“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” -Nora Ephron
This quote is from one of my favorite movies You’ve Got Mail. It’s now an oldie but definitely a goodie – hello dial up. It’s also proof that a good ideal is timeless including the idea of gifting a “bouquet of newly sharpened pencils.” Only Nora Ephron could write such gloriousness (yes I made up that word).
But either way, I’m sort of like Joe Fox, the movie’s protagonist played by Tom Hanks who sends this lovely message to Kathleen Kelly (played by Meg Ryan rocking a delightful pixie). Fall makes me think of school supplies – pretty notebooks and great folders. Trapper Keepers and Lisa Frank binders. Lunch boxes and new backpacks.
So as you’re shopping for school supplies, make a gift out of it. Here are some ideas:
- A new backpack full of notebooks.
- Wrap packing twine around a stack of colorful composition books.
- Add a gift tag to the lunch box du’jour.
- Throw some colorful Chapstick or colorful Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers in a pencil pouch instead of just pencils.
- OR gift a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils. Bonus points if they have the student’s name on them (see Oriental Trading for ideas).