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Share an Attitude of Gratitude on September 21

Cultivate an attitude of gratitude

World Gratitude Day is September 21. How will you show your appreciation for the people you know best in life, or the acquaintance at school, work or church that did something nice, or the stranger — through their deeds or personal mission — that is making the world a better place? These days, it feels so easy to be cynical. Civility, compassion, thankfulness…those are the qualities we need more of in this world.

So let’s all practice an attitude of gratitude on September 21, and make it a habit thereafter. Here are 3 ways to cultivate gratitude in your life.

1. Say “Thank you” on World Gratitude Day

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

Two words: Thank, you. They are powerful, indeed. Whether you say it, scribble it, send flowers or  write it in the sky, your gratitude can make someone’s day. Plus, just the act of saying “thank you,” can release endorphins — those feel-good hormones that course through our bodies. Decide you’re going to thank the check-out clerk at the store, your postal carrier who slogged through the rain, or your son’s teacher whose sweet nature or persistence is making all the difference in math class. We can soften life’s edges by practicing civility and kindness.

2. Keep a gratitude journal

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” -Oprah Winfrey

It’s easy to flip on HGTV or browse the latest fashion magazine and feel a little envious of those who seem to have it all. Life has its ups and downs, and if you’re in the middle of a slump, it’s easy to miss all the things that are wonderful in life. If you find yourself staring into a glass that’s half-full, consider starting a gratitude journal.

Every evening, jot down 3 things that you feel happy about: friendships, family, pets and more. Granted, on those days when you lost your keys or a supervisor got testy, it might be hard to see the rays of sunlight. But even noting the smallest things can get your mind on the right foot: late summer flowers blooming; warm socks; a kind smile of the crossing guard; a soft breeze on a cool night; the strength and dexterity of your own fingers.

3. Commit to a weekly act of gratitude

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford

Beyond World Gratitude Day, you can practice gratitude so that it becomes part of  your life. Sometimes when we set a goal, it becomes more achievable.  Life is fleeting, and we need to grab those moments of grace while we can. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but just commit to saying thank you more, hugging more, giving more, surprising more. Or plan to write a formal thank you note once a week to someone — even if it’s an out-of-the-blue note to say, “I am grateful for your presence in my life.” You’ll make someone else’s day, and you’ll improve your own frame of mind, too.

 

Introducing…Coaster Napkins

Coaster napkins are durable, attractive disposable coastersPlans are moving like clockwork for your big event. The invitations went out. You’ve planned the menu and decor. What’s next? Think about coasters or beverage napkins, especially if you are entertaining at home and want to protect your tables and other surfaces where guests will land their drinks. Want the latest, greatest party idea? Consider coaster napkins, Giftsin24.com’s newest product addition. As their name implies, these products combine the best features of coasters and napkins, all at an affordable price.

Personalized beverage napkins are wonderful and offer flexibility. For a modest investment, you can announce the reason for your celebration at the dining table, beverage cart and buffet. Coaster napkins add an advantage: Sturdier and more absorbent than beverage napkins, coaster napkins won’t shred when wet and will stand up to multiple uses.

Compared with coasters, coaster napkins also save space and are cost-effective, especially if you are expecting more than 10 guests. Investing in dozens of cork or glass coasters would add to the cost of your party, plus they’d have to be stored in between events.

Discover cute coaster napkins for your next eventIt’s easy to personalize coaster napkins with popular Giftsin24 monograms, lettering styles and designs. Personalize them for weddings, showers, anniversary parties, birthday celebrations and other special events.

The 4-1/8” x 4-1/8” squares work equally well for hot or cold beverages. Made from textured paper that has a bit of latex in it, they stay in place, won’t shred and will even look pretty for a second or third event.

The white paper has a linen-like finish, which lends it some texture and a slight sheen. Even when wet, the coaster napkins stay attractive because the personalization does not rub off.

Coaster Napkin Collection

Explore the collection of coaster napkins now so you can personalize them for your next party.

Chesterfield

Cheers

Derby

Rosario

Serenity

Soho

Delavan Monogram

Pamplona Couples

Pearl String Monogram

 

How Obsessed with Stationery Are You? Take our Quiz

Stationery addicts can get their fix at giftsin24.comSome people are addicted to clothes, cars or food. Others may be in deep for gardening or makeup. And then there are people who are obsessed with stationery.

