19 Nov
2015

Gifts for the literary loving people in your life

If there's one thing we love here at Kards Unlimited more than anything else, it just might be books and literature. And we are far from alone in that! Here's an overwhelming list of all of the cool literary stuff we have this year!

First up, Harry Potter!

J.K Rowling: A Bibliography, Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Assorted Hogwarts House scarves and hats, Harry Potter glasses, and Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit

J.K Rowling: A Bibliography, Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Assorted Hogwarts House scarves and hats, Harry Potter glasses, and Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit

A boxed set of the books because WHY NOT

A boxed set of the books because WHY NOT

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Harry Potter Character Vault, Hogwarts house ties, and the Hogwarts Library

Game of Thrones next!

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Game of Thrones Risk and Monopoly

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Game of Thrones Ornaments, and a Direwolf mug

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Dangerous Women, Game of Thrones lunchbox, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

Books in general are good, too!

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1001 Books to Read Before You Die and CLOTH COVERED BOOKS!

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Literary Tattoos, Shakespeare's Insults, Novel Cure, Novel Destinations, Presenting Shakespeare 1,000 Posters from Around the World, Best American Short Stories 2015, and Dear Luke We Need to Talk

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Illustrated Peter Pan, and Illustrated Secret Garden

Practical literary gifts

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Poe mug, Jane Austen mug, Vonnegut mug, Twain mug, Greatest first lines of literature mug, and Shakespeare's insults mug.

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Read a book in one year page a day calendars, bookmarks, personal library kit

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Locally made North Ave. candles in delicious scents

Just for fun!

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All the Shakespeare things!

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Oscar Wilde and Charles Dickens Actions figures, Bar Humbug bar

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All the Jane Austen things!

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All the Poe things!

Wearable literature themed t's!

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Gifts for your the literary loving people in your life

14 Nov
2015

Gifts for your friend who’s always happy about something

On the flip side of the Pessimistic Friend, there are also those sunshine-y people who are never down for long. You know, the sun will come out tomorrow type deals. We need them as much as we need anyone, and we want to shower them with happy, optimistic gifts!

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If they're into journaling, may we suggest the Affirmation Ball, Evidence the World is Basically Good: A Logbook for Optimists Journal, Hector and the Search of Happiness, Why You're Really, Really Awesome Pad, High Five Nifty Notes, Smiley Face soap and You are a Good Person soap.

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Do they have a lot of energy? Get them a Rainbow Stunt Streamer. They're so magical. Don't Forget a mini Pusheen, and a Glitter Wand!

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What about a GIANT PUSHEEN? Qwilly shown for size comparison.

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How about some positive Blue Q socks.

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Quotable mugs will help you start your days off on a good note!

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13 Nov
2015

Gifts for your friend who’s always on about something

We all have that person in our lives. You know, the one with the glass half empty, always curmudgeoning about something or other. We love them for their perspective, and we have a ton of great gifts for them! Know an optimist? Get ideas for them here!

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Maybe they're into reading? The Onion: Iconic Covers, Apathy, The Complete Worst Case Scenario Handbook, The Existential Coloring Book, Hate Mail, I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar, and Unnecessary Quotations.

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Maybe they need to just get it all out?Evidence the World is Basically Evil: A Logbook for Pessimists, The Antisocial Network Journal, My Dysfunctions Journal, Hell Passport, and My Pet Peeves Journal.

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If they're into practical gifts, not to worry! Sassy Blue Q Socks, Nihilist Toothpaste, Disappearing Civil Liberties Mug, Seriously? Desk Pad, and WTF Sticky Notes.

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8 Nov
2015

Coloring books aren’t just for kids. NEVER GROW UP!

Seriously people. Not only is it fun to bust out the colored pencils or crayons, but it is proven to be RELAXING to color. And in the spirit of this new breakthrough, we have a ton of great coloring books to choose from here at Kards Unlimited. We have everything from Manga, to cats, drunk coloring (booze not provided), and quite a few things in between. Here's a look at a selection of our MOST AWESOME coloring books. Come on dahn to see the rest of em and get em while they're hot!

