Sunday, April 18, 2021

Coaches Gifts

We can hardly believe it is April.  With spring break ahead of us, this month always seems to fly by.  Before we know it, it will be May and the end of the school year! We’re looking ahead to year-end gifts for coaches. Do you or your children acknowledge their sports coaches with a small token of your appreciation? 

Coaches can have a profound effect on a young person’s life. A good coach has the power to motivate, teach discipline, and shape how a child deals with losing and winning. We’ve seen some tremendous coaches in our children’s lives, and we’re grateful for those that volunteer their time and make an impact. 

 

Today we are sharing small gift ideas that you can buy for coaches.  The gesture doesn’t have to be grand.  Acknowledging your coaches can be done simply with a heartfelt, handwritten note.  (If you need some stationery, you know where to head to!) 

 

Beyond a note, here are some of our favorite gift ideas for coaches. 


Your child’s soccer coach will really see how much they are appreciated for all of their hard work with set of themed stationery. These notes are available in both green or blue and can be changed from our standard square corner to rounded corners if desired.

Prints Charming Note Cards/Stationery - Blue Stripe Soccer (Flat)


We are obsessed with all of the different sports options for our mugs including baseball, football, golf, and hockey. This unique gift for coaches is a great keepsake that they can use for many years to come. You can even personalize them by adding two lines of text with up to 15 characters per line. Fill with candy for added sweetness when gift giving!

Sports Mugs - Baseball


Does your child play multiple sports? These Sports Cute Collection Notepads are the perfect gift idea for coaches. Personalize the notepads to best match your needs by adding names, location, etc. These cute collection notepads will be the perfect necessity for your coach’s next season to help plan out plays.  Available as both a multi-sport pack or for a single sport.


Cute Collection Notepads by Donovan Designs - Sports

Cheers to the end of another successful cheerleading season! What greater way to celebrate your child’s amazing coach with personalized cheerleader thank you notes. Gift ideas like these pair best with a little gift as well to really show your appreciation. You can choose up to two ink colors and whether you want the thank you notes to have square or rounded corners. 


Prints Charming Note Cards/Stationery - Cheerleader (Flat)


In whatever way you decide to celebrate your child’s coaches, we always recommend the children thanking them in person as well to truly show how much they mean to them. They can mention:

 

1)    Their favorite memory from the season with their coach

2)    One play that really made both the child and coach happy 

3)    How the coach has improved their skills over the past season 

4)    How their coach has made an impact in their life 

 

Grab your favorite thank you cards, year-end gifts, and have your child thank their coach in person for all the wonderful things they have done over the past season to help them grow. 

Monday, April 5, 2021

Teacher's Gift Ideas

We’ve never appreciated how valuable teachers are more than we do today.  The pandemic threw many of us into a home-schooling reality that we never thought we’d face.  We were stretched thin, our patience was tested, and the pressure was on.  Fortunately, for a majority of American students and their families, children are back in the classroom inperson.  As parents, we couldn’t be more relived and also grateful.  It’s clear that the debt of gratitude we owe these special people – our teachers – is a large one!  

We will always advocate for a heartfelt, thoughtful note to your child’s teacher. As a parent, take a moment to reflect on the year’s ups and downs.  Be specific about the growth that you have seen in your child, what he/she enjoyed, or how he/she overcame a challenge and has flourished. Teachers appreciate knowing what specifically they did to contribute to the growth of their students.  Sometimes a tangible example of how they affected change can be really powerful.  Take a few minutes to really think about the impact this teacher has had on your child’s life and be sure to write it down thoughtfully.   Of course, More Than Paper has plenty of stationery options from which to choose when you are ready to write your note! 

 

We also suggest that your children take a moment to write thank you notes to their teachers. (We have personalized stationery options for kids, too, of course!) This handwritten note from your child can mean the world to the teacher! The same advice applies --- have your child be specific about the school year and what he/she enjoyed in the class.  

 

Beyond a thank you note for teachers, consider small tokens of your appreciation. More Than Paper has a few gift ideas that teachers will find delightful and useful.  All of them are affordably priced, and we love that they are personalized.  Of course, many teachers love the slew of Starbucks cards they receive but these heartfelt, personalized gifts for teacher will really speak volumes.  Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite teacher gifts.  

 

1.     Make a statement with these teacher appreciation banners.  These indoor/outdoor vinyl banners are available in three sizes and are customizable with the teacher’s name and students’ names as well!  The banner is waterproof and comes with adhesive, removable tape for easy hanging.  We also have upgrades available with stakes and grommets for other ways to hang!  Imagine your teacher walking into school with this large, customized vinyl banner displayed for all to see.


Banners by Namedrops (Teacher Appreciation)


 

2.     Teachers are constantly needing to jot down reminders, write notes home to parents, and take notes.  This notepad is an adorable way for your teacher to do all of that.  “From the desk of” personalized notepads make a great teacher’s gift. 


