Do you know someone serving in the military, or someone who has family serving in the military? Thanksgiving can be a difficult time of year for our service members to be away from home. It is an all-American holiday, a day that brings families together to celebrate the freedom and abundance we enjoy in this country—in stark contrast to conditions in war-torn countries overseas. What better way to give meaning to your Thanksgiving celebration than to reach out and thank these men and women for their sacrifice?
We encourage you to join us in getting out the personalized note cards and writing a few words of thanks to let a military service member know we appreciate the work they are doing and the sacrifice they are making. As we sit down to a Thanksgiving meal with our loved ones, we will spend a moment remembering those who are not with us.
A hostess gift is a little something you bring along to a party to give to the hostess when you arrive. It is not required, but is a lovely gesture that says, “Thanks for having this gathering and inviting me—I know how much work it is!” So what do you bring?
Some of our favorite go-to hostess gift ideas are a bottle of wine, her favorite coffee, a bouquet of her favorite flower, cooking herbs, flavored oils or vinegars for the cook, seasonal dish towels or fingertip towels, the sequel to a book she loved, pretty soaps, candles, and chocolates. We also love the hostess gift idea of personalized stationery or thank you note cards for the hostess. Okay, maybe we’re a little biased, but wait until you hear this idea.
One of our team members ordered several styles of thank you notes in fun colors she loved. Then she mixed and matched the colors and styles to make several little packets of note cards, tying them with a ribbon. Not only have they been a big hit, but now she always has a gift ready whenever she needs one. Because that’s the other thing about a hostess gift—you never remember to pick one up until you’re on your way out the door.
Here at Pear Tree our team members come from all over the country, and it seems that no matter where we’re from, fall is one of our favorite times of the year. Is it the colorful foliage? The crisp weather? The new clothes? Or are we all just ready for a change of pace after our summer vacations? Whatever the reason, fall is the subject of many of our most-loved photos—photos that are not only worthy of keeping, but worthy of sharing.
We are used to sharing photos by sending reprints. But creating something from that photo, such as a fall photo card, makes it a unique and personal way to express yourself. They’re also very handy to have around the house. Think of the times you’ve shopped for personalized stationery, desperately looking for an image that suits you from among the sad-eyed dogs, cute babies, mischievous kittens and close-ups of flowers. Why not create your own note cards from an image you love and can truly call your own?
Our fall photo cards don’t look or feel like your average discount store photo cards. They are printed on elegant, 100 lb, high quality cardstock with a matte finish, and will truly be your cards, with your image and with (or without) your personalized copy—perhaps a clever caption for your photo, or a simple credit with the date and location. Here’s another great idea: if you have a friend who enjoys your photography, why not print a dozen extra and share them as a gift?
We have seen some wonderful photo collage fall photo cards (cards with 3 or more photos). Sometimes they are a mixture of people, places or things, and other times just places that the photographer loves.
Want to add a great deal of thankfulness to a turkey day meal? A Thanksgiving party idea, which came from one of our customers recently told us of a gathering she hosted at her home to benefit the local food shelf. The host family prepares a simple but hearty meal of a few soups and bread. On the Thanksgiving invitations she requested that the guests all bring a non-perishable item that they can deliver to the local food shelf. It’s a wonderful way to bring people together, enjoy each other’s company, and also do some good.
Is one thing you’re thankful for every Thanksgiving is the fact you don’t have to host? And how grateful you are to your sister or mother or whomever that does host? This year, show your appreciation with a small gift of personalized note cards, the host will LOVE it!
Here are some of my favorite fall note card designs.
Elegant – Personalized Note Card
Mod Dots – Spice Personalized Note Card
Solid Stripes – Personalized Note Card
Check out our entire collection of personalized note cards.