5 ways to use 1 note card

Note cardsWe’re letting you in on a little secret. Our thank you notes aren’t just for thank you’s. You don’t have to be a grad or a bride to use the cards in our graduation or wedding collections. And our personalized note cards can be personalized with your name, a friend’s name, or left completely blank. It’s totally up to you!

Maybe you already knew that the text on most of Pear Tree’s note cards and invitations was editable. But just in case you didn’t, this little tip opens up hundreds of possibilities. Now that you know, if you see a design you like in our bridal shower collection, you can use it for a birthday party invitation. And the same note card can be used to say, “I’m sorry,” “I miss you,” “You’re awesome” or none of the above.

Have fun finding a design you like from any of our collections and coming up with stationery ideas that work for you. That’s the true meaning of personalized stationery.

Thinking-of-you gift ideas

Thinking-of-you gift ideasOne of our team members recently experienced a scare. His sister was seriously injured in a car accident and hospitalized for several weeks. His family spent hours at her bedside, while friends and relatives sent flowers, gifts, good wishes, and offered their support in many ways.

During one of those many hours of vigil, it occurred to him that his family would probably want to send thank you notes to many of the people who had helped them. “If this hadn’t happened to us,” he said, “it would never have occurred to me to give note cards as a gift to a family struggling with illness or injury. But that would have been an incredibly thoughtful and useful gift.” Not only could they have used them, but it would have given them something to do, other than worry, while waiting in the hospital!

We all struggle with finding the right gift or the right thing to say when a friend needs our support. That’s why this has become one of our favorite thinking-of-you gift ideas. If the thought of giving thank you notes seems too presumptuous, blank note cards will be just as appreciated and are more versatile. (Most of Pear Tree’s thank you notes, or personalized note cards can be ordered blank, without any message on the front, if that’s the way you’d like them.) As this family’s story taught us, you never know when you might need them.

Tipping and gifting those who make our lives easier

Notelettes for tippingSpreading holiday cheer to those who perform important services for us all year long is what Christmas is all about. Giving a gift to your child’s teacher or day care provider may be obvious, but there are plenty of other people, including the mail carrier, school bus driver, newspaper delivery guy, doorman and garbage collector who shouldn’t be forgotten, and these thank you ideas are sure to please.

Everyone appreciates a little recognition or extra tip around Christmas time. It’s a simple gesture, but one that means a lot, to tuck a little cash inside a mini note card or holiday thank you card. In lieu of cash, enclose a gift card to a local store, restaurant or coffee shop. A teacher might appreciate a gift of personalized stationery, supplies for the classroom or a gift card to a book store.

Thank you ideas don’t have to be extravagant—it really is the thought that counts—but your thoughtfulness creates goodwill that lasts far into the new year. Brighten someone’s day with a little green, and see if that warm feeling doesn’t brighten your own holidays.

Visit our Gift Guide to start shopping now, or keep reading our blog for more gift ideas!

Dear Santa, I’ve Been a Very Good Girl

Letter to SantaEvery year the US Postal Service processes thousands of letters addressed in block letters to: “Santa Claus, The North Pole.” Each one is carefully written by a hopeful child, and just as carefully delivered by an earnest mail carrier. No one questions whether or not it will get there without a proper address (of course it will) or whether Santa has time to read and process all those requests (of course he does).

Writing a letter to Santa is a beloved tradition for many families, and one we wouldn’t miss. Kids love to send and receive mail, and for parents, it’s an inconspicuous way to find out what’s on their Christmas wish list. Anything goes for stationery, from personalized kids thank you cards to colored paper, and for extra credit, a drawing inside is sure to win Santa over.

Of course, the “what I want for Christmas” list is the most important part of the letter. We as parents are often surprised by what our kids write—sometimes touched by their thoughtfulness, sometimes appalled by their choices, but always grateful for the glimpse inside their little heads and hearts.

Then comes that magical moment when your child drops the letter to Santa in the mailbox (and peeks again to make sure it went all the way down), trusting that sometime soon a jolly man who lives far away will open it and get their special message. And on Christmas morning, when Santa comes through with the perfect gift yet again, we will all know just how he did it.

Keep reading our blog for more fun kids ideas. Or check out our collection of personalized thank you cards for kids. They don’t have to say thank you, and are just perfect for writing a letter to Santa.

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