Zenscapes, Arabesque, Wild Animal, and Peacock Covers 2

 

Manga, Creative Cats, Tattoo Coloring Book, and Tiffany Designs Covers

 

Fairies, Goddesses, King Arthur and Edward Gorey Covers

4 Jul
2015

Gifts for your friend who wants to be a Pony

Everyone knows someone. In my case, it's me and ALL of my friends. We love the ponies.

I'm talking, of course, about My Little Pony. This list is mostly for MLP lovers, but it also applies to anyone who loves ponies and unicorns. There are some great gift here! I sure hope you see something wonderful and decide to buy it (for me).

Things to help your friend feel like a unicorn!

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Things to keep your friend's head warm!

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Things for Take Your Pony To Work Day!

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Things that your friend can wear under their clothes, while still feeling magical inside!

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Things your friend can wear LOUD AND PROUD as a PONY!

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12 May
2015

A gender-free shopping guide for greeting cards!

The rules of 'for girl' and 'for boy' have changed significantly in the last few years. More and more parents are choosing to raise their children without gender limiting rules. Blue isn't always for boys anymore, and pink isn't just for girls.

Unfortunately the world of greeting cards (specifically the BIG classic companies) hasn't quite caught up. Cards that are red and blue and have fire trucks come with a "boy birthday" header, and the frozen cards with the glitter stickers say "Girl Birthday". How do you shop for the perfect card when there seem to be gender rules placed on so many of them?

In the interest of helping you, our lovely customers, broaden your selection, here are a few tips on how to shop for greeting cards the gender-free way.

Just a few cards that could could be for anyone.

Just a few cards that could could be for anyone.

1. Ignore the headers.
Honestly, we get rid of a lot of them anyway. But we do have sections of cards, like our shoebox birthday, that have 'for him' and 'for her'. Look, we leave those headers there so that people don't get too lost. But there are some hilarious cards in there that you could give to people of both genders. So next time you're looking for a birthday card for your super fabulous GBFF, take a peek at the 'for her' cards. some of them are just labeled that way because they have glitter and sparkles on them. whatever. don't let those labels control you!

2. Don't be afraid to edit a card!
So there is one card in particular that gets me every time. It's a card for a dad that's like "Thanks for helping to learn how to use a drill and build stuff" (but more poetically) and it says in the card "from your son." A) I know for sure that I am not the only girl here who would like to thank her parent for teaching me how to use tools. B) Personally I would like to thank my MOTHER for that, because she was the woodworker in the family. So here's the deal. Some times there will be a card that says the perfect thing in it, but like 2 of the words are wrong. (He instead of She; Son instead of Daughter; Wife instead of Husband; and so on.) So CHANGE the words!!! Get a sticker or maybe just a sharpie and make some edits. because the point of a card is to find one that say the perfect thing for you and your loved one. And sometimes card companies don't quite get it right.

Look at all these awesome things that don't say girl or boy!

Look at all these awesome things that don't say girl or boy!

3. Know your kids when you're choosing cards!
Or if you don't, don't just assume that the little girl in your son's class that is having a birthday party likes pink tiaras. We have a huge variety of kids cards. Some of them say 'girl' and 'boy' in or on them, but some of them just have the cast of Cars or Frozen on them. And I know like a million little boys who just love Frozen. If you don't know the child you're buying for well enough to know if they like particular animated movies, don't worry! we have lots of cards that just have cute  bears on them or dragons. Boys AND girls like bears and dragons. srsly.

4. Check out new card lines!
You can find hallmark cards anywhere. But we have so many other amazing card lines, like Frantic Meercat, Seltzer, or Ripe! Some of these small card companies have progressed in the gender game far more quickly than the big companies. You can find plenty of cards that are laugh your ass off hilarious, but aren't gender defined at all. In fact, KU has a few of our own card lines that are just serious fun. We have meme cards, nerd cards, and cards for every holiday under the sun. Some times, the perfect birthday card is something like our Duran Duran day card, or Dr. Seuss day card!

Yes. All of these are cards. even that cookie.

Yes. All of these are cards. even that cookie.

5. When in doubt, check out the blank cards.
We have some absolutely fantastic cards that are blank inside. They don't try to be a him or her thing. They are just super cute or super sparkly, and just all around goodness. So when the cards with all the words aren't doing anything for you, find a card with a pretty picture and a short message and then fill up the inside with your own awesome words.