How can you tell if you have a normal appreciation for stationery vs. a full-blown obsession? Take our quiz to find out.

Question 1. When is it time to re-order your stationery?

A. When I have 5 notes left in the box, it’s time to reorder. That’s about a month’s worth for me.

B. When I have 5 boxes that are half-full, it’s definitely time to reorder. It would be full-on panic if I ever get down to only 4 boxes.

Question 2. You arrange your pens…

A. by placing them in a pretty glass or jar on my desk. I like looking at them.

B. by arranging them in rainbow order in a special tray in a dedicated drawer designated just for them.

Question 3. You follow ___ stationery related accounts on Facebook.

A. 2

B. 20

Giftsin24 offers embossed stationeryQuestion 4. When you find a monogram you like, you…

A. order a set of monogrammed cards or notes and call it a day.

B. order a set of monogrammed cards AND a set of monogrammed notes, plus a coordinating monogrammed notepad.

Question 5. If the envelope color doesn’t match the stationery paper …

A. Take a hard pass. It’s a sign of bad quality to have ecru notes with white envelopes.

B. Never consider purchasing from that company again. How dare they?

Question 6. If you run out of pretty postage stamps and only have generic ones left…

A. I peel and stick. It will get where it’s going regardless of what the stamp looks like.

B. I make an emergency run to the post office. There’s no way that ugly stamp is going on my beautiful, self-addressed, envelopes with hand-inserted linings.

Question 7. Whenever I see a stationery company issue new designs…

A. I’ll take a look. It’s fun to explore new products.

B. I’ll seriously consider buying one, especially if it’s brand-new, hot-off-the-shelf. Variety is the spice of life.

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Tally it up

If you answered…

1-2 Bs…you have a mild stationery obsession, but nothing out of the ordinary.

3-5 Bs…you are obsessed with stationery and seek ways to indulge your habit.

6-7 Bs…congratulations, you have a profound obsession with stationery.

 

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Is it stationery or stationary?

Giftsin24 offers beautiful stationery. Some people mistakenly call it stationary.

Stationary vs. Stationery — which one is it?

As the saying goes, you say to-may-to, I say to-mah-to. A single word may have different pronunciations, depending on regional dialects or traditions. There’s another category of words, such as stationery and stationary, which sound identical, but have vastly different meanings. They are what grammarians call homophones: new and knew; sweet and suite; sole and soul.

‘E’ for Envelope

Needless to say, many people confuse the two words when writing. Here’s one way to remember: the stationery we use to write a letter has an “e,” for the envelope in which we send it off.

‘E’ for Enlivening Environment

When we write on stationery with an “e,” it’s usually done from a stationary position with an “a.” Walking and talking usually works (unless you’re on a cell phone, crossing a busy street), but walking and writing? Not so much. Find a comfortable chair and writing surface… maybe a desk or table by a sunny window, or in your garden, seated under a shady tree, and allow the thoughts to flow.

‘E’ for Expressive Energy

Our hands are decidedly not stationary with an “a” when we write on stationery with an “e.” Grasping a pen to achieve legible penmanship takes finger dexterity and a certain amount of wrist action. Use a pen with ink that flows easily but doesn’t smudge. Perhaps employ your free hand to sip your favorite iced latte or lemonade. And, of course, by all means, employ your wit and creativity to express your heartfelt and innermost thoughts.

‘E’ for Envoy

After you’ve finished writing on your stationery with an “e,” and you’ve stamped and addressed it, you’ll want it to not remain stationary with an “a” on your desk. Like an emissary or envoy, the post office will transport your missive to your recipient, whether it’s across town or around the globe.

‘E’ for Explore 

Finally, explore collections of stationery cards, notes and letter sheets at Giftsin24.com. You’ll find a range of styles and sizes for every use.

So there you have it. The difference between stationery and stationary comes down to the “e”…whether it’s envelope, environment, energy, envoy or explore, that little letter infuses meaning into one of our favorite words.

Up your game with business stationery

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Custom business stationery from Giftins24.com ships in 24 hours.

Life as a small business owner is never perfect, but always exciting. There are so many tasks to carry out — administrative, sales, accounting — on top of your core business area. One thing you might not have time for is branding: creating a personality for your business and then carrying that through all your communications, such as your website, brochures and business stationery. Do you wish you had a more polished image? Maybe you have a logo and have put it on your business cards. You may even have some printed brochures or fliers, and a website.

