22 Apr
2016

Top 10 Gifts for that Earth-loving Hippie you know

Hap­py Earth Day! In hon­or of this won­der­ful hol­i­day, we’ve com­piled a list of things that you should buy some time for that friend of yours that real­ly real­ly loves green things!

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2 Apr
2016

Top 10 Gifts for Someone who Really Loves Dragons

Yes­ter­day was Anne McCaffrey’s birth­day. And I was sit­ting in my read­ing chair, think­ing to myself, what would Anne McCaf­frey want to get for her birth­day? Prob­a­bly lots of books, right? Even bet­ter, books about drag­ons?

In hon­or of my dear Anne McCaf­frey, I’ve com­piled this list of the TOP TEN GIFTS for some­one who real­ly loves drag­ons! Not sur­pris­ing­ly, most of the things on this list hap­pen to be books.

All of the­se love­ly won­der­ful things are avail­able here at Kards! Stop by to look at them in per­son, or send us a mes­sage if you would like more infor­ma­tion!

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19 Feb
2016

Top 5 Gifts for the People who think they’re Batman

Do you have a friend who dis­ap­pears for hours and comes back bruised? Does your friend ran­dom­ly do a lot of pushups in the mid­dle of the floor? Is your friend able to, for some odd rea­son, tell you every species of bats and which one is the scari­est? Are they a bil­lion­aire and have done noth­ing to achieve this sta­tus except be born to the right par­ents? If so, your friend may be Bat­man. Or if not Bat­man, they might think they are Bat­man.

So what do you get as a gift for your Bat­man-friend? Are you at a loss, think­ing that they prob­a­bly already own every cool gad­get? At Kards Unlim­it­ed, we were also stumped by this ques­tion. For­tu­nate­ly, we have Batman’s famous butler’s num­ber, and he had all the advice.

 

bat1Bandaids

Bandaids,”Alfred imme­di­ate­ly said, when we called him up at the man­sion in Gotham. “He is always in need of Bandaids after a night of run­ning about like an idiot. Espe­cial­ly pret­ty Bandaids. He’s always going for very bor­ing Bandaids, like skin-col­or or black. I shake my head at this every time. Why Bru-… Bat­man? Why be bor­ing?”

Gotcha, Alfred. So for your Bat­man-friend who may or may not actu­al­ly be Bat­man, we have lots of Bandaids with a spe­cial twist at Kards Unlim­it­ed. Once you enter the mag­i­cal store, take three steps and look left.  Here you will see about waist-lev­el (or head-lev­el, real­ly depends how tall you are) uni­corn Bandaids, Jane Austin Bandaids, Edgar Allen Poe Bandaids, Jesus Bandaids, and more. So if your Bat­man- friend gets a cut, give them an opti­mistic Bandaid that will make that mean frown upside down.

 

bat2A Graph­ic Nov­el of Them­selves

Bat­man,” said Alfred while prepar­ing a cup of Earl-Grey tea, “is a bit ego­tis­ti­cal. He likes read­ing books about him­self because he likes to see how he’s por­trayed in a pletho­ra of medi­ums, includ­ing graph­ic nov­els. Why this is, don’t ask me.” 

So buy your Bat­man-friend a graph­ic nov­el of them­selves! At Kards Unlim­it­ed, we shelve a pletho­ra of Bat­man graph­ic nov­els. If you don’t know which books of them­selves they already own, ask them! Then sur­prise them with a mean-look­ing graph­ic nov­el such as Bat­man: R.I.P., Bat­man: The City of Owls, Bat­man: Death in the Fam­i­ly, and more!

bat3A Bat­man Through the Years Mug

“Bat­man”, said Alfred, “always likes to drink cof­fee in the morn­ing; I like tea.” Alfred hint­ed that Batman’s time with a cer­tain Amer­i­can girl­friend brought about this change of taste, but then quick­ly changed the top­ic to more shal­low com­plaints. “Bat­man keeps for­get­ting to bring his mugs down from his bed­room so none of them get washed. I told him, we made a deal, that if I helped him with his tax­es then he would wash his own mugs. Well, since he won’t wash his own, he keeps try­ing to use mine. And we all know that the taste of cof­fee in a mug can real­ly ruin the taste of tea. So, yes, if you could get a great mug that he will want to wash so he’ll stay away from mine, that would be bloody fan­tas­tic.”

KU’s Bat­man Through the Years is per­fect. Not only is it an awe­some mug, but it also serves as a way for your Bat­man-friend to con­tem­plate their past life as they sip warm, hot cof­fee. This is def­i­nite­ly a mug they will want to wash again and again and again. 