Prints Charming Notepads - Apple for the Teacher


 

3.     If you are a teacher and you don’t have a mug with your name on it with an apple, are you even a teacher? Kidding, of course! If your teacher hasn’t been gifted a fabulous, personalized teacher mug yet – consider these ones by Pen and Hand.  They’ve been a top seller of ours for years! And in addition to personalizing the mug with the teacher’s name, you get to choose the hairstyle, hair color and skin tone to make the stick figure character in the teacher’s likeness. What fun! For added sweetness, fill the mug with candy, wrap in cellophane and tie with a ribbon. 


Pen At Hand Stick Figures - Mug (Teacher - Lady)


4.     Consider a stylish and handy personalized clipboard when choosing a year-end teacher gift. We love all of our clipboard options but especially this design.  This is a fun and functional gift that we love. 


Kelly Hughes Designs - Clipboards (Bright Gingham)

 

5.     Another great idea is a personalized bookmark for your teacher! From your English teacher to your librarian, these personalized bookmarks for teacher are a great gift for the end of the year. 

 

 PicMe Prints - Personalized Bookmarks (Alphabet Tall - Chartreuse on Navy)

 

Hard to believe how fast this year is flying by.  We hope you’ll consider these unique ways to honor teachers. Teachers spend many waking hours with our children and have the power to shape their minds, their personalities, and the course of their life.  We appreciate and thank all the teachers! 

 

 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Bridesmaids Gifts

When you are getting married and you’ve asked your closest friends to stand by your side as your bridesmaids, it means something special! Friends help get you through tough times and are people with whom you make lasting memories.  On your big day, will you give them a gift to celebrate your friendship and thank them for all that they have done for you?   

Whether it’s a destination wedding or a local wedding, it’s likely that your bridesmaids have incurred some expenses throughout your engagement and wedding so we love the idea of a small thank you.  Thank your bridesmaids for their long-standing friendship with these bridesmaids’ gift ideas.  Your bridal party will appreciate any of these personalized gifts!  

1)   Your girls will always travel in style with these garment bags!  Available in several colors, these personalized garment bags are made of heavy-duty canvas and will protect your suits, dresses, or clothes you don’t want to fold!  There are two roomy inside zip pockets for smaller 
accessories. 


Solid Garment Bags by CB Station

 

2)     We just love these clutches that we have recently added by Quilted Koala! Choose from over 50 icons and text phrases.  These are truly custom in that you can select from many color bag options and choose the color, location, and sizing of your imprint (including glitters, foils, and solids!)   At More Than Paper, we are happy to guide you through the process or design it for you! 


        Luxe Bags by Quilted Koala (Create-Your-Own Clutch)


3)     Sip in-style with any of our custom tumblers.These personalized acrylic beverage tumblers with straw are perfect for on-the-go hydration!  Available in a bunch of patterns and designs, this is a small token of your appreciation and make a great bridal party gift. 


        Clairebella Beverage Tumblers - Bloom Blush

 

4)     Insulated personalized tumblers are all the rage right now! These premium-quality double-wall vacuum insulated stainless steel travel tumblers will keep your cold drinks ice cold for up to 24 hours and your hot drinks hot for up to 6 hours!!  For a small fee, you can upgrade your lid to a sliding lid.  Choose from many tumbler colors and imprint colors, too.  You can customize these for your bridesmaids and bridal party with their name or even your wedding date and location.


        Custom Engraved Bride-Bridesmaid 12 oz. Tumbler by Three Designing Women 

 

5)     These super-cute, personalized straw tote bags are ideal for beach weddings or destination wedding bridal parties!!  They are handmade and hand painted with stripes and initials. Create your own color combinations and make it yours!  One of the best things? This is a Fair Trade Business and income generated helps women sustain their families. 


        Abby Small Hand Painted Straw Tote Bags




Whichever way you to choose to honor your bridesmaids, we also recommend that in addition to a small gift, you take the time to write a letter or note to your friends.  This will be perhaps the most meaningful of all the actions or gestures you take.  Here are some tips to help you write the best note to your bridesmaids:


1)     Recall when you met or how you became friends

2)     Recount a favorite memory or funny story 

3)     Be honest about how this person has helped shap your life and lead you to where you are today

4)     Be sure to thank them for their friendship and support during the wedding 


With those tips, you are sure to write something that they will treasure and will certainly feel appreciated.  Check out all of our bridesmaids gift options at More Than Paper by visiting here

Monday, March 8, 2021

Groomsmen Gifts

Plenty of people get engaged to be married year-round of course, but we often see a spike in engagements over the winter holidays and Valentine’s Day. Congrats to all those brides and grooms-to-be!  We hope the wedding planning is not stressful for you and you can enjoy what’s really important – starting a life together! 

