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Writing Tip: Affect vs. Effect

Affect versus effect: what's the differenceWhat’s the difference between the words “Affect” and “Effect”? Have you ever scurried to the dictionary to find out while writing a letter, email, resume, job interview thank you, etc.?

The Answer Is…

“Affect” is generally used as a verb: it means to influence or have an impact on, or to move, touch or make an impression on.

“Going without my morning cup of coffee affects my energy level for the rest of the day.”

“That compelling movie really affected me.”

On the other hand, we usually use the word “Effect”as a noun: it means a consequence or result of some cause.

“Your effect on me is electric.”

The upshot? When pondering which word to use — Affect or Effect — try to remember this nmemonic:

The cause creates THE E-ffect.

Remember that long E sound of the, leading into the long E sound of effect. “Effect” is a noun.

And then from there, you can remember that “Affect” is a verb.

Editor’s Note: Of course, when we’re talking grammar, there are always exceptions to the rules.  We list them here only because they’re interesting, but you don’t need to remember these, because they are very rarely used. There are some very rare occasions when we use “Affect” as a noun, but it is usually in the jargon/language of psychology and not in general conversation.  By the same token, you can sometimes use “Effect” as a verb, but it can sound stilted and not very conversational, so we usually avoid this use: “We effected change by following five key steps.”

Be mine, Valentine: Pretty Party Napkins

Cupid Foil Pressed Napkins from Giftsin24 ship in 24 hours.

Cupid Foil-Pressed Napkins can be customized with your personalization and printed on pink, red and white paper. We offer a variety of foil colors too.

Our personalized party napkins make the perfect accessory for your Valentine’s Day party table or buffet. Whether you enjoy a pastel pink decor complete with candy hearts, or a more elegant theme of white and red, we’ve got napkins that will add polish to your party table.

We have a range of colors to match any theme or decor. Some of our favorite paper colors for Valentine’s Day include Classic Pink, Hot Pink, Red and White paper.

You can have them embossed with your monogram, family names, “Happy Valentine’s Day” or whatever cute saying or phrase floats your boat.

Another option is to order napkins with a foil-pressed design, for which you might choose Silver, Gold, Red, Pink or Bright Pink for the lettering or design. Black and Red are also a classic combination for Valentine’s Day.

We have a range of motifs, including champagne flutes, cupids, monograms and other designs that set the tone for your party.

Valentine’s Day Napkin Choices

Delavan Monogram Foil-Pressed Napkin is flirty and elegant. Dress up this napkin in so many ways by choosing from a range of monograms with unique personalities.

Cocktail Foil-Pressed Napkin sets a festive, convivial tone with lots of party-themed motifs.

Nuptial Foil-Pressed Napkin features a range of romantic motifs. So fun!

Peruse our entire selection of party napkins as well as coordinating guest towels here.

 

The Coasters with the Most-ers Style

Harvest Coasters from Giftsin24 ship in 24 hours.

Our new Harvest Coasters are beautifully engraved and made from cork. Enjoy a variety of other designs.

What do you use as a coaster at your house? We admit it, sometimes we use this week’s newspaper or the latest HGTV magazine. But no longer! Our new personalized coasters look terrific on a wood coffee table as well as a glass-topped table.

Personalized Coasters Feature Monograms and Lettering Styles

Made from high quality cork, we’ve embellished these coasters with a variety of beautiful monograms and lettering styles. From country to modern, classic and casual, they strike the right note for any kitchen, living room, basement den and beyond. What’s more, you’ll be proud to display these personalized coasters on your counter. You can even give them as a memorable housewarming gift.

In addition, we offer designs you can personalize for special events — like a signature birthday, a wedding or other special occasion. Plus, you can even give them out as party favors.

See all new coasters here. 

Rockford Coaster from giftsin24.com ships in 24 hours.

Our Rockford Coaster comes in three fonts, including two brand new exclusive designs you’ve never seen before.

Monogram Coaster from Giftsin24.com ships in 24 hours.