How about business stationery? Alas, when it comes to writing those thank you notes to clients, you may be reaching for the generic kind at your big-box store. They give off a flimsy appearance, but truth be told, you’re just happy they get written and mailed, right?

And that scratch pad next to your phone does the job, but you sometimes wish you had a more attractive and neat desk area, especially if you meet with customers or clients regularly.

Here’s the good news. In less than 15 minutes you can up your game by ordering business stationery crafted just for you. The steps are simple: upload your logo, click a few decision boxes, and then…wait. Within a few days you’ll have professionally printed, branded stationery with your company logo. All at an affordable price, too.

Here are four of our best image-polishing products for businesses.

Boost your business image with custom business stationery

Your Logo Knightsbridge Frame Note

Your Logo Card Convey a professional image every time to write your customer thank you notes. This flat correspondence card is precision-crafted from luxury, triple-thick paper. Your logo will appear in traditional embossing, which imparts a classic look and feel.

Your Logo Knightsbridge Frame Note This folded note offers an elegant embossed border on double-thick paper. At a price that fits your budget, it also offers an optional colored border, return address or hand-inserted envelope lining paper to create impressive stationery.

Custom Image Agenda Offering up to three lines of personalization, plus a logo or other four-color image, this agenda is just the right size for jotting down phone calls or daily to-do lists. Choice of lettering style and ink color for personalization. Acrylic holder neatly corrals loose sheets.

Boost your business image with custom business stationery

Custom Napkin offers many foil ink and paper colors to reflect your company’s colors.

Custom Napkin  Company picnics, sales meetings, trade show booths…whenever you’re serving refreshments in a public-facing setting, offer these napkins, too. They are an easy way to polish your image.

See the entire collection of business stationery.

Top Personalized Graduation Gifts for 2018

That short walk across the stage represents many years of hard work, and if it’s happening at a college, many thousands of dollars in tuition. Whether you’re celebrating the accomplishment of a high school or university graduate, you want to give them a gift that truly reflects their sacrifice and achievement, as well as the excitement of embarking on a new path in life. Here are four personalized graduation gifts that say “congratulations” to a new graduate, ranging from Freshman level (simply smart) to Senior level (high achiever).

Freshman level:
Flowers + keepsake ornament 


Bring a bouquet of flowers for photos after the ceremony. In the photos, the flowers will soften the lines of their monochromatic graduation gown. Later, they’ll serve as a reminder of their accomplishment for the next week or so. To personalize it, tie an engraved keepsake ornament, such as the Graduation Cap Keepsake Ornament ($17.95, free shipping) around the flower stems. After graduation day, they can pin this personalized glass keepsake to a bulletin board along with their tassel. Plus, years from now, they can hang it on their Christmas tree as a reminder of how far they’ve come in life.

Sophomore level:
Picture frame + transit pass or gas card

Best personalized gifts for graduates in 2018
Finishing their school career is bittersweet. They’ll be leaving behind friends, familiar places and amazing memories. Give them a personalized, engraved picture frame, such as the Treasured Moment Picture Frame ($34.95, free shipping) to capture a cherished moment from their school days. Their favorite photograph will enjoy pride of place in this solid wood frame precision-engraved with two lines of text. Tuck in a transit pass or gas card they can use in their new city, where they will build new memories and an exciting new life.

Junior level:
Monogrammed pint glasses + recipes

Personalized gifts for grads for 2018

Here’s a super easy way to work in personalized graduation gifts into the mix: Help them exchange the red Solo cup for something a little classier: pint glasses engraved with their monogram. The Altamira Monogram Pint Glass ($24.95, free shipping) is a good choice. It features clean lines and a choice of lettering style. A set of four would be perfect, enough to invite friends for a potluck dinner party or game of cards. Inside each one, tuck in your favorite entertaining recipes, remembering to keep it simple for a beginner cook. Include ideas like: a recipe for guacamole; your two favorite cheeses and a crack brand that goes with everything; a simple pasta dish; or an easy strawberry shortcake.