When it comes time to asking your bridal party to be in the wedding, or it comes time to thank your bridal party for being in the wedding, More Than Paper has you covered with gift ideas for your groomsmen (and bridesmaids, but more on that later!)  We find that personalized items are so much more meaningful and touching as opposed to non-personalized gifts.  We also appreciate gifts that are actually useful and that your groomsmen will use often (e.g. cufflinks…..do they really wear them again?)

And the good news is that you don’t have to break the bank!  Here’s a roundup of a few of our favorite gifts for groomsmen.

1.     For the grill master.  We love this custom engraved grilling BBQ set with case. There are three utensils that are engraved with the same design that is engraved on the case. It makes such a great gift for the groom who loves to grill out! 

       Not your average money clip.  Personalize these with a single initial. They come in a variety of leather finishes and have magnetic closures to keep money tightly secured. They’re perfect for your pocket. 

3.        For the cigar lover. This custom engraved cigar case comes personalized with your choice of monogram / style.  The case also comes with a cutter.  It’s available in black or luggage style coloring.

 

4.     For the drinker.  This whiskey decanter set comes with 4 lowball glasses and up to 2 lines of engravable, personalized text.  This is an elegant gift for those who appreciate a little nostalgia.  

5.     For the drinker on the go….. This cork covered flask carries 6 oz. of his favorite beverage.. You can personalize it with up to 2 lines of 12 characters each.


See more flask ideas here!

We also recommend including a handwritten, thank you note with whatever gift you choose to give your groomsmen.  This is perhaps the most important part of gift-giving! Be sure to take the time to show appreciation for ones’ friendship and contribution to your life.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Camp 2021 Preview

There was plenty of heartbreak and disappointment in 2020 due to the pandemic and all of the events that were cancelled as a result.  One of those disappointments was that many of our children were not able to attend sleep away camp – something that they look forward to year after year and hold so close to their hearts.  Since many missed camp in 2020, camp for this summer is more anticipated than ever. Camp Season 2021 just might be the best summer yet, and we’re sure they’re really going to appreciate being there! 

 

More Than Paper prides itself on being a provider of a lot of really great camp gear!  Not camp gear like flashlights and sleeping bags, of course, but the fun stuff like camp stationery, laundry bags, shower caddies, personalized pillowcases and things to make packing easier – like accessory labels and clothing stamps!  Here’s a roundup of all the things we love for summer camp 2021. 

 

1.     Fill-in Camp News Notepads.  For any parent who has sent their child to camp before and received no letters home, this one is for you! Now there’s just no excuse.  These fill-in pads prompt your camper to write a letter and give you actual information about bunkmates, the food, favorite activities, the weather, and more.  You’ll get real information from you camper. Wouldn’t that be nice? They also come with envelopes and include free personalized return address labels for your camper.  We recommend you pre-address and stamp a few to yourself and Grandma and Grandpa.  


3 Bees - Camp Notepad Sets (Diagonal Stripe Camp Boy)

Want more? Here are some other great camp notepad sets to consider here

 

2.     Peel & Stick Clothing and Accessory Labels.  If you’ve sent your child to camp before, you likely know the pain of writing your child’s name with a laundry marker onto every single item of clothing. Or perhaps you’ve ironed on labels to everything they own.  Finally, there’s a solution that doesn’t require ironing or writing names over and over again! Meet these peel & stick clothing and accessory labels.  These include 90 labels and can be used for clothing but also things like goggles, flashlights, sports equipment, toothpaste, shampoo bottles and more. You can choose your own background color, too!   


Rectangle Self-Adhesive Clothing Labels by Namedrops (Create-Your-Own Rectangle)



And if you want to reflect your child’s style, there are many with patterned backgrounds too! Visit those here


 

3.     Clothing Stamp.  Another alternative to iron-on labels or laundry markers is the clothing stamp.  It is a self-inking fabric stamp with a permanent imprint. Perfect for labeling the bottom of white socks! The ink lasts for hundreds of washes so you don’t have to worry about fading while the kids are at camp!  



Camp Clothing Stamp


4.     Clipboard Cases.  Personalized and practical - when rest hour comes around and it’s time to write, these clipboard cases are perfect!   The case opens from the bottom and they can store stationery, pens, postage stamps and accessories.  You get to choose the case color and background image, as well as supply the name.  The background options are adorable, and kids will be encouraged to break this out and write a letter home! 


Personalized Clipboard Cases

 

5.     Water bottles.  Another fun accessory to send your camper to camp with is his/her own personalized water bottle.  We love these options shown here.  A water bottle at camp is a must! Make it cute and easy for them to spot against everyone else’s water bottle. 