Our Monogram Coaster comes in 6 beautiful monogram styles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Personalized Picture Frame Mats

Personalized picture frame mats from Giftsin24.com ship in 24 hours.

Our picture frame with personalized mat is a beautiful way to display your most cherished photos.

Life is too short to let your best photos languish in a box. Our personalized picture frame mats are the answer. They are a wonderful way for you to display your most cherished photos.

We have two styles of picture frame mats:

Personalized Mat with 8×10 Frame. Celebrate life’s precious moments with this personalized 5″ x7″ mat in an 8″ x 10″ picture frame. It’s a solid wood frame with glossy black finish and silver trim along the inner edge. Two lines of personalization on the mat can include date and year of weddings, births, birthdays, sports and more. Choose your lettering style, lettering color and mat color. Choice of vertical or horizontal format.

Personalized Picture Frame Mat. Display wedding memories, party pictures and childhood photographs with this personalized picture frame mat. Choose your lettering style, lettering color and mat color. Choice of vertical or horizontal format.

Celebrate the New Year in Style

Champagne Foil-Pressed Napkins ship in 24 hours

Celebrate in style with Champagne Foil-Pressed Napkins from Giftsin24.

Here at Giftsin24, we sure love to party, and we have New Year’s Party Napkins to make your gathering fun and festive. These napkins come in a large array of colors and vivid foil hues to match any decor.

Ring in the New Year

There’s always so much promise in a new year, when December turns into January, and we anticipate 12 brand new months and all the family, love, peace, adventure and prosperity they may bring. We hope you, our wonderful customers, have a magical 2016. And what better way to ring in the New Year than with a party, surrounded by family and friends you hold dear.

Lots of Napkin Choices

Champagne Foil-Pressed Napkin  Toast the New Year right with the elegant Champagne Foil-Pressed Napkin. Perfect for weddings and anniversaries too.

Cocktail Embossed Napkin   Add an elegant, customized touch to your next celebration. Choice of lettering style, foil ink color, paper color and motif, including: wine glass, toasting champagne glasses, martini glass, champagne bottle and beer mugs. Also offered in a foil-pressed version.

Joyous Napkin from giftsin24.com ships in 24 hours.

Joyous Napkin

Joyous Foil-Pressed Napkin Tell everyone why you’re celebrating with four lines of personalization in the font of your choice. These napkins come in a large array of colors and vivid foil hues to match any decor.

 

 

 

 

 

Last-Minute Gifts You’ll Be Proud To Give

Store shelves may be looking a little bare. And online shops are selling out.

But, there’s no need to settle for a less-than-perfect gift, because here at Giftsin24.com, we have an endless supply of last-minute gifts. We have lots of paper to make delicious stationery and matching envelopes. And we’re so quick, we can make your gift in 24 hours and ship it out the next day.

So that means that if you are seeking that perfect gift that looks like you planned it months ago, we’ve got it. Here are some of our newest designs reflecting the latest, up-to-the-minute trends.

We’ll customize these with a name or monogram, ink color and paper of your choosing. You can also add goodies like an envelope lining or return address. We’ll make the gift lickety-split and ship it free (if ordered before December 21; otherwise we have 1 and 2 day shipping options) to you or your gift recipient to arrive before Christmas.

It’s so easy. And best of all, your friend or family member will feel delighted — and you will feel proud.

Beautiful Last-Minute Gifts

Pointed flap envelopes from Giftsin24

Needlepoint Note – Triple Thick

Needlepoint Note – Triple Thick. An update on a traditional design, our embossed Needlepoint Note conveys a quiet gracefulness. Embellished with a thermography personalization, which imparts subtle shimmer, this folded note makes a stunning gift. Comes with 50 Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Opt for the hand-inserted lining to make it even more special.

 

 

Sonata Note from Giftsin24.com ships in 24 hours.

Sonata Note from Giftsin24.com

Sonata Note – Triple Thick. The Sonata Note features a crisscrossing daisy motif embossed into triple-thick paper. A softly shimmery raised-ink personalization adds even more sophistication. Comes with 50 Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Opt for the hand-inserted lining to create a luxurious gift.