Senior level:
Personalized stationery + gift card

Personalized graduation gifts for 2018

These days, the Millennial generation is drowning in digital communication. They are craving anything handwritten and tactile. Outfit them with the Henley Monogram Wardrobe ($62.95, plus $59.95 for envelope linings; free shipping). This graceful assortment of embossed, monogrammed papers will give them options to fit any occasion: Folded notes are perfect for the job search. Letter sheets help them keep in touch with far-flung classmates. The set includes 50 letter sheets, 50 notes, and 50 enclosures with 150 paper-matched envelopes. Choose hand-inserted linings to make this stationery extra special. Whether they are moving back home or to a new city, give them something to write home about: a dinner at a hot restaurant or visit to a cute boutique in their new city, on you. Check TimeOut.com, Yelp.com or the city’s Chamber of Commerce website for gift card ideas.

Graduation is an exciting time, filled with pride. It’s also filled with anticipation, and possibly some trepidation about “what comes next.” Help new grads transition into the next phase of their life with personalized graduation gifts that make them feel recognized. They will cherish these gifts for a long time.

 

Out-of-the-Box Wedding Gift Ideas

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Create a memorable wedding gift that combines personalization with utility.

Invitations are beginning to arrive in the mail. Brides and grooms are busy with last-minute preparations. It’s almost here…June, that time of year when couples walk down the aisle and proud parents tuck hankies into their pockets. Choosing a special wedding gift doesn’t have to break the bank or be overly complicated. Yes, you could buy something off the gift registry or stuff some cash into a greeting card. And yet… by spending just a few minutes on Giftsin24.com, you could also create a memorable gift that will express your love and good wishes for this special couple.

Say “I do” to these out-of-the-box wedding gift ideas:

Wedded Bliss Cutting Board  Featuring “Eat, Drink & Be Married” artwork, this cutting board makes a statement. Personalize it with up to two lines of text in a choice of eight popular lettering styles. Pair it with items from the couple’s gift registry, such as a set of cheese labels, a good chef’s knife, a muffin pan, tea towels or cloth napkins. Or you might go off list and include a book of breakfast recipes or entertaining ideas.

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Fortaleza Wall Sign   Chic and refined, the Fortaleza Initial Wall Sign offers a sophisticated touch to any room. The newlyweds can display it on a bookshelf, hang it in a powder room, or give it pride of place over the sofa with other treasured photos and artwork. Enhance this gift by adding cash for framing a favorite wedding day candid shot. Includes wall-safe adhesive squares for hanging.

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Dorset Duogram Note  After all the excitement of the wedding comes the task of writing thank you notes to all their  party guests. The Dorset Duogram Note is a popular choice among newlyweds because it offers room for initials and names or a special brief sentiment. Crafted from double-thick paper and raised ink, this folded note includes upgrade options such as a border, hand-inserted envelope lining or return address.  Or, give them a set in 100% cotton paper for extra luxury.

See other wonderful ideas for memorable wedding gifts and party accessories. Cheers!

 

5 Creative Ways to Make Mom’s Day

All our lives, our mothers have been our biggest cheerleaders and our most ardent allies. Want to go beyond the traditional Mother’s Day greeting card and flowers this year? Here are some creative ways to celebrate mom on her special day.

  1. Write a beautiful letter to her. Whether you are young and still at home with mom, or grown with your own children, you likely have many examples of the ways that your mother is special. The letter needn’t be long, but it should be personal and specific. Not sure where to start? Sometimes creating a themed list can loosen those creative juices and get your writing flowing. List the ways she’s helped you over the years; her delicious recipes; or most quotable quips and sayings that have saved you/inspired you/made you smile. She’ll likely want to save this letter, so write it on pretty stationery, such as the Anthony Letter Sheet.
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  2. Plant flowers. Cut flowers from the florist are lovely, but try something different and give her a living plants she can enjoy this summer or all year long. Help her set up a container garden, filled with tomato plants or herbs. Create a window box filled with colorful annuals. Research native plants that grow in your area that attract special wildlife, such as butterflies or hummingbirds.
  3. Shhhhh….kidnap her and take her on a picnic. Tell her to be ready at a certain time for an “outdoor adventure.” Pack a picnic, and bring her to a pretty natural area or park for dining al fresco. Bonus points if you go for a walk or bike ride. Remember to take a selfie with her, then put the photo in a pretty frame, such as the Mother’s Day Picture Frame.
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  4. Bake together. Even if you use a boxed mix and store-bought frosting, you can create a pretty layer cake or mini cupcakes. Don’t forget the sprinkles. This is especially fun with little kids. Serve cupcakes or cookies on the Valentina Cutting Board personalized with her initial.
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  5. Donate or volunteer to help women. Sometimes the most meaningful gifts are the ones we spend in service to others. Sign up to volunteer at a food pantry or shelter. Knit baby caps or quilt baby blankets for drug addicted or sick babies. Ask your community’s women’s shelter what they need and go shopping for sanitary supplies or clothing.

