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Gifts for Graduates who Travel

21 May

may-grad-004This month we celebrated the graduation of our youngest son, Robbie.  It was a fun weekend and bittersweet at the same time. Wow, we’re totally done with college for both our kids now!

As all the kids packed their things, turned in their keys and said their goodbyes to their friends, their future plans started to move closer to focus. Many are traveling with friends or family in the next few weeks before they all officially begin a new chapter in their lives.

Robbie graduated from the Kelley School of Business from Indiana University.  Many of his friends graduated with majors like business, engineering, informatics, marketing and more and a good number will be doing a fair amount of travel for their first jobs, especially those in consulting jobs.

When considering  smart graduation gifts, I like to think about what an individual will be doing for their first jobs, and where they will be living, and what sort of interests they may have, in order to select a gift I think that will just right. Of course, sometimes the most useful gift is a check as that is always something that’s appreciated.  But most often I’ll order a personalized gift that I think might be appropriate, either something work-related or for their new apartment if they are moving out of their parent’s house.

For those that will be traveling, a new monogrammed canvas garment bag, a matching weekender, custom luggage tags, personalized passport holders and other similar items might be the perfect ticket.  Travel gifts will certainly be well used trip after trip, whether for work or just to occasionally visit their friends on weekends.

Personalized travel-related gifts add to the whole professional look.  For personal travel, it’s also nice to feel sophisticated when they visit friends.  Related gifts include an embossed leather dopp kit, embroidered cosmetic bag, leather ticket holder, leather monogrammed wallet, and personalized executive stationery.

Wishing all the recent graduates a future of success and happiness!

Best wishes,

Renee

New York Stationery Show This Week

14 May

may-stationery-showThis weekend we’ll be headed to New York for our 22nd year as an attendee at the New York Stationery Show (NSS), held in the Javitz Center.  For 70 years, the NSS has been the place for all things paper – from greeting cards, custom invitations, gift wrap and journals, to lifestyle gifts – and everything in between.

Each year when we go, it’s always fun to see old friends, new trendsetters, creative products that wow us, current and predicted future trends, and all the best of the best.  So much has changed over the years!

From innovative designs to unforgettable accents, the talented work displayed at the Stationery Show never ceases to amaze.  While the basics are sure to be shown, there will undoubtedly be many luxe specialties from invitations to stationery and lifestyle items, plus a depth of skill in a variety of printing methods from laser cuts to letterpress, gilded edges, and much more.

The NSS attracts a diverse global attendance of 10,000 buyers and industry professionals from stationery, card and gift shops; bookstores; bridal shops; party stores; department, chain and specialty stores; large chains and “big box” mass retailers; online retailers and mail order catalogs; as well as special event planners, corporate marketers, importers, distributors and manufacturers’ representatives.  We have never failed to attend to be sure we bring our customers a well rounded product offering that is on trend.

We look forward to seeing all the new inspirations!  Stay tuned and I’ll update you with many of the new trends that will surface soon!

Best wishes,

Renee

 

Personalized Condolence Cards Make Note Writing Easier

7 May

may-condolenceIt’s never an easy time when someone you know has passed away.  When it’s a family member, it’s even harder with all the pressures now on you to make so many plans.  Keeping track of all the friends and family who have supported you and continue to lend their hand is an important aspect of the process.  Once the ceremonies and gatherings are finished, there is the task of writing condolence cards, something that can be either therapeutic or stressful.

To assist in creating personalized condolence cards, we offer a number of items where there is sample wording that might be of help.  A personalized note card can give you a great option to either sign the printed card or add a personal note, making the process more simplified.  Writing sympathy thank you notes after a funeral may be difficult in a time of grief but it’s a task that for many bring a sense of appreciation, gratitude and peace.  To help you express your love to many of your friends and family who have been there to support you and your family and acknowledge the beautiful acts of kindness and support during your time of sorrow, a sympathy card is a great option.

We provide flexible sentiments on our sample sympathy cards so you can use them as shown if you are unsure what to say.  If you have something special you wish to express, you can certainly write something personal as well an any of our options.  We offer both foldover sympathy cards and flat cards.  On the foldover cards, we print on the front of the cards thereby leaving the inside available where you can either leave it blank, sign your name, or write a special note.  If you select a flat card, it’s considered personalized with your personal imprint and a signature or note is not necessarily needed.

Generally at a minimum it’s important to print the person’s full name and a short or extended sentiment of thanks for support and so forth.  The cards are used to send to friends and family for their thoughtfulness.  These cards are viewed as a tribute to the person who has passed away in addition to appreciation to the receiver.

We hope the ability to create your own condolence cards can be an easier process with our options for those in need as we realize a time of grief is not the best time to start with a big project.  We offer reliable customer service and will gladly personally assist any customer if preferred.

Sympathy cards after a funeral not only can important for the family member to send, they are appreciated to be received as well.  A death can have a way of impacting more people than you might realize.  Receiving a special sympathy thank you note is something that can be cherished as it shows the recipient that they have been acknowledged and appreciated for their support.

Best wishes,

Renee