 

 

 

Centric Card features a foil design and raised ink personalization.

Centric Card

Centric Card. Enjoy the art deco design of the Centric Card. The foil design in your choice of gold or silver adds a touch of elegance. Raised-ink personalization. Choice of typestyle. Comes with 50 Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Opt for the hand-inserted lining to create a very special gift.

 

 

 

Foil-pressed stationery from Giftsin24. Shipped in 24 hours.

Montauk Note

Montauk Note – Triple Thick. Chevron patterns are hot, and so is our Montauk Note. The zigzag design is foil-pressed in your choice of gold or silver, and the raised-ink personalization ups the glamour factor. Comes with 50 Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Opt for the hand-inserted lining to create a luxurious gift.

 

 

 

Infinity Note features gold or silver foil and ships in 24 hours.

Infinity Note

Infinity Note – Triple Thick. The Infinity Note features a distinctive diamond pattern in a gold or silver foil. The triple-thick paper is also embellished with a raised-ink personalization in your choice of colors. Comes with 50 Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Opt for the hand-inserted lining to create a luxurious gift.

 

See more of our newest products here, including picture frames, ornaments, notepads and more stationery. Happy giving!

Baby’s First Christmas

Personalized Keepsake Ornaments for Baby's First Christmas

Our new line of Baby’s First Christmas Ornaments make beautiful keepsakes to be treasured for a lifetime.

Nothing’s more exciting than a new baby in the family. It’s hard to believe such a tiny bundle can contain so much love and tenderness.

Welcome your joyful new arrival with our new line of Baby’s First Christmas Keepsake Ornaments.  Choose from a range of styles, including baby deer, baby carriage, baby elephant, crown, fleur de lis and rocking horse.

You can also use these pretty keepsakes as unique place cards, party favors or gift tags for showers, first birthdays, christenings and much more.

Precious Memories

New parents will cherish these beautiful gifts for years to come.
See the whole line of ornaments here.

Order today and the keepsake ornament will ship within 1 business day.

Baby's first Christmas ornament from Giftsin24.

The Rocking Horse Circle Ornament comes with a silver ribbon and velvet pouch for safekeeping.

Precision-crafted from clear glass with a beveled edge and frosted personalization and design. Includes silver ribbon for display and a black velvet pouch for safekeeping. 1/8″ thick.

Get Jolly & Bright With our NEW Ornaments

New personalized glass holiday ornaments

NEW! You’ll feel proud to give our beautiful glass holiday ornaments this holiday season.

We’ve created 25 new personalized, glass, holiday ornaments that make wonderful gifts for a friend or yourself. The years pass quickly, so be sure to hold on to your most cherished memories.

They are perfect for decorating your the tree in style. Or use them as unique place cards, party favors or gift tags. However you use them, they will become treasured mementos to be cherished for years to come.

Choices, Choices, Choices

offer a range of designs and themes, from children to new marriages to holidays, monograms, sports, memorials of loved ones, pets and awareness ribbons.

We precision-craft these holiday ornaments from clear or red glass. In clear glass, the personalization and design are frosted, and the ornament has a beveled edge. In red glass, the personalization and design are clear.

Personalize Your Holiday Ornaments Today

All ornaments include a silver ribbon for display and a black velvet pouch for safekeeping. They are 1/8″ thick.

We hope these new gifts will make your holidays extra special this year.

View the ornaments here.

Pump up the Pretty With our New Pinnacle Envelopes

Pointed flap envelopes from Giftsin24

Notice something new? You’ve asked for it, and now we have it: pointy flaps on our envelopes. Here’s our new Pinnacle envelope posing with our new Needlepoint Note.

You’ve been asking for it, and now we have it! We’ve pumped up the pretty with our new pointed-flap Pinnacle envelopes. To add even more sugar to the mix, we are introducing 10 new lining papers that we are hand-inserting.

Everyone loves a little luxury. That’s why we’ve added these new features to dozens of our most popular products.