What’s New in Notepads

Fresh new notepad designs from giftsin24.com

Fresh new notepad designs for spring are crafted in one day and shipped free by FedEx.

 

Look what’s blooming for spring. We’ve expanded our line of notepads and memos to include colorful backgrounds and new sizes. These personalized products feature the most popular lettering styles, ranging from tailored to playful, so you can choose the font that’s right for your decor or personality. The paper is thick and sturdy and bright white.

New Notepad Designs for Spring

As always, we make these notepads in one day, so it’s just a matter of days before they land at your door. Check out these new spring beauties:

Napa 3-Tablet Set. (top middle) It doesn’t come with a glass of wine, but this notepad set can lift up the mood of your kitchen counter or work space.

Rosa Memo Square. (bottom right) Brighten your work space with this new notepad featuring soft pink rose artwork and a selection of 10 fonts and 8 matte ink colors. Includes acrylic holder.

Delavan Monogram Tablet Set. (bottom left) Wrapped with a decorative, navy blue ribbon with white stitching, this 4-tablet set offers a choice of monogram and ink color on our exceptional white paper.

Tranquil Dream Memo Square. (top right) Add a splash of color with this memo square featuring colorful bouquet artwork. Holder included.

Damasco 3 Tablet Set. (top left) Why settle for plain notepads, when you can have exceptional ones? This new notepad set includes 3 different notepads in 3 sizes and designs. The personalization is in black matte ink.

Zip Code Watercolor Desk Slab. (bottom middle) Celebrate your neighborhood, city and home with these fun and fresh Zip Code Desk Slabs. A perfect housewarming gift for family and friends.

See of all our new spring products now, including more notepads, as well as napkins, guest towels, cutting boards and more.

3 Easy Ways to Accessorize Show-stopping Gifts

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You’ve spent a lot of time and money to find the cutest top for your sister, or the most elegant item on your friend’s bridal registry, or the perfect man-cave item for your husband. Why not make the gift presentation the best it can be, too? One answer is to accessorize your gifts to make them feel extra special to the gift-ee and help them stand out above the rest.

Here are 3 easy ways to dress up your gifts with a personalized touch.

Accessorize your gifts with personalized gift enclosures from giftsin24.com

Tuck in a Personalized Gift Enclosure

A beautifully embossed or printed gift enclosure folded into its envelope and tucked into the gift bag is so easy to accomplish when you have a supply in your gift drawer at home. Try Henley Monogram Portrait Enclosure in raised ink, which offers a selection of our most popular monograms in your choice of raised-ink color.  Like embossing? Try the Durham Framed Portrait Enclosure with gorgeous embossed borders and your first and last name.

Make them yours! See the full collection of Gift Enclosures

Accessorize your gifts with Classic Monogram Keepsake Ornament from giftsin24.comUse Keepsake Ornaments as Gift Tags

Want to add something a little unusual, and a little sparkly, to your gift wrapping? Try using a personalized keepsake ornament as a gift tag. The Classic Monogram Keepsake Ornament works beautifully when you personalize it with your friend’s monogram. It makes hand-delivering your gift that much more special when you give a gift with such a wow-factor presentation. Other options are Giftsin24 sports-themed ornaments, such as the Baseball Keepsake Ornament, which offer a range of sports themes for the children, teens and sports fans in your life.

Make them yours! See the full collection of Keepsake Ornaments

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Accessorize a small gift, like a pair of earrings or necklace, by tucking it into a personalized shot glass.

Use an Engraved Glass as the Container

For something even more unique, try using a personalized, engraved glass as the container. This strategy creates wonderfully simple gifts for larger groups, such as bridal parties, party favors or work colleagues. Try slipping a pair of earrings wrapped in tissue into the Altamira Monogram Shot Glass for your bridal party besties. Or roll up a fabric gift — a cute tank top, set of cloth napkins, fuzzy socks, fashion scarf, etc. — and tuck it inside a personalized mason jar like the Iguala Mason Jar, personalized with each work colleague’s name. The possibilities are endless.

Make them yours! See the full collection of Engraved Glassware