 

bat4I Heart Guts

Bat­man keeps hurt­ing his organs,” Alfred said, “even though I keep warn­ing him, he is not being kind to his body. If you could get him some­thing to remind him to be kind to his body, I would be grate­ful.”

Here at KU, we sell a line called “I Heart Guts”: organs that are soft, cud­dly and total­ly real­is­tic. Have your Bat­man-friend snug­gle with a spleen, a heart, appen­dix, tooth, and we think they will imme­di­ate­ly become more aware of the harm they could be caus­ing their lit­tle friends inside them­selves. Also, they make great com­pan­ions to make your Bat­man-friend feel less lone­ly, just in case their sig­nif­i­cant ex is killed in an explo­sion set off by a jok­er.

 

bat5All My Friends Are Dead

This small book, found on our cof­fee table book selec­tion, was not rec­om­mend­ed by Alfred but rec­om­mend­ed by KU. This book will help any per­son who iden­ti­fies as Bat­man con­nect with their inner feel­ings as they real­ize they are not alone with all their friends being dead. Whether a dinosaur, a sock, or a tree, your Bat­man friend will laugh and cry simul­ta­ne­ous­ly as they remem­ber all the friends they have lost and make them feel, hope­ful­ly, not so alone. Espe­cial­ly if they are read­ing this while cud­dling with an organ. 

But the most impor­tant thing, as Alfred summed up at the end of our con­ver­sa­tion, is love. “I am sure, what­ev­er you give Bat­man (or some­one who thinks they are Bat­man), as long as it is given in love, it will be grate­ful­ly appre­ci­at­ed. Sav­ing a city is rough busi­ness, and a lone­ly one. So love goes a long way.”

That’s it on our end. Please com­ment below on oth­er gifts you think would be per­fect for some­one who iden­ti­fies as Bat­man. And what’s bet­ter, cof­fee or tea?

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13 Feb
2016

Top 5 Gifts for the Person who Hates Valentine’s Day

hate1So, you know some­one, per­haps even your part­ner, who hates Valentine’s Day?

Lem­me guess, they say things like:
“Valentine’s Day is a com­mer­cial­ized hol­i­day that cap­i­tal­izes on people’s love with cheap items that have noth­ing to do with love.”
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“You don’t need Valentine’s Day to do some­thing spe­cial for your loved one!” (p.s. please ask them when they did buy some­thing spe­cial for their loved one that wasn’t on a birth­day or a hol­i­day)

But real­ly, their excus­es are hid­ing a big­ger con­cern: their hearts are made of stone. Or, inse­cu­ri­ty (stone is more like­ly). Whether this some­one is in a rela­tion­ship and doesn’t know what to get so hides their inse­cu­ri­ty with their anger for Hall­mark or a sin­gle per­son who just can’t stand see­ing so many peo­ple lov­ing each oth­er, here are 5 great gifts to give them to warm that frozen heart.

 

 

 

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Any oth­er rec­om­men­da­tions for your Valen­tine-hat­ing friend or lover? Com­ment below!

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10 Feb
2016

Top 5 Gifts to Get Some Lovin’

So, you want some lov­in’? And lov­in’, I don’t mean just a hug. With Valentine’s Day around the cor­ner, there’s pres­sure to get choco­late and flow­ers. The­se aren’t bad, but if you want some­thing more orig­i­nal, you are in luck: Kards Unlim­it­ed is here to help. 

(also, if you are read­ing this and it’s not close to Valentine’s Day, that’s OK: it’s always nice to add some lov­in’ to your life)

Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 7.12.40 PMShow­er Bursts

Noth­ing is bet­ter when get­tin’ some lov­in’ than when every­one involved smells like heav­en. That’s why KU rec­om­mends show­er bursts, found just to the left of the coun­ter when you walk into the store. Small, cute, wrapped in shiny paper, the­se show­er bursts are sim­ple to use and yet high­ly effec­tive. Unwrap, put on the edge of the tub while in the show­er, and the­se soaps will fill the air and your skin with the smells of laven­der, tea tree, herbs and more herbs. Each col­or helps with a speci­fic area, such as stress, headache, etc. So buy a show­er burst speci­fic to your loved one and not only will every­one smell great, but they will also be hap­py you thought of them. And, you know, you are sure to get some lov­in’ if you smell like heav­en.

Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 7.09.59 PMCan­dles

After you step out the show­er smelling deli­cious, you are going to want some good light­ing. Good light­ing that will flat­ter the entire body is low light­ing to no light­ing with a hint of orange. What pro­vides this kind of light­ing? Can­dles. Here at KU, we sell a pletho­ra of nice, stur­dy can­dles with nice col­ors. Can­dles are great because they’ve been around forever. Look up pic­tures and paint­ings from the past and what do you see? Can­dles. If you buy a can­dle, it’s like you’re say­ing I’ve loved you to the Egyp­tian days and back. That’s a long time to love some­one.

