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!

10 Mar
2013

Gifts for Your Compulsively Organized Friends!

We all have a friend who's a slave to the old adage, "a place for everything and everything in its place."  It can be hard to find a good present for these people, because then they have to find a place for the new thing and it's a whole dramatic production and sometimes it's just easier to buy them a drink and call it a night.  But!  For you dedicated gift-givers out there, KU has some great ideas about what you should get your friend that they will totally love and geek out over.  Here follow these gifts:

File folders!

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Organized people love folders, you guys. Papers definitely cause a lot of my clutter, so it makes sense...

Clips, sticky tabs, magnetic note pads and more!

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Speaking of keeping papers organized, those mustache paper clips are totally fly. Plus, those magnetic note pads with attached markers? Can you say memo?

Bookmarks, personal library kit, and Card Catalog note cards!

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Bookmark pads for keeping a place, a library kit to make sure all your books are in order (and are returned in a timely manner!) and card catalog note cards! Adorable AND the box has dividers!

Menu file and recipe organizers!

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Even in the most organized house, the kitchen can be a bit of a disaster. Keep menus and recipes in good order with these fabulous organizational aids! In a variety of styles and designs!

All the lists!

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There's nothing more organizationally arousing than lists and dispensing slightly passive aggressive notes, you guys. Best gifts ever.

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6 Mar
2013

Gifts for Your Friends Who Enjoy Potent Potables!

Here at KU, we are pretty well versed in drinks of the alcoholic persuasion.  Since you can't partake of our combined many (many) years of experience, here's a great list that bestows the wisdom of the gift-giving ages without also bestowing the hangovers (which, if combined, would most likely be literally fatal.)

Fine Glassware!

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A fun cup makes any drink better and these are some epic pieces!

Great books about drinking!

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For your nerdy drinkers, gourmet drinkers, and mixology enthusiasts!

Sets of pints and shots (for parties or just for you!)

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Fun glassware for a crowd! Beer is always better from a superhero glass!

Books about making booze!

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Everything's better homemade, and beverages are no exception!

The 2014-2015 Champagne Guide!

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A niche market, perhaps, but a super great gift in that niche!

Wine Lines, Cocktail Rings, and other paraphernalia!

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Keeping drinks straight at a party is extremely important. Plus, Coq au Vin is just a great name for a rubber chicken wine stopper. Get on that.

Books to solve the problem(s) that drinking creates!

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And gifts for the next morning are always appreciated!

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19 Feb
2013

Gifts for the Reader(s) in Your Life!

There is perhaps nothing more frustrating than finding a gift for a friend that you know loves to read but who isn't looking for a specific book or genre.  There just isn't that much book paraphernalia!  Which, of course, is one of the strengths of books.  They don't require a lot of supplies to enjoy.  For those customers trying to find the perfect gift for the book-lover in their lives, here are KU's great gift ideas!

Bookmarks and Bottle Openers:

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Six tiny silicone sprouts to hold one's places in books (either lying flat or upright and closed) and a bottle opener shaped like an ampersand. What more could a book-lover want?

Action Figures and Finger Puppets of Favorite Writers:

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Austen, Shakespeare (both also come in Finger Puppet form), Tolstoy, Woolf, Parker, Chekhov, and so many many more!

Out of Print book cover T-shirts:

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So many great titles on shirts, you guys. We also love the 1984 one, The Very Hungry Caterpillar one, and the In Cold Blood one. Come in and have a look!

Books go great with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and pretty much everything else:

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No matter your poison, it's best enjoyed with a good book and in a great mug.

Literary Reference Jewelry and Accessories:

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Anything that extols the virtues of the written word is a-ok in a bibliophile's book!

Books:

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I've said it before and will say it again: books are a great gift idea at any time and for any reason. Even if you aren't sure it's what they like, a true book-lover will appreciate any new volume. Plus, it's the thought that counts, right?

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18 Feb
2013

Gifts for Your Friends’ Kids!

Everyone knows the awkwardness of shopping for someone you don't know that well.  What do they like?  What should I get?  What does my gift say about me as a human?  What does my gift say about them as a human?  These problems are magnified tenfold if this person that you don't even know that well is a kid.  So for all you hesitant gift-getters out there, we present our go-to list of classic and timeless gifts for even the most difficult giftee.

Classic Children's Books:

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Sure, books are often a gamble, since it's hard to be sure someone will like a given story, but these are all books that everyone should read, no matter what.

And for the slightly older crowd:

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Ditto for these. We have hundreds of books here and a staff only too happy to help you pick out the perfect one, but these classics need no sales pitch. Even the newer ones are timeless must-reads.

Classic Toys:

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Whether sporty and outdoorsy, quiet and bookish, glued to movies or video games, or any combination at all, toys like these are childhood icons for all.

Card Games, Flashcards and More:

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If books or toys aren't your thing, why not Good Manners Flashcards or Old Maid cards? A little help with education never hurt anybody!

Art supplies:

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Every kid goes through a coloring and other fun art projects phase. Encourage creativity with these gifts!

 Puzzles and games galore:

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Puzzles and games are almost always a perfect gift. Presenting a fun group activity is a skill that even grown adults often struggle to achieve, so games are always appreciated!

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