Giveaway: $100 Prize Package from Swirlgifts (Gorgeous Handmade Tableware)

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Some people like to set a table with their fine china, gleaming silver and delicate crystal.

And some of us are clumsy. (Or have young kids.)

But just because my great-grandmother’s china is seldom used at my house these days, doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy bringing out special pieces to our Shabbat table.

I just want those pieces to lean more toward the harder-to-destroy-in-one-fell-swoop side.

If you, too, are looking for pretty, special and durable tableware and serving pieces, let me introduce you to SWIRL.

Linda, the owner and craftswoman behind Swirlgifts, recently contacted me about hosting a giveaway for KOAB readers. I took one look at her website and jumped at the opportunity.

I love her funky style — multi-colored stones or beads, wrapped in a swirled pattern — and her reasonable prices (comprable items on Etsy sell for twice as much).

As if I wasn’t already in love, Linda offered to send me the giveaway prize that she would be sharing with my readers – in order to get my personal review on the pieces.

The package arrive quickly and was wrapped up in a pretty gold bow.

Swirl Gift Giveaway

Inside was a gorgeous large basket, an amazing (seriously – amazing!) stainless steel bread knife, and a sweet little set of glass salt and pepper shakers.

The 15-inch basket immediately became our table’s breadbasket on Shabbat, lined with a simple white napkin.

Embellished bread basket

But Linda also suggested a plethora of other uses for the basket, priced at $46:

  • contain mail
  • hold hand towels by the sink for netilat yedaim
  • display utensils for a buffet dinner
  • bring a 9×13 pyrex to the table – it fits snugly inside
  • makes a great hostess or engagement gift

embellished salt & pepper shakers

As for the little salt and pepper shakers ($18), this gift couldn’t have been better timed. We recently broke my favorite set of salt & pepper shakers (from a pottery collective in Jerusalem *see above about “durability”) and I was really missing them.

Which of course made SWIRL’s sweet little set all the more perfect. While these are just the right size for our minimal use of salt and pepper at the table, I’ve also had friends purchase several sets, so that every person – or couple – can have their own set. Lovely!

Embellished bread knife

And finally the knife: I called it amazing, remember? Let me tell you why — by way of comparison.

I’ve given up on finding the perfect bread knife to use for Shabbat. Our challah knife, which we got as  wedding gift, is pretty, but it’s a horrible knife. And our good bread knife works like a charm — but it’s far from delicate-looking.

The Swirl challah knife ($36), however, is both pretty and functional, for the win!

The 15-inch stainless steel knife is sturdy, cuts smoothly and feels solid in my hand. And the embellished stones are so sparkly!

I truly love all of the Swirl items I received – and am definitely happy to recommend her store to all of my readers.

Even more so because Linda has offered a to give KOAB readers FREE shipping and 20% off your Swirlgifts order when you use the coupon code KOAB20 at checkout. Place your orders for Passover early – before she starts to sell out!

I’m also beyond thrilled that Linda has offered to give away a $100 Swirl prize package to one lucky Kosher on a Budget reader.

The winner will receive:

  • large embellished bread basket
  • 15-inch embellished bread knife
  • small embellished salt & pepper shakers

Here’s how to enter this giveaway:

#1. Leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite tableware or serving piece – for example, my etched glass salad bowl.

#2. For an additional entry, “like” Swirl’s Facebook page – then come back and leave a separate comment that you have done so.

#3. For another additional entry, subscribe to Kosher on a Budget’s new Passover Newsletter – then come back and leave a separate comment that you have done so.

Good Luck!

All entry forms will be verified. Duplicate entries will be deleted.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents over the age of 18 only (sorry to all my Canadian and Israeli readers!). The giveaway will be open until 11:59 p.m. CST, Monday, March 4th, 2013.

The winner will be selected and notified on March 5th and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen. Please add [email protected] to your approved email address list – so your winner’s notification doesn’t get sent to spam.

SWIRL provided me with one prize package, and will also provide the winner with his or her prize. For more information, see my disclosure policy.




  1. Olive spread is a Shabbat staple in our house so on a rare girl’s night out, I made a dedicated olive spread bowl at a pottery painting place. Despite a lack of artistic talent, I love the bowl and the special Shabbat feeling it brings!

  2. I liked the Swirl page on Facebook!

  3. I subscribed to the Pesach newsletter!

  4. Kimberly Schotz says:

    My favorite serving piece is my Great Grandmothers Turkey Platter

  5. Kimberly Schotz says:

    Subscribed to the newsletter

  6. That basket is pretty nice, and I happen to need something to hold sliced Challa on Shabbos….

  7. I love the challah basket. It’s just the style that fits in perfectly with my shabbos table.

  8. I love my new glass challah board. It was my Rosh Hashana present to myself.
    Thanks for running this giveaway 🙂

  9. I liked Swirl

  10. I subscribed to your Pesach Newsletter 🙂

  11. I love the small wine glasses and square bowls! I love the touch of color on the classically shaped glass!! SO pretty! I liked the Facebook Page and signed up for the Passover newsletter! Thank you 🙂

  12. A wooden challah board

  13. the sweet salt n pepper shakers are super classy and adorable….all of the items are simply beautiful sheek and would look lovely on any table!

  14. my favorite is the giant wooden bowl given to me by my sister!

  15. I “liked” Swirl on facebook.

  16. I signed up for your passover newsletter!

  17. debbie jackson says:

    great grandmas serving bowl debbie jackson
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  18. debbie jackson says:

    liked them on fb as debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  19. debbie jackson says:

    emailsub debbie jackson
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  20. the challah basket is really useful!!
    I signed up for ur KOAB passover newsletter and liked swirl on fb! done! thank you!

  21. Maryann Barber says:

    My favorite items are our cobalt blue shabbat candle holders….

  22. My challah board! It makes it look like a Shabbat table!

  23. I follow your Passover blog.

  24. Raquel Schnitzer says:

    I signed up for your Pesach blog.

  25. Love my leaf shaped ceramic platter:)

  26. Stacey T says:

    I liked Swirl’s Facebook page.

  27. A new bowl I painted at a ceramics place

  28. Like Swirl’s facebook page

  29. Joined Passover Kosher newsletter

  30. the metal tray from Israel that was a gift from our Shaliach

  31. I love my challah board that turns into a bread basket. Bought it in Israel and was well worth it!

  32. liked Swirl’s facebook page!

  33. I like Swirl on FB!

  34. I signed up for the Passover newsletter!

  35. a ceramic dish i made myself!

  36. My favorite serving piece is a flower platter in light blue & brown that matches our meat dish set.

  37. What an awesome set! I am counting the ways we could use the basket here!

  38. Chana Esther Fogel says:

    I love my salad bowl from not2shabbey

  39. My walther glass collection of salad bowls and dip bowls!

  40. Ijust came back from Nepal and bought a copper serving bowl. I would love a good challah knife!

  41. Ijust came back from Nepal and bought a copper serving bowl

  42. My favorite serving piece is the ceramic tray we use as a challah board that my husband and I painted together while dating.

  43. I liked Swirl’s facebook page

  44. I’ve subscribed to KOAB Pesach newsletter too – thanks!

  45. I love my challah bowl, made out of . . . Challah

  46. devorah jacobowitz says:

    I love my hand painted side salad bowl from Not2Shabbey.

  47. devorah jacobowitz says:

    I “liked” Swirl’s Facebook page

  48. My favorite serving pieces are beaded salad servers very similar to the Swirl styles pictured above. I’d love to add to my collection!

  49. I liked Swirl’s Facebook page

  50. And I subscribed to the KOAB Passover newsletter