Gift Ideas: Say It With Words

Find this illustrated quote and others at Etsy.com

Words make great gifts. What kinds of words?

  • A friend’s favorite quote, poem, or expression: A beloved aunt, whose sassy spirit lives on, used to say, “I thought I made a mistake once, but I was wrong.” (To give credit where it’s due, that’s a paraphrase of something the late “Peanuts” creator, Charles M. Shulz, said.)
  • Something you write especially for someone: “You laugh at my jokes but not at my dreams. You make it OK for me to be myself. I hope I do the same for you.”
  • A favorite line from a movie you and a friend shared: “I’ll have what she’s having;” Meg Ryan came up with this line for When Harry Met Sally.
  • A title, line, or full lyrics of a favorite song: “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green;” Joe Raposo wrote the song originally performed by Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog on Sesame Street. (Here’s a great version, Kermit with Ray Charles on Cher in 1975.)
  • Anything to make someone laugh: “Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow internet to see who they really are.” –Will Ferrell

Where should the words go?

On a tote bag, T-shirt, pillow case, something suitable for framing, mug, a single greeting card or box of note cards, but not a tattoo until quarantine ends.

DIY or custom print?

You can use transfer paper to embellish a T-shirt, tote bag, or pillow case. Maybe use a calligrapher for the words. (You can find one on Etsy.) You can add images, too. I like Pixabay.com for images I use on the blog. Images are free, but I like to “buy the designer a cup of coffee.”

Try Zazzle.com for coffee mugs.

Red River Paper has tips for making cards on your inkjet printer.

Finally

It wouldn’t be 2020 without masks. Design your own at VistaPrint.

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