking out from the tree branches...they're kind of adorable!

GIANTmicrobes does a great job of presenting the microscopic world in a fun, approachable manner. My kids ask to know the name of each one and are pretty good at remembering what they are called!

GIANTmicrobes were originally created to teach kids the importance of washing their hands to protect them from germs. Since we're at a stage with our 2- and 3-year-olds where they are just starting to learn about proper hand-washing hygiene, we thought it would be perfect to let them check out a Rhinovirus (the common cold microbe) plush.

Addie is pretty much in love with this plush. This week, she has been carrying it with her everywhere. She gives it love, throws it like a ball, and calls it "Rhina-BIRUS!"

How many kids can say they played with the Common Cold as toddlers?

GIANTmicrobes are perfect stocking stuffers and would likely make anyone in the medical field smile if they were presented with one as a gift this Christmas. I quite honestly think my husband wants the entire collection, but I have no idea where we could stash that many plush toys!

Visit GIANTmicrobes online to check out all of the microbe options! You can also follow along on Facebook and Twitter.


One Director Jewels reader will win a GIANTmicrobe plush (and you can pick which one you want)! This giveaway will end on December 16 at 11:59pm CST. This giveaway is open to US readers only. Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited.

To enter the giveaway, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below (you may need Javascript enabled to see the form and it may take a moment to load)! Once you complete the first entry, the other options will open up so that you can complete them as well. All of the "extra entries" are optional - you can do just one, or as many as you want! Winners will be contacted by email. Good luck!

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Disclosure: Thank you to GIANTmicrobes for providing my review sample and the giveaway prize! I received no other compensation and all views expressed are my own. For more information, you can read my Giveaway Policy and my Disclosure Policy.


  1. I learned that they also have a Magic School box set

  2. I learned they work hard to find products for young kids to get engaged in science, and I love the Magic School stuff!

  3. My favorite is Kissing Disease! So Cute! Thanks for the chance!!

  4. My grandkids would love the Flesh Eating (Streptococcus pyogenes)

  5. Chicken pox is cute, my kids would love it!

  6. Penicillin (Penicillium chrysogenum) Gigantic doll

  7. The sperm cell is actually cute!

  8. I like the E. coli (Escherichia coli).

  9. Id have to get the ear ache plush for my son who gets frequent ear infections

  10. I like the vinyl marshmallow one!!!

  11. I love the heart cell-it makes a heartbeat sound XD. Mindy

  12. I like the heart cell, its pretty neat :)

  13. I like the kissing disease and chicken pox. So cute!

  14. I just love Giant Microbes, it's such a hard choice to pick. I really like the Brain Eating Amoeba petri dish.

  15. My favorite is the Rotifer (Brachionus calyciflorus)

  16. I love them all! But I will go with the sperm cell.

  17. I cant choose between the Common Cold and Anthrax! lol

  18. I like the brain cell and the flu bug

  19. My favorite is the Kissing Disease.
    Laurie Emerson
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

  20. Thank You for the giveaway… we like the Common Cold (Rhinovirus) with Santa Hat.

    Rafflecopter: Bryan E.


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