A whimsical gift idea based on a childhood game (giveaway ends 12/31/13)


Rock Paper Scissors

Stop for a moment and think back to your youth. For some of us (me!) that would mean going back to the “stone age”. Ha Ha.

What were some of your favorite games growing up? I enjoyed a lot of games. Me and my cousins played board games all the time. Some of my favorites were Candyland, Life, Monopoly, Operation, Don’t Spill the Beans and Twister.

If we didn’t have a board game handy, no problem! There were still plenty of games we could play such as cards, charades, kick ball and rock paper scissors. Rock paper scissors served a dual purpose. It was a fun game you could play anytime and it helped chose who would have to do something when no one wanted to. For example, if it was pouring rain outside and the dog needed to be walked and no one wanted to do it, you could play rock paper scissors to decide who was the unlucky one.

The rule of thumb is “rock” (your hand in a fist) beats “scissors” (your fingers made to look like scissors) and “scissors” beats paper (your hand out flat). “Paper” beats “rock” because you can cover the rock with paper. It’s a tie if both players choose the same “weapon”.

I think it’s impossible to cheat at this game, unless you have an opponent who tends to use the same option all the time.

My cousins and I have had many epic rock paper scissor matches. My kids use it to decide who does which chores (usually taking the dog out in the rain). My husband and I often use it to decide who gets to do the dishes.

If you have fond memories based on that game I thought you should know about a very sweet piece of jewelry. It’s a Rock Paper Scissors necklace from an Etsy seller called TheBowedArrow.

If you are not familiar with Esty its an online market place where artists and crafters sell their products. The products you find are not mass produced. Some items are even made to order. Etsy is my first stop when looking for unique gift ideas. You can find some truly beautiful finds on the site and some incredibly strange things too.

TheBowedArrow owner says that they specialize in handmade original designs using vintage, natural, and metal findings. I like that. I’m totally into vintage/retro things.

Rock paper scissors must have been the store owners favorite game too because there are a variety of rock paper scissors jewelry items to choose from.

Each handmade item comes with a antique chain, rock, piece of “paper” and a tiny scissor charm. There are a few different styles to choose from and even a holiday version featuring a piece of paper from a holiday story. There is even a holiday ornament version.


Holiday necklace

I LOVE the three individual necklaces (one rock, one paper and one scissors). They would make great friendship necklaces or a special necklace to share with your siblings – whoever you enjoyed playing the game with.

Rock paper scissors

I received one of the necklaces to review. It’s similar to the holiday design except the “paper” is different.


The necklace came in an itty bitty little box.

You’ll have to excuse the poor quality of the photos. My camera broke and all I have to take pictures with is my cellphone. I hope Santa knows that I am dire need of a new camera.


Rock Paper Scissor Necklace in Box

The pictures do not do this necklace justice. It’s not as dark as it appears in my cellphone photos. It looks more like the professional photograph just above.

The chain is supposed to be 20″. I can’t wear it because it’s like a choker on me. I gave the necklace to my daughter. I thought I had a photo of her wearing it but I can’t find it, unless it’s on my broken camera.

The necklace is well made and would make a wonderful gift. Personally I would love to give one to my cousin to remember all those summers we spent together, and all the times playing this game helped pass the time during long road trips.

This is a whimsical design which is sure to thrill both young and old.

If you would like to learn more about this necklace, or other available designs, visit www.TheBowedArrow.com.


Two lucky readers will each win one (1) of the rock paper scissor necklaces, compliments of TheBowedArrow.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on December 31, 2013  at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random  using a  random number  generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be  notified via e-mail  and will have three days to reply or a new  winner will be chosen in  their place.

To enter please comment on this post and share with me a memory playing this game – OR – why you would like to win this necklace?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter  widget (below) but you must complete the  initial entry requirement or the additional entries  won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.


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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. Sue Devers says:

    I enjoyed playing as a kid with my brother and sister and then really enjoyed teaching my own daughter!

  2. Sue Alexander says:

    I commented before under the name Sue Devers–my married name!

  3. courtney hennagir says:

    Man,we used to decide everything by playing rock,paper,scissors when my bro,sis and I were kids! This would be such a fun reminder of those days.

  4. Martha Willis says:

    My 5 yr old daughter and I are huge RPS players. She cheats and I don’t complain (much). This would be a cute little nod to something we share.

  5. My favorite memories of the game are with my Mother, we used to giggle so much playing it!

  6. jodi frasier/lasher says:

    I can remember playing this game all the time on the school bus on the way and from school with my friends. It was really a game that you could not cheat on and i got really good at it lol

  7. playing with my son and he busted out with a labersabor and won lol.

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  9. I would always play this with my brother. Didn’t even think about it much until you had this giveaway.

  10. Sara Estep says:

    The neighborhood kids and I used to play this to solve any problems we had. Good times.

  11. Nicole Newby says:

    It’s just a memorable game that my husband and I still use to determine diaper duty. Would love to win this for us, maybe put it in my sons baby book.

  12. courtney hennagir says:

    I follow you on blog lovin!

  13. I want to win this for a friends child.

  14. My kids and i still play to determine who will have to do a chore or something

  15. My daughter enjoys playing this game and would like this!

  16. Debra Hall says:

    my sister was the champ of this when i was a kid i would give it to her

  17. mary gardner says:

    we always played this to determine who got to do anything first!

  18. Virginia Rowell says:

    I remember playing this game with my sisters. It was how we decided who would do the dishes. No dishwashers back then!

  19. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    Use to play this on the school bus.

  20. I didn’t play it very much! But I did enjoy it when I did.

  21. Rock paper scissors was my favorite game with my sisters. This necklace is adorable

  22. When I was a kid we use this way all the time to see who was first when we played “Your It” on bikes.

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  24. Courtney Renee says:

    I would love to win this necklace because its so unique. I collect unique things 🙂

  25. Monique Rizzo says:

    Duck Duck Goose was a childhood favorite.
    Thanks for the chance.

  26. My daughter enjoys playing this game and would like this

  27. I’d love to win because its very cute and brings back memories!

  28. Um, I still play this game whenever I need to solve an argument. Lol.

  29. THe necklace is a cute way to remember to play like your a child sometimes.

  30. Kathleen S. says:

    I remember playing rock paper scissors with my dad when I was a kid to decide who had to do the dishes.

  31. tina reynolds says:

    I played this all the time with my brother

  32. I would like to win it because it is pretty!

  33. We play this a lot when we are waiting in line for amusement park rides or other waits that will be long. Thank you

  34. Francine Anchondo says:

    I like how the necklace looks