365 posi­tions

Are you ever in the bed­room and get a bit bored with how repet­i­tive … It… has become? This small book not only can fix this bore­dom, but also gives a cou­ple or mul­ti­ple peo­ple some­thing to look for­ward to each day by pro­vid­ing a dif­fer­ent posi­tion each day. This book could bring a flame back into an old rela­tion­ship or real­ly rock­et off a new one.sexTry strange posi­tions, try dan­ger­ous posi­tions, try fun posi­tions. Given as a gift (wouldn’t rec­om­mend for just a crush, unless you real­ly want to be bold) this can show your own com­mit­ment for chang­ing things up, which is sure to bring a smile.

Card Vouch­ers

Have you ever been the recip­i­ent or mak­er of card vouch­ers? Where, because you have no mon­ey, you draw up card vouch­ers with say­ings with how you will do cer­tain tasks for them or favors, such as win an argu­ment, or this time you’ll do the laun­dry. For me, I once received card vouch­ers from a friend but nev­er used them because the cards were made from cheap paper and end­ed up crum­pled and ripped. At Kards Unlim­it­ed, we sell the good kind. Card Vouch­ers for Lovers is a small book­let with beau­ti­ful qual­i­ty paper. voucherThe sug­ges­tions, because they are writ­ten by an out­sider, are even bet­ter for a rela­tion­ship because they are ideas you might not have thought of. So try it out! Also, in case you were won­der­ing about expi­ra­tion dates, the cards are valid unless some­thing occurs to the rela­tion­ship. A nice add on to avoid awk­ward­ness.

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If you want to get some lov­in’ and feel­ing a bit dar­ing, I rec­om­mend Anne Rice’s lit­er­a­ture to read aloud in bed to your sig­nif­i­cant oth­er. Her writ­ing is some­times unin­ten­tion­al­ly hilar­i­ous (add on: drink when­ev­er she writes “blush­es”) but it also makes 50 Shades of Grey look like it was writ­ten for kids. Cringe-out­ward­ly, but her tales rang­ing from vam­pires to twists on clas­sic fairy tales will suck you in and leave you want­i­ng more. Read­ing aloud with a sig­nif­i­cant oth­er can make the sexy moments fun­ny, give great ideas for role-play after­wards, and can become a fun con­test in who can be more cre­ative with com­ing up with mem­o­rable voic­es for char­ac­ters.

 

And real­ly, the­se gifts are just to help you get some lov­in’. The best thing you can do to get some lov­in’ is to lis­ten, to pay atten­tion, and give lots of hugs. Hugs always work out best. Please com­ment below on how suc­cess­ful (or unsuc­cess­ful) the­se sug­ges­tions were! 

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2 Feb
2016

Gifts for your Favorite Librarian

Feb­ru­ary is Library Lovers mon­th! I’m pret­ty sure that there is no one who loves your library more than your local librar­i­an, so we thought we’d list a few great ideas of ways to say thank you to your favorite Librar­i­an. <3

As a kid, I was mes­mer­ized by the enor­mi­ty of my local library and how the store was rou­tine­ly stocked with all of my favorite books. My librar­i­an as a child was a sweet, elder­ly wom­an named Nan­cy.  Every time I would enter the library, she would greet me with fresh­ly made cook­ies and a rec­om­mend­ed new book. She intro­duced me to the book that would lat­er mold my career aspi­ra­tions. By encour­ag­ing me to search for com­fort in books, Nan­cy inspired me to read with an open mind and think crit­i­cal­ly.

Jobs as a librar­i­an are very reward­ing. Librar­i­ans encour­age all indi­vid­u­als, regard­less of social and eco­nom­ic back­ground, to embrace their book­worm qual­i­ties. In some ways, libraries serve as the gen­er­al people’s uni­ver­si­ty while librar­i­ans act as the pro­fes­sors. Plus, it must be nice as a librar­i­an to have first dibs on hot titles and ear­ly released books.

As perusers of libraries, we con­stant­ly ask for rec­om­men­da­tions and assis­tance in the quest to find our books. Why not give back by pur­chas­ing a fab­u­lous present for your favorite librar­i­an? Even your librar­i­an needs some lov­ing in Feb­ru­ary.  Here’s a list of our top five favorite gifts.

