Yesterday, Hubby and I went shopping for warmer clothes for all of us, and there, on the northernmost wall of the store it was… Christmas. Trees and garlands and sparkly stuff and holiday frames and all kinds of stuff, all on sale.
YOU GUYS. IT IS NOT EVEN HALLOWEEN. (Also: we are not Christian and therefore do not celebrate Christmas but that’s beside the point).
Did that stop me from looking at the items on sale and finding some very excellent gifts for people for the holidays? Of course not. (We celebrate Hanukkah – the most excellent holiday ever because no matter HOW you spell it, it’s probably right. Really. It’s like spellcheck-proof. There’s 36 different ways to spell Hanukkah. Enjoy that. You still have to get your/you’re correct, though.)
So after some pondering I decided, let’s spread the IT IS NOT EVEN HALLOWEEN YET shopping fun around to the hot pink palace of Bitchery! First up: Paper goods.
Are you like me in that, if you go into a store like Papyrus or a bookstore that has lots and lots of paper goods, you get all twitchy and want to fondle the really fuzzy papers and look at all the notebooks, measuring for heft and purse-fit-ability? Do you look at all the cards and pick some out for people who would totally be all, “Wait, real mail? What is that?!” I love paper goods. I have catalogs of stationery that I drool over. It’s kind of sick.
Ergo, when I was contacted a few weeks back by Flytrap papers, who wanted to send me their press kit, I was like, “OH HELL TO THE YES PLEASE.” It’s adorable. The sides say, “Oh, my God, This is so awesome!” and “I can’t wait to see what’s inside!” Design quality, it is high, yo.
Flytrap has really freaking cute stuff, too, from the extremely off-color humor cards to sexy journals and miniature greetings cards for significant others, kids, friends, and family.
There’s also pre-printed coupon gift sets for different people, and if you’re not shopping for the holidays, they have Halloween cards, too. I totally laughed at the one about 20something girls – have you SEEN some of the costumes for 20somethings—or even worse, young girls? *shudder*
Included in my press kit was some samples – three greeting cards and a pack of 12 “Smart Little Love Notes” – which I am giving away here. Leave me a comment and tell me which paper good you cannot live without: blank notebooks? Greeting cards? Really lush paper? Pens? What’s your favorite paper gift to give or receive? Comments close in 24 hours and I’ll pick one winner at random. Yes, you far far away folks on nice tropical islands outside the US, this is open to you, too.
And if you have a suggestion for a holiday shopping location I should feature, or a product you love to buy for people, email me at sarahATsmartbitchestrashybooksDOTcom with “Holiday Gifts!” in the subject line. I would love to feature small businesses as much as possible, so long as there’s good customer service and fun options. I have a few more gift and shopping locations to share but I would be giddy to expand my options for gifts that would appeal to readers, book lovers, or romance fans in particular!
Standard disclaimer: I’m not being compensated for the giveaway. Best paired with low-calorie, high-fiber diet. Some equipment shown is optional. You can’t read my poker face.
ETA: Behold! A winner! Dine, you win – stay tuned for email from me. Yay!