Boatman Geller - Personalized Water Bottles (Stripe Navy & Lime)

 

6.     Shower Caddy.  We are all about convenience and this personalized shower caddy allows your camper to organize their shower toiletries and conveniently carry them back and forth from cubby in their bunk to the shower house!  


Personalized Camp Caddy

 

 

There you have a few of our favorite camp products for the Summer of 2021.   Your camper will be organized and ready to go in-style.  We can’t wait for this summer and to make it great.  What about you? 

 

Share your favorite products for camp on our Facebook page or leave a comment here on our blog. Is there anything that we are missing that you find helpful when sending your kids to camp?  Have you bought something before that you would recommend? We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Teaching Children to Write Thank You Notes

Even with text messages, email, social media and near-instantaneous communication in the 21st century, the art and etiquette of writing a thank you note is not lost. 

At More Than Paper, writing a handwritten note and sending it in the good old fashioned mail is important to us and, therefore, we’ve been teaching our kids how to write thank you notes since they were young.  Is it something that you value?  Here are some tips to teach your children how to write thank you notes.  

Around age 2-4

It’s never too early to start – and yes, children this young can help in creating a thank you note!  Most children this age love using stickers or rubber stamps.  How about the grown-up writes the words “THANK YOU” and the child’s name on a piece of paper or cardstock – and have the child decorate with stickers, stampers or crayons! Explain the activity and why your child should write a thank you note (“Remember the teddy bear that Aunt Diane got you? Let’s write her a thank you note!”).  The child will begin to learn about the concept of why one writes a thank you note and will also have fun doing the task.

  

Pen At Hand Stick Figures Stationery - Create-Your-Own Flat Card (Boy)

Around age 4-6 

By age 4, children can get more involved in the “writing” part of thank you notes. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children are in the beginning stages of learning to form letters and words, and many children at this age have the dexterity and attention span to copy letters.   When our children were young, we wrote the words “thank you” and their names using dots and simply asked them to connect the dots.  This was a delight to grandparents, aunts and uncles, and family friends who had been kind and generous enough to give our children a gift or gesture.  They absolutely loved seeing our little ones write their names and the words thank you.  That is all it took. 

Stacy Claire Boyd - Stationery/Thank You Notes - All Fired Up

Around ages 5-8

As children being reading and writing, this is a good age to have them start writing their own “Dear ___, Thank you for my gift.”  We typically wrote this message out on a piece of paper and let them copy it while studying the paper.   This helps speed up the process.  Another idea is to let them phonetically spell and compose the message all on their own.  Likely you’ll get a ton of misspellings, but you are not striving for perfection here! Plus, the free-form phonetic spelling can be quite funny and will make a great keepsake for the future! Plus you’re allowing the child a lot of independence and creativity.  Just be sure to give them enough direction or assistance so they don’t feel overwhelmed by the blank card. 


Boatman Geller Stationery - Rugby Navy & Kelly

Ages 8-11 

Here’s where children can begin composing their own letters.  Teach them the salutation, punctuation, and value of good penmanship.  It is also a good time to remind them to be specific about the gift they’ve received and why they like it or how they will use it.  Rather than “Thank you for the gift,” your child might write “Thank you for the doll that I wanted. I am so excited to play with her.” 


Chatsworth Robin Maguire - Stationery/Thank You Notes (5 Sandals)

Ages 12+ 

If you have been encouraging your children to write thank you notes since they were little, hopefully you don’t get a lot of pushback from your preteen or teen on writing their notes.  After every birthday or holiday, have them sit down with their personalized stationery and list of people to thank and write several a day.  If they have received a lot of presents, encourage them to break the task of writing notes into chunks – just a few at a time. Then it is not so overwhelming.   At this point, they should be writing several sentences being specific about what they are thanking the person for, how they intend to use the gift, and what they like about it.  We also encourage something personal to the recipient.  This can be done with ideas like, “I hope your holidays were fun, and we missed celebrating with you this year. Can’t wait until we can get together in the summer!” or “Hope you are feeling better after your knee surgery! I was thinking of you.”  A little personal touch or extra sentence or two can make the letter feel more personal and less curt. 

Rosanne Beck Stationery - Ornate Floral - Pink

Quite honestly, there is no wrong way to write a thank you note, especially thank you notes written by children. They are so unexpected these days and a treat for people to receive that your recipient will just be glad that they have written one. 

Here are two other unique thank you note ideas that we have seen from children. 

1)     Draw a picture instead of writing a note. Especially good for really little ones, a picture (of rainbows, the dog, anything!) can be a nice thank you! 

2)     Use your Instapix camera! Take a picture of the child holding the gift and smiling. Sign the bottom, “Thank you!! Love, ____”.  Send the picture in an envelope! 

What ideas do you have? 

Shop our personalized stationery for children and adults at More Than Paper and find your perfect correspondence for thank you notes, everyday letters & anything else you need!