I am a gift-giving queen in the months of April, May, and June! Are you? With Mother’s Day, graduations, bridal and baby showers, not to mention all of those June weddings, these months just seem to be full of special occasions that just require special gifts! The challenge? Thinking of something memorable, unique, and personal. I’ve got some great ideas for you today!
Did you know that April is National Letter Writing Month? It was important to me that my children understand the importance of hand-written notes before they left home. I wanted them to know how and when to write thank you notes, and how much a hand-written “I’m thinking of you” note could mean to someone. Thanks to the popularity of electronic communications, the art of letter writing (sadly) is in decline. Although we are more in touch with friends and family than ever before (thank you, Facebook!), the truth of the matter is that our “written” communication has been reduced to comments on photos, texts, and emails. In a way, this makes a hand-written letter or note more precious than ever. When my first child went off to college, my mom started writing to him once every few weeks or so. She would tell him what she and Paw-Paw were up to, share a Bible verse or two, and generally remind him that she loved him and was praying for him. She always enclosed a $20 bill, which always ensured that the letter was opened! She’s continued this with all of her grandchildren. Although she doesn’t follow them on Snapchat or Instagram, her written words are special gifts to them that go far beyond any “like” or “comment.”
Combine my heart for hand-written communication with my love for giving a personalized gift, and you’ll know why I am thrilled to introduce you to Joy Creative Shop today! Steph Weibring, the owner of Joy Creative Shop, started her first paper company when she was in college and her products were carried in over 300 stores nationwide. Since then, she’s done many other things, but her passion for paper always kept her coming back to paper goods. Joy Creative Shop carries custom notecards and notepads, greeting cards, tumblers and journals, and much more. Steph genuinely enjoys the process of designing, printing, and glittering (!) her sweet and simple designs, and printing them on the finest quality papers. I appreciate the fact that she beautifully packages each order, making them gift-ready. I’ve curated a boutique of some of my favorite items for you below. As you think about all of the upcoming special occasions on your calendar, consider giving the gift of paper to that special someone. Joy Creative Shop is generously offering a 15% discount to my readers through May 15th. When you order, use promo code BLESSED15 at checkout.
Did you read Monday’s post on the importance of gratitude in cultivating a happy heart? If so, you got a sneak peek at the darling Gratitude Journal that Steph and I designed specifically for Empty Nest Blessed readers. She is kindly offering it at a discount through the end of April, and I, for one, ordered a boatload! (Attention! If you are female and related to me, you are getting this for your Birthday!) I can’t wait to gift all of the people in my life that I am grateful for with this Gratitude Journal!
Many thanks to Joy Creative Shop for sponsoring this post.