Maru & Friends Doll Giveaway – ENDED

UPDATED WITH OUR WINNER! Congratulations Molly! Please check your inbox.

Ever since I introduced Maru to you in late November (more photos of her here, here and here), you all have been asking if I could do a giveaway for one! I am so happy to say, that YES, we get to do a Maru giveaway!!

Maru would like one of you to be her Valentine! She is modeling her sweet as can be Fancy Shorts outfit today while she starts making Valentine’s for her friends.

Maru is part of the Maru & Friends line of high quality 20″ play dolls  from Maritza Gutierrez with faces sculpted by master artist, Dianna Effner. The dolls are sold online and in the Maru store in the Aventura Mall in Miami, Florida. The main character, Maru, is an 8-year old Latina girl who moves to the United States with her family in search of a better life. Her stories revolve around her friends Jamie, Tanya, Raven and Savannah.

For our giveaway, one of our lucky readers will get to choose Maru or one of her friends to be her own!!


One Maru & Friends 20″ doll of the winner’s choice (valued at $110)


  • Mandatory entry – visit Maru & Friends website and take a look around, get to know the different dolls and their stories then leave a comment below letting us know which doll from the collection you would choose if you won and why.
  • Get bonus entries by letting your friends know about our giveaway. Get one extra entry for each of the following, but come back and leave a second comment telling us where you shared it:
    • Post about it on your own blog, in a forum, tweet about it or share it with your friends on Facebook.
    • Like us on Facebook (we are DollDiaries and Maru and Friends) – feel free to leave us a note on Facebook saying hello and don’t be shy about sharing it on your page.
    • Follow DollDiaries on Pinterest (and feel free to pin the images from this post while you are at it ;-) ).
    • Follow @DollDiaries and @maruandfriends on Instagram – be sure to let us know you are entering the giveaway so we can follow you back.


  • Leave your comment(s) no later than midnight February 13, 2013.
  • Make sure your email address is right. We only use it to contact the winner and we will NEVER share it or publish it.
  • You must be 13 or older to enter. If you are under 13, just ask your parent, grandparent, favorite aunt or uncle to enter for you!
  • Due to the size of the prize, this giveaway is open to US addresses only.
  • We will be using the “And the winner is” plugin to select one (1) winner at random.


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  1. Lin says:

    Posted this contest link to the “Kiddsnkells” Yahoo group.

  2. Lin says:

    Posted this contest link to the “kids ‘n’ Cats” yahoo group.

  3. Lin says:

    Posted this contest link to the “Kish and Company” Yahoo group.

  4. Rozanna says:

    I have an adorable redheaded grand daughter. I would choose Savannah with her beautiful redhair, if I won a doll.

    The dolls have very cute stylish fashions.

  5. Lin says:

    Posted this contest link to the “Marley Wentworth” Yahoo group.

  6. Paul says:

    My wife emailed a few of her friends about your giveaway.

  7. Nicole says:

    Emailed some friends about this giveaway!

  8. Diana Duthey says:

    I have Maru and Raven already, and would like Savannah. I like things in three, and love redheads.

  9. Lindy Wright says:

    I think Maru is darling. I would love to win a Maru doll.

  10. Raven says:

    I love these dolls. I think Maru is my favorite but Tanya is so close. There is something about her face that just makes her seem like a friend.
    One of my friends emailed this to me and I will definately pass it on.

  11. EIleen Rohrbach says:

    I would love Maru because she has the innocent look of a child. Her face looks like what little girls are made of!

  12. Emma says:

    I would get Raven because I like her skintone and her outfits.

  13. Elyana says:

    I would love Maru if I had a choice! She looks the prettiest to me.

  14. Linda Wernette says:

    I am so impressed with the quality of these dolls. It is great to see a new line of dolls representing different ethnic groups of young girls who can relate to. The stories and adventures they share will lead to a exciting imagination with their friends and family.
    The line of clothing for the girls are well made and refreshing. I can’t wait to own one of these girls and make clothes and jewelry for them.The creativity is endless.
    Their faces remind me of the dolls I had as a little girl. They were the “drink and wet” type of dolls which finally are represented again by this line of dolls in a toddler style body. So sweet and innocent!
    I do hope so much that I will be lucky enough to to receive Tonya as I love her long hair much like mine when I was a girl her age. She will be like a dream come true! I’m so glad my doll group introduced me to them!

  15. Tamara Zajac says:

    I would choose Maru because I have always thought that she is so beautiful! I do not have a large collection of dolls and no 20″ dolls, but I would make clothing for her if I needed to!

  16. Julie says:

    I know you get extra entries by posting publically online, But can you by telling your family? if so, I told my entire family mulitple times about the giveway!

