// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // Unexpected Anniversary Gifts

A year full of firsts have come and gone… from the first time you used your new married name to your first holiday season as a married couple. And now it’s time to celebrate your first anniversary. Paper is the traditional first anniversary gift, and it’s a time-honored tradition we can get behind!

Personalized stationery will never go out of style. And this is a great time to replenish your partner’s paper wardrobe after having written all those thank you notes! Lettersheets, foldover or flat notes, and calling cards are great to keep on hand. These Silk Stationery Boxes from Haute Papier are perfect for couples since you can include up to 4 different combinations of names in the set.

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Do you like to honor tradition but with a 2019 vibe? Check out these unexpected paper gifts that fit the bill!

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Personalize a set of coasters with your last name, street address, or a fun duogram. Traditionally barware has a gentleman’s monogram and linens have a woman’s. But you can certainly have fun with whatever you choose.

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Heading out of town for your anniversary? Give your hubby or wife some new traveling accessories from Uashmama. Made in Italy, these bags are made of washable paper. And we have traveled with them and can attest to their versatility. Practical and chic, yes please!

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Or what about a new cookbook or coffee table book? Mark the inside with the date of your first anniversary.


Whatever you give, be sure to include a heartfelt note. This past year is sure to have been filled with ups and downs, laughter and tears. But don’t worry, the best is yet to come!

// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // First Anniversary - The Gift of Paper

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September marks the anniversary month for our Raleigh store, and always gets us to reflecting. It has been our immense pleasure to work with so many brides (and grooms too!). Now we get to see many of our couples coming into the store to pick out their anniversary cards and gifts.

The history of anniversary gifts harkens back to the Roman empire when husbands would crown their wives with a silver wreath on their 25th wedding anniversary, and a golden wreath on their fiftieth. It was during the Victorian era that the tradition of giving paper on the first anniversary evolved. Another reason for us to thank the royals!

Of course a new stationery suite is the perfect way to embrace this tradition! It’s a great time to get a set of stationery with your new married monogram. We love all of the fresh takes on classic monograms that Arzberger Stationers have. You can carry the monogram onto multiple pieces like flat cards, calling cards, half sheets and more. Stationery can have an individual’s initials, a duogram, or the first and last name.

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Another great gift are the Silk Stationery Boxes from Haute Papier. The boxes include 100 notecards, but you can select 4 different names and styles to go on the cards. The entire set will have one unifying liner (we just love the wide variety Haute Papier has) and the same letterpress ink color. You can choose four different types: perhaps the wife’s name on one, husband’s on a second, a monogram on the third, and a joint card with both names on the fourth. There are just so many great combinations! These also make great wedding gifts (or Christmas, birthday…)

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Although stationery is the most popular way to incorporate paper into an anniversary gift, you aren’t limited to it. Why not get personalized coasters, notepads, or even cocktail napkins for your at-home bar. Stop by to grab a card and let us help you pick out that perfect first anniversary gift!

// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // Thank You Notes

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One of the most popular weekly segments on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon are his Thank You Notes. Saying thanks to everything from hard taco shells, to yoga, to thanking fellow late night host James Corden from going by the name Jimmy, Fallon writes his notes on classic Crane stationery.

Although we may not have an audience like Jimmy Fallon, getting in the habit of writing thank you notes is just as important. Especially after a big occasion like a wedding.

During this exciting time  you will be showered with well wishes, gifts, and festivities. And each and every one one should be met with a heartfelt thank you. As Margaret Shepherd says in her book The Art of the Handwritten Note, “Ink on paper is still the classiest way to express the thoughts that really matter, on the occasions that really count. And sometimes it’s the only way; your words will carry sympathy and gratitude with a special kind of sincerity when the reader sees them on paper in your writing.”

In general, gifts received before the wedding should be followed by a thank you within two weeks. According to Emily Post, couples have three months post wedding to get the task done. Especially since the gift giver was not there to see you receive all of the gifts at the wedding, it is important to make sure and let them know you received the gift and, of course, loved it.

Late is always better than never. So don’t hesitate to send one past the three month mark.

So what do you say? Shepherd gives 5 characteristics of a well-written note.

  1. Be generous

  2. Be specific

  3. Be prompt

  4. Be succinct

  5. Be personal

Be generous in thanking the giver in writing, even if you thanked them in person. Mention the gift specifically. Send the thank you notes out in a timely manner. Keep the topic of this note to the occasion and the gift. Hand writing the note, especially on your own stationery, keeps it personal. Don’t use pre-printed cards without your own hand-written sentiment.

Picking out some personal stationery makes the process a little more fun! And with a great sale from Crane & Co. right now, you can get 50 personalized cards for only $99. Add a fun stamp and you will be sending some paper love in the mail!

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// PAPER LOVE // Love Letters

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Love Letters don’t have to be a thing of the past.

At If It’s Paper, we have declared 2018 to be the year of the handwritten note. We are holding strong to our New Year’s resolution, and the month of February is a great time to express your feelings to someone you love.

Need a little inspiration? Check out this love letter from Johnny Cash to his wife June:

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Swoon….. But if you are feeling a little tongue-tied, a simple "hello, I love you" does the trick.

So whether its for a birthday or to a special Valentine, pick up your pen and grab a piece of paper. Send some paper love.