I've been a fan of Artifact Uprising for a while and when I saw their 3-in-1 holiday cards in my inbox the other day I fell in love with them even more. These cards and Artifact Uprising's mission speaks to me and aligns with Simply Gifted so well. These cards are 1) a holiday card, 2) a print and 3) a gift tag in one card! Am I the only one that is totally excited about this?! I've been asked by several friends what to do with the cards they receive. (Stay tuned. I will be posting about this after the holidays). This basically solves the problem. This card has perforated edges and allows whomever you send it to to have a print, a gift tag for a gift they are giving and a short message from them! Plus the quality of the card is great and there are so many designs to choose from.
Unfortunately I have already designed my holiday card this year. (I'll be posting this soon!) So I will have to file away these 3-in-1 cards for next year.
Prices start at $1.80 per card for 25 cards
Seriously though?! How amazing are these cards?
After seeing these cards I had a few thoughts about what Simply Gifted is about. I've been reading a lot about minimalism in the past year and what it means to me and what it means to gift giving. Minimalism is about leading a meaningful life and leading a life intentionally. There is no right and wrong way to go about this and I think it means something different for everyone. I want minimalism to translate into gift giving and for it to be about more than giving a physical gift. I want it to be more about the thought behind it than the actual gift. That means it could be a thought, an unexpected gesture, a card, something someone actually needs or it can be more extravagant. This includes all aspects of the gift, wrapping and card included. I think this is what gift giving is all about. I don't think you need to go out and spend a ton of money or buy a bunch of fancy wrapping paper and bows.
When giving gifts, I like to think about the reusability of what I'm giving. I usually ask myself a few questions when trying to figure out the perfect gift: Is this useful? Is this something my friend will actually want to receive? What will they do with the wrapping after they open it? Are they going to want to regift this immediately? (I hope not!) I'm one of those people that will meticulously fold the tissue paper after opening a gift to save for future wrapping. Ha! I'm sure that's not surprising.
Over the next few weeks I'm going to be posting unexpected gift-wrapping ideas on how to use things around your house, leftovers from grocery shopping and even junk mail to transform your gifts into not just thoughtful gifts but beautiful as well. These will be simple, short tutorials that anyone will be able to accomplish with a few materials.