  17. Jacj Jueden says:

    I would love Savanah She has beautiful coloring & the cutest outfits If I didn’t get Savanah I would pick RAven as she is just beautiful. just love her!!!!!!!

  18. Jacj Jueden says:

    Posted it on Face book

  19. Trina Congie says:

    I posted this to the Ourtwinns yahoo group. We love ALL dolls, not just Twinns.
    I have Maru and Savannah already and LOVE them. Tanya is next on my list of who NEEDS to come here to live. She looks just like a friend’s daughter.

  20. AnnMarie says:

    I think that Jamie would be my doll of choice. She has a pensive sculpt which I seem drawn to. I saw Lin’s posting and decided to check out Maru and friends.

  21. Diane says:

    Love, love Maru! I seem to have a thing for dark eyes and dark hair. She is gorgeous.

  22. Jen says:

    If I were to win one of the dolls, I would have a hard time choosing between Savannah and Maru. All of the dolls look absolutely stunning! I am partial to red heads 😉 and Savannah is just adorable, she has a very sweet face, and I absolutely adore her denim outfit! Maru is super cute, her outfit is adorable, and she would be a great inspiration for my girls to study Latin culture. Tough choice, huh?! I’ll just go droool over their page some more. 😉

  23. Jen says:

    Liked on Facebook, Followed on Pinterest, Shared on Facebook – now crossing fingers =D

  24. Susan DeWitt says:

    Love Maru’s face, but torn between her and Savannah’s gorgeous coloring. My new “foster granddaughter”, Hope, loves Maru. Hope is just 4 and been thru some nasty times in her short life. My daughter and her husband absolutely adore her and hope to one day adopt her. Her bedroom (first time she has had her own place to sleep in complete safety) is all done up in ladybugs. She squeeled in delight when she saw Maru’s logo with a ladybug. Ladybugs are good luck in Germany. Hope loves when I have made her outfits with ladybugs on them. She loves the Ladybug pj’s, Maru’s brown boots, the denim pant set with ladybugs, too. Guess you have figured out who would be the recipient, if you should choose this entry.

  25. Carrie says:

    If I won, my daughter would choose Tanya, because she likes her outfit and hairstyle.

  26. Susan DeWitt says:

    Posted note on yahoo groups for Marley Wentworth regarding darling Maru and the website and contest.

  27. Susan DeWitt says:

    “Liked” Maru & Friends on Facebook. Keeping fingers crossed for my little “foster granddaughter”, Hope.

  28. Tam says:

    Beautiful dolls, I would pick Tanya or Maru

  29. Susan DeWitt says:

    I repinned Maru and contest (doll diaries) onto my Pinterest Board.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  30. Jenny says:

    All of the dolls are so unique but I am always draw to Savannah. She has the sweetest face and her hair and eye color really make her stand out. My favorite thing about Maru & Friends is…THE SHOES!!! These girls know how to pick super fun shoes to go with their outfits!

  31. Jenny says:

    Shared the giveaway on pinterest and linked back to your website…Thanks so much for inviting us all into such a generous giveway!!!

  32. Susan DeWitt says:

    Told my daughter about contest and Maru’s adorable outfits when she walked in from work 2 minutes ago.

  33. Jessica says:

    They are all so beautiful, but I like Maru and Savannah the best.

  34. Sarah says:

    Several years ago we hosted our first foreign exchange student from Mexico. Her name…Maru!! It would be so wonderful to have her as a permanent addition in our house (since sadly “our” Maru had to go back home)!!

  35. Sarah says:

    I shared you on and Facebook!

  36. Rachel.A :-) says:

    I told more friends and pinned on pinterest!!!

  37. Rachel.A :-) says:

    Did anyone else notice that Raven is on sale???

  38. Hi,

    I think Maru is beautiful and I would love to win her.. I am a volunteer at a foster group home here in California which is s new concept in raising foster children in a family environment whereby all the siblings of one family can stay together rather than be separated. I have made some cloth dolls for these children which they hold dear. And if I were to win Maru, there is a very special little girl I would love to give her to.

    Thanks. Susan

  39. Paula says:

    Emailed a few friends & fellow workers about this contest.

  40. JoAnn says:

    I sent emails about this contest to some of my relatives.

  41. Mary Dearing says:

    I would so love to win Maru! crossing my fingers!

  42. Mary Dearing says:

    Hmm.. it’s 10:44 pm Pacific time where I live… am I too late?

  43. Violina says:

    Sent emails to friends and collegues regarding this contest.

  44. I would love to win Maru–she reminds me of so many of the students I have worked with here in Federal Way, WA. She is a beauty, and has such a sweet face. I shared her and this contest of Facebook.

  45. Sharon Ruddy says:

    I love Maru! She reminds me of my youngest daughter! Would also like to see an Asian version.

  46. Sharon Ruddy says:

    Liked you on Facebook!