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Book Lover’s 2016 Cal­en­dar

This jam-packed page-a-day cal­en­dar is filled with hun­dreds of book rec­om­men­da­tions.  The cal­en­dar also includes fas­ci­nat­ing quotes and triv­ia. Book rec­om­men­da­tions are bal­anced between gen­res from clas­sic love sto­ries to his­to­ry dra­mas.  Your librarian’s read­ing list will def­i­nite­ly length­en with this great gift. Plus, all cal­en­dars are cur­rent­ly 50% off!

 

 

 

 

Book­marks!

bookmarkWhile librar­i­ans have an incred­i­ble job, it can be fast-paced. Los­ing their place in their cur­rent read­ing mate­ri­al would be the last thing they want to hap­pen in the leisure time. Why don’t you make sure your favorite librar­i­an nev­er los­es their place ever again by gift­ing a pre­cious book­mark?  Our col­lec­tion of book­marks is cute and hip.  Each book­mark includes a unique phrase proud­ly announc­ing the reader’s love of read­ing. My per­son­al favorite is the “My work­out is read­ing in bed until my arms hurt” book­mark.

Re-Used Book Jour­nals

Here at our store, we have a large col­lec­tion of price­less re-used book jour­nals. The jour­nals are fash­ioned from the cov­ers of old books.  The­se cov­ers range from clas­sics like “The World of Mice” to books from the Nan­cy Drew series. Now your librar­i­an can write her thoughts in style with the­se unique jour­nals.  Who said some­thing old could not be some­thing fab­u­lous?

 

 

 

mugLit­er­a­ture Mugs

In this cold weath­er, try to give your librar­i­an a way to sip her pre­ferred hot bev­er­age.  Search our mug sec­tion for stand-outs like our Mark Twain inspired mug and Jane Austen inspired mug.  May­be try some­thing comedic like our Mr. Rogers Sweater Chang­ing mug?  Your librar­i­an will be thank­ful once the weath­er hits the sub­ze­ro tem­per­a­tures.

Jew­el­ry!

With Valentine’s Day creep­ing around the cor­ner, what’s a bet­ter gift than a book inspired necklace/earrings?  Our Voz jew­el­ry col­lec­tion is the per­fect fit for any book­worm.  With selec­tion from the dark Edgar Allen Poe to the cheer­ful Win­nie the Pooh, your librar­i­an can be acces­sorized with flairs of clev­er­ness and style.

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24 Nov
2015

It’s National Game and Puzzle Week!

If you’re look­ing around your apart­ment won­der­ing to your­self, “Hey! Where are all of my fun games and puz­zles?” and you sad­ly real­ize you have none, it’s okay. We can help with that. This hol­i­day sea­son we have a ton of real­ly awe­some games and puz­zles. Don’t believe me? How dare you. Read on to see what we’ve got! Yay!

 

Dr. Who Games

Doc­tor Who Clue, Risk, Yahtzee and Triv­ial Pur­suit

Firefly Games

Fire­fly Yahtzee, Clue and Monopoly

Game of Thrones Games (1)

Game of Thrones Risk and Monopoly

Supernatural Games

Super­nat­u­ral Oui­ja and Clue

Walking Dead Games

The Walk­ing Dead Yahtzee and Risk

 

23 Nov
2015

Gifts for Doctor Who Fans

One of my favorite Christ­mases of all time was when my dear moth­er found out I liked Doc­tor Who. That Christ­mas every sin­gle gift was Doc­tor Who relat­ed. I got mugs, and t-shirts and books and DVDs and all of it was Doc­tor Who. All of it.

If you’re shop­ping for some­one like me, some­one who loves all things Doc­tor Who, we’ve got you cov­ered. We have every­thing from stock­ing stuffers to seri­ous tell-them-you-love them gifts, all themed around the infa­mous Doc­tor. Check it out!

If you’re not entire­ly sure what kind of gifts to get, you can always keep things simple(but still fun!) with any of the­se mugs or glass­es! Seri­ous­ly, who wouldn’t want a mug with a dis­ap­pear­ing Tardis or a pint glass with a Dalek?!?dwmugs

Does your who­vian hate being cold or wet? We can help with our Tardis or this umbrel­la that’s def­i­nite­ly big­ger on the inside.umbrellafulll

If you hap­pen to know their t shirt size, we have some options!tshirts

May­be your Who­vian love to read! We have a num­ber of Dr. Who books, includ­ing the incred­i­ble gor­geous Dr. Who Vault book. Seri­ous­ly, it is so amaz­ing.dwbooks

Still not sure what the best gift would be? Get­ting a gift card to our store is total­ly not a cop-out, espe­cial­ly if you give it to them in one of the­se amaz­ing Dr. Who cards.DWcards

Good luck hunt­ing, guys!