Gift Ideas: Say It With Words

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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 for images I use on the blog. Images are free, but I like to “buy the designer a cup of coffee.”

Try for coffee mugs.

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


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