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I’m a big fan of original, creative promotions and Wyndham certainly takes the cake with their My Horrible Holiday Gift Contest:
“For those fearful of an ugly sweater, tasteless fruitcake or other lackluster item gracing their holiday gift pile this year, Wyndham Rewards® is offering up “My Horrible Holiday Gift,” a new contest that gives members a chance at trading in their less-than-desirable gift for two million Wyndham Rewards points or other valuable prizes including $50 and $100 gift cards.

Now through January 10, 2012, U.S. and Canadian Wyndham Rewards members who visit www.wyndhamrewards.com/holiday and upload a photo of their horrible holiday gift, along with a brief description of what makes it so bad, will be entered for their chance to win a grand prize of two million Wyndham Rewards points.

A team of Wyndham Rewards judges will pick five finalists from all eligible entries submitted. The public will then vote to select the grand prize winner. Finalists will be chosen based on: creativity, originality, popularity, and faithfulness to the idea. As an added bonus, finalists will each receive enough Wyndham Rewards points to redeem for a $100 gift card to the retailer of their choice.”

While I’m not a huge fan of contests (I’d prefer promotions that allow every participant to earn points), this one is actually kind of fun and I think the odds of getting something for participating would be pretty good. Wyndham is also running a Gift Me promotion that gives 6,500 points (or 1,000 airline miles) for every two stays. Register here.

I also thought this promo was pretty topical because there’s an email chain going on in my family right now about our annual holiday gift exchange. My mom is taking a drubbing for the hideous cookie jar she entered in our White Elephant exchange – that I ended up “winning.” I have nothing against cookies or jars, but it was a pretty useless gift that I would have uploaded for this Wyndham promotion!

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