"I have no idea how you managed to create something that beautiful... I love it, there are no other words."
That's a glowing review from a PhotoBarn customer, who took a chance on the company's unique photo prints and was more than pleased with the results. Instead of printing images on traditional photo paper, designers print them on high-quality plywood, burlap, or gift items such as ornaments, puzzles, and blocks. The hue of these materials lends finished products a beautifully vintage effect. In addition to being distinctive, PhotoBarn's products are also eco-friendly?most of the wood comes from sustainable North American tree farms, and the Barnwood frames are constructed from wood reclaimed in and around Knoxville, Tennessee.
With a barrage of consumer-friendly magazine titles catering to all interests, Blue Dolphin Magazines' online store boasts an array of subscriptions ideal for gift-giving or personal enlightenment. The magazine curators line their virtual shelves with more than 1,000 titles in 28 different categories. They vend glossy pages devoted to subjects from the outdoors to scientific breakthroughs to current events, helping each of their titles fit nicely into any reading room, whether it houses couches, barstools, or ornately decorative porcelain chairs. By maintaining direct relationships with the publishers, they are also able to present their customers with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Credit Carrie Bradshaw for popularizing the name necklace on Sex and the City and NameJewelrySpot for helping make it more accessible. Aside from being one of the website's most popular pieces, NameJewelrySpot's name necklace also complements a selection of monogrammed pendants, bracelets, and rings. As for the most important quality, however?the type of metal that is boiled in a pot to make the piece in the first place?most of the personalized pieces are available in sterling silver, gold-plated sterling silver, or solid gold.
PackagefromSanta.com brings the North Pole into the modern age. Using the website, parents can ensure their children get personalized letters, certificates congratulating them for making the Nice List, or even a video greeting from Kris Kringle himself. The customized care packages also include special extras, such as a swatch of Santa's red?suit and a sugar cookie from Mrs. Claus' kitchen, among others. Unlike a pen pal who? can't figure out email, Santa doesn't communicate entirely through the mail. He can also make phone calls and create personalized videos for boys and girls.
Mason Row's stamps and embossers add flair to paper communication. The team one-ups the return-address label, for instance, with self-inking return-address stampers and embossers?especially helpful for wedding invitations, thank-you cards, and holiday cards. Their designs range from simple, modernist squares of text to a round, seal-style design with a cat's face in the middle. Other stamps and embossers simply bear a monogram or a "This Book Belongs To:" message, conveying practical messages with a dose of Old-World sophistication.
Now the largest travel-guide company in the world with more than 100 million of their acclaimed travel guides printed in nine different languages, Lonely Planet started as a humble, two-person enterprise. Their first run of books was limited to just 1,500 copies of Across Asia on the Cheap, written by founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler after their low-budget pan-Asian honeymoon and stapled together in their kitchen.
The attention to detail they pored into that first volume—which made use of personal experiences to lend the guide more credibility—has since become the hallmark of the series, granting readers the confidence needed to navigate foreign locales. The insider knowledge on accommodations, sights, and language set out in each guide is written and re-checked regularly by Lonely Planet’s dedicated team of more than 200 authors, who are constantly crisscrossing the globe in search of new points of interest and the best hotel beds for jumping on. Currently, their work amounts to 500 titles, covering both micro and macro views of 195 different countries, the intricacies of major cities, and primers on local language and cuisine.