Our Pinnacle envelopes feature a newly designed flap that’s sure to please.

We Make Pinnacle Envelopes in America

Like all of our envelopes, our Pinnacle envelopes are made in-house, at our state-of-the-art facility in Aurora, Illinois.

We make the envelopes out of the same paper as our stationery, so your stationery will always match the paper of your envelopes.

Giftsin24 offers pointed-flap envelopes and hand-inserted linings

Introducing our new Pinnacle envelopes and 10 new hand-inserted lining papers

And here’s even more good news: we’ve selected 7 vivid solid papers and 3 elegant foil papers as linings that we hand-insert into the envelopes. These gorgeous linings coordinate with any of our 11 raised ink colors and 6 border colors.

Oh la la, these new features make our classic stationery even more yummy.

See more stationery with our Pinnacle envelopes and hand-inserted linings.

Shine with Foil-Pressed Thank You Notes

Foil-pressed thank you notes from Giftsin24. Shipped in 24 hours.

Add sparkle to your thank you notes with our new foil-pressed, hand-lettered line of stationery. Impress your friends and please yourself.

We hear the email vs. paper snail mail debate all the time. Just this month, Time Magazine asked, “Can Email Replace Thank You Notes?”

The answer was a resounding “NO.” But you, wonderful and smart Giftsin24 customer, already knew that, didn’t you?

The Time writer wrote, “An email is better than nothing, but sending some old-fashioned snail mail is ideal.”

Because thank you notes are so important, we are giving you even more choices with beautiful new designs, including a number of foil-pressed papers that you will be proud to send to your most style-conscious friends.

These snail mail thank you notes are precisely crafted from the finest papers and foils, and reflect our 40 years of expertise in the stationery business. The typesetting is beautifully spaced, the letters expertly designed. And, the foil is spectacular.

New Choices in Packs of 8

Thank You Script Note An elegant hand lettered design in gold foil makes the Thank You Script Gold Foil Note perfect for expressing your most heartfelt thoughts. Triple-thick, ivory paper. Includes 8 Pinnacle, pointed flap envelopes. Arrives in a clear plastic package bundled with a white elastic band.

Thanks a Million Note Convey your heartiest thanks with the hand lettered Thanks a Million Gold Foil Notes. These folded notes feature a chic, hand drawn, design in gold foil and triple-thick, ivory paper. Includes 8 Pinnacle, pointed flap envelopes. Arrives in a clear plastic package bundled with a white elastic band.

New Designs in Sets of 50

Foil-pressed stationery from Giftsin24. Shipped in 24 hours.

Our Montauk Note comes in your choice of silver or gold foil. The personalization is in raised-ink.

Montauk Note Chevron patterns are hot, and so is our Montauk Note. The zigzag design is foil-pressed in your choice of gold or silver, and the raised-ink personalization ups the glamour factor. Comes with 50 Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Opt for the hand-inserted lining to create a luxurious gift.

Centric Card Enjoy the art deco design of the Centric Card. The foil design in your choice of gold or silver adds a touch of elegance. Raised-ink personalization. Choice of typestyle. Comes with 50 Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Opt for the hand-inserted lining to create a very special gift.

Infinity Note The Infinity Note features a distinctive diamond pattern in a gold or silver foil tone. The triple-thick paper is also embellished with a raised-ink personalization in your choice of colors. Comes with 50 Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Opt for the hand-inserted lining to create a luxurious gift.

Anthem Card Shimmer and shine. The Anthem Card features a vertical orientation, three foil stripes in your choice of silver or gold, and a raised-ink personalization. Comes with our Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Opt for the hand-inserted lining to create a very special gift.

Contour Card Zigzag stripes are wonderfully eye-catching. Printed on the Contour Card in shimmery gold or silver foil, zigzags convey your classic style, along with your love for a bit of pizzazz. Raised-ink personalization in your choice of typestyle. Comes with 50 Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Opt for the hand-inserted lining to create a very special gift.

For even more new product designs, follow this link: https://www.giftsin24.com/New-Selections/1