Greetings from your local pen shop clerk, who comes with good news only nine and a half years in the making. We now have gift cards! It’s an actual card that someone can keep in their wallet. You can take it as is, or we can affix it to a postcard for you to write a short note on for gifting.


For years we’ve offered gift certificates online, which could be emailed to your recipient, or you could print out, but now we have something tangible to include in a card, with a bottle of wine, or tucked into a notebook to put under a tree.


The cards are not inexpensive, so for now our minimum amount is $10. If you have some wild or exceptional or strange situation, please don’t hesitate to speak to our team. We’ve set a minimum gift card amount because of the cost of the card itself, but we would love to help you out if we can.


These are currently only available in store. Please stop by and say hello. If you are online you can still get a digital gift certificate (code) which the recipient can use in store or online, but if you’d like one of our lovely gift cards, just reach out to the team and they will set it up for you. You can even purchase a greeting card and we will fill it out for you and mail it, although as of this writing in regards to Christmas or the holidays, it is very dicey to send it via Lettermail, and we would strongly advise doing tracked expedited shipping through Canada Post. Although who knows (Brendan does, and he advises expedited shipping)—maybe Santa’s magic is in fact stronger than we think it is and his fingers are in the CP sorting warehouses.


But on other occasions! Birthdays, graduations, life milestones, we can definitely write a note into a card or onto a postcard and pop these into the mail for you.





In any case, a relief to have finally hoisted this project off the ground! And just in time for the holidays—“just in time” euphemistically describing what would have been ideally a couple of weeks earlier but we’ll take what we can get.


Keeping busy, as always. I have been, as always, continuing to balance and come to terms with trying to heave projects into the air and squeezing turkey thighs at home. There is a saying about how you shouldn’t let perfect get in the way of good, meaning that you shouldn’t spend too long futzing around all blog post drafts, and yet perhaps I’m mostly trying to prevent the very mediocre from bogging down the warehouse team’s operations with customer questions about inaccuracies and vague descriptions.


It is a festive time of year, and during the day, when the kids are at school and I’m home with the cats and the baby, I’m futzing around my own efforts at Christmas celebrations and creating family traditions and holly jolly fun, hiding presents under the bed, ordering holiday chocolate to snack on at night. I’ll have these tiny humans in my home for only so many more years, and it’s possibly even more special for me than it is for them, the gift of creating the magic for them.


Plus maybe a few treats for the shop cats too, they work so hard.


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December 09, 2022 — Liz Chan

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