The most thoughtful gifts are the ones with a personal touch, the ones that say, “I thought about you, and I know you’ll love this!” What’s more personal than personalized stationery? It’s a gift that only they can use, chosen with care and imprinted with their name or initials.
This Christmas season I decided to give personalized note cards to all the women in my family: sisters, sisters-in-law, mother and mother-in-law. In choosing the designs, I carefully considered each woman: her style, her personality, her needs – and found a design for each that matched her style perfectly. I then personalized them, some with a first name or initial, some with the family name, and some with both, depending on how I thought she’d use them. It was fun to do, and I can’t wait to hand them out at our Christmas gathering.All-occasion note card sets also make nice stocking stuffer ideas, because they are gifts everyone can use. We all wish we had a spare birthday card or get well card on hand for those occasions that take us by surprise. And a special stocking-stuffer-size gift for moms or kids are our little notelettes, for those times you want to leave a message for someone you love. Just like a handwritten note, the gift of stationery says, “I’m thinking about you.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m not one of those people who keeps a closet full of candles, chocolates and tip towels wrapped and waiting to be used as last-minute hostess gifts. No, during that last minute before a party I’m usually running to pick up a bottle of wine, a gift that displays as much thought as the dozen other bottles of wine lined up inside the hostess’s door. This holiday season, I vow to be a more thoughtful guest.
And guess what? The perfect holiday hostess gift ideas are right here, under my nose. Maybe I’m biased, but I think that stationery, such as our personalized note cards, note card sets, and notelettes are gifts that most women would love, but don’t often think to give. How many times have you needed to write a note, whether to a teacher, a neighbor, or someone who just threw a great party (hint, hint) but you put it off because you didn’t have any pretty little note cards in the house. Stationery, I believe, is my no-fail answer to the bottle of wine.
Our Holiday Thank You Note Card Set features several holiday designs to last the entire season of giving, and our All Occasion Note Card Set has messages she can use all year long. Check out our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide for lots of other Note Card Sets for moms, friends, lovers and more. From now on, there’s no excuse for forgetting a hostess gift.
My son left for college at the end of August and left a big hole in our family. I don’t miss his messy room or dirty socks, but I do miss our conversations and being in touch with what’s going on in his daily life.
He doesn’t seem to miss me much, if the number of times he’s contacted us is any indication. I know he’s having a great time and is busy with new experiences. Like all moms, I want him to be happy and make friends, but to know that if he’s sad or lonely or just having a bad day, we are still here for him.
I have decided to send him a care package. I will fill it with lots of his favorite snacks, the sandals he left under his bed, a new set of earbuds for his iPod, a throw pillow for his dorm room, a pound of coffee, and a gift card for his favorite takeout restaurant. Then I’ll top it off with a little note on my custom stationery (made just for this purpose) that says “packed with love” on the front.
He won’t expect it. He doesn’t need it. But he will like it, I’m pretty sure. Just picturing the smile on his face makes me feel better already.
One of our team members shared a wonderful idea for the perfect holiday gift. Her family flies a long distance, at considerable expense, to spend the holidays with their extended family. She wanted her kids to bring gifts for the family members they visited, but felt the need to scale back because they were spending so much on travel. Her solution? For Christmas this year, her children are giving a handwritten note on personalized note cards to each family member that expresses how meaningful they are to them. The kids will read their notes aloud to each person when they get together to share gifts.
We love the idea of this gift, because it truly comes from the heart, far more thoughtful than anything they could buy in a store. The kids are learning many valuable lessons, not the least of which is how to express their feelings, and the lucky recipients will undoubtedly be touched. Get out the tissues. These handwritten expressions of love will be treasured for years to come.
The season of giving. If you’ve ever given the perfect gift, you know it’s a sentiment worth repeating. But sometimes, it’s oh so hard. Check out these great gift ideas that boast stylish designs at a price that makes you smile—all these gift ideas are under $14. Go ahead, reclaim that status of Giver of Great Gifts. You deserve it.
It will happen. You’ll get a last minute invite, you can’t get to the store, and all you have on hand is a box of dried macaroni. Stationery makes for a great hostess gift (plan ahead and have it personalized to really impress). Always keep some at the ready and you’ll never be caught empty handed again.
We wholeheartedly encourage oodles of thanks for our kids’ teachers. Personalized note cards are perfect, if for no other reason than they will actually use them.
P.S. Include a handwritten note about how great a job they’re doing–they really do appreciate it.
Thank you notes make for snazzy stocking stuffers. It’s a great way to get kids excited about sending a thank you note to all the people who love them. Personalize with a photo, or try one of our new coloring cards. Need an added incentive? Santa said he’d put children who send thank you cards on his “nice” list in 2011.
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