GIVEAWAY: $50 Potomac Mills Gift Card from Simon Malls


Friends, I have experienced a Christmas miracle.

I visited Potomac Mills during prime holiday shopping season and found

  • lots of close parking
  • no crazy crowds
  • great customer service at every single store
  • a short line for a jolly, realistic Santa

This miracle brought celebrating and falalaling and joyous surprise to me and my family!

Although I do the bulk of my Christmas shopping online, I like to take my children to a shopping mall at the holidays. There the kids can choose stores to visit and select the gifts they give their cousins, teachers and grandparents. This helps my kids truly take part in giving to others.

So when Potomac Mills asked me to take part in their 2014 “Spread Love” campaign and help spread the love to you guys, I jumped at the chance. I love how this holiday shopping season, Simon Malls, of which Potomac Mills is a part, randomly gifted holiday shoppers. Check it out.

And now the Simon Malls folks are spreading the love to one of you lucky readers with your own $50 gift card! You can use it at any of Potomac Mills’ 175 stores.

I too received a gift card to show you all our own @ShoPotomacMills experience. Alice and I picked up our gift card at Guest Services, located conveniently near the Food Court main entrance and where I found tons of close outdoor lot parking. I really loved not having to stalk and scare someone walking back to their car in a big parking structure.


The Guest Services attendant Ashley was so kind and helpful, assisting Alice and I in locating the stores we most wanted to visit and tracking down Santa. We also learned of all the special deals available right now at Potomac Mills stores.

Our first stop was the Disney Store Outlet for gifts for young cousins. It was big and beautiful, the best Disney Store I have seen outside of the Disney parks and Downtown Disney areas.


Next we could not stand to wait and so headed to our date with Santa. Click that link for the times when Santa is holding court. He was extremely realistic, with a real beard, a jolly laugh and a twinkle in his eye. Eve analyzed Alice’s photo and deemed that this was probably the real dude and not a helper.


Then we popped into Crazy 8 for some more gifts and Christmas clothes. Everything in the store was marked down to $12.99 or less, and they allowed me to combine several coupons on top of that store-wide savings. We walked out of there with a bags of items for less than $30. Really.


The massive LEGO store was next. This might be the biggest one in the DC area! Every single LEGO dream can come true here, and Alice and I chose some gifts for her big brother and sister that are going to be big hits on Christmas morning.


Lastly, we had the traditional post-shopping food court lunch. With our Santa photo purchase we received a voucher for a free kids’ meal at Moe’s Southwest Grill with the purchase of an adult entree, and so Alice and I happily feasted on burrito bowls as we rehashed our shopping victories.

By this time, Alice was all shopped out but agreed that we had such a wonderful day!



By the way, from Colesville/North Silver Spring on a weekday it only took me 1 hour to get to Potomac Mills at 10am, and it took me only 1 hour to drive home at 1pm. Another Christmas miracle, maybe, but it also reminded me that the drive to the Virginia side for such great selections is not bad at all!

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I received a Potomac Mills gift card to facilitate this review. No additional compensation received. All opinions are my own.


  1. Build a Bear is by far my favorite – love to see the kids freak out when we go! : ) thanks for an awesome gift away!!

  2. Banana Republic Factory Outlet!

  3. They have the best selection of any Nordstrom Rack. I always find amazing things there.

  4. I love Bath and Body Works, but my boys love the Lego Store.

  5. I like the Children’s Place Outlet.

  6. I love that Costco is part of the mall.

  7. i love the nike outlet and victoras secret

  8. I follow on pinterest with

  9. Forever 21 is my favorite and I follow on instagram using @lindilala

  10. My fave store is H&M!

  11. My favorite is Gap Outlet.

  12. That Lego store looks awesome!

  13. nordstrom and nike!

  14. I subscribed on youtube @linjumimom

    instagram: @linjumimom
    pinterest: @linjumimom

  15. flipdancing tennis is my youtube username

  16. I follow on pinterest and instagram @julimijulimi

  17. victorias secret

  18. I subscribed on pinterest, youtube and instagram. My username for those three are @pruamthong

  19. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    email subscriber

  20. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I love BCBG!

  21. Julie Raye-Rod says:

    following on pinterest

  22. Julie Raye-Rod says:
  23. Julie Raye-Rod says:

    i’m following on instagram

  24. Julie Raye-Rod says:

    my favorite store would definitely have to be v.s.

  25. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like nordstrom

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