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.
One of my favorite holiday traditions is sitting down with my kids to write personalized letters to Santa. It is an activity the kids are excited to do, it gets us in the holiday spirit, and it is always an enlightening experience for all of us. Not only does Santa come away with some good ideas, my kids learn to identify needs vs. wants, to prioritize, and to set realistic expectations even as they ask for the moon.
There’s something about actually sitting and writing the list that forces them to decide what is really important to them and what they can do without. If they end up with a lot of things on the list, seeing it in writing helps them realize that Santa might not be able to fit it all in his sleigh, so it might be prudent to prioritize. Sometimes they surprise me with just one or two things. Sometimes they don’t have anything in mind and want Santa to surprise them. But once the letter goes in the mail, sorry, no changes allowed. That’s why you have to check it twice.
In our home, we also write a follow-up letter to Santa that we leave out on Christmas Eve along with a few chocolate chip cookies. It is a reminder to Santa about the first letter written and the multitude of requests. Santa then leaves a note back, commenting on the children’s shining moments through the year. Maybe that’s the Santa letter we love the most. It is not there when we go to bed, but is always there when we wake up in the morning. It brings the magic of Christmas to our children, for as long as Santa exists to them.
One of the things we love about our personal stationery is that you can, well, personalize it, whether simply with your name or initials, or something as creative as a favorite verse, lyric, original writing or photo. Once the note card is printed, however, what’s inside is all up to you. There are a myriad of reasons to send a personal note, and lots of creative ways to make them even more personal. Not feeling very creative? Here are some of the more delightful note card ideas we’ve heard from our customers that we’re happy to pass along to you.
- Include a gift card for your favorite coffee place with a note saying “Let’s have coffee!”
- Include a photo you’ve taken that is special to you…a place you visited, your family, the flowers you grew, or a picture of you and your friend from way back when.
- Include something your child just drew that day – kid art, especially for her.
- Send her some tea bags, because you know she became addicted to Earl Grey when she was in London.
- Enclose an article that made you laugh because you used to pour over People Magazine together.
- Send a poem that reminds you of a time you spent together.
- A quote from the past is always good for a laugh…the best jokes are the old ones.
- Send the lyrics to a song that reminds you of a wonderful time.
- Enclose a recipe you’ve been meaning to share with her–maybe she’ll send her secret recipe back.
- A fortune from a fortune cookie that made you think, “This is you!”
- Instead of moving announcements, stick matching address labels on the inside of your personal note cards.
We hope you enjoyed our note card ideas. Now, go, send someone a smile.
If you’re lucky, your mother, grandmother or, perhaps, a teacher taught you how to write a traditional thank you card
. It goes something like this: “Dear _______, Thank you for the ______. I will get a lot of use out of it. Thanks again. Love, ________.”
We all fall back on this basic format when we are in a hurry, or don’t know the recipient very well. But often a formal note doesn’t feel right, especially for a close friend or someone who’s done something unexpectedly nice. Sometimes a simple heartfelt thanks in your own words works better. But what to say?
Some of our customers have quoted writers or religious verses, written their own personal haikus, said thank you in multiple languages, or included artwork or photos of themselves or their children holding a hand-painted “Thank You.” We’re amazed by the creativity!
Depending on the relationship you have, being a little cheeky and clever is welcome and sure to incite laughter. We think any friend would smile at this most simple personalized note card: “You’re the best. I’m lucky to know you.
Everyone has a friend who is amazingly quick with the thank you cards or the note saying just the right thing. She sends it right away, as a matter of courtesy and good manners, which makes you feel great, of course, but also a little guilty that you’re not more like her!
We all have the power to make someone feel good, we just don’t use it often enough. And the truth is, a thank you note makes the sender feel just as good as the person who receives it. So for all you wannabee thank-you-note-writers, here are a few ways to make yourself (and someone else) feel good.
Send a card to thank your sister for being helpful with your kids
Thank a soldier for serving his or her country
Thank your professional mentor you haven’t talked to in a while
Send a teacher a thank you note in the middle of the school year instead of at the end
Thank your hubby in a handwritten personalized note card for being such a great guy
One of the most rewarding thank you cards, for both you and the recipient, is the one the recipient least expects; and most importantly, the one that shares something that’s in your heart. Try it and see how good you feel!