HOT SPOTS FOR HOLIDAY CARDS

Here are some of my favorite online retailers for holiday cards and beyond…

PAPER CULTURE

peppermint-milkshake-recipe-holiday-cards.AFF2118A-X.PR.651.201412032219I’m super impressed with Paper Culture’s offerings.  In a world where photo cards tend to be the norm, they offer a wide variety of options where no family photo is required.  My fave: the recipe cards for holiday aperitifs.

KATE SPADE

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I love that Kate Spade extends its fun and preppy sensibilities to stationary including sets of boxed cards available on their site.  Great colors and cute sayings are a hallmark of this brand and their cards won’t disappoint you.

MINTED

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offers die-cut cards that other sites don’t.  I’m partial to their cards cut in the shape of gift tags.

EXPRESSIONERY

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If you’ve been following this blog then you know that Expressionery is a personal favorite of mine.  Cute, reasonably priced stationary (including holiday cards) that you can purchase in quantities both small and large.  A great site to express your inner whimsy.

PAPYRUS

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Papyrus
is the sole retailer that I’m profiling that has both an online presence and a physical retail location likely in a mall near you.  I’ve patronized them frequently over the years and they always have a great selection of boxed cards.  I’m especially fond of their “city” holiday cards that show the skyline of many different cities across the U.S.A.

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HOSTESS GIFTS FROM THANKSGIVING GUESTS

After all you’re leaving all of the prep work to them…

Wine and Gift BagA Dish or Dessert

If you have a special dish that only you can make contribute it to the smorgasbord that is Thanksgiving dinner.

*Note: if you don’t (and can’t) cook, please buy something – no one wants to be poisoned on the holiday.

Wine or Sparkling Cider

This is a great gift whether your host or hostess puts it out on the day-of or not.

  • Sparkling cider is great too – try Martinelli’s.  Trader Joe’s also makes some great sparkling juices that will let kids participate in the fun.

A Floral Arrangement or PlantFall Floral Arrangement

I’m partial to flowers, especially a nice fall arrangement in rustic colors (think: green, orange, yellow, and dark red).  But a great plant works too if your hosts have a green thumb.

Aprons

His and Her Aprons

It’s a little “Suzie Homemaker” but I like the idea of gifting a couple with matching aprons (also makes for great pictures).  For last minute buys try your local Marshall’s or TJ Maxx.  HomeGoods is also wonderful as the store is made for that kind of thing.

A Restaurant Gift CardRestaurant Gift Card

If your hosts have done all of the cooking (and taste testing) they may not be too interested in noshing on the very leftovers that they slaved over the next day.  A gift card to a local restaurant will give them the option of eating out the next day.

A Spa Gift Certificate

If your hostess is doing the cooking and cleaning  then she may have dishpan hands and tired feet.  Let her take a load off with a mani/pedi on you.  She’ll appreciate the gift and your thoughtfulness.

 

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THE HUNT FOR CHRISTMAS CARDS

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Christmas (or Holiday) cards should be special. They are a small token reminding someone you care about that you love them, miss them, and best of all, have them on your mind. So I take the procurement of Christmas cards very seriously.

Every year I try to find cards that reflect my personality so that the people on my list feel like they’re getting a little bit of me in an envelope.

This year, I’ve searched high and low and finally found my choice….but alas, they’re not available for purchase online. These cards designed by Veronica Marche are available at local TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores.  So the hunt is on!

Have you started the search for your cards yet?

Stay tuned, I may have some resources for you.

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CALENDARS FOR CHRISTMAS

A gift that helps someone start their year off right…

So, I can’t take credit for this idea either!  But it’s a great one.  My aunt sent me an email with a list of things (not so expensive things) that she loves and would treasure as gifts for Christmas.  A calendar was one of them.

This naturally got me to thinking – yeah, a calendar.  But so much more than calendars… planners, agendas, and calendars that look like art.  There’s a plethora of choices that will literally make someone’s new year.

Here are some of my favorites.  Be inspired.

Wall Calendars

Garance Dore Wall CalendarThis Garance Dore wall calendar on Rifle Paper Co. is my choice for next year.  But don’t be limited to fashion – pets, cars, cities – whatever floats the boat of the person your gifting it to.

PrintThis tea towel calendar from Spoonflower is pretty and functional and reminds me of something my grandmother would have loved.

Planners & Agendas

Bobs Your Uncle 8 Day Journal

I love Bob’s Your Uncle – one of my favorite products, the 8 Days Pad, is no longer available on the site, but this 8 Days a Week Journal is just as sweet for organizing your life.

Kate Spade 2015 Agenda Kate Spade also has a cute agenda on her site that I wouldn’t mind gifting to one of my stylish friends.

Desk Calendars

Garance Dore 2015 CalendarSo I hate to be repetitive, but Garance Dore has done it twice with calendars this year.  This flip calendar is custom made for my work desk.  But as you buy think about witty calendars that friends and family or co-workers and comrades can keep on their desk.  I also like flip calendars that are empowering… but at the end of the day, it’s the buyer’s choice.

Expressionery Desk CalendarExpressionery, a favored spot, does something especially cool which is personalized desk calendars.  If someone you know and love (pretty well) has specific goals in areas of their life, this is perfect and you can put their name on it!

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COSTUMES FOR CHRISTMAS

Apres-Halloween is the perfect time to pick up gifts for Christmas…Costume Places on the WebCostumes for Christmas

As with most of my ideas, I don’t come up with them myself and this one is no exception.  My office sister Wendy recently explained to me that her sister gifts her with a costume for her son every year.  Her sister finds them on sale in the post-Halloween clearance and gifts them.

I’m inspired – hence this blog.

Even if you’re not giving a costume for the next year, what kid doesn’t like to play dress up – whether it be as a doctor, football player, or princess.  So while sites still have stock and the prices are low, consider investing in a few costumes for the kids in your life.

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