Posts Tagged gift ideas

Creative gift giving: Flip flop bracelets (with printable tag)

Among the small treats that make me happy (in no particular order): chocolate, coffee, sheets of Lokta paper, new felt tip pens and, now, flip flop bracelets! I love mixing different color palettes on my wrist with stacks of these recycled bangles, and I absolutely love the story behind them.

stacked bracelets

These bracelets are made by a group of women in Mali (West Africa), who collect worn out flip flops, melt them down and draw the plastic into colorful loops. Everyday flip flops are reborn as unique, handmade bangles. One can only guess the journey each one of these lovely trinkets has taken. Read the rest of this entry »

In the news: Hot Mother’s Day gifts

The press is going wild for our new gifts and spring crafts, and here’s a look at what’s HOT for Mother’s Day.

In the recent issue of People Magazine, Jessica Alba suggests creating a Mother’s Day scrapbook. According to Alba, “Receiving a keepsake from your child that’s filled with pictures, drawings and poems is priceless!”

To create your own, she recommends our Brown Fabric 12 x 12 Scrapbook or gorgeous Gold Mums Photo Album and our 12 x 12 papers to style the book. Alba listed Flora and Fauna Papaya Flower Circle Paper, Goldfish Paper and Pink Sweet Cupcakes Paper as her latest favs. Mom is sure to love this unique gift, especially if fellow mother Jessica Alba thinks it’s sweet.

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Addressed to impress

What do an Ad Man, a Mad Man and an Italian Man have in common? They all fell in love with a custom stamp.

It sounds strange, so let me backtrack.

Nearly four years ago, I had the great pleasure of marrying into a wonderfully eccentric family. My mother-in-law and her three sisters are artists in their own right, each marrying an equally creative gentleman— my father-in-law, the man with a band and a knack for glass etching; Clay, the advertising executive with the thirst for dirty martinis; Rocky, the fun-loving mad man with a major sweet tooth; and Giorgio, the Italian man with expertise in all things booteful.

This combination of characters has produced one large, hilarious extended family, who make every family gathering interesting. This past Christmas was no different.

Each year, I like to give the sisters a little Christmas gift, as a thank you for playing hostess to events throughout the year. So, in December, when Paper Source offered 25% off custom stamps, I ordered a return address stamp for each aunt.

address stamp custom stamp self-inking stamp

Being such a large family, it’s rare that anyone notices gift opening, but this year was different. True to form, gifts were divvied out as everyone carried on with conversations, stories and dancing, while one of many Rolling Stones albums played in the background. Read the rest of this entry »

Buyer’s favorite: Stocking stuffers for all ages

At my house the stockings have always been my very favorite thing at Christmastime, both opening mine and shopping for them. And, here at Paper Source, we have tons of great items for stockings, from candy to toys to little coin purses. Even glitter or stamps make great stocking stuffers!

The newest and coolest items for women and teens are the colorful flip flop bracelets. Intended to be purchased in multiples (each one is unique), these are made from recycled flip flop parts and remind me of the jelly bracelets I loved as a kid. Another great stocking stuffer for ladies is the mushroom knit bag. It was hand knit in Nepal and is so cute! Read the rest of this entry »

How-to: E-Z gift wrap

PS_HowTo_FavorBoxWhether it’s a nibble or a necklace, finish off your handmade holiday with my e-z wrap how-to! Top off Square Favor Boxes with pieces of your favorite decorative paper and simply finish with a tag stamped with our “Handmade by” rubber stamp.

Handmade through and through will make your friends feel loved by you!

PS colors: peacock & paper bag
Latest fave: Spritzer Rubber Stamp Cleaner and Rubber Stamp Cleaning Pad

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Feeling gifty with 300 nifty new items!

PS_GiftWrap_SantaDogsAs a long time fan, and first time employee of Paper Source, I felt like a journalist with an incredible scoop when the batch of new products arrived at my desk last week. More than 300 goodies not yet seen by our customers, ooo la la!

The gift giver in me instantly started indexing items against my list of “People Who Need Gifts.” I found myself coming up with occasions like, “I got you this because you’re really weird and today seemed like a good day to give you something weird,” as reason for giving certain items.

