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Greek Gift Ideas

22 Sep

sept-greek-002Greek Week for many universities around the country occurs in September and while it’s a lot of fun, it’s also a very stressful time as there is a tremendous amount of pressure to get into their first place house.  It’s an important time for many freshman and sophomores who are eager to pledge into their favorite sorority or fraternity as it sets the tone for their next few years on campus.

sept-greek-003Once the students know which house they will be joining they pretty much instantly begin to wearing t-shirts, sweatshirts and other Greek spirit-wear as well as putting up room decorations as they pledge their houses.  A great way to celebrate is to send the student a special item featuring their name and even their house letters on College & Sorority Gifts.

These are the types of items that kids will love to keep for many years as they will hold a special place in their hearts.  Sharing in their excitement is a great way to support their commitment to the house.

Best wishes,


Bookplates and Book Stickers

11 Aug

aug-bookSticker-001Summer is a perfect time to curl up and read a good book.  There are so many summer reading lists out there.  From Oprah’s book list to your local library’s list, there are reads that are great for every taste.  Many people I know love to share their books, if they don’t take them out from their local library.  If you are someone who buys books, and loves to read all year long, you might also be someone who loves to share their books.  If so, a book sticker with you name on it is great to stick in the book so that hopefully it will make its way back to you at some point.

According to Webster’s, a book plate is “a piece of paper stuck on the inside front cover of a book that shows the name of the person who owns the book.”  But placement doesn’t really matter. I have one friend who is a voracious reader. She opts to order Address Labels that are long and thin and puts the stickers on the binder of books she lends out to friends.  This way, when it’s on someone’s book shelf, it’s easy for them to remember that the book belongs to her.  As much as she loves to share, she loves to get books returned too so she can pass them on to her next friend to read!

aug-bookSticker-002There really is no difference between a book sticker and a book plate.  Both are small stickers, identification labels, that have a name on them and sometimes wording like “From the Library of” and are often placed on the inside cover of a book.  Book stickers are great for adult books, for professional office books, for those with cookbook collections, and also for children’s books.  Children love stickers with their names on them.  In fact, many people love to gift a set of bookplates along with a new book. They are usually a very appreciated present and typically not too expensive.

A very nice gift for a teacher is a set of bookplates too.  Teachers usually have a lot of books in their classrooms and would love to have a book sticker in them, such as “From the Classroom of Mrs. Harris”.   Sometimes we see imprints like “Stolen from Catherine Smith” which is amusing, but also serves the purpose of identifying the owner.  Or, you might see “ex libris,” meaning “from the library of” before an imprinted name.  The only books that should not have bookplates adhered to them are collector books, as it diminishes the value, to have a sticker pasted to it.

Happy reading!

Best wishes,






Back to School Checklist

25 Jul


It’s still summer, but I am already thinking about back-to-school.  Every store you go into, back-to-school supplies are everywhere!  Every year I feel a little overwhelmed trying to make sure I’ve covered everything for back-to-school.  I’ve made a checklist I follow to help me organize my thoughts and everything I need to get my kids ready.  Keep in mind my list is for grade school and middle school aged kids.

Back to School Checklist

  • Physical / Sports Physical.  Every state has different rules on what they require, but make sure you book these in advance so you get them done in time.
  • Dental and eye exam.  Again, every state is different, but many require current dental and eye exams on file for different ages.
  • Backpack.  If you are using a backpack from last year, wash it in the gentle cycle and hang dry it so it’s fresh for the new school year.  Otherwise, make sure you invest in a quality backpack that can handle all their books, lunches, snacks, jackets and gym shoes.
  • School Supplies.  Schools provide a list of needed items – but it’s best to shop early so you get your choice of items.  Sometimes stores run out of certain color binders or certain brands.
  • Gym shoes.  You always need a pair of gym shoes … whether you keep them at school or wear them on gym days, your child will need a pair that fits well.
  • Lunch bags.  I make sure I have two lunch bags for each child.  The reason is that in case they forget it one day at school, there’s always a back-up.
  • Bag tags.  I have personalized bag ID tags for my kids backpacks and sports bags.  They are a great way to label your kids backpacks and sports bags and can serve double duty as luggage tags for Spring Break!
  • Water bottles.  I give my kids their own personalized water bottles so they can stay hydrated all day.
  • Clothes.  Whether you kids love or loathe clothes shopping, it’s always good idea to get a few new items to freshen up their wardrobe.

What other things would you add to the checklist?  I would love to hear what items are “must have” back-to-school items for your family.



P.S.  One last tip … label everything!