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It’s Hip to Be Thankful

thank you note writing and showing gratitude never goes out of style.

Gratitude is in. Thank you note writing has been circulating around in pop culture lately.

Gratitude is hip. In the news just this week, Nascar driver Daniel Hemric  penned thank you notes to American servicemen and women. They keep our country safe.

Thanking supporters

Taylor Swift is writing thank you notes to DJs, radio hosts and others who help support her musical career.

Writing of your gratitude

And, Regis Philbin helped late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon complete his regular thank you note writing bit last Friday night.

These celebrities demonstrate the power of thank you notes. They help strengthen relationships and are a main way to express your love. Plus, they may even help you in your career.

Thank you notes are powerful because people yearn to feel appreciated and acknowledged.

But you knew that already, didn’t you?

 

 

One Stamp, Lots of Love

Giftsin24 cards take just a single first class stamp.

Part of the fun of sending a letter is finding beautiful stamps for the envelope. Stationery from giftsin24 takes just a single first class stamp.

How much does it cost to send one of our cards or notes to a friend? Just the care and time to write it, plus one single first class stamp.

A Giftsin24 card or note, including the envelope, weighs about one ounce. Sending one through the United States Postal Service (USPS) requires just a single stamp (standard first class postage).

To keep things even more simple, purchase a sheet of “Forever” stamps at the post office, and you won’t have to worry about adding make-up postage when the rates change in a year or two.

In addition, our cards and notes, including our oversized Cheseapeake line, fit within USPS maximum dimensions for standard first class postage.

One Exception

The one exception is our Gift Enclosures, which measure less than the 3.5 inch by 5 inch minimum dimensions that the USPS requires. If you try to send a Gift Enclosure through the mail system, it will be rejected. Learn more here.

See USPS’s handy postage calculator for domestic and international letters: http://postcalc.usps.gov

Looking for Giftsin24 shipping rates and delivery information? Please visit this page: http://www.giftsin24.com/content/help-shipping

What Kind of Person Are You?

What Kind of Person Are You: are you a kind person?

Empathy, compassion and gratitude are some of the beautiful qualities shared by Giftsin24 customers. Be a kind person.

Here at Giftsin24, we sell personalized stationery. But that’s not all. When you purchase our product, you are doing more than simply buying stationery. You are ultimately acting on being a kind person. A polite person. A thoughtful person.

On the heals of commencement speech season, many speakers choose to focus on the importance of character and kindness. Yes, academic achievements are important, but when push comes to shove, being kind might just get you farther in life. Here are two speakers and their speeches that explore this topic and are generally judged among the best commencement addresses:

George Saunders  2013 at Syracuse University

David McCullough Jr. 2012 at Wellesley High School

Acknowledging the generosity of others keeps that positive vibe flowing. The concept of “paying it forward” has become very popular in recent years. And there’s a great reason why: Connecting with others makes life more happy, more meaningful.

Kindness is King

Writing a note in your own handwriting is a small yet powerful way to share your gratitude with those around you. From the basic thank you for a birthday gift, to the expression of your deep gratefulness to someone who changed your life, penning thoughts on paper is a wonderful, simple way to act on your best impulses, and bring more love and connection into your life.

So, we thank you, dear customer, for being the kind person you are.

Easy Father’s Day BBQ Ideas

Independence Foil Pressed Guest Towel is perfect for a Father's Day BBQ.

Independence Foil Pressed Guest Towel features many summertime motifs that are perfect for a Father’s Day BBQ.

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 21. Did you know that the first Father’s Day was celebrated in 1910 in Spokane, Washington? And that the holiday became an official U.S. holiday only in 1972? Put in this context, Father’s Day is a relatively recent tradition. Given its place in the calendar, squarely in summertime, it’s only natural that Father’s Day is often celebrated with a backyard BBQ. And that has us licking our lips in anticipation. Whether your dad loves ribs, steaks, brats or tofu burgers, here are some ideas to help you create an extra special Father’s Day BBQ.

Menu ideas

Cooking Light recipes for Father’s Day  We love this menu from Cooking Light magazine. Steak, jalepeno poppers, potatoes and grilled corn. What’s not to love?

Decor/Theme

Is Dad a sports fan? Use his favorite sports or racing team’s colors to be the basis for the floral centerpiece and table cloth. Or maybe he’s a devoted alum of his college or high school; use those colors. For both these ideas, you can use simple white plates and clear glasses, and let the sports or school colors be the accents.

Napkins

Expression Foil Pressed Napkin  Proudly display your special message on the Expression Napkins. Names, dates, special occasions or sentiments stand out when pressed in one of 15 gorgeous foil colors on your choice of 27 high quality, three-ply papers.