But, like everyone, my wallet and wishes have not yet had that crucial meeting. Instead, it seemed appropriate to share these ideas with people who might actually be looking for gifts for the upcoming giving season and who might lack inspiration (or time).

So here goes: Read the rest of this entry »

Gifts for kids – Lindsay’s fall favorites!

For this blog entry I wanted to focus on some of my favorite new kids gifts! One item that I like simply for its cute design and Japanese aesthetic is the Momiji doll. The new ones for fall are Snuggle (with the mushroom hat) and Happy Birthday (with the adorable pigtails and a cake for you!). These sweet little dolls are collectible and have a hole in the bottom where a child can store secrets or place special notes for friends. It’s a whole new way to pass notes in class.

Gifts for kids_momiji dollsGifts for kids_sound machines

A favorite around here are the sound machines. We have a lot of fun in the office with these, playing the bomb dropping sound when someone bombs a joke or the “re re re” knife stabbing sound when we’re dealing with a difficult situation such as… well, a completely new computer system. The sound machines come in three styles: classic, cartoon and horror, just in time for Halloween. You could have a lot of fun scaring trick-or-treaters, hiding in the porch shadows with the Spooky Sound Machine.

Giant helium balloonsAnother personal favorite is the Monster Balloon. This thing gets huge! It can be inflated to over 3 feet in diameter and is seriously mesmerizing for kids and adults alike. It’s made in the US from completely biodegradable latex, and is a great lung workout for whoever gets the treat of blowing it up! What fun they would be inflated with helium in clusters for a party like this pic!

Now that the new school year has started kids will need some things to keep them entertained, besides just Silly Bandz and Japanese erasers – hopefully some of these great kids gifts will do the trick.

–Lindsay, PS Buying Team
PS colors: beet & peacock
Latest fave: Pretty Aprons

A calendar to use, reuse and share!

Paper Source Postcard CalendarSince I moved into a tiny city apartment, my respect for anything that is functional, artful and compact all at the same time has deepened. New to our calendar lineup for 2011, the Paper Source Postcard Calendar truly is the best of both worlds, merging form and function, all in a fun little package! The ultimate in reduce/reuse/recycle mentality, this calendar is printed on 100% recycled eco white stock, packaged in a nifty little box that you can reuse at the end of the year. Each of the 12 month cards feature a mini version of the artwork from our veteran Wall Art Calendar, and the backside doubles as a postcard that you can send to friends as each month passes by. Use the included box and easel to display the current month on your desk or any surface; or, tack each card onto the wall to create an artful year-at-a-glance arrangement.

One of the most fun parts of creating this product was coming up with the clever little phrases that adorn the backs of the cards, relating in some way to the artwork on the front. Whenever we have to come up with wording ideas for things like this, it becomes a very team-oriented activity because we literally start a board and pass it around to get everyone’s input. And at the end, it’s always fun to sift through all of the great ideas as we select the winner. For this specific project, we even had some help from our manager’s 12-year old son (his contribution was “have an egg-cellent day”, which is paired with the artwork of a birds nest on a bright curry background)! My favorite, “orange you just wonderful!”, features orange branches on the reverse side, on a punchy peacock background. Some of them may be a bit cheesy, but hey, if it draws a smile or a laugh out of the recipient, then I’d say it’s well worth it!

So, we’ve got a compact, artful calendar that can double as functional wall art, a reusable box, and postcards… bet you didn’t know you were getting all of that for just $14.95!

PS colors: gravel & persimmon
Latest fave: Colored Dots Insulated Lunch Bag

Buyer’s faves for back to school — Lindsay

I haven’t been “back to school” in over 10 years, but when the time comes around it is always nice to freshen up my lunch accessories (celebrating “still at work”!). It brightens up the fact that summer is almost over. This year I brought in a bunch of adorable back to school items like backpacks, lunch bags, pencil cases, journals and other fun school supplies.

Some of my favorites are reusable lunch items that I can bring to work everyday. I love to bring leftovers for lunch and the Amy Ruppel Travel Bowl is great for pastas, rice dishes, and even soups! I am also a tea junky, so the matching Amy Ruppel Thermos is perfect – it’s insulated, BPA free and so cute!

Travel bowl and thermos

I’m also a fan of our Resnackit Reusable Bags – they’re awesome Read the rest of this entry »