Giveaway Day Five, Part One: Mad Men and The Playbook

TSJ has always believed in the power of giveaways–and in our kickass readers the past few months. As our way of giving back for the holidays, we’re rolling out our biggest giveaways yet with our 12 Days of Giveaways free shit blowout. Every weekday for the next few weeks, we’ll be giving away everything from DVDs and books to gadgets and furniture for you to stuff your own stocking. Keep your eye out for the daily post to see how you can win hundreds of dollars worth of freebies.

Don Draper is a serious pimp. Time was, all you needed was a well-pressed suit, brandy snifter and a suggestive smile to impress the ladies. Don Draper pulled them with ease. Having trouble in that department? Then today’s giveaway is right up your alley: we’ve got a copy of Mad Men: Season Three on DVD and the new book The Playbook: Suit Up. Score Chicks. Be Awesome to throw your way.

Here’s the prescription: take your cues from Don with a four-disc box set of season three of “TV’s best show,” according to Rolling Stone. You’ll get four DVDs chock full of Mad Men goodness, with all 13 episodes from the third season, commentaries and special features with documentaries about the show’s subjects and creation.

Then get some advice for scoring chicks circa 2010 from How I Met Your Mother‘s Barney Stinson and the authors of The Bro Code with The Playbook. This paperback’s got your back, with 75 seduction techniques developed by “pickup guru and all-around good guy Barney Stinson, guaranteed to turn you into a bona fide ladies’ man.” That guarantee is Simon and Schuster’s, not ours, so feel free to direct your ire at them if “The Fireman” backfires in your face at the bar. How do you pull off The Fireman? Simple- Barney says, “Step 1: Tell her you’re a fireman. Step 2: Stop, drop and roll with her.” Foolproof.

Here’s Barney’s back-cover bio, “About Barney, by Barney,” because it’s hilarious:

BANREY STINSON has slept with countless women yet has never had a pregnancy scare he’s legally aware of. When not explaining how to be awesome on his popular website,, Barney enjoys modeling underwear; bottling one of his 83 wine labels; and being photographed with orphans, abandoned puppies, or anything that really sells “vulnerable” when accompanied by a Sarah McLachlan song.

Seriously, who couldn’t learn a thing or two from this guy? One lucky winner will pick up a copy of both these fantastic prizes. Here’s your chance:

In the comments below, tell us your favorite pickup technique and why it works so well, or tell us an embarrassing (and hilarious) story about a time when your pickup line fell flat.

The best comment wins a copy of The Playbook and a Season Three box-set of Mad Men.

Giveaway closes Saturday, December 11th.

Be sure to provide a legit e-mail address when you comment so we can contact you.

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Be sure to check back later today for another giveaway in our insane 12 Days of Giveaways series. This one’s for the ladies. (Or, you know, anyone into men of a certain age.)