Father’s Day Gift Idea

Notable Monogram Oversized Note Our Notable Monogram Note offers a choice of many exclusive monograms. Raised ink. Folded note. Double-thick paper. Choice of white or ivory paper. Comes with 50 Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Opt for the border, 100% cotton paper, hand-inserted lining or return address to create a luxurious gift.

Impressive Wedding Gifts for the June Bride and Groom

Find impressive wedding gifts for June Brides at Giftsin24.

The Roman origins of the “June bride” isn’t as romantic as it sounds, but in modern times we have infused meaning and magic into the idea.

June, prime wedding time, is just around the corner. History says that the tradition of June weddings came from ancient Roman culture. Juno, Jupiter’s wife and the goddess of marriage, was officially celebrated on June 1, so many families chose this month to plan weddings.  Luckily, today in the U.S. June is filled with the flowers and scents of summer. It’s the time of year when Nature blossoms green, young and full of life.

Some of our other wedding traditions hark from ancient Roman times, as well. For example, these were also the days when grooms began carrying the bride over the threshold to protect her from “evil spirits.” Furthermore, grooms began standing on the right hand side of the bride so he could easily access his sword in case marauding rivals came to steal the bride. And, um, fathers “escorted” their daughters down the aisle because the patriarchs generally used the marriage to pay off debts or advance their careers.

Happily, we’ve given these traditions a more romantic spin. Fast-forward to 2015, and love now fuels our marriages.

Celebrate that love with the perfect gift. Married couples feel a thrill when they Show off their new love. Check out our wide selection of personalized gift ideas, including notes, cards, tablets, notepads and napkins.

Impressive Wedding Gifts

Couples 7 Tablet Set:  They can display their combined names on seven tablets of various sizes in a tasteful stainless steel holder — both beautiful and practical.

Chesapeake One Line Card: We will expertly emboss their names on an oversized card. This Chesapeake card offers plenty of room to write. Choose the optional lined envelopes to make this gift extra special.

Traditional Monogram Note:  They’ll enjoy writing wedding thank you notes on these classic and understated notes. Choose the optional return address if the couple has already found their forever home.

Personalized Napkins and Guest Towels:  Always in style and always impressive.  They’ll enjoy using these at their first “official” get-together as Mr. and Mrs.   And don’t forget, summer BBQ season is also upon us.

 

Personalized Gifts for Grads

Giftsin24 offers a wide selection of notepads that can be customized as gifts for grads.

Reward the graduate’s hard work with a high quality personalized notepad from Giftsin24.

Graduation. It’s an exciting time for many young adults, as well as returning adult students who seek to move ahead or change careers. They put in years of hard work, and now they are hopeful that their efforts will pay off in a rewarding job…or at least one that pays the bills.

Create thoughtful gifts for grads with our notepads and memos, now on sale this month. Personalize one line with their name and the second line with “Class of 2015” or the name of their school or mascot.  The new graduate will treasure this memento long after the notes of “Pomp and Circumstance” fade.

Our Favorites

Morning Glory Super Slab   The Morning Glory Super Slab incorporates a lively cursive lettering style on two lines of personalization. Choose one of seven vibrant colors on this spacious square slab. It offers the newly minted graduate a place to write down job leads, imagine new pathways or simply decorate their new desk at work.

Family Photo Desk Slab Incorporate a photograph of the graduation ceremony to commemorate the big day.  This desk slab also includes a choice of 15 lettering styles, two lines of personalization and a small photo.  Beautiful, thick, high quality paper makes this desk slab a treat!

watercolor super slab new from giftsin24.com

Watercolor Super Slab keeps your memos, lists and message organized and a pleasure to look at.

Watercolor Monogram Desk Slab   We can think of so many uses for our Watercolor Monogram Desk Slab: personal reminders, staff memos, love notes, gifts for grads…you get the picture! Featuring our Classic monogram in 7 soft colors, this desk slab makes a fresh, modern statement. The desk slab transitions from the graduate’s home to his or her office.

Thank a Teacher, Teach a Thanker

Writing tips for teacher thank you notes

It’s that time of year to thank the teachers in your life, whether you’re 2 or 92.

Everyone has a teacher to thank, whether you’re 2 or 92. If you’re learning how to read, trying to code a video game, or are working on your guitar fingering, teachers are right there along with you, guiding you, cheering you on and encouraging you to work through mistakes.

One of the best ways to acknowledge a teacher’s value in your life is by writing him or her a thank you note, according to the National PTA. And writing a thank you note to a teacher is one of the best ways to teach a child how to show gratitude. Here are 3 tips to writing the perfect thank you note to a teacher.

Three Writing Tips

1. Be thankful. This is a thank you note, and so say it ! “Thank you for all your hard work with me this year.” “Thank you for helping me be the best I can be.” You get the picture.

