Yes, you did read that correctly. Every month* on my Instagram account I give away free gluten free products.
How do I get free Gluten Free Goodies?
What’s the catch? There is no catch, seriously. In my This is Not a G!veaway (example of a ‘not a g!veaway‘) I gather up lots of gluten free products over the month, some are bought, some are gifted and some might be freebies from shows I’ve attended.
All you need to do is follow me, like my posts and comment from time-to-time. Effectively I’m asking you to carry on as normal and do what you normally do on social media.
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How does it work?
Each month I look at the most popular post on my Instagram account and pick a random ‘winner’ that just happened to like the post and commented. That’s it, you won’t even know you had entered into a non-g!veaway! I then DM the person for their address and send the box of gluten free goodies out to them the next working day.
Why do you give gluten free products away for free?
Because I’m nice like that – no seriously, it’s because I hate waste and in this household that can happen a lot.
Explain yourself Rebecca.
Both my teens are autistic. Those in the know will understand that autistic people can sometimes be rather specific about what they eat; textures, tastes, smells can be a deal breaker.
Lots of times I buy a new product for Bethany to try and she’ll not like it so if I bought multiples or it was a multi-pack I’ll add it to the goodies box.
Why won’t my son eat them? For the exact reason I just explained plus he hates the idea of gluten free food.
Why won’t I eat them? Because I am dairy and egg intolerant as well as a few other foods so I can’t always eat what I buy Bethany.
Another reason I do it, in fact, that main reason I do it is to say THANK YOU to my followers
Supporting small businesses
As well as preventing waste in this family, the not a g!veaway also supports small businesses by giving them a little bit of social media exposure as I always tag businesses into my posts for followers to see and follow for themselves (or even better, purchase) if they like.
Surely there’s something in it for you Rebecca?
Well yes there is. Total transparency, my Instagram account has been so difficult to build a following, I’m certainly not in the tens of thousands like some gluten free bloggers and this impacts the work I get. Bigger brands with marketing budgets still think Instagram is the place to be in terms of ‘influencing’ whilst I suspect that’s not entirely true but hey what do I know?
By building my presence on Instagram I stand a better chance of earning some pennies with collaborations – I still have to pay the bills and freebies don’t put petrol in the car!
That said, this ‘Not a G!veaway’ generates little to no extra followers – so go figure, guess I just wasn’t built for business (giggles!).
Terms & Conditions
You have to be in the UK as this is all coming out of my own pocket and can cost me anything between £5.00-10.00 in postage and packaging.
That’s it as far as T&C’s are concerned because it’s not actually a giveaway. I’m just gifting a surprise to a follower each month.
* there may be months I do not run the ‘Not a G!iveaway’ due to not gathering enough goodies or being away or personal circumstances but over the last 12mths I’ve given away EIGHT goodies boxes!
Are you new here? Fancy reading more about Glutarama?
About Us – find out about the family, how this blog started and the various conditions we deal with.
Type 1 Diabetes and us: the full diagnosis story – my daughter Bethany’s diagnosis story
Coeliac diagnosis – symptoms, impact and life going forward – Bethany’s Coeliac diagnosis
10 reasons I know my son has Autism – Lewis’s autism traits and special powers
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