My Christmas Tree has E-Coli and a Cold! (Giveaway)

Ewww… the little Christmas tree we have in our dining room not only has a cold but it also has E-Coli!

Now before you start hosing down your Christmas tree with Lysol, I’m not talking about a REAL cold or E-Coli but rather my Microbes Christmas tree ornaments. Yes, you heard me right, Christmas Tree ornaments.

Why in the world would I adorn my Christmas tree with things like the Common Cold, E-Coli and even a Brain Cell, Red Amoeba and the “Kissing Disease”? Because they are so darn cute!

Let me introduce you to a Red Amoeba.

And of course the Brain Cell (long gray thing) and the Common Cold (cute little blue guy towards the top).

I certainly cannot leave out the “Kissing Disease” (cute little purple ball) and one of the most feared of all, E-Coli (the thing that looks like a jelly fish).

Why in the world would anyone want to decorate their tree with such things? I did because I think they are adorable and certainly an attention getter. Can you imagine what your holiday guests would say if they saw your tree dressed up in Microbes?

These sweet little guys and girl (I would think the Epstein-Barr Virus, aka “Kissing Disease” is a girl) come from a website called GIANT Microbes. GIANT Microbes sells all kinds of funky microbes including Dust Mites, Fat Cells, Mad Cow, Rubella, Sperm, Flu, West Nile and even the Black Plague.

Ha! I’m sure by now many of my readers are grossed out. Secretly I’m sure many others are totally intrigued by this.

GIANT Microbes sells cute variety of plush and vinyl Microbes. Some of the diseases or conditions they represent are pretty gross, or scary, but seeing their cute little faces suddenly makes them less scary. Check out a few of these interesting little fellas.

See, I told you they were adorable.

Why in the world would anyone want to buy a giant version of illnesses and other funky things? I say, why not? Its an interesting way to make light of things. For example, my husband tends to be a bit of a hypochondriac (sorry Hunny). If anyone near him catches anything (Flu, Cold…) he instantly things he’s next. In this case it would be funny to give him a gift of the Common Cold as a joke.

I am severaly Anemic and have to get IV Iron infusions 8-12 weeks out of the year. Its not a pleasant experience. In way I think it would be funny to have a plush Red Blood Cell, after all, my body needs as many as it can get.

I am also overweight. I always have been. Maybe having a Fat Cell in plain sight on a daily basis will be a constant reminder of what I need to get rid of?

I find it amusing that the Fat Cell looks fat. LOL!

GIANT Microbes are made to resemble the actual microbe that they represent. Here are a few examples.

Here is the Black Plague (Yersinia Pestis) as it looks under the microscope and the whimsical little plush from GIANT Microbes.

How about some Toxic Mold (Stachybotrys Chartarum)? I had to laugh at the mean face the plush Toxic Mold has.

This little fella I’m pretty sure almost everyone has encountered at one point in their life. Can you guess what he (or she?) is? The shape might give it away.

Do you have an idea what it is? Its diarrhea. Ewww… GROSS!!! The next time you have a bout with Diarrhea just think about those long, skinny creepy crawlies making their way around your intestines.

GIANT Microbes are meant to be fun and whimsical.

Do you want you get your sweetie something special for Valentines Day? Why not a heart shaped box filled with Sperm Cell, Egg Cell, Kissing Disease, Penicillin, and an exclusive pink Amoeba? Nothing says “romance” then Penicillin and the Kissing Disease. Ha Ha. If you have any single friends who are down in the dumps for not having a special someone in their life for Valentines Day why not give them a special heart shaped box filled with Herpes, Pox, HPV, Chlamydia and Penicillin as a reminder of what they are NOT missing out on. LOL!

Some GIANT Microbes are available in both a plush and vinyl version. But watch out, dogs seem to think the vinyl GIANT Microbes are for them. My dog is obsessed with the Common Cold vinyl microbe that I have.

The website is fun to look at. To see what I mean check out the page for the Bed Bug (click here). There is a really cute animation of a Bed Bug found on the page, as well as the plush, vinyl and special 3-pack Petri Dish version. The animations are really cute. If you know anyone who is either terrified of the idea of getting Bed Bugs, or have experienced them (sad to say), then it would make for a great joke to put an adorable plush Bed Bug in their bed one night.

I’m sorry that I was unable to embed the animated version of the Bed Bug here in this post. You’ll have to visit the site to see it. All the animations are adorable. By the way, the Bed Bugs name on GIANT Microbes is “Nibbles”. Ha Ha.

To learn more about these fun little “critters” and other merchandise such as mugs, ties, gift sets and apparel, visit www.GIANTMicrobes.com. There is a Facebook page but I cannot seem to get it to work. When I can I’ll add it to the post.

GIANT Microbes would love to give two She Scribes reader their own plush Microbe that you can keep or give as a gift (joke) to someone else. Thanks GIANT Microbes.

To enter please visit the GIANT Microbes website (www.GIANTMicrobes.com), look around, then come back here and comment on which Microbe you would love to win. I’d be curious to know why you chose that specific one. You are welcome to tell me if you want but its certainly not mandatory.

For extra entries you can do any or all of the following. Please be sure to leave a separate comment for each that you have done. Extra entries are optional.

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– Follow GIANT Microbes on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/GIANTMicrobes.

– Follow She Scribes in Twitter (@She_Scribes) and tweet about his fun review/giveaway. Be sure to include me in the tweet so I can see it too. This is limited to three tweets per day.

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This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on December 22, 2010 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligibleentries. The winners will be contacted via e-mail and must reply within three days with a name, address (no PO Box) and their GIANT Microbe choice or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

Other  fun giveaways can be found on the right side bar under “Win It”.


*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own. GIANT Microbes will be providing the prize.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. tiffany lane says:

    I like the food poisioning one. I also like the bed bug

  2. tiffany lane says:

    liked she scribes on facebook

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    follow through GFC

  4. tiffany lane says:

    follow giant microbes on twitter


  5. tiffany lane says:

    follow shescribes on twitter

  6. tiffany lane says:

    shared on facebook

  7. tiffany lane says:

    i shared on twitter

    I donot know how to post a stauts link, but would like.

  8. How funny. I like the martian life.

  9. My favorite would have to be Sea Sparkle because I just can’t resist bioluminescence and collecting the whole Aquatics set would be fun!

  10. bed bug, hubby travels all the time.

  11. I am a science teacher and LOVE these. Of course, my mother (a microbiologist) already has one. I would probably pick out Mono or Swine Flu since both have kicked me in the butt before. Thanks for the fun.

  12. Follow on Google Friend Connect

  13. Like you on Facebook

  14. Follow Giant Microbes on Twitter @TheAngelForever

  15. I would like either the red blood cell or the white blood cell

  16. I’m a blog follower via GFC – mstarz9

  17. I like She Scribes on facebook -michelle t.

  18. I follow @GIANTmicrobes on twitter – mstarz9

  19. Me and my GD shingles would very much like the Chicken Pox one. (stupid shingles/ cute bug).

  20. I love these things, and have always wanted the mad cow. It’s adorable.