2. Be specific. If you can point to a specific example or time that the teacher helped you, you’ll make the note become more personal and all the more treasured.  “I am so relieved that I know fractions now.” “The way you encouraged me to work on my fingering has given me more confidence than I ever imagined I could have.”

3. Be expansive. Teachers have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place. Wax poetic about their importance to you, your school or the world at large. You can never compliment a teacher too much.

Heartfelt Gifts for Your Amazing Mom

Giftsin24 offers a variety of personalized Mother's Day gifts for your amazing mom.

Celebrate Mom’s love on Mother’s Day.

Moms are amazing. Who else can get you to ballet practice in a torrential downpour while humming “Singing in the Rain”? Who else puts in the time and thought to plan a healthy, tasty family dinner so everyone can reconnect and laugh after a busy day? And who can wipe away a toddler’s tears and have her singing “Let It Go” as passionately as Elsa from the movie Frozen? Hint: her name is spelled Wow upside-down.

All those beautiful moms work in and out of the home 24/7. Give them personalized stationery gifts that add a touch of luxury to their day. Even if they’re in their yoga pants on their third cup of coffee, when they pull out this stationery, they’ll feel like the Queen of England.

Three Gifts for Your Amazing Mom

Classic Frame Monogram Note This folded note brings a classic and refined design together with the smooth and carefree lines of a script typeface. A delicate border binds your monogram in the center. The country’s top embosser and monogram designer produces and designs this note.

Damask Note personalized stationery from Giftsin24

Wow Mom with the Damask Note for Mother’s Day. She’ll treasure this beautiful work of art from Giftsin24.

Anthony Note  A fun and timeless way to showcase Mom’s name. Let her be the star of the moment and enjoy the spotlight. Customize this card in a variety of ink colors, and add an optional lining to the envelope to make it extra special.

Damask Note  Simply the best! Mom will enjoy the feeling of running her hands over this luxurious embossed design. This is the type of work we are known for in the social stationery industry. A true work of art, the Damask Note features an ornate composition used in the decorative arts for hundreds of years. The crisp design pops in white or ivory triple-thick paper. Her name will appear in shiny raised ink. Choose from among many lettering styles and ink colors.

 

 

3 Wedding Thank You ‘Donts’ You Need to Know

Impression Notes from Giftsin24.com make beautiful wedding thank you notes

Impression Notes in black ink on crisp white paper are the perfect canvas on which to express your gratitude.

Wedding season is upon us. Are you ready to write your wedding thank you notes? Don’t fall flat in conveying your gratitude. Avoid these common mistakes, and you’ll be sitting pretty.

Mistake #1 Sending out wedding thank you notes too late.

Do you remember what you did one year ago? Not many other people do either. So be sure that Uncle Marty gets that thank you note pronto, or at least within three months of the wedding.

Mistake #2 Writing a plain vanilla message.

Was your wedding a bore? Is your marriage lacking pizzazz? No way! So why should your thank you notes not reflect that same passion for the giver and the gift. Avoid general statements like: “Thank you for your generous gift.” Snore. Share your excitement with the giver about specific ways you’ll use the gift.

Mistake #3 Sending an e-card.

Yes, we do live in a digital age…but if cousin Sue drove 100 miles to get to your shindig, bought a new dress and gave you a hand-made quilt, she deserves a heart-felt, handwritten note that conveys all your love and appreciation. Unless you had a virtual wedding, avoid virtual cards.

Baby on the Way? Top 3 Gift Ideas for New Parents

gifts for new parents

Family togetherness starts with love. Personalized stationery from Giftsin24.com displays that love in style.

Do you know a new family in the making? Consider our top 3 gift ideas for new parents.

These personalized gifts help parents capture or display favorite memories. They can also announce their new family life to everyone. It’s an exciting time, filled with love and laughter. You can help them build and share memories with thoughtful personalized gifts.

Gifts That Share and Create Cherished Memories

Treasured Moment Picture Frame. Give your favorite photograph pride of place inside the Treasured Moment Picture Frame. Two lines of personalization. Choice of lettering style and either horizontal or vertical format. Laser-etched, solid alderwood.

Anthony Family Pride Note. Nothing beats the delicious feeling of family togetherness. Capture that pride with the Anthony Family Pride Note, which accommodates the names of the new mom, dad and children. The texture of the raised-ink names, bullets and border makes this folded note a delight to touch and hold. Choose an ink from among our 11 raised-ink options.

Carnival Family Pride List with Holder. Customize this item with your family name at the top and the whole family’s first names along the edge. Cheerful paper colors make list-making a pleasure. Comes with a CrystalClear Holder to keep the lists neat and tidy.