Good luck, everyone! We can change the world one card at a time.

24 Mar
2015

KU’s Great Gift Ideas! Why a pen is the perfect gift!

Ok, so granted, not everyone takes pleasure in the simple act of writing by hand.  And sure, plenty of people barely ever write anything anymore, preferring (and having the opportunity to) type all the information they need to record.  However!  A fountain pen, roller ball, or even a high quality ballpoint is a classic congratulatory gift or to mark any special occasion and that's where KU comes in!

We carry a variety of great pens from several companies and I'd love to tell you all about them!  Behold!

Roller balls from Acme!  Gorgeous, each one designed by a unique artist, and that space-y one is a commemorative edition in honor of Buzz Aldrin!

Roller balls from Acme! Gorgeous, each one designed by a unique artist, and that space-y one is a commemorative edition in honor of Buzz Aldrin!

But wait!  Also available: fountain pen conversion kit!  SO cool!

But wait! Also available: fountain pen conversion kit! SO cool!

From Sheaffer!  Roller balls and fountain pens from the Intensity line!

From Sheaffer! Roller balls and fountain pens from the Intensity line!

Roller balls and fountain pens from the Prelude line as well!  Look at that classic black lacquer!

Roller balls and fountain pens from the Prelude line as well! Look at that classic black lacquer!

Into the slightly more industrial look?  Try the brushed chrome!  Silver and gold trim available!

Into the slightly more industrial look? Try the brushed chrome! Silver and gold trim available!

Feeling fancy?  Go for the all gold.  Classy, classic, and a bunch of other words that start with class.

Feeling fancy? Go for the all gold. Classy, classic, and a bunch of other words that start with class.

Feeling even fancier?  Like, five star dinner, box seats at the opera, Rolls Royce fancy?  Take the step up to the Sheaffer Legacy.  Yes, it's under glass, so feel free to drool.

Feeling even fancier? Like, five star dinner, box seats at the opera, Rolls Royce fancy? Take the step up to the Sheaffer Legacy. Yes, it's under glass, so feel free to drool.  Look at that freakin' inlaid nib.  Seriously, look at it.  

On to the Auroras!  The Ipsilon, in ballpoint and fountain pen varieties!  Available in so many colors!  That orange is so hot!  Literally!

On to the Auroras! The Ipsilon, in ballpoint and fountain pen varieties! Available in so many colors! That orange is so hot! Literally!

Even more Ipsilon options!  Plus the giant Talentum!  We have those in pink and yellow too!  (And they're half off right now!  Score!)

Even more Ipsilon options! Plus the giant Talentum! We have those in pink and yellow too! (And they're half off right now! Score!)

Yep, even a fancy option for the Aurora lovers!  The silver is super fetch, you guys.

Yep, even a fancy option for the Aurora lovers! The silver is super fetch, you guys.

All these, plus ink in bottles and all kinds of cartridges, expert pen advice, and all the enthusiasm (and much more) that you can imagine a person having for pens!  Come down and take a look!

All these, plus ink in bottles and all kinds of cartridges, expert pen advice, and all the enthusiasm (and much more) that you can imagine a person having for pens! Come down and take a look!

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6 Feb
2015

Gifts to give some one with a brand new office job! Or the same old boring office job!

 

 

 

Do you spend your days in the cardboard box they call cubicles? Do you know someone with a brand new Adult Job? Well here are some things that you should probably have to fill the tiny space you call 'office'!
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- A beach wall calendar to stare at when you get tired of working.
- A page a day calendar so you can waste 5 minutes a day ripping that page off.
- A mug that you will recognize when your coworker steals it.
- Some hand sanitizer for when you meet the guy who wanks at the water cooler.
- A lunch box that will make you feel like a kid again for 5 minutes so that you forget how old and responsible you are now.
- Snarky file folders to put the stupid office memos in.
- A mouse pad that doubles as a note pad because really you only have so much room in that cubicle.
- Office citations that you can write up...but really shouldn't actually send to your new coworkers
- A fail button for when you attend your first office meeting. Seriosuly. Use that thing. People will love it. 

Happy Job-Having, you adult, you!