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.

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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.

Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 7.04.54 PMAny Anne Rice Book

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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5 Feb
2016

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies THE MOVIE

pride-prejudice-zombies-poster-2016Today is a prestigious day in the universe! Today the long-awaited film, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies hits the big screen!!!!!!
Okay, maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration. I actually only know one person who is eagerly awaiting this particular movie. But I swear, she's excited enough for like 3  people, so there's that.

If you're wondering what the hack I'm talking about, well let me catch you up on the new literary movement: adding monsters to classic stories! Seth Grahame-Smith has 'upgraded' a number of classic tales by adding vampires or sea monsters. The story of Abraham Lincoln (he fights Vampires, now), for instance. The gospel of Luke(The Wise men are actually murderous thieves apparently?)!   .... and Pride and Prejudice (And Zombies!)
So in honor of the movie being released today, I went ahead and asked my friend who is super excited about this movie just why exactly she is super excited. Because I feel like we all really need to know.
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This is Sara. She really likes hand sanitizer.

My friend and roommate is Sara. No 'h'. This is an important distinction for Sara(h)s.
She loves Jane Austen and so does her mom, and she's definitely planning on making her mom go to the movie with her. Here's what she has to say about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:

So, you've read the book, right? Can you tell us what about it you like?

I have actually not read the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies book itself.   I’m a huge fan of the original work though, and I really like anything that keeps it in people’s minds.  I feel like this refreshes and revitalizes the work and so people care about it ,which keeps it relevant.  As for the original book, I love it because of the characters.  People talk about the brooding Mr. Darcy and complain that he's  how we end up with characters like Edward Cullen.  But what people miss is that Darcy doesn’t find happiness until he lets that go.  Jane Austen’s characters usually have something to learn before they can find happiness, and Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are no exception.
So how do you feel about the fact that the guy who's playing Mr. Darcy in this particular rendition looks like a whiney, wet sock?

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Matt Smith <3

I usually prefer to avoid too much hype about things I'm already going to watch, so I hadn't been paying any attention to the casting. Then I found out that Matt Smith (the 11th Doctor from Doctor Who) was in it and I was like, well clearly he's going to be Mr. Darcy and that's going to be really interesting. THEN I found out that he's Mr. Collins??? Who is SUPPOSED to be a wet sock. Why would you get the DOCTOR and then cast him as not a major character, and an intentionally unlikeable one at that! And you know what worries me much more? The actual Mr. Darcy actor has got like maybe a dozen credits on his IMDB page.
So I'm not feeling too great about it! But hopefully we'll all be proved wrong and he'll be amazing.

Haha I sure hope so. Matt Smith is a pretty amazing actor, so he'll probably steal the show. Okay. Final question! Which theater snack will you be enjoying during this very strange Zombie movie? 
Well popcorn obviously, and then probably cookie dough bites! A friend introduced me to them and now I totally love them. I'll also definitely be sneaking my own water bottle in because they only sell water in hilariously huge bottles.
Thanks Sara! I sure hope the movie is a fun watch!
Want to read the book before you head to the theaters? We definitely have it, and most of Mr. Grahame-Smith's other books as well. 
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!

21 Nov
2015

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Boxed Christmas card time!

Now is the absolute best time to buy your box cards, and you should get 'em before the eggs get nogged. Meaning, before the best ones are gone!

Whether you've been sending holiday cards out for decades or are new to this whole business, we're here for you! We have a ton of beautiful boxed holiday and Christmas cards to make your season merry and bright. Plus, it's fun to send snail mail to the people you love who are far away. Yes, your love can fit into an envelope!

Birds wearing hats is the absolute cutest route you can go. And we have a bunch to choose from. So cute. So cuddly.

Birds Wearing Hats

If you'd like the proceeds fro your purchase to go to a worthy cause, look no further! Sierra Club, Good Cause Greetings, and Unicef cards all get the job done, and quite beautifully.

Sierra Club

Sierra Club

Good Cause Greetings

Good Cause Greetings

Unicef

Unicef

If you're into religious scenes, here are a few to choose from! The Lion and the Lamb design is adorable.

Religious Varities

If you want to impress your hipster friends and relatives, Edward Gorey is the way to go. Just the right amount of quirk.

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"Hark! The herald angels sing..." An angel motif is great for holiday cards!

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If your deal is joy, and joy to the world, we hear that!

Joy!

We have a ton more designs of boxed cards and you should get yourself in here while the gettin is still good (and there's still ample time to get these in the mail!)

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